Governance

Meet the board


  • Luis Alvarado Martinez

    ---- President

    Strong Youth Organisations

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  • Carina Autengruber

    ---- Vice-President

    Social and Economic Inclusion, Participation

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  • Dejan Bojanic

    ---- Vice-President

    Youth Rights, Sustainable Development

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  • Andrea Casamenti

    ---- Board Member

    Strong Youth Organisations

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  • Kristen Aigro

    ---- Board Member

    Social and Economic Inclusion, Participation

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  • Mari Strømsvåg

    ---- Board Member

    Strong Youth Organisations, Participation

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  • Nafsika Vrettaki

    ---- Board Member

    Social and Economic Inclusion

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  • Sebastiaan Rood

    ---- Board Member

    Youth Rights, Sustainable Development

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  • Tina Hočevar

    ---- Board Member

    Strong Youth Organisations, Participation

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  • Ville Majamaa

    ---- Board Member

    Youth Rights, Strong Youth Organisations,

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  • Zuzana Vaneckova

    ---- Board Member

    Social and Economic Inclusion

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Luis Alvarado Martinez

---- President

Strong Youth Organisations

Originally from the Canary Islands (Spain). 27 years old. Luis became President of the European Youth Forum on January 1st 2017.

After having studied under Spanish, British, French and Belgium educational systems, Luis is a true European by heart. He holds a Master European Political & Public Administration Studies by the College of Europe in Bruges and undergoes Executive Education at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Luis has developed most of his volunteer and professional youth work career in AEGEE-Europe/European Students´ Forum, where he was President and traveled the continent empowering students to take an active role in the European integration process. He has worked closely in youth areas with the UN system, OSCE, European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the Council of Europe.

He has been a Member of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe and has sat in different boards for different Civil Society Organizations.

Luis was also Vice President of the European Youth Forum, for the mandate 2015-2016 where helped lead and manage EU relations and affairs, specifically around funding and the Erasmus + program negotiations, EU Youth Policy and YFJ's Quality Standars. He was also Chair of the European Steering Committee of the Structured Dialogue with the European Commission and the Council of the EU trio Presidencies of Italy-Latvia-Luxembourg and The Netherlands-Slovakia-Malta.

Luis' work has been recognized with several distinctions such as "Young European of the Year 2014" by the Schwarzkopf Foundation, the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2013 by the European Parliament and the Public Service Innovation Award 2015 by the European Center for Government Transformation among others.

Luis works for the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative in London. He speaks Spanish, French, English & Italian and is currently trying to get his hands around the Cyrillic alphabet to learn Serbian & Macedonia.
As a former basketball player he loves finding time to play, as well as reading, going to the cinema and discovering London's most quirky and secret bars.

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Carina Autengruber

---- Vice-President

Social and Economic Inclusion, Participation

Carina Autengruber has been active in the Austrian Nature Youth (ÖNJ) and the catholic parochial youth movement (Jungschar) since she was 10 years old. On her first international exchange back in 2008 with the Service Civil International (SCI) she discovered her passion for international youth work and European affairs. Since then Carina participated in numerous exchange programmes and has lived in Luxembourg, Portugal, South Africa, Belgium and Germany. From 2014 to 2016 she was the European Youth Delegate of the Austrian National Youth Council (ÖJV).

Carina is currently doing her Master degrees in political science, development studies and gender studies at the University of Vienna. Furthermore, Carina works for a consultancy, where she is responsible for data management.

Besides that, Carina is a passionate feminist and is active in various women's rights initiatives. In her freetime she loves discovering new places, reading (currently a lot of portuguese literature) and strolling around vintage markets.

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Dejan Bojanic

---- Vice-President

Youth Rights, Sustainable Development

Dejan Bojanic is an activist with the expertise in the field of global education and children's and youth rights advocacy. He is the international officer of Save the Children Youth Sweden and the coordinator of the global network of Save the Children-related youth groups and networks. is background is in student movements - in the Serbian school student movement he's credited for the foundation of the Serbian Operation A Day's Work program and was later in the Board of the European school student movement - OBESSU. Since 2012 he is one of 15 educationalists in the Youth Advocacy Group of the global educational campaign of the UN Secretary General "Global Education First Initiative”.

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Andrea Casamenti

---- Board Member

Strong Youth Organisations

Andrea sees himself as a European citizen with an Italian passport. From the beautiful city of Bologna, whose University is considered to be the oldest in the world, Andrea currently resides in rainy Brussels. He works as a project manager with the European Confederation of Youth Clubs (ECYC) and was previously employed in German-speaking civil society representations to the European Union. His skills and enthusiastic mindset have been particularly shaped by his participation in international mobility projects in Germany and in countless local non-formal education and youth work activities ever since he was 14 years old (yes, a while ago…) Andrea is also a recent graduate with a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles - the French-speaking University of Brussels. He is fluent in English, German, French and Italian, so do not hesitate to contact him using any of these languages. Nowadays, his main passions are advocating for youth rights and learning new languages (although currently failing Portuguese). When he isn’t trying to save the world, Andrea usually goes for a swim, watches Sci-fi tv shows or enjoys a good pizza with friends.

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Kristen Aigro

---- Board Member

Social and Economic Inclusion, Participation

Kristen was born on the 1st of April 1993 in Tallinn, Estonia. She studies Contemporary History and Philosophy at the University of Tartu, where she has been member of the Student Council and The Society of International Relations.

From the age of eleven Kristen has been a student activist and very involved in her local community. On National level she was elected as Vice Chairman of the Estonian School Student Councils Union and represented the organisation at OBESSU, the European Platform for School Students.

Since 2014 Kristen has been volunteering as International Officer to Estonian National Youth Council and continues to work there for activities related to the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In her spare time Kristen enjoys testing new and interesting recipes, time with friends and watching netflix (more than she likes to admit).

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Mari Strømsvåg

---- Board Member

Strong Youth Organisations, Participation

Mari Stromsvag is a Norwegian by passport and international by heart. She currently lives and works in Oslo, Norway, where she is the Director of Scholarship Programs and Communications at an non-profit. She took all of her education abroad, complete with her bachelors from the US, exchange to Hong Kong, grad school in France and China, and finishing with a dual masters degree in European and International Affairs with a focus on Chinese diplomacy.
Mari has been an active advocate for youth and youth rights since she was in middle school, with experience from youth city council, county athletic council, and several student organizations while in high school, college and grad school.
Upon returning to Norway she was nominated and elected to Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU), where she was active for more than three years. She was the European Affairs responsible her last two years, following European Youth Forum’s work, as well as Advisory Council on Youth in the Council of Europe. She is now ready to serve the membership of the European Youth Forum, and to make youth participation more real and meaningful.
In her spare time Mari enjoys to travel, spend time with friends and family, read good books and follows more TV shows than she would like to admit. She enjoys spending time outside and aims to mountain hike a couple of times a year.

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Nafsika Vrettaki

---- Board Member

Social and Economic Inclusion

Nafsika was born in August 1992 in Athens and has origins from Crete. Her family has a diplomatic background and thus she developed interest in foreign relations at a young age.

She attended Lycée Leonin, a french high school in Athens and in 2006 she participated in an exchange program with Saint-Augustin College in Enghien, Belgium. In 2014 she obtained her BA in Sociology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences with Upper second-class honours and she is currently completing her MSc in Communication Studies, New Media and Society in Europe from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Along with her studies she has had internships at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament at MEP Maria Spyraki. She has previously worked in the customer service field at Athens Airport. For several years she participated in Model United Nations Conferences in Europe and was appointed as Secretary-General twice. She speaks Greek, English, French and Turkish.

Nafsika joined YEPP in 2014 and was nominated for YFJ Board Member about two years later. She is also member of the International Affairs Secretariat of ONNED, the political youth organization of New Democracy Party.

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Sebastiaan Rood

---- Board Member

Youth Rights, Sustainable Development

Sebastiaan Rood is a passionate youth rights activist. He lives in New York, where he supports the Dutch mission to the UN on Women Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. He is a student of the joint master program in European Governance of Masaryk University (Brno, CZ) and Utrecht University (NL), and holds a bachelor degree in Public Administration and Organisational Science. His passion as board member comes from the dream that every young person should have access to the right to autonomy, development and participation. Sebastiaan has previously used his infinite amount of energy to strive for the rights of young people as associate city councilor for the Greens in his hometown Hilversum, Dutch youth representative for European affairs, and Dutch youth delegate to the Council of Europe Congress.

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Tina Hočevar

---- Board Member

Strong Youth Organisations, Participation

Tina Hočevar, is a young leader and strong youth advocate from Slovenia. She holds a bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Ljubljana and soon-to-have Master degree from Security Studies with special focus on human and environmental security.

After her internship at the European Commission Representation in Ljubljana she joined the Team Europe Junior promoting EU and its values among youth. She later on worked as a Project Manager Assistant in a private company and as a Public Relations Officer for an NGO in Slovenia where she currently works.

Besides that, she devoted her time to dance classes and voluntary activities at Friends of Youth Association, Slovenian Paneuropean Youth and Association of Catholic Youth where she learned about the power of non-formal education, youth work, teamwork, taking responsibility, not giving up, when it becomes difficult and a lot about time management.

In 2014 she was elected as a Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Slovenia (MSS) for International cooperation. In her mandate she strengthened MSS’s relations with other European youth organizations and was involved as a participant and expert in different Euro-Mediterranean and Euro-African activities organized by the CoE, North South Center of the CoE, UNAOC, OECD and others. Tina was a youth delegate to the European Youth Forum, EU Youth Conferences during the 5th cycle of Structured Dialogue and to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. Furthermore, she was a National Coordinator of the UN Youth Delegate Programme, National Coordinator of the No Hate Speech Movement and member of the National Working Group on Structured Dialogue. Her successful work in youth sector was recognized also on European level and she now advocates for youth rights as a Board Member of the European Youth Forum.

Tina is an energetic optimist that enjoys working for the YFJ, travelling, meeting her friends, spending holidays at the seaside, learning about diversity of cultures and dancing.

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Ville Majamaa

---- Board Member

Youth Rights, Strong Youth Organisations,

I started my path in youth organisations in a local scout group in Helsinki, my home town, back when I was 11. Since then, I have been active in Finnish and European level student organisations, Young European Federalists and the Red Cross, to name the organisations that have probably shaped my identity the most alongside the scouts. I'm a convinced by the possibilities of international cooperation, positive sum games and socially constructed reality; even more so upon completing my BA degree in International Relations in London. Currently studying Russian politics on an MA level and looking forward to my year in Moscow from this September onward. Apart from readings and emails, my to-do list consists of several musicals, second hand bookshops and a karaoke night with Les Mis songs.

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Zuzana Vaneckova

---- Board Member

Social and Economic Inclusion

Zuzana was born and raised in Prague, Czechia. She is now pursuing a Master's in Adult Education and Personal Management at Charles University and she used to work in several companies, mostly in HR departments. After she was elected as a board member of YFJ, she decided to focus only on school, volunteering and especially at YFJ duties.

Youth organisations have been shaping her life since she was really little. She joined scouts when she was 5-years-old and since that she is still active. Right now she is local leader of girl scouts. When she turned 17, she joined as a volunteer Czech Council of Children and Youth (ČRDM) and a year later became international delegate and chair of International Committee. In 2014 she also became board member of CRDM responsible for international agenda. During her mandate she has also participated at several international projects often connected to education and employment.

Zuzana loves travelling and especially as a volunteer. She volunteered in USA, Peru, Austria, Germany and Denmark, mostly preparing programme and activities for children. During her travels she loves to discover different cultures and taste local food. Cooking and especially eating good food is Zuzana's hobby also at home. Apart from that she likes dancing, reading and playing board games with her friends.

Zuzana speaks English, Czech, German, Spanish and wants to learn Russian or French.

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