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Did you know that the EU brings people together to work across borders and protect you and millions of other citizens? Whether they’re preparing to rush to the scene of an emergency in the blink of an eye, researching the cure for a mysterious condition, or working to make your area a little greener; together these ordinary heroes make Europe a better place to live.

Coordinated by the EU, they protect your homes, friends, families and jobs, and these are their stories.

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Prof Stefan Bouzarovski

British, Greek, citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia, EU Energy Poverty Observatory

United Kingdom

Stefan is Professor of Geography at the University of Manchester, UK, where he convenes the People and Energy Programme within the Manchester Urban Institute. He chairs the EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV) and the ENGAGER European network on energy poverty funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology scheme (COST). This initiative is backed by Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme. He has published several books, and over 50 articles, on energy poverty. He holds a visiting professorship at the Universities of Gdansk, Prague and Bergen. His work has informed the energy policies of the EU.

Alexander Antonyuk

British, European Investment Bank


Alexander is an energy economist at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. He analyses energy projects and plays a role in granting European funding for building new energy infrastructure and upgrading existing infrastructure. His top priority at work is to make energy more affordable for EU citizens in order to combat energy poverty across the continent.

Figen Murray

Peace Promoter

United Kingdom

Figen is a mother and peace promoter living in the UK. A therapist and life coach for 20 years, her life was turned upside down when her son was killed at the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017. She has since changed careers and dedicated her time to promoting peace. She gives talks to young people, politicians, journalists, teachers and de-radicalisation practitioners about tolerance and open communication. As part of her work within the EU-led Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) she has brought her message to Members of the European Parliament in Brussels, and continues to collaborate with her RAN colleagues to help stop radicalisation Europe-wide.

Professor J. Helen Cross

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

United Kingdom

Helen coordinates EpiCARE, a European Reference Network on rare and complex cases of epilepsy. The network comprises 28 medical centres in 13 countries and aims to improve diagnoses and treatments for people with rare epilepsies. “The most important thing for me is the constant ability to discover things and make a difference to patients,” says Helen. She is renowned in the field of childhood epilepsy and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Neurology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She also works at Young Epilepsy, a national charity supporting children and young people with epilepsy up to the age of 25.