Senior academic administrator, development consultant, and scholar, Biorn has created and managed overseas courses and online programs with university partners in Boston, MA, Rio de Janeiro, Belem and Para, Brazil. He is an experienced researcher specializing in indigenous and rural people in developing areas, with an emphasis on Brazil and Eastern Africa. He has developed educational projects for youth groups. Co-author on political and social situations facing the world’s indigenous peoples and human rights, his academic specialization is on social movements and the strengthening of civil society, particularly in developing countries. He has extensive research experience in the interiors and cities of Brazil. He has focused globally on human rights, indigenous rights, and youth education. He has conducted consultancy on these issues – often amid challenging research circumstances – in the US, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and in the Russian Federation.
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Danish.
Biorn is a US citizen and lives in Boston, MA, USA.
Authoring, co-authoring and managing international projects since 1992, and working on volunteer management and education, Yana specializes in the areas of inclusion, human rights, creativity and culture.
These include the Sunrise City project for psycho-social support awarded by UNHCR and WOSM, projects for the inclusion of young people with hearing, speech and sight impairments and developmental difficulties; education on inclusion of persons with disabilities in NGO activities, and on Human Rights, Rights of the Child and responsibility towards marginalization, discrimination and stereotypes, Work as a Gift School for Volunteers, CompuScout Virtual education centre, Education for Peace and promotion of the rights of women and LGBT rights.
As Deputy Director of the Regional Institution-Building Advisor Program within the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative of the American Bar Association (ABA CEELI RIBA), she worked with lawyers, judges, mediators and human rights NGOs to enhance the capacity and professional management skills of designated partners in the Region on various Organizational Development topics.
Having direct entrepreneurial experience from her own consulting business, Yana Bojana has worked on social entrepreneurship and lifelong learning projects, and assisted with projects linked to de-institutionalization and decentralization of social services, as well as in-service training for different profiles of workers on social welfare in several countries.
Combining creativity and many years of involvement in music and culture, she has also written projects of youth education through music and astronomy, and education on the Rights of the Child through renaissance music and dance, and has led numerous creative workshops for children and youth.
Yana has worked on projects within EU CARDS, IPA, YIA, Culture and Media programs and is specializing in EU-funded projects, particularly within the Erasmus+ program, providing expertise for all stages from application to reporting.
Languages: English, Croatian and other similar languages.
Yana is Croatian and lives in Zagreb, Croatia.