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François Lafond – France

CEO EuropaNova 

François Lafond is CEO of EuropaNova, after being for several months general secretary and member of Management Council of Aspen Institute in France  (2012-2013) and previously  Manager of  Paris office of German Marshall Fund – U.S.A. (2008-2011). Before returning to Paris, he was special counsellor of the Italian Minister for Regional Affairs and responsible of international relations for Think Tank Glocus in Rome.Counsellor of Italian Foreign Affairs State Secretary  ( 2006-2008),  deputy manager  of Policy Network  from London ( 2003-2006), commissioner , then  Deputy General Secretary  of Notre Europe in Paris and researcher of Robert Schuman Centre  of European University Institute  in Florence – Italy (1992-1999). Francois Lafond is bachelor of Grenoble’s Institute of Political Studies, holder of 3 masters:  public law, political studies and European studies and intern of the European Commission in Brussels, as well.  During 2002-2009 he was associate professor of the European Studies Centre  from  Po- Italy, lecturer  at  Syracuse University from Florence and at Free  University Enna/Kore in Sicily. Member of scientific council – Institute of European Democrats- Foundation (Brussels), of Centre for Political reflection Glocus (Rome) and board member at IDEFIE (Initiative for promoting the French expertise on the international stage). He is also frequent collaborator of Italian  Europa newspaper and of the  information channel France 24.


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Arend Agthe  – Germany

Scriptwriter, TV and Cinema Director, Producer

Born in1949 in Rastede– Germany. Studied German literature, philosophy and drama at the University of Frankfurt. After working as a cartoonist and journalist he started to produce short movies. Later he became a freelancer as a writer and director for Cinema and TV and worked for many children and adult programs. His films were awarded at many international festivals from Moscow, Gijon-Spain, Bonn, Frankfurt, Antwerp – Belgium, Banff – Canada, Berlinale – UNICEF prize, Essen, Tokyo, Mumbai-India and others. MY FRIEND RAFFI is the movie adaptation of a novel that Aghte wrote together with his wife Bettina Kupfer, also co-producer and actor in the film.

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Albert Kitzl – Germany


Albert Kitzl was born in Bakowa ( near Timisoara), Romania in 1943. He studied acting at the Theatre and Film University of Bucharest – IATC.
In Romania he was actor at Bulandra and TES theatres of Bucharest and at the German Theatre of Timisoara.
In Germany he has worked in cinema with several German, English and Italian directors ( Detlef Buck, Sebastian Schipper, Peter Greenway and others). Besides the theatre roles on the stages of Köln, Hamburg and Dusseldorf, he also could  be seen in many German TV- Plays.

Films ( a selection )

Wir können auch anders
Charlie & Louise – das doppelte Lottchen
Long hello and short good bye
Absolute Giganten
The Tulse Luper Suitcases
My Friend Raffi


TOMAN RYCHTERA  /  Czech Republic

Sportsman, Stuntman, Parkour Professional

Since teenager Toman has been doing Kung-fu and later also Parkour.
In both he participated in Czech national tournaments and placed in top positions.
Thanks to that, he got involved in many sport related projects, both student and professional short movies and videos as a stuntman and also actor.
His talents have been recognized by director Petr Oukropec, who cast him for a main role in the feature In Your Dreams!