WHO WE ARE > Staff
Gabriella is originally from the UK and has lived in Spain & Portugal before moving to Belgium in 2010 and becoming a Belgian citizen in 2020. She has a degree in Social Policy and Education from Surrey University (UK) and a Masters in Education in E-learning from the University of Hull (UK). Her professional background is in business and the Youth NGO Sector where she has worked first as an administrator and then as a trainer and expert in both paid and voluntary capacities. Through her work in the youth field, and having volunteered since childhood in a variety of fields including Youth Advocacy, International Development, Disability, Environment, Immigration, Human Rights, Sports etc, Gabriella was involved in the campaign to establish 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering. She has worked closely with the Centre for European Volunteering (CEV) since 2010 in her role as Project Manager for the EYV2011 Alliance until the end of the project in 2012 when she became CEV Director.
Project and Training Manager
Andreea is Romanian, she joined CEV in February 2011, and she is part of the team as Project and Training Manager. She holds a degree in Languages, one in Philosophy and a Masters in Philosophical Hermeneutics. She studied as undergraduate exchange student in PA, USA and as Erasmus student at Université de Bourgogne, Dijon. Andreea carried out a nine months EVS project at CEV. Previously, she volunteered for different NGOs in Romania, as well as in international projects in the Balkans region.
Membership and Corporate Relations Manager
Sara is Italian and she joined CEV in June 2014. She holds a master degree in International Policy and Diplomacy from the University of Padua, Italy, and she studied as Erasmus student at the European Institute in Geneva. Before joining CEV she volunteered for the electoral campaign of an MEP after having completed a Traineeship at the ALDE Secretariat at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. She previously worked as research assistant at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Vienna and as intern in a Business Law Firm in Paris at the Department of Mining, Energy and infrastructures. Before that she interned at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Vienna.
Administration and Events Manager
Lamiae is Spanish, she joined CEV in June 2014 and she is part of the team as administrative officer. She holds a master degree in oceanography and marine environment and also a Business Diploma.
Before joining CEV she has held many position in different international companies, from administrative and commercial assistant to Logistic manager.
Policy and Project Officer
Giulia is Italian, she joined CEV in March 2017 as a trainee Policy and Project Officer in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps. She was also part of the team in 2015 as Intern. Giulia holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance- MA thesis title is “Civil Society Organisations for a structural change in a globalising world. European development and cooperation”. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences, International Relations and Human Rights. She is active in different youth and volunteering organisations dealing with education, human rights, equality, and youth mentoring. Through volunteering activities and university assignments, she has gained knowledge and experience in working with children and young people in both formal and non-formal education contexts focusing on topics such as human rights & peace.
Advocacy, Policy and Communications Officer
Kristijan is a Young European Federalist, he joined CEV in January 2019 as a European Solidarity Corps Research and Policy Trainee. He holds a Bachelor degree in Political Sciences from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and Masters degree in European Studies, International Relations from KU Leuven in Belgium. He previously worked in JEF Macedonia, Government of North Macedonia, Assembly of North Macedonia, Union of European Federalists and the European Parliament. He has also worked and volunteered in several organisations and is interested in Human Rights, Youth Activism, EU Foreign Policy, Federalism.
European Solidarity Corps Trainee (25 December 2020 - 24 December 2021)
Irina is from Spain, she joined CEV in September 2020 as a trainee of a PICE mobility programme. She holds a degree in Business Administration and Management and a Master’s Degree in Management and Tourism. Previously she has been working as Administrative Assistant in Town Hall, in Spain. She is interested in International Trade and Marketing. She speaks 5 languages.
European Solidarity Corps Volunteer (1 October 2020 - 30 June 2021)
Laura is Spanish and comes from the Valencian Community. She is joining the CEV as a European Solidarity Corps volunteer from October 2020. She has a degree in Business Administration and a Master in Human Resources. She has been working for 3 years as a Consultant in an International company which provides temporary staffing and permanent placement. Before that, she has lived in Slovakia, England and Malta as a student and worker. She loves learning about new cultures and working with people.
Trainee (12 April - 11 October 2021)
Queralt is Spanish and comes from Barcelona, Catalonia. She joins CEV as a trainee of Eurodyssey, the youth mobility programme of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) to support CEV's contribution to the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe. She holds a degree in Law and Political Science and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She previously worked as a legal intern in an international company and as a legal trainee in a pro-bono legal practice covering migration issues. Also, volunteering for the catalan branch of Service Civil International, she embarked on several projects in different parts of the world that emerged from civil society towards different actors: local community, volunteers and state organizations. She is passionate about democracy, Human Rights protection and conflict monitoring and resolution, especially through peace processes.
Trainee (6 May - 6 November 2021)
Maria is from Spain and she joined CEV in May 2021 as a trainee of a PICE mobility programme. She studied Human Resources and Labour Law at Granada University, and now she is studying graduate studies Finance and Accounting at Seville University. She did an Erasmus exchange in Bologna (Italy). She volunteered in Red Cross Granada teaching Spanish to unaccompanied minors as well as in Eco Holistic Project Tribodar in Nisa working for the environmental reconstruction. She previously worked in a consultancy. She is interested in International Relations, Human Rights, Social Equality, Economic Development and Social Inclusion. Her professional and personal goal is to improve the quality of lives of vulnerable groups.
Volunteer (17 May - 31 August 2021)
Delaram Rezaeikhonakdar joined CEV in May 2021 as a volunteer from Belgium. She obtained the knowledge of core legal principles, and concepts, as well as skills in legal research and analysis during her four years of undergraduate studies of law in the most reputed law school of Iran, University of Tehran. Her exposure to Fundamental Rights and Migration Law further encouraged her to concentrate on the legal regimes at the EU and international level and continued her education in International and European Law by pursuing an LLM at KU Leuven. Her fascination with the role of international organizations and NGOs in promoting human rights finds its roots back to her participation in the Price Media Law Moot Court, in addition to her professional experience in the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).
Elena Dal Mas
UEA Trainee (1 June-31 August)
Elena is an Italian student who has just finished her bachelor degree in International Relations and Modern Languages at the University of East Anglia, in the UK. She joined the CEV in June 2021 as an Erasmus Plus intern. She experienced working in Geneva for Graduate Women International after her first year of university, and went on her Erasmus year in Tokyo, Japan, where she studied the Japanese language. . She volunteered since she was fourteen with different organisations that took care of children during Saturday afternoons and summers. She also volunteered for the ODAR organisation in Italy, taking care of disabled people and the organisation of summer resorts. At university, she volunteered for the British Red Cross, where she worked on a project on refugees. In September, she will start a Master in Gender and International Relations at the University of Bristol.
UEA Trainee (15 June-15 September)
Sam joined CEV as an Erasmus Plus trainee in June 2021 after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of East Anglia (UK), in International Relations and French. He has also studied macroeconomics and global political economy whilst on his Erasmus mobility placement at the Universite Toulouse - Jean Jaures (France). Sam was also president of his university’s Erasmus Student Network Society (ESN) in 2020/2021. His key interests relate to International Relations, global political economy and human rights. His personal and professional goal is to conduct further research into global inequalities of wealth.
UEA Trainee (15 June-11 September)
Ela is from the UK and has recently finished her undergraduate degree at the University of East Anglia in Politics. As of June, she is an Erasmus Plus trainee with CEV. Ela is interested in promoting human rights internationally, with a particular focus on working against the mistreatment of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as violence against women. She has volunteered in the past as an ambassador for the LGBT community within her college, and has worked with others to run a campaign to uphold the momentum of giving asylum seekers the right to work in the UK.
UEA Trainee (15 June-15 September)
Lauren is from the UK, she has joined and is interning at CEV as an Erasmus Plus trainee from June to September 2021. She has just finished her bachelors degree in International Relations and Spanish at the University of East Anglia. During her bachelors, she spent 5 months studying International Business at ORT University in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she also volunteered as a literacy assistant with local children’s groups. After leaving Uruguay, she spent 3 months as an intern at the charity Globalteer in Cusco, Peru. She worked there as a volunteering and internship coordinator for South American and South East Asian animal and child welfare projects. Back in the UK, she established the Student Action for Refugees society at her university, which raises funds, and provides volunteers, for refugee support activities in Norfolk. Through these experiences, she has become interested in the sustainable facilitation of voluntourism, as well as the ethics of charity campaign marketing. In September, she will return to the University of East Anglia to study her masters degree in Marketing and Management.
Meron Mengesha is of Ethiopian origin and is living in Belgium. She obtained a Bachelor in Sociology and after pursued a Masters in Social Work. She is currently volunteering with CEV as a Policy Assistant on migration issues. Before, she gathered extensive experience in the field of migration from the UN- IOM and other international organization both in and out of field. She has worked particularly in the area of irregular migration, human trafficking and smuggling. She has experience in interviewing refugees, providing training for different stakeholders, creating networks of partners and worked with governments to conduct voluntary return for detained migrants. She looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience in the EU context.
Carolin von Bredow
UEA Trainee (5 July - 5 October)
Carolin is a German graduate from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK and is joining CEV after completing her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Politics. As a European at heart she aims to continue her studies in International Relations and Politics, while considering an interdisciplinary approach and looking at how Psychology and Technology can contribute to peaceful development and civic engagement. Through volunteering activities and school/university assignments in Germany and the UK, Carolin has supported children who came to Europe as refugees, as well as children with learning disabilities.