HEDVIG MORVAI-HORVAT

Hedvig Morvai-Horvat is executive director of the Belgrade based European Fund for the Balkans, a multi-year joint initiative of European foundations designed to help these foundations to become more actively involved in the Western Balkans and to prepare the societies and countries of the region for their future in the EU.

Her long year engagement as civil activist she started as founder and vice president of the Hungarian Student Association of Vojvodina in 1997, what was later followed by engagement in different Serbian non-governmental organizations: the Student Union of Serbia, the Novi Sad based Center for Multiculturalism, coordination of the office of Carpathian Information Exchange Network – AGORA, later the Novi Sad office of Partnership for Democratic Change and engagement in the EXIT Festival team.

From 2002 till July 2007 she was the director of The Citizens’ Pact for South Eastern Europe, a regional initiative focused on cross border and regional cooperation of local communities and NGOs in South Eastern Europe. During her service, The Citizens’ Pact became one of the most relevant regional actors dealing with issues as visa regimes, local democracy and cross border co-operation development and youth participation. The Visa Abolishment Campaign, led by the Citizens’ Pact in the SEE region and EU, produced a great variety of campaigning tools including a comparative regional research on visa, internet database and different types of awareness raising activities, what has mobilised important forces both in the region and in „Brussels“ around the visa issue.

As social programme adviser to the EXIT festival, the largest music festival of the Balkans, she with her Citizens’ Pact team established the MOVE! Festival Stage what represents the central festival scene for social and alternative cultural programmes. As special events of this Stage, Hedvig Morvai-Horvat organised high level political debates on the most burning regional issues with local and international political and public personalities.

She studied law in Novi Sad and Belgrade and followed numerous courses and alternative education programmes. She is an alumnist of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence.

In 2006 she was awarded by the Belgrade based Maja Maršićević-Tasić Foundation with the „Osvajanje slobode“ (freely translated: Winning Freedom) award.