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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.

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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.

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Panagiotis Chatzimichail

Advocacy and Projects Coordinator

Panagiotis (Pete) is the Advocacy and Project Coordinator of EEE-YFU. Based on the work and positions of YFU and member organizations, his role is to follow up, disseminate and provide inputs on policy related issues in European and Global level.

Pete holds a master's degree in Political Science (European Dimension). Besides his expertise on the topics of policy, institutions, youth and education, he also focuses on GDPR, organization and membership development and networking. Personally and/or professionally, Pete has been in the field of Civil Society Organizations for more than 10 years. Some organizations he has been actively involved with are ESN, YEU, AEGEE, LLLP and YFJ.

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Andreea Madar

Projects Coordinator

Andreea comes from Romania and she was an exchange student with YFU in Germany in 2011/2012. She speaks 5 languages and has many hobbies: skiing, graphic design and tennis to name the most important. She holds a Bachelor diploma in European Studies and International Relations from the Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca and a Masters in Political Strategy and Communication at the University of Kent. During her studies in Brussels, she has been working with EEE-YFU supporting Educational Activities, and has also been involved in Advocacy and developing promotional materials.

She is now living in Brussels and coordinating the biggest event in YFU, the Young European’s Seminar (YES), which brings together 600 YFU students and volunteers yearly. Aside from this, she is supporting the Marketing and Branding department in the Global Office.