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