We are EDUACTIVE

Eduactive is an international social enterprise, providing impact oriented services and consultancies, aimed to achieve a more efficient response to the needs of young people worldwide. At the heart of our business are the youth: we work to avoid a rhetorical approach as we focus on the need of full and meaningful participation of young people at all levels: from education to employment/access to the job market. All our actions are recognised and branded as EduActions. EduActions are grounded in the mission of “diffundere” (to disseminate in Latin) for every alumnus and strive to inspire them to spread this mission and implement it in their own realities.

Guided by “faber est suae quisque fortunae” (everyone is creator of its own future – De Rep. 1,1,2), we are daily committed to a fairer and sustainable World, where everyone can contribute in a personal manner. The World is full of opportunities: they just need to be discovered or rather created!

OUR MISSION

To achieve this ambitious vision on a global scale, our mission is to:

  • promote the importance of non-formal education (NFE), the culture of learning-by-doing, the value of entrepreneurship as enterprising spirit for young people, a complement to the school curricular programs;
  • create and execute our complementary educational projects aimed at strengthening the school curricula through the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in order to enable young people to take the lead, empower themselves to become agents of change, access the job market and further develop their academic path;
  • build stronger cooperation and understanding among young people, institutions and the private sector;
  • build stronger cooperation among key actors and stakeholders in the youth, education and employment sector;
  • provide the best standard of personalized support and service to every beneficiary, user, or client.

OUR HISTORY

Thanks to many years of work in the youth sector, we developed a strong awareness of the gap that young people face globally when reverting from schools to universities or the job market. When leaving high school, you get yourself in front of what is believed to be your most important decision, just to understand years later that empowerment is a state of mind and that there is no more important thing than investing life-long in your knowledge.

EDUACTIVE found its pilasters in 2014 during a youth empowerment training course. This is when the co-founders understood that being a life-long learner is more than following traditional educational systems to be successful: it is a difficult process that includes following non-formal training courses, getting outside of your comfort zone, building and sometimes also crashing meaningful relationships and partnerships, [check the main verb here] the definition of a clear and sustainable long-term strategy for research and investment, the evaluation and assessment of innovative, effective and passion-oriented learning.

Understanding the necessity to fill in the gap between young people, companies and institutions, EDUACTIVE was created as a safe harbour for life-long learners willing to never stop learning and exploring, no matter their age. EDUACTIVE was built on the expertise of an experienced and complimentary team, qualified in youth empowerment, PPP (public-private partnerships), value chains, field monitoring and evaluations, agriculture, diplomacy, development policy analysis, strategy, sustainability and gender issues.

Ena Peeva
Founder & Managing Partner

Active in the field of youth empowerment since 2008, Ena decided to dedicate the skills she acquired to young people who are in their last years of high school. The entrepreneurial spirit is her driving force. Experienced in International Organizations and PPP (Public, Private Partnerships), She has attended/organized/delivered more than 200 extra curricular training activities and events. Different positions have seen her dealing mainly with business development, project management, planning, executing and reporting.  Her biggest added value are her logistical and event planning skills. 

In 2017 she co-founded EDUACTIVE. As Managing Partner, she oversees strategy, program design, monitoring, evaluation, EduActions on the field and ensures that every alumnus feels welcome to join the team and turn the passion into an EduAction.

Ena Peeva
Founder & Managing Partner

Pietro Fochi
Founder & Managing Partner

World citizen, proudly made in Italy, is a youth advocate for social inclusion of new generations.

Pietro holds more than five years of management experience in the private sector, blended with relevant international experiences and a passion for performing arts. His strong relational skills enable him to see the invisible in every project we undertake.

Most notably, Pietro served as Youth Delegate of Italy to the United Nations in the 2018/2019 term, focusing on the role of youth in the implementation of the Agenda 2030.

His fields of interest include social and economic sustainability, youth empowerment and entrepreneurship, policy making and international soft law tools. Given his experience in both the private and the public sector, he is an effective interlocutor across sectors. 

In 2017 he co-founded EDUACTIVE. As Managing Partner, he manages external, institutional and client relations, and ensures that their aspirations, strategies and beliefs are valued by and in harmony with the work of the operational team. 

Pietro Fochi
Founder & Managing Partner

Jana Garvanlieva
Creative Content Producer

Experienced professional in program and project management with a specific focus on Arts Management, content production and creative art consulting. For the past 10 years she has worked in different companies in the Balkan Area in the educational, business and art industry. Jana has also developed research activities at local, national and international level, both on specific topics and market sectors. 

Her organisational skills are key for every operational management of the company, when it comes both to administrative aspects, but also to coordination of the entire operational flow.

In EDUACTIVE Jana connects both her administrational experience and her creative skills, by supporting the entire team in the operational aspects, but also conducting the creative content creation for all our clients, donors and final beneficiaries. The main aim  of her content creation is to communicate the importance of multi actor interventions across sectors and among young people for achieving every target of the Agenda 2030.

Jana Garvanlieva
Creative Content Producer

Andrea Serpagli
Senior Consultant

Andrea is an agro-economist with about 35 years of professional experience on sustainable development in transition and in developing countries. Andrea has worked with the United Nations, non-governmental organisations and private sector across the World. Most notably Andrea has led large scale agricultural/food/eco-tourist value-chain development. He possesses sound experience in cooperating with the private sector for implementation of Private Public Partnerships (PPP) as an engine for sustainable value-chain development-5 PPPs put in place in Sao Tomé e Principe involving private European enterprises.

As a Senior Consultant in Eduactive he is in charge for developing the academic content in every EduAction, by also menthoring the junior team members and the Alumni.

Andrea Serpagli
Senior Consultant

Michele Maccari
Senior Consultant 

Michele is expert in sustainability with more than 20 years of professional experience. Currently pursuing a PhD in Economics & Management of Innovation & Sustainability at Parma University, where he also acts as a board member at the University Centre for International Cooperation. Michele has worked for diverse organisations such as Slow Food, International Fund For Agricultural Development and for 10 years has been part of ICEA (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certifications), based in Italy, but working mostly in Latin America, Asia and Africa. His expertises are focused, but not limited to: sustainable certifications and quality schemes (organic agriculture, Fair Trade, Geographical Indications, sustainable tourism and other environmental and social standards), sustainable tourism,  sustainable agriculture and value chains, public private partnerships

As a Senior Consultant in Eduactive he is charge for developing multi-stakeholders projects and programmes, project cycle management, monitoring and evaluation, organisation of study visits and training focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with specific focus on quality agricultural and non-agricultural value chains (GI products, certified products, niche market products and services). He also supports our clients in defining their humanitarian interventions as per their organisational mission and vision. 

Michele Maccari
Senior Consultant

Alberto Pellicanò
Consultant

Alberto holds a LLM in Integrated Masters of Arts in Law, with a major in Public International Law from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). His research interests have covered sustainable economy in business, enforcing contracts indicators, international relations, human rights, international corporate and litigation law. During his studies he has spent a semester at the American University-Washington College of Law (Washington DC, USA) and a month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia researching in corporate and litigation law. He has been involved in the study group on Enforcing Contracts Indicator for the World’s bank Subnational doing business in Italy 2019 Report. 

As a Consultant, in EDUACTIVE he develops research strategies and supports the working strategy for EduActions on the field. His strategies and research outcomes help to build stronger processes, provide support to a different range of clients and picture reality through statistics and data management.

Alberto Pellicanò
Consultant

Simone Mostratisi
Junior Consultant

Graduate in International Affairs and current Youth Delegate of Italy to the United Nations (UNYD), Simone is passionate about sport and the hispanic culture. He has spent a year in Madrid where he is often back as chair of international youth conferences. Fluently speaking English, Spanish and French, he has covered the role of Liaison Officer at the Summer Universiade in 2019. As UNYD, he developed a number of project proposals aimed to ensure active participation of young people on a local level, conducted outreach to potential private sector partners and future donors, media campaign strategy, both on-line and off-line.

Simone is also a part-time consultant for various youth led sport societies in Italy.

He participated at the 74th United Nations General Assembly, as well as the 25th Conference of Parties (COP) and the 15th COY (Conference on Youth) in Madrid.

As a junior consultant in EDUACTIVE, Simone supports our alumni when it comes to their participation as active actors at the international level and coaches them in defining their strategies for pursuing academic careers abroad or launching impactful activities in their communities in different areas of the Agenda 2030.

Simone Mostratisi
Junior Consultant

Sofia Ditano
Junior Consultant

Sofia is a bachelor student in Psychology at the University of Verona (Verona, Italy). Prior to joining EDUACTIVE, Sofia has gained experience with leading the creation and the operational executions of different student organisations in Italy. She has led the EDUACTIVE delegation to the Enter!Youth Week at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. The delegation led by Sofia was the youngest one attending the event. She is co-creator of UNVEIL, a project that aims to unveil different types of violence that young girls experience in their daily environment.

Sofia joined EDUACTIVE as a Junior Consultant in June 2019, and is now supporting students in defining their educational pathways, and NGOs, student association, foundations and schools in defining their socially responsible objectives.

Sofia Ditano
Junior Consultant

OUR VALUES

Our values drive every EduAction on national or global level.

Excellence
We believe only in excellence as a final destination. This is our way of showing appreciation to those who decide to benefit from our EduActions.

Transparency and timely
The transparency of each activity planning and implementation mapping enables us to deliver the best EduAction and to ensure the biggest impact and the best youth empowerment possible.

High Standards
To keep high standards of quality is a conditio sine qua non in order to ensure excellence and to provide equal opportunities for life-long learning to every young person that joins our projects.

Simplicity and privacy
All EduActions can be followed by users or beneficiaries no matter their stage of life, beliefs or background. We respect the privacy of every individual/institution/company: all our projects are ideated according to the highest confidential and privacy standards.

Sustainability and Accountability through SDGs
We know we did a great job when our alumni start ideating their own actions carried out with respect to the environment and the local socio-economic and cultural contexts. The Agenda 2030, its 17 SDGs together with all the targets and indicators are at the core of all our projects.

Independence and Creativity
We are and will remain independent and neutral in the implementation of each EduAction no matter its shades and implications. Creativity is our unique stamp, as we are guided by the conviction that creativity is the difference between very good and excellent.

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