Robin has over 25 years experience in developing and delivering anti-bias training programmes for various target groups. With a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution, Ms. Sclafani uses training and facilitation as methods for transforming social conflict into opportunities for social cohesion. Originally from New York City, Ms. Sclafani came to Brussels in 1998 as a Fulbright Scholar to the European Union.
Originally from Rome, Italy, Melissa has extensive experience in managing EU projects. Since its inception in 2011, she has managed and developed the European project Facing Facts! – make hate crime visible. She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and partners, supporting the communications and fundraising strategies, and coordinating multiple activities and projects related to the CEJI’s work on hate crime and hate speech . She also has significant experience in developing and implementing training programmes, in-person and online, on issues related to hate crime and hate speech monitoring.
Originally from Hungary, Julia studied Marketing and Business Management in Denmark, France and England. After working for two years in Hungary and China in various communication positions, she completed her Master degree in Media and Public Relations at Leicester University, where she wrote her dissertation on ageism in the media. Dedicated to spreading the word of good causes, Julia joined CEJI in October 2016 as a Communication Officer and having developed the online course on hate speech, she now also works as a Hate Speech Advisor for Facing Facts and for other European projects. In addition, she is also the tutor of the online courses on hate speech.
Joanna Perry is an independent hate crime consultant, research fellow and associate lecturer on hate crime at Birkbeck College, University of London. Joanna’s previous roles include Hate Crime Officer at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, criminal justice policy lead at Victim Support UK, and hate crime policy and performance lead at the Crown Prosecution Service. She has published on disability hate crime and current challenges in achieving a shared concept of hate crime at the international level among policy makers, civil society, practitioners and scholars. Joanna has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bristol University and later gained a graduate diploma in Law from the College of Law, and a Masters in research in law from Birkbeck College.
Phil Tubman has been working with e-learning systems for 18 years and has been part of the growth of online education from niche practice into the mainstream. Online education has always lowered barriers in terms of access to resources, but combined with learning design it also allows people to learn together which increases diversity and common understanding. As well as developing the online courses for CEJI as part of the Facing Facts Online programmes, he is also studying for a PhD on the topic of Social Learning in MOOCs. When he is not working with online educational systems, Phil is a keen (although not entirely proficient!) surfer and climber.
Tim Ellis has been working as a learning technologist in Higher Education for 18 years, originally specialising in the creation and delivery of online assessment. Since then, he has diversified to work on other aspects of learning technology including course design, video production and application development. When not working on educational technologies, Tim is a keen gamer and tries to play badminton to keep fit.