Our circles are run by a professional and experienced group of trainers, starting with our expert, advisory and training team, followed by each country’s team:

Expert Team

boroka-profile-photo Boroka Beni is a co-founder and the director of Circle Space Group, a Hungarian organization working on the adaptation of the restorative circle process in the Hungarian community setting. She has a background in clinical psychology, and is the originator, professional leader and international coordinator of the Restorative Circles for Citizens in Europe project. She also serves as a member of the PERFORMERS project team, developing customized sociodrama interventions for groups of disadvantaged youth in 4 EU countries. Over the last few years Boroka’s interest has shifted from the personal level to the broader social context, but she continues her work with individuals as a counselor on a team of therapists.

photo-from-fatima Kay Pranis teaches and writes about the dialog process known as ‘peacemaking circles.’ Kay learned about peacemaking circles in her work in restorative justice in the mid-90s Her initial teachers in the circle work were Barry Stuart, a judge in Yukon, Canada, and Mark Wedge and Harold Gatensby, First Nations people of Yukon. Since that initial exposure to the use of peacemaking circles in the justice system Kay has been involved in developing the use of peacemaking circles in schools, social services, churches, families, museums, universities, municipal planning and workplaces.

Kay has authored or co-authored several books about circles: Peacemaking Circles – From Crime to Community; The Little Book of Circle Processes – A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking; Doing Democracy with Circles – Engaging Communities in Public Planning; Heart of Hope – A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing & Build Healthy Relationships; Circle Forward – Building a Restorative School Community.

Kay works primarily as a trainer in the peacemaking circle process. She is a Senior Associate at the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University in Boston. She is also an adjunct professor at Eastern Mennonite University and Southwest Minnesota State University.

Kay has a particular interest in the use of circles to support social justice efforts addressing racial, economic, class and gender inequities. That interest includes the use of peacemaking circles to understand and respond to historical harms to groups of people. The peacemaking circle process has been a source of energy, inspiration and continuous learning for Kay for the past 20 years.

gk Krisztina Galgoczi is a literary and theatre critic and psychodrama practitioner. Her original research interest is turn-of-the-century European drama with a gender sensitive approach, on which topic she has published a monography (2o1o, Kalligram, Budapest) and a number of academic papers. She has been a university lecturer for ten years at ELTE University, Budapest, the University of West Hungary and the Hungarian Film Academy. Over the last several years her interest turned towards the Hungarian historical heritage, and she took part in a year long course on Holocaust education organised by the Yad Vashem Institute. She believes that facing the past is the ultimate goal, as she herself does in her book on her own family heritage. Krisztina is looking for opportunities to facilitate social dialogue between people with various backgrounds, in order to understand one another, forgive each other and find better ways to live and work together.

Training Team by Country

biopictureemiliebbjEmilie Bang-Jensen is National Director at Humanity in Action Denmark, an organization that educates, connects and inspires a global network of human rights leaders. She has a BA in English and History from the University of Copenhagen and a MSc in Empire, Colonialism and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has previously worked on educational youth projects with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Peace House in Uppsala, and is a firm believer in the ability of education to create social change.

sofieSofie Rørdam works with different institutions, grassroots and documentary storytellers focusing on the issues of human rights and the human spirit. Hoping through the production and promotion of conscious media to encourage critical reflection on our contemporary world. Sofie has lived and worked in different parts of Asia, latest in India with the global documentary film festival and alternative online distributions platform Culture Unplugged. As a long time Astangha yoga practitioner and teacher, she likes to explore the strong connection between the personal & the political – our social structures & our mental structures. Sofie has studied journalism at Hong Kong University and holds a MA in Visual Culture studies and a BA in Film and Media studies from the University of Copenhagen.

taliTali Padan has been working in the field of Intercultural Education for the past eight years. She started off in New York City, teaching and organizing digital media skills workshops for a variety of communities in the city. She also worked in Riker’s Island Jail, developing and delivering workshops to the women’s section of the Jail. Supported by the Humboldt Foundation, she completed an M.A. in Intercultural Conflict Management in Berlin, Germany. She then went on to work for the Anne Frank Trust in England and then the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, delivering workshops and trainings about the Holocaust and how we can reflect and act on discrimination nowadays. She is now the Director of Mellem Education and delivers trainings across Europe and the US in the fields of intercultural communication, conflict management and democracy and human rights education, as well as bridging Middle Eastern communities in Europe.


bettinaDr. Bettina Fackelmann works as an independent consultant under the heading “Solutions through Constructive Communication“. She serves a range of mostly public clients in Germany and abroad, there primarily in Afghanistan and the MENA region. In 2011, with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, she co-published the largest nationwide study on youth and politics: “Do you speak politics?”. Guest professorships led her to a German and a Moroccan university, after she promoted 2008 to change projects in the public sector. www.bettina-fackelmann.de

carolin-wenzelCarolin Wenzel works as a programme manager within the field of  “Contemporary History and Human Rights” at the Kreisau-Initiative in Berlin, Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural History of Central and Eastern Europe from the University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. Her current focus of work lies in contemporary history eduation, entangled history, Jewish and Polish history and its cultures of remembering.


silviaSilvia-Lucretia Nicola was born in Timisoara, Romania, in 1990. Soon after graduating from college she moved to Berlin, Germany, to study Political and Security Studies. Silvia also had the opportunity to spend an exchange semester at the University of Granada, in Spain. This has been one of the experiences, which have strengthened Silvia’s European identity.
Silvia has been focusing on conflict research and dealing with the Middle East. During the past three years she worked on various development cooperation projects on Afghanistan on behalf of the GIZ and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Another post-conflict society Silvia tried to gain a better understanding of is the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan in Iraq. Field trips in the area helped Silvia gain a more complete picture for her academic writings.
Besides her academic path, Silvia has always been very passionate about working closely with youth, especially on the topics of conflict transformation and reconciliation. She gained valuable experience as a travel assistant for the Pädagogische Austauschdienst.  In this context she mentored student groups from many different countries (among them: Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, Portugal, The Republic of Moldova, Sweden, South-Africa, Turkey and Hungary). Furthermore, Silvia recently started giving seminars on diversity and intercultural communication, where she could also rely on the method of restorative circles.

Tim Kucharzewski was born in Cologne, Germany and is currently a Ph.D. candiate in the field of historic conflict studies at the University of Potsdam, supervised by the renowned Prof. Sönke Neitzel. Besides his academic research work he also gives professional seminars on the topics of democracy, parliament, history, intercultural communication, the European Union and other themes at institutions like the parliament of Brandenburg, Germany, or the International Youth Meeting Centre in Krzyżowa, Poland.
The lion’s share of these seminars is directed at adolescents and young adults. He has also supervised international language school groups, which were likewise provided for this target audience, and worked at various conferences and trade fairs.<
Tim wrote his Masters’ thesis on the topic “The Inhuman Condition. Systematic Terror in Military Campaigns” in “Military Studies” also at the University of Potsdam. Before that he received his degree in History and Anglistics/Americanistics at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn. He contributed to public academic lecture series, has been awarded scholarships from the EU and spoke on BBC World Radio about Security Politics and Dealing with the Past. Already during his schooldays he organized charity concerts for Mali, Africa. At a student congress in Nice in 2014 he won an award for rhetoric, handed over by the ICC president Sang-Hyun Song.

During his academic career he time and again engaged with the concepts of terror, political violence, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the way they are dealt with in the aftermath. His research and studies of these concepts have brought him to post-conflict regions, conferences and seminars around the world, including the former Yugoslavia, Georgia and the Ukraine. He writes publications on topics like terrorism in video games and PTSD.

photo-bio-papamimikou Aikaterini Papamimikou is a Sociologist, holder of professional diploma in Counseling and Human Resource Management. She works as Head of Training Department in Organisation for Mediation and Arbitration and she has organized and attended numerous of seminars regarding to the resolution of labour differences,  resolution of conflicts, labour negotiations etc. She has also participated in a lot of experiential seminars as well as in self-knowledge teams. In October of 2016 she was educated as coordinator of Restorative Circles. 
She speaks English, French and Spanish.

cv_image_alexia_stouraitiAlexandra Stouraiti is a lawyer, accredited mediator and adult educator. She has attended a number of trainings (Divorce Mediation, School Mediation, Systemic Psychotherapy, Non-violent Communication, Re-evaluation Counseling). She has also taken international trainings on scholarship (Conflict Resolution – 2015, Restorative Circles for Citizens in Europe – 2016). Training to become a psychodramatist, she has already contributed to a School Mediation program in 2015, and been a judge at the International Mediation Competition of InADR, in 2016. An official collaborator of Attachment Parenting Hellas, today she practices civil and commercial Law and Mediation, whilst organizing the Restorative Circles and conducts a series of workshops in Communication, Conflict Management and School Mediation.

somataridis_profil_pic Alexandros Somataridis is a journalist & media specialist, having worked in a wide range of mass media (radio, tv, newspapers and websites) since 2007 as editor, journalist, reporter, anchorman, commentator, assistant editor-in-chief and press officer of political bureau. He has also experience in adult education and arranging cultural events and others of collective nature, running as well a regional journal. Amongst other trainings he has completed a 40-hour program, on Communication in Working Environment, as well as attended workshops in New Media, Racist Speech and Mass Media, and also taken international training on Restorative Circles for Citizens in Europe, on scholarship. At present he is organizing the Restorative Circles as the international coordinator for Greece.

Photo_Boyka_BonevaBoyka Boneva, Project Manager, is the Coordinator of the RESTORE project for the Greek partner Inter Alia. She has been working as Networking manager at Inter Alia since its establishment in 2013. She is a trainer in non-formal education and head of the mobility department responsible for the interns and volunteers at Inter Alia. She has a year-long experience in youth work and background in economics. In addition, she has specialized in methods for application of non-formal learning to youth. As a trainer she has experience in projects at national (Europe Day; Building Bridges), European (Game of Challenges; Sport plus Looking Up New Goals; SPLUS II; EIRENE; Cohesion; Committed to the Future; Come Out and Play; ANTYGONE) and international level (SEMCO – Social Entrepreneurship for the Mediterranean Societies; Healthfit, Mission Responsible).

cv-image_giorgos_papadopoulos Giorgos Papadopoulos is a lawyer, member of Kalamata BAR Association and an accredited mediator (Ministry of Justice). He has trained as a mediator at the British organisation “facilit8” and the ADR Center, where he obtained his Diploma in Advanced Mediation. He is also a Restorative Circles Facilitator through the European Program “Restorative Circles for citizens in Europe”. His love and care for the children motivated him to engage actively with community service and volunteer work. Since 2002, he has been participating in educational and recreational activities at youth centers, organisations and summer camps for children and adolescents. He is currently an active member of the organisation “The Smile of the Child”.

marilena Marilena Kouparousou is a mental health counsellor, career guidance counsellor and certified adult educator. She has been working for more than ten years in the field of Adult Education and Career Guidance. She has been educated in the systemic approach and through her cooperation with public and private institutions and organisations has offered many experiential seminars to groups of teachers, university students, as well as unemployed and employed adults, and has recently worked with NEETS (young people Not in Education, Employment or Training). In October 2016 she had the opportunity to train with Kay Pranis in the Restorative Circles process and is very enthusiastic about the method.

photo_martha_polychronopoulou Martha Polychronopoulou is a mental health counselor & career advisor. She graduated with a degree in “Social studies and theology” from National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Master of Science in “Mental Health Promotion& Prevention of Mental Disorders” from the Medical School of University of Athens. She has attended a lot of training courses on vocational guidance and mental health. Her research focuses on preventing and tackling domestic violence and has numerous publications. In 2014 she attended a program on job training in “Forensic Psychiatric Department” in HUG of Switzerland, by a scholarship from “State Scholarships Foundation”. During the last few years, she has been working as a consultant for socially vulnerable teams and she has been offering psychosocial support. From January 2017, she will be coordinating the seminar “Restorative Circles» organized by Inter Alia NGO, for which she was trained by professor Kay Pranis, within the framework of the project «Restore- Restorative Circles for Citizens in Europe».

fanni Fanni Bársony received master degrees from the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) in Minority Politics and in the Joint European Master Programme in Comparative Local Development. In the recent years she was working in the private sector, and also gained some experience with working at civil society organisations based in Hungary. She is currently doing her PhD in sociology at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Her research interest covers bottom-up community based initiatives and the sociological aspects of managing the commons. She believes that we are able to create a more liveable and sustainable life for ourselves at the grassroots level by our communities.

gerlo Ferenc Gerlóczy (1957) cultural and radio journalist, philosopher, political activist. Born in Budapest, has lived there ever since. At the end of last year he moved to Pécs and is now a member of the restorative circle in Pécs.




bigazzi-kep Sara Bigazzi is a social psychologist teaching in the institute of Psychology at the University of Pécs. Her main research interests concern intergroup relations and Minority/Majority issues, potential conflicts and their resolutions. Since more than a decade she is also involved in field interventions, community building, in which she can translate her theoretical reflections and research results in practical resolutions. She considers important the holding role of communities, the dialogue, the necessity to negotiate aims and values, the development of the required competencies to do it, and believes that diversity, its acceptance and valorisation, is a basic need for any kind of human development.

saci Sara Serdült studied psychology at the University of Pécs. After graduation she had been living in Lisbon for four years where she worked inter alia as research assistant. The experiences of these four years strengthened her interest in social psychological phenomes so in 2013 she decided to start PhD on this field at the University of Pécs where she’s working as lecture assistant since 2016. Her research interests are mainly focused on intergroup relations like prejudice, social competition, racism, exclusion, inclusion. As academic knowledge and practice should complete each other she also works on field with groups from different social context trying to improve constantly her methodological setting.

Foto_RochiraAlessia Rochira is a Research Fellow in social psychology (Re.cri.re – H2020 – Euro Society – 2014) at the Department of History, Society and Human Studies (University of Salento – Lecce) where she is also fixed- term contract professor in community psychology. She is a Lawyer, a PhD in Community Psychology at the University of Salento (2009) and Doctor Europaeus in “Social Representations & Communication” at the University La Sapienza (2014).
Her research interests cover several topics at the crossroads between social and community psychology, such as interethnic relations, acculturation, sense of community, community resilience, social representations, commonsense justice and legal compliance.

Foto_PistoniCarlo Pistoni (9th April 1991) has a master’s degree in Psychology at the Catholic University in Brescia (IT). He presented a project entitled “Fighting for a cause you believe in: an explanatory model of collective action”, which won an award for best thesis from the Italian Society of Community Psychology (S.I.P.Co). He is currently enacting a role as a collaborator at the Catholic University for the chair of Social Psychology in didactic activities, taking part in examination boards and social research, contemplating the main topics of active citizenship, participation and social and collective action. He is currently working as a trainee in a clinical psychology office, specializing in family mediation in the field of separations. He is also providing guidance to students and teachers in the field of peer meditation, in primary schools, as a trainee for the “Institute of Family and Social Mediation of Brescia”. You can contact him by writing to the email address carlo[dot]pistoni91 [at] gmail[dot]com.

Foto_BonifortiCommunity psychologist and mediator, Davide Boniforti works as a consultant, facilitator, project designer and community operator for private and public organizations. I’m a network manager, participatory planner and trainer. I’ve gained experience in the field of volunteering, working in popular neighborhoods, where I get experiences related to immigration issues.
I received the II level Master in family and community mediation at the Catholic University of Milan where I collaborate. I like music, books and travel.

Foto_MurraEmanuele Murra: My fields of expertise are Public Ethics, Political Philosophy, Social Justice and Human Development. On this topics I wrote many articles in both, blogs and scientific journals. I obtained a PhD in Philosophy at Università del Salento (Lecce, Italy). Afterwords, I was Hoover Fellow in Economical and Social Ethics at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).  I am a funding partner of DEMOSTENE Centro Studi, an association of social promotion with the aim to link academic and social engagement for local and global actions in order to promote human flourishing.  Currently, I teach Philosophy and History in high school and I’m engaged in several DEMOSTENE Centro Studi projects.

unnamed Enrico Ciavolino is Professor of Statistics at Salento University and member of scientific committee of Human and Social Sciences PhD course. Since 2003 he has taught Descriptive and Multivariate Statistics in BA and MA Political Sciences courses; Descriptive, Inferential and Multivariate Statistics at BA and MA level for Psychology programs. He was advisor of 5 Ph.D. students and more than 50 Master and undergraduate students. He is Erasmus coordinator with Leiden University in Netherlands and Anglia Ruskin University in UK. He has coordinated or participated in more than twenty national and international projects. The activity of methodological research concerns the models of multivariate analysis and structural equation models based on parametric estimators (maximum likelihood), non-parametric (partial least squares – PLS) and semi-parametric (Generalized Maximum Entropy). The methodological research find applications in the fields of psychology, economics, and more generally for the decision support systems, quality monitoring and services evaluation. Applied research concerns the evaluation of customer satisfaction in public utility services (hospitals, transport, education), analysis of employee satisfaction (Job Satisfaction) models for decision support in social and political field, gender studies, multivariate models for quality evaluation.

Foto_DesimoneEvelyn De Simone, in 2014, graduated with honors in Methodology of Psychological Intervention; since 2016, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Salento (Lecce – Italy) with a Social and Community Psychology research project about Community Resilience that is the persistent community ability to use properly its own resources in order to be prepared to changes and context-specific situations that could harm it. Her main interests are civic and political engagement and participation, sense of community, group identities and all the psychosocial variables which sustain a good reaction to the several challenges local communities have to face to.

Foto_PiccoloFrancesco Piccolo: I’m a Clinical and Communities Psychologist since 2004, and a Family Mediator since 2011.
I also have a master degree in Evaluation and Treatment of Specific Learning Disorders. Furthermore, I own two specialisation degrees, one in Universitarian Counseling and an other in Strategies of Action to Prevent and Face Gender Mobbing. I like cinema, creative writing and I volunteer for different associations: EsseGiElle ngo, Caritas and DEMOSTENE Centro Studi.

_20170108_193225Gianfranco Gatti, Legal Representative of Demostene, has experience in project management about 5 years. He worked from 2010 in the International Cooperation and Mobility field. He has a proved experience in Project Management in multicultural context, good knowledge of international donors guidelines. He is graduated in International Cooperation. He has job experiences in Italy and abroad. In particular he had the opportunity to be EVS Coordinator and to elaborate many projects promoted by European Commision or International Foundations. He had also experience in Tanzania both as head mission in the project called “albino project” and responsible for definition of country priorities based on context and needs analyses. Currently he is also independent consultant for a brand called “Bandi Europei Consulting” for enterprises and organizations.

He has been involving in numerous international and local projects in particular with Erasmus plus program. He has been working with young people on different levels, such as: camps, workshops, training courses and etc.