Partners & Team

Team Partners

Confederación Nacional de Centros Especiales de Empleo (CONACEE). CONACEE is an employers confederation whose members are regional federations and associations of inclusive enterprises (centros especiales de empleo) and some of these enterprises that develop their activity through several inclusive enterprises in several regions of the Spanish territory. Founded in 2000, it is the first and oldest employers’ association in the sector of inclusive enterprises in Spain. Currently, CONACEE represents, directly or indirectly -through territorial associations in the different Autonomous Communities- the interest and role of more than 500 inclusive enterprises providing in Spain an employment to more than 50,000 persons, 87% of whom has been recognized with a disability, including all types of disabilities: physical, intellectual, sensory and/or mental, of which almost 4,000 have specific inclusion difficulties. CONACEE’s activity is aimed at defending and supporting the legitimate interests of inclusive enterprises in Spain, helping to promote the social and professional inclusion of workers with disabilities. In this sense, it advises and supports these companies and acts as a spokesperson for the sector before national and international organisations, authorities and institutions. CONACEE’s efforts focus on advising, maintaining, improving and developing a protected employment for persons with disabilities through inclusive enterprises to integrate as many workers as possible into the open labour market. In addition, CONACEE works to promote the role of inclusive enterprises as a tool for socio-professional inclusion and as socio-economic agents, with the aim of assimilating them more and more to regular companies, as an equivalent work option for workers with disabilities.

Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Inklusionsfirmen e.V. (bag if)
The german umbrella organization Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Inklusionsfirmen (bag if) represents the interests of inclusive enterprises in Germany. Together with our federal state working groups (lag if), we form a nationwide network of inclusive enterprises and advocate for the interests of people with severe disabilities in working life. We support, strengthen and promote social entrepreneurship in which economic action is guided by a sense of social responsibility.
bag if represents the interests of around 1,000 inclusive businesses and 30,000 employees, including 12,000 employees with disabilities, at national and international level. We lobby in the political arena, negotiate with payers and decision-making bodies and participate in legislative processes. We advise companies, authorities and service providers on all relevant issues concerning the employment of people with severe disabilities. We inform, support and interlink inclusive enterprises with the aim of shaping inclusive participation in Germany in sustainable ways. As founding members of the European organisations Social firms europe – CEFEC and EuCIE – European confederation of inclusive enterprises, we are committed to the fulfilment of Article 27 of the UNCRPD at European level. Our vision is an inclusive labour market that recognises people with disabilities as an indispensable resource in the corporate diversity strategy.

Fachberatung für Arbeits- und Firmenprojekte (FAF) gGmbH, Berlin FAF gGmbH is an advisory company that supports inclusive companies in the creation, maintenance and expansion of ordinary jobs for people with disabilities. For more than 3 decades the FAF offers consulting services > support inclusive companies with business savvy during the start-up phase in a consulting environment with the founders > support inclusive companies with business insights during growth, crisis and other business periods > conducting seminars for inclusive business management and staff > periodically monitor the business situation of inclusive companies and show the impact of social companies on the labor market by creating reports summary assessment. Around 300 customer contacts per year give FAF an insight into the most diverse inclusive companies and into the needs and challenges of their operators, colleagues, instructors and shareholders. > This has prompted us to develop a range of seminars specifically geared to the needs of inclusive companies. The focus is on issues of personnel management for inclusive workforces. The continuing education courses are set in the context of the daily work of inclusive companies and are led by experienced lecturers. In addition to the individual learning successes, the networking of the participating inclusive businesses leads to added value for the participants. In addition, the FAF gGmbH collects and distributes industry information to raise awareness of inclusive companies in society and politics. Our target group is primarily the more than 900 existing inclusive companies in Germany, but also organizations concerned with the establishment of new companies creating secure jobs for people with disabilities in the coming years. This can improve participation in the labour market in the long term, especially for people with severe disabilities. The number of employees of the FAF gGmbH is 20, including 2 students (paid for working in assistance).

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is a Higher Education Institution (Public Institution) in Madrid (Spain). It is one of the oldest universities in the world, as well as the largest and the most prestigious in Spain. There are 26 Faculties covering all the areas of Knowledge (Science, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences) with more than 75000 students in two different Campus (Ciudad Universitaria and Somosaguas) Faculty of Social Work was founded in 1986, currently has around 1500 students, around 100 teachers and 30 administrative and technical staff. Its academic offer includes: Social Work Bachelor Degree (4 years-240 ECTS) a Master Degree in Community Work (1 year- 60 ECTS) and a Doctorate program in Social Work. Universidad Complutense will contribute to the Project CO4TRAN with a team of researchers specialized in different areas Social Work, Education or Computer Sciences. Our work will be through all the Project Cycle (Management, Implementation, Evaluation, Quality Assurance and Dissemination and Communication) Complutense University makes available to the project the use of its Online Survey system based on open source software (limesurvey) hosted on the servers of the Complutense University ( as well as the use of the BASECAMP tool for project management.

Social Support Association “Ja-Ty-We” was established 20 years ago with the aim of working on developing the social economy environment in the region and the country. From the very beginning, the organization supports people with disabilities and actively participates in shaping national policies supporting their social and vocational rehabilitation. Along with the changes in national structures, the association also specialized in providing support to other marginalized groups: the unemployed, migrants, and the homeless. Currently, it carries out its activities in six branches in the Łódzkie and Mazowieckie voivodeships. The association runs a social economy support center “Ja-Ty-We”, which combines all types of activity promoting the operation of social economy entities. The aim of the support is to increase the number of professionally active marginalized people, including people with disabilities. It is achieved thanks to educational activities, training of entrepreneurial staff, consulting support (legal, business, accounting, marketing, etc.), building partnerships between local government units, the third sector and free market enterprises. Each year, the association supports: about 80 organizations of social economy entities and p-government organizations, creates an average of 20 new jobs for people with disabilities or otherwise at risk of marginalization, conducts training (10 per year) for employees and management of social enterprises, provides 800 hours specialist counseling for social entrepreneurs. The second important area has become community care and assistant services for people with disabilities and the elderly. The “Ja-Ty-We” Social Support Association runs two Social Service Centers and the Community Self-Help House in the region.

Eweta, the walloon federation of “entreprises de travail adapté – ETA (=inclusive enterprises), groups together all the 54 inclusive enterprises located in the Walloon Region and the German-speaking Community. Some of them are recognised and subsidised by the “Agence pour une Vie de Qualité” (AViQ) and the others are recognised and subsidised by the “Dienststelle für Selbstbestimmtes Leden”.
Eweta is a pluralistic organisation that represents, defends and promotes the mission of inclusive member companies.
The association represents and defends the interests of inclusive companies at the levels of the Walloon Region, the German-speaking Community, as well as at the federal (Belgium), European and international levels, as well as in social consultations, the joint commission 327 and the joint sub-commission 327.03, the Existence Security Fund and the Maribel Social Fund.
The social aim of the association is defined through its strategic objectives. Inclusive enterprises are situated at the interface between the social market economy and the non-market sector.
Eweta’s mission is to :
• Federate each of its member companies and bring them together around common projects and visions
• To represent the Incluvise Entreprises and their social and economic added value
• Defend the interests of Inclusive enterprises
• Promote the image and mission of the inclusive enterprises at regional, national and international levels with their political, public and social partners and with public opinion
• Informing the inclusive member companies
Eweta also positions itself as a reference actor vis-à-vis various third parties: press, politics, etc. At the same time, it develops in-house knowledge and analysis on the subjects that drive us, i.e. economic and social issues, as well as on the challenges facing our sector.
The association may take any action directly or indirectly related to its purpose, without interfering in the internal organisation of the inclusive member companies that make it up.
It may participate in any association pursuing activities similar or related to its purpose, consult with representatives of the public authorities and the private sector.

UNEA was created in 1987, the National Union of Adapted Enterprises (UNEA) is a professional association which brings together Adapted Enterprises and represents them to public and private stakeholders. The UNEA defends and promotes the Adapted Enterprise model by communicating their know-how and professionalism, supporting their development and weaving in the economic environment all links favourable to the growth and long-term employment of people in situations of disability. UNEA supports Adapted Companies in their CSR policy in order to develop and measure their economic, social and environmental performance and to promote it to their stakeholders, particularly their economic partners.

Project Team Managers

An Executive Commission organizes and deals with a transversal nature, under the direction of the President, the different activities of the Confederation around different specialized Working Groups by subject that have the advice of professionals of the highest prestige.

Almudena Fernández-Golfín

Managing Director CONACEE National Confederation of Special Employment Centres since January 2018. She has worked as an interim civil servant in the Management Corps of the Civil Administration of the State in the Asylum and Refuge Office of the Ministry of the Interior between 2016 and 2018. She has worked for more than 20 years as a Legal Advisor in the Santander Group, holding positions of different responsibilities in the General Secretariat, Universities, Sustainability and Foundations Division and the Legal Department, being for nearly 15 years Deputy Secretary of the Board of Directors of Banco Santander Investment. In her spare time she collaborates as a volunteer with various NGOs.

Michael Weiss

CEO of FAF gGmbH since 2018 – Consultant and director of the FAF gGmbH branch since 1996 – Project manager and accountant in several companies, as well as in inclusive companies – Master of Business Administration (MBA), Magister Artium (M.A.) in Journalism and German Philology – Postgraduate program: Business Management and Informatics in Small and Medium Enterprises

Claudia Rustige
BAG if

Claudia Rustige is CEO of of the Federal Association of Inclusive Enterprises (bag if) since 2015. Prior to that, she was honorary deputy chair of bag if since 2010. She is active in the field of supporting and developing employment of people with disabilities since 25 years. Before joining bag if, she was managing director of several inclusive enterprises: – For 16 years (1995 – 2011), she was a senior staff member at the von Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen, responsible for various areas of vocational rehabilitation and employment (Inclusive enterprises, Zuverdienstprojekt, Werkstattverbund, BBW, and others). – From 2011 to 2014, she was managing director of the Gesellschaft für psychosoziale Einrichtungen (gpe) in Mainz, which operates, among other things, a sheltered workshop for mentally disabled people, 6 inclusion enterprises, a community psychiatric center, an occupational therapy practice, and numerous vocational rehabilitation and training measures for disabled and disadvantaged people. She was involved in several European projects founded by European Initiatives EQUAL and HORIZON.

David Alonso

David Alonso is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Services at the Faculty of Social Work (Complutense University-Madrid). He holds a Bachelor in Social Work, a Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology and received his PhD in Social Work (Extraordinary Award). His main research interests focus on social innovation, technology and social work, active ageing, international social work, e-pedagogy related to social work, social work with groups.

Paulina Ciąćka

For 15 years she has been working in the border area that combines the social economy and the business field. She started her professional career as the president of a social enterprise, and subsequent positions as manager of activation and inclusion projects, manager of a social economy support center, and parallel professional involvement in the traditional market allowed her to deeply understand the situation of people with disabilities on the labor market and social conditions. She coordinated regional, national and international projects in the field of social economy, shaping national policies and solutions at the European level.

Marie Tuczynski

Project and Communication Manager.
Marie Tuczynski holds a Master’s degree in Organisational Communication from the Université Catholique de Louvain.
She has been working at Eweta – Fédération Wallonne des Entreprises de Travail Adapté (= Walloon Federation of inclusive enterprises) since November 2017.
She started as a communication officer before being put in charge of the European projects that the association runs.
In particular, she has already collaborated in an Erasmus + project in charge of creating a repositories of job and competency for workers and managers in European inclusive enterprises as well as a training course for blue collar managers in inclusive enterprises.
She is also working on other projects in relation with the other Belgian federations of inclusive enterprises: i.e. FEBRAP for the Brussels Region and Groep Maatwerk for Flanders.

Sébastien Citerne

Sébastien Citerne , General Director of UNEA since 2012 with over 25 years of experience in the inclusive sector

Anna Niedźwiedź

For 20 year she has been working in the area combining social economy and business. She was the president of a social enterprise, has many years of experience as a social economy advisor and advisory support for inclusive enterprises. At the moment she’s implementing the largest project in social support association, working in the area of supporting the employment of people with disabilities and at the risk of marginalization.