Zaedno Napred (Forward Together) Program Manager
Galina Isaeva has a BA degree in Accounting and control from South – West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad. She has worked at the Financial Management Office at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and at one of the leading private banks in the country. Galina has solid experience as a volunteer in different Roma organizations. She has participated in several Roma related studies among which – the image of Roma in the BG printed and electronic media– hate speech, discrimination and anti-Roma rhetoric. She is a professional debater with awards from international competitions.
Galina has joined Arete’s team as Zaedno Napred Program Manager in November, 2015. From 2007 to 2011 she was part of the team responsible for the leadership camps “Zaedno Napred (Forward Together)“. Within the camps she has experienced different roles – camp participant, leader of a small group, facilitator. Back then, her inner motivation has always been to encourage and inspire youth to continue their education and become professionals in the area, which they studied or graduated.
As part of the team of the Arete Youth Foundation, Galina will work to help further achieve progress and excellence of “Zaedno Napred” program. With her experience, fresh ideas and enthusiasm Galina will strive towards sustainable “Zaedno Napred” leadership camps. She will not only motivate young Roma to continue their education but will try to highlight the importance of preserving their Roma identity. She believes that this is the steppingstone to self-confidence and courage to become a community leader taking over a personal responsibility. Camps will continue to support the establishment of the new generation of young Roma, role models within and outside their communities, who have knowledge and courage to overcome challenges, who have the critical thinking and personal opinion on Roma related issues, who are willing to contribute and give back to their communities.