Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. Under her leadership, the new Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, and the cultural strand of Creative Europe programmes are being implemented. Her main priorities are excellence in education, research and innovation, tackling the R&I divide in Europe. From 2017 to 2019 she was Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She was elected as Member of the European Parliament in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Mariya Gabriel is First Vice-President of the European People's Party (EPP) and since 2012, Vice-President of EPP Women.
In 2022, the leading news site EU-Startups.com ranked Commissioner Gabriel among Europe’s top 100 most influential women in the start-up and venture capital space. She received the Leadership Awards in recognition of her efforts to support the European innovation ecosystem at the Brussels Tech.eu Summit last May and Madrid South Summit last June. In September 2021, Mariya Gabriel received the ‘Best Global Impact’ award for her contribution to the European entrepreneurial ecosystem at the Startup Ole Forum, Salamanca. Кnown also for her involvement in the fight for gender equality, last April, she was awarded the prestigious “Donna é Innovazione” award (Woman leader in the field of innovation) by the Italian Osservatorio TuttiMedia association and Mediaset.
Born on 11 June 1977 in Koło. In 2001, he graduated from the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. In 2006, he was awarded a doctoral degree in legal sciences based on his dissertation titled “Principles of the rule of law and social justice in the systemic practice of the Third Polish Republic", and in 2015, a postdoctoral degree in legal sciences based on his lifetime achievements and the paper “Economic freedom. The first pillar of the social market economy".
Specialising in constitutional law, he wrote numerous monographs and scientific articles and serves as a professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.
In 2015-2019, he served as the Voivode of Lublin. At that time, he was involved in the implementation of the structural reform of the Voivodship’s schools and institutions and actively participated in the debate on the education system reform.
In 2019, he was elected to the 9th term Sejm of the Republic of Poland. His duties included serving as the deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Justice and Human Rights Committee.
On 19 October 2020, he was appointed Minister of Education and Science. As Minister he is responsible for education and upbringing, VET, higher education and science. Minister Czarnek is also responsible for the affairs of the Polish academia, including students, doctoral students, and scientists.
Married with two children.
Dr. Jurgita Šiugždinienė holds her doctoral degree of Social Sciences from Kaunas University of Technology, awarded in 2008. In 2012 she served as Deputy Chancellor and Acting Chancellor at the Office of the Prime Minister. Over the years she has been holding different managerial positions at Kaunas University of Technology: she was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities in 2013-2015, Deputy Rector for Studies in 2015–2017 and Acting Rector in 2017–2018. Since 2020 Dr. Jurgita Šiugždinienė is Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania.
Ms. Šiugždinienė has had over 15 years of experience of consulting on public administration, including consultations of authorities on public administration reform, civil service, and strategic management from over 15 countries, such as Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Palestine, Afghanistan, East Timor, Georgia, Armenia, Belarus. During 2003–2007 she was adviser on Local Government and Decentralisation in the Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (Bratislava), UN Development Programme.
She was Member and Vice President for Studies in the Board of Directors in CESAER in 2018–2020. She was actively engaged in the programme ,,Kurk Lietuvai” (Create for Lithuania), supervised by the Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in different volunteering activities.
Since 2012 she is Member of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats party.
She is holder of the Order of Academic Palms of the Government of France for merits to French culture.
Tõnis Lukas was born in Tallinn on 5 June 1962. He is married and the father of two daughters and a son. Lukas joined the Isamaa Party in 1992 and is a member of theAcademic Unit of the Tartu District of the Estonian Defence League. In 2006, he received the Order of the National Coat of Arms, Fourth Class.
In 2021–2022, he served as the Director of the Estonian Literary Museum.
In 2019–2021, he served as the Minister of Culture.
In 2018–2019, he served as the Director of the Tartu Vocational Education Centre.
In 2013–2018 and 1992–1995, he served as the Director of the Estonian National Museum.
In 2011–2012, he was a member of the 12th Riigikogu.
In 2007–2011, he served as the Minister of Education and Research.
In 2002–2007, he was a member of the 9th and 10th Riigikogu.
In 1999–2002, he served as the Minister of Education.
In 1996–1997, he served as the Mayor of Tartu.
In 1995–1996, he was a member of the 8th Riigikogu, serving as the Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee.
Dr. Ivelina Borisova is UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development Advisor (ECD) for the Europe and Central Asia Region and currently the acting Regional Advisor for Education. In this role she leads the regional strategy and program priorities on early childhood development and education across the region.
Prior to this, Ms. Borisova was UNICEF’s global lead in the area of early childhood education and care (ECEC), responsible for global strategy development, advocacy and partnerships in the area of ECEC, aimed at achieving equitable access to quality pre-primary education by 2030.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Borisova served as the Director of Impact and Innovations for Early Years at Save the Children, managing a broad portfolio of global initiatives, innovations, and regional multi-donor funds.
Ms. Borisova has rich field experience across numerous regions and countries. She is a national of Bulgaria and she holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Education from the Harvard University.
Andrii Vitrenko, Doctor of Economics and Associate Professor, has a solid track of reseach, teaching and administrative activities in various capacities at higher education institutions, both in Ukraine and abroad. Since mid-2020 he served as the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, and starting August 2021 continues his political leadership in Ukrainian education system in the capacity of the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.
Has 12 years of experience in the implementation, management of local and international projects, in particular the programs of the European Commission, national government and local government programs.
Over 10 years of experience in training and education field, including training sessions, workshop and training process, as well coaching and consulting.
As a trainer, he conducted over 1000 hours of local and international training and workshops in Polish, English, Ukrainian and Russian. In the trainings he shares his experiences in the field of outdoor/adventure education, intercultural education, diversity and inclusion, project management, group work, he also conducts trainings in the field of non-formal education, interpersonal competences and personal development, as well as migration topics.
Editor and author of publication about outdoor education (Outdoor Academy - guidebook, Outdoor Academy - manual of educational program for youth groups, Outdoor Education- from theory to practice).
Currently is vice-president of Foundation Ukraine, one of biggest migrants supporting organization in Poland, working in direction of cultural and social integration and adaptation of all migrant groups in Poland. Since 2016 running training company Outdoor Academy, that provides trainings and educational project for business, public institutions and non-governmental organizations.
- Business trainer - Graduated business trainer academy organized by SET Group
- Alumnus of "Professional NGO Manager" course, organized by the Polish- American Freedom Foundation, also has educator qualifications and pedagogical preparation
- Outdoor education trainer – advance course by Outward Bound Romania
- ERCA instructor of Temporary Low Ropes Courses by European Rope Course Association