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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.
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.
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.
Policy and Communication officer
Giulia is originally from Italy, 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, Federalism, EU Foreign Policy, EU Enlargement/EU in Western Balkans.
Capacity Building and Outreach Officer
Fernando joined CEV in March 2022 as Capacity Building and Outreach Officer. He is originally from Mozambique, and he has lived in Brazil, South Africa and Italy before moving to Belgium in 2018. He holds a master's degree in political science - international development from the University of Bologna. Before joining CEV as Capacity Building and Outreach Officer, he worked as Campaigner and Community Builder for Tilt.green - the European Green party citizen engagement platform. He is an advocate with a passion for human rights, community building and minority rights and is active in different organizations, including being a UN Senior fellow for People of African Descent and the Obama Foundation Leaders for Europe. Fernando is also a co-founder and General Executive Secretary of the Associazione Comitato 3 Ottobre – an Italian non-profit volunteering organization born in the aftermath of the October 3, 2013 shipwreck when 368 people died off the coast of Lampedusa island.
Local Liaison and Research Assistant
Denis is Belgian and he joined CEV in February 2022 as a Local Liaison and Research Assistant. He studied Law and History, as well as European studies, and holds a Master Degree (History) from UCLouvain. Always keen to learn, he studied digital communication and US institutional politics on the side. He is also deeply interested in geopolitics and environmental issues. Throughout the years, he has been a volunteer in the cultural, social and educational field in Belgium and Romania. Denis now aims to connect all these experiences to make a difference for CEV and the volunteering world in Europe.
Connor is from the UK and joined CEV in April 2022. He holds a bachelor's degree in Culture, Literature and Politics from the University of East Anglia and has previously been a part of CEV as an Erasmus+ Intern from September 2020-April 2021. He has also taken part in a long term ESC volunteering project in Leszno, Poland, where he worked directly with young people and supported the organisation with administrative tasks. All this experience has given him a strong interest in the NGO sector and he is looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the link between CSOs and EU institutions.
Meron 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.
José Luis Rojas Segura
Joseph is Mexican/Spanish and he joined CEV in April 2022 as part of the Eurodyssey programme. Through his professional path he always made a mix between creativity, entertainment, activism, social development and active citizenship. Indonesia (AIESEC), Mexico and Italy (European Solidarity Corps and Esperanza Azteca) are countries where he has worked in the circular economy, nonprofit organisations and musical projects. He was Institutional Development Coordinator in Una Nueva Esperanza A.B.P. that works with children with cancer and their families in Puebla City, before he was the Account Director of a PR Agency for 3 years working with clients like Paramount Pictures. With communications, ancient cultures, team building psychology and positive peace studies he was also a TV Presenter in Mexico with the section of Human Rights and a counsellor of youth in Puebla city while being an active member of the Global Shapers Community (Initiative of the World Economic Forum). He’s the Co-founder of Artigiano a sustainable fashion brand and also an adviser of CONDRET the sustainable jewellery catalan brand by Clicktime.eu.
Miriah is Italian and she joined CEV in May 2022 as part of the Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from the University of Trento (Italy) and a Master's Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Padua (Italy). She is an active volunteer member of Legambiente, an Italian environmental organization. Right now Miriah is looking forward to learning more about the EU project management sector.