Robin Sclafani

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.

Melissa Sonnino

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! an innovative programme aiming to tackle the issue of hate crime and hate speech in Europe. 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 in the area of hate crime, hate speech, discrimination and bias. She also has significant experience in developing and implementing training programmes, in-person and online, on these issues. Since 2015 she manages the  e-learning platform

Joanna Perry

Joanna Perry is the research and policy lead for the Facing Facts Network. She makes sure that the Network’s capacity building tools are grounded in the latest research on hate crime,  hate speech and  on online learning. She is also an independent consultant supporting a range of organisations to ensure access to justice and safety for victims and communities through research, training and advising on policy and strategy. She is an associate research fellow at the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research 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 for England and Wales. She has designed and delivered online learning for a range of professionals and published widely on hate crime policy and practice, and disability discrimination. Joanna has degrees in psychology, law and online and distance learning.

Marharyta Zhesko

Marharyta Zhesko is an independent consultant and trainer on hate crime and human rights. In 2012-2020, Marharyta worked at the OSCE/ODIHR, where among other things she focused on capacity building of the criminal justice system agencies, including leading the programme on hate crime for law enforcement and delivering trainings for police and prosecutors throughout Europe. Since 2020, Marharyta works as an independent consultant and collaborates with intergovernmental organizations and NGOs on training, research and analysis. Her professional focus includes hate crime, security of minority communities, freedom of religion and belief and freedom of peaceful assembly. Marharyta holds degrees LL.B. in International Law and LL.M. in European Law.

Daniel Heller

Originally from Rome, Italy, Daniel completed his Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Ghent University. He followed courses from the Political Science track, focusing mainly on Policy and Data Analysis. He recently graduated from Ghent University with a Master of Science in Conflict and Development Studies, investigating for his Mater Thesis the challenges and advantages of an intersectional-informed approach to hate crime policies. He is passionate about the political and concepts such as violence and politics of development. He joined CEJI as an intern with particular interests in violence, racism, and intersectionality topics.

Philip Tubman

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.

Timothy Ellis

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.