M. Adela Gjorgjioska PhD is a founder and Director of ARETE. Adela is a social scientist, with an extensive international and interdisciplinary career. She has worked in med-tech innovation (medeuronet), government and academia (LSE in London and Sapienza University of Rome). She has a doctoral degree in Social Psychology and masters degrees in International Development Management and Conflict Studies. Contact: adela@aretenet.org

Ana Tomicic PhD is Program Director at ARETE (based in Zagreb). Ana worked at the Institute for Global Prosperity (UCL) as a postdoctoral research associate. She has experience working on interdisciplinary projects at Sapienza University of Rome, at the University of Geneva and Masaryk University. Contact: ana@aretenet.org

Klimentina Gjorgjioska is Community Engagement Manager at ARETE. She has been actively involved in the civil society sector in Macedonia, working for 5 years for organizations focused on youth participation, human rights and inter-ethnic relations. Previously, Klimentina was program assistant at Youth Alliance – Krusevo, a youth focused organization. She also worked for Roma SOS, an NGO focused on Roma minority rights. She has an MA in Policy Studies and a BA in Political Sciences at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Contact: klimentina@aretenet.org

Prof Dr Romina Kabranova is Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Teaching at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. Romina has participated in many international research projects with research partners from the EU and Turkey. She has a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University.

Petra Carman PhD is an independent researcher in social psychology with interests ranging from human-nature relationship and eco-villages, prefigurative politics and social change. She has experience in community living and developing alternative higher education programs. Currently, Petra is holding the position of convener of the ALT’s Masters of Arts in Holistic Sustainability.