NOW Mayors’ Network

From the very beginning, Act.Now has emphasised the important role of Mayors of cities or communities to foster social cohesion as well as societal and economical welfare. As politicians, heads of municipal administrations and stakeholders for public and private interests, Mayors bear the responsibility of caring for the wellbeing of all people living in their municipal districts. Mayors from different countries in Europe, the Balkan region as well as the MENAT region are part of a network which was established and developed during the NOW Conferences starting in 2016. The NOW Mayors’ Network supports its members and their municipalities in promoting peaceful, cohesive and prosperous communities under the thematic frame “Changing the Narrative – The Power of Social Cohesion, Diversity, and Participation in our Cities”.


  • Empowering Mayors and municipality representatives to enhance factors leading to social cohesion
  • Supporting the acceptance of diversity and the importance of youth participation in municipalities
  • Linking mayors from the MENAT region and Europe for mutual exchange of challenges, and expertise
  • Advocating positive narratives and progressive, innovative ideas replacing destructive public opinion making

Aims to:

  • Foster dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experience to identify and inspire promising practices
  • Provide insight into different contexts by organising field exposures to member municipalities in different countries
  • Offer assistance to empower communities, build the capacity of local administrations and support advocacy initiatives that are of common interest


George Antoun, Country Director & Regional Programme Advisor, Mercy Corps Lebanon

Project Manager

Uta Zeuge-Buberl, Act.Now (maternity leave)
Mathis Dippon, Act.Now


Andreas Babler, Traiskirchen / Austria
Jürgen Czernohorszky, Vienna / Austria
Renate Habetler, Bernstein / Austria
Dieter Posch, Neudörfl / Austria
Tjark Bartels, Hameln-Pyrmont / Germany
Gari Pavkovic, Stuttgart / Germany
Michalis Angelopoulos, Samos / Greece
Lefteris Papagiannakis, Athens / Greece
Emmanouil Vournous, Chios / Greece
Stefano Calabrò, Sant’Alessio in Aspromonte / Italy
Antonino Castorina, Reggio Calabria / Italy
Isabella Conti, San Lazzaro di Savena / Italy
Umberto Costantini, Spilamberto / Italy
Maurizio Zavaglia, Gioiosa Ionica / Italy
Hassan Al-Rahibh, Um Al Jimal / Jordan
Qendron Kastrati, Kamenica / Kosovo
Bassam Dalal, Rachaya Alwadi / Lebanon
Charbel Mattar, Naameh / Lebanon
Merhej Najm, Habbariyeh / Lebanon
Adelina Paula Pinto, Guimarães / Portugal
Hazbo Mujović, Sjenica / Serbia
Igor Marentič, Postojna / Slovenia
Mustafa Tosun, Dikili / Turkey
Halil Ibrahim Akinci, Sultanbeyli / Turkey

Meetings up to now

1 Meeting: 30 – 31 January, 2017 – Vienna / Austria
2 Meeting: 29 – 31 January, 2018 – Vienna / Austria
3 Meeting: 29 June – 2 July, 2018 – Chios / Greece
4 Meeting: 8 – 11 November, 2018 – Hameln-Pyrmont / Germany
5 Meeting: 27 January, 2019 – Vienna / Austria
6 Meeting: 30 June – 2 July 2019 – Vienna / Austria