GSFI Fellows



Team 1 Environmental Issues in the Black Triangle (1994)
Team 2 Potential for Ethnic Conflict in the Central Carpathian Region (1994-95)
Team 3 Transboundary Migration and Population Issues (1996)
Team 4 Economic Dislocations in Southern Africa (1995)
Team 5 Environment in Central and Eastern Europe (1996-97)
Team 6 Ethnicity and Autonomy in Central and Eastern Europe (1997-98)

Team #1: Environmental Issues in the Black Triangle (1994)

Team One from Central Europe examined the environmental issues and problems in the Black Triangle region where Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic meet.

Peter Diehl (Germany) lives near Dresden, Germany. He is a recognized international expert on uranium mining problems. He has one of the largest collections in the world of documents and publications on global uranium problems. His current research, under the WISE Uranium Project, can be accessed through the Internet at:http://antenna.nl/wise/uranium/

Krzysztof Gorlich (Poland) holds the Ph.D. in geochemistry and sedimentology. In 1990, he was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor of Krakow, Poland and in 1994 was returned to that office. He co-founded the Polish Ecological Club and later he became advisor to the Polish Minister of the Environment. He has worked as Plenipotentiary to the Minister on the management committee for the US-sponsored environmental programs to eliminate air pollution from home-heating sources in Krakow. He was a coordinator of the Global Environmental Facility pilot project in Krakow designed to demonstrate areas for the possible Joint Implementation under the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Milan Kunc (Czech Republic), one of the youngest mayors ever elected in the city of Decin, Czech Republic, held that position until 1998. He successfully promoted a program to eliminate sources of low emission pollutants in the Black Triangle and a pilot project in Joint Implementation. He has returned to private industry as technical manager in the company supplying Decin with heat and hot water, and is an elected member of the city council.

Maria Kuzniarz (Poland) holds the Ph.D. in biology and is a principal organizer of an independent environmental school in Wroclaw, Poland. She is also an active member of Polish Ecological Club. Her commitment to environmental education has made her an expert on environmental curricula (TERC in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; Science Across Europe). She initiated and actively guides the first international association for environmental teachers of the Black Triangle region.

Lubomir Paroha (Czech Republic) holds the Ph.D. in theoretical mathematics. He is the director of the not-for-profit environmental organization ‘Foundation Project North’ in Usti-nad-Labem, Czech Republic, and is active in environmental policy making as a participant in USAID-sponsored projects in the Czech Republic. In addition, he is a former member of the ‘Black Triangle Team ’ at IIASA in Austria. He is also skilled in Geographic Information Systems.

Vaclav Postolka (Czech Republic) is a regional planner and geographer, and the author of an environmental assessment methodology applied by the Institute of Regional Planning in Usti-nad-Labem for the Czech Republic. He works with the Institute and Regional Council in Liberec, and is developing the new Department of Geography at the Technical University of Liberec. He participated in the NATO-CCMS Pilot Study and international meetings concerned with the environmental aspects of reusing former military lands.

Ivan Rynda (Czech Republic) holds the Ph.D. in philosophy from Charles University, Prague. A former member of the Czechoslovak Parliament and a Chairman of its Environmental Committee, Dr. Rynda teaches at the Environmental Education Centre of Charles University and is active in designing local environmental policies.

Tomasz Stypka (Poland) earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Krakow in Kracow, Poland. Dr. Stypka also holds a Master's degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and an MBA from the Academy of Economics at Krakow. Dr. Stypka has been a member of the implementation team of the Global Environment Facility pilot project at the Technical University of Krakow.

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Team #2: Potential for Ethnic Conflict in the Central Carpathian Region (1994-’95)

Team Two, also from Central and Eastern Europe, identified transboundary ethnic and sectarian issues in the Central Carpathian region -- "one of the greatest friction plates in Europe" -- where the borders of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine and Romania meet.

Anna Adamus-Matuszynska (Poland) is a sociologist who examines stereotypes and prejudices as possible roots of social tensions and conflicts. She lives in Katowice, Poland where she works at the Academy of Economics as a lecturer in sociology and the history of philosophy.

Eva Blenesi (Hungary), originally from Romania (Transylvania), now lives in Budapest, Hungary. She graduated from the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj. She is a participant in international conferences and seminars related to human rights, minority rights and conflict resolution. Her principal research areas include the prediction and prevention of inter-ethnic conflicts.

Mykhaylo Grodzynskyy (Ukraine) is Professor and Head of the Department of Physical Geography and Human Ecology at the University of Kiev. He is a specialist in both Landscape Ecology and Ethnic-Environmental linkages. His research interests include environmental risks in the Central Carpathian Region as a factor of ethnic tensions. He holds the D.Sc. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Kiev. He was a recent recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Dartmouth College, USA.

Vladimir Ira (Slovakia), a human geographer, is Associate Professor at the Institute of Geography, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia. He is also a lecturer on behavioural geography and urban ecology in the Comenius University in Bratislava, from which he received his Ph.D. His research interests include social, geographical and demographical analysis of societies in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

Zofia Kordela-Borczyk (Poland) is an economist who works as the Country representative for Poland for the Fund for the Development of the Carpathian Euroregion. Her primary professional interests focus on ways of supporting transfrontier co-operation through economic development; she works closely with the Carpathian Euroregion Association. She holds the Master’s degree in International and Economic Social Relations from the Krakow Academy of Economics.

Yaroslav Pylynskyi (Ukraine) is Director of the Kennan Institute Kyiv Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center as well as Director of the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy. He works on Transcarpathian issues, with research interests in bilingualism in Ukraine and the rest of Central Europe, ethnic tolerance and the accomodation of Muslims within Ukrainian society. Dr. Pylynskyi holds the Ph.D. in Ethnology from the Institute of Ethnology, Folklore and Fine Arts at the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev.

Juraj Podoba (Slovakia) holds the Ph.D. in Ethnology from Masaryk University in Brno. He is an ethnologist and a social anthropologist working as a researcher in the Institute of Ethnology in the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. His research interests include the historical ethnography of peoples living in the Central European region. He also focuses on contemporary inter-ethnic relations in East-Central Europe, ethnic conflict, the role of nationalism during the transformation of post-communist societies, and the link between environmental issues and nationalism, as well as the anthropological approach to sustainable development issues.

Izabela Suchanek (Poland) is a political scientist who holds the Ph.D. at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She works as a lecturer on political systems and self-government structures of different states at the Pedagogical University in Kielce in the Department of Management and Administration. She is also active with the Foundation for Support of Local Democracy and with the Fund for the Development of the Carpathian Euroregion.

Central and Eastern Europe Regional Co-ordinator:

Mikulas Huba (Slovak Republic) is a regional geographer, environmentalist, pedagogist, and NGO leader. He was a member of the Slovak Parliament and served as a chairman of its Environmental Committee (1990-1992). He is a scientific team leader at the Institute of Geography, Slovak Academy of Sciences. Dr. Huba has been a coordinator of several projects concerning sustainability issues. He is among the leading activists of the non-profit sector in Slovakia: president of the Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Protectors (1989-1993), founder and president (since 1993) of the Society for Sustainable Living in SR http://www.seps.sk/zp/stuz/, co-founder of the Slovak Association of the Club of Rome, Transparency International Slovakia, Third Sector Gremium and other organizations. Member and activist of several international NGOs and co-founder of the Global Security Fellows Initiative, University of Cambridge (1993) and of Values for a Sustainable Future European Ecoforum Issue Group (1998). He is author or co-author of 15 books.

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Team #3: Transboundary Migration and Population Issues (1996)

Team Three examined disputes and the potential for conflict over transboundary migration and health issues in the Southern Africa region.

Maxi Schoeman (South Africa) holds the M.A. in International Relations from the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, and the Ph.D. in Political Studies from the University of Aberystwyth, UK. She teaches International Political Economy, South African Foreign Policy and Women's Studies in the Department of Political Studies at Rand Afrikaans University. She has served as advisor to the inter-denominational women's organization KONTAK and contributed to the 1993-95 campaign to draw up the South African Women's Charter for Effective Equality. She serves on the Witwatersrand Branch Committee of the South African Institute of International Affairs and is a member of the board of the South African Political Studies Association. Her research interests and writing include the topics of gender, security and regional cooperation.

Israel Chokuwenga (Zimbabwe) holds the Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Zimbabwe. During the war in Mozambique, he directed a large refugee camp located along the Zimbabewe-Mozambique border. In this capacity, Mr. Chokuwenga gained extensive experience and expertise in refugee and transboundary issues in the Southern Africa region. He also served as director of Streets Ahead, a non-governmental organization serving the street children of Harare. His research includes the sources and effects of trauma suffered by refugee children.

Graham Herbert (South Africa) is a physician who holds the B.Sc. degree in Physiology and earned the M.B.Ch.B. in 1990 from the University of Cape Town. In 1993, he joined the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, Ltd., as a management trainee where in 1995 he became responsible for the design of an equitable health care system for the rural dependents of migrant workers in the Anglo American gold mines. His research interests include community health care systems.

Abueng Matlapeng (South Africa) holds the M.A. in geography and is a geographer and development planner by training. She has held several teaching positions, most recently in the Department of Geography at the University of the North. She is currently working as a Senior Researcher in the Science and Technology Policy Directorate of the Foundation for Research Development, Pretoria, South Africa.

Andre du Pisani (Namibia) earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Political Studies from the University of Cape Town. He teaches at the University of Namibia in the Department of Political Studies and is involved in an advisory capacity with the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). Dr. du Pisani has published widely on Southern Africa, conflict transformation, and democratic consolidation in Namibia and the region.

Maxine Reitzes (South Africa) is a Senior Policy Researcher and Analyst at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg. Her primary work focuses on the research and formation of policy in immigration; she also researches issues of civil society and the state, and human rights. Ms. Reitzes has been Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa, and in Political Studies at the University of Bophuthatswana. Ms. Reitzes holds the M.A. in Social and Political Theory from Sussex University, England and an Honours degree (with distinction) in Political Studies. Ms. Reitzes served as an elected national vice president of the Union of Democratic University Staff Associations of South Africa (UDUSA) from 1992-93. For the Black Sash, she engaged in voluntary para-legal work and human rights advocacy and was an elected member of its Albany executive in Grahamstown.

Thabo Sabela (South Africa) holds Master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of Zululand and in Public Administration from the University of Durban-Westville. He is currently Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Zululand in the province of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. He has previously worked for Anglo American Mines—Coal Division as a clerk and as a Business/Housing Advisor with KwaZulu Finance and Investments Corporation.

Johannes Phuthego Tsheola (South Africa) holds the M.A.degree in Geography from the University of Western Illinois (USA). From 1988 to 1993, he worked for the former Department of Education and Training in South Africa as a high school teacher. In August 1993, he joined the faculty of the University of the North, where he is now a Lecturer in the Departments of Geography and Development. Mr. Tsheola's research interests include the geography of international and national development.

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Team #4: Economic Dislocations in Southern Africa (1995)

Team Four completed research on transboundary economic disputes across Southern Africa and the ways in which sustainable development might mitigate those disputes.

Nana Adande Ngobese (South Africa) has worked as the Director of the School of Business at Technikon Mangosuthu, Durban, South Africa. She joined the institution in 1992 as a Lecturer in quantitative techniques and marketing communications and in 1996 was promoted to the position of Dean of Humanities and acting vice-principal of the Technikon. Her present research interests include technical skills education, social policy planning and gender studies.

Albert van Jaarsveld (South Africa), holds a Ph.D. in Zoology and is an Assistant Professor of Zoology with the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria. His research interests include the biology of fragmented populations, conservation evaluation and planning, and sustainable development. He also coordinates Honours and Masters degree options on "Sustainable Management" in the School for Rural and Agricultural Development at the University of Pretoria. http://www.up.ac.za/academic/zoology/Main/ASvanJaarsveld/asvanjaarsveld.html/ He is also the director of the University of Pretoria's new Centre for Environmental Studies. http://www.up.ac.za/academic/centre-environmental-studies/

Duncan Hay (South Africa) is a researcher and consultant at the Institute of Natural Resources, University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg. An ecologist by training, his interests focus primarily on the environmental aspects of coastal zone research and management. He has consulted widely for private developers, parastatal organisations such as the national port authority (PORTNET), and state institutions such as the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and the Water Research Commission. In 1993 and 1994, Mr. Hay was co-ordinator of the national Consortium for Estuarine Research and management (CERM).

Meshack Khosa (South Africa) received the D.Phil in 1992 from the University of Oxford in the School of Geography. Over the past ten years he has worked as an academic, policy analyst, strategist, researcher, columnist, author, program evaluator and consultant in South Africa and the UK. He served Director of the Centre for African Research & Transformation, and is currently Research Director in the group for Democracy and Governance of the Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa.

Duduzile Maseko (South Africa), earned her first degree at Fort Hare University and then completed an Honors degree and the higher Diploma from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Ms. Maseko has worked as a student counselor, careers officer, head of career development and a graduate placement officer. She is currently employed as Assistant Director in the Human Resource Development Section of the Office of the Gauteng Provincial Service Commissioner, South Africa.

Christopher Mupimpila (Zambia) holds the Ph.D. in Forest Economics from the University of Iowa (USA). He is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Zambia. A member of the faculty since 1981, he has taught micro- and macro-economic theory, public finance, history of economic thought, and natural resource economics. Dr. Mupimpila has also participated in the teaching of environmental economics in the Collaborative Masters Programme run by the African Economic Research Consortium in Nairobi, Kenya. His current research interests include natural resource and environmental economics.

Ammon M. Mutembwa (Zimbabwe) read English (BA, Hons MA) at the University of Ibaden, Nigeria. He also earned his MA with distinction in Diplomatic Studies at Westminster University in London (1993). He has worked as a diplomat and been posted to South Africa and to London, 1988-1993. At present, he serves as Under Secretary in the Office of the President, Zimbabwe. His primary research interest is water scarcity.

Juganathan (Logan) Rangasamy (South Africa) holds an M.A. degree from the University of Durban-Westville (South Africa) and an M.Sc. from the University of London. He works as an economist for the European Commission office in Pretoria. His research interests centre around trade, industrial development and regional economic development.

Southern African Regional Co-ordinator

Donald Chimanikire (Zimbabwe) served as the GSFI In-region Co-ordinator for Southern Africa. A professor of Government and Politics at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Dr. Chimanikire received his Master’s degree from Kiev State University and his Ph.D. from The School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Dehli, India. The current focus of his research is on peace and security in Southern Africa as well as economic integration in the post-apartheid era.

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Team #5: Environment in Central and Eastern Europe (1996-’97)

Team Five examined transboundary environmental issues, including health and law, affecting Central and Eastern Europe.

Hana Drahonovska, M.D., Ph.D. (Czech Republic) works for the National Institute of Public Health, Department of Environmental Conditions and Health, as Head of the Laboratory for Indoor Environment. Her research interests include health aspects of the indoor environment and the possible relationship between environment and domestic violence.

Juraj Mesik, M.D. (Slovakia) is Country Director--Slovakia of the Environmental Partnership for Central Europe and is also involved in a study of air pollution and respiratory health of children in 24 cities within six countries funded by the PHARE programme of the EU.

Janos Miko, Ph. D. (Hungary) manages the Budapest office of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (headquartered in London). His primary interests include the practice of international environmental law, the environmental legislation of the European Community, and the development of environmental law in Central and Eastern Europe. He also examines the relationship between ethnicity and environmental problems.

Vyacheslav Oleshchenko, Ph. D. (Ukraine) is First Deputy-Chief of the State Legal Department in the Administration of the President of Ukraine, Kyiv. He is actively involved in the formation and enforcement of the National Environmental Policy in Ukraine, in developing National Policy for the Biodiversity Protection for the Carpathian Region, and in the Danube River Basin Management Project, among others. He is one of the authors of the Ukraine's Environmental Laws, including the Nature Environment Protection Law (1991), Natural Reserves Fund (1992), Mineral Resources Code (1994), and the Environmental sections of the Criminal and Administrative Codes (1995).

Joanna Pijanowska, Ph. D. (Poland) completed the Habilitation degree in 1999. She is a freshwater ecologist interested in water resources and water quality, who teaches in the Department of Hydrobiology, University of Warsaw. She seeks to bridge the gap between pure science and the application of environmental policy to the transboundary problems of water quality in the rivers of Central and Eastern Europe.

Ivo Silhavy, MS, RNDr. (Czech Republic) works in the Foreign Policy Department, Office of the President of the Czech Republic as a regional specialist who examines issues concerning the European Union, United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations.

Miroslaw Sobolewski, MA. (Poland) is employed by the Parliamentary Bureau of Research -- the analytical service of the Sejm (lower chamber) of the Polish Parliament -- as a senior specialist dealing with environment and economic issues. A geographer and a policy analyst, his primary areas of expertise are environmental policy and environmental aspects of economic transition in Poland and the Central European states.

Andrea Suchankova, MA. (Slovakia), a chemical engineer, worked in the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic, in the Department of Environmental Impact Assessment. She was responsible for coordinating the implementation of projects and for developing guidelines for the Environmental Impact Assessment process.

Agnieszka Zareba, M.D. (Poland) is a medical doctor and pediatrician whose research concentrates on the health effects of children who live in industrially-polluted areas, especially the effects of lead, cadmium and recurrent respiratory tract infections on child health and on childrens' psycho-physical development.

Janos Zlinszky, Ph. D. (Hungary) is manager for government and public affairs at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), in Budapest. He works to strengthen international environmental cooperation in the Central and Eastern European region, working to establish minimum criteria for a reliable enforcement agency, and to raise awareness on the issue of sustainability among non-environmental professionals.

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Team #6: Ethnicity and Autonomy in Central and Eastern Europe (1997-’98)

Team Six is currently investigating issues of ethnicity and autonomy as they inform education, law and human rights concerns across Central and Eastern Europe.

Jan Bucek, Ph.D. (Slovakia) works in the Department of Human Geography and Demogeography, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia as a scholar and an economic geographer, with interests in urban economics, local policies and organisations, and the relationship between the state, autonomy and minorities.

Yevgen Gerasimenko (Ukraine) holds the Masters in Jurisprudence from the National University, Kyiv, and has divided his legal career between teaching and serving in various advisory capacities, most notably in the Law Department of the Administration of the President to Ukraine and in the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Among his research interests are the EU approach to the problems of ethnicity and autonomy, and the procedures adopted for the implementation of laws and agreements at the national level in Ukraine.

Wojciech Kostecki, Ph.D. (Poland) is Professor, Institute for Political Science at Jan Kochanowski Pedagogical University in Kielce and Institute for International Studies at Warsaw School of Economics. He is also Director of the Conflict Prevention Institute, Academic Centre for European Studies. He has been Head of the Conflict Research Unit of the National Defence Academy and a Senior Research Fellow in the European Political Relations Unit of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His areas of interest include peace and conflict research, security studies, theory of politics, and transformation studies.

Laura Laubeova, Ph.Dr. (Czech Republic), is a lecturer at the Institute of International Studies, Charles University Prague, focusing on inter-ethnic relations, public policies, and anti-discrimination practice. She is working on her Ph.D. in Public Policy at the Facutly of Social Sciences, Charles University. She is chairperson of a nongovernmental organization, GLOBEA - Transborder Initiative for Tolerance and Human Rights http://www.tolerance.cz/ Previously she served as Executive Director in the New School Foundation.

Julianna Matrai, MA (Hungary) is active in political life and her research interests concern the tension between political organisations of minorities and their relationship to the political parties of majorities within states. She is especially interested in ways in which democratic organisations of minorities and the established political parties of the majority may cooperate toward the integration of their countries into the European Community.

Alexander Oleynikov, Ph.D. (Ukraine) has worked for the Ukranian government in various capacities concerning education, human rights, ethnic minorities and migrants. Currently Director General of the Foundation for Cultural Development of National Minorities of the Ukraine, his research interests include the EU experience in approaching problems of national minorities, the theory and practice of ethnic conflict prevention, and the roles of NGOs.

Eva Riecanska, MA (Slovakia) is a scholar in the fields of ethnic and minority studies, gender studies and visual anthropology. Currently she is working toward the Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include the relationship between the state, its educational policies and bodies, ethnic relations within society, and ethic identity among Slovakian immigrants to the United States.

Carmen Semenescu (Romania) holds a law degree from the University of Bucharest and is an activist in the field of human rights law, with particular emphasis on minority rights. She has done research for the Institute of Legal Science of the Romanian Academy and Vice President of the Foundation for Democratic Change and is currently researching human rights law at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include developing models of conflict resolution and conflict management assistance in ethnic disputes.

Victor Stephanenko (Ukraine) holds the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Manchester, UK. He works at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Kiev. His book "The Construction of Identity and School Policy in Ukraine" was recently published in the United States. He texbook "Managing Multiethnic Communities in CEE" will be published by Open Society in Budapest this year. His research interests include the problems of civil society and external citizens' control over governmental structures.

Iwona Wronska, Ph. D. (Poland) has conducted wide-ranging research on the status of ethnic minorities in several countries in Europe and North America. Her research interests include the status of Jews and Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

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