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Bringing the best of each one to our common work

Joan Sleigh

Vorstand am Goetheanum,
Project Leader

Joan Sleigh was born and grew up in Camphill, South Africa. In 1982 she relocated to Germany, raised her family and trained as a Waldorf teacher in Witten-Annen. Back in South Africa, she was a class teacher at the Michael Oak Waldorf School from 1995 to 2012 and a lecturer at the Center for Creative Education from 2006 to 2012. In 2013 she joined as a Member of the Executive Board of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland.

Truus Geraets

Truus Geraets was born in the Netherlands. Her Anthroposophical studies included one year of Curative Education, four years of Eurythmy and Eurythmy Therapy in Germany and Switzerland. She then worked in Holland and Scotland and after that she started a Home for Special Children in Germany. In 1975 she moved to America, always putting herself at the service of Eurythmy. Then followed ten years in South Africa, co-founding the first Waldorf School in a black township.
She went back to America in 1993 where her Eurythmy work includes since 2016 regular visits to China.

Juan Facundo Bottero

Assistant at Social Sciences Section at the Goetheanum,
WSIF Coordinator

Juan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He attended the Rudolf Steiner School from kindergarten to high school. During his final year he volunteered giving theatre lessons to children living in vulnerable areas. He also attended “Connectivity: from thinking to action”, where he met Ute Cramer and visited Monteazul Community Association.
He graduated in 2015 from University of Buenos Aires with a degree in Sociology, focusing on Latin American History, Human Rights and Social Movements.
He worked as a coordinator of community banks for the NGO Nuestras Huellas, inspired by the experience of Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank in India. Currently he works for the Social Sciences Section at the Goetheanum.

Ute Craemer

Ute has lived in Brazil for the past 50 years. Here she developed one of the most solid worldwide references in improvement works for slum communities. She founded the Associação Comunitária Monte Azul (Monte Azul Community Association) and is currently working with the Aliança pela Infância (Alliance for Childhood), where, among other things, she shares the extensive knowledge she acquired during her many years of work in the child development field with marginalized population.
She studied Waldorf pedagogy in the Teacher Training Center in Germany, which became the fundaments of her work, including that related to the community development of the slums.
She has published books in several languages as an author and co-author, in an attempt to spread her extensive experience. Among the books she published are “Favelakinder”, “Criança entre Luz e Sombras”, “A Questão Social”, “Girasol”. “Transformer é Possivel” (Transforming is possible).
In 1987 She was honored with the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Honor to Merit Prize, from the German Government.and in 2012 she became Honour citizen of Sao Paulo. She is a Board Member of the Anthroposophical Society in Brazil.

Andrea De La Cruz

WSIF Project Coordinator

Andrea was born in Madrid, Spain. She attended Waldorf School and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with two art degrees. Andrea worked in London as an events producer and theatre facilitator, specializing in audience-interactive events such as street festivals and educational workshops.
In 2013 she worked on the delivery of a UK-wide national programme of events and an online platform for young unemployed people starting a career in the creative industries. She is now completing her Waldorf Teacher Training and working for the WSIF and the Youth Section at the Goetheanum.

Gerald Häfner

Head of the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum

Has been active as a German politician with the Green Party. From 1987 to 2002, he served three times in the lower house of parliament and was a member of the European parliament from 2009 to 2014. Waldorf teacher, publicist and co-founder of numerous initiatives and foundations like ‘More Democracy’ and Democracy International, Häfner is now also head of the Section for Social Sciences at the Goetheanum since 2015.

Joan Melé

Lecturer and coach in values

Dedicated his entire adult life to the finances. He worked for Triodos Bank in Spain and in the last years his passion is to bring this impulse of ethical banking and threefold social organism to the whole Latin America, inspiring many bankers, entrepreneurs, schools and people bringing consciousness to our relation with money.

Special thanks to Henry and Mami Saphir: fundraising support

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