Ariadne Board Members
Programme Executive, Reconciliation and Human Rights, Atlantic Philanthropies
Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe
Susan is Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, where she oversees the foundation’s grant making activities in the European Union. She joined the Open Society Foundations in 2003 and managed the Human Rights and Governance Grants Program’s funding in Southeast Europe and the Western Balkans, which consisted predominantly of institutional support to human rights and anti-corruption watchdog NGOs using advocacy and strategic litigation to promote systemic reform. In addition to fundamental rights concerns, Susan’s substantive focus is on freedom of information and accountable governance.
Prior to joining the Foundations, she was a researcher for the Mental Disability Advocacy Center, where she conducted fact-finding missions and authored a multi-country advocacy report on inhuman and degrading treatment of people with mental disabilities in psychiatric and social care institutions.
Regional Director, Central and Eastern Europe, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Walter is Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe at the C.S. Mott Foundation. Based in the Foundation’s London office, Walter oversees grantmaking in Central and Eastern Europe and has specific responsibility for programming in the Western Balkans. Prior to joining Mott in 1998, Walter had a career as a lawyer, working in private practice in Washington, D.C., and Prague, and as a legal services attorney in Memphis, Tennessee. His interest in civil society development grew from observing the sweeping changes taking place in CEE in the 1990s and the important role the civil society sector played in transforming the region. Walter was born in Maryland and grew up in Connecticut. Before entering college, he spent a year studying abroad as an American Field Service student in Turkey. He is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and the University Of Virginia School Of Law.
Secretary General of Assifero
Carola is the Secretary General of Assifero, the Italian national membership of grant-making associations. She is also a human rights lawyer and has worked extensively with Italian rights-based NGOs. In 2002, she established a Human Rights Coordination Office for Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo and in 2011 became the first woman elected as its President. She has also served as a member of the Executive Board of the worldwide network of the Salesian of Don Bosco development NGOs, and as spokesperson of a network of 88 Italian human rights NGOs leading international and national advocacy.
Programme Officer, Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation
The Charles Leopold Mayer foundation mission is to provide long term core grants to civil society organisations and movements advocating for a just transition towards sustainable societies. Juliette oversees different programmes on independent journalism and media, corporate accountability and fair trade, protection of whistleblowers and whistleblowing, and internet governance. Previously, Juliette worked in NGO’s in Brussels, Tirana (Albania) and Paris on European policies and international relations. She has studied political sciences.
European Programme Manager
Anna is Ariadne’s European Programme Manager. Based at the Network of European Foundations in Brussels, she identifies political trends and opportunities, promotes membership growth and participation, and liaises with other funders’ networks. Anna has over 15 years’ experience of professional and volunteer activities for foundations, political movements and campaigns. Before joining Ariadne, Anna was the senior policy officer of the Roma Initiatives Office at the Open Society Foundations, where she led advocacy for the rights of Roma. Prior to that, she served as policy officer in the EU office of a German political foundation. Anna holds a postgraduate degree in political science, European and international law, and Slavonic languages. She has completed the Harvard University Executive Education Programme on negotiation.
Hannah is the Programme Associate for Ariadne, and until recently she was also the Programme Assistant for Global Dialogue. Before this she was Policy and Campaigns Intern at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. She also volunteered in Amnesty International UK’s Human Rights Education Unit, and as an advice worker at Notre Dame Refugee Centre in London. She has an MSc Human Rights from LSE, and she’s particularly interested in the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons, as well as women’s and labour rights, and human rights education.