Board members

Benjamin Abtan

President

Benjamin Abtan is the founder of EGAM and has been President of EGAM since April 2012.
Graduted from Telecom Paris Engineering School and ESSEC Business School, he has been very involved in civil society activism, as President of the French Union of Jewish Students and as Member of the Board of SOS Racisme, in political life, as advisor of then-Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Kouchner, and in economical life, when working for the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.

 

 

 

Angela Scalzo

Vice President

Journalist inscribed in the profession since 1983. Editor of the magazine « China in Italy. » Presently Head of Communications for the Provincial
Observatories for Environmental Protection of Rome. Social Researcher since 1977 in the field of migration, performing specific activities on issues related to Italians abroad and foreigners in Italy, on behalf of the Ministry of Labor Dir. V OAPL previously and currently for the UIL trade union, National Migration Policy Department. Social-health anthropologist since 2001. Masters in Transcultural Mental Hygiene – chair of Transcultural Psychiatry University of Rome “ La Sapienza” -2002.Founding member of SOS Racism Italy, she has held the position of Secretary General since 1989.
Vice President of EGAM since 2011. Her activities include 14 publications on immigration and anti-racism.

 

 

Ahmed Moawia

Treasurer

Born in Sudan, he lives in Greece for over 30 years. Personality with international action in issues regarding the defence of human rights and combating racism and xenophobia. After his admittance in the National Kapodistrian University of Athens in the Faculty of Philosophy, he specialised in the training and support for immigrant labor relations issues. As President of the Greek Forum of Migrants he represents the institution in platforms and organisations at national and European level.

He was the third member at the Council for the Integration of Immigrants in the municipality of Athens, Executive Director of the Commission of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church on issues of migration and a member of the Scientific Committee of the «Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME).

 

 

Mario

Mario Mazic

General Secretary

Mario Mažić has been the director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Croatia since late 2008, and he has worked with human rights organizations since 2006. As the director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights—Croatia, Mr. Mažić’s role is to coordinate the work of the organization and to overlook the implementation of its programs and projects, as well as to monitor research on wartime human rights violations. Mr. Mažić is currently enrolled at Zagreb University, where he is studying in the Faculty of Political Science and expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in 2013. In addition, Mr. Mažić studied International Politics and Contemporary problems in Government at the International Summer School, University in Oslo in 2008, and in 2010, he studied the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia and Contemporary Literature at a Summer Study-Abroad Program in Croatia organized by Northwestern University. Mr. Mažić’s project as an AHDA fellow focuses on young Croatians who have grown up in Croatian towns without any contact with peers from other ethnic groups. He seeks to connect these groups of youth with those who fled the same towns in the early 1990s, and to create an interactive seminar that explores the nationalist politics of the 1990s and early 2000s that have continued to leave a deep mark on both Croatian and Serbian communities.

 

 

Anetta Kahane

Board Member

Anetta Kahane was born into a Jewish family in East Berlin. She began her career as an advocate for minority and immigrant causes immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall, when she became the first (and only) Commissioner for Foreigners for East Berlin. In this role, she expressly warned against the dangers of right-wing extremism. This led to her founding RAA e.V. (Regional Centers for Issues Regarding Foreigners, Youth Work and Schools) in 1991, which helped schools in the former East German states instill a sense of democracy and intercultural awareness in their curricula. The Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, which Kahane founded in 1998, builds on this mission. She has been the Foundation’s chairwoman since 2003. Kahane’s work has been repeatedly recognized by the State of Berlin, awarding her both the Theodor Heuss Medal and Moses Mendelssohn Prize.

 

 

Oana Mihalache

Board Member

Oana graduated from Bucharest University’s Law School in 2010 and she is currently preparing for a Master’s Degree in criminal law.

She has been working in the field of protecting human rights and antidiscrimination since 2006. Oana works with Romani CRISS, which defends and promotes the rights of Roma in Romania. She has been involved in strategic litigation of human rights violations such as: access to adequate houses, abuse by law enforcement officials, access to healthcare services and access to education.

She also lobbies and advocates for human rights protections. Oana gained first-hand experience of the issues working directly with Roma communicates, identifying and documenting human rights abuses.