Eloïse Ryon


Eloïse Ryon is a French young graduate and President of Young European Leadership since April 2021. She was previously the head of the Delegations team and CEO for 3 years.

Eloïse Ryon is a law and political sciences graduate from the College of Europe and SciencesPo Paris. She has dedicated most of her extracurricular time to supporting the voice of the youth on the European stage. She intends to continue and further this ambition with the growing and development of YEL.

All of her studies have been oriented towards the European Union. She is a firm believer in the potentiel of the project and if its positive outcomes. However, tomorrow’s EU cannot be built without its youth. YEL intends to contribute to their voices being heard.

Sonia Stoyanova

Secretary General

Pauline Kühlwein

VP Strategy

Josias Knöppler


Coming from industry, Josias already has gained further experience in consulting. His focus so far has been on business administration as well as process and project management. He is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Digital Business and is employed as a working student at Salesforce. Josias is passionate about sustainability, democracy and youth participation. In this respect, he serves as a G7 youth delegate and as a ONE Youth Ambassador, the fight against global inequality is an important issue to him.

Communications Team

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Marko Milutinović

Communications Director

Marko Milutinović is the Director of Communications for the Young European Leadership. He has graduated from Law School at the University of Belgrade but has soon shifted his focus to the Communications sector.

In addition to being the Director of Communications at the YEL, he leads the Communications for various non-governmental organizations, both domestic and foreign.

Marko is proud of the fact that he is an environmental activist, the Young European Ambassador for the Western Balkans and the Ambassador of the European Climate Pact.

Alisha Houlihan

Communications Officer

As a Communications Officer Alisha Houlihan supports the strategic planning of the YEL social media activities, including the planning of impactful digital campaigns using various platforms to spark new ideas for content creators.

Alisha has run social media accounts for renowned European organisations and she developed the campaign to promote voting to young people before the elections for the European Parliament in 2019.

Partnerships Team

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Christian Neubacher

Partnerships Director

Christian is part of YEL’s Partnership Team. He is a Swedish-American currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Previously Christian has interned for the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and worked as a teacher in Sweden. He holds an MA in European Politics from Columbia University, and is passionate about furthering the European project and the transatlantic relationship.

Inês Costa Gomes

Partnerships Officer

Inês Costa Gomes is from Lisbon, Portugal. She has a Bachelor degree in International Relations and is currently taking her first Master’s in International Studies with a specialization in European Political Systems and Societies.

Inês works in YEL as a Partnerships Officer with the regional focus on the Iberian Peninsula, helping to empower the Portuguese and Spanish youth voices in the international arena is something that she is passionate about.

Since Inês was a student she felt that international opportunities were unattainable. I love international organizations and believe that international cooperation is the only way forward. She has just finished her Blue Book Traineeship at the European Commission.

Jakub Zientala

Partnerships Officer

Tamara O’Chieng

Partnerships Officer

Pia Zekay

Funding Officer

Elizabete Rēzija Nīmante

Funding Officer

Elizabeth has enrolled in the financial sector by studying in a Dual Bachelor Degree Program of International Finance and Business Administration conducted in a successful collaboration between Latvia and Switzerland as well as starting the development of her professional career in the field of Risk Management.

Moreover, she has a strong interest in International Relations, Security, and Defence that has also been represented in an extensive volunteering experience obtained while taking part in and organizing high-level conferences and events as well as a significant passion for human rights and sustainability.

Delegations Team

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Berenice Areso

Delegations Director

Berenice is a young Spanish professional, currently working as a Junior Policy Analyst in Foresight, Outreach and Policy Reform at the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD), based in Paris.

Her interest in International Affairs led her to conduct her undergraduate studies abroad, in both the United Kingdom (University of Warwick) and France (Sciences Po Paris, Reims Campus). Outside of work, Berenice is passionate about increasing youth engagement opportunities, especially in the political domain, and building a more inclusive Europe, one which ensures that all voices are heard and taken into account.

She accordingly joined Young European Leadership (YEL) in August 2021 where she leads a team of 5 delegates and manages European Union representation in delegations such as Y7 and Y20.

Konstantin Solarski

Delegations Officer

Lucy O’Connell

Delegations Officer

Zofia Borowczyk

Delegations Officer

Zofia, is a second year Social Policy with Management student at the University of Bristol. She is particularly interested in issues concerning our societies, such as climate change, democracy and human rights.

After completing her internship in the Senate of the Republic of Poland she became a social assistant for Gabriela Morawska-Stanecka, Vice Speaker of the Senate, where she supports left wing politics in Poland. Because she is particularly interested in EU and Polish politics, she recently published an article ‘The lack of Free Media in Poland: A Core Aspect of Democracy’ in a student-led Bristol Social Sciences Review.

She co-organised one of the biggest Polish student-led conferences in the UK ‘Congress of Polish Student Societies’, where she was responsible for the logistics and events. In summer 2022 she will be undertaking an internship in the EU Parliament and Goldman Sachs Warsaw.

Taha Benjelloun

Delegations Officer

Ana Elena Opre

Delegations Officer