meet the team
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María Rodríguez Alcázar
María (she/her) became an activist and advocate for human rights at 14, when she joined the secondary school union in her village in Spain. Since then, she has been representing young people in various capacities, including the Vice President of the Spanish Youth Council (CJE). She is now a PhD student at Ghent University and the The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, and she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and a Masters in African Studies.
Christiana holds a BA in Political Sciences from the University of Cyprus, with expertise in International Relations and, since 2020, she has been working as a Parliamentary Associate at the House of the Representatives in Cyprus. Christiana has filled several roles in the Cyprus Youth Council. Christiana has previously been elected to roles in the European Youth Forum’s CBMA (2018) and BOARD (2020).
Elias is a European and Human Rights activist coming from France. Former President of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS), he has represented youth in several capacities, including within the French Union of Jewish Students and with the French Scouting Federation at a global level. He is competent in advocacy strategy, research, policy analysis and holds expertise in combating racism and online hate speech. He is working towards completing his M.A. in International Relations, Conflict & Security.
Andreea (she/her) is an enthusiastic youth advocate from Romania, fighting for youth rights ever since high-school. She first got involved in the Youth Forum as the Vice-President of the Romanian Youth Council (CTR), and has been particularly active in advocacy for youth rights, non-discrimination and sustainability. Andreea is a student at the University of Bucharest majoring in International Relations and European Studies, and an active member of community volunteer projects.
Ismael Paez Civico
Ismael grew up in Spain and Portugal, and he settled down in Brussels in 2010. He is currently serving as Executive Coordinator in CESES (Confederation of European Senior Expert Services), after working and volunteering for seven years in civil society organisations. Before becoming a Board Member, he has also worked with European bodies, such as the Council of Europe and the European Commission’s Youth Partnership, where he was the host of the Under 30 Podcast, and the expert groups in communications within the Commission for the EU’s Youth Dialogue.
Mark (he/him) has spent the past five years representing young people at local, national and European level. He started at spunout, Ireland’s youth information website, and, immediately before being elected to the Youth Forum Board, wasthe National Youth Council of Ireland’s (NYCI) delegate to the Youth Forum. Mark holds a bachelors and masters degree in law. He has previoiusly interned in the Irish Court of Appeal and the United States Law Library of Congress. Mark currently works in a legislation & policy role in the Irish Civil Service and is working to qualify as a lawyer in Ireland.
Natalia (she/they) is a human rights activist, trainer and author. She has been participating in youth spaces since she was 6 years old, and she had joined the City Youth Council of her home town in Finland when she was 14. Natalia is a youth coordinator in the Falcon movement and she served as a board member of IGLYO - the world’s largest LGBTQI+ student and youth organisation. She has delivered a range of global long-term projects and educational and campaigning activities about social and economic inclusion, LGBTQI+ rights, populism, sexual violence, peace and more.
Nicholas started volunteering at a local youth council at the age of 13, followed by several roles in the Finnish National Youth Council Allianssi. Through volunteering, he developed his passion for advocacy and policy work as well as his expertise in youth rights equality and security topics. Nicholas currently works on aviation weather prediction for the Finnish Meteorological Institute and studies natural sciences at the University of Helsinki.
Rareș is studying Law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. For the past 5 years, he has been an active advocate for school student’s and children’s rights, promoting unconditional access to quality education, students participation in decision-making, and students-teachers dialogues. Before becoming a Board Member, Rareș has served as the Vice President and President of the Romanian National School Student’s Council.