New Year for Wake-Up Call and New Partner Joining

Hello everyone!

Wake-Up Call is waking-up from its winter sleep and gearing up for a great new year ahead!

This weekend we held a kick-off event at the Young Innovation Hub in Stockholm to make plans and strategies for a new chapter in Wake-Up Call’s life.

Over the past six years we at Wake-Up Call have been experimenting and growing, developing and implementing new successful forms of youth engagement for groups big and small, in schools and universities, at youth conferences and NGOs, in Sweden and abroad. The last two years have been particularly successful in terms of scale and ambition of our projects. That’s why we feel confident that now is the right time to re-establish our solid presence in Sweden, expand to neighbouring countries, and to scale-up the impact of our projects.

To help put this new vision into reality we have a new managing partner joining the company in 2015: Katharina Stark. In the course of the next few weeks she is going to take over the executive leadership of the company and assume the role of a new co-director – meaning running day-to-day operations of Wake-Up Call and making sure that the company is running smoothly and growing in a sustainable and healthy way. Oleg Izyumenko, the original co-founder and an executive director of the past six years will remain onboard as a Senior Partner, helping Katharina with administrative tasks and contributing to strategic planning. Oleg will be especially involved during this period of transition, handing over the contacts, partnerships, as well as the institutional memory and accumulated knowledge of Wake-Up Call.

Katharina Stark and Oleg Izyumenko

Katharina and Oleg

A few words of greetings from Katharina:

I’m very happy to start working with Wake-Up Call this year. My background as a workshop facilitator is in human rights, non-violence, intercultural and religious dialogue and gender issues. Also, I’m currently working onmy Master thesis at Uppsala University. I hope to expand Wake-Up Call’s thematical framwork with new perspectives on sustainable development, so that we can reach more young people than ever before in the company’s history.

Wake Up-Call is now fully ready for a new amazing year! We look forward to work with you in 2015!

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