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Katja Lenič Šalamun und Goran Janevski

Founders, Project Managers

Katja Lenič Šalamun, was born 1982 in Slovenia. She studied translation studies at the University of Graz. She lived in Maribor, Edinburgh and Brussels. In 2014 she carried out her first Erasmus+ project "Youth for Peace" with the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee. "Youth for Peace" was awarded the Erasmus+ Award in 2015 as the best project in the youth work category in Austria.

Iulia Manda
Project Management


Born in Romania, studied Advertising in Cluj-Napoca and Azores. Started being active in local volunteering initiatives in 2011, getting to the point of being a project coordinator for a local project called Incubator107Cluj. From there to participating and working with Erasmus+ projects was just a step and in 2016 started working with InterAktion for the first time.


Goran Janevski, born in North Macedonia. Tourism and management studies in Skopje. Many years of experience in the field of international youth work with active participation in the development of nonformal education in the youth field in North Macedonia and numerous stays abroad, among others in Bulgaria, Greece and the USA. He came to Austria in April 2015 through the European Voluntary Service.

Gotse Grozdanov
Website Maintainence


Gotse describes himself as a citizen of the world, not only Bulgaria. After studying administrative law, he discovered volunteering which took him at first to Germany with practical relief work in a welfare-oriented organization and after that to many other countries, where he developed many intercultural and practical skills, useful in the non-formal field. Further on, he has participated in various youth projects, as a youth leader, facilitator, or background logistics and has involved in digital media creation.

Hewa Husin
Project Assistance


Born in Syria, in Austria since 2015, interpreter. Women, education, equality, work, integration and violence prevention are issues that inspire her during her work.

Matin Sajjadi


Born in Teheran, Iran, member of Afghanistan's national football team, since 2019 in Austria.  Languages, sports and Erasmus+ enthusiast, loves nature and environment.

Morgana Hussein
Project Assistance

Emma Steinbock
Project Assistance


Born in Linz, she has found Graz as her new home. Studying translation gives her insights into new cultures and exciting fields of work. In her free time she is a scout and loves solving puzzles and embroidery.


Born in Austria and raised in an Egyptian-Austrian household. Decided to study Transcultural Communication in Graz to pursue her enthusiasm for languages and culture. Big animal lover who enjoys baking and hiking in her free time.

Amer Al Akhras
Social media/IT support


Amer, born in Damascus, has been living in Austria since 2015. He joined InterAktion in 2017 and has been supporting the team in the IT area ever since. Amer has a passion for cooking, cats, music and programming.

Joaquín García Barba
ESC Volunteer


Joaquín was born in El Ejido, Spain. He studied Dual BAs in International Studies and Political Sciences in Madrid, Trnava, and Cairo, with an interest in African studies and LGBTQ+ civil society. Having volunteered in sustainability and relief work projects in Spain and Portugal, he joined Interaktion in 2022. He enjoys video games, cooking, and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race

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