Meet the Young European Ambassadors

Europe for me means peace, freedom and equality. As a Young European Ambassador (YEA), I aim to share these values every day with young people of my country and beyond. So, being a YEA for me, first of all means SHARING. Europe also means diversity and friends from different countries, cultures and backgrounds. As a YEA, I am every day communicating and cooperating with young people. So, being a YEA also means COMMUNICATION and COOPERATION. Communication is a two-way interaction. So, being a YEA means MUTUAL EXCHANGE: exchange of knowledge, of views, of information, ... and the result is truly rewarding: you offer and gain new skills, knowledge and a broadened worldview. Last but not least, being a YEA means CONTRIBUTION: by helping young people get actively engaged in the opportunities offered by the EU, I invest in the process of making them better future leaders.

Ani Khachatryan,25 years old.

 

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Abbas Babayev

Abbas Babayev

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Schools & Universities Outreach coordinator
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan
Abutab Abbasova

Abutab Abbasova

Residence:
London, United Kingdom
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (MSc in Development Studies)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from ADA University in Azerbaijan. During my studies, in 2015, I was an exchange student at the University of Glasgow. In 2016, I then did an internship at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Brussels, where I got the chance to learn about EU-Azerbaijan relations. Currently, I am doing an MSc in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. I previously undertook internships at ADA University, Caucasus Research Resource Centre Azerbaijan and the International Eurasia Press Fund.

Aino-Maria Ervelä

Aino-Maria Ervelä

Residence:
Minsk, Belarus
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (EVS volunteer for 'World Without Borders' in Minsk Belarus)
Country of origin:
Finland

I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Services and before moving to Belarus, I used to work in Finland in the field of child protection. I am currently living in Minsk and am doing European Voluntary Service in a charity association called World Without Borders, where my main task is to work with teenagers in conflict with the law. I am interested in youth work, human rights, international relations and communication. I love to travel and discover new places and people, and to create and share new stories. I am interested in the Eastern European cultures and as I am learning Russian, hoping it will allow me to have a deeper understanding of those cultures. The Young European Ambassadors network brings together my main interests of youth work and intercultural communication, and gives us an opportunity to work together with the aim of creating a better future!

Alesia Petrovets

Alesia Petrovets

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (BA Intercultural Communication)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I'm a second-year participant of the YEAs initiative. My participation is caused not by a desire to live the experience again, but by a drive to further contribute to my community. During the previous year, I participated in the first YEAs' meet-up and was also a National Youth Delegate at the first EU Youth Conference dedicated to the 6th Cycle of Structured Dialogue. Together with some YEAs from Belarus, we implemented activities aimed at promoting educational programmes available to Belarusians in the EU. These events were self-organised and implemented in Grodno and Brest. I also wrote a couple of stories about my vision for youth in Belarus and my educational experiences in the EU and was one of the winners of the "EUaroundU - Tell Your Story" contest. Currently, I'm studying intercultural communication and work at the IOM Office in Belarus.

Alesia Zhuk

Alesia Zhuk

Residence:
La Paz, Bolivia
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Student (PhD in Law)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I graduated from International University MITSO in Minsk, Belarus in 2015, as a lawyer in the field of international commercial law. During my studies, I participated in the Jean-Pictet Competition in Charlottesville (USA) and Martens Moot Court in Moscow (Russia), both of which were on international humanitarian law. In 2016, I received a scholarship for academic study at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile) and Heidelberg University (Germany). I obtained a master’s degree in 2017. My master's thesis was devoted to cyberwarfare. From May to August this year, I did an internship at UNHCR in Minsk. I have also taken part in a number of international summer schools (ISS): International and European Law (Kaliningrad); ISS on Cyber Law (Moscow), 18th ISS: Human rights & Globalization (Zadar) and the Summer School on IT Law (Brno). At present, I am working on a PhD proposal on cyberspace and human rights.

Aliaksei Shantora

Aliaksei Shantora

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (International Law, Belarusian State University)
Country of origin:
Belarus
Alice Ananian

Alice Ananian

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Marketing & PR specialist)
Country of origin:
Armenia
Alina Kurnasevich

Alina Kurnasevich

Residence:
Hrodna
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional (English/German teacher)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I graduated from Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno in 2014 with an honours degree in Modern Foreign Languages (English and German). During the last year of my studies I spent a semester on an Erasmus exchange at Karl-Franzes University of Graz. In 2015 I received a master's degree in Germanic Languages from Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno. During my Master studies I also worked part time as a junior professor. After my studies I worked as an English teacher at Gymnasium 9 of Grodno. I also worked voluntarily for the NGO 'The Third Sector' as a mentor for European Voluntary Service volunteers. Currently I work voluntarily as a German teacher at DB Berufsschule in Wuerzburg, Germany, at the same time being a board member and PR manager of the Erasmus Student Network section of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno.

Alina Mykytyshyn

Alina Mykytyshyn

Residence:
Ternopil
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine

In 2015, I graduated with an MA in English and French Philology and Educational Sciences. Since then, I have been working on my PhD in the field of higher education. I am also working as a university teacher in my hometown. In the spring of 2017, I founded a local NGO 'Cluster of the Initiatives' with the aim of contributing to women's empowerment, the formation of civil society in Ukraine, and the elimination of different forms of gender-related discrimination and domestic violence. I have participated in more than 20 international events, as a volunteer, participant, speaker and facilitator of workshops. For me, becoming a Young European Ambassador is a chance to contribute to social welfare and promote the ideas I believe in: gender equality, civil society, the supremacy of human rights, and the importance of education.

Ana Noroc

Ana Noroc

Residence:
Balti
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Law student at 'Alecu Russo' Bălţi State University in Moldova
Country of origin:
Moldova

I chose humanities in high school after I gained experience in different national and international competitions (International Art Competition "Colocvii eminesciene", Republican Olympics at Universal and Romanian History). Nowadays I’m a Law student as well as an Erasmus+ student. Last semester, I was selected for an Erasmus+ academic mobility project to Iași, Romania, where I came to understand the real meaning of Erasmus friendship. After this, I visited Baku, Azerbaijan, as a member of the Moldovan team. We participated in the youth exchange “WE CAN DO IT”. This experience changed my vision about myself and about human values through true relationships with people who have a health problem. I felt what it mean to see them as a people just like me. In November, I'll participate in another youth exchange in Armenia, as a team leader: “Digitising rural entrepreneurship”. On a local basis, I've been a volunteer at the NGO "Serviciu pentru PACE" since August 2017.

 

Anastasia	Zaichko

Anastasia Zaichko

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
26 years
Occupation:
Young Professional
Country of origin:
Belarus

After graduating from Belarusian State Economic University with a Bachelor degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management, I started working as a young professional in the industry. As I felt that it was not the exact sphere I wanted to develop in, I decided to change not only my job, but the whole profession I worked in. That is how I found my vocation in public relations management. Working as a PR manager as I have been doing for three years now not only pays my bills, but also means feeling a connection to the world, a means of self-expression and a challenge to face each day. The same goes for being a Young European Ambassador. Being selected to participate for the second time is therefore not only a responsibility for me, but also a chance to make a difference in society, influence decisions and have an opportunity to hear and be heard.

Anastasia Eșanu

Anastasia Eșanu

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
BA student in International Relations & Political Sciences (State University of Moldova) and trainers coordinator (AIESEC in Chisinau)
Country of origin:
Moldova

I’m a young woman who is determined to experience new challenges. As a student of International Relations at Moldova State University, I have a considerable interest in diplomacy. Thus, I had a chance to be a part of a diplomatic programme in Berlin at European level: “Global – In Fellowship”. I was also a delegate in a project on students' rights organised by the European Students' Union in cooperation with the Youth Department of Council of Europe, where I discovered my passion for human rights and my ambition to work in this field. I also experienced advocacy campaigns and public debates with the Challenger programme hosted by the National Democratic Institute where, together with a group of young people, we tried to solve community problems by collaborating with local authorities. All in all, I believe that it’s only by responsible involvement that people can attain excellent achievements.

Anastasiia Bobrova

Anastasiia Bobrova

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I’m a second year master’s student at the University of Tartu and my main specialisation is semiotics. Currently, I’m participating in an Erasmus+ exchange programme and studying at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. In 2016, I received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Nowadays I am working on my master’s thesis, which deals with the representation of gender in the Ukrainian media.

Andranik Shirinyan

Andranik Shirinyan

Residence:
Yerevan (currently studying through Erasmus in Italy)
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Young professional (YouTuber and APY volunteer)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I am doing my BA in Law at Yerevan State University, specialising in International Law along with Criminal and Civil Law. Currently I am working at the 'Judicial Projects Implementation Unit' State Agency of the Ministry of Justice ', as a leading specialist in the coordination of international projects. I am also a member of the Student Scientific Society of my faculty, implementing and organising scientific events and discussions. Along with my professional activities I am also a Youtuber - a project implemented by the EU Office in Armenia and DEEM Communications. The aim of the project is to spread the word about EU projects in Armenia, such as EU4Energy and Erasmus+. I have been doing a lot of volunteering, including at the KASA Swiss Foundation in Yerevan to support Syrian-Armenian refugees. I have a deep interest in the EU, international relations and international law, so I am very enthusiastic about being one of the Young European Ambassadors from Armenia.

Ani Khachatryan

Ani Khachatryan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
26 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Embassy of Brazil in Yerevan)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I am a graduate of the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and I'm currently undertaking an MA in International Relations. I previously obtained a BA in English philology, with French as a second major. After taking classes in TV and radio journalism at the State Song Theatre of Armenia, I worked as a journalist at 'Panorama AM', one of the country's leading news agencies, covering news on the domestic and foreign policy of Armenia. Later, I did an internship at the Press and Public Information section of the OSCE Office in Yerevan. At the moment I work at the Embassy of Brazil in the Armenian capital. My educational background, deep interest in European affairs and a study visit to EU institutions in Brussels in 2015 have made me passionate about Europe, and now I am privileged to bear the 'title' of Young European Ambassador, trying to carry out my mission as efficiently as possible.

Anna Anastasiia Zubko

Anna Anastasiia Zubko

Residence:
Lviv
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Ukrainian Embassy in Berlin)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

Currently I am studying for a BA in History in Ukraine and doing my Erasmus exchange semester in Germany. Alongside my academic interests, I have a very active social life and contribute to different NGOs. In Germany, I work with child refugees through an integration programme. In Ukraine, most of my activities are directed at deepening communication about and knowledge of Europe among Ukrainian Youth.

Anna Arhirova

Anna Arhirova

Residence:
Lviv
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student of Ukrainian Catholic University (Master in Journalism)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I was brought up in a trilingual family. From my early childhood I spoke Russian and Ukrainian in my community and Bulgarian at home with my family. Nonetheless, it didn't stop me from learning two more languages: Spanish and English. I later enrolled in Kyiv National Linguistic University, where I had a great opportunity to work on my Spanish and English. I am also studying French. In 2016 I did my Erasmus exchange year in Spain and last spring I finished my Bachelor degree in Spanish Philology. The same year I began my master's degree in journalism at Ukrainian Catholic University, whose school of journalism is considered to be the best master's programme in journalism in Ukraine.

Anna Mnatsakanyan

Anna Mnatsakanyan

Residence:
Berlin
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (Erasmus exchange in Postdam University in Berlin)
Country of origin:
Armenia
Anton Dubinskyi

Anton Dubinskyi

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (International Development Assistant at CEO Club Ukraine)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I’m currently working as an International Development Assistant at the CEO Club Ukraine, the main business club in Ukraine that brings together leaders of local and international companies for development, communication and cooperation. Last year, I participated in the Robert Schuman Traineeship Programme at the European Parliament, where I was assigned to the Directorate General for External Policies of the European Parliament. Prior to that, I was a Junior Sectoral Policy Fellow at the EU-funded Project ‘Association4U’ and was involved in the provision of assistance and consultative services to the Ministry of Ecology of Ukraine. In 2016, I graduated from the ‘MA in International Relations: Europe from a Visegrad Perspective’ programme conducted by Jagiellonian University (Poland), Masaryk University (the Czech Republic), the University of Pecs (Hungary) and Matej Bel University (Slovakia).

Anton Zhahalkovich

Anton Zhahalkovich

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (Belarusian State University)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I am a third-year student at the Belarusian State University, majoring in sociology. I write about youth, deviancy, crimes and drug consumption. I've participated in the national semi-final of the English-Speaking Union (an international public speaking competition in Belarus), the semi-final of Voice BSU, and my university's Model United Nations, twice as a delegate and once as an organiser focused on social media, photography and fundraising. I've also taken part in the “Human. Culture. Society” conference held by the Belarusian State University on three occasions. I wrote a report entitled “Juvenile Delinquency as an Object of Sociological Research”, and passed a course on Economics organised by the Institute of Entrepreneurial Activity. I also successfully represented Belarus in the “Working with Youth for Youth: strengthening security and cooperation online” youth conference held by the OSCE in Malaga, where I presented an article about climate change and youth.

Anzhela Rudenko

Anzhela Rudenko

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine
Aren Harutyunyan

Aren Harutyunyan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Human Rights specialist)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I am currently studying at the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. I am also working at the company BetConstruct. My educational background is in political science and I am a graduate of Yerevan State University's Faculty of International Relations. I then obtained my MA in Human Rights and Democratisation from Yerevan State University and the Belarussian State University in Minsk. I have also volunteered in some organisations, mainly in the non-profit sector (World Vision YADP, IPP, etc.).

Arina Zadorozhna

Arina Zadorozhna

Residence:
Dnipro
Age:
26 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Chief Legal Adviser and Policy Adviser at the regional council)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I’m a lawyer with experience in different areas, including law, policy consulting, legal proceedings, management, public administration, scientific research, civil activity, training and youth leadership. I work as Chief Legal Adviser and head of the legal department of a company that works in the energy sphere and is implementing a project supported by the World Bank. Being interested in politics and international relations, I also became a Policy Adviser of a Deputy of the Regional Council, helping resolve questions, consulting in legal and other spheres and building policy strategies. I’ve always been ambitious and hard-working. Even as a student, I wanted to do something significant. After studying at anti-corruption school I organised the 'Students against Corruption' youth movement, on which I am still working. I am most interested in the areas of civil society, democratisation, politics, business support and development of international trade.

 

Arpine Hakhinyan

Arpine Hakhinyan

Residence:
Vanadzor
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional ('Creative Armenia')
Country of origin:
Armenia

I obtained my MA in Political Science and International Affairs from the American University of Armenia (AUA). Previously, I did my BA in International Relations. As part of my MA thesis on women's shelters, I completed an internship at the Women's Support Centre. I also worked as a research assistant at one of the research centres of the AUA, conducting research on the environment, gender issues and domestic violence. Later, I did an internship at the EcoEco Department of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, and an online internship in awareness raising at the Geneva-based Humanium NGO. During the 2017 Parliamentary elections in Armenia, I was a project assistant at the Transparency International Anti-corruption Centre in Armenia. Currently, I work as Media & Communications Coordinator at the NGO Creative Armenia. I'm really proud of becoming a Young European Ambassador and getting the opportunity to share European values in my country, especially in the regions.

Artiom Radu

Artiom Radu

Residence:
Bucharest, Romania
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
BA student in Law, Univeristy of Bucharest
Country of origin:
Moldova

I was born and raised in the Republic of Moldova. At 16, I decided to take a chance and continue my studies in Romania, all by myself. Bold as it may seem, this step shaped the way I see things now. Going to Romania meant new interactions with a close yet different environment and culture, new people and a whole new set of perspectives on multiculturalism, diversity and social interactions. These came along with several volunteering activities at such NGOs as Youth for Youth Romania (affiliated with the Y-PEER network) and the Pro Democracy Association, and the foundation and coordination of an informal group of students in my high school – EuroClub Jean Monnet. These experiences helped me to develop and sustain a keen interest in global issues, international collaboration and how to promote and maintain local cultural diversity.

Arzu	Abbasova

Arzu Abbasova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
Student (BA International Relations at SOAS, University of London)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

In 2016, I started my bachelor's degree at ADA University, but right now I am a first year student of International Relations at SOAS, University of London. I am co-founder and social media manager at the Start Education Centre, which aims to enrich the knowledge of Sumqayit youth. I am a youth ambassador at NAYORA. Currently I am an intern at SOAS radio and producing my own show. At the same time, I am professionally engaged with music and composing my own pieces.

Ashot Tadevosyan

Ashot Tadevosyan

Residence:
Gyumri
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (BA History)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I am studying History at Shirak State University and volunteering at a book club for the 'Kasa Swiss Humanitarian Foundation'. I participated in the OSCE Summer School on Democracy in 2015 and in April 2017 I took part in the 'Intercutlural Competences' training course run by Kairos Europe in Poland. I am also a member of the Union of Poles in Armenia: 'Polonia'.

Astghik Isakhanyan

Astghik Isakhanyan

Residence:
Goris
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional ('Rights Information Centre' NGO)
Country of origin:
Armenia

In 2015, I made the best decision: to do an Erasmus exchange in International Relations and European Studies at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. This one-year education was life-changing. I also have a BA in History from Goris State University. I work for the Resource Integration Centre NGO as a coordinator of the 'I have the right to have a public defender' project, funded by the EU. Aside from my main job, I work as a trainer and facilitator in different spheres. In my free time, I like to spend hours in the gym, watch great films and, during the holidays, travel to new countries and discover, discover, discover, and have the craziest adventures and experiences. Being a YEA makes me enthusiastic about continuing my career in International Relations and I am sure I will. It is an honour for me to be part of this cool network.

Aydan Ahmadbayli

Aydan Ahmadbayli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional (educational research and consultancy)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

In 2012, while I was a third year student at the University of Languages in Baku, I applied to the Erasmus Mundus programme. I was selected as one of eight scholarship winners from Azerbaijan to take part in a one-year student exchange in Viterbo, Italy. Needless to say, this experience shaped me profoundly in every possible way. Being surrounded by different cultures and people from all around the world, I saw the different ways of looking at the world and our place in it. After finishing my studies in Italy, I applied to the state programme on education abroad and received a scholarship. This enabled me to study for an MA in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Nottingham in the UK, which I completed with a distinction. Throughout my university years, I developed a true passion for education and the opportunities that it provides to young people. The life-changing experiences in my early twenties inspired me to choose a career in education.

Aygül Salmanova

Aygül Salmanova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (BA International Affairs)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a graduate of the International Relations Department of Qafqaz University. In 2012, I entered the Translation and Interpretation Department at the same university. However, during my first year, I realised I was not where I wanted to be. After a number of letters to the admissions office and the Ministry of Education, I was able to switch to the faculty of International Relations. I knew that studying politics and international relations would allow me to combine my favourite subjects, the subjects that I have loved since my childhood. I have been given several opportunities to demonstrate my enthusiasm for Politics and International Relations. Being an intern at the Centre for Security and Energy Research (CSER), which was further complemented by my internship in the United Nations Migration Agency, has contributed greatly to my knowledge and skills in this field. I have also taken part in various summer schools.

Ayhan Satiji

Ayhan Satiji

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Relations, ADA University)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a fourth-year student at ADA University, majoring in International Relations. I am enthusiastic and hardworking, always seeking opportunities to develop my skills and broaden my knowledge. I have taken part in international youth forums and internship programmes, including the International Forum of Responsibility for Europe’s Youth in Germany, the 2nd International Youth Forum of the European Youth Parliament in Azerbaijan, and an international Train the Trainers project  in Romania. In addition, I have obtained a certificate in EU Studies and attended courses on EU Energy Policy and European Common and Security Policy. My motto in life is “Carpe Diem” – “Seize every moment and make it extraordinary”. I believe that as a Young European Ambassador I will seize every moment of my experience and make lives extraordinary by contributing to society.
 

Aysha Gadirova

Aysha Gadirova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
17 years
Occupation:
High School Student
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a high school student aspiring to be a writer, journalist and activist. I grew up in Saudi Arabia and went to an international school. I currently live in Baku, Azerbaijan. I have always been motivated to volunteer and contribute to youth development. I have been involved in multiple organisations dedicated to Azerbaijani youth, such as American Councils, Baku Education Information Centre and Azerbaijan Youth Development Organisation. In addition, I have a personal blog where I share my own points of view and a different interpretation of the things happening around me. I have always been interested in creative writing, so I have started working on my own original poems and stories. In the future, I plan to pursue an education in humanities and hope to contribute to youth development.

Bahruz Samadov

Bahruz Samadov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in Linguistics)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a civic activist and researcher from Azerbaijan. I graduated from the Baku branch of Moscow State University as a linguist, and my specific field is discourse analysis of media and political speeches. I'm also a board member of the NIDA civic movement, and I focus on non-formal education of the members. Moreover, I have experience as a volunteer at the OneCaucasus music festival (2015) and as a journalist for different local and foreign media agencies. I have participated in such events as the Youth Peace Camp in Strasbourg (2017), Forum 2000 in Prague (2017), MediaBarCamp in Lithuania (2017) and FES Regional Lab (2017). I'm now doing my Master at Moscow State University in Baku. I'm fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, English and Turkish, and have some knowledge of Polish and Czech.

Berina Mulovic

Berina Mulovic

Residence:
Pessac, France
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (International exchange programs officer, IÉSEG School of Management)
Country of origin:
France

I am a French young professional with Bosnian roots who would define herself as European. I am really interested in the EU and Central and South Eastern Europe and I hold a master’s degree in European Law. I have also done several internships in the Balkans and won two EU-organised competitions that allowed me to do an internship at the European Commission. A turning point was my year as a College of Europe student in Natolin, where I learnt more about the ENP and had the chance to take part in study visits in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. My interest in the Eastern Partnership deepened during the two years I spent working on cultural and educational cooperation at the French Embassy in Belarus, where I taught EU law to young Belarusians. Now, I would like to pursue a career in EU-Balkans/ENP relations in the field of culture, youth and education.

Bohdana Sybikovska

Bohdana Sybikovska

Residence:
Warsaw, Poland
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (MA International Relations, Warsaw)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am completing my final year of studying Contemporary Diplomacy. If you want to negotiate something or debate just for the sake of argument - I am the right person! I agree with a statement from Joseph Joubert: the aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. Apart from my academic interests, I always try to devote some time to music, composing and creating songs. I truly believe that active youth can change this world and it is only up to us how the world will look like in the nearest future. I am a member of numerous organizations in Poland trying to promote civil society and organizing meetings with famous people, such as Radosław Sikorski, Bronisław Komorowski etc. My bachelor thesis on the "Role of the Security Council of the United Nations in the XXIst century" has won a best thesis competion in Lublin (Poland). I also am a prize winner of all-Ukraininan Oxford Debates competitions.

Carolina Cicati

Carolina Cicati

Residence:
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
BLL Student, Maastricht University
Country of origin:
Moldova

I started to get involved in volunteer activities while in the 9th grade in high school, participating and organising debate games. That passion evolved into bigger activities and projects related to communication, such as founding an oratory club "Ars Rhetorica" in my school and working as Communication Coordinator and Placement Officer for the NGO AVI-Moldova. Taking part in an Erasmus+ Youth Exchange to Spain was a unique experience that allowed me to get to know myself better as a person. Since then, mobility has become my lifestyle and I have had the honour of becoming part of an international family of young and motivated people working to make their home a better place.

Carolina Sclifos

Carolina Sclifos

Residence:
London, UK
Age:
26 years
Occupation:
Young Professional
Country of origin:
Moldova

I started volunteering locally in 2007 and became involved in the national network of volunteers from the Republic of Moldova. While studying in Romania, I was a member of an organisation for Moldovan students and a human rights NGO. I graduated in European Studies from Babeș-Bolyai University. I discovered the EU mainly due to youth projects (in Poland, Romania, Latvia and Germany), and loved being a part of it. I later did a master's in Security and Diplomacy at SNSPA Bucharest, where I developed an interest in research and was a panellist at several conferences, as well as being published in academic publications. Taking part in the Erasmus programme at the University of Bonn, and a traineeship at the Centre for International Security and Governance, broadened my experience, defining a direction for my professional path. For me, being a Young European Ambassador means contributing to youth development, embracing the European family and being a step closer to my dreams.

Daniel Bizdiga

Daniel Bizdiga

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (graphic designer)
Country of origin:
Moldova

I was born and lived in the north of the Republic of Moldova until I finished school, where I had some extracurricular activities related to economic education. That and the fact that I was awarded a second-grade diploma at the Republican Economics Olympiad motivated me to take my bachelor’s degree at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. During university, I started to volunteer in Chisinau, was later a volunteer in France through EVS and also participated in other international projects. During that time, I came to truly understand how important peace and mutual understanding between countries is when it comes to making the world a better place and that we can reach greater results by working together.

Daniel Cojocari

Daniel Cojocari

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (National Youth Council of Moldova, Youth Rights and Social Inclusion Coordinator, EVS Coordinator, Volunteers Coordinator)
Country of origin:
Moldova

After graduating in Cybernetics and Economical Informatics, I decided to move to a more active and challenging field - Youth Rights and Social Inclusion - which unlocked my whole potential. The change was hard, but I was able to have a positive impact as structural thinking and algorithms still helped me to develop the youth sector, advocating for the rights of young people with fewer opportunities. Previously I had migrated to Europe for a job and better life. After a year and a half, I decided to move back to the Republic of Moldova and do something more challenging, with more impact and that I would really love. I started as a volunteer at the National Youth Council of Moldova and AIESEC in Moldova, before getting a job in the council due to my commitment. Last year, I became a member of the Global Shapers Community and a Young European Ambassador. This year I became a member of the Youth Forum Expert Group on Membership, Diversity and Inclusion.

Daniela Moisei

Daniela Moisei

Residence:
Prague, Czech Republic
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
MA student in Finance, Banking & Financial Markets
Country of origin:
Moldova

I am currently studying for my second master's degree in Economics at Charles University in Prague, and I participate in different symposiums and internships (most recently at the Council of Europe and the National Bank of Moldova). My diligence, effort and strong academic performance led to me being named one of "The best 50 students in the Republic of Moldova". I have been involved in many extracurricular activities, as a member of a peer-to-peer educators team at the International Centre "La Strada” and Volunteer Coordinator of the organisation “Youth for the Right to Live”. As President of the Student Council, I implemented a school for young entrepreneurs and participated in different international projects, taking part in debates, workshops and study visits to European institutions. I also had the unique experience of giving a speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. My hobby is reading; it encourages me to think and expands my horizons.

Daniela Rața

Daniela Rața

Residence:
Ialoveni
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
BA student in International Relations & Political Sciences, State University of Moldova and President of Students’ Alliance of Moldova
Country of origin:
Moldova

I am a child of the world, a passionate traveller and a career woman. Studying at the Faculty of International Relations, at Moldova State University, I am interested in global affairs and diplomacy. I was delegated to represent the Republic of Moldova at the MIRAI programme in Japan and the Study Tours to Poland programme. Also, I participated in the simulation of the Youth Eastern Partnership and the OSCE Model, after which I was selected to represent my country in Vienna, at the second stage of the project, organised by the OSCE. As an international student, I benefited from an exchange programme in Hungary, funded by the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie. Moreover, I am the president of the biggest student NGO in our country, the Students’ Alliance of Moldova and a member of the European Students’ Union. I am actively involved in student social life and I believe that it’s only by getting involved that we can make the world better.

Danylo Nepochatov

Danylo Nepochatov

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine
David Androshchuk

David Androshchuk

Residence:
Lanivtsi
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Roehampton in London and furthermore earned my specialisation in International Relations at the EU Business School in Munich. During, as well as subsequent to my studies, I was a delegate at the Change the World Model United Nations meeting programmes in New York and Abu Dhabi, for which I received rewards respectively. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the NGO Heavens and as such, have participated in a number of charity and volunteering projects, including the 'Firefighters Aid Project;' in this project, I managed to find firefighter equipment for the Department of the State Service of Emergencies in Lanivtsi city, as well as a sponsorship for the 44th separate artillery brigade of the Ukrainian Army stationed in Ternopil, Ukraine. As a Member of the Board of Directors, I am also in charge of monitoring the budget and other finances, establish the governance system…

Davit Dadalyan

Davit Dadalyan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (Yerevan State Medical University)
Country of origin:
Armenia

Currently, I am working as a Communications Expert at the Centre For Rights Development NGO and studying at Yerevan State Medical University. I have participated in different training courses on community development, youth involvement, inclusive educational and peaceful conflict resolution, volunteerism and media literacy, and developed my global and intercultural competencies in Finland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Georgia, the USA and Tanzania.

Denys Demydov

Denys Demydov

Residence:
Zaporizhzhia
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am a Ukrainian independent entrepreneur and travel blogger. The glorious Zaporizhia is my native region and Latvian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Serbian blood runs in my veins. I have had experience of working in different spheres, from a small news house to one of the biggest aviation companies in the country. I have studied both technical and humanities subjects. The main idea which I am trying to bring to people through public activity is the existence of human rights. That is because people from my country do not always realise their own rights and duties. I am fond of the work I do and love my country very much. I've been giving my best to make my country better, and would like to live in one of the best countries in the world - aware that the ability to make such a country is in our hands.

Diana Yeghiazaryan

Diana Yeghiazaryan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (British Council in Amenia), Secretary on Partnership and International Enlargement at FYCA, Secretary General at World Armenian Youth Network /WostAYN
Country of origin:
Armenia

I have obtained my Bachelor and Master degrees in Arabic Studies from Yerevan State University. My professional interests include Middle Eastern politics, regional studies and international relations. I have had research and articles published in different academic journals. After graduating, I freelanced as a media monitoring specialist. Now, I work in the International Exams department of British Council Armenia and I am the Secretary General of the World Armenian Youth Network. I am also part of the team at the Federation of Youth Clubs of Armenia, where I hold the positions of Secretary on Partnership and Enlargement, fundraiser and project writer. I help young Armenians to reach their goals and educational aspirations through non-formal education, active civil participation and engagement. I am fond of languages and in my spare time I deliver private language courses. I am passionate about youth work, intercultural relations and European values.

Dinand Drankier

Dinand Drankier

Residence:
Wezep & Groningen, the Netherlands
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
MA student in International Relations (University of Groningen) + Young professional (Researcher at the University of Groningen Centre of Energy Law)
Country of origin:
Netherlands

I am a young professional in the field of energy law. Prior to my current job as a legal researcher at the University of Groningen, I pursued a BA in International Relations and International Organisation and a LLM in Energy and Climate Law. In addition to working, I currently spend a lot of my time working on my thesis on international investment governance in order to obtain my MA in the field of International Political Economy. Outside academia, I have been involved in political simulations, such as MUN and MEP, and in youth organisations dealing with education in the field of citizenship and political participation. Moreover, I have enjoyed the privilege of being able to participate in various international youth events. I would consider myself critically pro-European and I look forward to contributing to the Young European Ambassadors' scheme.

Dmytro Deineko

Dmytro Deineko

Residence:
Boryspil (Kyiv region)
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (International law, Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)"
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I'm 21 and I believe in the power of international law. My motto is, "Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world". That was my reason to apply for this programme. I consider that self-education, books and TED talk videos are the best tools to gain success and spread your knowledge, and I'm passionate about communicating around academic issues. Today, I'm a student at an international law school and a cadet specialising in military translation at the Military Institute of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The Young European Neighbours network aspires to promote mutual exchange of experience and engage more young people in social activities. Indeed, I have come to believe that two main factors determine success: a person's own determination and will to succeed. My family and friends often say that I am hard-working, authentic and open to dialogue. I therefore feel that it's the right time for me to start as a Young European Ambassador.

Doina Crăciun

Doina Crăciun

Residence:
Budești
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (Charity Centre for Refugees and Oberliht Asssociation)
Country of origin:
Moldova
Dorothea Tkadleckova

Dorothea Tkadleckova

Residence:
Kyiv, Ukraine
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
MA student in European Studies (University of Leipzig)
Country of origin:
Czech Republic

Last year I graduated with a bachelor´s degree in International Area Studies in Prague and chose to continue to study European Studies at Leipzig University. I do not have one concrete specialisation, but my interest has always been more in the Eastern and South Eastern European countries. I love to learn about the history of these countries and the people living there. That also led me to apply for a semester abroad in Kyiv. In 2015, I underwent a sort of a personal transformation; the challenges of increased migration in Europe prodded me to be more active within our society. I think staying human in today’s complicated world starts with the small, simple things. I believe everyone has the power to make the world a better place to live in. Even putting a smile on someone’s face when they buy their morning coffee is a step in the right direction.

Dylan Lakhal

Dylan Lakhal

Residence:
Pessac, France
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
MA student in European Law (University of Bordeaux)
Country of origin:
France

I’m currently pursuing a MA in European Law in Bordeaux, and previously took part in an Erasmus programme at Queen’s University Belfast and did a BA in Law at the University of California. Both are part of the greatest things I have ever done! I am very interested in human rights issues, so I try to be available to others by volunteering for NGOs, helping disadvantaged children at school, helping homeless men and women, and offering educational activities in libraries on various contemporary issues. I come from a lower-class background, and I think humility and tolerance are the most important things in life. Meeting people and travelling with my relatives (or my backpack) is what inspires me the most! The Great Wall of China and Yosemite National Park are the most peaceful places I have seen, but I would love to go back to Hollywood Boulevard too. A fun fact about me: I play Quidditch as both a chaser and seeker!

Dzianis Maroz

Dzianis Maroz

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional (PR/Marketing specialist)
Country of origin:
Velarus

I graduated from Belarusian State University, Faculty of Journalism with a Bachelor (specialist) degree in Communication Science (PR/Journalism). After university I worked for two years as an editor for the 'Science and Innovation' journal of the Academy of Science of Belarus. My professional background  also includes internships with the press service of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus and the communication agency 'ARS Communication' (Minsk, Belarus). From March to August 2016 I participated in the International Parliament Scholarship of the German Bundestag and did an internship in the deputy office of Dr. Bernd Fabritius, CDU/CSU. At present I work as a PR/Marketing specialist with a focus on internet communication in Minsk, Belarus.

Dzmitry Karol

Dzmitry Karol

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Y-PEER Belarus national coordinator), surgeon.
Country of origin:
Belarus

I graduated from Belarusian State Medical University and I'm currently doing an internship in surgery. Meanwhile, I'm a national coordinator of the Y-PEER network in Belarus. The organisation provides different activities (mostly peer-to-peer educational sessions) in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Elena Mocan

Elena Mocan

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (Société Générale de Surveillance SA)
Country of origin:
Moldova
Elene Mgeladze

Elene Mgeladze

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student, Lawyer
Country of origin:
Georgia

I studied International Law at Tbilisi State University and am currently working for the Georgian Young Lawyers Association, monitoring election cases in court and working on the topic of constitutional reform. I have participated in various local and international conferences and summer and winter schools, including at the University of Tartu, Antwerp University and the University of Groningen, and been part of several amazing teams at NGOs such as AIESEC, YATA, the European Youth Parliament and the Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA). I'm bilingual, meaning Georgian and Russian are my mother tongues, and I also speak French, English and Italian. I am here because I believe that beyond the colour-coded passports, from East to West, North to South, Europeans share the same values.

Eléonore Garnier

Eléonore Garnier

Residence:
Warsaw, Poland
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
MA student in European Interdisciplinary Studies (College of Europe, Natolin Campus)
Country of origin:
France

I am a post-graduate student who specialises in European Neighbourhood Policy at the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland. I hold a previous master's degree in European Studies from the University of Geneva and I did my bachelor's at the University of Regensburg in Germany. I have long been involved in various French-German and international youth projects in the past, as a Young Ambassador of the French-German Youth Office. I am very honoured and pleased to now represent EU Member States in the framework of the Young European Ambassadors network, as I have always had a great passion for the Eastern Partnership countries. I am currently writing a research-based master's thesis on the role of socialisation in EU-funded projects in Moldova, because I believe people-to-people contact has tremendous potential nowadays in the way we shape Europe, thanks to digital tools and greater mobility. Overall I am a curious, well-travelled and proud European!

Eter Glurjidze

Eter Glurjidze

Residence:
Gori, village Nikozi
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Relations-English sector)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I graduated from Nikozi Public School with a gold medal. I am now a second-year student at the International Black Sea University (IBSU), where I received a full scholarship. My interests in extra-curricular activities trace back to my high school period, when, I was involved in various forums, debates, conferences, simulations, intellectual or cultural competitions and volunteering. I was a winner at scientific research conferences in physics and history on several occasions. Currently, I am a member of the NGO 'Proactive Group Georgia', which aims to create a network of proactive youth with an active civil culture. Another NGO where I work with is the 'Young Diplomats’ Club of Georgia'. I have taken part in many winter or summer camps, which are a great chance to share your experiences with active young people and provide them with the challenges and opportunities to shape and change their lives for the better.

Evelina Onea

Evelina Onea

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
BA student in Art Management
Country of origin:
Moldova

I think that the real connection between people and nations is made by culture, and especially through art. Now, the most popular types of art are music and film. I'm a film producer and director. Also, I have a lot of experience in working with young artists and promoting their art. My goal is to film real people with real stories but in a universal way, to try and make people more connected spiritually.

Faina Nakanechnaya

Faina Nakanechnaya

Residence:
Slonim (Belarus), Lodz (Poland)
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in Political Science, University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I have been working in journalism since the age of 16. My first international project was with the “European Media Initiative” in Berlin, and I also worked for the online AGENDA magazine. My main area of interest was gender issues and how they are revealed in the media. In 2014, I did an internship at the Institute for Further Training of Journalists FOJO in Kalmar, Sweden, and worked with a regional Swedish newspaper called 'Ostran'. In the summer of 2015 I did an internship at the Kyiv Post newspaper in the Ukrainian capital. After working with people who came from the Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone, I realised that doing a Master in Human Rights and Democratisation at Yerevan State University and Tbilisi State University (2016-2017) would help me understand more about protecting people not only as a journalist, but also as a human rights defender and lawyer.

Farida Groennesby

Farida Groennesby

Residence:
Ghent, Belgium
Age:
26 years
Occupation:
Student (Dutch language in Ghent university) and studying Dutch in Het Perspectief | Volwassenenonderwijs
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I graduated with a BA from the Faculty of Social Work at Azerbaijan University. I dedicated my graduation thesis paper to the topic of “Human Trafficking in Local and Global Context”. As a result of my strong academic performance, I was awarded a Linnaeus-Palme Scholarship from the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA) to participate in a one-year BA programme at the Faculty of Social Work and Gender Studies of Lund University (Sweden) in 2014-2015. I have completed two internships: one at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Azerbaijan, and the other at the World of Law Public Unity of Legal Propaganda of Azerbaijan. I participated in Greifswald International Student Festival/Conference 2016 “Sea: The Future Discovering Ocean current” in Greifswald (Germany), specifically in a workshop dedicated to issues related to migration by sea and the refugee situation. Currently, I am living in Belgium, intensively learning Dutch at Ghent University. 

Geno Kutashvili

Geno Kutashvili

Residence:
Mtskheta
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in Journalism)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I was born in Akhalgori, but since the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008 I've been living in Tserovani (an IDP settlement). Since moving to Tserovani I have been involved in numerous trainings (law-related, project writing, social media, debating and management training) and learning programmes in order to receive non-formal education. Besides that, I have my own blog. I have twice won blog competitions and been nominated as a 'citizen journalist'. I also went to Poland for an educational visit for the School of Debates, which motivated me to found a club at my school, where I used to be project organiser. Currently, I am a student at the University of Georgia, and last year I was an Erasmus Mundus (EFFORT) exchange student at the University of Lodz, Poland, where I gained different useful skills and developed personally and professionally.

George Melashvili

George Melashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in International Relations)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am the founder of the Europe-Georgia Institute (EGI), an independent, non-partisan think tank in Georgia and the head of the 'Youth' Initiative, a youth civil movement under the patronage of the President of Georgia. During the 2016 election campaign, the EGI led the unprecedented 'Your Voice, Our Future' campaign, uniting young people to realise the importance of their one vote. I am a lecturer at the School of Diplomacy of the Free University and the winner of the MLOW contest held by the United Nations Academic Impact and ELS Inc.

Giorgi Agirbaia

Giorgi Agirbaia

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional ('ProActive Group Georgia')
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am a socially active youth leader with 6 years of experience in youth leadership, education and economics, and an MBA in Innovative Project Management. I am also the founder and head of Youth NGO 'ProActive Group Georgia', as well as being a freelance trainer and project manager. Since 2013, I have delivered training courses about topics such as youth leadership, project management, personal development, active citizenship and youth participation in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Moldova, Bulgaria and Georgia. I have been volunteering and working on various positions in different governmental and non-governmental organisations, and I'm currently also working at the Georgian Technical University. I've held various roles in more than 50 local & international activities, and also did an internship in the Youth Policy Department of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, a worthwhile experience that helped me to understand working processes from the government side as well.

Giorgi Kakhniashvili

Giorgi Kakhniashvili

Residence:
Budapest, Hungary
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional ('DVV International' NGO, AIESEC Hungary, and 'Sparkassenstiftung Georgia') Student (MA International Economy and Business, Budapest Business School)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I was born in South Ossetia, and in 2008 became an IDP (Internally Displaced Person) following the 'August War' with Russia. I moved near Tbilisi, where I graduated from school and university (University of Georgia Faculty of Business Administration). I have been a Mobility Direct Exchange Student of Erasmus+, and studied at the University of Lodz, Poland for 5 months in 2016. I also have experience in youth work and volunteering: I was a member of the student organisation 'AIESEC' and also worked at NGOs 'DVV-International' and 'Sparkasse', conducting workshops for IDPs about financial education, and organising youth activities. I am now volunteering at 'AIESEC Hungary' and studying at the Budapest Business School. I like communicating, challenging myself and reaching my goals. I want the best for my country, so I always try to share my experience with young Georgians. I want to give them the opportunity to be aware of European values and their importance for our development.

Giorgi Mamulashvili

Giorgi Mamulashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in Foreign Affairs)
Country of origin:
Georgia

Since founding it in 8 September 2014, I have been head of the 'European Youth Centre' (EYC). This is a youth organisation working on Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Also, I am founder and leader of the 'Euro-Atlantic Coalition of Youth of Georgia'. In this coalition, there are six youth NGOs. I study International Relations at the International Black Sea University in Tbilisi. Also, since June 2016, I have been head of 'Society 2030', which was founded by the former Prime Minister of Georgia. I was a participant of a summer boarding school in Oxford in the UK in 2016. I was also a participant of Buckswood Summer School in Georgia. Now, I am an organiser of 'Eco-camps' and 'Modelling the European Parliament' in Georgia. I am also a member of the Youth Council with the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

Giorgi Titvinidze

Giorgi Titvinidze

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Relations)
Country of origin:
Georgia

The way to the success for me was not easy; however, in each stage of my life I've done my best to prove my leadership potential. My academic performance at the University of Georgia helped me to participate in various conferences and workshops, through which I have gained experience in project cycle management, teamwork, intercultural management  and conflict resolution. I also have more than 51 certificates and I'm working as a project manager at GISM (the Georgian Institute for State Modernisation). I was Vice-President of the Self Government at the University of Georgia from 2015 to 2017, and I'm co-founder and a Vice-President of the non-governmental youth organisations 'FDA' (Future Development Academy) and 'TFT' (Tommorow for Today). I can speak Georgian, English, Russian and German comfortably.

Giorgi Tumasyan

Giorgi Tumasyan

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Georgia
Gumru Aliyeva

Gumru Aliyeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Erasmus Student Network)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a graduate of the Azerbaijan University of Languages, with a major in Translation. I have been working for civil society organisations for more than three years and am currently the Vice National Representative and National Social Erasmus Coordinator of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Azerbaijan, which I joined after doing my Erasmus exchange in Turkey. Since 2015, I have attended more than 10 events in different parts of Europe. I am also working in different international committees by focusing on workshops with non-formal education methodologies and EU education policy. Alongside this, I am the youth ambassador of  the National Assembly of Youth Organisations of  Azerbaijan, and I've had the chance to represent Azerbaijan in different events as a youth ambassador. In addition to this, I became a trainer on human rights education with non-formal education metholodogies with the help of the COMPASS training course of the Council of Europe.

Hakob Chalikyan

Hakob Chalikyan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (BA English & Communication)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I have already obtained my bachelor's degree from the American University of Armenia. I have completed several KAS programmes both in Armenia and abroad. In 2015, I was sent as a delegate to participate in the EPP statutory congress in Madrid, and I am eager to further explore EU institutions and missions. I am looking forward to productive meetings with many new people.

Hanna Launikovich

Hanna Launikovich

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional (BA in International Economic Relations, BSEU)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I’m a recent BA graduate of the Belarusian State Economic University (Minsk), majoring in International Economic Relations. At the moment I’m working as a copywriter for advertising agency NEF\TBWA. Alongisde this, I study Contemporary Art and Drama at the European College of Liberal Arts, as well as working on my own project devoted to inequality. My main activities for now include managing the Local Committee of AIESEC in Minsk, where my position of Local Committee President requires not only leading a team of nearly 40 people but also representing it to internal and external stakeholders. Finally, I’m quite passionate about languages, so at the moment I’m mastering my Polish and German language skills.

Harutyun Tsatryan

Harutyun Tsatryan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
26 years
Occupation:
Young professional (journalist for Public TV Company of Armenia & youtharmenia.am)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I am currently a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Journalism of Yerevan State University. Previously, I obtained Bachelor and Master degrees in Journalism and Political Science respectively. I worked as a journalist for several local media companies during my studies. From February to December 2013, I was a local analyst and news reporter for the Al Jazeera English TV channel. Since May 2016, I've been working at Public TV Company of Armenia – one of the country's leading TV channels – covering sports news. Later, I worked in the Press and Public Information department of the British Embassy in Yerevan. The oldest and most popular Armenian news agency outside of Armenia, 'ARMENPRESS', hired me several times (in 2010, 2012 and 2016) to cover international news and domestic political processes in English. At the moment, I am a columnist for youth media portal 'YouthArmenia.am'.

Hayk Nahapetyan

Hayk Nahapetyan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
Student (French University in Armenia)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at the French University in Armenia. I also work as an international Community Manager. I became really passionate about marketing during my college studies (2012-2015) at the Lycée Professionnel Français en Arménie. That’s when I became a student council member and gained valuable experience working with youth. I was organising events, making presentations, carrying out surveys. I have done several internships in different areas of marketing, ranging from market research to digital marketing. I have also been included in numerous multicultural projects and events such as the UWC Dilijan Leadership Programme, the 3rd International Olympiad of Foreign Language in Saint Petersburg and the International Youth Scientific School.

Ilhama Gasimzade

Ilhama Gasimzade

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student (MA International Relations)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I was born in Baku in 1994. In 2012, I entered the Academy of Public Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan. My major was International Relations. Last year, I graduated from the university with honours and joined the Faculty of International Relations and Diplomacy of Azerbaijan State Economic University. Currently, I am a youth worker. I work at the National Assembly of Youth Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (NAYORA) as International Relations Officer. As a youth worker and an active social person, I have some essential skills such as teamwork, leadership skills, good organisational skills, research skills and analytical skills. My long-term career goal is to become a diplomat, to represent my country at international level.

Ilyas Farhadli

Ilyas Farhadli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Digital Baku social entrepreneurship)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a young entrepreneur and co-founder of "Digital Baku" - social entrepreneurship, which is committed to creating an enabling environment, which is conducive to and facilitates universal access to information and knowledge. Through multiple initiatives, we want to help create capabilities to identify, produce, process, transform, disseminate and use information to build and apply knowledge for human development. My major is in International Relations, but I have volunteer and work experience with governmental authorities, civil society and the private sector. I can be considered good at project management, entrepreneurship, marketing and public relations.

Irakli Gabidzashvili

Irakli Gabidzashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Relations)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I’m a BA student at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in the Department of International Relations. I'm currently working at the Georgian Centre for Security and Development and I also represent the Young Diplomats Club of Georgia as Chairman of its Board. I have been volunteering since 2014 to do my bit for the development of Georgian society and my community. Quite an ambitious statement, I know, but I still fulfil it successfully in various ways. While trying to raise awareness about the EU and its opportunities for youth, I aim to develop a political culture among the youth of Georgia and ensure their participation in decision making processes, especially in youth policy issues. Considering that youth engagement is important in policy creation and having access to every opportunity given by the EU and the government, I have decided to become a Young European Ambassador.

Iryna Stasiukevych

Iryna Stasiukevych

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

When I was 8, my father brought me a big world map and put it on my wall. After that, I started learning geography and my father used to tell me interesting facts about countries. This childhood hobby was the first step towards my passion for travelling, relations between people and, as a consequence, international relations. At the age of 10, with basic knowledge of French, I went on my first trip abroad and got a chance to plunge into a European environment with a host family. This experience completely changed me and to some extent determined my life goals. At the age of 17, I joined the European Youth Parliament and decided to focus my life on international relations. Now, I’m 18, my old map is still on my wall and I am a newly-appointed Young European Ambassador – with the same childhood dreams but with more ambitions, experience and energy for new achievements.

Javanshir Bayramov

Javanshir Bayramov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (BA International Relations, Baku Engineering University)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

My name is Javanshir Bayramov, I am from the West of Azerbaijan and I am very proud to be a ‘Young European Ambassador’. I am head of international relations department at Ireli Public Union and I am part of the Emergency Team Volunteering for International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. I always aspire to be useful and helpful to people in my community and in my country. 

Jessica James

Jessica James

Residence:
Helsinki, Finland
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Law student (University of Helsinki)
Country of origin:
Finland

I grew up in Finland in a city called Lahti. In 2016, I graduated with my bachelor’s of law from Tallinn University in Estonia. Currently I am a final year law student at the University of Helsinki where my specialisation is EU and international law. In 2016, I also interned for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and through that experience became very interested in the field of transitional or post-conflict justice. Additionally I took part in the International Criminal Court Moot court competition last spring, where my team made it to the semi-finals. After an internship at the UN, I worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland in the Unit for EU litigation, which represents Finland before the Courts of the EU. In the future, I wish to work in the field of diplomacy.

Julia Stanczyk

Julia Stanczyk

Residence:
Warsaw, Poland
Age:
24 years
Country of origin:
Poland
Justyna Hinz

Justyna Hinz

Residence:
Prague, Czech Republic
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (International Relations, Anglo-American University in Prague)
Country of origin:
USA & Poland

I have lived in four different countries and visited over 20 in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Growing up on US army bases in Germany, I learned how to be adaptive to different cultures, languages and lifestyles. After completing a year of studies in Brussels, Belgium, I moved to Prague, the Czech Republic, to continue working on my bachelor’s degree in International Relations. I enjoy volunteering at the American Red Cross, as well as AFN Radio. My goal in life is to create an NGO in Poland (and perhaps expanding to EU level) where citizens with a mental disability can receive the tools they need to flourish in their lives, because I strongly adhere to the idea that such people (like my brother) have been mistreated in the past and deserve the same job opportunities as everyone else. In my free time, I enjoy studying new languages (so far I'm fluent in Polish, German and English), dancing, photography, reading and filmmaking.

Kateryna Chubei

Kateryna Chubei

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (lawyer)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am a young Ukrainian professional. I was born in western Ukraine. In 2010 I enrolled in the law academy in Kharkiv. My biggest interests are in the protection of human rights and public international law, especially after 2014, when crucial things happened – the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine and the start of the EU-Ukraine association process. I participated in advanced English-language courses in Cambridge in the UK. Afterwards, in 2015, I began university in Vilnius, Lithuania. During that period, I was also studying with the Erasmus+ programme at Ghent University in Belgium, for one semester. In 2017, I obtained a master's degree in International Law in Vilnius and came back to Ukraine, where I started to work for the EU project 'Association4U' in Kyiv. I am also an intern at the Institute of World Policy analytical centre.

Kateryna Danyliuk

Kateryna Danyliuk

Residence:
Rivne
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (CEASC Foundation)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am a young Ukrainian professional, with a master's degree in International Affairs. I am passionate about international relations, global affairs and the policies of different countries. I believe that both national and international volunteering projects are essential for improving personal skills. Moreover, they give you the possibility to gain professional experience. I am a double winner of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation scholarship programme 'Zavtra.UA' and I have organised and taken part in a number of Victor Pinchuk Foundation projects including different forums, meetings, open lectures and summer camps. I believe that the people in my life are not there by accident and that everything happens for a reason. So what I appreciate most are the people I have met and those I hope to meet in the future.

Kateryna Priazhnikova

Kateryna Priazhnikova

Residence:
Dnipro
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I was born in Dnipro, eastern Ukraine. I obtained a master’s degree in Economics and Cybernetics in 2014. I’ve been active in the sphere of local and international events for about seven years, starting as a participant and a helper in the organisation of local and international youth projects. Being the Head of the Ukrainian NGO 'Development and Initiative' gives me the opportunity to interact with young people from different backgrounds, understand their values and share their concerns. As a trainer-volunteer, I often visit different schools and take part in training sessions in my region.

Kateryna Tarab

Kateryna Tarab

Residence:
Kharkiv
Age:
16 years
Occupation:
Student (High School)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

Do you like making a difference in society, developing yourself or volunteering? If so, we could become good friends! I am just a 16-year-old girl from the breathtaking city of Kharkiv. Five years ago I had the chance to live and study in Stockholm, Sweden for two years and those years changed me, broadened my mind. I came back to Ukraine with a lot of ideas on how I can improve life here. So, in my free time, I volunteer at the Red Cross, participate in activities in my city and try to bring some ideas to my society. I also participated in school newspapers as an editor and journalist. I shared information about European countries' traditions through my articles, to get my readers thinking. Unfortunately, I can only act in my hometown, but I really hope I'll have an opportunity to make a difference not only in my city, but in the world as a whole, as I want to develop our planet.

Katsiaryna Andronava

Katsiaryna Andronava

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Public Policy)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I completed an MA in Public Policy and BA in Political Science at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. As an MA student, I received an Outstanding Achievement Award. My professional core topic is transformation processes of political participation and political apathy in non-democratic conditions. Since 2016 I have been a member of civil non-governmental organisation 'ABF Belarus'. The organisation is dedicated to non-formal education, creating a communications network between young civil activists in Belarus. I was elected twice as the Head of the Minsk Region Council (June 2016 – August 2017). In August 2017 I was elected as the International Secretary of the organisation.

Katsiaryna Varfalameyeva

Katsiaryna Varfalameyeva

Residence:
Brest
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (architect)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I've been an architect since 2016. I graduated from Brest State Technical University with a BA in Architecture. In 2014, I received a one-year scholarship to participate in an Erasmus exchange at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. With my story about this international academic year, I won the “#EUaroundU – Tell Your Story” contest organised by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project in the framework of the Young European Neighbours network in May 2017 and, as a result, I had the opportunity to represent Belarus and participate in the 3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum in Warsaw. My background consists of participating in various international projects and workshops in Poland, Lithuania, Austria and Italy. I am now involved both professionally and as a volunteer in some projects relating to informal education.

Ketevani Tatikiani

Ketevani Tatikiani

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Relations)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am a BA student at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, in the Department of International Relations. I have been volunteering since high school to do my bit for the development of society, and I have been an active member of a variety of organisations. For the time being, I am a national SocialErasmus coordinator of Georgia. Enhancing affairs between the EU and my country is extremely important to me and I have a willingness to contribute to the future development of further cooperation. In addition, I would like to work my way up to become a successful young scholar, therefore I have participated in various conferences and had my writing on the ongoing processes of international relations published. Apart from that, I enjoy playing tennis and travelling.

Khagani Gasimov

Khagani Gasimov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young Professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan
Konstantin Radionov

Konstantin Radionov

Residence:
Homiel
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (Law)
Country of origin:
Belarus
Kristin Aldag

Kristin Aldag

Residence:
Krakow, Poland
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
BA student in International Relations and Area Studies (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
Country of origin:
Germany

I am German according to my passport, but a passionate European and currently based in Poland. Here, I’m studying for a BA in International Relations with a specialisation of "Area Studies" for Russia, Eastern/Central Europe and the EU. I study Polish and Russian and have many amazing friends from the Eastern Neighbourhood countries. On top of that, I am involved in many different projects. These have included a nine-month European Voluntary Service in the Republic of Moldova, volunteering for the youth exchange organisation YFU, participating in various MUNs and MEUs and other conferences and seminars, and being the secretary and a member of the Extended Board in the youth organisation 'Bringing Europeans Together Association e.V.' (BETA). I want to raise awareness within my surroundings and the EU generally of the richness of the culture of Eastern Neighbourhood countries and the value of treating them as close friends.

Ksenija Korolova

Ksenija Korolova

Residence:
Riga, Latvia
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young Professional, graduated from a LLM in International and European law
Country of origin:
Latvia

I am an international lawyer (LLM) with a truly European mind-set, having lived and worked in seven EU countries and speaking five languages, including native Russian due to Ukrainian roots. I have completed a Blue Book Traineeship at the European Commission, worked in financial services in Frankfurt and co-founded a study association. I am a proud patriot trying to raise the voices of youth through international conferences such as the OECD Forum, Young European Council and UNCITRAL. Causes I especially care for include gender equality, integration, democracy, international trade and human rights.

Kushane Chobanyan

Kushane Chobanyan

Residence:
Yerevan, Armenia
Age:
27 years
Occupation:
Young professional (journalist)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I am currently working on my author programme about success stories of people with disabilities, called "Get to know me". I'm fond of making infographics, reading and writing long reads. I have taken part in a lot of exchanges in Europe. I love watermelon and chocolate :)

Lala Rzazade

Lala Rzazade

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Student (BA International Relations & Economics)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I think of myself as a "smart-working", flexible, ambitious, responsible, imaginative, courageous, enthusiastic and easy-going individual with a wide range of interests and experiences. In addition to cross-cultural experiences, being a Young European Ambassador allows me to benefit from my colleagues' varied experiences. How often do youth leaders get together to discuss policy issues and potential solutions? How often do future leaders have a chance to learn from today's leaders? I am passionate about meeting different people with different outlooks, which I'm sure will also help me and my career in the future. I am looking forward to learning by seeing and hearing as many opinions, experiences, people and cities as possible. I want people to be open to dialogue and try to change the world in their own way. For me, education is very important, because I think it is the basis for forming new ideas and giving the younger generation a head start in developing a better future.

Laura Krawczyk

Laura Krawczyk

Residence:
Aberdeen, UK
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
LLB student (University of Aberdeen)
Country of origin:
Poland

I was born in Poland, grew up in South Africa, and then went to live in the UK. I am currently completing my LLB in Scots and English Law at the University of Aberdeen. Over the last 6 years, I've been actively volunteering in political NGOs. Most notably in that time, I founded the largest pro-European youth organisation in Poland, presided over a European Youth Parliament session in Baku and chaired a Model United Nations in Istanbul. I have my own website where I interview political figures on global topics to facilitate a dialogue between youth and experts. I thoroughly enjoy public speaking, as well as adjudicating debates. My multicultural upbringing and vast travels have granted me exclusive insights into different cultures. This, combined with my interest in the Visegrad Group and Eastern Neighbourhood Policy, is why I am pleased to be a Young European Ambassador to the Eastern Partnership.

Levon Mkrtchyan

Levon Mkrtchyan

Residence:
Lichk
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional ('Save our School' and 'Save our Families' initiatives)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I studied Cultural Studies and English Language in Armenia. After graduating, I taught English at a school in my hometown. A strong will to help my country motivated me to start an initiative with some international friends to raise money to rebuild an old school building in my hometown and help families in need. The success of the initiative brought outsanding changes to the school and prevented it from being closed. The initiative continues to help families in need. From 2015 to 2016 I completed a European Voluntary Service in Italy and then joined the Fairthorne Manor YMCA centre in the United Kingdom for one year as an Outdoor Activity Instructor.

Liliya Siamenchyk

Liliya Siamenchyk

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Marketing Analyst)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I graduated from Belarusian State University (Faculty of International Relations) with a BA degree in International Business. During my studies I attended additional courses held by professors invited from EU universities (on topics such as "EU Competition Market & Business Predatory Prices" and "Visegrad Countries: Experience of EU Integration"). I actively participated in Student Union and Belarusian Republican Youth Union activities. Since October 2015 I've been working at international jewellery manufacturing enterprise ZIKO-ZORKA Group, where I've gradually made my way from Sales Intern to Marketing Analyst. Currently I'm responsible for research of current and potential markets, developing market entry strategies, as well as arranging the company’s participation in international jewellery fairs.

Lisa Lacroix

Lisa Lacroix

Residence:
Poland
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
MA student in European Interdisciplinary Studies (College of Europe, Natolin Campus)
Country of origin:
France

I am a postgraduate student at the College of Europe in Warsaw. I hold a master's degree in European governance from Science Po Grenoble and a bachelor’s in law from Lyon 2 University. I have been involved in the European Youth Parliament for three years, which has enabled me to participate in many events in eastern countries. These experiences led me to develop a particular interest in this area, but also to discover the importance of intercultural reflection and cross-border cooperation. As a participant and official in parliamentary simulations in France, Ukraine, Belgium and Latvia, I got the opportunity to work with students from all over Europe and the world on issues such as environment, democracy and security. Last year, I was in charge of the organisation of an international forum on energy in Europe for 160 students. Passionate about European energy/digital/scientific cooperation, I am currently writing my master's thesis on European cooperation in the field of space.

Lizaveta Tarasevich

Lizaveta Tarasevich

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Junior Lawyer)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I have recently graduated from Belarusian State University's Faculty of International Relations with a degree in International Law. My major interests are in the field of international public law, in particular its human rights law aspect. As a student I participated in a number of moot courts and summer schools in international human rights law, and volunteered in NGOs. Currently I am working as a junior lawyer in a local law firm, as well as volunteering as a coach of moot court teams at my university.

Loredana Gamurari

Loredana Gamurari

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young Professional
Country of origin:
Moldova

I am a law graduate of the Free International University of Moldova. After taking part in several international contests linked to human rights, I undertook an internship at the UNCHR office, dealing with the legal issues of refugees in the Republic of Moldova. As a result of my performance during the National Leavitt Institute competition, I was awarded a six-week internship at the Miami County District Court in Kansas, USA, to study the basic elements of the American legal system. Recently, I undertook an internship with the Humanitarian Law Centre in Kosovo and graduated from the European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA).

Lucia Ameli

Lucia Ameli

Residence:
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
MA student in International relations (University of Amsterdam)
Country of origin:
Italy

I’m Italian and a proud European citizen with a platonic love for Eastern Europe. I have a background in Translation Studies and European Studies, and I’m now completing my master’s in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam (I also have an MA in Music Performance – don’t ask how it relates to all the rest, it just does!). I have been in Moscow for my exchange programme and can’t wait to explore all the other Eastern Neighbourhood countries. I joined the Young European Federalists (JEF) movement two years ago and I am currently a board member of the JEF Rome section. I’m pretty excited about this new adventure as a Young European Ambassador!

Lusine Zakalashvili

Lusine Zakalashvili

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
27 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Armenian Centre for Integration and Democratization)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I obtained my MA in Linguistics from Yerevan State University (Romance and Germanic Philology Faculty) at the age of 22, with honours. During my MA studies, I also graduated in a broadcasting course at the 'Art Ej' studio school of journalism and public relations, which lasted for 11 months. I have been volunteering for the 'Armenian Centre for Integration and Democratization' for 10 years and become a project coordinator and trainer for this NGO. I have taken part in lots of youth exchanges, training courses and forums funded by the EU, mostly by the Erasmus+ programme. I have also been a member of the Free Democrats Party since 2011 and I am currently trying to make changes in our society both with the help of NGOs and politics. I also teach English to schoolchildren, students and professionals.

Madina Mammadova

Madina Mammadova

Residence:
Ganja, Azerbaijan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am Madina and I am 22 years old. I was born and went to high school in Ganja, Azerbaijan. In 2012 I went to study in Texas, USA for one year as a winner of the Future Leaders Exchange programme. I then enrolled in Azerbajan State University of Economics in Baku, Azerbaijan, majoring in Economics. I was one of the first graduates of the "SABAH" education group. During my studies I was selected to attend the EF language school in London, UK. I took the Future Studies course organised by the Millennium Project and Azerbaijan Future Studies Society in UNEC and graduated with excellence. Currently I am working for EY, one of the "Big Four" accounting companies, with a focus on sustainable development.

Magdalena Kortas

Magdalena Kortas

Residence:
Poland
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
MA student in Economic Analytics
Country of origin:
Poland

I have an MSc in Economic Analytics with extensive international experience (over 25 training sessions, exchanges and projects in Europe and Caucasus, with over 41 countries visited altogether). I completed my higher education in three languages, in Poland and Spain, and I’m a former EU Careers Ambassador for Poland. I gained experience as a liaison officer in the Ministry of the Interior of Poland and in the Regional Centre for International Debate, and for four years I have been an active member of European Student’s Forum AEGEE-Gdansk. I was named the “Young Leader 2017” by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, which chooses the "most promising young leaders from around the world" and gives them the chance to take part in the prestigious Global Baku Forum in Azerbaijan. I’m also a UNESCO photography contest winner.

Margarita Lerman

Margarita Lerman

Residence:
Germany
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
MA student in Interpreting and European Studies (University of Leipzig)
Country of origin:
Germany

I am currently finishing my MA in Interpretation (Spanish) and I am halfway through my MA in European Studies. While completing my BA in Translation, I focused on cultural studies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Now, I am concentrating on the idea of nationalism and Jewish history, inside and outside Europe. I am really happy to have the chance to be part of the Young European Ambassadors project, since I like to think of Europe as a more holistic and inclusive concept that exceeds the borders of the current EU. I am very much looking forward to the dialogue this project enables us to be a part of.

Mariam Avakova

Mariam Avakova

Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Student (MSc in Natural Resources Management) Young Professional (Entrepreneur, active participation, volunteering, youth Trainer, photography, communication, partnership-networking building…)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am a master's student at Ilia State University, where I am doing an MSc in Natural Resources. I graduated with a BA from the same university with a Major in English Science and Minor in Ecology. I also graduated from a vocational programme in photography at the same time and have a degree in directing. I am a very active young leader in society, with around six years of experience in different fields. These include leadership, volunteering, entrepreneurship, project management, communication, partnership, journalism, youth training and more. I am the founder of NGO EMG and the GeoWheat project, and I run a start-up selling arabica coffee seeds. I am also involved as a partner in different NGO programmes. I am an alumna of Think Young Entrepreneurship School and other programmes, and a mentor and advisor for Diamond Challenge Georgia, but most of all I am proud to be selected as a Yound European Ambassador. I speak four languages: Georgian, Russian, Armenian and English.

Mariam Bibilashvili

Mariam Bibilashvili

Residence:
Tsukuba, Japan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in International Area Studies)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I have a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Free University of Tbilisi. In 2016, I became an MA student in Diplomacy and International Politics at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and was awarded the State Scholarship for Master's Studies, based on the United Master's Examination of Georgia. In the summer of 2016, I received the Development Cooperation Scholarship of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and took part in the summer school of the University of Tartu. Currently, I am a MEXT Scholar funded by the government of Japan, studying International Area Studies at master's level at the University of Tsukuba. I am a co-founder and president of a non-profit, non-governmental youth organisation called 'Young Progressive Leaders of Georgia' and have organised and participated in various Erasmus+ training courses and youth exchanges. I speak Georgian, English, Russian, Japanese and French and would like to learn new languages in the future.

Mariam Imerlishvili

Mariam Imerlishvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Relations)
Country of origin:
Georgia

Hey! I'm Mariam Imerlishvili. I study International Relations at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Besides, I'm an Executive Director of the 'Civic Initiatives Platform' youth organisation. Moreover, I'm a member of the 'Young Diplomats’ Club of Georgia' and 'European Youth Centre'. Although I study International Relations, I'm interested in almost everything, especially Mathematics and Astrophysics. In 2016 I won the 'Constitution and I' competition, which was funded by the Reserve Fund of the President of Georgia. I often take part in various projects, simulations and summer or winter camps concerning different kinds of issues. I also enjoy participating in formal debate championships.

Mariam Khizanashvili

Mariam Khizanashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi/Yerevan
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in Human Rights and Democratisation)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am a student of the Eastern Partnership Regional MA Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, and a Fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation at Yerevan State University and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. I hold a Bachelor’s degree with honours in International Relations from Tbilisi State University. Over the course of my Bachelor studies, I was a bilateral exchange student at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and an Erasmus+ exchange student at Østfold University College (Norway). Since 2014, I have been engaged with Georgian Young Greens and have participated in and contributed to dozens of regional and international projects encompassing a variety of green issues. I feel passionate about the use of digital technologies in building sustainable and resilient communities in the context of conflicts and climate change.

Mariam Khuroshvili

Mariam Khuroshvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Young Women Experts)
Country of origin:
Georgia
Mariami Bitsadze

Mariami Bitsadze

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (BA, International Relations in the University of Helsinki) and Intern (Georgian Embassy to Finland)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am currently studying at the University of Helsinki in Finland, as part of an Erasmus+ exchange programme in the Faculty of Political Sciences. My home university is Tbilisi State University, where I am studying International Relations. Besides studying at the University of Helsinki, it is a great pleasure for me to work at the Embassy of Georgia to Finland as an intern. Since 2016 I have been an adviser to the Secretary General of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association of Georgia in Tbilisi. I volunteer in different kinds of events, such as GEM FEST 2017 and the European Youth Olympic Festival, but my volunteering started in 2012 as a co-founder of the first young students' council in Georgia. I often take part in scientific conferences and I have been a participant of summer and winter schools in different fields.

Mariia Pavlova

Mariia Pavlova

Residence:
Kremenchuk
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I was born in central Ukraine. I spent the first year of university (2013-2014) in Mariupol State University, Donetsk Region (eastern Ukraine), but the war forced me to change university. In 2014-2016 I attended Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk Region (western Ukraine). Now, I’m a Bachelor of International Relations. I also got wonderful experience through the Mobility Direct programme at the University of Lodz in Poland, Faculty of International and Politics Studies, in 2015-2016. There, I dived into the multinational environment which allowed me to discover life in the EU. Now, I take part in volunteering to help eastern Ukraine.

Marina Skripnik

Marina Skripnik

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Analyst in IT company
Country of origin:
Belarus

I graduated from Belarusian State Economic University in 2017 with a Bachelor Degree in World Economy. I've worked as an Export Manager, Logistics Specialist and Internet Marketing Manager. I am also a co-founder and project manager of some social projects.

Maryia Fokina

Maryia Fokina

Residence:
Maladziečna
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
Student (Minsk State Linguistic University and European Humanities University)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I'm a second-year student at Minsk State Linguistic University, studying linguistics, and at the European Humanities University, where I am majoring in tourism. It's hard to say much about myself, but I think I can call myself a diverse and active personality. My greatest passion is travelling (not that unique, I know), because it's the best way to explore and learn about the world we live in. I like debating and public speaking, which enabled me to become a successful participant of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition and various sessions of the European Youth Parliament. I'm quite passionate about foreign languages and culture, so this year I took up German and next year I'm going to learn another language as part of my university's curriculum.

Maryna Rabinovych

Maryna Rabinovych

Residence:
Odessa
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (GIZ)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1993. In 2014, I graduated from the LLB programme at the I. I. Mechnikov Odessa National University. In 2015, I successfully completed the European Studies and European Legal Studies LLM Programme at the University of Hamburg. Now, I am working on my PhD thesis in the field of EU law at the University of Odessa and am also participating in the GIZ/CIM Returning Expert Programme to Ukraine. I am also a Global Community Manager at the Ukraine Democracy Initiative, which seeks to advance Ukrainian academia and create viable links between scholars in Ukraine and in other countries.

Masud Gaziyev

Masud Gaziyev

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in Public Affairs, ADA University)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a fourth-year student of Public Affairs at ADA University. Throughout my years as an undergraduate student, I've had the chance to apply theoretical knowledge into real-world settings, which has also included examining the relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan. Alongside my studies, I was able to do an internship at the Eurasia Partnership Foundation/Caucasus Research Resource Centre. I also have volunteering experience at NGOs working with local communities. My participation in the second edition of the EuroSchool convinced me to become a Young European Ambassador. I am looking forward to getting more involved in EU-Azerbaijan activities and staying connected with the youth of the Eastern Partner countries.

Mathilda Loussert

Mathilda Loussert

Residence:
London, UK
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
BA student in European Studies (King's College London) and President of the 'Young European Movement of London'
Country of origin:
France

I come from the south of France and moved to London when I was 18 to study European Studies at King’s College. I have always been passionate about EU affairs in general. I joined the Young European Movement as soon as I moved to London, and got involved in other European associations. Last year I spent one year at Sciences Po Paris. I joined the Jeunes Européens Fédéralistes (Young European Federalists) as Europe@School Manager. My main interest in EU affairs is related to the refugee crisis and asylum systems. After working for the French Office of the Protection of Refugees and the Stateless, I became passionate about immigration from Eastern Europe, and especially Ukraine. I am now back in London for my the final year of my bachelor’s degree and became President of the Young European Movement of London last June.

Meri Adamyan

Meri Adamyan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in Human Rights and Democratisation in the Caucasus, Yerevan State University)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I am currently doing an MA in Human Rights and Democratisation in the Caucasus at Yerevan State University. I previously graduated from the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology at Yerevan State University. I enrolled in sign language classes in 2015 and have worked as a sign language translator. In 2016, I participated in the 'Challenges and Problems of Inclusive Education' international conference in Armenia and presented the interests and rights of people with auditory problems. As a future human rights defender, I worked with Syrian refugees in Armenia and had a chance to work with Syrian children in Turkey too. I am also a graduate of the 'Ethics School' in Armenia, where I have worked as a project coordinator. I've participated in many youth exchanges, training courses and forums funded by the EU, mostly by Erasmus+. As a Human Rights defender, I believe that Human Rights and Democracy are universal values and should apply to all nations and peoples.

Mihaela Popa

Mihaela Popa

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
BA student in Business Administration (Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova) and Vice President ( AIESEC in Chisinau)
Country of origin:
Moldova

I see myself as a proactive, self-motivated and always eager to learn person. Currently I am a Business Administration Student at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. During my university years, I have been involved in different volunteering activities, and have organised events, projects and conferences related to multiculturalism, leadership and SDGs, mainly with the organisation I am a part of, AIESEC in Chisinau. I also participated in an Erasmus+ project in Armenia, about one of my main interests: entrepreneurship. This year I participated in an international project “University Debates" in Serbia, which was about EU reforms and security issues. I believe that I am still at the beginning of writing my biography as I have lots of exciting plans and activities for the next year, and I am glad that being a Young European Ambassador is one of them.

Mihaela Sticea

Mihaela Sticea

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Young Professional / MA student in Diplomatic studies (Institute of International Relations of Moldova, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova)
Country of origin:
Moldova

I was born in Moldova and grew up in Italy, an experience that not only made me realise the benefits of the EU, but gave me the motivation to bring the same opportunities and values back home. At the moment I’m a MA student in Diplomatic Studies at the Institute of International Relations of Moldova, and my strong interest in international relations, citizen involvement and democratic questions drives both my curricular and extracurricular activities. I have attended short-term courses in Estonia and the United States, and this year I represented Moldova as a Youth Delegate at the Council of Europe. Confident of the role of non-formal education, I got involved in international projects but also several initiatives back home, among which volunteering at Youth Radio Moldova, AIESEC Chisinau and The National Youth Council of Moldova. I’m grateful for the memories and connections that the EU helped me to build and I’m willing to enrich them by learning from the YEA community.

Mikayel Mikayelyan

Mikayel Mikayelyan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (BA International Relations at YSU)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I have participated in many Erasmus + projects about cultural diversity, peacebuilding, digital storytelling, etc. Now I am working on my own projects. Besides Erasmus +, I have participated in other EU programmes and initiatives too. One of these great opportunities was 'Support to the Armenia -Turkey Normalisation Process', where I took part in two training courses in Armenia and in Turkey.

Miranda Betchvaia

Miranda Betchvaia

Residence:
Kutaisi
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in Public Administration)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I study Public Administration at Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Georgia. Last semester I was involved in the Erasmus+ credit mobility programme at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania. I have actively participated in projects organised by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. I am also a member of the No Hate Speech movement, a youth campaign of the Council of Europe relating to human rights online. I had the chance to be a trainee for a period at the Parliament of Georgia. I have been passionate about hobbies my whole life. I love learning, collecting, researching and developing new skills. Some of these skills have proved useful in my career, and some are just for me to enjoy.

Miroslava Kozlovskaya

Miroslava Kozlovskaya

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
Student (International Law, Belarusian State University)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I left the Lyceum of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics with top marks, winning prizes in Social studies, English, Russian and Belarusian language competitions. I graduated with honours from music school, where I was playing the piano, and I've received numerous awards in dance competitions. Now I am studying at Belarussian State University, in the Faculty of International Relations. I have also participated in numerous Model United Nations Conferences (as a delegate and as a chair). I am a volunteer with great experience; I provide support to children and homeless animals and help organise different kinds of events. I am also a multiplier of Erasmus+ Youth in Belarus.

Nadja Eckert

Nadja Eckert

Residence:
Dublin, Ireland
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (Accenture)
Country of origin:
Germany

Before starting my current job in Dublin as a content review associate at Accenture for Google, I studied International Affairs at Vesalius College in Brussels and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in June of this year. I am passionate about politics and intercultural communication. I am especially interested in the study of different narratives and rhetoric and the way a different interpretation of language lies at the heart of so many conflicts – international, regional, and even interpersonal. As an international affairs student, I furthermore developed an ever-growing passion for the EU and the many opportunities it offers; I am fascinated by the richness of local cultures. I love traveling and have lived, worked and studied in five different countries over the past ten years.

Nadzeya Baranouskaya

Nadzeya Baranouskaya

Residence:
Berlin
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in European Studies, Germany)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I am a second-year Master student at European University Viadrina, majoring in European Studies. Since I am currently living outside Belarus, the YEAs initiative is a great opportunity for me to maintain contact with young people in Belarus and raise awareness about the EU and its activities in the country. As a scholarship holder of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, I take part in many EU-and Eastern Partnership-related seminars. Also, I am a member of the KAS School of Excellency which, among others, is dedicated to Eastern Partnership issues. From March 2018 I will be doing an internship at the German Bundestag.

Naia Begashvili

Naia Begashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional – BA International Relations
Country of origin:
Georgia

Following my exchange year in 2010 as a FLEX (Future Leaders' Exhange) finalist, I graduated with merit from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Washington and received the 'President’s Award for Education Achievement'. As a student I spent much of my free time volunteering in foster homes, planting trees, assisting teachers at school, and received the 'President’s Volunteer Service Award' with a thank you letter from Barack Obama, and became a finalist of the AYUSA 'Community Service Contest'. I also participated in TVW (Washington State Public Affairs Network) project 'Capitol Classroom', which played a big role in choosing my future career. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. I have participated in various conferences, round-tables and workshops, and took part in an inter-university exchange programme in Slovakia for one semester. I am currently President of the Young Diplomats’ Club of Georgia and work on a parliamentary programme at NDI Georgia.

Narmina Kazimova

Narmina Kazimova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional (English and French tutor)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan
Nazanin Javadova

Nazanin Javadova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Talent Port LLC-Founder and CEO). Founder at the Social Entrepreneurs Association
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a young female social entrepreneur from Azerbaijan. I am proud to be the founder and Managing Director of "Talent port.co", the first socially responsible and innovative youth employment agency in Azerbaijan. The agency is disabled and youth-friendly. Moreover, I am an alumna of AIESEC in Azerbaijan. I began my career as an event and communications manager in 2012. I organised the first Azerbaijani "Start-Up fest", the "Youth Forum Promoting Global Goals of the United Nations", with 300 delegates, and a number of free workshops for students. Since graduating from Western University with honours, I've worked on different projects for Formula 1 and the European Commission (East Invest 2 project), among others. I volunteer at an animal shelter and I spent three months in Wroclaw in Poland working for local NGOs as part of the AIESEC's international volunteer programme. In addition to the Azerbaijani language, I am fluent in Russian, English and Turkish.

 

Nazar Solomakha

Nazar Solomakha

Residence:
Chernihiv
Age:
17 years
Occupation:
Student (High School)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am a high-school student and coordinator of the 'GAVA' youth initiative, which organises youth projects in Ukraine. In addition, I've worked as a journalist for the 'Chista Politika' press club, where I got experience of coordinating a press centre, communication and working with a large number of people. It made me diplomatic and adaptive to different life situations. I've always been engaged in politics, diplomacy, languages and public relations. For GAVA, I coordinate with NGOs, authorities and international organisations to organise different youth projects. For example, we created the journalistic project 'Ukrainian Europe' with the YEAs initiative, edumka.com and chernihiv.eu in spring of 2017. Sometimes the project involves our team working with professionals from seven countries simultaneously. I love to work in a team and meet challenges. As a YEA, I am creating a great new network of friends from Europe for my country and myself.

Nikolina Latković

Nikolina Latković

Residence:
Brussels, Belgium
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
MA student in International Relations (Free University of Brussels)
Country of origin:
Croatia

Although I am Croatian, I grew up in Canada and a year ago, I decided to move to Brussels to do my master’s and live the European dream. During this short amount of time, I was lucky enough to discover several very interesting organisations and projects in which to get involved. I am a member of the Young European Federalists (JEF Belgium) and with my local section (JEF Brussels), I am currently implementing Europe at School for the first time in Brussels and Belgium. Europe at School aims to go into schools in order to educate young people about the EU and its values through informal education. I am also a part of the Brussels Model European Union 2018 in the capacity of Participant and Participants Coordinator.

Nikoloz Gurini

Nikoloz Gurini

Residence:
Kvareli
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Georgia

I was born in Tbilisi and grew up in Georgia. I am the founder and executive director of an NGO called “Rule of Law – Georgia”. I am a B.A student at Ilia State University, School of law, and at the Media School in the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics. Previously, I studied media literature as part of the Deutsche Welle supported project “Myth Detector Laboratory”, implemented by the Media Development Fund. In addition to journalism, my interests include sports, as well as the protection of the environment and Human Rights. In 2016, I received the International Olympic Committee diploma in the management of Olympic sports organizations. In January 2014, I received the first-degree diploma for ecological education by the Georgian Environmental Office. In December 2015, the Parliament of Georgia awarded me with the status of a "Young human rights defender". 

Nino	Gozalishvili

Nino Gozalishvili

Residence:
Budapest
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in Nationalism Studies, Central European University)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am pursuing an MA in Nationalism Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, following a BA in International Relations from Tbilisi State University. As part of my studies, I have done two exchange semesters, at the University of Warsaw and European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). I have done internships at NGOs Transparency International Georgia and the European Centre for Peace and Diplomacy in Warsaw, and at the Georgian Embassy in Poland. I have also taken part in international conferences in Warsaw, Bucharest and Vilnius, focusing on international politics, European studies and nationalism issues. As a YEA, I have organised Tbilisi State Univeristy's 'EU Values in Mountainous Region of Racha (Georgia)' project, which targeted 180 pupils from 32 schools in the region. The project aimed to raise awareness about the EU throughout the target group and concluded with a conference aiming to expand the analytical abilities of school pupils.

Nino Natroshvili

Nino Natroshvili

Residence:
Tbilisi/Telavi
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Georgia

I chose European Studies as my field of specialisation many years ago. Since then, I've been trying to grasp as much knowledge as I can and implement it practically. In everyday life, I try to have at least a small positive impact on others, be it through volunteering at social support complex Catharsis for a few hours a week, helping elderly people or teaching English to young people at SOS Children’s Villages Georgia. I am trying to share my knowledge and experience to other youngsters and learn from them. I am an active member of AEGEE European Students Forum, especially trying to advance its Eastern Partnership project. Our international team conducts research and organises different activities. I myself have conducted several workshops in my local area, bringing together students of different nationalities. At the same time, I am involved in the Erasmus Student Network in Tbilisi, where I serve as a coordinator for exchange students.

Nino Turiashvili

Nino Turiashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Georgia

I hold a bachelor’s degree with honours in International Relations from Tbilisi State University (2014) and an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin (2016). I've also taken part in various extracurricular activities, including the 'Academy of Diplomacy - Budapest 2015' research programme and 'Green Academy Georgia' in 2017. My professional experience includes working as a journalist for the 'FactCheck.ge' media project, where I wrote several analytical articles assessing the validity of statements made by Georgian politicians. Recently, I spent 9 months in Šiauliai, Lithuania as an EVS volunteer, where my project was part of a non-formal education programme for high-school students. I consider myself an activist, advocating for social rights with a special focus on youth. I believe that empowering youth is the major step towards a fairer, peaceful and democratic society.

Nora	Pohl

Nora Pohl

Residence:
Vienna, Austria
Age:
26 years
Occupation:
MA student in EU Studies (University of Leipzig), currently on Erasmus in Vienna
Country of origin:
Germany

I was born in Germany, but have lived in several different places since I finished high school. When travelling through the Balkans, I became more and more interested in the eastern parts of Europe and finally decided to move to Georgia for a while. I realised that I love to learn languages, to exchange stories with strangers who become friends, and to get to know new places and people. During my studies, I also specialised in south-eastern Europe, which I find to be the most interesting part of our continent. I am interested in a lot of different topics and recently I really enjoyed my experience as a Young European Ambassador, which brought me to the Republic of Moldova and gave me the chance to discuss civic engagement with young people there as well as with other YEAs. I am very much looking forward to new opportunities, new encounters and new experiences!

Nuriyya Hasanova

Nuriyya Hasanova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Student (BA International Relations)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a graduate of the International Relations department at Qafqaz University. I always try to go beyond what is required in order to better understand, look from different perspectives and broaden my horizons, and my degree has played an important role in this. In my opinion, the best way to achieve these goals is to study and gain experience at the same time. As a consequence, I always look for international experience. I've had the chance to be an exchange student at Hacettepe University in Turkey, Southern Illinois University in the USA (participating in the "Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders" programme) and European University Viadrina in Germany. In addition, I've undertaken an internship in Russia and participated in several Erasmus+ projects. These exchange programmes and training courses contributed greatly to my life as a student from an academic point of view and as an individual.

Nurkhan Babayev

Nurkhan Babayev

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Azerbaijan Student Youth Organisations' Union)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a second-year Master student at ADA University, majoring in Public Policy. I have more than seven years' experience in youth activities and have been involved in the organisation of several big local and international events. Currently I am working as an Executive Director of Azerbaijan Student Youth Organisations' Union, which is the biggest student organisation in Azerbaijan, covering all the higher educations institutions of our country. I am also the President of the Graduate Student Government of ADA University. I undertook an internship at the Embassy of Azerbaijan to the U.S. in 2017. I have also represented my country in more than 20 international events and forums in 8 countries and I was awarded by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan for my special merits in the field of youth in 2017. 

Oksana-Ivanna Melnyk

Oksana-Ivanna Melnyk

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am a final-year Bachelor student in International Relations at Taras Shevchenko National University. Last semester, as an Erasmus exchange student, I studied Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz in Germany. I've taken part in youth exchanges both in Ukraine and Europe, undertaken an internship at the Klitschko Foundation, mentored through the 'School of success' educational project and worked for a local German company. I adore travelling and writing. This year, I visited German refugee camps and wrote a reportage on the topic of integration of asylum seekers, and I published an article on the current political situation in Ukraine on the online media platform of the German department of the 'Students for liberty' NGO. I am now taking part in the 'EU NEIGHBOURS east' programme, as I believe such initiatives are able to bring Ukraine closer to the EU and promote changes in Ukraine itself.

Oleksandra Bilyaze

Oleksandra Bilyaze

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional (British Council in Ukraine and NGO "Foundation of Regional Initiatives")
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I work as a Society Project Manager at the British Council Ukraine. I was born in Donetsk and in 2015 received a Master's degree in Project Management from Donetsk National Technical University. I was the Head of the Ukrainian youth NGO 'Foundation of Regional Initiatives' (FRI) in 2016-17 and have coordinated multiple youth-oriented projects. I am committed to youth work and advocating for youth rights.

Oleksandra Kovalenko

Oleksandra Kovalenko

Residence:
Zaporizhzhia
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional (IMO project)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

My hometown is Zaporizhia. When I was 17, I moved to the capital to study law at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, which changed my life. During my studies, I was participating in and organising student competitions for international law students and had several internships in law firms and NGOs in Kyiv. In 2016 I moved to study European Union affairs abroad for the first time, in Warsaw. As a result, I became interested in social and cultural issues and international relations. I then went to Canada for a two-month internship at the Parliament of Canada. I am now aiming to work at a human rights organisation.

Oleksii Yanin

Oleksii Yanin

Residence:
Lviv
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I come from Simferopol (Crimea, Ukraine) but since 2015 I have been living in Lviv, after Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation. I study International Relations at Lviv Polytechnic National University. I'm interested in diplomacy and diplomatic ways of resolving international conflicts. I've also recently got involved in environmental and ecological issues. I have a great desire to get experience of student governments in the EU and the US and currently I'm the head of the student union of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at my university and also the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Student Council of Lviv. Although this is my first experience in organisational work, I believe that personal development is a key component of every success.

Olena Kokhan

Olena Kokhan

Residence:
Odessa
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine
Olena Kostyniuk

Olena Kostyniuk

Residence:
Odessa
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am a first-year student of the Master programme in Political Science and Public Service of the National University Odessa Law Academy. I decided to continue my studies in law within the framework of these specific areas, because I realised that I want to connect my life to politics and state administration after four years of studying for a bachelor's degree in political science. Throughout my years of studying, I have repeatedly participated in international conferences relating to relevant subjects; however, while I was absorbing the information provided by our Ukrainian specialists, I always wondered, why do these good ideas that we hear from the speakers remain on paper? In those moments, I decided that I wanted to be more than just a theorist – I want to be a good practitioner.

Olena Sheremet

Olena Sheremet

Residence:
Dnipro
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine
Olha Rudenko

Olha Rudenko

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am a young Ukrainian professional. I grew up in central Ukraine, and now live in Kyiv. I obtained a Master’s in International Law in 2016. I have an interesting mix of different experience: four years assisting international civic and public projects at different NGOs, one year working as a lawyer at a Polish-Ukrainian agency, and traineeships at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Ukraine and a Romanian legal firm. For now, I am working for the EU project Association4U and my field of responsibility is communication with the Ministry of Justice. For several months I also assisted the EU Delegation to Ukraine with their work. I am so inspired to join the Young European Ambassadors’ community!

Palina Kaltunova

Palina Kaltunova

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Young professional, Orlimex CZ (BA in Intercultural Business Comunication, BSEU)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I graduated from Belarusian State Economic University (BSEU) and the French-Belarusian Centre of European Research. I have a passion for languages, which is why I've done linguistic internships in France and China. I love working and studying, so I managed to combine them and I already have three years of work experience in banking, tutoring and sales. I am also passionate about improving myself, and I've successfully passed the 'Business & Career' programme of the KSU Centre for Business Education (Vilnius, Lithuania) and participated in the educational programme 'l'Université d'été trinational' (BSEU, Minsk). I'm currently working in a Czech plywood company with a French market, but I also want to be useful to our society by working with youth in order to create a better future together.

Palina Mizhyieuskaya

Palina Mizhyieuskaya

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional (International Affairs Specialist)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I hold a BA with Honours in Translation and Interpreting from Minsk State Linguistic University. I'm passionate about EU affairs and devoted my thesis to the topic of EU documentation and its translation, while my keen interest in Sweden-EU relations led me to complete an exchange semester at Hjo folkhögskola, where I had the chance to study Swedish language, literature and culture under the Swedish Institute scholarship. I also participated in a course on the EU, Eastern Partnership and EU-Belarus relations, organised by KAS and Adukacyja.info. Currently I’m working as an International Affairs Specialist (specialising in authors’ rights) at the National Centre of Intellectual Property. In this capacity I take part in various workshops and conferences, both local and international, devoted to building respect for intellectual property, copyright, innovation and creative industries. My experience also includes internships at UNHCR and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

Palina Viarbitskaya

Palina Viarbitskaya

Residence:
Florence, Italy
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in Communication Science)
Country of origin:
Belarus

My bio is just a pack of facts, but I hope I am more than that. There’s a BA in English Studies, earned in Poland; an Erasmus exchange experience in Portugal; a journalism internship in the UK; a business writing job in Belarus; and an MA in Communication and Media Studies which I just started in Florence, Italy. So, it’s safe to say I am a bunch of places, people, languages, sciences and cultures I pick up on my way and try to incorporate as best as I can.

Parvin Rahimli

Parvin Rahimli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Azerbaijan Student Youth Organisations' Union)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I firmly believe that building bridges creates the foundations for a better future and this motto led me to pursue my BA in International Studies. Further to this, I remained engaged in student affairs by working for the Azerbaijan Student Youth Organisations’ Union (ASYOU) - the biggest student youth organisation not only in Azerbaijan, but also in the South Caucasus. During my four years of service I worked as Coordinator of the Public Relations department, then as Director of the International Relations department. My term concluded in 2015, and from then on I voluntarily worked as a trainer and facilitator for various projects for ASYOU. I also completed a number of internships, most notably at the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, which serves as the biggest donor organization to Azerbaijani youth. Currently I provide strategic support to the OIC Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation and remain committed to youth and student affairs. 
 

Paula Avril Jatariu

Paula Avril Jatariu

Residence:
Brussels, Belgium
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (Trainee at European Commission)
Country of origin:
Romania

I was born in Romania, but I also like to identify myself as a European citizen. I spent five years in Dublin, Ireland where I studied for a BA in International Relations and an MPhil in International Peace Studies. Throughout my university life, I have been involved in a variety of projects, societies and clubs, and volunteering, where I put into practice the knowledge gained throughout my studies while also learning a lot about myself. I have a passion for foreign affairs, but also for peacekeeping, which I hope to have a career in. I would describe myself as a friendly, open-minded person, a karate lover and a free spirit. I had the opportunity to explore my role as a Young European Ambassador through a visit to the Republic of Moldova. Although I had always considered Moldova close to my heart, this experience made me realise how important it is to be truly connected with young people and exchange cultures, traditions, ideas and hopes for a better future together.

Pavel Havlicek

Pavel Havlicek

Residence:
Brussels, Belgium
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (trainee at European Parliament)
Country of origin:
Czech Republic

I am a recent graduate of the Erasmus Mundus International Master programme in Russian, Central and East European Studies (IMRCEES), which I undertook at the University of Glasgow and Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Now, I am doing a traineeship at the European Parliament and part-time work as an analyst at the Association for International Affairs (AMO) in Prague, with a specialisation in Eastern Europe and Russia. I am interested in anything related to Central and Eastern Europe, but particularly the Eastern Partnership and bringing that partnership closer to the EU.

Philipp Raoul Brugner

Philipp Raoul Brugner

Residence:
Vienna, Austria
Age:
30 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (EU Project Manager in the field of Research & Innovation)
Country of origin:
Austria

I graduated in Political Science and Russian from the University of Vienna. I am deeply passionate about all political and technological transformation processes in Eastern Europe. Currently I'm working as an EU Project Manager in the field of Research & Innovation (R&I) policies. In this role, I am collaborating on international projects, funded under EU Horizon 2020. Our mission is to help EU third countries to improve their national R&I performance and increase their number of successful participations in the EU Framework Programmes for R&I. I'm a regular trainer for Horizon 2020 project management for third country beneficiaries and I work with the EC International Service Facility for Horizon 2020. I also gained work experience as a journalist in Austria and Germany, as a policy consultant in the field of Security and Defence Policy and as an evaluator for scientific projects involving EU Member States and Russia.

Radek Smolka

Radek Smolka

Residence:
Přerov, Czech republic
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
BA student in German language and management
Country of origin:
Czech Republic

I am currently studying for a bachelor’s degree that is focused on the German language and management, and in my thesis I am writing about translations in institutions of the EU. I am also President of the NGO called Czech Youth Association, which is active in Erasmus+ and is a signatory on the Armenian-Azerbaijani declaration of peace. I have personally taken part in several conferences, for example: "The role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism" and the “Eastern Partnership Forum 2017”. During my life I have tried to help people as much as I can. My volunteering activities have included helping youngsters with their university choice, helping them to learn about the possibilities that the EU offers and, working as a volunteer in a homeless shelter in Hamburg, Germany, helping refugees and homeless people.

Radu Danu

Radu Danu

Residence:
Bologna, Italy
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
MA student, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna; President of NGO "Associazione Gaudeamus"
Country of origin:
Moldova

I am dynamic, responsible, keen to have new experiences and committed to bringing more of Europe to my home. I am about to finish my MA in International Relations and European Affairs from the University of Bologna, Italy. A History and International Relations graduate from Romania, I took part in several academic exchanges during my studies, to Poland, Italy and Slovakia. At the same time, I participated in conferences, forums, workshops and training activities (in Austria, Germany, Montenegro and Romania). I was a trainee within the Government of Romania and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, and completed two internships at the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN Office in Vienna and the Permanent Mission of Moldova to International Organisations in Vienna. I am also the leader of a student’s association, which provides a social platform for Romanian and Moldovan students coming to study in Bologna.

Raluca Andreea Manea

Raluca Andreea Manea

Residence:
Bucharest, Romania
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
BA Student in International Relations & European Studies - University of Bucharest, RO Trainee - Political Section, European Commission Representation in Romania
Country of origin:
Romania

A proud Romanian and European, I am concluding my BA in International Relations and European Studies while preparing for a career in diplomacy and international organisations. I’m also currently a trainee within the Political Section of the European Commission Representation in Romania, and my prior experience includes internships within the Romanian Embassy to the Czech Republic, the General Department of External Affairs of the Romanian Parliament and the European Institute of Romania. I’m a former Erasmus+ student in Prague, and a keen traveller. Actively engaged in the field of youth and the promotion of European values, I am delighted to be both a Young European Ambassador for EU NEIGHBOURS east, and also Communications Manager for BETA e.V. (Bringing Europeans Together Association). I’m a firm believer in the potential of youth to connect cultures and overcome barriers while working in the spirit of our beloved common European values, which make us #StrongerTogether.

Raman Hauryliuk

Raman Hauryliuk

Residence:
Brest
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Young professional (The Leadership School BSTU)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I am receiving one of the best possible undergraduate educations in Economics and Management in Belarus, from Brest State Technical University (BSTU). My school records and achievements have been quite good; I am consistently ranking in the top 5% of students in my faculty at university. I am studying on a BA programme in Economics and Production Management with an engineer-economist qualification. While studying at university I've been involved in scientific research and extra-curricular activities. In 2016 I created the Leadership School of BSTU. This school solves the problem of the lack of leaders in Belarusian youth society, where I'm still working.

Rovshan Badalov

Rovshan Badalov

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional (engineering and ecology in aerospace monitoring)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I graduated from the Aviation Academy of Azerbaijan in 2016. My speciality is as an Engineer-Ecologist, using the methods of Aerospace Monitoring. That’s why I am an absolute environmentalist. I am a cheerful, ambitious and results-driven individual. My main objective is to contribute to decisions related to global warming and pollution, as I believe that the use of renewable sources of energy throughout the world will diminish the level of contamination worldwide. I have acquired international experience due to my involvement in different activities and volunteering experiences. I am extremely happy that I had the opportunity to become a Young European Ambassador and feel that I could be useful to promote education in the field of environment as well as other areas. However, most importantly, I am getting acquainted with people throughout Europe and within Azerbaijan, whom I now call my friends.

Samad Mirzayev

Samad Mirzayev

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Azerbaijan Young Diplomats Union)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan
Samir Salimzade

Samir Salimzade

Residence:
Malmö, Sweden
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in Global Politics and Societal Change)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and graduated from ADA University in Baku, where I studied International Relations for 5 years. The desire to acquire a high-quality education convinced me to apply for an exchange programme at the University of Glasgow and study Political Sciences there. Considering my great interest in both international relations and political science, I decided to apply for the Global Politics and Societal Change Master programme at Malmö University in Sweden and was accepted onto the course. I was further honoured to be among eight scholarship recipients from Azerbaijan who were selected for the 'Visby Scholarship Programme'. Besides acquiring theoretical knowledge, I have also practiced my diplomacy skills through an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. Additionally, I have been involved in many EU-Azerbaijan activities, participated in various conferences and study trips, and become a Young European Ambassador.

Samira Gasimova

Samira Gasimova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in World Economics)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am a final-year World Economics Student at Baku Engineering University. I am a board member of the U.S. Educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association and I am a Public Affairs Intern at the U.S. Embassy in Baku. I recently returned from my Erasmus KA1 exchange semester at the University of L’Aquila in Italy. It was a very special experience in terms of exploring the EU education system, culture, values and daily life. Besides that, I have participated in two different Erasmus+ trainings, both of which were held in Turkey.

Sara	Rajabli

Sara Rajabli

Residence:
Sumgait, Azerbaijan
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (BA Tourism & Management)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I am an alumna of Azerbaijan Tourism and Management University, where I majored in Tourism and Hospitality Management, gaining experience in guiding, travel planning and hotel management. I am interested in and passionate about volunteering, event management, marketing communications, international relations, SDGs, travelling and travel blogging. I have obtained multiple Erasmus+, DAAD and local governmental scholarships to participate and represent Azerbaijan in international projects. I was selected as one of two students from my university to complete an exchange semester in Germany. In addition, I am a founder of the 'BUTA Art & Sweets' platform, aiming to reduce unemployment of underprivileged people through the preparation and sale of homemade national sweets. I am also a founder of 'Free to Travel', a platform I developed to show through storytelling that free trips are not only possible, but also able to change a person completely.

Sariyya Malikova

Sariyya Malikova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Women's Association for Rational Development)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

My first voluntary experience was at the American Centre in Ganja, where I was born and lived until 2010. At this centre I led English classes twice a week for children. Upon graduation from school I won the Future Leaders’ Exchange programme scholarship from the U.S. Department of State and went to Grand Island High School, New York. I have since graduated from Baku State University, Faculty of Oriental Studies with a major in Japanese Studies. During my studies, I applied to the Erasmus Mundus programme and was selected to study International Relations at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic (2013-2014). As a global citizen, I have participated in international training courses, seminars and conferences in more than 10 countries. I have gained valuable work experience as a press operations manager at the European Games and Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku. I am currently a project coordinator of the “Bilasuvar Job Fair” at the Women’s Association for Rational Development. 

Serhii Lashyn

Serhii Lashyn

Residence:
Kharkiv
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (LLB in International Law)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

Currently, I study law at Ukraine’s biggest law school. I am in love with international law and European studies. That is why I have participated in a number of international competitions for law students and I am also involved in several projects aiming to develop civil society in Ukraine and strengthen the rule of law. The Young European Ambassadors initiative is a great forum for cross-border cooperation among young people across Europe. I firmly believe that my generation is the moving force for the European integration of Ukraine, as well as for further development and unity of the EU.

Shahin Huseynzade

Shahin Huseynzade

Residence:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in International Relations)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

In 2010, I obtained my bachelor's degree in International Relations and Regional Studies. I joined the professional sphere by working for the Centre for Strategic Studies of Azerbaijan and doing an internship at the British Council. At the same time, I remained a very socially active citizen in my country. Moreover, I worked as an intern at the NATO International School of Azerbaijan (NISA) and ADA University. In September 2017 I started an MA programme at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. I aim to spend one semester in Europe with the Erasmus+ programme. I was selected as a Young European Ambassador from Azerbaijan for the second time and I am glad that I am participating in this project. I believe that being selected the second time gives me a chance to think more creatively and apply this creativity to Azerbaijan. This project has helped me get to know other talented young people and learn about Europe more closely and thoroughly.

Sheyda Karimova

Sheyda Karimova

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in American Studies)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

My first Erasmus+ experience occurred when I was in my last year of high school, when I participated in a 10-day exchange in Berlin, Germany. That was the catalyst for my further activism when I began university. I've taken part in various national and international conferences, worked on multiple projects and joined a number of student organisations, trying to find my place in the student community. At the moment, I'm trying to balance my work life with university and the human need to socialise. I wish to make a lasting change in the world, or to ignite the mind that will, which is why I'm currently working as a teacher.

Silvia Pascan

Silvia Pascan

Residence:
Ialoveni
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (Project Manager)
Country of origin:
Moldova

I was born in the heart of the Republic of Moldova and after graduating from high school, I chose to study French and English at the State University of Moldova. Since I believe that this university is the one the best in the Republic of Moldova, I decided to do my master's degree in Translation and Conference Interpretation there too. During my degrees, I participated in different extra-curricular activities where I won a number of important prizes. I also worked as a volunteer interpreter at various events organised by the university or associated NGOs. I am interested in making a change in the Republic of Moldova and helping people (especially seniors, I have a personal project regarding them). I love working in teams, travelling and discovering new places. My dream is to travel to Iceland and Australia to see their astonishing landscapes!

Sofiia Yakovlieva

Sofiia Yakovlieva

Residence:
Lviv
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Economic Relations)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

In middle school, I took part in exchange programmes in Germany. I later became a Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) programme participant and the year I spent in the US gave me a better understanding of world processes. Since then, I have been volunteering, because I have seen that it can make this planet a better place to live in (I volunteered at the Youth Olympic Games in 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway). I entered one of the best Ukrainian Universities and I am fully satisfied with the faculty that I am studying in, because in the future I see myself working for the UN or UNESCO. Languages are my passion and I am conquering this art, with 7 languages already spoken. Right now I am taking part in the Erasmus+ programme (this is my third Erasmus project), which shows how different but at the same time similar we are! There are still amazing mountains to climb!

Sorin  Braga

Sorin Braga

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
BA Student (Business Administration, Moldova State University)
Country of origin:
Moldova

I was born in the northern part of the Republic of Moldova, Sîngerei, and grew up in southern part, Căușeni, and I am now studying in the centre, Chișinău, at Moldova State University. I am one of many students in the Republic of Moldova who thinks and cares about the future of our country and the beautiful people within it. I like to get to know new cultures and languages, communicate with people from different countries and share cultural differences. Studying, volunteering and travelling, this is what I have been doing for pleasure for some years.

 

Soso Dzamukashvili

Soso Dzamukashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Media Development Foundation, Movin' Europe Erasmus Coodinator)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am Ioseb Dzamukashvili, 24. I have graduated from the International Relations Faculty of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. I studied Political Science at the Charles University in Prague (2014-2015) as an exchange student, and completed European Studies Courses at Comenius University in Bratislava in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme. In 2015, I represented Georgia at the UN Conference at Oxford University as well as a number of conferences and trainings. I believe in the importance of non-formal education for society’s development. Thus, I have volunteered for several organizations. Currently, I work at the Committee on European Integration at the Parliament of Georgia. I am interested in propaganda-related issues, European Studies and international development. My hobbies include photography, books, classical music and figure skating. I am also fond of travelling and have been to 20 countries so far. I speak English, German and Russian languages.

Stefania-Felicia Pavel

Stefania-Felicia Pavel

Residence:
Ramnicu Valcea
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
BA student in International Relations and European Studies (University of Bucharest)
Country of origin:
Romania

I’m Romanian (but with an overarching European identity), Germanophile, addicted to travelling, a former Erasmus student in Prague and a passionate student concluding my BA in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Bucharest. This is complemented by a series of professional commitments, including internships at the office of an MEP (Political Communication), the Czech Ministry of Defence (Defence Policy and Strategy Division) and the Presidential Administration of Romania (Internal Affairs Department). For a decade, I have been volunteering and taking part in non-formal activities. I am a member of the Munich European Forum e.V., the emerging branch of the JEF/ Young European Federalists of Romania, and Volunteers for Ideas and Projects. With a burgeoning interest in the EU and its neighbourhood, being a Young European Ambassador falls perfectly within my interests and promises to hone my skills for the career in European affairs that I dream of.

Svenja Bloom

Svenja Bloom

Residence:
Osnabrück, Germany
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
MA student in International Migration & Intercultural Relations (Germany), currently doing an exchange semester in Canada
Country of origin:
Germany

Currently I am doing my master’s in International Migration at the University of Osnabrück in Germany. I did my BA in German as a foreign/second language and South Eastern European Studies, and I've always been very interested in politics and history, so this is the perfect MA programme for me. After doing my second exchange semester studying at Ryerson University in Toronto, since January I’ve been doing an internship at an organisation working with refugees in Bologna, Italy. I’ve also participated in various summer schools and exchange programmes within eastern Europe. In my free time, I am involved with an NGO working with refugees in Osnabrück and the student representation of my university.

Svenja Petersen

Svenja Petersen

Residence:
Germany
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
BA student in Political Sciences & EU Studies (Sciences Po Paris & Free University of Berlin)
Country of origin:
Germany

My name is Svenja Petersen, I am 23 years old and I have German citizenship. I spent my childhood growing up in the Netherlands and Germany. While living in the Netherlands I went to a Canadian school, whereas in Berlin I went to an American high school. The post-Soviet space, as well as Eastern Europe in general, have always fascinated me. Therefore I decided to spend a voluntary service year with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia. This is without a doubt one of the most enriching experiences I’ve ever had. Afterwards I returned to Western Europe and began my studies in political sciences and European studies in a dual bachelor’s degree between Sciences Po Paris and the Free University of Berlin. Also, I continued to study the Russian language. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball and volleyball, I take pleasure in political simulations such as Model United Nations, and I like journalism and photography.

Svitozar Ostapchuk

Svitozar Ostapchuk

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I study law at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. If you asked me to describe myself in a few words, I would say I am motivated, open-minded and full of potential. I am 19 and full of energy to discover and contribute. I started to test myself in different fields at the age of 15, participating in different debates and youth camps. I was really interested in reading books - historical, fiction, psychological and more. One of my favourite novels was Martin Eden by Jack London. Now, I'm furthering my personal development through two internships in NGOs (in the spheres of law and media) and by debating on reforms (in the DRI National Student Tournament) and participating in a moot court (Price Media Law Moot Court Competition) and other international projects such as “Spotting Agents of Change for Good Governance – Walking with Thinking” through the Ukrainian-German Youth Encounters "MEET UP!" programme.

Sylvain Godoc

Sylvain Godoc

Residence:
Warsaw, Poland
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
MA student (College of Europe, Natolin Campus)
Country of origin:
France

I am currently studying in a programme focused on ENP (European Neighbourhood Policy) in Warsaw (College of Europe), and writing my master’s thesis about the relationships between CSOs and the EU in Moldova and in the Black Sea NGO Forum. I have an academic (Sciences Po Bordeaux) and professional background focused on cooperation, solidarity and development. I have worked for different associations and CSOs, in France, Latin America and Moldova, and as an intern for the European Delegation to Mexico. In parallel, I have created a multilingual (French, English, Spanish) YouTube Channel called Cooper'Action. Two videos are available for the moment and more are coming about cooperation, development and project management (interviews with CSOs, technical assistance videos, debates, etc.). I am open-minded and proactive and I really like to share ideas with others! I am very happy to be part of this journey with so many different people with different backgrounds.

Tamar Buachidze

Tamar Buachidze

Residence:
Budapest, Hungary
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (BA International Relations, Hungary)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I study at the Faculty of International Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest. Being a FLEX (Future Leaders' Exchange Programme) alumna, I graduated from Johnsonburg High School in Johnsonburg, PA, USA in 2014. I have participated in various conferences, forums and workshops, from which I've gained experience and motivation to pursue my career in diplomacy. In the US, I was actively involved in the Student Council and Stand Tall organisation, as well as in volunteering. After returing to Georgia, I worked at YATA (Youth Atlantic Treaty Association) Georgia as a communications officer, organising workshops, conferences and meetings with NATO representatives. Participating in Model United Nations in Tbilisi, Rome, London and Budapest made me grow into a more confident and open-minded person. Equally important were the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France and the ESPIN conference in Budapest, Hungary, which focused on inclusion of migrants and refugees.

Tamar Maziashvili

Tamar Maziashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in Public Health and Managemen)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am socially active youth leader with 6 years of previous experience in youth leadership, education, economics, having MBA degree in Innovative Projects Management. I am also founder and head of Youth NGO "ProActive Group Georgia", moreover freelance trainer and project manager. Since 2013, I have delivered trainings about diverse topics, such as youth leadership, project management, personal development, active citizenship & youth participation in UK, Sweden, Germany, Moldova, Bulgaria and Georgia. I have been volunteering and working on various positions in different governmental and non-governmental organizations, currently also working as an senior specialist at Georgian Technical University. Holding various roles, as volunteer, participant, head organizer, project coordinator, support staff, trainer/facilitator in more than 50 local & international activities. I have done internship at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Youth Policy Department, which was worthy…

Tamar Samushia

Tamar Samushia

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in Law)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am a law student who is passionate about foreign languages and different cultures. My first volunteering activities date back to high school, when I initiated a school magazine and a school acting club. Since I have started studying at Tbilisi State University, I continued my volunteer engagement by organising and participating in various projects with local and international NGOs. I participated twice in the Erasmus+ programme and I studied law in Germany for a year. I fluently speak Russian, German and English. I am also studying French at the moment. My current projects include organising exchange seminars for law students from Tbilisi and Berlin, adapting a German law textbook into Georgian, as well as completing my internship at the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association.

Tatia Turazashvili

Tatia Turazashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi/Gori
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in Law)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am a first-year Law student at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, where my studies are fully funded by a State Scholarship. As for my experiance, in 2015 I took part in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) programme and became an alternate candidate, while in the same year I won the 'Most Literate Writer' competition which was held by Sulakauri Publishing. In the years previously I participated in different programmes and Olympiads and I received lots of experience from them. I successfully graduated from 9th grade and for that I was awarded a computer by the President of Georgia. I was also a Gold Medal candidate for excellent study achievements at school. In 2016, I took part in the GLOW camp, which was held by the US Embassy, and it gave me great experience. This year I received a certificate from the President of Georgian Bank University for achieving the best result in an English CAT Simulation.

Titan Asatryan

Titan Asatryan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Doctor)
Country of origin:
Armenia

I completed my MD at Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU) and was rewarded by the Minister of Defence of Republic of Armenia, the President of YSMU and other high-ranked officials for my academic excellence and discipline. Being licensed by TED, I have organised several TEDx events and I am a part of the TED Translator Programme to help distributing ideas worth spreading. Now I'm delighted to be a Young European Ambassador which I believe can lead to greater changes, be a new source of opportunities and help us building a better environment for a brighter future.

Tornike Kakalashvili

Tornike Kakalashvili

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (BA Jounalism and Mass Communications)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am 19 years old and study at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communications of the University of Georgia. In 2016 I graduated from Gori N8 school and received a gold medal from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. I was always an excellent student at school. As a result, I was awarded with a laptop by the President of Georgia in 2013. I participated in many projects which were organised by British Council, Peace Corps and GIZ. As a volunteer reporter, I have written articles for Georgian Public Broadcasting. Besides my native Georgian, I speak English fluently, Russian and a little Italian.

Tsitsino Khachidze

Tsitsino Khachidze

Residence:
Tbilisi
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Relations)
Country of origin:
Georgia

I am in my last semester as a student at the Faculty of International Relations at Caucasus International University. I also studied Political Science at the University of Lodz in Poland, where I received a full scholarship from 2016-2017. In the summer of 2016, I received the Development Cooperation Scholarship of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and took part in the summer school of the University of Tartu/Parnu. I have extensive international experience that I gained over 30 training courses, Model United Nations, Erasmus+ exchanges and projects in Europe and the Caucasus. I was also a co-founder of non-governmental organisation 'Georgian-Baltic Bridge'. Since 2017 I've been working for the OSCE in Georgia, and as an intern at the Information Centre of NATO and the EU. I speak Georgian, English, Russian, French and Polish. Unity makes strength, so I am always ready to help my international friends build a better future!

Turkan Mammadli

Turkan Mammadli

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (correspondent/translator)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan

I was born in 1991 in Aghdam. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Translation-Interpretation from the Azerbaijan University of Languages in 2012. I am a young, enthusiastic believer of a better future for my country. I love travelling because when I'm in touch with different people from different countries and backgrounds, I begin to broaden my horizons, to break stereotypes and become a global-minded person. I like to learn new things and to share them with passionate people around me as much as possible. I always try to keep in my mind that I don't want to die before I live!

Uladzislava Lahun

Uladzislava Lahun

Residence:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Graduated (MA in History)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I am a recently graduated specialist in interdisciplinary history and I am an active part of the non-formal education movement in Belarus and the Commonwealth of Independent States youth communication project. I have experience in international relations and journalism and now work in human resources. I have a multicultural background, experience in several Erasmus projects (first Erasmus Mundus, then Erasmus+ after 2015) and I like to work on the ideas of identity, cultural diplomacy and civil citizenship on an international scale.

Usevalad Ustsinau

Usevalad Ustsinau

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional (purchasing and logistics sphere)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I'm a young professional working in purchasing and logistics. I graduated as a UNESCO Chair in “Energy Efficient Technologies and Renewable Energy” from Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) in 2016. I'm now preparing to undertake a master's degree at BNTU. I'm fluent in English and learning German and Portuguese.

Vahan Kostanyan

Vahan Kostanyan

Residence:
Yerevan
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student (MA Oriental Studies and International Affairs)
Country of origin:
Armenia
Vasco Batista

Vasco Batista

Residence:
Brussels, Belgium
Age:
27 years
Occupation:
Young Professional (EEAS Spokesperson Services)
Country of origin:
Portugal
Vasile Tarlev

Vasile Tarlev

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
21 years
Occupation:
Law student at Moldova State University
Country of origin:
Moldova

Born and raised in the Republic of Moldova, I'm a fourth year Law student at Moldova State University. Beside my curricular studies, I'm a volunteer with more than 7 years of experience and have worked at more than 10 NGOs. Throughout my volunteering career, I've organised several conferences, youth projects and other youth activities in my community or other European countries. I am someone who aims to keep lines of communication open, is concerned with youths’ needs and is constantly advocating for best practices and policies. Also I strongly believe that it is our duty to decentralise youth opportunities and ensure equal chances for everyone. As a result, I've advocated for this idea at several international conferences. As an outcome of my activities, I've become a more responsible citizen, who strives and works for a better community.

Veronika Pavlovskaya

Veronika Pavlovskaya

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student (PhD in Law)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I am a second-year participant of the YEAs initiative, having been National Coordinator in 2016-2017. I'm also a PhD Student at the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research. For almost 10 years I have been participating in the activities of non-governmental organisations promoting youth parliamentarism and youth rights in Belarus and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. State youth policy and youth rights are also among my research interests.

Viacheslav Pustovalov

Viacheslav Pustovalov

Residence:
Kyiv/Donetsk
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I come from Donetsk where I studied international relations and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2014. The same year the armed conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine and I started working with foreign journalists as an interpreter and assistant. In the summer, when the situation became too volatile, I had to relocate to Kyiv. Soon after I went to Würzburg, Germany, to take part in a volunteering project within the European Voluntary Service programme, which I had applied for long before the events in the east.

Victoria Molnar

Victoria Molnar

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

From my childhood in the Zakarpattya region, which has an amalgamation of cultures, and through travelling I learned to appreciate different thoughts and customs. Moreover, knowledge and self-development became the core ideas that I wanted to promote in society. This is why I started volunteering when I was 14 through tutoring at camp, and continued to organise and participate in projects while studying international relations at Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv. With my two main values in mind – education and cooperation beyond borders – I have organised several Model United Nations, international debate tournaments and conferences; been the head of the SMM Department of the IIR Debate Club; recently deployed my own project 'UN Talks'; and helped establish 'Ukrtronics'. Now I am exploring a new angle – public diplomacy – to further implement the two values and becoming a Young European Ambassador is a priceless opportunity to promote these ideas on a new level.

Victoria Popescu

Victoria Popescu

Residence:
Chisinau
Age:
18 years
Occupation:
BA student in Information Technology (Technical University of Moldova) and project coordinator (ADVIT “Europa fara frontiere”)
Country of origin:
Moldova

I would define myself as a non-formal multicultural learning student. Once I discovered the beauty of diversity and interculturalism, I was seeking other activities that would provide further development, and so I started volunteering at the National Youth Council of Moldova, afterwards, I worked as a sending coordinator at ADVIT "Europa fara frontiere" which works with Erasmus+ projects. I participated in international contests such as "Technovation Challenge" and "ClaimatLaounchPad". It was not only about improving English skills, it was all about intercultural competence and co-working with international NGOs which brings a lot of energy and activism within to make changes in society. For the huge changes, I chose IT - a promising sector with the very potential to make a difference in the world.

Victoria Syritsa

Victoria Syritsa

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Young professional (English teacher and freelance translator)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I have a BA in Linguistic Support of Intercultural Communication from Minsk State Linguistic University. My studies focused on learning three languages (English, French and Spanish), interpreting and translation, international economic relations, and more. During my studies I took advantage of the opportunity to be a volunteer at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk (Belarus) and to follow a summer linguistic training course in Nimes (France), which helped me expand my horizons and develop versatility when communicating with people from other cultures. Moreover, a pre-graduation translation internship at the National Press Centre of the Republic of Belarus has increased my interest in news delivery, attending press conferences and monitoring English-speaking media. I am currently working as an English teacher and a freelance translator and believe in taking small but meaningful steps towards a better future for Belarus.

Viktor Lesyk

Viktor Lesyk

Residence:
Ivano-Frankivsk
Age:
20 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I was born in 1998 in the small town of Berezhany (Ternopil region). There, I completed my secondary education with a gold medal. In 2015, I moved to Ivano-Frankivsk to study International Relations at Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University. In the first year of my studies I created a student media community, participated in several conferences and round tables, and got acquainted with the university administration. Last January, I started the 'Student Co-Working Space Paragraph' project, which allowed me to get a job at the Scientific Library of my university, where this project is now being implemented. Thanks to my active participation in student life, I also had the opportunity to visit five EU countries this year during a study trip to the European Parliament in Brussels.

Viktor Savinok

Viktor Savinok

Residence:
Kyiv
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Student (PhD Political Sciences and International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I am a PhD student in Political Science at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, from where I also obtained a degree in International Relations. During my studies, I was a project manager (2015) and then chairperson of the students’ association on foreign policy and diplomacy (2016-17). My other professional experiences have covered the topics of IDPs (GIZ), Central European Politics (MFA of Ukraine, Institute for European Politics) and the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (Jacques Delors Institut Berlin). I am highly engaged in policy research and intercultural communication. As chair of the students’ association, I communicated with Ukrainian and foreign diplomats and took part in student exchanges. I am active as a freelance columnist, writing on German politics and the environment. I am constantly developing my knowledge of different languages, countries and their cultures, and strongly believe that a globalised world brings opportunity for everyone.

Viktoriia Hladii

Viktoriia Hladii

Residence:
Turku, Finland
Age:
24 years
Occupation:
Turku, Finland / Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine
Country of origin:
Ukraine

Originally from a small city in the west of Ukraine, I became determined to achieve a big future in international relations during my years in high school, and ever since have been moving towards my dream step by step. So now, after Bachelor studies in International Relations at Lviv University, two exchange periods in Finland and Slovenia and ongoing master's degree studies abroad, I am still on track and moving forward. Apart from studying and part-time jobs and internships, I love dedicating my time to volunteering, travelling, spending time with my friends and being a curious and active citizen. My aim is to be well educated and competent, find something that I love to do and I’m good at, and do it in the best possible way – this is a small thing that each of us world citizens can do to make this world a better place.

Viktorya Halavach

Viktorya Halavach

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (European Humanites University, International and EU Law)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I study Law at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. It’s my first year at university. As I study at a distance, I am close to Belarusian youth on the one hand and to youth who live in Lithuania on the other hand. I am 19 years old and I can’t say I have huge experience in such work, but it's very interesting for me. I want to meet new people, learn new things and share them with others. I took part in the International Olympiad in Warsaw in the area of Social Science and since then I've had an active social life. In my last school year I came in first place at the conference in the subject of Human Science, and also came in Second and Third place in history. All of the themes for these conferences were quite similar and the sense was that "If person wants something, he or she will achieve it". In conclusion, I’d like to say I look forward to getting to know all of you, and I believe we can make this world better because we are stronger together!


Viktoryia Vaitovich

Viktoryia Vaitovich

Residence:
Kamieniec
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Student (MA in International and European Relations)
Country of origin:
Belarus

Currently, I am an intern in the Human Rights department of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, as well as a second-year MA student in International and European Relations. I also hold a Bachelor of Law and received the Most Outstanding Student Award for actively promoting my university internationally. Previously, I was a student representative of Club d’Europe (Campus Europae’s student council), as well as an international observer of elections in the framework of the “Election Observation: Theory and Practice” project.

Violeta Farishevskaya

Violeta Farishevskaya

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional
Country of origin:
Belarus

I am a recent graduate of Belarus State Economic University, where I specialised in hospitality and tourism, and a second-year participant of the YEAs initiative. I have taken part in different volunteer activities, enjoying almost every single moment of them, and as a result I've realised that I want to dedicate my life to development. While studying I focused my research on the development of the tourism industry in Belarus and had my two theses published and my diploma thesis selected as the best within my course of study. I am currently developing my teaching skills and seeking to obtain a master's degree in International Development, with a focus on education.

Vlada Gutu

Vlada Gutu

Residence:
Stefan Voda
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
High School student
Country of origin:
Moldova

I was born and raised in a small town in the south-east of the Republic of Moldova called Stefan Voda and am currently studying at the local school. I’ve always pushed myself to work hard and be a good student, as well as to get involved with all the opportunities that were out there. As I am a very curious person, I tried as many things as possible: dance, painting, volleyball, debate, participating in English and creative clubs, etc. But definitely, my all-time favorite activity became volunteering, especially as I did an exchange year in the USA, which made me super-eager to learn about different cultures and motivated me to lead an active, civically-engaged lifestyle. And when my school was visited by a group of Young European Ambassadors last year, I found their mission to be very interesting and enlightening. I am very excited to take advantage of this opportunity myself!

Volodymyr Sokolovskyi

Volodymyr Sokolovskyi

Residence:
Lviv
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student (Master degree in CyberSecurity)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I was born in Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine, where I went on to graduate from high school. I began studying at Lviv Polytechnic National University in 2013, received a degree in Information Security in 2017 and then started a Master's in Cybersecurity. I'm also co-founder of the Lviv branch of the Ukrainian NGO 'FRI' (Foundation of Regional Initiatives) and a member of Lviv Youth Council. Over the past four years, I've been involved in a large number of NGO and other initiatives, implementing several projects, from small, simple actions, seminars or trainings to large, national projects.  I've also produced my own training course about non-formal education, which I implement in Lviv, and I'm a member of the Youth Contact Group supported by OSCE PCU, where I'm involved in projects and training about dialogue facilitation and critical thinking. Currently, I'm doing a youth exchange with another NGO, the 'Center of international dialogue and non-formal education – NFED'.

Vusal Zeynalov

Residence:
Krakow, Poland
Age:
25 years
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan
Vusal Zeynalov

Vusal Zeynalov

Residence:
Krakow, Poland
Age:
25 years
Occupation:
Young professional (AEGEE)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan
Yelyzaveta Markova

Yelyzaveta Markova

Residence:
Kharkiv
Age:
19 years
Occupation:
Student (BA in International Law)
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I’ve lived in a lot of places: from Kremenchuk (a small city in the Poltava region of Ukraine) to Kharkiv, a “student capital”. I’m a third year international law student at Karazin State University, and an attorney’s assistant to a legal company and NGOs. I’ve always dreamed about bringing benefits and changes to society – and becoming a lawyer was the first step to achieving my goals. As a paralegal, I’ve already been part of more than seven cases and achieved three wins in court. I’m also an active member of several NGOs (ELSA Ukraine and Our Deal), a member of the organising team of the NGO 'Enlightening Initiative' and a “jack-of-all-trades” at Karazin IRTB Scientific Society. As a Young European Ambassador, I’d like to bring new changes to Ukraine, because we really need to be renewed. I hope together we can become better and much stronger.

Yevheniia Subbotina

Yevheniia Subbotina

Residence:
Novomoskovsk
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student
Country of origin:
Ukraine

I’m a fourth year student in Mass Media and Communication at Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University, and I’m currently working as a freelance journalist for the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration. I’m also working as a reporter-journalist at the local newspaper Prisamarska niva in my native town, Novomoskovsk. In 2017, I participated in the Global UGRAD undergraduate programme. It gave me the opportunity to study at East Tennessee State University in the USA for one academic semester, and I also participated in workshops and conferences in Washington D.C. In addition, I’m a member of the charity organisation 'Razom.ua' in Dnipro, as well as a member of the student Youth Trade Union of Journalists (we organise trips throughout Ukraine, and games and competitions for youth). Since September, I have been working for the English language club 'CorFoLM'.

Yulia Dobyshuk

Yulia Dobyshuk

Residence:
Minsk
Age:
23 years
Occupation:
Student (BA Foreign Languages and Management, Brest)
Country of origin:
Belarus

I am about to graduate from a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages and Management from Brest State University in Belarus. I spent one semester at the Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain. In my country, Belarus, I am the International Officer of the student NGO 'BOSS' (Brotherhood of Organisers of Student Self-government), where I started becoming civically engaged. I have also found a particular interest in the Bologna process, student rights and participation in university governance. As an International Officer, I was promoting Belarusian students’ interests at the European level. During my mandate, BOSS got accepted as a full member of the European Student Union and InMOE. Finally, I spent one year as an intern board member at InMOE, after which I was elected to become an associate board member. At present, I am also a board member of the European Student Union.

Zarxanim Agayeva

Zarxanim Agayeva

Residence:
Baku, Azerbaijan
Age:
22 years
Occupation:
Young professional (Historical Museum)
Country of origin:
Azerbaijan