Roland Ferkovics joined the Democracy Institute (DI) in October 2021 as the Co-Manager and Project Officer of Roma Civil Monitor 2021-2025. His responsibilities comprise various aspects such as projetc management, coordination, communication and provision of strategical inputs.
Before joining DI, Roland worked at the Roma Education Fund as the Policy and Advocacy Officer being responsible for thirteen European countries' advocacy efforts in education and employment matters. Roland also fulfilled consultant roles in regards to Roma strategical frameworks, education, child protection and political representation issues at various international organizations such as the OSCE, ERRC and OSJI. Roland was also a researcher in the work of Columbia University on the topic of electoral coercion as well as in another work of Penn State University on the issue of Roma political representation at local level researching how Roma electoral behaviour differs by various leading political ideologies. He is also the co-author of two studies published in the Coratian Political Science Review and in the Ethnic and Racial Studies on the topic of Roma political representation and electoral behaviour. In 2016 he has been appointed by the US Embassy to Budapest to the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network as a reperesentative. In the same year he has been awarded by a GMF alumni action project grant that he implemented on the role of inclusive political and policy narratives and its relation to Roma political behaviour.
Roland holds an MA degree from the Central European University Department of Political Science and a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Szeged.