Our team takes care of the day-to-day business. In close interaction with our target group, we create activities for young Europeans who participate in shaping society. In doing so, we rely on the diverse perspectives within the team and on a common ground.

Executive Team

  • Mandy Buschina

    Deputy Executive Director
    Mandy Buschina takes care of the strategic direction of the foundation. With an eye for the bigger picture, she finds the right partners for our work.
  • André Schmitz-Schwarzkopf

    Interim Executive Director

Communication & Administration

  • Batoul Abu-Yahya

    Student Assistant Communication
    Batoul Abu-Yahya has been active in many young networks. Alongside her studies, she supports the foundation's public relations work.
  • Concepta Agoya

    Trainee Office Management
    Concepta Agoya enables the team to manage the daily office routine in an organized and sustainable way.
  • Andrea Buchan

    Administrator Human Resources
    Andrea Buchan takes care of our team. She coordinates personnel processes and clarifies labor law issues.
  • Bernard Dröge

    Head of Administration
    Bernard Dröge oversees our internal infrastructure and working environments. Have you tried turning it off and on again?
  • Kerstin Eckart

    Head of Administration
    As a former volunteer and project manager, Kerstin Eckart knows the foundation inside out. Since 2019, she is responsible for the administrative and legal basis of our work.
  • Teo Ernst

    Student Assistant
    Teo Ernst supports the office management as a student assistant.
  • Jürgen Hübner

    IT Systems Administrator
    Jürgen Hübner cares about technical infrastructure and IT.
  • Milena Jovanovic

    Head of Communication
    Milena Jovanovic communicates our content to the outside world. She is committed to making young voices heard and to strengthening post-migrant perspectives.
  • Naledi Emmel

    Project Assistant
    Naledi Emmel supports our external communication as a volunteer. Close to the target group, she helps us to stay up-to-date.
  • Nicolas Langauer

    Advisor to the Executive Directors and the Chairman of the Board
    Nicolas Langauer supports the executive directors in word and deed and is wholeheartedly committed to organising unforgettable team events.
  • Yumin Li

    Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination, Diversity-Policies and Justice
    Yumin works on the diversity-oriented development of the Foundation. She coordinates the change process within the Foundation and develops measures to promote equitable and discrimination-sensitive work.
  • Waltraud Luschny

    Archive Editor
    As a trained journalist, Waltraud Luschny digs deep into the sometimes dusty files from the foundation's founding days. By creating a digital archive, she is making our 50-year history accessible.
  • Rita Portugal

    Finances Officer
    Rita takes care of the bookkeeping and the daily income and expenses, keeping track of the numbers and many small steps in between.
  • Alina Schneider

    Student Assistant
    Alina appreciates the international environment of the foundation. Next to her studies, she supports the office management and the department human resources.
  • Lasse Schwanck

    IT Systems Administrator
    Lasse looks after the foundation’s technical systems. Between paper jam and server closet, from Excel issues to Microsoft’s licensing model, Lasse supports our team in getting things done.

Education & Travel

  • Fikri Anıl Altıntaş

    Project Manger Education & Travel
    Fikri Anıl Altıntaş coordinates our travel grants and implements racism-critical educational offers for children and youth welfare as part of the competence network. He also communicates those offers on our Instagram channel "Beyond A Single Story".
  • Nadine Golly

    Programme Lead Education & Travel / Co-Lead "Competence Network Living Together in Migration Societies"
    In addition to the education and travel program, Nadine Golly is responsible for the “Competence Network Living Together in Immigrant Societies”. As an expert on anti-discrimination and education, she strengthens diversity-oriented offers.
  • Annik Schepp

    Project Manager Education & Travel
    Annik Schepp coordinates the Young Ambassadors Against Antisemitism programme. She supports young people in advancing post-migrant remembrance culture.

Events & Awards

  • Dr. Geraldine Blomberg

    Programme Lead Events & Awards
    Dr. Geraldine Blomberg leads the events and awards team. She is an enthusiast for formats and tools that allow young people exchange and encounters. In her interdisciplinary professional background, she combines educational studies with applied theatre pedagogy.
  • Paula Winkler

    Project Assistant
    Paula Winkler actively supports the team as a volunteer in organising events and awards.
  • Esther Spicker

    Project Manager Awards
    Esther Spicker is responsible for the Foundation's three awards and is an expert on anti-Semitism and post-migrant remembrance culture. With her work, she wants to make visible the varied commitment of young people to a pluralistic society in Europe and give them recognition.

Young Islam Conference

  • Zubair Ahmad

    Project Manager Young Islam Conference
    Zubair Ahmad is an expert in postcolonial discourses. He is responsible for the outreach work of the Young Islam Conference. He supports it scientifically and brings the issues that affect our network members to the public.
  • Iman Akboua

    Student Assistant Young Islam Conference
    Iman supports the communication of the Young Islam Conference. Her focus is on social media and blog editing. She benefits from her expertise in intersectional feminism.
  • Seren Başoğul

    Project Manager Young Islam Conference
    Seren Başoğul is an expert in the field of empowerment. She coordinates the networking activities of the Young Islam Conference and supports our diverse JIK members in getting involved. She is also responsible for the Summer Academy and, together with Theresa Singer, for the Media Academy.
  • Veronika Gunne

    Project Assistant Young Islam Conference
    Veronika Gunne is an executive assistant. She supports Asmaa with everything that comes up and keeps track of numbers and finances.
  • Josefine Rindt

    Student Assistant Young Islam Conference
    Next to her masterstudies in ‘Gender, Intersectionality and Politics’ at the FU Berlin, Josefine Rindt supports the team of the Young Islam Conference in coordinating network activities.
  • Jasemin Seven

    Project Manager Young Islam Conference
    Jasemin is responsible for the Europeanization of the Young Islam Conference with a focus on strategic communication. She is an expert in educational and socio-political discourses in the areas of migration society in Europe and social participation.
  • Theresa Singer

    Communication Manager Young Islam Conference
    Theresa Singer coordinates the public relations of the Young Islam Conference and the social media channels of the Foundation. Together with Seren Başoğul she is responsible for the media academy. In her work, she brings issues and perspectives to the front that are often not heard enough.
  • Dr. Asmaa Soliman

    Programme Lead Young Islam Conference / Co-Lead "Competence Network Living Together in Migration Societies"
    Dr. Asmaa Soliman is an expert on topics dealing with intercultural diversity and Muslim communities in Europe. She leads the Young Islam Conference and coordinates the " Competence Network Living Together in Migration Societies“ together with her colleague Nadine Golly.

Understanding Europe

  • Martha Manuela Bienert

    Project Manager Understanding Europe
    Martha Manuela Bienert is responsible for the fellowship programme "Thinking of Europe" and the coordination of the "Good News!" courses. With education on human rights and democracy for young adults and marginalised groups she wants to make sure that their messages are heard and taken seriously.
  • Marlene Gärtner

    Project Manager Understanding Europe
    Marlene Gärtner organises the European Summer School and is responsible for qualification, transnational networking and evaluation. She is enthusiastic about scientific findings and committed to the exchange between research and practice.
  • Friedrich Landenberger

    Communication Manager
    Friedrich Landenberger is responsible for Understanding Europe's public relations and supports the foundation’s press work. It is particularly important for him to bring diverse voices and perspectives of young Europeans to the fore.
  • Frieda Metzkow

    Student Assistant Understanding Europe
    Frieda Metzkow supports the team of Understanding Europe with adminis¬trative and organizational tasks. Next to her work, she studies sociolin¬guistics and political science at the Free University of Berlin.
  • Thimo Nieselt

    Project Lead Understanding Europe
    Thimo Nieselt leads the team of Understanding Europe. As an expert on inclusive, diversity-oriented Peer Education, he is also in charge of the didactic approaches and quality management of educational formats as well as our network’s publications.
  • Rebekka Pfenning

    Student Assistant Understanding Europe
    Rebekka Pfennig supports our team in coordinating workshops and events like the European Summer School. As a former trainer, she has known the network since 2018 and is always inspired by the political spirit and commitment of young people.
  • Lena Strehmann

    Project Manager Understanding Europe
    Lena Strehmann is a born networker and supervises the Coordinators of Understanding Europe. She also enjoys communicating creatively on social media and coordinates the project’s Diversity-Oriented Organizational Development (DOOD) process.

European Youth Parliament

  • Sarah Bittner

    Communication Manager European Youth Parliament
    Sarah strategises the network’s approach to communications and oversees the project “Ensemble: Franco-German Youth Exchange”. With her work she strives to convey the opinions of young Europeans as well as the EYP-spirit to external stakeholders.
  • Isabel Cantalapiedra Pro

    Project Manager European Youth Parliament
    Isabel is in charge of health-themed activities of the EYP, supports the network in diversity-oriented processes and pushes for inclusion and accessibility in the network.
  • Emilios Charalambous

    Project Assistant
    Emilios supports all logistics and processes related to the international governance of the EYP network.
  • Pauline Chetail

    Executive Director European Youth Parliament
    Pauline leads the EYP International Office and supports the strategic development of EYP. She ensures smooth collaboration between the EYP member organisations, the EYP governing instances and the Schwarzkopf Foundation.
  • Marie Cucurella

    Project Manager European Youth Parliament
    Marie works on developing the capacity-building strategy for the network. She organises and coordinates training events, works with volunteers and young trainers, taking care of everything related to young people developing knowledge, skills and reflective behaviours.
  • Anne Flotho-Liersch

    Project Manager European Youth Parliament
    Anne oversees the Climate Youth Action Plan, a network-wide initiative focused on European climate and energy policy. Within her portfolio, she coordinates the EYP's activities related to climate change and sustainability.
  • Ilija Jerković

    Project Manager European Youth Parliament
    Ilija connects young Europeans through the network’s flagship events and is in charge of EYP’s involvement with the Conference on the Future of Europe.
  • Jaša Levstik

    European Solidarity Corps Volunteer
    Jaša supports the EYP’s communications and media work, and assists with the “Youth Dialogue for Strong Civic Spaces” project. His work spreads from content creation to ensuring the important messages reach the wider community.
  • Kristine Lomako

    Project Manager European Youth Parliament
    Kristine coordinates the “Youth Dialogue for Strong Civic Spaces” project, in which she works with EYP volunteers from National Committees in the Eastern Partnership countries. She’s passionate about long-term development, capacity-building and ecological sustainability.
  • Nikita Salukvadze

    Project Assistant European Youth Parliament
    Nikita is a creative content creator. He supports the European Youth Parliament’s media and communications work, manages and designs content for social media accounts and engages with EYP’s National Committees on communication topics.
  • João Silva

    Project Assistant / Alumni Officer
    João is responsible for all matters related to the EYP network’s Alumni. His work aims to support the sustainable growth of (and continued engagement with) the community of 200 000 former EYPers out there!
  • Jelena Valentik

    Volunteer for Governance
    Jelena is in charge of managing all processes related to the EYP's international governance activities. She gives general support for ongoing projects including fundraising tasks and capacity building events.
  • Saskia van Berloo

    European Solidarity Corps Volunteer
    Saskia assists volunteers of the flagship events by helping with participant management and funding.