Our team

We are an international team who came together from all parts of the world to nurture our passion for making a positive change in our society. At NaturKultur e.V., we are co-creating a lifelong learning environment with and for everybody involved. We like working together and love what we do, which, with the common values that we share, makes it a perfect mix.

We are the people behind NaturKultur e.V.:

Darko Mitevski

Darko is the president of NaturKultur e.V. and the main person responsible for KulturHaus. At the age of 19, he started doing youth projects in AIESEC. Since then, he has realised hundreds of successful youth projects in Europe and Africa. He is an organisational developer in charge of development of both NaturKultur e.V. and KulturHaus, managing the teams, responsible for key projects and activities and relations with external partners and donors. In the past, he has been a University assistant and lecturer in Strategic Management and Leadership, a consultant for development of small and medium enterprises in Europe and Africa, and an entrepreneur. His focus is on the strategy and development of organisations, training and development of leaders and trainers, and the creation of systems that will bring sustainability to the organisations that are organising youth and educational programs in Europe.

Žiga Magjar

Žiga also shares the presidential role in NaturKultur e.V. and is currently co-managing KulturHaus, a social enterprise run by NaturKultur e.V., where he is also responsible for logistics on NaturKultur’ e.V.’s projects. Žiga enrolled in the international youth leadership organisation AIESEC, where he got the experience of organising/co-organising/leading learning events and conferences while being responsible for recruiting/preparing/sending students for their traineeship abroad. In the past 10 years, he has been exploring the field of online marketing and sales in four different companies.

Irma Franz

Irma is the main person responsible for our European Solidarity Corps (ESC) and Sending Coordination for all NaturKultur e.V. projects and outgoing mobilities, such as youth exchanges and training courses. As European Solidarity Corps Coordinator, she takes care of the volunteers we send abroad, and those who we host across different institutions and initiatives in Bremen. Irma spent her 12 months of EVS in Zugdidi and Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2015/2016, where she discovered her passion for different educational philosophies and methods. In 2019, she graduated with a BA in Education and English from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Aleksandar Čičković

Aleksandar is the main person responsible for coordinating all mobilities in NaturKultur. He is vice president and co-founder of NGO Ocean Znanja. Aleksandar has been actively doing youth work since 2013 and has since participated, organised or worked as a trainer on more than 60 projects in Erasmus+/Youth in Action. He is facilitating and leading international workshops in Germany, Croatia, and other countries. After getting his master degree in marketing, he worked in big companies such as Booking.com and IPSOS. His main focus is on team building, teamwork and development of an entrepreneurial way of thinking.

Svenja Oltmanns

Svenja founded NaturKultur e.V. with the aim to bring young people from different cultures together. She has organised many projects within the Erasmus+ program, Youth in Action and EVZ, as well as with other institutions since 2010. As a drama educator (BA Theatre in social contexts Ottersberg, Dramaturgy at FDU Skopje), her main focus is on creating a new way of communication and mutual understanding through performing arts that bring people from different backgrounds closer together and make them more open-minded towards things that are different from their everyday environment.

Branimir Suk

Branimir is a trainer, being a great supporter on different projects in different ways, from writing, facilitation and training, to coordination and logistics. He co-founded the NGO Ocean Znanja in Croatia in early 2014 and has been working on youth mobility projects since then, writing applications and delivering workshops. Branimir started working with NaturKultur e.V. in 2016 as logistical support and cook on projects. He has a degree in German and Ukranian language studies and in Ethnology and Cultural anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities and social sciences of the University of Zagreb.

Cecilia Marshal

Cecilia works with migrants and refugees, primarily youth, in theatre and provides creative performance art as a mechanism for voice, empowerment, and community building. Cecelia graduated with both a journalism and international studies degree from the University of Arizona and moved to Cambodia in 2013, where she worked as a reporter for three years before beginning her master’s degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations. In her masters, she specialised in Applied Theatre with youth refugees and has given talks on the subject at various conferences around Europe. Her passion for theatre has taken her around the world, where she has worked with various groups in theatre, film, and performance as well as directed productions in schools and theatre groups.

Hans-Gerd Hauber

Hans-Gerd has a central role in the management of KulturHaus. His responsibilities vary from taking care of the groups in KulturHaus, the maintenance of the house, and external communication with customers. Hans-Gerd has a great deal of life experience ranging from working for an insurance company to co-running a nursing home, and is full of passion for life and passing it on to the younger generation. He loves motorbikes and dreams about living in Florida.

Andrei Matalyha

Andrei is currently responsible for creating photo and video content for NaturKultur e.V., such as documentaries, tutorials, and project after-movies. Andrei graduated from the Baltic Film School and worked in professional film sets in a variety of commercials and corporate videos. He excels at directing, camera work and video editing.

Juraj Tomljanović

Juraj is currently working as part of our logistics team, helping to bring the best possible balanced culinary experience for our participants and the team during our Youth Exchanges and Training Courses. His biggest passions are cooking, traveling and photography, which he loves to share with everybody. He is currently running his own environmental Solidarity Project with his group in Zagreb, Croatia.

Slobodan Djurović

Slobodan is working as a facilitator on some of NaturKultur´s projects that are closely connected to European politics. He is also supporting remotely with other types of project and organisational work. He co-founded an NGO in Montenegro in 2019 called Forum for Individual Transformation, which is focused on the empowerment of individuals. Slobodan has been involved with NaturKultur e.V. already since 2016 as the organisation’s first Erasmus+ intern. He has a degree in Administration and European Studies and he teaches German language. He is passionate about astrology.

Nico Gemio

Nico is managing the Facebook communities on two pages of NaturKultur e.V. – ‘Trainers Library’ and ‘It’s up to me’. He currently studies Politics & Philosophy and has been involved in the past in party politics and direct democracy workgroups in Spain. Nico is passionate about communication and innovation and has collaborated with different youth and environmental organizations, training and doing media work. He is also an amateur gardener and public speaker. He will contribute to the organic garden of KulturHaus.

Andrea

Andrea is our ESC volunteer at KulturHaus. He helps with the maintenance of the house, taking care of flowers, weeds, and gardens. Another one of his tasks is to build some little wooden houses for birds and squirrels, in order to make winter a bit cosier for the lovely fauna of this beautiful venue. Last but not least, he is trying to set up a Poetry Club in Bremen. Before this experience, back in Italy, he studied Literature and attended a drama workshop for three years. He is very fond of cinema, books and quiet places; he also loves to ride the bike.

Eilidh

Eilidh is our ESC volunteer at NaturKultur e.V. Her role is to establish contact and projects with other organisations in Bremen and promote our activities and opportunities. She comes from Scotland but has spent the last year as an Erasmus student in Freiburg. In her free time Eilidh likes to go bouldering, running and hiking. She enjoys sharing her Scottish culture with friends through cooking, music and ceilidh dancing.

Aleksandar Dimovski

Aleksandar is our webmaster and IT administrator, taking care of the platforms that we manage and the safety our computer network. He has developed and is maintaining our websites of NaturKultur, Train the trainers – It’s up to me, KulturHaus and the Trainers Library. Aleksandar has many years of experience in the IT sector working for variety of companies in many different countries. He specialises in web design and development, visual design, user experience (UX), user interface (UI) and branding.

Board of advisors

Frank and Uta Oltmanns

Jürgen and Kerstin Stephan