Aaron Guerra Gonzalez
I am a final year LLB student at the University of Valladolid, Spain. Likewise, I am currently studying a BSc in Political Science and Administration at the National University of Long Distance Education (UNED). Since I enrolled with the University, I have engaged with volunteering in civil society, and have also been politically active. Having spent a year in Estonia studying at the University of Tartu through the Erasmus+ exchange programme, I am strongly interested in the integration processes that take place across the EU, and also in our Eastern Neighbourhood countries. Apart from that, my interests are in Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Public International Law. In the future, I would like to work in the EU administration and contribute to building a stronger EU.
Aaron Otto Langguth
Born and raised in multicultural Berlin-Kreuzberg, as the son of parents from East-Berlin and West-Germany, I am a child of the reunification. Uniting Europe in its diversity and connecting to our brothers and sisters beyond its constructed borders is the quintessence of my very existence. Overcoming prejudices and breaking down barriers through exchange and cooperation build the core of my social activism. Only together we can effectively combat global warming, violent conflicts and exploitation. I am showing leadership by taking full advantage of my privileges to empower others to take action. My education based on critical thinking, global life experiences and love substantiate my drive to ignite the change. On the principles of equality, solidarity and fairness, I promote reciprocal respect and freedom as an actor on stage with my theater-ensemble BAZAAR EUROPA, as a referee on the football field and now as a Young European Ambassador.
I studied Political Science, International Relations and Human Rights in six universities across three continents. I hold a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Brussels (ULB). I spent one year as an Erasmus student at Uppsala University (Sweden). I then undertook the Global Studies Programme (Master in Social Sciences) and spent each semester studying abroad in Germany, South Africa and Thailand. I have also interned in some of the biggest international organisations including the United Nations (UNCDF), the African Union (Ethiopia) and the League of Arab States (Egypt). In 2019, I received a scholarship (Global Campus of Human Rights) to carry out field research on human rights issues in Beirut (Lebanon) at Saint Joseph University. In Brussels, I created and launched the United Nations Series, in cooperation with the Washington DC-based organization, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, which has become an instrumental tool in raising awareness on…
Adelaide Di Maggio
I am a bilingual student of Art History and Philosophy, with an interest in politics and public policy, especially as regards education and what it should look like. I, myself, work in a non-profit organisation, which is also a non-formal education platform: the European Youth Parliament (EYP). I have been linked with EYP for over four years now, and I am currently working as the Vice-President of EYP Poland. There I am responsible for Communications and Marketing, as well as graphics. Apart from EYP, I have taken part in many projects related to the EU, as well as the United Nations, allowing me to travel all around Europe and beyond, and meet new cultures, as well as learn about new perspectives. I see myself as a European citizen in a global world, which, I hope, helps me to be more open-minded and appreciative of beauty.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Services and I am working in the field of child protection and family social work. I spent 2017 in Belarus doing a European Voluntary Service, a year that had a major impact on my life. I was living in Minsk and did my EVS in a charity association called "World Without Borders", where I worked with teenagers in conflict with the law. I am interested in youth work, youth participation, 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, I am hoping it will allow me to have a deeper understanding of those cultures. The Young European Ambassador's 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!
Alba Biosca Alonso
I am studying a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Barcelona. For the last five years, I have been actively participating in European programmes on social, artistic and environmental issues, run by the European Commission, the Council of Europe and other institutions. In 2016/17, I participated in a long-stay European Voluntary Service (EVS) inititative in Romania, called 'Model European Union'. Later in 2017, I was the Youth Delegate for Spain in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. Currently, I am very committed and active as a youth ambassador for the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA), as well as in Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE).
I'm a Geographer, and have always been interested in human rights and in the social sciences in general. I am very curious about how the world and society works. That is why I am eager to interact with people from different parts of the world, in order to gain more knowledge and expand my perspective. I've participated in numerous international projects across Europe and the world, mostly in development and education, that have offered me the opportunity to gain new skills and expand my view of the world further than I could never imagine. I can say that I am a product of the European Union, and am very happy and eager to contribute a 'grain of sand' to help the EU to be what it really is - one of the greatest achievements of humanity.
Despite being from a small town, in 2017, I realised that my voice can actually be heard. Since then, I am actively engaged in both volunteer work and political campaigns. I may still be 17, but I have already planned the rest of my life: to be part of the change that our community is desperately in need of. I am currently in high school studying foreign languages and mathematics. Simultaneously, I am an associate in an NGO, dealing with Erasmus+ projects. For this one year I grew up and became aware of what life actually is. Spreading solidarity and open-mindedness outside our borders will not only change many lives, but will also make our world a better place, so here I am, a Young European Ambassador.
I am currently obtaining my bachelor's degree in European Studies at Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski. My interests include European Law, international politics and European integration. As of 2018, I'm a Young Ambassador for NATO, which is a one-of-a-kind initiative in Bulgaria by the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria - one of Bulgaria's biggest NGO's. There I have the chance to explain the core of NATO's goals and missions, while educating the youth on the need of such an alliance and the connection between it and the Union. I'm also the President of the European Studies's students club at my University, which has helped me gain useful leadership experience. I am a volunteer in Team Europe Junior, which is a project launched by the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria, where I actively help to spread true information about the Union and its institutions. I have also organised an informal student meeting with the Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the…
Alexandru Bogdan Hirsu
Born in Romania and educated at Hamilton College in the United States, where I recieved a Bachelor of the Arts in World Politics, I have been blessed to be part of the European project, and have promoted its values from a very young age. Now, I am doing so from a micromobility perspective, as I seek to offer various European cities a carbon-free and quick means of transportation. Making electric scooters available to everyone would allow people of all beliefs, races and ethnic backgrounds to come together in embracing a clean transportation solution.
I was born to Romanian parents, but raised in Canada. I do not consider myself fully Romanian, nor fully Canadian. This duality that I have experienced allows me to contrast different perspectives, and thus gives me a unique outlook on both events and people. I have learned not to be quick to judge, and that appearances can often be deceiving. Since my return to Romania, I have strived to do my very best to be an active citizen and to learn more about European values, as well as what I can do to take them further, or even to try and bring them to places where people do not know about them. I am currently studying Finance at the Academy for Economic Studies (ASE) in Bucharest, and international relations take a very active role in my studies. I hope to be able to learn and grow with those around me, and to try to bring a better tomorrow through shared knowledge and understanding.
Alina Maria Dumitru
My academic background in art and culture, history, and philosophy has heightened my awareness and understanding of cultural diversity and difference. Attending courses dealing with theories of human rights, the issue of migration in the age of globalisation, social movements, and global governance, together with my involvement in the non-governmental sector and non-formal education within a European framework, acted as a catalyst in the process of acknowledging that an equitable future for our global village and its citizens depends on cooperation, dialogue, and inclusion. My two periods of Erasmus+ learning in two different countries, together with being a Former European Fellow on Project Management, a Former European Fellow on Youth Leadership, and a Communication Responsible for the European Digital Youth Summit 2018, revealed and reinforced something I intuitively knew. Firstly, that I identify myself as a global citizen, and secondly, that the values that resonate with…
Andrea Van Acker
I am currently enrolled at the Erasmus Univesity College in Rotterdam, where my focus lies in all things International affairs. Throughout the last few years, I tried to combine this with my longstanding interest in journalism, conflict analysis and adventurous travel, meaning that I have done numerous (journalistic & photographic) projects around human rights, medical care and women's rights in Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan etc, as well as developed a passion for the Middle-East and Central-Asia. I take pride in doing most of these alone, because I feel that small-scale and face-to-face interactions have the most impact on people's lives. Additionally, this motivated me to start learning the languages and made me an avid mountain climber too. While in Rotterdam, I mostly spend my free time writing articles, doing sport, as a student mentor for incoming refugee students primarily from Syria and Iraq, and attending conferences around security studies and conflict resolution.
Andreea Dana Osman
I have been a volunteer for the "Princess Margaret of Romania" since 2012, the "Ana si copii" association in 2016-2017 , "Terre des Homess" since 2014 and Motivation Romania for one year in 2017. I have also done a short EVS exchange in Turkey, where I worked with Syrian refugees (both kids and adults), and helped them to write their CV and apply for jobs. I also helped to improve their English and prepared them for workshops about security of dates and entrepreneurship.
I am a graduate student of "International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs" at the University of Bologna. Before obtaining my Bachelor, I studied for a whole academic year in Buenos Aires and for a semester in Seville (Erasmus+). Even though I was moving from one place to another, I was still able to make the most out of my studies and graduate with honours.
Since January 2018, I am an EU expert speaker, which means that whenever Forlì’s "Punto Europa" asks me to do so, I get to teach students of all ages about the history and the institutions of the EU.
I truly believe in the EU and its values, and I hope that I can do my part in defending them, by helping others better understand them. As a YEA, I want to demonstrate how much the EU has in common with its Eastern Neighbours.
I recently graduated in the Hague with a Bachelor's degree in World Politics. My studies were focused on global challenges and on the aspiration of turning into global citizens. Through my academic experience, I gained intercultural sensitivity and learned that in order to progress we must all learn to work together. My extracurriculur background has always been really active, ranging from theatre and musical performances to public speaking and international conferences. All of these activities have sparked my interest in getting involved with the EU - as I believe it is a step towards cooperation amongst different cultures and of course a step towards becoming a true global citizen.
Anna Sophie Elektra Zech
Having spent the past years studying in various countries in Europe, I have benefited greatly from the EU and learned a lot about other cultures and my own. I therefore believe intercultural awareness to be a key skill for anyone to in today’s society and would like to promote and expand on it via this initiative.
Beyond this, I want to be an advocate for the emancipation of young voters, especially in sight of the upcoming European elections. Being of German heritage, I treasure the EU not just for its single market and free movement, but more than anything for creating a peaceful union of peoples. In order to preserve this for future generations, it is crucial that we, especially the younger generations, all get involved by voting, promoting its values and working together actively on its progress.
I am currently working as an EU public affairs consultant in Brussels. Prior to this, I contributed to the 'EU NEIGHBOURS east' project for 2.5 years as one of the coordinators of the 'Young European Neighbours' network. Being of Polish and Latvian origin, I have always been a strong advocate of the EU forging closer ties with the Eastern Partner countries, as I believe both sides have much to gain from cooperating and communicating better with each other. Working for the network allowed me to travel extensively across the region and gain first-hand experience of local youth activitism, as well the social and political context of each country. Some of the highlights included organising a EuroSchool in Azerbaijan, attending the Young European Ambassadors' visit to schools/universities in Moldova, the EU Youth Conference in Tallinn and the Conference on Youth, Peace and Security organised by the European External Action Service. My interest in the region is also largely reflected in…
Anzhelika Maria Zuba
I am a second year International Relations student, and have been a Youth Worker at National Level since 2016, demonstrating my responsible nature and ability to get on well with teenagers. As a Youth Leader, I participated in the Erasmus project, 'BlossOm', in Lithuania in 2018, as well as in Active Citizenship and Ecology initiatives in France in 2019. As an organiser, I realised projects in Georgia ('Theatre: It's time to play your role.') and Estonia (an Erasmus+ project writing seminar) in 2016, Armenia in 2017 ('Be creative: It's time to build your world.'), Azerbaijan in 2018 ('Professional skills: It’s time to build your future.'), and in Turkey in 2019 ('Humans of the 21st Century: It's time to build your world.'). As a participant, I've been involved in youth exchanges in Georgia in 2015 ('Keep Calm and Cook') and 2016 ('Theatre: It's time to play your role.'), in the Czech Republic in 2017 ('Shaping Character'), in France in 2017 ('Active Citizenship'), in Latvia…
I am Hungarian and a final year undergraduate studying International Relations. I am also a member and Vice President for Professional Affairs of the student-led College for Advanced Studies of Diplomacy in Practice. Previously, I have contributed to a research project at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ RECENS research group on historic network analysis. My current research topic is about US-Russian relations, particularly in the field of nuclear non-proliferation.
I am a graduate of the Department of French and European Studies of the University of Cyprus (2015) with a Master in European Politics from the same University (2018).Since 2014, I am a Board Member in the youth NGO "Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY", and since June 2018 I am the President of the Organization.
“Be the change you want to see in the world’’ (M.Gandhi) is my favorite quote and my motivation to be actively involved in youth affairs.
Born in Athens, I have been volunteering since 2016 as a youth worker in a Greek youth organization called "Youthnet Hellas". As part of this organisation, we run many non-formal educational workshops in different fields. I also participated in the Greek representation of the European Youth Congress that took place in Gdansk in 2017. Lastly, I am a Co-Director & Head of Project Management at a volunteer student organization called "Association of International and European Affairs" since 2016.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in Economics, specialising in Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam. Alongside my studies, I have completed an internship at the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria, which fuelled my passion for European affairs. Since the beginning of 2019, I have been volunteering at Forward Incubator, an Amsterdam-based start-up initiative which facilitates the integration of newcomers through entrepreneurship and business education.
I am politically active and a volunteer representing the Polish Red Cross and a programme called “Szlachetna Paczka”. I organize civic meetings in the region of Opole, appear in the political programme “Radio Lodge" on Radio Opole. I am also an editor of the “Young in Politics” newspaper. I am also in the process of establishing the Young Opole Foundation. I am a leader of the School Council and Chairman of Young Rightists. I am also a member of the Polish Youth Council near the Ministry of Education in Poland. I spend my free time actively debating at Model UN sessions and sessions of the European Youth Parliament.
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 for me 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 and during my first year as a YEA. I am currently a civil servant in training, hoping to become a diplomat.
Born and raised in the UK, I am currently studying for my master's degree in Conflict and Development in Lille, France. Throughout my studies, I have developed a keen interest for the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood, organising study visits to Minsk, Belarus (April 2017) and Chișinău, Moldova (October 2017), and choosing EU-Moldova and EU-Ukraine relations as the focus of my bachelor's dissertation and master's thesis, respectively. As an aspiring diplomat, and someone for whom youth voice projects were a big part of fostering my interest in politics and international relations (having served as an elected member of the UK Youth Parliament from 2012 to 2015), I'm very much looking forward to engaging with the YEA programme - a network which promises an exciting combination of both those passions!
I am currently an undergraduate student of International Relations and European Studies at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj, and next semester will start at the Charles University in Prague as an Erasmus+ student. This will strengthen my European identity, and is the second time I have chosen to study abroad since I was offered a two year HMC scholarship to the Dollar Academy in Scotland. It was then that I first realised the huge impact that the European Union has on my life, and joined clubs such as Model United Nations, debating and politics. Volunteering for associations such as AIESEC, travelling with the DiscoverEU program, taking part in projects such as 'Young Europe is Voting' in Denmark or '100 First Times' in Lithuania, and going to conferences related to the European Union have all helped me to grow, both personally and professionally. I would like to use these experiences to help me raise awareness of the European Union and its opportunities, both in the Union…
Boțoroga Cosmin Alin
At the moment, I am a founding member and President of the International Community of Young Association, Marketing Manager of the project "I want to be an entrepreneur", coordinated by Romanian Business Leaders and honorary member of Interact Barlad and aspirant member Rotaract Cișmigiu București. I was also Director of the Department of Public Relations and Communication of Vaslui County Council, then I worked for 18 months as President of the Vaslui County Council. Also in the past, I was Ambassador of the Leaders Foundation, but also ambassador of the Structured Dialogue with Young People in Romania.
After taking part in the Erasmus+ Studies program twice (in the Netherlands and in the Czech Republic), I am currently finishing my studies in Languages, International/Business Relations and Human Rights between the universities of Porto and Coimbra. I am passionate about politics, gender equality and education, values that I have tried to promote among Portuguese youngsters over the past few years. I have organised political simulations with young students, conducted workshops on gender equality in companies and even participated in political meetings as a young activist — all through the association I co-founded and preside over, the Bringing Europeans Together Association Portugal (BETA Portugal); as an ambassador for HeForShe Portugal; and through my projects with the Council of Europe (as a Youth Delegate) and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as a Civil Society representative). All these experiences have made me more aware of the importance of non-partisan…
Catarina Sarabando Gomes
I am a Public Sector and Local Authority Management graduate from the University of Aveiro in Portugal. During my bachelor's studies I volunteered in local organizations, being especially involved with youth and active citizenship at Agora Aveiro (Portugal), where I managed some projects. I was also also active in public discussions on the local level. I took part in multiple European mobility programmes and travelled around, which made me see beyond borders and differences. Currently I am a Master's student in Urban Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. I dream of a fair Europe, that cares about the environment, empowers people and cooperates through common policies.
I am a student of political science and sociology. As a child from a city that used to be split into to, with grandparents that survived the war and a father that was part of the 68er revolution in Germany, my urge for political engagement and to promote diversity and a peaceful Europe was set pretty early on. I initiated intercultural projects for German students to connect with our Syrian friends that fled from war and since then I fight for more solidarity and humanitarian politics in the EU. Trying to reach as many people as possible, I am also part of the political theater group BAZAAR EUROPE that addresses those kind of issues on stage. Besides, I believe that we cannot just watch the old folks doing politics, but have to make our voices heard! I strongly believe in youth empowerment, because if we all create small changes around the world, we create a bigger change for a more sustainable, democratic, social just future. Think big, act bigger!
Cristina Andrada Baba
Our time is now, and we are needed. Each of us has said at least once in our lives that we will change the world one day. One day means never unless we take action, and taking action means courage and initiative. I think that young people must be empowered, enoucraged and motivated, and should be forgiven for their mistakes. They should be involved in the decision making process, and given more credit in assuming responsibilities. The programs for young people which were run by the European Union made me feel empowered and my work worthwhile. This is the feeling I want to transmit to the younger generation as a Young European Ambassador - to be courageous, to find similar people, and to take action for climate change, for quality education and for sustainable communities.
I am currently studying a combination of sociology, media, and politics in Germany and thus enjoying the privilege of living anywhere within the EU while experiencing new cultures daily. I have tried being as active as possible in the past whilst doing internships in the fields of environment and media, volunteering in the institution "Include" whose aim is promote the inclusion of children with special needs via education and help them to participate in as many civic youth programmes as I could. All those impulses have definitely made a great impact on me and on my perception of the world. I would really like to urge more people to experience this. For that reason, I chose to join the YEA's initiative: because if youth is informed about opportunities such as studying abroad, participating in programmes, volunteering, etc, then the chance of us making a greater impact is significantly higher and the contribution of youth in shaping our future more realistic.
All my life I have been recognised for my academic excellence and extracurricular activities, such as participating in numerous competitions, clubs, Leadership Academy GLOW, etc. However, in one moment I decided to go beyond the traditional educational system and became increasingly interested in non-formal ways of learning. I found out that the best one is volunteering and became part of ''The Marbel project', which is an English charity organisation that helps to people in need from my region. Since then, I have met and worked with children, elderly and handicapped people. I have heard their personal stories and appreciated the importance of supporting each other. Moreover, I actively took part in Erasmus+ exchanges through which I met ambitious, open-minded young people. The greatest benefit for me is that these projects put my focus on the need of international cooperation. Being a Young European Ambassador will give me the opportunity to work with other highly motivated…
Passionate about storytelling for a social change, I am a communications professional and freelance photographer currently supporting the communications of the European Endowment for Democracy. I have been involved in a variety of projects on topics such as identity, migration, journalism and active citizenship, including a photo residency in Paris. As a photographer I developed several series across the Europe with a focus on the East, seeking small stories that tell more about the whole and investigating the life of different communities. I am also a photographer at Orange Magazine. Prior to Brussels, I lived in Soverato, Calabria, Italy, where I co-developed a toolkit of European citizenship education. As I have always had a great passion for the Eastern Partnership countries, I am honoured to join the Young European Ambassadors project.
I have always believed that in a democratic society, the voice of every European citizen should be heard. Over the years, thanks to my participation as a volunteer in non-profit organisations, I was able to attend training programmes that taught me how to use means of mutual communication between young people and decision-makers effectively. I firmly believe that change is within our grasp. Everybody should be able to shape their world! And as a student, the best way to do so is through volunteering. I enjoy being involved in meaningful projects that help people in my school, community and country. Since 2015, I have been an active member of Plovdiv Language School’s Student Council and in June 2018, I was elected to become the Council's President. In late November 2018, I was selected by the United Nations Association of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Youth Delegates to the UN for the position of PR. These two voluntary positions gave me a better understanding of the issues that…
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.
I am in the last year of my studies at Sofia University, majoring in International Relations and Law. My main interests are in the sphere of EU policy and human rights, which is what I will study next year during my master's degree. During my current degree, I`ve been devoted to the EU and have kept myself busy with many projects, trainings and internships connected to my interest. I`ve been a Liaison Officer for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, an Intern at the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Presidency and currently I`m part of Team Europe Junior, which is helping me broaden my EU knowledge and stay dedicated to my cause. I believe in the mission of the YEA, because 'United we stand strong' and the Eastern partnership is extremely important for both sides of the boarder.
Edward Rhys Jones
Having grown up in a former-industrial region of South Wales, I’ve long been familiar with the transformative and overwhelmingly positive impact of EU policy for creating social and economic progress. More recently, in my engagement with the Kutaisi-Newport Twinning Association, I’ve seen for myself the commitment of young Georgians to pushing forward with national development, with Europe firmly in mind. In order to better understand it, I have travelled widely throughout Europe, including to five of the Eastern partner countries. In my work with the Holocaust Educational Trust as a Regional Ambassador for Wales, in which I am particularly interested in engaging young people with the lessons from genocides like the Holocaust, I have come to more properly appreciate the values of tolerance, liberty and diversity. I am working to continue to promote these values in my new hometown in Oxford, where I study history.
I am a Greek student in UWC Dilijan in Armenia. My interest for entrepreneurship is fast to spot, being one of the founders of the EnDGas and Oriento start-ups. At the same time, I won challenges such as “Hack4all”, one of the finalists in “Social Impact Award”, and I attended the semifinals of “Youth Business Talent”. I am also active in such areas as photography and social media; being a photographer in many events and social media manager in movements such as "Stand Up For Europe" and "Volt". My active relationship with Europe started after my participation in an Erasmus youth exchange programme and in the Youth European Εvent that made me realise that I have a voice, even as a young person, and now is the time that Europe needs me to stand up more than anything else.
I am a post-graduate student at the College of Europe in Bruges pursuing an MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy studies. I also hold a Master’s degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Lyon and I was an exchange student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I have been involved in youth projects as regional coordinator in an organization promoting equal opportunities in higher education (Article 1) which provides an online platform for discussions and events. I am pleased to represent the EU Member States as a Young European Ambassador (YEA) considering how crucial people-to-people contacts are in mutual-understanding. Indeed, I am open-minded and truly eager to learn from people from other horizons by discussing and sharing experience.
Born in Rome, my passion for travelling and discovering different cultures started during secondary school. Thanks to university, I had the chance to attend a double bachelor’s degree in Italian-French and, after my first year of doing an MSc in Business Administration in Rome, I could study for a semester in Rio de Janeiro and for another one in Paris. In Brazil, I volunteered at the Olympics and Paralympics Games of 2016. Also, I decided to extend my stay in Paris because I found an internship in the startup "Love Your Waste", which fights food waste. Moreover, I performed on stage for the musical “West Side Story” with the Do’s Musical company. I won a startup competition organized by the University of Roma 3: we developed an app, Monugram, that aims to valorize the cultural heritage. In addition, I simply love music, sport and all the little things that include sharing and meeting.
As a Greek living in Germany, multiculturality encompasses all aspects of my life, from not finding feta at the supermarket to not understanding the jokes the cashier is making in German. Most importantly, I have always seen it as a blessing rather than a curse, since I am able to experience all of this within the borders of the EU. Through organising conferences, such as TEDxHUBerlin and Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges (including Global-In Fellowship), I aim to push young people out of their comfort zones to see these beautiful moments of multiculturality like I do: as a chance to learn something new everyday!
Finn Christian Hagemann
I was raised in a very rural area near Hamburg. In 11th grade I went abroad, to live and study for a year in Argentina. After finishing secondary school I moved to Bonn for my studies of political science and communications. I have always been interested in politics and social topics. For that reason there was no doubt I would study social sciences and for that same reason, I started volunteering for Amnesty International in 2015. After a semester abroad at the University of Toronto, I started working part time at an agency for civic participation. At its core, civic participation is about creating dialogue, which I believe that dialog is key in fostering an integrated society. For 2019 I hope to finish my undergraduate degree and become involved in the YEAs' network as a way to foster dialogue between young folks from European Union and those from the Eastern Neighbourhood.
My volunteering experience started in 2014 when I organized a conference at my University aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. Later on, through different organizations, I participated in more than 100 events as a volunteer and I managed to organize more than 70 voluntary actions for different social groups in need. Building on this wide experience of organizing tailor-made voluntary actions and three Erasmus+ Youth in Action programmes ("All Aboard" in Portugal, "Art of Understanding" in Czech Republic and "D.U.E." in Italy) , I founded “Labyrinth of Senses”, an NGO focused on non-formal education. At Labyrinth of Senses we create tailor made programs in order to raise awareness on a lot of social issues like equal human rights, disability, diversity, inclusion and love. This project has been presented to more than 4000 participants in Greece, Romania, Austria, Serbia, Italy, Czech Republic, Armenia & Portugal.
My goal in life is to travel around the world and apply…
I have been living in Poland since 2015. It began with an internship in Olsztyn, the twinning city of Châteauroux, my French hometown. In 2016, I started volunteering as an EVS volunteer, for a project called ‘Youth employability and Integration of European citizenship’ at a Polish foundation focusing on social inclusion and professional integration. I was mainly responsible for contacting and building relationships with French companies based in Poland, with the view to further develop their CSR strategy. In 2018, I attended as a fellow the European Forum Alpbach, focused on the topic of diversity and resilience. Looking back at the forum, not only was it an extraordinary opportunity to connect with passionate and talented people, but also, an opportunity to gain new perspectives about the European Neighborhood Policy which I found fascinating. I am currently writing my Master's thesis on the internalization speed of INVs from Central and Eastern Europe and commitment into foreign…
After an incredible Erasmus+ youth project and an unforgettable exchange in Japan, I realised that the only borders you have are the ones you set. Therefore, I wanted to actively take part in many social events that help the growth of our community, the development of my city and country, and promote understanding and compassion. It is truly important to me to be aware of the environment, what it needs and the ways in which I could be helpful. I personally believe that it is essential for young people to be ambitious and motivated to improve their surroundings and be a part of the society. I have always stood by the belief that young people have many opportunities to make a change and as long as we are involved in our country's future, we can help its development. I would say that I am a person who has big dreams.
I am an 18-year-old high school student at Saint Sava National College in Bucharest, Romania. Besides being drawn to academic competition, my philanthropic nature has motivated me to join humanitarian groups and organise charity events. I am currently actively involved in Rotaract Atheneum, which allows me to help those in need by engaging in community activities and global movements. I am also, very proudly, linked with Aspire, the best leadership development program in Eastern Europe. I am honoured to represent Romania at the 91st International Session of the European Youth Parliament in Hamburg, Germany. I am truly passionate about European affairs and ensuring justice, and am now preparing to attend a prestigious law school in France.
I am currently a master's a student of Economics and Languages of Eastern Europe (ELEO) at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. I want to complete my studies by enrolling in a master’s degree in Comparative International Relations. I've had the chance to study in Moscow, and complere an internship in Baku. I have also worked for an organisation that collaborates with international organisations, diplomatic missions, and public and private institutions in order to create cultural and educational high value projects, supporting what is described as 'Cultural Diplomacy'. I deeply believe in the values of cooperation and sharing, as well as in the necessity to build bridges between countries and tear down walls.
I am a young European based in Turin (Italy), currently studying International Sciences for Development and Cooperation. After my high school diploma, I took a gap year to explore different options and better discover what I wanted to do in life, and what kind of person I aspired to become. My European path started with a youth exchange in Croatia in 2016, and since then I have participated in many mobility projects across the continent as an Italian youth leader and staff member. This included a five month European Voluntary Service project in Cascais (Portugal), supporting the 2018 European Youth Capital. As a member of several youth organisations, I am always challenging myself to grow in both professional and personal contexts. The world of diplomacy, international relations and politics is definitely full of exciting learning opportunities. The Erasmus+ program, for example, offers precious experiences to millions of young Europeans. I am part of a Union that most call…
Gonçalo Manuel Dinis da Silva Gomes
I’m a 3rd year Economics BSc. student driven by impact. I strive to leave a mark wherever I go and I wish to contribute towards a stronger, more united, and more cohesive European Union.
I’ve volunteered in National Athletics Championships, as well as in food collection campaigns. I’m currently coordinating “Understanding Europe PT” (a project that empowers young Europeans to become active citizens and informs them of the decision-making process in the EU). I’ve interned at Nova SBE’s Brand & Communication Office, where I managed the school’s media platforms, performed analytical reports, reviewed internal documents, etc. I am serving as a member of the Board at a soon-to-be-startup which organizes large-scale personal development events for youth. I’ve served as President of one of my faculty’s oldest clubs, conducting recruitment processes, contacting external partners, co-organizing 9 events, etc. I've also worked in Operations & Logistics, HR, Communications…
I am currently finishing a master's in Global Studies, and have a passion for Europe. Born and raised in Lithuania, I have seen how much the EU has helped my country, and the number of opportunities to travel, work and study abroad I was fortunate enough to have. Since Lithuania shares a common history with the Eastern Parntership countries, I am excited to create a network of young people through which we can share our ideas and visions for a brighter future in Europe.
I’m currently in my last year of a B.A. in European Studies. My interests lay predominantly in European law, European policy making and human rights. I’m a firm believer in the idea of a federal Europe and am looking forward to a future with less division between Europeans. I’m a member of BETA (Bringing Europeans Together Association) and part of the organizational team of Model European Union Sofia, as Head of Participants Coordination. I’m also a member of Team Europe Junior Bulgaria, an initiative of the European Commission's Representation in Bulgaria.
I started volunteering back in high school as a member of a youth NGO called "Interact Triumph Club", where I was involved in organizing charity events. My interest for European and International Affairs started in high school when I became an intern for La Voix des Jeunes (UNICEF, Paris) - an online platform for youth aged 14-24 interested in journalism from April to August 2015. My main responsibility was to write at least one article per week related to politics, gender equality, economy, culture or international affairs. Between July and October 2017, I interned for the Embassy of Romania in France, within the press and politics department where I was in charge of writing the daily press release. Moreover, I had the chance to go to some interesting conferences to also work on European Affairs and to organize events at the embassy. From October to December 2017, I was an intern for the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UN and Francophonie.
I am a multi-tasker, young entrepreneur and volunteer at the International Centre for Development of Education and Training and Team Europe Junior (part of the EU Commission in Bulgaria's Team Europe). I am also a former ESN-er, a graduate in Political Science of New Bulgarian University and History and Philosophy in Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski, and a graduate of Founder Institute Sofia semester 4. I always dreamed about changing the world. But the world isn't changed by your opinion. It is by your example. Having travelled to many countries on Erasmus+, I'm living my dream to help other people become more successful and as an YEA more and more chances will open for me, while others will benefit from my experience. May the Force be with you!
I am a French young professional, born and raised in the Caribbean. I have a Master's degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Bordeaux and I recently graduated from the College of Europe in Natolin (Poland). I am passionate about the EU's enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Union's external relations with the countries covered by the European Neighbhourhood Policy. I am really excited by this Young European Ambassador position, as the more I discover Europe, its people and its broad horizons, the more knowledge and self-enrichment I gain.
I am currently specialising in International Law at the Université de Genève with a focus on Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, IT and IP law.
I participated in an EVS scheme in 2015 and worked for the British Red Cross Refugee Services as well as International Family Tracing Team in Leeds, UK. I continued my commitment to the Red Cross in Berlin whilst I was studying Law at Humboldt University from 2016 onwards. I also volunteered for an initiative in Berlin that brings together unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with voluntary legal custodians and started to implement the EU's GDPR within that initiative. I participated in an exchange project with the Latvijas Universitāte in 2018 with a focus on “Legal Challenges in Times of Digitalization”.
Being part of the YEAs' initiative to me means promoting the worth of such a unique partnership and to stand up against the current strengthening nationalistic tendencies."
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.
In 2016 I represented NCS as part of their national advertising campaign, helping to promote their scheme whilst discussing important taboo topics. As a result of my contributions to NCS, I was awarded the "Young Leader" award for my county. Nowadays, I frequently engage in activites all over Europe under the Erasmus+ network. I also hope in 2019 to set up my own organisiation to run projects for young people as I have seen first-hand the many positive effects of the scheme. I am currently studying online for my Bachelors degree as this gives me flexibilty to travel, engage in volunteering projects and conferences, something i really prioritse in my life. I love working with NGOs, start-ups, and young people.
As a proud Croatian and citizen of the world, I am currently concluding my MA in Agribusiness and Rural Development. In 2016, I was a President of IAAS, the largest student organization in the field of agriculture and related sciences worldwide, where I am nowadays working as a soft skill trainer. I’m a former Erasmus+ student in Leuven (Belgium), and a keen traveller. Actively engaged in the field of youth and the promotion of European values, I am delighted to be a Young European Ambassador for EU NEIGHBOURS east.
Born into a French family with German heritage, I have always identified myself as European. I was fortunate to spend my childhood in Prague, Czech Republic and in London, UK, before moving back to France for secondary education. I graduated in 2018 with a BA in Politics and History from McGill University, Canada. Since September 2018, I've been a graduate student on a Dual Master’s degree, split between Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, studying European and International Public Policy. Working as an intern at the Direction of the EU in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs this summer, I gained such a good insight into EU politics. I am thrilled to have been chosen as a Young European Ambassador. As part of the Erasmus generation, one that has never really experienced borders in Europe, I know how important it is to connect young Europeans and to ensure that we work together for a brighter future!
I have lived in four different countries and visited over 20 in Europe, North America, and Asia. Growing up on US army bases in Germany, I learned how to adapt to different cultures, languages and lifestyles. I started my Bachelor's in Brussels, Belgium, and then moved to Prague, Czechia to continue my last year. I am passionate about disability rights as well as environmental sustainability. I have been a YEA for two years now, and my most memorable moment was traveling to Armenia and speaking about the EU with the kids and youth there.
I’m currently pursuing my master’s degree in Software Engineering at the University of Zagreb. I am a member of the US Department of State alumni community (BFTF 2014) and an alumna of Young Leaders for Tomorrow’s Europe 2015, Open Data Youth Academy 2016, Global-In Fellowship 2016, UN Diplomacy Academy 2018 and Balkan Youth Forum 2018. I came back to Global-In Fellowship in 2017 as a mentor.
Currently, I am a member of the Youth Council of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Youth Council of the City of Varaždin, Croatian United Nations Association, Leadership Development Association Croatia and Green Window. Alongside this, I am managing my own anti-corruption project Integritas and a renewable-energy startup Tinja. Additionally, I just became a member of the Working Group for the Development of Identity and Branding of the Republic of Croatia at the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia.
I am pursuing an academic and career path in the field of International Business, Entrepreneurship, and Informatics. I am a highly motivated, self-starting, curious and goal-oriented student. I have volunteer experience (as a tutor on the topic of new technologies and practical use of computers, photo archiving and digitalization and event organization). I have also done marketing internships and been involved in programmes that allowed me to gain experience in team-work, business pitching and product development, as well as international communications. I have also taken part in a programme called "Space Challenges 2017" doing market research and developing a business plan as part of a team with 5 people. Currently, I am interested in starting EYP activities in Bulgaria and working on some other projects. For me, becoming a Young European Ambassador means that I get the chance to be a more active citizen, participate in more initiatives around Europe and contribute to the further…
I was born in 2000 on the brisk of the New Millennium. My first years were spent at a Russian school, where I learnt Russian and English. Later on I chose German, which I perfected over the years. After high school, I will most probably start studying Biochemistry. As for my interests, I would have to put languages first, followed by linguistics. I am interested in international affairs and how to communicate to people from different cultural backgrounds and religions.
I am the current President of University of Essex Model United Nations Society, Outreach Coordinator for Bilingualism Matters East of England, as well as Editorial Assistant for IAPSS. I spent 2017 in Argentina, interning at the Buenos Aires City Government, volunteering with MiNU Asociación Civil, and studying IR & Latin American Studies at UCA, and now I'm back in the UK for my final year of undergraduate studies. I've also been an Applicant Day Ambassador and Peer Mentor for my university and a transcriber for a local language academy.
Karolina Anna Wójcicka
I am currently pursuing a double degree in International Relations and Eastern Studies at the University of Warsaw. Besides Polish and English, I am mastering Russian and Arabic. I have long been interested in politics, social activism and most importantly - youth engagement. I participated in a number of youth programmes both in Poland and abroad, such as Global-In Fellowship and School of Democracy. As an avid MUNer I also had the pleasure to co-organize the oldest Model United Nations conference in Poland - POLMUN and this year I serve as a fundraising project manager for Action Diplomacy (Polish: Akcja Dyplomacja) - the largest programme covering diplomacy for university students. I am a proud European who wishes to work for the EU one day.
I was born and raised in the south of Poland. Between 2015 and 2017, I was an International Baccalaureate student. Throughout, my high school years I was also engaged in the European Youth Parliament and many Model United Nations sessions. Furthermore, I participated in Women2Women Boston Leadership in July 2016. I organized and conducted workshops for Polish and Czech students during a Polish-Czech Discussion Forum in 2017. I am currently pursuing an Economics and Business Economics degree at Erasmus University Rotterdam in Netherlands. There, I am also an Internal Relations Officer of the Eastern European Students Association (EESA). Furthermore, I work as teaching assistant for mathematics and Academic Skills.
I recently finished my specialisation in International and Comparative Law at the University of Geneva, along with a traineeship at the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations. I currently serve as a Director of Global-In Fellowship, an international programme that fosters global understanding and multilateral relations between young leaders. My experience as an international student in Germany, along with the various exchange programmes I have participated in, have made me value the importance of bridging differences and strengthening young voices calling for more understanding, cooperation and inclusive development for a stronger Europe, and have motivated me to continue supporting civil society engagement in European matters.
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.
Coming from a religious family from the Czech Republic, I dedicated myself to the study of politics and international governance to foster the betterment of LGBTI rights and to engage in global action to save Planet Earth from annihilation. Throughout my life, I've had the opportunity to study in 11 different countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I collaborated with local LGBTI activists, followed by Peru, where I interned at Lama Pack Project and developed a keen sense for the need for a sustainable future. When I was in Stockholm, I realised the importance of civic participation. Throughout my studies, I have been an active member of the European Youth Parliament, with six years of conferences all over Europe and youth peer-to-peer education behind me. Currently, I study at SciencesPo, where my first achievement was becoming the first openly gay student representative. Since then, I've strived for openness and equality on our campus, but also in the world,…
Originally from Romania, I have personally lived through and benefited from EU enlargement and am passionate about the European Project. Despite studying in the US for my Bachelors, where I graduated with a double degree in Political Science and Economics, I always maintained close ties to Europe, where I returned following graduation. I completed my master's in International Relations in Geneva, while also interning at the UN, and moved to Brussels for a Blue Book Traineeship at the European External Action Service. This experience brought me closer to policy making, particularly as regarding youth, which served as my motivation to apply to become a Young European Ambassador. I’m currently pursuing a PhD in International Relations, with a focus on the securitisation of migration in Europe, and in my free time, I like to remain active, playing tennis, running marathons and getting involved in student associations and projects.
Born and raised in France, I'm 25 years old and I'm currently Assistant (previously Blue Book trainee) at the European Commission, DG GROW. During my studies, I also had the opportunity to work as a Project Coordinator over a 6-month period in Dubai, UAE, and to spend one year in Istanbul, Turkey thanks to the Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ also allowed me to gain experience professional experience in London after my graduation. Since last year I'm a Young Ambassador for the French-German Youth Office and more particularly for trinational programs (Eastern Europe and Mediterranean countries).
Lilla Virág Erdélyi
I became a volunteer of AFS Hungary in early 2016, and I designed a new website for my local chapter, wrote articles for our magazine and organised programmes for exchange students. In 2017, I became a member of AFS Hungary's Pool of Trainers, where I orgainised and conducted different trainings/orientation camps for exchange students and volunteers. In August, I succesfully applied for my first 'adult' job at Kinsta (I was working on weekends and during vacations too). Here I upload content to our own website in 9 (soon 10) langauages, keep contact with translators, search for WordPress related events we can sponsor, etc.
While obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations, I developed an interest in European Politics, particularly in the Eastern Partnership Initiative. As a result, I was one of four UK students who participated in this first large-scale mobility and cooperation programme between higher education institutions in the UK and Belarus. I saw this as an opportunity to study the EU-Belarus relationship and the Eastern Partnership. Eager to study Europe, not only as a Politics student but also as a young professional, I completed a five month Schuman traineeship with the European Parliament. Excited to further my knowledge in EU affairs, I enrolled in a master’s course on European Studies. Being a Young European Ambassador is an immense privilege and a chance to gain first-hand experience in promoting European cultural awareness in the EaP countries while learning more about their regional and global importance.
Lotta Jule Badenheuer
I am currently finishing my BA in Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy in Bonn, Germany. After having completed the last year of my studies in Budapest, Hungary, I realized how different people's perceptions of the EU and how diverse their ideas about the future of Europe are. I have completed several internships in Budapest and Germany, one of them at the representation of the European Commission in Bonn. I am now volunteering for several initiatives that explain the EU to young people and encourage them to engage in the European project. In the past I volunteered at a refugee shelter and for Amnesty International. My current job focuses on cultural projects funded by the EU and cultural exchange in Europe. Thus, my goal is to bring young people with diverse and multicultural backgrounds in the framework of the EU together and engage in a dialogue about a future of unity for a strong Europe.
I grew up in a small town in the Czech Republic, but in September 2016 I moved to the UK to start studying International Business and Management at the University of Bradford. I am a versatile, enthusiastic and easily adaptable student with professional experience and valuable life skills which I strive to use to inspire and influence the people around me. My role as a global citizen includes a commitment to make a positive impact on society through my passion for work with youth, people with disabilities, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. These experiences also included participating in Erasmus+ projects, working with NGOs, and running different campaigns to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Last October, I represented Czech Republic during the 2018 Youth Forum which took place at the Headquarters of UNCTAD, Geneva. Being a Young European Ambassador matches my career plans as I want to pursue a career in global diplomacy and international affairs.
I am a student, studying a French-German dual degree in Social and Political Sciences. I am currently working as a Program Assistant for a foreign policy think-tank and spend a lot of my free time recording for the Polis180 podcast, 'Brüsseler Bahnhof', which is about the European Union. Other than that, I am passionate about Human Rights and Peace and Conflict Studies, and volunteer for an organisation that aims to end extreme poverty.
Since the age of 16, I've worked in and around issues of civic education, intercultural understanding, and democratic participation. At the same time, Dresden - the city I grew up in - has given birth to far-right movements such as PEGIDA, that are openly hostile to these ideals. I strongly believe in the values of the EU, and would like to mediate these values to young people in my community and beyond, by engaging them directly and personally. Studying to become a teacher of Civic Education and English, I am very active in student affairs on a local and European level, thanks to my work for the European Students’ Forum (AEGEE). One of my biggest strengths is my ability to build networks and make strong personal connections with people. I would like to use these abilities both to fulfil my role as a mediator of European values, but also to collaborate effectively with other YEA’s and partners in order to realise project ideas that truly make a difference.
As an International Relations student, the opportunity to engage with an authentic European milieu is one of the best ways I could envisage as an end to my Bachelor's degree in Bucharest. Being a Young European Ambassador combines both the theoretical and practical approaches that I have adopted until now. I have 9 years of volunteering experience in a multiplicity of spheres which instilled in me the ethic of “working for protecting/defending/improving”. Moreover, having collaborated with national and international institutions has equipped me with a practical and proactive approach to life and allowed me to meet people who have had a profound impact on my life. I am excited to applying this ethic in the context of youth and Europe, which embodies the values I trust most.
Maeva-Laureen Desiree Godard
I am a postgraduate student who specialises in European Neighbourhood Policy at the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland. I hold a previous master's degree in European Studies from Aix-Marseille University and a bachelor's in Applied Foreign Languages. I am passionate about European foreign policy and relations, and I continue to educate myself and endeavour to explore socio-cultural issues and the multiple paradoxes that make up our society. The more I learn, the more my enthusiasm increases to make a difference as a woman and a European, in a professional capacity in the European Union. I am very honoured to now represent EU Member States in the framework of the Young European Ambassadors network, and be able to help make the difference for a better future.
Mafalda de Pina Afonso Jorge
I am currently studying Medicine at the University of Lisbon. In the Summer of 2017, I worked with an NGO in India, and it was a life changing experience for me. It made me want to be a human rights activist and to volunteer as a doctor abroad, improving the health conditions in other countries. This year (2018-1019) I was an Erasmus Student for a year at the University of Köln (Germany). This put me in touch with students from all over Europe, and we shared a lot about our countries and learned about our differences. It was also an important year for gaining awareness about the global climate change and to learn more sustainable and ecological solutions. My experiences abroad made me realise how important it is to share points of view and experiences with people from all over the world and how much we can actually learn from each other.
As a young EU citizen, I am highly interested in the EU’s relations with our Eastern Neighbours, and I want to commit myself to deepening existing cooperation networks. I am convinced that the youth has a key role to play in this regard, which is why I am pleased to volunteer as a Young European Ambassador. European affairs are at the core of my academic background, as I recently graduated from the College of Europe, where I had the chance to study the European Neighbourhood Policy. It was, above all, a great opportunity to make friends with other young people from the Eastern Neighbourhood and to share our concerns and experiences. I am very proud to join the Young European Ambassador initiative, and I will do my best to contribute to enhancing wider understanding of the EU and fostering dialogue with the Eastern Partner countries.
Maria Anne Ricksten
My interest in Europan politics and youth involvement started in high school when I became an active member and Swedish national representative of the European Youth Parliament. At university, I have been involved in several youth projects that aim to foster political debate among young indiviudals. For example, I have had a seat at the board of directors of Lund University's association for political and economic debate and during the next spring semester, I will be the national youth coordinator for the European Parliament's election in May 2019. With regards to my overall academic interests I have mainly taken courses in European Integration, EU law, development policy and international development. In conclusion, I have a firm belief that youth work and orginization on a European level is crucial for the EU's young generation to become aware on how to use international cooperation as a means to solve the future's increasingly transnational politiclal problems and challenges.
María Beatriz González del Yerro Velo de Antelo
I am a 19 year old spanish university student. Curiosity and a strong willingness to develop my awareness on current affairs drove me to take part in a Model United Nations simulation (UC3MU´18) in which I acted as the Ambassador of the South African delegation. I am the class and student delegate of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at UC3M as well as a Member of the UC3M debate team. I am also member of the ELU, a Spanish top-talent youth network connecting more than 250 members over 40 Spanish universities developing personal skills such as teamwork, creativity, innovation and openness to change. On the volunteer side, as I am particularly concerned by social matters, I am the leader of a 40-person youth group as part of a Mission to Hinojosa del Duque, (Schoensttat). Furthermore, I am a volunteer at a summer camp in Asturias with the group Santo Cristo de la Misericordi and with Missionaries of Charity – Mother Teresa Center, where I help to prepare food and…
I am currently a bachelor's student of political science at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. In my studies, I mainly focus on International Relations and Political Economy. I've volunteered as a supervisor in youth camps since 2015. I am eager to undertake self-development, and was lucky to attend two eye-opening Erasmus+ training courses during the last year – both dealt with improvisational methods in learning processes and project work. Now, I am providing my own workshops on improvisation for teachers, youth workers and youth. I strongly believe that improvisational methods can help to foster sustainable links between young European people and their neighbours!
Maria Pia Napoletano
I am a student, traveller and a curious person. I took part in six Erasmus+ activities, a youth Exchange and a training Course. In September and October 2017, I volunteered in Jaipur, India, as part of project on gender equality and the SDGs. In September 2018, I took part in a project in Genshagen, Germany, creating workshops about the EU and visiting schools in the state of Brandenburg to speak with students. I took part, as part of the Youth Delegation, in the World Forum for Democracy 2017, organized by the CoE. I was selected as the youth representative for Italy for the 35th Edition of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Strasbourg in November 2018. I am looking forward to my Erasmus semester in Germany, starting from March 2019. I am member of Leo Club International since 2013. I am a TEDx licensee, organizing my first TEDxUniversity in February 2019.
I have been involved in initiatives promoting the voice of youth since I was 16, starting my journey in my local youth council. From 2014-2018, I was elected a trustee of the British Youth Council. I have attended and spoken at conferences such as the European Youth Event, the 29th and 30th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the World Forum for Democracy. In 2016, I worked with the Council of Europe on a toolkit to foster inter-religious dialogue in local communities across Europe. I was also given the opportunity to address over 300 congress members on the radicalisation of young Muslims at a local level. I consulted with young Muslims and organisations within the youth sector to recommend ways in which radicalisation strategies in Europe could be inclusive. More recently, I spent a summer interning at the Initiatives of Change in Montreux, Switzerland and this past summer interning at the UK Civil Service at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and…
Mark Mc Gee
I have been invloved in the International Erasmus Student Network Maynooth as a First year Representative, January 2017 – June 2017. Erasmus Student Network Ireland, President, September 2017 – June 2018. Erasmus Student Network Ireland, Communication Manager, June 2018 – Present. International Erasmus Student Network DCU, Founder and President, January 2018 - Present. I have represented Ireland at six International events in relation to ESN.
I recently graduated from the Comenius University, Bratislava with a BA in European Studies, and am continuing my studies with an MA in International Relations at the Central European University in Budapest and Vienna. I have undertaken internships at a number of NGOs (focusing on international relations, security, or disinformation), and also at various Slovak state agencies. In my free time, I volunteer in one of international anti-corruption NGOs. As my focus is on international security, I wrote my bachelor's thesis on the topic of US-Saudi Arabia relations.
I work as a Programme Manager for the European Neighbourhood Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Programme HU-SK-RO-UA, in which Hungary, Slovakia and Romania cooperate with their external neighbour, Ukraine. I am Slovak in origin, currently working for the Slovak National Authority of the programme. I have been interested in Eastern Partnership countries since I studied International Relations and Economic Diplomacy, and I decided to join this wonderful initiative while I was still young enough to be a 'Young European Ambassador', because I think it is very important for the European Union to cooperate with its neighbouring and partner countries. We are 'Stronger Together'.
I am a graduate in International Relations with a passion for European foreign policy and development, particularly through the European Neighbourhood Policy. As an Irishman and a passionate European who grew up in Sydney, Australia, I now live and work in Brussels where I moved to be at the heart of the European project. As well as studying in Dublin and Helsinki, I have travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood where my main interest is in continuing to strengthen the EU’s engagement with citizens, society, economies and states through partnerships, programmes and initiatives. I worked for the University of Sydney to develop, promote and run student programmes, focusing particularly on engaging and supporting international students, most notably in my role as Coordinator of the Mentoring Program where I created the International Mentoring Programme. My dedication to community engagement, particularly youth, has motivated me to participate in community…
I have a bachelor's degree in Political Sciences, and am currently continuing my studies as an M.A. student in Social and Cooperative Economy. I was always active in local level movements and initiatives, and my experience as an exchange student with the Erasmus+ program in Germany changed me and my perspective on the world. Since 2016, I've been engaged with youth work in both a local and international context. After being part of several youth organisations and participating in a series of training courses across Europe, I decided to create an NGO which would create the change that I wanted to experience in my surroundings. Travelling to new destinations and meeting new people with different cultural backgrounds to my own is what intrigues me!
I was born in Brno, Czechia. I study Law, concentrating mainly on EU and international affairs, especially EU external relations, migration and human rights. I am passionate about the education of young people, especially informal political education. After participating in and organising several international programmes, I have had the chance to experience the benefits of a Europe that works together - one of dialogue, of good neighbours. Now is the time to share what I know, so others may take part too.
I am very interested in EU current affairs. The burning interest started almost three years ago. In the beginning of 2017, our school team won the Euroscola competition and I had the opportunity to visit the European Parliament, be a deputy for a day and participate in the EYE 2018 (European youth event). The eye-opening experiences made me realise how important it is for the EU members to be united. I met hundreds of inspiring young people and I am eager to share our mutual ideas with other ambassadors. Since then, I have participated in many debates, discussions, simulations and have even organised several events as part of my 'Young multiplier' activity. In my opinion, there many people of different ages who are unaware of the possibilities that are being presented by the EU. There are countless advantages to our membership in the EU and it is my personal mission to enlighten fellow Europeans on that subject.
I am currently in my last year of a bachelor's degree in International Relations at Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski. My interests include, but are not limited to, European law and policy making as well as human rights and environmental protection. Alongside my studies, I have had the opportunity to gain some professional experience by doing an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and as a Liaison Officer during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. I am also a member of Team Europe Junior, which is a communications project of the European Commission's Representation in Bulgaria.
As a student in London, I had the opportunity to participate in debates, meet interesting scholars and challenge popular viewpoints. Interested in democracy, I decided to join the Young European Ambassadors to help spread democratic values through critical thinking and education. Currently studying a degree in Political Theory, the YEA intiative provides me with an opportunity to put the theoretical foundations of my education into practice in trying to change society.
My fascination for Eastern Europe started a couple of years ago while travelling in summer through Central and Eastern Europe. There I realized that my cultural and historical knowledge on this part of the continent was basically non-existent. This is why I chose to learn more about this region within my BA European Studies programme at Maastricht University, focusing my studies on the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy and the EaP countries. Since summer 2016, when I got the chance to attend a "Go East" summer school in Kyiv, I've become hooked. This is why I decided to come back to Ukraine to do an internship at a local think tank after finishing my bachelor degree. Currently, I am working as project manager at the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin as part of a project focused on supporting the think tank landscape in Ukraine as well as transferring knowledge about the current socio-political processes in Ukraine to Germany. I am really excited to be part of the YEA program…
I hold a bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma and am currently pursuing a double-degree in Business Administration and Law at Stockholm University. Besides my studies, I am the Secretary to the President of Stockholm Model United Nations and work part-time at an accounting firm. In April 2019, I participated in a Russian-Nordic Youth Forum called 'Northern Dialogue', which was organised by the Scandinavian Club at MGIMO University in Moscow. During the forum, I had a unique chance to participate in the first ever model of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. In addition, I have visited various multinational businesses in Shanghai, along with other students from Stockholm Business School.
In 2017 I started to gain interest into the European Union. It all started with my first journey outside of Europe. I was shocked at the differences in education. My goal is to be aware the values of the European Union and create a deeper connection between Europeans and those living outside Europe.
Nikolaos Nikitas Moulios
I am a high school graduate doing a gap year. I plan to study Public Health but I am also passionate about public policy. During my gap year I am working on several projects. I am representing the "European Student Think Tank," a student-led tink tank, in Greece. I am also a freelancer trainee analyst in International Security at the Association for International and European Affairs and a research analyst in science & technology policy at the Student Association for international Affairs in Athens. As a high school student I have been working as a research intern at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the leading, indepedent think tank in Greece. I am particularly interested in East European and Balkan affairs as well as in human security. Lastly, I enjoy urban phonography.
I was born in Croatia, but grew up in Canada before I moved to Belgium for grad school. I studied International Relations and I am passionate about politics, but most importantly civic education. These last two years, I have been volunteering in different youth organizations to foster active citizenship among young people and inform them more about the EU through both school interventions and simulations of the EU institutions. I have joined the YEAs for a second year because it offers me another opportunity to inform young people about the EU and how to be engaged citizens in their own community.
I was born in Poltava, Ukraine, and have lived in Sweden since the age of twelve. I have a master’s degree in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University, where I also did an Erasmus+ semester in Minor European Studies. Prior to my master's, I worked with international cooperation and training programs funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. I have also worked at the German Marshall Fund of the United States's Brussels Office, as a Security and Defence Policy Trainee and a Strategic Convening Programme Assistant. Prior to my move back to Sweden, I was a Blue Book Stagiaire at the Support Group for Ukraine, DG NEAR. Currently, I am working as a Compliance Project Leader at Lantmännen, an agricultural cooperative, on matters pertaining to business ethics, maintaining responsibility from field to fork. Due to my diverse background, interests and experiences, I see myself as a European citizen.
I am a student at the Varna Free University, 'Chernorizets Hrabar'. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Law. I participated in different competitions such as the 'Bearers of Education for 2019'. The competition seeks to distinguish and publicise inspiring ideas and people around us who, too often, remain out of the public focus to distinguish good practices and well-deserved names in the fields of cultural, academic and scientific activities.
Paola Lo Bue Oddo
I obtained my BA in Political Science and my MA in Diplomacy at the University of Milan with top marks, a full scholarship, and the complete publication of my thesis on the subject of foreign policy. Moreover, I am now in my 3rd Year of Jurisprudence studies at the University of Bologna. My volunteering work, traineeships and work experience in international organisations, diplomatic representations, universities and research groups across Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia point towards a career in international affairs. Fluent in 5 European languages, I am also passionate about public speaking, conference organising and music.
After graduating from Maastricht University in the Netherlands with a Bachelor's degree in European Studies I decided to first complete my traineeship at the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore and then intern at the Human Rights Council at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. I hope to continue my studies with a Master in European Law in September 2019. Apart from my studies, I volunteer as a young journalist for various online newspapers and as the project coordinator of the European Youth Press. Here, I am responsible for Orange Magazine. The organisation provides an interactive multimedial platform for media coverage of international conferences. With regard to the EU's relationship with Eastern Partner countries, I believe that we shall not underestimate the growing importance of civil society as a crucial player providing additional space for action in the governance system. Through my role as a Young European Ambassador I would like to actively contribute…
I am passionate about helping people. As such, I would like every person to improve, do their best possible and thus be able to create a world where they would want to live. I participated in many protests in Kiev to support human rights, one of my fundamental values.
I am a recent graduate of the Erasmus Mundus International Master's 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 work part-time 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.
I finished primary school and grammar school in Maribor (both very successfully - I was awarded the Golden Star 2018 and the Mayor’s Five 2014 by the Mayor of the Municipality Maribor). Now, I am a first-year student at the Faculty of Social Sciences Ljubljana. My free time is filled with a lot of volunteer activities. I am very interested in EU politics, and this year I am helping the European Parliament with their campaigns, 'This Time I'm Voting' and 'together.eu', aimed at encouraging citizens to vote. During the 'This Time I'm Voting' campaign, I spent most of my time engaging with youngsters to try and convince them of, and present them with, their right to vote. I was required to explain, and open up, the most problematic topics to them. This month, I started my own project, 'EU in my pocket', financed by the municipality of Maribor. This project presents the work of the EU and how it benefits citizens. Through the project, I am trying to make citizens more aware of…
Philipp Raoul Brugner
I am a project manager for EU funded projects at the Austrian Centre for Social Innovation in Vienna. Our projects are truly international and our team works around the globe. Although I focus on projects in Russia and the Eastern Partner countries, I have also been working on projects in Southeast Asia, the Western Balkans and the Danube Region. My work includes a lot of travelling, project management obligations stipulated by EU funds and analytical/consulting tasks in the field of European research & innovation policies. Given my involvement in a specific sector of EU policy, I have started working on European politics more generally as well. Since 2018, I've been a member of the youth board of an Austrian think tank on European policies and my articles have been published in various Austrian newspapers (DerStandard, DiePresse). Check also the EFF - European Future Forum and the Imagine Europe contest for further examples of my personal involvement.
I am an active person in my community and I always try to promote values such as diversity, peace, equality, tolerance and acceptance. I was elected President of my High School’s Students’ Board on 12 October and I am leading a lot of projects on the subject of literature, debate, culture, events, sports, sciences and arts. I am also representing their interests and I was chosen to be the Director of the Department of Technical, Professional and Vocational Education belonging to the County Council of High School Students on 8 November. I am also the student representative at my school in the Committee on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence, Corruption and Discrimination and Promotion of Interculturalism. Finally, I am also part of the school's Committee of Evaluation and Administration of Quality as well as the Director of the Department of Ideas and Projects.
I am a 22-year-old who believes in the power of the youth. Young people hold the future in their hands, and they are capable of shaping it. As a European Studies student, I positively embrace European projects and their values. Respect of human dignity, equality, freedom, democracy and human rights are the components of a peaceful and prosperous life. I am passionate about multicultural and international communication. I believe that if people from different countries share their views frequently, many common problems would be resolved. In 2017, I did an internship at the European Institute of Bulgaria. I was a member of Team Europe Junior Bulgaria in 2018 and I am Vice President of the European Studies Club, which is an organisation of European Studies’ students in Sofia University. I have a keen interest in media and I recently started a traineeship as a reporter in the news department of National Cable Television, ‘Eurocom’.
Shortly after graduating with a BA degree in International Relations in the UK, I enrolled for a Master of Advanced International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Alongside my studies, I continue to work as a reviewer at Oxford University Press and, starting this autumn, I am also humbled to be part of the Young European Ambassadors initiative. I am genuinely excited to represent the EU Member States within the EU Neighbours framework, as it will allow me to shadow and further promote the commitment from both my home country, Romania, as well as from neighbouring Moldova, and the other 5 Eastern Partners. The EU is about peace, equality, and shared values, and I am confident this role will allow us, as Young European Ambasadors, to connect, develop best practices, and share our vision in creating a better tomorrow for youth.
I graduated in Communication and dedicated my thesis to the topic of policy awareness in Europe. During my studies and an Erasmus+ funded internship in Brussels I have participated in a variety of conferences and think tanks on EU foreign policy and policy development. I am now working at the Permanent Representation of Austria, where I am supporting the department of education, science and research during the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. After the Austrian Presidency, I will continue working at the Permanent Representation of Austria until the beginning of Master studies in European Politics and Diplomacy.
Séréna, Saadia, Baya Boukelmoun
As a young European who has had the chance to study in-depth the functioning of the EU, I firmly believe it is one of my duties to raise awareness about the Union and help youth to become better informed and more active citizens. To this end, I have been involved since 2015 in a web documentary project named "Génération UE/EU Generation" investigating the feeling of European identity among European youth. Together with my team, I had the opportunity to present our work at several events and conferences in Strasbourg as well as to organise screenings and discussions across French high schools. Although it is already an ambitious task within the Union, I am convinced that it is even more interesting and challenging in countries willing to join the EU. One ambition of the "EU Generation" project is to expand the geographical scope to include the Eastern Partner countries, in order to compare perceptions. This might become possible thanks to my involvement in the Young European…
I grew up in a small town near Frankfurt, and moved to Heidelberg in 2016 to study International Law and Political Science at Heidelberg University. I'm due to take my final law exam next year, and will complete my Political Science studies following this. Beside my studies, I'm very active in the Students' Organisation AEGEE (European Students' Forum), where I'm part of AEGEE-Europe's EaP+ Project. My interest in the Eastern Partnership region began when I organised an exchange between the local representation of AEGEE in Heidelberg and their counterpart in Kyiv, with a focus on euroscepticism, participation and how to create closer ties between the EU and the Eastern Partnership States. As part of EaP+, we work on building bridges with the Eastern Partnership countries and the rest of our network, as well as external parties. I have been HR Manager on the board of the project since December 2018.
I am a third-year undergraduate student of Political Science at the Free University of Berlin and have spent a year at University College London as an Erasmus+ student. In my studies I focus on International Relations, Conflict Studies, Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space. This area of the world and its political and cultural diversity has always been of interest to me. After graduating from high school, I spent a year in Tbilisi, Georgia, as a volunteer for the German UNESCO Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I strongly believe in the importance of intercultural exchange, cooperation and youth engagement and am committed to European values. Hence, volunteering as a board member of a German youth association for sustainable…
I first started volunteering when I was only in 6th grade, taking part in the International Programme "IMPACT” ("SKYE") as a Junior Leader of the IMPACT Club from my school. There we wrote several projects aimed at serving our community. As I got into high school, I began to learn about the things I loved most such as reading and going to the theatre, so I was extremely delighted to help, as a volunteer at the theatre and then at the first edition of the Informal Book Festival Oradea (22-24 June 2018). What I enjoyed most, though, was graduating from the "Academy of Service Learning” at the end of August 2017 and being a trainer, during which I conducted project management learning sessions for youngsters. One of my goals for this school year, besides implementing different projects as a YEA in my comunity, is to open a traditional art workshop where teenagers or even older people would be able to learn freely how to sew traditional clothes and understand the meaning of each symbol…
As a passionate humanitarian and a tireless social revolutionary, I have the personal mission of positively impacting society. Being raised in a newly-established democracy (the Republic of Bulgaria) gave me the chance to observe the economic, political and socio-cultural aspects of a country’s democratic transition. Bulgaria’s Europeanisation (and accession to the European Union in 2007) broadened the horizons of my sociological understandings and shaped my life values – respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. Furthermore, my studies at the University of Bath and my decision to pursue a career in International Development have challenged my ontological stances and have developed my abilities to think critically with the view to delivering effective social change. Throughout the years, I have gained professional experience and valuable skills during my internships at a social research agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs…
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.
My name is Svenja Petersen, I am 24 years old and I'm German. I spent my childhood growing up in the Netherlands and Germany. Whilst 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 was without doubt one of the most enriching experiences I’ve ever had. Afterwards I studied political sciences, economics, and law in a dual bachelor’s degree between Sciences Po Paris and the Free University of Berlin. Since September 2018 I study European Public Affairs and European Political Economy as part of a dual degree between Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball and tennis, I take pleasure in political simulations such as Model United Nations, and I like…
Szidónia Renáta Merkwart
I am a final year undergraduate student at University College London studying History, Politics and Economics. During my traineeship in the European Parliament, I followed the operations of the Development and Environment committees where I truly understood the policy-making process behind the scenes and its challenges regarding migration and cooperations with non-EU countries. As an associate of the International Cooperations division of V4SDG-Visegrad for Sustainability, I aim to raise awareness on the 17 Sustainable Developent Goals, many of which enjoy high priority in EU Member States. Even though I believe that the European Union and other international organisations are on the right path of building a more sustainable future, building international cooperation is crucial and each one of us is responsible to preserve our cultures, values and economies for the next generations.
My Erasmus in Finland introduced me to my European identity. Afterwards, I developed my interest for European Affairs by interning at the French representation of the European Commission, then by joining the 1989 Generation Initiative for a pan-European policy cycle against populism. Through debates, seminars and webinars, we as young Europeans managed to shape pragmatic policy proposals, and I could present one of them at the European Committee of the regions. Those experiences made me believe in the utility of stimulating European youth on the relevance of the European project. Besides this, my academic curriculum in Entrepreneurship & Innovation induced me to discover projects on societal entrepreneurship, and I hope to rely on my sensitivity for those subjects in my role as a Young European Ambassador.
I am an informed optimist with a deep-seated passion to make other people powerful. While in college, I created a social enterprise with an annual budget of over a quarter of a million euros and rallied some of the world’s most iconic tech companies to support our “Crowdsourced School”. Our work has gained international attention - in the Netherlands I was privileged to be named one of the Best Entrepreneurs Under 35 by the Dutch Financial Times, in the United States our story was featured in publications like Voice of America, and I was selected as one of Romania’s 30 Under 30 by Forbes Magazine. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.
It was a youth exchange to Ukraine that made me aware of how enriching it is to be actively involved in society. Back home, I started to volunteer fo the Non-Profit organisation Youth For Understanding, to support other youth exchanges. Additionally, I became a member of the Youth Advisory Council in the American Consulate in Munich. I also help to launch social projects via 'Rotaract'. When I'm not engaged in all these activities, I study Statistics and Economics, and like to take part in Model United Nations conferences and 'young leaders' academies.
Timon Mario Aydin Turban
I grew up in Düsseldorf and lived in several countries around the world (Italy, Peru, Greece, Czech Republic), engaging in different civil society projects. I am a member of the European Students' Forum AEGEE and the EuropeMeetsSchool initiative. Concerning the EaP, I became active in the AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project+ where we work on building bridges with the Eastern Partner countries and the rest of our network as well as externals. Until now I have mostly been active in social media management, as a trainer at different workshops and representing the organisation at external events. Recently I organised a study trip to Georgia where we met different civil society initiatives in Kutaisi, Ozurgeti and Batumi covering the topic of diversity in Georgia.
Velislava - Mihaela Krachunova
As an International Relations student I am interested in politics, history, International and European Union law. So far I have had the opportunity to gain useful experience by doing internships in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU Directorate, the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad and in the Information Centre of the EU in Sofia. I also volunteered as a liaison officer during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and in Team Europe Junior Bulgaria – a project of the EU Commission representation in Bulgaria. I have participated in different youth exchanges, programmes, and conferences such as SUSI Programme for Student Leaders – Civic Engagement in University of South Carolina, "European Angst" conference focused on terrorism, xenophobia and racism, Model European Union Sofia, European Law Moot Court Competition. I love writing, learning foreign languages and meeting new people.…
For the last 8 months, I have been a member of the Ecorys Brussels family, working at the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project as a Project and Finance Officer, where I have learned valuable communication and project management skills. Before that, between October 2017 and December 2017, I was a trainee at DLA Piper Kiev, putting into practice my theoretical knowledge of law and trying myself out in the shoes of a legal representative. My previous experience of being an administrator at National Family Mediation in Exeter, at the end of 2016 helped me to understand all the intricacies of being a well-organised and attentive administrator. All of these experiences, together with the most educationally valuable three years of my life spent at Exeter University, allowed me to grow as a young professional in many ways. I have gained skills ranging from networking, communication to organisation and auditing, which allow me to contribute meaningfully to the European project, hopefully in the…
Born and raised in Italy and currently living in France, I am a 22-year-old student at Sciences Po Bordeaux and one of the 42 core drivers of the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, where I work in the Peace & Security cluster. I am also a Youth, Peace and Security advocate at the European Youth Advocacy Team of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders. I advocate for the inclusion of new generation migrants, particularly young women, and their empowerment to achieve a more equal and peaceful society. Recently, I have been appointed at the Stakeholder Selection Committee for the UN General Assembly Nelson Mandela Peace Summit and the Youth Selection Committee for the UN Solutions Summit, where I was in charge of selecting speakers based on gender, age, and regional balance.
I am currently finishing my BA in Political Science and Sociology (major) and Psychology (minor) in Bonn with a year abroad at Korea University, Seoul. I am a European with Korean parents and German citizenship. Due to this background, I focus on international relations, diplomacy and social inclusion. Wherever I travel, wherever I work and volunteer (Amnesty International, Student Council of my department, Global Policy Forum, East Asia Institute, International Volunteering Youth Service in London etc.), I realize more and more that the European Union and the European continent with its rich cultural diversity, history of union and the values it stands for have to be defended by us – the youth. Thus, I want to build bridges through inter-cultural communication and activities.
I am currently a university student in the UK from Bulgaria with a passion for EU politics and integration. I am the Secretary of the Young Europeans Society in Durham University where my responsibilities lie in promoting European cultural awareness. We as a society also strongly support Britain remaining in the EU and do everything that we can to promote this. Having developled a strong academic interest in geopolitics and the culture of Eastern Europe through my research focus, volunteering and Erasmus youth exchanges, I have applied to be a Young European Ambassador for the Eastern Neighbourhood initiative because I believe that EU awareness is crucial for young people to understand the benefit of having acess to other Europeans. I believe that a European identity should be fostered and that every European country should have access to this global initiative.
I recently graduated with a bachelor's in Finance, and am co-founder of a local youth NGO. My hobbies include research and youth work, and my interests are in politics, youth policy and history.
I was born in the Republic of Moldova in 2001, and although I was not raised there, I am still interested in the situation in my second motherland. I am currently studying at a high school of Mathematics and Natural Sciences 'Vassil Drumev', in Veliko Tarnovo (the old capital of Bulgaria). My class focuses on Biology and Chemistry. I have been actively participating in Erasmus+ projects since 2018, and I cannot imagine my life without them. My biggest passion is learning foreign languages - I study Russian, English, French and German but I also have an interest in rare ones like Hungarian. In my opinion, a good ambassador should know as many languages as possible. In one year, when I graduate, I am planning to study International Relations in my country, as I strongly believe that only we - the young generation - are able to change the world, starting from our home.