EEE-YFU Team

Kea Hoppe

Director EEE-YFU

Kea is the Director of EEE-YFU, the umbrella organisation of Youth For Understanding in Europe, located in Brussels, Belgium. In her current role, she is responsible for positioning YFU as an expert in intercultural education, creating partnerships and advancing the organisation strategically. Kea holds a master's degree in Psychology from the University of Göttingen, Germany, the country she is originally from. She has been involved with YFU as a staff member since 2006, first working for YFU Germany in different management positions before moving to the European level of YFU in January 2017. Having been a YFU exchange student herself, she loves working with passionate colleagues from around the globe for a cause she truly believes in.

Marzena Gawenda

Training Director

Marzena is the Training Director in EEE-YFU where she designs and implements training courses and capacity-building projects for YFU volunteers and staff. Her responsibilities include obtaining funds and grant-writing for educational projects as well as managing the European Trainer Network. Originally from Poland, she has lived, worked and studied in Italy and Spain and is currently based in Belgium.
Marzena is not only a trainer, coach and facilitator, but also an art therapist, deeply interested in body-mind-soul connection. She has extensive volunteer experience in NGOs, including AEGEE, SIETAR, First Light India and Toastmasters.

Working with YFU makes it possible for her to be the witness of countless a-ha moments and transformations during training courses, international friendships being forged and exceptional ideas turning into sustainable projects.

Marzena holds an MA in Ethnolinguistics and a post-master specialisation in Art Therapy, Forum Theatre and Vedic Art. She has over 15 years of practice in the Training Field and her work experience ranges from designing educational projects for NGOs to organising strategic retreats and teambuilding activities for businesses, to running transformative personal retreats for individuals.

Valentina Pomatto

Advocacy and Projects Coordinator

Born and raised in Italy, Valentina is the Advocacy and Projects Coordinator at EEE-YFU, located in Brussels. She has lived, studied, and worked in different countries: Spain, Argentina, Jordan, Senegal, and now Belgium. Working for advancing intercultural education is what she enjoys the most of her YFU experience. Valentina holds a Master Degree in International Relations and Human Rights, and she has acquired experience on both advocacy and project management, with different NGOs.  Prior to joining EEE-YFU, Valentina worked as a Volunteer Program Co-ordinator, with young people assigned to different volunteer positions across West Africa.

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