Robin Sclafani

Director
Robin Sclafani has over 25 years experience in developing and delivering anti-bias training programmes for various target groups. With a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution, Ms. Sclafani uses training and facilitation as methods for transforming social conflict into opportunities for social cohesion. Originally from New York City, Ms. Sclafani came to Brussels in 1998 as a Fulbright Scholar to the European Union.
robin.sclafani@ceji.org

Melissa Sonnino

Facing Facts Coordinator
Originally from Rome, Italy, Melissa has extensive experience in managing EU projects. Since its inception in 2011 she has managed and enhanced the European project Facing Facts! – make hate crime visible. Her passion for identity issues, inclusion and communities’ development found a natural fit in the work of CEJI where she also develops and delivers training programmes on issues related to antidiscrimination and hate crime monitoring. She has strengthened the Jewish outreach of the organisation with local Jewish communities and institutions across Europe. With a Master degree in International Relations, before joining CEJI, she coordinated two research projects on Jewish Identity in Italy.
melissa.sonnino@ceji.org

Stéphanie Lecesne

Training Coordinator
Born in France in 1974, Stéphanie graduated from Caen University, where she completed a professional master’s in ‘European Local Development Projects Expertise’ which included an internship with CEJI in 2004. Stéphanie has worked for over a decade in the area of European projects in France. She has developed several courses related to intercultural learning employing non-formal education techniques in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Stéphanie returned to CEJI, joining our team in April 2011 as Training Coordinator.
stephanie.lecesne@ceji.org

Madalina Gherman

Office Manager
Originally from Timisoara, Romania, Madalina has a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature and worked as an English teacher for several years before relocating to Belgium in 2006. Ever since, she has acquired extensive experience working in HR, Finance and Administration related functions, which she has grown very fond of. She remains passionate about languages and dreams of becoming an author one day. Madalina speaks Romanian, English, French and Dutch. She enjoys multiculturality and feels at home within the CEJI team, which she joined in 2016.
madalina.gherman@ceji.org

Tamas Büchler 

NOA Coordinator
Originally from Hungary, Tamas served previously as the director of the Israeli Cultural Institute in Budapest. Before that, he worked for the Jewish Agency’s Global Leadership Institute, as the director of Minyanim, a network of young community activists from Europe. He holds an M.A. in Law and undertook teacher training in Jewish studies. He also completed the University of Haifa’s Peace and Conflict Studies program, and the Social Impact program of the University of Pennsylvania. In the last couple of years he worked with global Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish Agency, Limmud, the Schusterman Foundation and Rene Cassin.
tamas.buchler@ceji.org

Camila Piastro

Intersectional Action Officer
Born in Barcelona, originally from Mexico, Camila is a graduate of International Relations and holds a Peace and Gender studies diploma. She also has a joint M.A. in Euroculture: Society, Politics, and Culture in Global context, where she wrote her Masters’ thesis on the institutionalization of Intersectionality in European Institutions. Passionate about intersectional justice, Camila has worked in the Jewish community in Barcelona and other projects such as Salam-Shalom Barcelona and Women lawyer for Social Justice in Tel Avi. In addition, she has recently been elected to Board Member and Vice-President of EUJS.
camila.piastro@ceji.org

Daniel Heller

Project Assistant
Originally from Rome, Italy, Daniel completed his Bachelor degree in Social Sciences at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Ghent University. He followed courses from the Political Science track, focusing mainly on Policy and Data Analysis. He is now attending the Master of Science in Conflict and Development at Ghent University, investigating for his Mater Thesis the women’s role in the Middle East and Kurdish societies. He is passionate about the political and concepts such as violence and politics of development. He joined CEJI as an intern with particular interests in discrimination, intersectionality, and Islamophobia topics.
daniel.heller@ceji.org

Joanna Perry

CEJI Collaborator – Facing Facts
Joanna Perry is an independent hate crime consultant, research fellow and associate lecturer on hate crime at Birkbeck College, University of London. Joanna’s previous roles include Hate Crime Officer at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, criminal justice policy lead at Victim Support UK, and hate crime policy and performance lead at the Crown Prosecution Service. She has published on disability hate crime and current challenges in achieving a shared concept of hate crime at the international level among policy makers, civil society, practitioners and scholars. Joanna has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bristol University and later gained a graduate diploma in Law from the College of Law, and a Masters in research in law from Birkbeck College.

Khalissa El Abbadi

CEJI Collaborator – Trainer
Khalissa El Abbadi has been working in the field of integration for 20 years. She has been coordinating a frontline service that organises the integration of foreigners, and she is also a trainer on intercultural issues for social workers, frontline professionals and in schools. For the past two years, Khalissa has been a pedagogical referent at the Fédération des Maisons de Jeunes in French-speaking Belgium. Since 2013, she has been co-facilitating CEJI trainings and working regularly as a trainer on topics such as antisemitism, islamophobia, stereotypes and prejudices.

Cathy Del Rizzo

CEJI Collaborator – Trainer
Cathy Del Rizzo has been working for EPTO, the European Peer Training Organisation, for 7 years. With formal and non-formal education backgrounds in training, youth work, art and theatre, Cathy is now mainly focusing on organisation management and training. She has been involved in the design and delivery of many anti-bias training and workshops.

Marharyta Zhesko

CEJI Collaborator – Policy Research

Marharyta Zhesko is an independent consultant and trainer on hate crime and human rights. In 2012-2020, Marharyta worked at the OSCE/ODIHR, where among other things she focused on capacity building of the criminal justice system agencies, including leading the programme on hate crime for law enforcement and delivering trainings for police and prosecutors throughout Europe. Since 2020, Marharyta works as an independent consultant and collaborates with intergovernmental organizations and NGOs on training, research and analysis. Her professional focus includes hate crime, security of minority communities, freedom of religion and belief and freedom of peaceful assembly. Marharyta holds degrees LL.B. in International Law and LL.M. in European Law.

Eliah Yerday

Born in France in 2003, Eliah is currently a student in history with an interest in finance and economy. She joined CEJI as part-time Administrative Assistant in November 2021.