The secretariat currently exists of 10 professionals, all committed to help connect and continuously improve the skillset, knowledge tools and the program scope of ISSA's fast growing membership base.

ISSA's secretariat works to enhance the communication and cross-pollination between locally-, regionally- and nationally operating institutions and associations. When it comes to advocacy, we operate from the heart of the European Union and move far beyond. We show and share the progress made by our members and consortia, and we emphasize their strengths and experiences, so they can be picked up and spread elsewhere within our extensive network.

More over, we research, program, seek out the latest knowledge and translate them into publications, trainings, practical tool-kits, topics for conferences and discussions, webinars and news stories. Pleased to meet you!

Liana Ghent
Executive Director

Liana Ghent joined as director of ISSA in 2006. During this time, the network has expanded to include 85 member organizations from across Europe and Central Asia. Liana Ghent has over 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily with programs in higher education and early childhood development. 
Other experience include the co-presidency of the Civic Education Project, an organization focussed on higher education in Europe and the former Soviet Union. She served on several (director) boards, a.o. the Consultative Group for ECCD and the Leadership Council of the Global Compact for Early Childhood Development. Currently, she is a member of the Interim Executive Group of the Early Childhood Development Action Network and the advisory board for the Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development.

Dr. Mihaela Ionescu
Program Director

Dr. Mihaela Ionescu joined ISSA in 2010. She is an early childhood education expert and doctor in Educational Sciences. She worked for more than 20 years as a researcher in the education field as an education policy developer, trainer and leader of programs and projects aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education and care services. Prior to joining ISSA she worked throughout the CEE/CIS region as an international consultant for UNICEF and the World Bank. As the Program Director of ISSA Mihaela is central to strategic planning and implementing programs. She creates resources aimed at providing equitable and high-quality early childhood services in countries from ISSA regions by strengthening the capacity of ISSA members to work with professionals, parents, administrators and policy makers. Languages: Romanian, English and Italian

Zorica Trikic
Senior Program Manager

Zorica Trikic, joined ISSA in Leiden in 2014. Prior to that, Zorica was Program Director for ISSA member Centre for Interactive Pedagogy (CIP) in Serbia and consultant for ISSA and UNICEF in Eastern Europe. As Sr. Program Manager, Zorica leads different ISSA initiatives, including Embracing Diversity, Supporting Families for Nurturing Care and Children on the Move. She holds a Master's degree in Education and Human Resources Development. She has over 30 years of experience in the early years sector, working on programs and policy development with clear focus on the most vulnerable children, families and communities - especially Romani - refugee and migrant children. She is also an experience training developer and creator of programs for trainers, educators and health workers. Languages: Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian and English.

Stanislav Daniel
Program Manager, REYN Coordinator

Stanislav Daniel is a Roma rights activist, advocate, researcher and trainer from Slovakia. Being member of the community himself, his abilities combine first-hand experience with the theoretical knowledge he gained through both formal and non-formal education. His previous work experience includes the Roma Education Fund, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the OSCE, European Roma Rights Centre and the Open Society Foundations in Bratislava. His research and advocacy activities have focused primarily on education, but also include housing, a state response to racially motivated violence, and freedom of movement. He is a Board Member of European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network.
Languages: Slovak, English, Czech, Romani and German

Winnifred Sanders
Finance Manager

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Eva Izsak
Membership Officer

Eva Izsak joined ISSA in 2002. She holds a BA degree in Social Work and an MA in Social Policy. Throughout her career she has worked with different non-profit organizations, agencies and networks, including the Hungarian Association for Non-profit Human Services, the Regional Environmental Centre, USAID, United Way and Telecottage Partner Service. Her work for ISSA includes the initiatives in the network division, such as the coordination of international events and conferences, publications, website and social media. She was also coordinator of ISSA's Second Language Learning project, funded by the Comenius Programme of the European Commission. Eva was a member of the Coordinating Committee of ISSA’s Education for Social Justice program. Languages: Hungarian and English

Federico Lanzo
Communications and Campaigns Officer

Federico joined the team in 2016, to support the promotion of ISSA’s projects and campaigns. He holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and has also worked as a freelance journalist and video maker.

He previously worked at Eurochild, where he was responsible for the organisations’ video production and for their campaigns: the Opening Doors for Europe's Children campaign on ending institutional care and the Child Rights Manifesto, which succeeded in securing over 100 Child Rights Champions in the European Parliament following elections in May 2014. 
Languages: Italian, Dutch, English

Jolanda Clement
Sr. Officer Marketing & Communications

In 2018 Jolanda Clement joined ISSA as Sr. Officer Marketing & Communications, with the key objective to align all communications more closely with both ISSA’s aspirations and the needs of the ISSA Network.

Jolanda has over 15 years’ experience in the Marketing, PR and Communications discipline, in profit, the public sector and non-profit. She holds a BA and additional coursework adding up to Logeion Level 4 (Dutch Association for Communications Professionals). She is also a qualified copy writer, having written for a broad range of clients and worked as an independent journalist in the medical field.

Languages:  Dutch, English, German

Emily Henry
Communications and Campaign Officer

Emily began her work for ISSA by assisting communications during the ISSA Conference 2016 in Lithuania. She formally joined the team in 2017 to aid with various programs and inititives. Before ISSA, Emily runned her own communications company, which helps NGOs and small businesses build an online presence through social media strategy. Previously, she has worked in Non-Governmental Organizations in both communications and fundraising roles.
She holds a BA in International Studies - Peace Studies/Sociology and an MA in International Non-Governmental Organizations. 

Languages: English, Spanish

Anna Joostensz
Finance Officer & Office Manager

Anna Joostensz joined the team in 2018 to support ISSA in running it's financial and organizational processes. Anna combines her experience in Siemens NL, where she covered different financial functions and her various work experience in non-profit organizations in Russia. Anna is holding a master degree in Business Administration and also leads a freelance online project.

Languages: Russian, English, Dutch