Opening & Closing sessions

Gabor Gyulai (Hungarian Helsinki Committee)

Gabor Gyulai
Director of the Refugee Programme at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Gábor is the director of the Refugee Programme at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (a leading human rights NGO in Central Europe, a winner of numerous international human rights awards, including the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize of 2017 in Portugal). Gábor has nearly two decades of professional experience in the field of forced migration, his particular professional interests are evidence and credibility assessment in asylum procedures; interdisciplinary (psychological, intercultural, linguistic and gender) issues related to asylum; human rights safeguards concerning the detention of migrants; nationality and statelessness; as well as innovative training, communication and capacity-building methods in the field of human rights and forced migration. He has extensively researched and published on these issues. Gábor is a passionate international trainer: in the past ten years he had the privilege to teach over three thousand lawyers, judges, public administration and police officers, journalists, professors, NGO workers and staff members of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) from all continents of the world, on various topics related to asylum, migration and statelessness. Gábor is also the president and a founding member of the European Network on Statelessness (ENS), a listed expert with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), an external expert with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on evidence assessment and a PhD student at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Recent Publications:

Grian A. Cutanda (University of Granada, Spain)

Grian A. Cutanda
University of Granada, Spain


Grian is a Spanish bestselling author –The Gardener (HarperCollins, 1998) with 15 books published (fiction and essay), translated to 12 languages, He is also a psychologist, educator, researcher, activist and translator. Summa cum Laude PhD in Education Sciences, he is linked as a researcher and lecturer to the University of Granada (Spain), since 2015. His research focuses on worldview education and traditional stories as multicultural tools to transmit a complex-systems worldview and the principles and values of the Earth Charter. Founder of The Avalon Project – Initiative for a Culture of Peace, he is leading a double global project, in association with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and the Earth Charter Secretariat, at the United Nations’ University for Peace:

  • The Earth Stories Collection (TESC), a global bank of traditional stories capable of convey a systemic, holistic and ecological worldview; and,
  • The Earth Story Tellers, a global network of storytelling activists connected with TESC and the Earth Charter.

As an activist, Grian was one of the main organisers of the climate campaign in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2014 and 2015, and has been one of the prime movers of the social movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) in Spain and Mexico. He has also been part of XR International as regional liaison for Latin America.

Recent Publications:

  • Changing worldviews through traditional stories and the Earth Charter; The Secret of Dreaming: Introducing systems thinking and worldview. In Moltan-Hill, P. & Luna, H. (eds.), Storytelling and Sustainability. Routledge: London 2020.
  • The Earth Stories Collection: How to Make Another World Possible with Myths, Legends and Traditional Stories. TESC Press: Granada 2019.
  • Analysis of mythical-metaphorical narratives as a resource for education in the principles and values of sustainability [together with Professor María Ángeles Murga-Menoyo]. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability 16(2), 18-38, 2014.
  • El sabio enamorado y el jardín del Califa [The Sage in Love and the Caliph’s Garden]. (together with M. Pimentel). Editorial Almuzara: Cordoba, 2014.

Website: https://avalonproject.org/es/

Twitter: @Grian333

Facebook: Grian A. Cutanda

Bruna Kadletz (St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace)

Bruna Kadlez
University of Edinburgh

Bruna Kadletz is an author, facilitator and humanitarian activist. She has idealized and co-founded Círculos de Hospitalidade, an organization that develops educational, cultural and social projects for refugees and immigrants in Florianópolis and its region, in Brazil. Bruna holds an MSc in Sociology and Global Change from the University of Edinburgh, with focus on forced displacement and climate change, and is an Associate Fellow of St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, in London. She is passionate about caring for the soul of the world and the soul of humanity through bringing together spiritual awareness and humanitarian work. She has a particular connection with Sufism and interest in meditation, seeking balance between silence, retreats, and outer action.

On the documentary “My land lives in me”

A Yellow Asylum Films production in association with Tony Tyan Trust, this film was directed by Alan Gilsenan and written by Bruna Kadletz. In the shape of a “film essay”, this documentary focuses on the global refugee crisis and attempts to provide a personal and spiritual perspective of the worst humanitarian crisis of our times. It travels from Florianópolis, in the south of Brazil, to the Amazon region, Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Intimate, the documentary reveals the needs of populations subject to forced displacement and reflects upon our responses to this crisis. The author sees spirituality as a sense of connection with something bigger than the individual, aligned with the awareness of the transforming power of inner work as having impact on the outer world. This story invites people to hear the calling in their hearts to engage themselves with the issue of forced displacement in a more profound way.

Website: https://www.brunakadletz.com/

Facebook: Bruna Kadlez

Carlos Estêvão (University of Minho/ Universidade Católica)

Carlos Estevão
University of Minho / Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Carlos V. Estêvão is a full professor and PhD in Education. He has lectured several disciplines related to human rights, among which Education, Human Rights and Citizenship at the University of Minho, and Religion and Tolerance: Educational Challenge at the doctoral program in Religion Studies of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

He has published around 150 scientific papers, the most recent ones especially on the fields of human rights and social justice.

He has been a lecturer of the UNESCO professorship at the Universidade Católica in Brasilia, participating in events about human rights supported by that institution.

He has held over five hundred conferences/lectures in scientific meetings in Portugal and abroad and has developed his research in areas related to education, justice and democracy.

He has also participated in projects of community action and training organized by the universities he has worked and is still currently working in, among other institutions.

He was one of the founders of Movimento por um Mundo Melhor (Movement for a Better World). He created and coordinated the Centre for Research in Education for Human Rights of the Institute of Education of the University of Minho.

Selected Papers:

  • ESTÊVÃO, Carlos V. (2012). Políticas e valores em educação . Repensar a educação e a escola pública como um direito. V. N. Famalicão: Húmus.
  • ESTÊVÂO, Carlos V. (2015). Direitos humanos, justiça e educação em tempos anormais. Ijuí: Editora Unijuí.
  • ESTÊVÃO, Carlos V. (2015). Tempos anormais, novas fantasias. Novas tendências em direitos humanos, justiça e educação. Revista Portuguesa de Educação, vol 28, nº 2, pp. 7-29.
  • ESTÊVÃO, Carlos V. (2018). Direitos humanos e educação em tempos de desassossego. Sisyphus- Journal of Education, vol. 6, nº 1, pp. 10-21.
  • ESTÊVÃO, Carlos V. (2018). Educação para os direitos humanos: uma proposta crítica. Studio Historica. História Contemporánea, vol. 36, pp. 161-170. Ediciones Universidade Salamanca. http://revistas.usal.es/index.php/0213-2087/issue/view/shhc201836 ISSN: 0213-2087 e ISSN: 2444-7080