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.
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.
Manuel Corchado González
Volunteer (15 September - 15 October)
I joined CEV in September 2021. Before I was volunteer of Cruz Roja Española, I have a High school degree. I have 30 years and i live in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz. I was dreaming to be volunteer in another place in my country, but CEV gave me the opportunity to be in Belgium, Brussels for 1 month. I’m a person with asperger syndrome and I’m glad have be part of this organisation and to help on projects.
UEA Trainee (1 September - 15 December)
Melani is an Italian-Sri Lankan graduate who has joined CEV as an Erasmus Plus trainee. She has just completed her bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of East Anglia (UK) with a dissertation on tackling conflict-related sexual violence against women and girls. Her interests mainly consist of human rights, migration, social inclusion and diversity.
Melani has been volunteering since a young age with different organisations. In Italy she was mainly involved in educational contexts with children from minority groups. Then, in the UK she has been volunteering with Oxfam GB and the New Routes Integration – a charity who supports refugees and asylum seekers in Norwich. In the past she also participated in initiatives and international projects aimed at the social inclusion of youth from vulnerable groups.
She looks forward to deepening her knowledge and expanding her experience in the EU setting.
UEA Trainee (1st September - 14th December)
Alana is from the UK and has joined CEV as an Erasmus Plus trainee.
She has recently completed her undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of East Anglia (UK). Alana is interested in sustainability and the social responsibility of the environment. She has a particular interest in how nature-based solutions can promote climate resilience and the role of volunteers within this.
In 2019, she attended an employability trip to Geneva, where she visited different international organisations. She enjoyed visiting the International Union for Conservation of Nature as she discussed strategies for improving the environment with experts within this organisation. Previously, she has participated in work experience at the UK Houses of Commons, with her local Member of Parliament and at Chelmsford Crown Court, with the Court Clerk.
Maryam is a British graduate from the University of East Anglia with a BA in International Relations and Politics. Her three years degree was dedicated to exploring and studying patterns of policy and state relations that have helped develop new interests in foreign relations and Africa’s agency in the international system. This has also been influenced by her involvement in Pan-African and African diaspora movements across the UK and her ambition to enroll on an MA course in African Politics. Prior to attending university, she volunteered in a few organisations that focused on local and social justice issues, such as the poverty disparity in her borough and working particularly with disadvantaged young people to tackle neglect in the system. Her activism also extended during her time in university up until now leading up to the CEV internship. She is hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the prevalent trends in strengthening civic engagement in the EU context through her contributions to CEV along with her past experiences.
Zakee graduated from the University of East Anglia (UEA) completing a Bachelors in International Relations and Politics. He is joining the CEV as an intern with interests in economic policy, technology and enterprise. In particular looking at sustainable long term solutions informed by primary data collection and the psychology of decision making. Having volunteered and campaigned during university projects Zakee likes taking on a hands-on approach to a whole host of issues.