Mariana Berbec-Rostas is a program manager with the Open Society Human Rights Initiative in Budapest. She works on equality, advancing the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, and on supporting equality movements in Europe and globally. She manages grants on the rights of the Roma in Europe and on advocating for effective equality standards.
Previously, Berbec-Rostas managed the human rights and transparency grant portfolios in several Eastern European countries for the Open Society’s Human Rights and Governance Program. She also worked on developing and implementing university-level justice education initiatives on legal capacity development and legal empowerment for the Open Society Justice Initiative. She has participated in setting-up human rights and legal education programs on legal skills, project management, and fundraising skills in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. In pilot programs involving community-based paralegals in Romania and Moldova, Berbec-Rostas served as a legal skills and human rights trainer on legal empowerment of the poor.
Berbec-Rostas received her LLM in comparative constitutional law with a human rights specialization from Central European University in Budapest, and holds a diploma in non-discrimination and human rights from the Abo Akademi University Institute for Human Rights in Turku, Finland.