European Young Leaders

Introduction

What do a microbiologist, an entrepreneur, a journalist and a Member of Parliament have in common?

They are all European Young Leaders who are engaged in making Europe a global champion for a better world.

The European Young Leaders (EYL40) programme, organised by Friends of Europe, is a unique, inventive and multi-stakeholder programme that aims to promote a European identity by engaging the continent’s most promising talents in initiatives that will shape Europe’s future.

The programme is supported by renowned and solid foundations such as the Fondazione Cariplo and the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

The European Young Leaders represent promising European leadership from all over the continent, with a wide variety of backgrounds including politics, business, civil society, academia, arts, science and the media.

Every year, they meet for two three-day seminars in symbolic European cities, joined by decision-makers, stakeholders and key European actors to discuss issues of common concern and develop concrete proposals and recommendations to tackle the challenges facing Europe and its citizens.

The European Young Leaders now represent a network of more than 180 alumni.

The programme was initially conceived with EuropaNova, a Paris-based think-tank.

Meet the European Young Leaders
Ines Amri
Deputy Secretary-General Maghreb Economic Forum

Ines has been the Deputy Secretary-General of the Maghreb Economic Forum since November 2015, as well as being a founder and the current Vice-President charged with fundraising and projects of the Organisation Volonté et Citoyenneté, a Youth-led NGO in Tunisia that seeks to promote human rights and social entrepreneurship projects. A passionate social entrepreneur, Ines is also co-founder and team leader of an initiative called Med Voices, a free, independent platform for creative voices from the banks of the Mediterranean, working for social justice and social change. Ines served as a member of the International Jury of the Plural+ Video Festival, hosted by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2013, and was nominated by the US Embassy in Tunisia to represent Tunisia in the 2014 International Visitor Leadership Program : The Role of NGOs in Promoting Global Women’s Issues.

Spain
Inés Arrimadas García
Leader of the Opposition in the Catalan parliament

Inés started her career in the private sector working for an industrial services company. In 2010, she attended a Ciudadanos rally with a friend and joined the party shortly afterward as the youth section spokesperson. In 2012, she was elected to the Catalonian Parliament as deputy spokesperson. She sat on the Committee on Business and Employment where she focused on socio-economic issues, such as the fight against inequalities and unemployment. Throughout her mandate, she was actively involved in different programmes at local, regional and national level. In 2015, she was appointed Leader of the Opposition as Ciudadanos climbed to second place in the Catalan parliamentary election

Italy
Irene Tinagli
Member, National Parliament of Italy

Irene is currently a Member of the Italian Parliament sitting on the Committee on Public and Private Employment and on the Committee on Infancy and Childhood. Irene also teaches Management and Organisation Design at the Carlos III University in Madrid. Prior to this, she worked as an expert for the EU Commission on creativity and innovation as an advisor to the Ministry of Education, research and innovation on smart cities and social innovation policies. She has been a Member of the Board of Italia Futura, an advocacy think tank, for which she coordinated campaigns and benchmarked several European countries and international policies. Irene holds a PhD in Public Policy and a MSPPM from Carnegie Mellon University. >

Slovakia
Ivan Štefunko
Managing Partner & Investment Director, Neulogy Ventures

Ivan is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with particular focus on the media and Internet space. He has founded several companies with global or regional impact, including Euractiv.sk, Pelicantravel.com, MONOGRAM Technologies and wineshop.sk. Prior to founding Neulogy Ventures, he was active as an angel investor and investment advisor and was involved in new ventures such as Piano Media, GA Drilling and Diagnose.me. He also co-founded Neulogy, a Bratislava-based consultancy boutique specializing in R&D management and technology commercialization.

Slovakia
Ivana Sendecka
Founder, Next Generation Leaders of Slovakia

In 2009, Ivana founded the NGO Next Generation Leaders of Slovakia (NGLS), which is a platform and movement dedicated to developing leadership skills, inspiring action and connecting influential Slovakian people. Ivana previously worked in Dubai, as a wealth management banker and sales executive. Returning to Slovakia in 2007, she conducted management consulting for multinational banks and governments and developed a strong interest in the power of new social media platforms to transform the worlds of work and innovation. Since its inception, the NGLS programme has reached hundreds of young Slovaks. Her personal story was featured in two books. She has been a keynote speaker at several prestigious events and featured as an “opinion leader” in many articles. Ivana hold a MBA in Strategic Management from Comenius University in Bratislava.

Poland
Jacek Legiewicz
Public Affairs Director Samsung Electronics

In addition to his role as Public Affairs Director for Samsung, Jacek is a Member of the Supervisory Board for ElekroEko, which Poland’s largest organisation for the recovery and management of electronic waste and recycling. Jacek has also previously held roles at IBM where he was in charge of policy advocacy and investment protection. Jacek spent seven years at CEC Government Relations, the leading independent public affairs agency in Central Europe, where he was involved in lobbying at both the national and European levels. In parallel to his corporate career, he has been active in the IT industry as Vice President of the Polish IT and Telecom Chamber and a Member of the Executive Board of Digital Europe. Jacek has also been active in local and national politics: he was a Parliamentary candidate in 1997 and Advisor to the Minister of Youth and Family Affairs from 1997 to 1998.

Jakob Haesler
Co-Founder Project Alloy

 Prior to founding Project Alloy, Jakob was the CEO and Co-Founder of Tinyclues SAS, a Paris-based software startup with the objective of industrialising datamining on Big Data with the help of avanced machine learning algorithms in a Cloud Computing environment. Previously he was a partner and consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany and France where he worked on topics ranging from Banking to Public Sector Reform to Global Public Health issues, notably the creation and distribution of child HIV treatments. Prior to McKinsey he briefly worked at the World Bank. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science from the University of St. Gallen. Jakob is also a founding partner of the “Cercle du Leadership".

Netherlands
Jamila Aanzi
2017 Dutch UN Women's Representative, Dutch Women's Council

Building on a business economics, marketing and communications background, Jamila has positioned herself as one of the leading innovators in the fields of youth involvement and social outreach in the Netherlands. She has participated in numerous programmes (Visie NL, P!oneer, TANS) aimed at encouraging cooperation between diverse backgrounds and envisioning a new social and political vision. Jamila was recently appointed as a member of the European Elections Programme Committee of the Social Democratic Party of the Netherlands (PvdA) and was a supportive candidate (lijstduwer) for the PvdA during the Dutch national elections in September 2012. As Vice President of FNV Young (2008-2011), the youth network of the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions, she was responsible for advocating and representing the interests of young students and employees with regards to education, employment and income.

Netherlands
Jamila Aanzi
Business economist, UN Women’s Representative & European Young Leader

Building on a business economics, marketing and communications background, Jamila has positioned herself as one of the leading innovators in the fields of youth involvement and social outreach in the Netherlands. She has participated in numerous programmes (Visie NL, P!oneer, TANS) aimed at encouraging cooperation between diverse backgrounds and envisioning a new social and political vision. Jamila was recently appointed as a member of the European Elections Programme Committee of the Social Democratic Party of the Netherlands (PvdA) and was a supportive candidate (lijstduwer) for the PvdA during the Dutch national elections in September 2012. As Vice President of FNV Young (2008-2011), the youth network of the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions, she was responsible for advocating and representing the interests of young students and employees with regards to education, employment and income.

Spain
Jamy Goewie
Founder & Co-Director Ashoka

Jamy supports young entrepreneurs as a member of the European Leadership Platform’s advisory board, and as the Country Director of Ashoka, the worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. She is also a board member of the Child at Venture Foundation, which she founded in 2005, and where she acted as Executive Director for over seven years. In 2010, she established an office in the Philippines, where she remains chairperson of the Youth at Venture Foundation. She is also a board member of the Children of Bulgaria Foundation, which supports Bulgarian orphanages through food and educational programmes. She has a Master’s degree in Geography and another in Pedagogical Studies as well as a Bachelor’s in Policy, Strategy and Management for Non-Profit.

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