REPRESENTATIVE IN BELGIUM
Mara was born in 1969, is originally from Austria but has raised her three children while following her husband on diplomatic missions around Europe (Prague, The Hague, Luxembourg, Brussels). She used to work as an organization manager in her home country for seminars, workshops and conferences and has joined EPA as its Brussels representative in 2019, attending meetings and participating in activities on behalf of the association. Her hobbies include porcelain painting, reading and hiking.
A mother of three, Arja lived abroad for almost twenty years and been actively involved in parents’ representation in the schools attended by her children. Upon return to Austria – her home country – she started to engage in the regional parents’ association and was later elected member of the board of the European Parents’ Association (EPA) where she served as President 2018-19 and is currently engaged as its Project Coordinator. In 2019 she was elected Vice-President of the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP), a platform of 43 networks active in all fields of education. Trained as a linguist for romance languages, she works as a tourist guide while still pursuing a teacher training course at Vienna University with a special focus on multilingualism, diversity and multicultural classes.