Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, Founding President and Executive Director of EUROCLIO – The European Association of History Educators received her degree in history at Groningen University in the Netherlands. She worked from 1972 till 1993 as a history teacher, teacher trainer and history advisor. She was President of the Dutch history Teachers Association, VGN and editor of the Magazine on the Learning and Teaching of History in the Netherlands, Kleio. She was chair of the WIEG, the Committee which designed and implemented innovative national examinations for history and citizenship education. As a leading expert on history education, innovative methodology and trans-national history, she has initiated and coordinated a multitude of national, trans-national projects in Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia-in-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. The projects are characterized by the focus on professional capacity building, development of educational tools, implementation through training and the development of independent local networks and organizations promoting innovative and responsible history and citizenship education. She worked as consultant for the Council of Europe, UNESCO, OSCE, International Alert and the European Union. She is Vice-President of the Advisory Board of the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig (Germany), Secretary-General of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning, EUCIS-LLL and member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Historical Culture at the Rotterdam Erasmus University. Joke van der-Leeuw is the author of publications by the Koerberstiftung, UNESCO and many international journals on history and history education. She has been decorated in 2009 as Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau and honored with the Huib de Ruyter Award for History Education. In 2010 she was finalist for a WISE award. She is Honorary Member of the Bulgarian, Estonian and Georgian History Educators Associations.