Meet the Nominees – Young European of the Year 2023

The Schwarzkopf Foundation has recently announced the nominees for the Young European of the Year 2023 award. This year, the five inspiring young Europeans nominated for their work are Ena, Mehmed, Mikulas, Nayab, and Žofie. Soon, the jury will select the winner, but before we let you know who won, meet the nominees! This project is co-funded by the European Union.

Ena Porča

21, Climate activist and organizer of the TEDxYouth Event in Bosnia and Herzegovina

„I come from Sarajevo, a city in the heart-shaped country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have committed myself to loving and caring for this heart until I see the flowers blossom from its cracks. Only by standing together, can we create the waves of a future reinvented.“

Mehmed Mahmutovic

25, Marketing & Creative Manager, Cultural Worker, Educator & Change Maker

„I see Europe as a place where we should not observe humans as a project, but rather as a place where we accept the stories and different backgrounds and approach them humanely through the desire of sharing perspectives and knowledge.“

Mikulas Lakatos

25, Public Policy Maker, Youth Worker

„I am acting in supporting EU’s diversity, equality, and inclusive society building commitment. I am focusing on public policy development, lowering of the inequalities among the most vulnerable and marginalized Roma communities in Slovakia.”

Nayab Zahra

23, Founder of an artificial intelligence and machine learning enterprise Neon in Genèva

„My focus is based on human development through zero unemployment by unleashing entrepreneurship to form a transformative, sustainable, and equitable world.“

Zofie Hobzikova

25, Founder of the Platform for Citizens‘ Assemblies in Czechia

„My vision for Europe is one of unity and collaboration, rooted in active citizenship and mutual support. I strongly believe that by embracing our collective wisdom we can empower each other and face the ongoing crises together with compassion.”

Within the next weeks, the jury will have its final meeting and decide who will be the Young European of 2023. This person will then be granted 5,000 euros for a six-month internship with a European institution or for an own project. More information about the award can be found below.