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GEN-Europe staff members

Alfonso Flaquer (Communications Officer, La Base, Spain)

I was born in Barcelona, Spain, 1962.

From a young age I was interested in the various spiritual paths and traditions that populate the planet and its work on consciousness. I have been avid traveler, and still consider myself a true nomad, but my best experiences have always been through internal landscapes. I believe in people and in our ability to always start over.

In 2001, after several years living in the Middle East and South America, I landed at the Base, a small private airfield on the border with France wich became the first inhabited dwelling straw bale Spain; self organizing workshops on bioconstruction technics brought me to the RIE, Iberian Ecovillage Network for Spain and Portugal. For several years I have been the coordinator of the network, promoting various creative projects such as Karavan, the Ecovillage Incubator, the Avalon project...

From 2012 to 2015 I have been a GEN-Europe councillor. Nowadays I serve as GEN International board member and I have a staff position as Communication Officer at the brand new GEN Europe Office in Arterra, where I am living since 2014.

Fanny van Hal (Membership Officer, Arterra Bizimodu, Spain)

Fanny van Hal grew up in an intentional community in the fruit basket region of the Netherlands consisting of 18 households and has moved to the Arterra Bizimodu community in Spain in 2015. She finished her four-year Bachelor of Management of the Living Environment (BSc) at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences with her final thesis project with the Council of Sustainable Settlements of Latin America (CASA) and their national network CASA Colombia.

Always having had an interest in ecovillages, Fanny travelled and visited several eco projects around the world, ranging from occupied villages to self-sufficient farms and ecovillages. Through these experiences and growing up in one such community she has come to value living in a communal setting, for the ways that diverse individuals promote sharing, working together, organisation, planning, and conflict resolution.

Her position as a Membership Officer at GEN Europe is both exciting and fulfilling. Fanny is an entrepreneurial, creative and positively critical person that is passionate about working in international teams facilitating change towards a more green and inclusive world.

Matthias Bauszus (Financial Administrator, ZEGG, Germany)

Matthias is a personal sports coach and trainer by profession who has become involved in general and financial administration in the past few years after his move to ZEGG ecovillage near Bad Belzig, Germany. He is currently involved in the financial administration of his community and that of GEN Europe. Through his work with GEN Europe he is now involved in the implementation of numerous international projects funded by the EU, the German government and private foundations.  Matthias is enthusiastic for working on good team relations and inner development which his community actively promotes.

Project "Models fur sustainable living"

Kariin Ottmar (manager of the project Models of sustainable working, Ecovillage Sieben Linden, Germany) Art therapist, psychologist, communications trainer and coach with long term experience working with groups, teams and individuals, trainer and facilitator of her own courses on community building, personal growth, sustainability. After her studies in psychology she worked as a project manager for a qualitative social research project (free university of Berlin) as long as she moved to Sieben Linden.

In Sieben Linden she has been living now since nine years, together with her son. In Sieben Linden she worked six years in the educational center for Sieben Linden as an educational referent, Since march 2013 she is working together with Jonathan as a project manager and trainer for the Global Ecoviallge Network.

Her passion is to support people, groups and communities in her personal and collective growth. It is delighting for her to be a part of the ecovillage movement.


02.07.2015 Integration Ecovillage – Solution for Migration and Eco-livelihoods

A team of engineers, students and philanthropists from multiple nationalities have come together to build ecovillages as a solution to migration...

27.06.2015 Volunteer for a Better World!

GEN is currently looking for volunteer translators for the Youth-led Societal Innovation for Resilience project, an EU-funded project within the...

05.06.2015 From Apartheid to Ecovillages

“ Apartheid is still very alive and kicking with us today. On a global level, people’s access to health care, their life expectancy, their...