Working group n. 1
The New EU between governmental cooperation and democracy from below
is a multilingual consultant & trainer, with a background in education (formal & non-formal learning, youth studies, communication), as well as conference interpreting, translation & project management. In 2019, she received her PhD with Honors from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the field of cross-cultural studies. In 2020, she got involved as a post-doctoral research assistant in the ‘Changing the Story’ project, supported by the Universities of Leeds, Bournemouth and Prishtina, investigating arts-based approaches to state building in post-conflict societies. Today, she is an external consultant for the Regional Cooperation Council, based in Sarajevo (Political Department & SEE 2030 Strategy).
Mary has a diverse professional experience, ranging from designing & facilitating peace, human rights & reconciliation projects led by international organizations and universities in Europe, Asia & the Middle East, to working with multiethnic companies in sales, public relations and anti-corruption policies. Since 2012, she has been a consultant & trainer in the Euro-Arab Youth Cooperation led by the Council of Europe & the League of Arab States; she has also conducted & written the study on the 10 years of this initiative. She is a member of the Pool of European Youth Researchers of the Youth Partnership between the EU & the CoE, currently investigating youthwork in Southeastern Europe. Moreover, through her capacity as an Erasmus+ mentor, she is assisting new organizations & young professionals to reach their goals, build stronger teams and expand their networks, by guiding them through more effective communication skills and self-empowerment.
Mary has published relevant books and articles, while the findings of her fieldwork have led into policy recommendations & advocacy campaigns, mainly in Greece & the Western Balkans 6. Last but not least, she is the founder and president of the Eurobalkan Youth Forum, an independent, women-led, interethnic institution, dedicated to promoting interregional dialogue via youthwork, civic education and research-based advocacy.
Berlin Process: Overview of the progress by the six Western Balkans countries since London and Poznań Summits
Spread of disinformation during the pandemic and its impact on the Western Balkans
Europe in transition: Diversity, Identity and Youth Work
Rethinking Regional Youth Work within the Context of the Berlin Process