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CEV Staff

Gabriella Civico



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.

Yuliia Styran


Chief Financial Officer 

Yuliia is originally from Ukraine and joined CEV in August 2022. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics and a Master’s degree in International Economics from Donetsk State University. She has spent her professional background in small and large businesses in Ukraine where she worked as a financial manager and then as a financial director. She established management accounting in these companies and systematized processes and reports. Since Russia invaded her country, she volunteered in organizations helping refugees from Ukraine.

Lamiae Goumri


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.

Sara Fasoli


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.

Giulia Bordin


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.

Kristijan Gjorgjieski


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.

Fernando Chironda


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.

Connor Audsley


Administrative Assistant 

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.

José Luis Rojas Segura


Project Assistant

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 Conte


Policy and Communication Assistant

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.

Fabio Balducci



Fabio is Italian (from Ravenna, the renowned “city of mosaics”) and he joined CEV in September 2022  as part of the Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Bologna, and a Master's degree in Advertising, Digital Communication and Creative Business Processes at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He is interested in international relations and journalism, he participated at the Rome Press Game within the 2019 International Careers Festival held in Rome, subsequently, he completed a Master’s degree in International Cooperation on Human Rights and Intercultural Heritage at the University of Bologna in March 2022. A fan of Real Madrid and Arsenal (though also of Pep Guardiola’s footballing style), he likes football and sport documentaries as well as TV series, he does jogging, play tennis and kayak. He hopes to carve out a career in international journalism.

Mattia Bustreo



Mattia is Italian and he joined CEV in September 2022 as part of the Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International relations and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna (Italy) and is going to start a Master’s degree in Global Development and International Cooperation. He did an Internship in Casa da Juventude de Amarante in Portugal as part of the Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme, a Portugal non-profit organisation that promotes values such as sustainability, equity and dialogue. Through this opportunity he has gained knowledge about the EU projects and experience in working with international volunteers.

Matthew Musindi



Matt is  British and he joined CEV in September 2022 as part of the Erasmus Plus Traineeship Programme. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of East Anglia (UK).  He is interested in international policy and relations. Earlier this year, he completed a research report looking at online misinformation and how the effect it has on young children.

Valeria Castañeyra



Valeria is Spanish, she joined CEV in September 2022 as part of the Erasmus + Traineeship Programme. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of East Anglia. During university she attended a Mediation and Peace Building formation with the organisation Magnolia La Paz. She took a summer course in International Relations and Armed Conflicts from the University Complutense of Madrid. She did a research project collaborating with Hope and Aid Direct focusing on how to achieve successful mediation processes. She used ‘The Walk with Amal’ as a case study to prove the importance of certain pre-conditions to determine the outcome of mediation processes.

Teresa Sofio



Teresa is a Portuguese citizen who lived in England for 6 years, where she graduated from the University of East Anglia in Politics in 2022. She has attended a Summer School in EU Policy Making and International Security in the Institute of European Studies in Brussels and volunteered as a youth mentor for refugee teenagers with the New Routes Organisation. Teresa is particularly interested in migration issues and policy making in this field, at an European level, and is very eager to learn for the European Centre for Volunteering, as an Erasmus Plus trainee.

Emma Pozzi



Emma is Italian and she joined CEV in September 2022 as part of the Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International relations and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna (Italy). She is an active volunteer member of the Italian Red Cross and in the past she has done several volunteer activities, such as theatre with children with disabilities and Italian language lessons to migrant people.  Emma has a strong interest in the topic of social inclusion and she hopes to learn a lot about it through her CEV traineeship.

Santiago Alarcon



Santiago is Venezuelan and he joined CEV in September 2022 as a volunteer. He holds a Law degree from Andrés Bello Catholic University (Venezuela) and a Masters of law in International Business Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles. He has previously volunteered in Germany and Venezuela, and is currently working towards improving his research and analytical skills.

Filipa Cabral


Filipa is originally from Portugal - São Miguel/ Azores, she joined CEV in October through Eurodyssey Program. She holds a Public Relations and Communication Degree with a Minor of Languages, Culture and Literature from the University of Azores. The CEV is a good opportunity to become more aware about volunteering, its policies and projects.