Jan Truszczyński (Director General of DG EAC)
Born in Warsaw (Poland), Jan Truszczyńsk has been Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture since May 2010, when he came from the position as Deputy Director-General in the same Directorate-General. He joined the European Commission in January 2007, when he was appointed Deputy Director-General for Enlargement, with responsibility for enlargement strategy and communication.
From 2001 to 2005, Jan Truszczyński was first Undersecretary of State, then Secretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, he was Poland’s chief negotiator during its EU accession negotiations. Prior to that, he was Ambassador of Poland to the EU in Brussels from 1996 to 2001.
Isabelle Durant (Vice-President of the European Parliament)
Born in Belgium, Isabelle Durant is Vice-President of the European Parliament since 2009. She is a member of the Greens/EFA group. Graduated as a nurse, she pursued a career on Politics studies and obtained a Degree in Political and Social Economy at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
Isabelle Durant began his political career in 1991 in the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region. She also worked as Federal Secretary and Spokesperson of Ecolo (Belgian Green Party), from 1994 to 1999. In 1999, she became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Mobility and Transport, and between 2003 and 2009, she was Senator.
Malika Benarab-Attou (Member of the European Parliament)
Malika Benarab-Attou (born in Aïn Benian, Algeria) has been a French Member of the European Parliament for Europe Ecologie/Les Verts since 2009. She is a member of the Committee on Culture and Education, the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union and the Delegation to the Parliamen tary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Malika Benarab-Attou joined The Greens in 2003. In the 2009 European elections, she was the third candidate on the Europe Écologie list (the Greens) in the South-East region, and was elected to the European Parliament. Find more about her activities on her blog.
Julian Coultas (Workshop – eTwinning Trailers)
Julian Coultas works as a freelance Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Mentor. He has over 20 years experience of working with Apple technology in education, including five years with Apple UK. Julian has a Creative Arts background, but now works across all curriculum areas and sectors. He runs Apple based professional development workshops for teachers and education leaders. He works with Apple computers and has supported many schools with their adoption of iPods and iPads. Whilst based in the Peak District, he works nationally and internationally. You can find out more about his activities at www.digitalroadtrip.org and his blog.
Claire Morvan (Workshop – eTwinning Reporters)
Claire Morvan started to work for European Schoolnet in July 2011. She is Project officer for the eTwinning project and her main activities are to define the editorial content of the eTwinning portal, the annual publications, and videos. This implies gathering news and information from a variety of sources in collaboration with the National Support Services network, as well as following and reporting on the work of the European institutions, schools, ministries and other actors. She also leads pilot schools network within the Living School Lab project. This project aims at creating a strong community of practice with involving action-based research and developing validation methodologies.
Originally from Corsica (France), Claire holds a Master’s Degree in Law with a specialisation in Journalism from the Paul Cézanne University of Aix en Provence (France). Before joining EUN, Claire worked with the SALTO YOUTH Resources centres in Brussels from 2008-2011, having been responsible for its website and newsletter. Prior to that, Claire worked as an International Adviser within the national network of Youth Information from 2007-2008. She also founded the NGO « On est pas des moutons » creating a monthly TV show broadcasted on the regional TV done entirely by young people with fewer opportunities.
Vincenzo Bianca (Workshop – Creative stuff and more)
Vincenzo Bianca is an expert in Project Management. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Pedagogy, he began his career at the University of Liege as a Researcher and Trainer for Adults. He then created his first company, called N-Zone, specialized in the management of high creative potential projects. A couple of months later, after a request from a company in the energy industry, he created a second company, The Smart Company, which is more involved in IT projects.
Since then, he has been working for and with large companies as RTL, Creative Wallonia, IdCampus or Microsoft. Nowadays, Vincenzo still works in his two companies and is involved in the management of various projects, such as the training in soft skills or the organization of the Creative Mornings.