C:F has started 2015 with a big change in leadership

by C:F Team on 15th January, 2015 at 9:32 AM CEST

To comply with the highest ethical standards and to avoid any conflict of interest Andreja Kodrin, Founder and President of the Board since 2009 has stepped down from this position as she is joining the cabinet of European Commissionaire Violeta Bulc in Brussels.

Andreja will be responsible for coordination of the strategy, governance, economic issues and for the project Smart cities. This is also a great news for Challenge:Future and another proof how significant visions, projects and knowledge have been created in C:F during past years.

As a Founder of C:F, Andreja will always remain connected to C:F.

However, "the show must go on", so next week we will announce new Board members who are replacing Andreja Kodrin and Violeta Bulc, former C:F VP for Innovation and Education who resigned in October 2014. The election of new C:F President for the year 2015 will be held until the end of January. Until then Nadya Zhexembayeva, C:F VP will represents C:F and Olga Veligurska, C:F VP and CEEMAN director will take over management of Challenge:Future initiative GROWR Career advice together with C:F editor Stefan Alijevikj and Ales Maticic.

Andreja Kodrin at C:F Summit Gala Event 

Bellow, follow through the interview which C:F Team has conducted with Andreja Kodrin.

C:F Team: As entering 2015, and C:F evolving through its sixth year after  foundation, you are stepping down from C:F Presidency. What this means  for your personally and what should this mean to global C:F family?

Andreja:"Personally it means to step out of my current comfort zone and to do something on the next level. As you know, we have been all born with our capabilities and potentials for only a limited period of time - a lifetime. That's why we need constantly to challenge our paths and if needed to take the decisions that would contribute immensely to our personal mission, consequently also to the cause of C:F.

During past six years, C:F manifested as the way of my living, a component of my life such as breathing, and the component of my mind. That's why I know so sure that my path will always be aligned to the path of C:F vision and its mission."

C:F Team: Within this period, with the C:F Team coming from all corners of the  globe, you have built an authentic community. Which moments will you  highlight from this journey?

: "Well, the journey itself and the people around the C:F. There have been ups and downs, the moments of joy (C:F Summits) and cry (The Dialogues in Dark) but through this journey I have rediscovered the beauty and the love for our human race, this planet and especially for life itself. I am also deeply grateful for the amazing opportunity to meet and to work with fantastic people from all corners the world who have created my special - external family."

C:F Team: Where do you now see headed the Challenge:Future community? What is  your vision for its future?

Andreja: "C:F community is as the living form that is growing, learning and creating positive impact every day. Where and how it will grow, we cannot predict as it is independent entity, but for sure it is creating a new, strong net over the world, connecting the people who are sharing the same values, hopes and are determine to collaborate, co-create and co-exist together."

C:F Team: From this point of planetary development, as we have entered the  age of Anthropocene, what would be the main challenges of humanity in  the Anthropocene age? What is the position of Challenge:Future in it?

Andreja: "The point when humanity will take over the leading role over the life - the nature itself is the moment of great threat regardless that it seems like we don't have any other option due to the nature degradation by humans and due to immense impact of 7 billions inhabitants on this planet at this moment.

However, the solution is not in the management neither in control of the planet but in co-existance with it and with the nature.

But are we already prepared, have we already solved all our conflicts, wars, greed, sufferings to be able to make bold alliances with all other living forms on this planet and with planet itself? The daily news is not encouraging but I still have faith in humanity, that was rediscovered through the CF community, and I have hope that we will reach critical mass of people, capable of system thinking, sustainable resilience and foremost of deep appreciation of the life itself."

C:F Team: Finally, Growr TIP NO. 1 for this year came from you. You adviced  C:F-ers and Growr-ers: "The life without mission is a life without  effect and you just can't allow that to happen to you", but now given  the opportunity, what would you further advice them?

Andreja: "I have always dedicated some time during C:F Summits to remind participants why it is so important to remember who we have been as the child, to rediscover our dreams, and to keep this memory in our daily lives. These all represent good, the greatness  that is inside of us, the hope and the positive expectations about the future. It is the strongest weapon that we posses together with love and compassion and is the only path to become again what we have been, the human."

C:F Team: Dear Andreja thank you for your great words and we wish you amazing journey on the new path ahead. We are staying connected!

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Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

The place where the two seas meet, is the locus of a mystical journey... an igniting one! I believe C:F has been continually the locus where many many many seas meet, learn together, grow together, find their path and mission

Andreja, thank you for building C:F!

15th January, 2015 @ 11:59 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Dear Andreja : we all love you. Yes , sure , your advised that The life without mission is a life without effect and you just can't allow that to happen to you. we will try to establish and achieve our missions.

thank you!!! for your great words and we wish you amazing journey on the new path ahead. We are staying connected!

16th January, 2015 @ 8:52 AM CEST

Udoka Chiefe

Udoka Chiefe | Action team

Congratulations Andreja, to your new appointment! Your insights and guidance have enabled me and many, many others to think differently, positively and to take actions towards our ideals for a better world.

Thank you so much for everything you have done for the community.

17th January, 2015 @ 5:32 AM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Dear Udoka Chiefe !

you are right!!!

17th January, 2015 @ 1:22 PM CEST

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management)

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management) | Action team | CF Chapters

Thank you all, I am very touched by your words and by all e-mails received!
It is just the beginning of new phase and we will always stay connected over C:F.

Looking forward to see you again.

Hugs, Andreja

17th January, 2015 @ 3:48 PM CEST

Rifat Sagor

Rifat Sagor | CF Chapters

Congratulations dear Andreja for your new role! Hope the C:F community will grow high with same positive energy and enthusiasm. It was really a pleasure to meet you on CF summit 2012.

Best wishes for the journey ahead.


17th January, 2015 @ 6:49 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Congratulation Andreja !!! But i must say here is you are really inspiring leader.... I felt abt u is "you are the experience of leadership".....

Be in touch and be always mentor for my remaining life....

Love and Hugs

Hitesh, Nayna and Vedanshi Thakkar - India

21st January, 2015 @ 12:43 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

Great developments! Congrats Andreja and thank you for thinking and creating C:F. Always grateful.

All the best in your future edeavours.

11th February, 2015 @ 1:39 PM CEST

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