Kopin’s Structure

Kopin is directed by a board and staffed by a multi-national team of individuals dedicated to the cause of eradication of poverty and social injustice through sustainable development and education.

Our ranks also include interns and volunteers equally committed to our goal, and who support the executive team.

Kopin’s Board Members

William Grech
William GrechExecutive Director and Board Member
William Grech has been active in the development cooperation field since 2002 and participated to several activities and trainings on a wide spectrum of issues related to development cooperation and global education. Within Kopin, he reports to the Board and the General Assembly and is mainly responsible for the strategic planning and the overall administration of the organization. William was appointed Executive Director in July 2013 and he and he had previously fulfilled the role of Coordinator between January 2009 and June 2013. He is also very active in the design of project proposals, networking, capacity building, advocacy and research.

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.

Dominik Kalweit
Dominik KalweitDeputy Executive Director and Board Member
Dominik is Kopin’s Vice Executive Director and Director for Projects and Initiatives. He holds a Diploma (ISCED 7) from the University of Augsburg, Germany, in Political Science and Communication Sciences and has been active in international development cooperation, education and human rights related fields since 2005. In his work, he focuses on strategic planning, project development and management, networking, training, advocacy and research. Dominik is also an active member (board, working groups) of Malta’s Development NGO platform SKOP and a volunteer for the Kenya Support Programme of Inizjamed. In his free time, Dominik enjoys outdoor activities with his family, friends and dogs, travelling, good food and the sea. He has a keen interest in other cultures, education and experiential learning as well as global politics.
Michael Gatt
Michael GattBoard Member
Michael Gatt is a university graduate in education and educational leadership. He is an educator and administrator by profession and works as an assistant head in a state primary school. He is one of the founders of Kopin and SKOP, the National Platform of Maltese NGDOs. He was Kopin’s first coordinator between June 2000 and December 2008 and the Platform’s first coordinator, until May 2007.

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.

Daniela DeBono
Daniela DeBonoBoard Member
Daniela DeBono is Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFAS Fellow at the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute and Senior Lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University.

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 Moncada
Stefano MoncadaBoard Member
Stefano Moncada (twitter @stefanomoncada) was born in Rome in 1976. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Malta, where he lectures and conducts research in the areas of development economics, climate change, island studies, sustainable development, and impact evaluation techniques.
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 Calleja Chehab
Michelle Calleja ChehabTeam Member
Michelle is half Austrian, half Lebanese and has lived in Malta for more than a decade. She studied at the University of Malta, at the University of Bologna and holds an LLM in Human Rights Law from University College London(UCL). She has been with Kopin since January 2015.

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.

Maria Di Domenico
Maria Di DomenicoTeam Member
Maria has a Bachelor degree in Economics of European and International Integration and a Master in Political Economy from La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. During her studies, Maria developed a special interest for statistics, economic inequalities and economy of migration, for which the latter two became the main focus of her Master thesis.

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.

Federica Di Giulio
Federica Di GiulioTeam Member
Federica has an educational background in Cultural Mediation and Development Cooperation and holds an MA in International Studies. She has been working with Kopin since 2013 as a project manager and activity coordinator within different projects, focusing mainly on Development Education, Migration and Children’s Rights. In January 2016, she has taken on the role of Head of Education Department.

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.

Sharon Kassahun
Sharon Kassahun Team Member
Sharon is originally from Austria, but has been living globally for more than 12 years. She has just recently re-located to Malta with her two daughters Desta and Lelo.

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.