Kopin’s Board Members
William is also a member of the Board of SKOP (the National Platform of Maltese Development NGOs), a member of the Maltese AidWatch working group and of the Development Education and Awareness Raising working group. In the past, he collaborated with Inizjamed on a voluntary basis.
William has a first degree in Maltese and is currently reading for a Masters in European Ecomomics, Politics & Law. In his free time, William enjoys reading, travelling, good food and spending time by the sea. He has a keen interest in Italian football, especially strategy and tactics, the arts and global politics.
Michael has been involved in different development NGOs since 1983 and has participated in various activities and campaigns, occupying different roles along the years. His main interests are advocacy work in relation to development policy, as well as capacity building. He has represented Kopin in seminars and meetings both locally and on a European level, and has experience in a number of development cooperation initiatives. He is Kopin’s liaison officer with Eurostep and Social Watch. He is also the coordinator of SKOP’s AidWatch Working Group.
Her main research interests primarily lie in the migration-human rights nexus. She has mainly used ethnography as a method in the larger projects, other forms of qualitative methods and policy analysis for shorter projects. Daniela has published on irregular migration, deportation, human rights, EU migration policies, EU border policies. although she has also produced work in other fields notably citizenship, children’s rights and social policy. Her work has been published internationally in academic journals and books. Daniela has volunteered for many years with different non-governmental organisations in the field of justice, human rights and migration with local, national and global interests.
Stefano’s recent research activities include health and economic assessments, in the face of climate change, of urban communities in Africa and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Prior to join academia, Stefano worked in the Italian Parliament as manager and policy analyst. He also worked as a consultant in several development projects based in Albania, Mexico, Mali and Ethiopia, mainly in relation to socio-economic, health, and environmental funded activities. He has worked with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) as senior research officer, where he was in charge of the development of impact assessment tools. Stefano is also member of the board of the Islands and Small States Institute of the University of Malta, and part of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI). He is active in numerous outreach and knowledge-transfer initiatives, including training courses and consultation sessions for public, private, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Kopin Executive Team
Michelle speaks German (Austrian), English and Italian (enough to order wine). She coordinates the SUSY(SUstainability Solidarity economY) project, works on volunteering and art projects and is also the Media Officer for Kopin.
Her interests are the MENA region, social economy, human rights law, minority and indigenous rights, comparative constitutional law, refugee support, anthropology, snorkelling and travelling.
She also very much loves her dog Herbie who was a stray and is now the happiest dog in the world.
Before moving to Malta, Maria worked in various fields. Between September 2014 and April 2015, she was an intern with Kopin, following which she started working as Project Coordinator for the organisation. More recently, Maria has also been engaged in the organisation’s administration.
Eager to learn new things about the world, and being ‘allergic to sports’, Maria enjoys reading, cinema and travelling.
She is primarily involved in the planning, supervision and implementation of educational and awareness-raising initiatives targeting the general public as well as primary and secondary schools and University, focusing on topics related to sustainable development, global citizenship, human rights and migration. She also supports the team in the development of international projects and the delivery of trainings on a variety of topics. Federica coordinates Kopin’s volunteers supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors and refugee women in Malta.
She holds a PhD in psychology from the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria and is a certified Clinical Psychologist. She has been working over the last 10 years mainly in the area of Trauma, Mental Health, Gender Based Violence and Child Protection with various INGOs and the UN and supported project implementation in several African countries (Ghana, Liberia, Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania) and the Middle East (Palestine). Sharon has a strong interest in developing innovative ideas focusing on Gender Equality, Empowerment and integration of Refugee and Migrant population, and has interest in creation of Social Behavior Change Communication focusing on ending harmful traditional practices.
Within Kopin, she is supporting as a researcher on a European Union funded project focusing on improving access to health and mental health services to migrant population. Sharon enjoys spending time with her daughters, loves art and handcraft/design, theater, and travelling. She is curious by nature and always excited to learn something new.