YPFP Brussels Staff List

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.

Alicia Jensen, Managing Director

Alicia is our new Managing Director of YPFP Brussels, taking the reigns from February 2019. She was previously a member of the Security and Defence team. 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.

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.

Petra Chladkova, Finance Director

Petra works as our Financial Director. In that capacity, she is in charge of budgeting, payments and monthly financial reporting of the YPFP’s Brussels branch. Petra holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Management and enjoys working with figures, spreadsheets and statistics. Originally from the Czech Republic, Petra has been living in Brussels since 2014, when she started her job at NATO in the Executive Management Division.

Communications team

Email: brussels.comms@ypfp.org

Adrian Garcia-Esteve, Director of Communications and Marketing

Kieran Watkins, Deputy Director of Communications and Marketing

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 executive 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.

Youssef Kobo Aouriaghel

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.

Blair Ostrom, Communications Officer 

Blair joined the YPFP as a Communications Officer in 2019. A former EU Stagaire, he has held positions with the Europan Commission in Brussels and European External Action Service in Ottawa, and has been an Advisor to senior Cabinet Ministers in the Government of Ontario. He is currently completing his MA in Political Strategy and Communications, specialising in International Political Economy, at the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent).

Kate Bae Yoon Jung, Communications Officer

Kate joined YPFP as a Communications Officer in 2019. She has an LL.M in Public International Law and a B.A Honors in Law and Political Science and speaks English, Korean, French, and German. Her experience of living in eight different countries heightened her interest in international relations and foreign affairs. Kate has worked in numerous international organisations, notably at the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and International Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she has served as a communications member at United National Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and Institut Pasteur Korea.

Raluca Murg, Communications Officer

Raluca joined YPFP as Communications Officer in 2019. She is currently a Researcher in a political consultancy where she is focusing on renewables, sustainability and climate action policies. Previously, she was based in London where she worked as a Researcher for a global management consultancy specialised in political risk and business intelligence. Raluca was a trainee at the European External Action Service in the EU Intelligence and Situation Centre where she worked with the Crisis Management team. Raluca holds a master’s degree in International Security from SciencesPo Paris and King’s College London, having majored in Intelligence and Russian Politics.

Rhys Mumsford, Communications OfficerR

Membership team

Email: brussels.membership@ypfp.org

Lucas Lanziotti, Director of Membership

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

Cristina Paca, Membership Benefits Officer

Programmes team

Email: brussels.programmes@ypfp.org

Anna Costiuc, Interim Director of Programmes

Anna serves as Acting Director of Programmes for the Brussels branch of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), having been part of the team since 2016. Outside of her volunteer work with YPFP, Anna has extensive professional experience in EU affairs and currently works as a Policy Officer at the European Commission, where she focuses on maritime issues. A Romanian national, Anna holds a Master’s degree in European Affairs and Project Management and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from Babeş-Bolyai University in Romania. 

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.

Alexandra Bihain, Programmes Officer

Alexandra has joined the YPFP family as a Programmes Officer. She will be under the direct management of the Director of Programmes to plan, organise and moderate YPFP Brussels events. Alexandra has a solid background in international trade and international commercial relations and is looking forward to organising trade related events in Brussels.

Adel Ramdani, Programmes Officer

Adel assists the Programmes team in the set-up of various events and brings support to the members across YPFP. Adel is currently working at the United Nations Capital Development Fund in Brussels. He is a graduate from the Global Studies Programme conjointly awarded by the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa). His professional experiences include the African Union Commission (Ethiopia) and the League of Arab States (Egypt). His area of expertise includes African and Middle Eastern affairs and Human Rights.

Diana De Vivo, Programmes Officer

Diana holds a Master’s Degree (cum laude) in International Relations and Politics and a Bachelor’s Degree (cum laude) in Political Sciences from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy. She currently works full time at NATO and has previously worked at the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Calabria Region Delegation to the EU, the Italian Delegation to NATO and the Joint Force Command NATO in Naples. She love writing and reading and has published several articles for various international think-tanks on foreign affairs issues. She likes travelling and exploring new cultures, and practices yoga in her spare time.

Franziska Krueger, Programmes Officer

Fransiska studied European Studies, with a special focus on Eastern Europe, and International Relations in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Italy. Next to her undergraduate studies, Franziska was a board member of the Model United Nations Association Basel and AIESEC Basel. Furthermore, she has worked in Serbia and Kosovo on the topic of R2P and volunteered in Africa in the areas of poverty reduction and environment. In her spare time Franziska enjoys traveling and learning new languages.

Security & Defence Director team

Email: brussels.secdef@ypfp.org

Jeoffrey Houvenaeghel, 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.

Cristiana Lavinia Badulescu, Security & Defence Officer

Cristiana has jointed YPFP as a Security and Defence Officer where she supports the team with planning, organising and moderating thematic events. She has a Ph.D in Political Sciences/International Relations, a M.A in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a B.A. in Law. Cristiana has international research and policy work experience in the NGO/think tank sector and fieldwork experience on the Nagorno-Karabakh and Cyprus conflicts. Her proven research interests include foreign and security policy, peace-building, conflict resolution, intractable conflicts, transitional justice, criminal law. She has published in academic and policy journals on a wide range of topics pertaining to international peace and security.

Inga von der Stein, Security & Defence Officer

Inga recently joined YPFP Brussels as a Security & Defence Officer. She has moved to Brussels in September 2018 and is currently a trainee in the European Commission. She has a background in International Relations and European Studies, having studied in Maastricht, Canterbury, Córdoba and Moscow. Originally from Germany, Inga enjoys dancing Swing and Salsa as well as working on her Russian skills. 

Joana Cardoso, Security & Defence Officer

Joana holds a B.A. and an A.A majoring in US History and EU/US Intercultural Relation, and a M.A. in International Relations and Politics majored in US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations. She started her international career at the Allied Command Operations of NATO, and has been supporting the organisation since then in different capacities and locations. She has joined YPFP to learn as much as she can amongt bright young professionals.  

Elisa Cherry, Security & Defence Officer

Elisa joined the YPFP team as a Security and Defense officer in February 2019. She has previous experience working for the US Embassy on projects in Afghanistan, and is currently working with a Brussels think-tank conducting research on the Middle East. Elisa has a B.A in International Relations and is current completing her M.A. in International Conflict and Security, at the Brussels School of International Studies. Originally from the United States, Elisa hopes to continue her work on the Middle East, focusing on conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance, and counterterrorism.