Governing Board

EWC is governed by a Board with members nominated by the Council of Europe and Norway. The Board is appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. 


Haldis Margrete Holst (Norway)


Deputy General Secretary, Education International


Vice Chair:

Inga Bostad (Norway)


Professor in philosophy at the University of Oslo, department of pedagogy, formerly Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo 


Board Members:

Bushra Ishaq (Norway)


Medical Doctor, researcher on ethics and social medicine at the University of Oslo


Knut Christian Clausen (Norway)


Principal at Flora High School in Florø


Jindřich Fryč (Czech Republic)


Secretary General of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

Chair of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE)


Snezana Samardžić-Marković (Serbia) 


Director General of Democracy, Council of Europe

Paruyr Hovhannisiyan (Armenia)


Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Armenia to the Council of Europe


Deputy Members:

Nanna Paaske (Norway) 


Program Director at the Institute of Education at Oslo Metropolitan University


Marcus Buck (Norway) 


Program Director at Institute of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning at Arctic University of Norway


Luisa de Bivar Black


Council of Europe expert, university teacher


Tony M. Gallagher (United Kingdom)


Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Queens University Belfast


Oksana Kovalenko (Ukraine)


Leading specialist, Department of general secondary and pre-school education, Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine.


Former Board Members:


Helga Kjellaug Hjetland (Norway)


Vice Chair of the Association for Employers in the Church of Norway and Church-related NGOs


Anders Bakken (Norway)


Researcher, Norwegian Centre for Welfare and Labour Reseacrh, Oslo and Akershus University College


Finn Aarsæther (Norway)


Vice Decan Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences


Erdoğan Şerif Işcan (Turkey)


Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Turkey to the Council of Europe


Board member 2016-17:

Michèle Eisenbarth (Luxembourg)Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

Esther Rabasa Grau (Andorra) Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Andorra to the Council of Europe.


Board member 2012-2015:

Luis Filipe Castro Mendes (Portugal), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the Council of Europe 


Board members 2010-2014:

Afshan Rafiq (Norway), Judge, the Norwegian Conciliation Board, former Member of Parliament

Theo Koritzinsky (Norway), Senior lecturer and researcher, Senior Centre, Oslo University College


Deputy member 2010-2014:

Sissel Østberg (Norway), Former Rector and Associate Professor, Oslo University College

Krzysztof Ostrowski (Poland), Vice Rector, Pultusk Academy of Humanities, Poland


Deputy member 2012-2014: 

Laila Bokhari (Norway), State Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office. Political, security and terrorism analyst 


Board Members 2008-2012:

Svein Lorentzen (Norway), Former Chair of the EWC Board, Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology 

Gabriele Mazza (Italy), Former Director of Education and Languages, Council of Europe

Arif Mammadov (Azerbaijan), Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe

Viljana Lukas (Slovenia), Head of Office, Ministry of Education and Sport in Slovenia


Deputy Members 2008-2012:

César Birzea (Romania), Professor, Head of Department Faculty of Political Sciences, SNSPA

Arild Thorbjørnsen (Norway), Education Consultant


Board Members 2008-2010:

Hanne Sophie Greve (Vice Chair, Norway), Justice, Gulating High Court

Inger S. Enger (Norway), School Head

Theo Koritzinsky (Norway), Assistant Professor, reappointed 2010-2014

Guido Bellati Ceccoli (San Marino), Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe


Deputy Members 2008-2010:

Vera Stastna (Czech Republic), RnDr., Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

Loveleen Rihel Brenna (Norway), President of The National Parents´ Committee for Primary and Lower Secondary Education

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