Chairperson | Julia Linder
Julia has an academic background in Work- and Organisational Psychology and is a trained and passionate gardener and farmer. Being engaged in ABC since 2010, Julia knows the organisation inside and out and is proud to the see the organisation continuously develop both locally and internationally. Julia has been key in establishing ABC's working methods around urban gardening as a tool to transition to more empowered and sustainable communities. Apart from being the Chair of ABC, Julia coordinates our urban gardening project Vi odlar! at Stenkrossen in Lund and works as an after-school teacher at a primary school.
Fun fact: Julia adores animals and is getting chickens together with her neighbours during the spring.
Vice Chairperson | Victoria Wandsleb
Curiosity, a passion for the Swedish language and a master’s programme in Cognitive Science made Victoria come to Lund. Since getting engaged in a new surrounding is a great way of combining networking and self-efficacy, she joined ABC. For now, she is a member of ABC’s local project “Vi Odlar” and enjoys learning more about gardening and spending her time with people who are also passionate about a sustainable life style.
Fun fact: I was kind of obsessed with “Finding Nemo” as a child, so I can still quote almost the whole film. So far just in German, but I’m working on the English version!
Secretary | Fernanda Drumond
Since her teen years Fernanda has been involved in volunteer work towards the youth. She comes from Brazil where she was involved in the youth group in Belo Horizonte. There she helped to organize retreats, distribute food and resources to the homeless, play with children in orphanages and create awareness about the need to recycle waste. In India, she was a professional ballerina and in Nepal, she taught ballet to teens in orphanages. She has a Masters Degree in Development Studies from Lund University and now works at Gapminder in Stockholm.
Fun Fact: She has recently started going after her dream of scuba diving and hopes to dive in shipwrecks someday soon!
Treasurer & International Collaborations Coordinator | Felipe Visson
Felipe likes to describes himself with quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
Fun Fact: Treasurer … because every organisation needs one!
International Collaborations Coordinator | Katrina Taylor
Katrina has graduated history and politics and now is working in the sphere of education in the Lund’s International School Kattedral. She is a multi-talented person with immense experience in a range of NGO’s. She has been part of the board for the Erasmus program and is experienced in organizing and managing their workflow. Currently, she is heavily involved in ABC's Yuwalaya project.
Fun Fact: Katrina still writes and sends letters and recently sent a telegram.
Marie is enrolled in the BSc. Development Studies and majors in Human Geography. She has a background in engagement with non-profit organizations in community development in Latin America, as well as with AAFRA (Association of African Affairs) in Lund and is now the Activity Group Coordinator for ABC together with Jodie. She likes to engage with local projects that improve the urban living environment for its community.
Fun fact: I can make food out of almost everything! Improvisation is key!
Activity Coordinator | Jodie Ho
Jodie is half-Taiwanese and half-Japanese and is currently a Masters student in Lund studying Environmental Studies and Sustainability Sciences. She has previously studied in the UK for her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and International Development. There she volunteered with the Brighton Permaculture Trust. At her time there she developed an interest in composting and gardening and hopes to have a forest garden of her own someday. She is interested in organisations that work with community engagement and the environment. She hopes that this will bring more awareness for sustainable living.
Fun Fact: I can fall asleep anywhere.
Communications Officer | Megan Connolly
Megan has a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK and is now studying for her master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science here in Lund. Previously she has taken the role of Vice President of the UEA Sustainability Society during her bachelors and is particularly interested in engaging as many people as possible in the natural world and sustainability.
Fun fact: Her grandfather was one of the first people to teach her about gardening and nature when she was very young!
International Development Coordinator | Mehmet Dogan
Mehmet has recently completed his Master’s degree in International Development and Management (Lund University) and is now working at Tetra Pak (Development & Service Operations) in Lund. He holds a BSc degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey). He also studied at the University of Bremen (Germany) as part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme in 2013. Since 2012, he has been working with 15-25 year olds to create wider awareness of different global issues at the local level. He is the former Turkish youth delegate to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Over the last six years, he has undertaken several internships within think-tanks, governmental organizations and NGOs. Social exclusion, women’s empowerment, youth unemployment and local democracy are some of the issues that he attaches great importance to as a youth worker. He spends most of his spare time doing photography, improving his Swedish and experimenting with food in the kitchen.
Fun fact: Skyping with my parakeet is the most important part of my daily routine. (Her name is Kumru and she lives with my parents in Bursa, Turkey).