The Founders of #EFWeek
1984 - 2018
Matija Raos was known to many as the driving force behind #EFWeek. Originally from Croatia, he dedicated himself to supporting and advocating for the Coworking community globally. He was described by his peers as “going beyond borders for what he believed in”.
Matija described himself as a design-led problem solver, creative rethinker and trans-disciplinary strategist with a strong passion for community building and social impact.
Vice President of ACTA and European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP)
Freelancing is becoming a major contributor to the employment sector as more people are attracted to the benefits that remote work has to offer. This, however, doesn’t mean that freelancing doesn’t come with its own set of drawbacks, which include limited or no access to social welfare and other supporting and financial avenues that are available to our “company-employed” counterparts.
Her goal was then, and still is, to spark meaningful discourse among freelancers and lobby for sustainable and attainable legislative policies that acknowledge and support this vital but overlooked contributor to the European economy.
Freelance Journalist and Reporter for Deutsche Welle
Joel Dullroy is a journalist from Australia with nearly 20 years’ worth of experience in the industry, most of which has been spent as a freelance journalist in Germany where he currently works and resides. His personal experience as a freelancer in Germany made Dullroy sensitive to the more subtle disadvantageous and ruthless marginalisation freelancers and the self-employed have to deal with in regards to companies, government policies, and financial institutes, that other workers in the economy don’t.
General Coordinator for EFWeek, CEO of Euro Freelancers
Marco Torregrossa advises large and small companies on how to rethink the way they staff their projects and add flexibility to their workforce. His training as an employment lawyer and background as a former EU Commission policy officer has, for the past 15 years, made him a leader in government relations and advocacy efforts with regards to advising policymakers on the issues that one-person businesses and their ecosystem face. Torregrossa describes his efforts as follows:
“I write, speak, consult, and evangelise about the freelance revolution – thriving at the intersections of policy, HR, and technology.”