The Board

Chairperson, 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 work flow. Currently she is heavily involved in ABC's Yuwalaya project.

Fun Fact: Katrina still writes and sends letters and recently sent a telegram.

Contact: katrina.taylor@abcsweden.org

 

Vice chairperson, 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 ship wrecks someday soon!

Contact: fernanda.drumond@abcsweden.org

 

Treasurer, Benjamin Sjögren

Benjamin has been on the board since 2013 and has been involved in ABC before that. He is also the current economy assistant for ABC. He has a bachelor degree in development studies where he completed his thesis in Columbia on displaced people due to civil conflict. He is also has been studying medicine since 2015.

Fun Fact: Benjamin is currently learning to paint like Leonid Afremov!

Contact: benjamin.sjogren@abcsweden.org 

 

 

Treasurer, 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 Development Co-ordinator, Hristo Valche

Hristo is Master of Conservation Biology of Lund University and Master of Ecomanagement for Sustainable Development of Sofia University. He was previously an Election committee member of ABC and currently is the Project leader of Greenhouse Educational Ecosystem (GEE), Vi Odlar and Urban Naturalistic Installations projects. He is very active in sustainability activities and highly motivated for developing innovative and productive ecological sustainable solutions.

Fun Fact: Hristo can grow 111 herbs from seeds.

Contact: hristo.valchev@abcsweden.org 

 

 

Development Co-ordinator, Rufai Issifu 

Rufai is enrolled in the Master of Science Programme in Development Studies at Lund University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political Science at University of Ghana in Ghana. Rufai was active in ABC’s urban gardening projects in 2017. Amongst his interests are volunteer work, agribusiness and project monitoring and evaluation.

Fun Fact: Rufai loves feeding his goats

Contact: rufai.issifu@abcsweden.org 

 

 

Communications Officer, Lucia Di Paola

Lucia holds a Bachelor's degree in European Studies from Maastricht University and is now studying a Master in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. She has background in engagement with non-profit organisations in the environmental field, particularly in zero waste and circular economy.

Fun Fact: Lucia's grandfather was last of 18 siblings. 

Contact: lucia.dipaola@abcsweden.org 

 

 

Secretary, Julia Bittencourt

Julia is graduated in international relations from UFF in Brazil and is now pursuing a MsC in Human Ecology at Lund University. She’s been active in NGOs in Brazil and in Canada and now works as a secretary at ABC Sweden.

Fun Fact: Julia is crazy about food. More specifically, vegan food. She just loves cooking and eating food.

Contact: julia.bittencourt@abcsweden.org