YPFP Brussels - Staff
Georgiana Dragomir, Executive Director
Georgiana is the Executive Director of YPFP Brussels. She leads the long-term planning and strategic development of the branch while overseeing and coordinating with the Programmes, Security and Defence, Membership and Communication teams. In addition, Georgiana represents the branch within the wider Brussels community. She is a strong supporter of multiculturalism, lifelong learning and of YFPF's mission to inform and strengthen the voices of young professionals across the globe.
Katie Low, Managing Director
Katie oversees the internal organisation of YPFP Brussels, coordinating staff management, training and development, and also collaborates with the Executive Director on strategic planning and liaison with YPFP’s other branches. She works in communications at the European Commission (and writes about ancient history in her spare time).
Thomas Richter, Development Officer
Thomas works as YPFP’s Development Officer and is in charge of creating new institutional and corporate partnerships in Brussels to enlarge the organisations impact and reach in Brussels. As such Thomas works in close collaboration with both YPFP Brussels’ Executive and Managing Director. Outside of YPFP, Thomas works as a Senior Advisor for IDA Group, covering trade and technology policy and is also the Deputy Chairman of the Junger Wirtschaftsrat Brüssel (Young Economic Council). Thomas also participated in the 3rd European Health Parliament.
Nefeli Filos, Innovation Officer
Nefeli works as our innovation officer, developing our alumni network and providing input towards our organization’s strategy and the development of new ideas and events. Previously, she held the post of Tools of the trade officer, organising skill-based workshops on a monthly basis for our members. Outside YPFP, Nefeli works as Legal Assistant at the European Commission, in the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport.
Radu Gheorghe, Director of Communications and Marketing
Radu works as our Director of the Communications & Marketing team, overseeing its activities and liaising with other teams to ensure that the messages of YPFP Brussels are promoted in a timely manner. Previously he was the team’s Communications Officer, before being its Deputy Director. Radu holds a BA in International Relations and European Studies from the West University of Timisoara, and MA in International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent.
Kieran Watkins, Press Officer
Kieran works as our press officer, liaising with media and answering press enquiries. He played a valuable role in organising the inaugural YPFP Rising Star in Foreign Policy Award last year. Outside of YPFP, Kieran works as an associate consultant for Kreab, covering environment and energy policy. Originally from the UK, he enjoys acting, dancing the tango and travelling in his spare time.
Max Castro Antonio, Content Development Officer
Max leads the promotional strategy for Charged Affairs, YPPF’s global journal on foreign affairs and acts as contact point for YPFP members interested in writing for Charged Affairs. Outside of YPFP, Max is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Besides his native Spanish, he speaks English, French, Hungarian and is learning Dutch.
Sanne Biesmans, Marketing Officer
Sanne has contributed to the development of text and visuals for flyers, banners and postcards at YPFP Brussels. She has done some insightful analytics on the membership and organised an event with the programmes team. In her professional life, she works as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Director Global Policy at the ONE Campaign.
Youssef Kobo Aouriaghel, Communications Officer
Youssef Kobo is a Strategic Innovation Consultant and CD&V politician. He's a former advisor to the Brussels Secretary of Digitalization, a Belgian author, publicist and public speaker. He enjoys writing about International Relations, MENA, Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He is a member of the Think Thank Vrijdaggroep and member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers. He is also a social entrepreneur and founder of several non-profit programs around the world.
Rob Quealy, Technical Advisor
Adrian Ondreicsik, Director of Membership
Adrian works as the Membership Director, where he develops and implements membership recruitment, retention and projects strategy. Adrian has been part of the YPFP team for over two years, and was previously in charge of YPFP’s Advisers’ Programme. Apart from YPFP, Adrian works as a media analyst at the European Commission.
Lucas Lanziotti, Membership Outreach Officer
Lucas works as a membership officer, promoting and increasing the organisation’s visibility and reach to attract new members. He successfully publicized the “Intern Package” through a comprehensive outreach campaign. Lucas outside YPFP works as a project executive for Development Solutions on a project to support EU SMEs on Intellectual Property Rights.
Maria Agnese Arban, Membership Projects Officer
Maria currently works as a project manager in the consultancy AESA where she provides needs assessment and skills support for projects in the field of social and governmental development. She holds a Master's degree from the Université libre de Bruxelles with a specialisation in Peace, Security and Conflicts. She has previous long-lasting volunteering experiences in particular with the European Youth Parliament association. She was also part of EYP for 4 years during which she actively contributed to the association by organising several events including the Italian national selection in 2014.
Sami Shammas, Membership Project Officer
Tom Van Rooy, Director of Programmes
As our Director of Programmes, Tom oversees the foreign policy events and career-focused trainings that are organised by the Programmes Team. Tom played a key role in the development of YPFP’s Bylaws, has been instrumental in securing and managing YPFP Brussels’ largest grant, and continues to enjoy moderating events.
Anna Costiuc, Deputy Director of Programmes
Blaise Baquiche, Programmes Officer
A specialist in EU politics from London, formerly an advisor within the UK Conservative Delegation in the European Parliament. His responsibilities for YPFP involves designing events for the YPFP Briefing Series, which covers the developments of a range of current political crises including the impact of Brexit from a foreign policy perspective.
Hazel Lincy Ebenezer, Tools of the Trade Officer
Hazel works as a Tools of the Trade series officer under the Programmes Team. The Tools of the Trade series organizes sessions where professionals share different workplace skills with YPFP. Outside of YPFP, Hazel is completing her LLM in Human Rights Laws with the University of Kent, BSIS.
Valeria Numbela, Ambassador Series Officer
As part of the Programmes Team, Valeria is responsible for the organization of the Ambassador Series - one of YPFP's flagship events. Outside of YPFP, Valeria works for the U.S. Department of the Army supporting the Business Recreation Division.
Security & Defence Director team
Solène Jomier, Director of Security & Defence
Solène oversees the event projects led by our Secdef team of volunteers and works to ensure solid cooperation with key-partners such as NATO and EDA. She is also the founder of our Terrorism and Radicalisation Series. Outside of YPFP, Solène works as a Security Analyst for ESISC, monitoring threats posed by terrorist groups on the Energy sector.
Jeoffrey Houvenaeghel, Deputy Director of Security & Defence
Jeoffrey works as deputy director in the security and defence program. He provides support to the security and defence team in planning, organising and implementing events. He has organised a number of events for YPFP ranging from discussion groups to ‘Mainstreaming Gender in Security and Defence Policy Shaping.’ Jeoffrey worked as trade policy advisor for Philippine Embassy in Brussels. Currently, he works as an assistant at the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium.
Beata Patasova, Security & Defence Officer
Beata is a Security and Defence Programming Officer at YPFP. She created the scenario for the North Atlantic Council simulation organized by YPFP last year. Beata also works as a Media Monitoring Officer at NATO. She is currently focusing on Russian disinformation in the Baltic States. Her previous professional experiences include the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence as well as the Lithuanian Embassy to the EU.
Alicia Jensen, Security & Defence Officer
Alicia is a Security and Defence Officer at YPFP since April, supporting the Security and Defence team with planning and organising events. Her background includes a focus on nuclear weapons, and on transatlantic security perspectives and she has worked at the US embassy in Helsinki and as OSINT Analyst in Brussels. In her current position outside of YPFP she focuses on European defence policy analysis.
Matteo Baronio, Security & Defence Officer
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