Nikolett Watson-Puskas

MSc Global Sustainable Cities
MA Design for Development
BSc Light Industrial Engineering

An innovation and R&D specialist within the global sustainable cities field. With a holistic mindset and integrated design approach, her main areas of interest include the transition towards an ecological future via the possibilities encompassed in the latest urban design theories, energy-efficient buildings, renewable energy engineering and the social factors such as collaboration, citizen empowerment via participatory design methodologies. Indeed, the developing concept of circular economy and the policymaking environments are also of crucial importance.

Niki is also an enthusiastic believer in bottom-up initiatives for social inclusion and passionately roots for ‘the right to the city’, spending her free time participating in several co-creation initiatives and attending seminars and debates around a number of critically important issues. She has also been involved in a range of service design activities such as facilitating workshops in London around green and sustainability themes and organising the Global Service Jam’s Budapest edition in 2016.

It is an honour to collaborate with the European Danube Academy and participate in the organisation of the Romani Inclusion Conference as it is an important initiative towards a fundamental point defined in the UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda:

‘We share a vision of cities for all, referring to the equal use and enjoyment of cities and human settlements, seeking to promote inclusivity and ensure that all inhabitants, of present and future generations, without discrimination of any kind, are able to inhabit and produce just, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements to foster prosperity and quality of life for all.’

Anna Czenthe

I am Anna Czenthe, currently I am studying International Relations MA at the Andrássy University of Budapest, with a focus on Germany and Central Eastern Europe. The situation of the Romani people is similar in the countries of this region and I know the circumstances in Hungary through good relationships and several experiences also personally. During longer stays in international envinronment (Erasmus year at the University of Bremen and living in Berlin for half a year thanks to the International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag). I have learned to be open and to pay respect to other cultures and to be ready to learn from them.

Paul F. Langer, is researcher at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Germany. He holds economics degrees from the University of Freiburg (BSc) and the University of St Andrews, UK (MSc). He had stints with Siemens, the German International Cooperation agency (GIZ) and the European Energy Exchange (EEX). Apart from his research, he also works for his mostly business ventures that he started up in Europe and Africa.

For the last 15 years he was also involved in multiple Danube Region related projects. With the European Danube Academy, he has initiated together with Prof Mayer the first Danube School Series – an postgraduate program for young potentials of the Danube Region that takes place every year since 2014 in various Danube cities. Together with Christof Hußmann and his father Peter Langer, he has also initiated the DUNA ROMANI LUMA Project-Framework and the OpenDanube Project.

Daniel Schmitt, is Research Associate and PhD Candidate at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Germany. He studied Taxation and Public Administration. He worked for the Inland Revenue Service and for the State Ministry of Finance in Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany) assigned to the unit for economic promotion.

Apart from his research, he was volunteer at the German Red Cross and organized cultural events for improvisation theatre. Within the European Danube Academy he is the project coordinator for the 2nd Roma Inclusion Conference in Budapest (OpenDanube Project) as a part of the DUNA ROMANI LUMA Project-Framework.