Szilvia Simon is director of Mentoring Europe, shaping the network of mentoring practitioners, researchers, policy makers, advocates, mentors and mentees in Europe. In collaboration with experts, she organises events of knowledge exchange, promotes the uptake of research results, develops quality thinking in mentoring and initiates innovations. Through bringing powerful stories, she wishes to improve our understanding of why, how, when and for whom mentoring works.
Her mentoring expertise is rooted in MentorProgramma Friesland: a programme in the North of the Netherlands for VET and HEI students since 1997. She has been part of the team since the start, matching people and learning objectives, bridging cultures, generations and organisations. Her personal motto is: “Thank you for believing in me before I believed in myself.” (Yamada)