Izabella_kepHungarian Izabella Vajda is a recent graduate from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) where she studied European and International Law. Throughout her university education, Izabella has been interested in national minority rights and minority related issues. After her graduation, she worked at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union in Brussels where she got her first professional experience in minority policies in the capacity of personal assistant to Mr. György Balogh, Council for Hungarian Minority Issues.

Following her return to Hungary, Izabella started work at the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration where she participated in an educational project aimed at encouraging Hungarian children, living in the minorities of neighbouring countries (Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Croatia), to choose Hungarian schools for their primary school studies. The programme also aimed at helping Hungarian children to gain more knowledge about Hungarian culture and traditions.

Izabella wanted to broaden her professional experience in the very challenging field of national minority issues in a global context, by working as a EVS trainee. Having examined all offers by European NGOs participating in the EVS Programme, she considered that the best place to undergo a traineeship in the field of minority rights and minority issues is our foundation, so she joined EFHR  in September 2014. We are very happy that Izabella joined our team and will be working with us for the next 10 months.