Liana Ghent joined as the director of ISSA at the end of 2006. Since then the network has expanded to include over 80 member organizations from across Europe and Central Asia, engaging a dynamic mix of NGO’s, research centers, higher education and academic institutions, all working to ensure the best quality care and education for young children, especially the most vulnerable - together ISSA's members reach more than one million children. Under her leadership, ISSA has also strengthened its position in the global field of ECD, while forging key partnerships with several foundations, international agencies and other partners.
Ghent has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily with programs in higher education and in early childhood development. Her leadership experience includes being regional director and later co-president of the Civic Education Project, a nonprofit organization engaged in higher education initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Before joining ISSA, she worked with the Open Society Foundation’s Higher Education Support Program.
She served on the board of directors of the Consultative Group for Early Childhood Care and Development and as a member of the advisory group for 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.
Liana is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Languages: Romanian, English and Hungarian; currently learning Dutch