Numerous JEFers commit themselves every day to make Europe a better place, motivated by a profound belief that Europe is our common future.

They are young people that believe they can and will make a change in how the European Union develops.

They are European citizens that voluntarily spend their free time to keep the European dream alive, share it with others and make it a reality.

As federalists, they are convinced that only European democracy can enable a more free, just and democratic society and that European democracy is created and protected through active Citizenship.

We are convinced that Citizenship is not just something European citizens have, but also something they should DO. Nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the society we live in.

As a movement of young citizens, JEF only exists through the contributions of its volunteers. On this page, you can meet some of the people that willingly donate their free time to the struggle for a more democratic, just and free Europe.

Executive Board

The Executive Board (EB) comprises the President, two Vice-Presidents, four directly elected members, the Treasurer and the Secretary General.

Federal Committee

The Federal Committee (FC)  is the main decision-making body between the European Congresses, it meets twice per year and decides on the political directions of the organisation.

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European Secretariat

The European Secretariat is JEF’s public administration. The Secretary General is in charge of the European Secretariat of the association.

Arbitration Board

The Arbitration Board settles statutory conflicts between members, JEF sections and statutory bodies of JEF.

Auditors Committee

The Auditors Committee verifies the accounts of the association at least once a year. It is composed of at least two members and a maximum of three, elected by the Congress.

Executive Board


The Executive Board (EB) comprises the President, two Vice-Presidents, four directly elected members, the Treasurer and the Secretary-General.

The EB meets four to six times a year and is responsible for the overall management of the organisation. The EB members each hold specific 1) organisational, 2) geographic and 3) thematic/political responsibilities, which you can find below. They are always happy to answer to your questions so please feel free to contact them at [firstname].[lastname]@jef.eu.

Executive Board Responsibilities

• Strengthening the organisational development of JEF Europe via specific portfolios.
• Coordination of the preparation of the international seminars together with the organising section and the Secretariat.
• Preparation of, assistance to and follow-up on the work of the PCs and/or WGs assigned and participation in the PC’s and WG’s sessions during the FC meeting.

• Ensuring regular contacts with sections, among others, by exchanging detailed contact details.
• Encouraging sections to take part in different activities and contribute to JEF Europe’s work.
• Visiting the sections or taking part in their statutory meetings or activities, if possible.

• Monitoring the policy areas assigned, writing articles on them and preparing press releases together with the Press responsible.
• Being the contact person for JEFers who have information on these policy areas or wish to discuss certain issues

Executive Board Members

Leonie Martin

President

Leonie is the President of JEF Europe and leads the Executive Board. She focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: Leadership, Press Relations, Communications and Advocacy, Y-Fed, EYFWP2019, Schuman 2.0, EYE2020
  • Policy Areas: Eurozone and Banking Union, Rule of Law, Brexit, EU Association Law, Conference on the Future of Europe, Free Movement and Schengen Area
  • Partners: Union of European Federalists, Friends of JEF, Advisory Council on Youth, The New Federalist
  • Sections: JEF Hungary, JEF United Kingdom
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: TF Resilient JEF, Political Commission 1 (Institutions and Governance)
Contact Leonie

Emma Farrugia

Vice-President

Emma is the Vice-President of JEF Europe. She focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: Capacity Building, JEF Pool of Trainers, Pimp my JEF, Federal Academy, Y-Fed
  • Policy Areas: EU Budget and Trade, Youth Policy, Security and Defense
  • Partners: European Youth Forum
  • Sections: JEF Germany, JEF Italy, JEF Bulgaria
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: TF Capacity Building, Political Commission 3 (External Affairs and Global Governance)
Contact Emma

Sebastiano Putoto

Vice-President

Sebastiano is the Vice-President of JEF Europe. He focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: Advocacy
  • Partners: European Movement International, World Federalist Movement, The New Federalist
  • Sections: JEF Finland, JEF Norway, JEF Sweden
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: TF Empowerment and Diversity, Political Commission 1 (Institutions and Governance)
Contact Sebastiano

Chris Powers

Treasurer

Chris is the Treasurer of JEF Europe. He focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: Finances, SDG global, Y-Fed
  • Policy Areas: Enlargement, Climate and Environment, Brexit, Rule of Law, European Association Law
  • Partners: Friends of JEF, World Federalist Movement
  • Sections: JEF Greece, JEF Spain, JEF Belgium
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: Political Commission 3 (External Affairs and Global Governance)

Diletta Alese

Executive Board Member

Diletta is an Executive Board Member of JEF Europe. She focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: Capacity Building, JEF Pool of Trainers, Pimp my JEF, Federal Academy, Press Relations, Y-Fed
  • Policy Areas: Migration, Free Movement/Schengen, Rule of Law, Climate, Social Europe, Enlargement
  • Sections: JEF Austria, JEF Denmark, JEF Czech Republic, JEF Montenegro, JEF North Macedonia, JEF Romania (Candidate)
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: Political Commission 2 (Internal European Affairs)
Contact Diletta

Andreas Høstgaard Graversen

Executive Board Member

Andreas is an Executive Board Member of JEF Europe. He focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: Advocacy, Re-Acti-On, Y-Fed
  • Policy Areas: Climate and Environment, Social Europe, Enlargement, Security and Defense, Eurozone and Banking Union
  • Sections: JEF Croatia, JEF Malta, JEF Netherlands
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: TF Green Transition, Political Commission 2 (Internal European Affairs)

Moritz Schleicher

Executive Board Member

Moritz is an Executive Board Member of JEF Europe. He focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: EYFWP2020, EYE2020, Y-Fed, Press Relations, Europe@Home
  • Policy Areas: Civic Education, Digitalisation, Technology, Artificial Intelligence, International Partnerships/Asia, Climate and Environment, Enlargement
  • Partners: The New Federalist
  • Sections: JEF France, JEF Kosovo, JEF Portugal, JEF Slovenia
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: TF Civic Education

Christelle Savall

Executive Board Member

Christelle is an Executive Board Member of JEF Europe. She focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: Federalist Academy, Mindset, Y-Fed, Communications
  • Policy Areas: Enlargement, Eurozone and Banking Union
  • Sections: JEF Latvia, JEF Slovakia, JEF Poland, JEF Serbia
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: Political Commission 3 (External Affairs and Global Governance) and TF Empowerment & Diversity, TF Capacity Building

Milosh Ristovski

Secretary General

Milosh is the Secretary General of JEF Europe. He focuses on the following topics and areas:

  • Tasks and Projects: General Administration, Human Resources, Project Management, Organisation of Statutory Meetings, JEF Pool of Trainers, Pimp my JEF, EYF WP2021 – Internet Governance
  • Partners: Civil Society Europe, Friends of JEF, Advisory Council on Youth, European Youth Forum
  • Task Forces and Political Commissions: TF Civic Education

Federal Committee


The Federal Committee (FC) meets twice a year and is responsible for formulating JEF resolutions policies. It is the main decision-making body between the European Congresses. The Federal Committee is mainly composed of one representative of each national section of JEF and 16 members elected directly by the Congress. This allows JEF to combine national representatives with directly elected European representatives united in one assembly (instead of 2 different chambers) – federalism in practice!

All FC members together are interacting with the Executive Bureau (EB) like a parliament interacts with a government and holds it accountable. Each of the 16 directly elected members of the FC is also responsible for one area of political or organisational activity being the (co-)chair of one of the Political Commissions or Task Forces respectively.

Structure of the Federal Committee

The Presidium consists of three members that are responsible for chairing the FC meetings and also coordinating and steering the work and activities of the Political Commissions and Task Forces in-between the FC meetings by providing input and distributing the tasks.

The national delegates are the representatives from the sections and they are responsible for bridging the European level with the national, regional and local levels by: transmitting information from JEF Europe to the sections & encouraging their own members to participate in the debates and other activities of JEF Europe.

These members are independent from sections and are responsible for making substantial contributions to the elaboration of political messages by submitting draft resolutions to the FC.

The Congress is the supreme body of JEF and represents all JEF members. You could consider the Congress as the representation of the citizens of JEF. It meets every two years. It is composed of delegates elected by JEF national sections. The congress elects most mandate holders of JEF (the President, the two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, the members of the Executive Board, the directly elected members of the Federal Committee, the Arbitration Board and the Auditors Committee). The Congress also defines the political direction of JEF and its policies by discussing and formulating the Political Platform.

EB members are also part of the FC since they are holding voting rights, except for the Secretary-General.

According to the official Rules of Procedure, Observers are JEF members who are present at statutory meetings but not in the capacity of delegates and thus without a voting right. They consist of, among others, representatives from candidate sections. Observers with important organisational duties can ask the Presidium to be incorporated in the Google Group of the FC email list.

Members directly elected from the Congress

Simon Devos-Chernova

Federal Committee Member

Simon is a member of the Federal Committee Presidium and Co-Chair of TF Green Transition.

Contact Simon

Sonja Afanasjeva

Federal Committee Member

Sonja is a member of the Federal Committee Presidium

Contact Sonja

Gerhard Soyka

Federal Committee Member

Gerhard is a member of the Federal Committee Presidium.

Contact Gerhard

Annemarie Hertner

Federal Committee Member

Annemarie is Co-Chair of TF Civic Education. and Co-Chair of Political Commission 2 (Internal European Affairs).

Contact Annemarie

Kalojan Hoffmeister

Federal Committee Member

Kalojan is Co-Chair of Political Commission 1 (Institutions and Governance).

Contact Kalojan

Juuso Järviniemi

Federal Committee Member

Juuso is Co-Chair of TF Capacity Building.

Contact Juuso

Iida Laurila

Federal Committee Member

Iida is Co-Chair of TF Empowerment and Diversity.

Contact Iida

Ine Tollenaers

Federal Committee Member

Ine is Co-Chair of Political Commission 3 (External Affairs and Global Governance).

Contact Ine

Riccardo Moschetti

Federal Committee Member

Riccardo is Co-Chair of Political Commission 3 (External Affairs and Global Governance).

Contact Riccardo

Raimond Nrecaj

Federal Committee Member

Raimond is Co-Chair of TF Civic Education.

Contact Raimond

Flavia-Gabriela Sandu

Federal Committee Member

Flavia is Co-Chair of Political Commission 2 (Internal European Affairs).

Contact Flavia

Ben Cassar

Federal Committee Member

Ben is Chair of TF Y-FED.

Contact Ben

Olav Soldal

Federal Committee Member

Olav is Co-Chair of Political Commission 2 (Internal European Affairs).

Contact Olav

Aleksandra Aleksejeva

Federal Committee Member

Aleksandra is Co-Chair of TF Green Transition.

Contact Aleksandra

Giorgia Sorrentino

Federal Committee Member

Giorgia is Co-Chair of Political Commission 1 (Institutions and Governance).

Contact Giorgia

Katharina Burren

Federal Committee Member

Katharina is Co-Chair of  Task Force Capacity Building

Contact Katharina

European Secretariat


The European Secretariat is JEF’s public administration. The Secretary General is in charge of the European Secretariat of the association. S/he is responsible for relations with the sections of JEF Europe and the coordination of their activities. S/he is appointed by the Executive Board and ratified by the Federal Committee for a term of two years.

Milosh Ristovski

Secretary General

Milosh comes from Kumanovo (North Macedonia) where he worked in and for 2 years also managed Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID). He started working with JEF Europe as a trainer/educator for different JEF international activities for about 7 years. Beside his experience as a manager/leader, Milosh is a trainer/consultant for CSOs and European Institutions over 10 year.

He’s been appointed as new Secretary General of JEF Europe in April 2018. During the next two years, his main objective will be to strengthen JEF Europe and its sections throughout Europe, to help them develop to ensure JEF’s political impact grows even stronger at all levels.

He is in charge of the daily leadership and management of the organisation and the staff team based in Brussels.

Contact Milosh
Leonie Martin

President

Leonie hails from the cross-border region of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. She has a master degree in European public policy and administration from Maastricht University and in International and European law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has also lived in Budapest, Berlin and the Washington D.C. area.

Leonie has been active in JEF since the end of 2010, when JEF Netherlands was re-initiated. She was one of the co-founders of JEF Maastricht, has been active in many board positions in JEF Netherlands, ensuring that the organization would become a member section, and she stimulated inter-regional ties as one of the coordinators of the JEF Cross-Border Network. With her passion for communicating European politics and stimulating the political debate, Leonie has been active as Senior Vice-President for two mandates (2015 – 2019) and is full-time President since January 2020.

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Michal Rybacki

Policy Officer

Michał was born in Poland and joined JEF Europe’s Secretariat after interning at the European Parliament and NATO as well as promoting human rights and youth civic engagement with several NGOs. Holding Master’s degrees in International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies, he considers European integration the most successful peacebuilding process in history and is committed to taking it to the next level.

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Théo Lecarpentier

Project Officer / Europe@School

Théo Lecarpentier was born in France. He obtained two bachelor’s degrees related to sport sciences, during which he spent one year in Norway. He also holds a master’s degree in European Project Management. As part of his programme he interned the UNESCO WWAP Office in Perugia, Italy in which he worked on gender equality and water resources. He considers European Federalism as the most efficient way to tackle the biggest challenge of the humanity: climate change.
He is responsible of the 2020 Work Plan of Europe at School Programme: New Directives and works on the Youth SDGs project.

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Alexandra Huber

Financial & Project Officer / Next Chapter Europe

Alexandra was born in Munich, Germany and holds a Bachelor degree in Political Sciences and a Master degree in Intercultural Studies. Being involved in the Youth Peace Ambassadors campaign and working for the European Commission’s agency for education and culture made her passionate for European youth politics and active citizenship.

Alexandra is working on the administration of the daily finances of JEF Europe and is coordinating the Mindset project focusing on discrimination based on ethnic origin in cooperation with Euractiv. She is the coordinator of Next Chapter Europe – Youth voice on the Conference on the Future of Europe, organising local consultations and awareness raising events on the Conference on the Future of Europe for young people.

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Elitsa Hadzhieva

Project Officer / Y-FED & I Choose Europe

Elitsa Hadzhieva is a Political scientist from Ravda (Bulgaria). During her studies, she completed several internships in local and national governmental institutions like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bulgaria and the Municipality of Nessebar. She is finishing her Masters in European Integration and Diplomacy in the EU with a master thesis on Youth policy-making and the EU Youth Dialogue.

Elitsa has been involved in volunteering and Civic society organisations from the age of 16 and she has been a member of AEGEE for 6 years where she has worked intensively on the European elections campaign of the organisation (Y Vote project) and in raising awareness on the topics of Gender Equality and Mental health (Europe on Track project). She has experience in several Erasmus+ European Youth Together projects (“My Europe. My Say”; “I Choose Europe”).

Elitsa has joined the European Secretariat of JEF Europe in February 2020 and she is currently the project officer of “Y-FED: Europe is what we make of it” and working on the European Youth foundation International Activity “GreenY: Environmental sustainability practices in youth organisations ” as well as project development and project applications.

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Sean Ellul

Communication Officer

Sean Ellul is a creative, Maltese youth, who has a passion for disruptive technologies and digital communications.

Having over eight years of experience in the youth field, Sean has been involved in multiple youth organisations and spaces; from the National Youth Council of Malta, to the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe. JEF Malta was one of the first organisations Sean joined in his first year of reading a Bachelors in European Studies with Communications, and has been a strong supporter of a federalist Europe ever since.

After finishing his Masters of Science in Risk Management, Sean began branching into the field of digital communications, due to its ever-increasing importance (and disruptiveness) in both the public & private sector, which eventually led to him to holding the Communication Officer position in the JEF Europe Secretariat.

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Lorene Weber

Administration & Membership Officer

Lorène was born in Bordeaux, France. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Political and Governance Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She has been a member of JEF since 2015, volunteering at the local level, and was a member of the editorial board of The New Federalist. She previously worked in the think tanks and NGOs sector, and was a bluebook trainee at the European Commission.

Lorène is working on membership and engagement with JEF Europe’s sections, administrative tasks and project management support.

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Mirjam de Jong

Project assistant

Mirjam was born in the Netherlands. She holds an M.Sc. degree in Human Geography, as well as in Human Rights and Diplomacy. It was during her first Master’s degree when studying conflicts based on territories that she developed an interest in looking beyond national borders in Europe. Especially her time spent on the island of Ireland during the Brexit negotiations in 2018 made her realise the importance of strong cooperation on an international level for peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

After working on internships at UNICEF Netherlands, the UN office in Geneva, and a project management traineeship focussed on sustainable energy in Brussels, she joined the JEF Europe team in October 2021 and is currently assisting with work related to the running of various different projects within the Secretariat.

Contact Mirjam

Arbitration Board


The Arbitration Board settles statutory conflicts between members, JEF sections and statutory bodies of JEF. Its five members elected by the Congress take their decisions by simple majority. The entire Arbitration Board can be reached on: arbitration(at)jef.eu.

Jacopo Barbati

Miriam Postiglione

Kevin Kristiansen

Camilla Walstad

Abdul Kerim Aydemir

Auditors Committee


The Auditors Committee verifies the accounts of the association at least once a year. It is composed of at least two members and a maximum of three, elected by the Congress. You can contact them at auditors(at)jef.eu.

Emilia Chehtova

Patrick L. von Wildenradt

Marc Sinner