Meet the 2019 Humanity in Action Pat-Cox Fellows

January 14, 2019

January 12, 2019

Humanity in Action would like to introduce you to the 2019 Humanity in Action Pat-Cox Fellows. 

Our Pat-Cox Fellows spend four days a week in the office of a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) or a Brussels-based NGO, and one Humanity in Action-themed day with lectures and site visits. The Fellowship was founded in 2005 and has helped over 100 Senior Fellows gain invaluable work experience at the European Parliament or with a Brussels-based NGO. You can learn more about the program here. If you are interested in applying, the annual recruitment opens in August.

Please meet the 2019 Humanity in Action Pat-Cox Fellows:

Daniel Buchman, United States (Senior Fellow | 2017 Copenhagen)

Daniel is a 22-year-old recent Middlebury College graduate born and raised in an intensely Russian neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Dan has worked and studied on four continents and gained advanced proficiency in the six official languages of the United Nations (English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian). In school, Dan studied economics, debated in international competitions, served on the judicial board and student government, and researched topics such as the status of Palestinians in Jordan, the interaction between gendered language and discrimination, and gender disparities in U.S. labor markets. Dan also worked as a mentor for first-year students, an economics research assistant, and a manager of a student-run restaurant. Dan spent his third year living and working at a home for at-risk boys in Amman while studying at the University of Jordan on a Boren Scholarship. He helped found and run a yearly seminar for Russian law students in NYC, mentored and instructed American students abroad in Spain, taught English in rural communities in Taiwan, and created a curriculum designed to help humanize the refugee experience for Vermont high school students, which local schools continue to offer today. After the fellowship and his internship at Asylos, Dan hopes to return to the U.S. and pursue career in public service in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Daniel is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2017 Copenhagen).

Marleen Fleers, Netherlands (Senior Fellow | 2018 Amsterdam)
Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Marleen started studying Psychology with a minor in Intercultural and International Management. She decided to continue her studies in Spain and this turned out to be a real enrichment time for her. She enriched her international experiences working in the board position at AIESEC, the biggest international student organization in the world and an important international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership skills. After this great adventure, she applied for an internship at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science – Department for International Policy, and then started her Masters in International Relations. She just finished her two-year traineeship where she worked on four different internships within the government. Right now, she is working for the National Programme Rotterdam South and she aspires to work within an NGO or for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She hopes to have a positive influence on society and inspire others to also contribute in a positive way. 

Marleen is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2018 Amsterdam). 

Nikola Lero, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Senior Fellow | 2017 Sarajevo)
Office of MEP Ivo Vajgl, European Parliament 

Nikola was born in Sarajevo but during his childhood lived in 10 cities in three ex-Yugoslav countries. Due to his life story and the effect the 1992-1995 war has had on it, he decided to dedicate his work to human rights. That is why he was an active NGO volunteer at AIESEC, Youth for Peace and European Youth Parliament. He received  the Erasmus+ "Young Journalist Award for Youth Democratic Values in Bosnia and Herzegovina" in 2017. Nikola holds a BA degree in Law from Pan-European University in Banjaluka and participated in the Council of Europe Human Rights Legal Clinic 2016/2017. His mission is to merge digital communication channels and leadership, in order to create a powerful tool for a global change. Currently, he is a Junior Assistant at UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina and a Communications Officer at YEU International. 

Nikola is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2017 Sarajevo).

Tetiana Piletska, Ukraine (Senior Fellow | 2017 Berlin)
Office MEP Rupert Matthews, European Parliament

Tetiana is a Ukrainian lawyer passionate about international law and human rights. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in International Law from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in Ukraine. During her studies at the European University Viadrina in Germany, she participated in international projects and seminars related to the issue of minority rights and focused on the rights of sexual minorities in Russia in her Master thesis. She gained her practical experience in the field of human rights trough her work for the German Bundestag within the International Parliamentary Scholarship Programme and the United Nations Association of Germany, where she successfully published her articles on the topics of hate crimes and discrimination of Crimean Tatars. Furthermore, she was volunteering for the Campaign against discrimination in Ukraine and for the Project Migration_Miteinander, which supported refugees in their legal migration to Germany.

Tetiana is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2017 Berlin).

Panourgias Papaioannou, Greece (Senior Fellow | 2017 Berlin)
Office of MEP Norica Nicolai, European Parliament 

Panos was born and raised in Athens. After graduating from the Evangeliki School of Nea Smirni he studied English Language and Literature at the University of Athens. Moreover, he studied at the JFK Institute of the Free University of Berlin as an Erasmus Exchange Student. Panos was selected to represent his country Greece on the 21st ASEFSU and received a scholarship from the Federal Ministry of Education of Austria for his participation in the European Forum Alpbach. He is an active member of several NGOs that advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Panos has been a participant at the 2015 Athens Study Trip “Human Rights, Diversity and Civic Engagement”. In his spare time, Panos enjoys reading books and going to the theater. His motto is “Courage is knowing what not to fear”. 

Panos is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2017 Berlin).  

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