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The Board defines the overall strategy of the European Youth Forum in accordance with the guidelines given by the member organisations at the General Assembly or the Council of Members.
Their responsibilities include: overseeing the implementation of the Work Plan, overseeing finances and budgetary matters, preparation of statutory meetings, external representation of the Youth Forum and being the main contact with and between the member organisations.
Get in touch about: social and economic inclusion, participation
More about Carina: Carina Autengruber is the President of the European Youth Forum and originally from Austria. Her academic background is in development studies, gender studies and political science and she has been working in a consulting company for more than 8 years. From 2014 to 2016 Carina was active in the Austrian National Youth Council as European Youth Delegate representing the voice of young people living in Austria on European level. In 2017 and 2018 Carina served as Vice-President of the European Youth Forum focusing on EU affairs.
More about Tina: Tina Hočevar is a young leader from Slovenia, who has been advocating for youth rights, in Europe and beyond, since a very young age.
As Vice-President of the European Youth Forum, she leads the organisation’s work on global youth cooperation, particularly through the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (ICMYO) and the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY). Tina's work in this field has been shaped by her prior experiences with initiatives in the framework of the Europe-Africa, Europe-LATAM and Europe-MENA youth cooperation. These include youth empowerment through the Network on Youth and Global Citizenship, advising the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on inclusion of young people in public life and decision-making, and the drafting of the EU-AU Youth Declaration. Tina also coordinates the Sustainable Development, Youth Rights, and Youth, Peace and Security portfolios at the Youth Forum, and has extensive experience with engaging with the European Union institutions and the United Nations on these topics. Moreover, she also contributed to the Council of Europe’s Joint Council on Youth’s work on access to rights, quality non-formal education, and tackling inequalities.
More about Ville: Ville started his path in youth organisations in a local scout group in Helsinki. As well as remaining active in Scouting on national and European level, Ville has also volunteered in student organisations, Young European Federalists and the Red Cross. He has recently finished his studies in London and Moscow and looks forward to future challenges.
More about Andrea: Andrea sees himself as a European citizen with an Italian passport. His engagement in youth organisations dates back 15 years and includes roles as a volunteer youth worker in a local youth club and as a member of the students council. In 2014, he joined the European Confederation of Youth Clubs (ECYC) and has organised international activities for young people and youth workers ever since. Andrea was previously employed in German-speaking civil society representations to the European Union and graduated with a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
More about Benjamin: Benjamin first got involved with youth organisations in 2010 by joining the young socialists. Starting at local level, he quickly focused on European politics and thereby got involved with international youth work while also doing some local work for JEF.
He works part-time for the educational department of the Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation in the field of international Holocaust education.
He is also a final year student of History and English Linguistics and Literature and is spending his final year abroad in the UK. From October onwards he will study a Masters in Historical and English Education in Berlin.
More about Jovana: Jovana is a medical doctor by vocation, currently doing her residency in Dermatovenerology in the Clinical Center of Serbia and postgraduate studies in Human Reproduction in the Belgrade School of Medicine.
She has been active in Democratic Youth in Serbia since she was 18 years old and from 2012 until 2016 she served as a counselor in the Belgrade Municipality. In 2017 she was elected Vice President of Young European Socialists, and delegate of YES in the European Youth Forum. In current political career was involved in social policies, international affairs and EU enlargement with a specific focus on the Western Balkans.
More about Silja: Silja is devoted to advancing youth rights, and has for the past few years put her time and energy into supporting European youth organisations in engaging with various human rights processes. Since she was 11 years old, she has been active in the Guides and Scout movement and various Finnish youth organisations and has a background in the Finnish National Youth Council - Allianssi. Currently she studies social and cultural anthropology at the University of Helsinki.
About Rosalyn: Rosalyn works as a researcher on community organisations and has undertaken PhD research on sustainable cities and human behaviour. Her volunteering background is in students’ unions, Girlguiding UK and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, with a focus on governance and advocacy. In the European Youth Forum she focuses on sustainable development, climate change and supporting youth delegates in these spaces.
More about Michael: Michael first got involved in youth activism at 13 when he first participated in the Maltese National Youth Parliament. From there on he got involved in multiple youth organisations active in Malta and was eventually elected as President of the Maltese Youth Council, where he pushed for the introduction of vote 16 legislation for all elections in Malta, amongst other things. He is a Master’s student reading for a degree in Legal Advocacy and has his own small business. Michael is responsible for the participation portfolio in YFJ and also represents the platform at the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on youth.
More about Loes: Loes got in contact with youth work and European politics through the local AEGEE group in her city in 2012 and was the president of AEGEE-Europe from 2017-2018. She firmly believes that youth work and international exchange are the keys to developing transversal skills, foster mutual understanding and stimulate active citizenship, and is passionate about making these opportunities accessible for young people from all backgrounds. Down-to-earth and driven by curiosity, she balances her time and enthusiasm between the European Youth Forum and her PhD in Seismology at the University of Utrecht.