Board Members
Meet the Team!
Virgilio Falco

Chairman

Country: Italy

E-Mail: [email protected]

Virgilio Falco (28), the EDS Chairman, is a Law graduate from the LUMSA University of Rome. He is also President of an EDS member organisation, StudiCentro. He obtained a MicroMaster in Political Science, organised by the University of Oxford and Blavatnik School of Government and a MicroMaster in Humanitarian Law, organized by Harvard University. He served as Deputy Secretary-General and, for two terms, as Vice-Chairman of EDS. Falco also worked at the Chamber of Deputies and an online university. He served as President of the Education Committee of the National Youth Council of Italy, and he writes for several Italian newspapers (Il Foglio, Il Giornale, Formiche) on educational and political matters. He has been audited several times by Parliament and the Ministry of Education on the reforms of school and university. Since the 2011 congress in Marseille, he has been on the staff of the organization of the congresses of the European People's Party. He also carries out volunteering activities at the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, in the Vatican City.

Sara Juriks

Secretary General

Country: Norway

E-Mail: [email protected]

Sara Juriks (23) is from Oslo, Norway. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and is now finishing her Master’s Degree in Democracy and Comparative Politics at UCL in London, where she has lived for the last four years. She has been active in youth politics since 2011 and was elected to the national board of HS in 2016; where she is still active as International Secretary and board member. Sara has been active and attending to EDS events since 2014. During the working year 2015/2016 she served as a Co-Chair of the Permanent Working Group of Human Rights, and for the last two working years, 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 she was in the Bureau, where her main responsibilities were conference resolutions and fundraising. Currently she is the Secretary General of EDS.

Hubert Tadych

Vice-Chairman

Country: Poland

E-Mail: [email protected]

Hubert Tadych (24) pursued Master of Laws degree in Poland. His academic interests are competition (anti-trust) law and transportation industry. He is an alumnus of the high-profile School of Political Leadership. He has gathered his previous professional experience in law and politics both in private law firms and public bodies. He used to work as an assistant to the Member of the Parliament and as a communication manager to the party. Simultaneously, he has been actively involved in youth politics since 2012, first at local enterprises, then joining SMD in 2014. Since then, he has been appointed by his organisation as a communication officer and a member of the international committee. On behalf of SMD, he organised in Poland multiple national and international EDS events. Since 2016, He has been a Co-Chair of two EDS Working Groups and now within the bureau he is responsible for the EU Elections. He also serves the EPP Group.

Tommi Pyykkö

Vice-Chairman

Country: Finland

E-Mail: [email protected]

Tommi Pyykkö (29) lives in Helsinki, Finland, where he studied French, European Studies and Political Science at the University of Helsinki. He has been an active member of TK Finland since 2013 and served as International Secretary in 2016 - 2018. His first EDS event was in September 2015 in Brussels, and since the Winter University in Berlin (2016) he has attended every Council Meeting. During the last working year (2016 – 2017) he was part of the Social Media Team. Now as a Vice-Chairman, his main responsibilities within the bureau are the publications, consisting of this Annual Report and the official magazine of EDS, BullsEye. He also takes care of the website. In the future, he aims to combine his studies and political experience into an EU-related career. This objective has become more interesting and attractive year by year following his experiences with TK Finland, EDS and his internship with the EPP Group at the European Parliament.

Pantelis A. Poetis

Vice-Chairman

Country: Cyprus

E-Mail: [email protected]

Pantelis A. Poetis (24) from Cyprus, has studied two degrees in Law and International Relations (Political Economy) at Middlesex University London. He is an active member of FPK Protoporia, which is the official student organisation of the DI.SY party of Cyprus. He currently serves as the International Secretary of FPK Protoporia. His first EDS event was in July 2015 in Malta, and since then, he has attended most EDS events. Now, as a Vice-Chairman he holds the portfolios of Statutory Amendments, Member-Organisations and Website. Pantelis has served in several leadership positions in national and international youth politics, such as that of President of the National Student Federation of Cypriots in the UK. He is also the Founder and Coordinator of the thinktank O.LA – Team Larnaca,which is a local NGO in the city of Larnaca. He currently works at Dr Andreas Poetis & Co LLC law firm based in the city of Larnaca -Cyprus.

Gergely Losonci

Vice-Chairman

Country: Hungary

E-Mail: [email protected]

Gergely Losonci (25) is a Hungarian MBA student at Corvinus University, Budapest. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Business & Management and Finance, and he is also a Chartered Accountant. Gergely worked at the European Parliament for the Hungarian EPP delegation, and currently works as a business consultant in Budapest. He has been involved in youth politics since 2015 and is now serving as Vice-Chairman of EDS and Deputy International Secretary of Fidelitas. Within EDS he is responsible for preparations for the EU 2019 Elections and the 2018 EPP Congress.

Carlo Giacomo Angrisano Girauta

Vice-Chairman

Country: Spain

E-Mail: [email protected]

Carlo Giacomo (21) is a Law and Global Governance student at ESADE. He is currently the International Secretary of NNGG in Spain, where he has been active since 2012 when he was appointed as chairman of the Pupils in Catalonia. In 2016 he was the youngest candidate in the Barcelona constituency in the legislative elections. In that campaign, he also assumed a position in the campaign team of the Interior Minister. Since the Summer University of Larnaca 2016, Carlo Giacomo has been active in EDS. During the Malta Council Meeting 2017, he represented NNGG and obtained an almost unanimous vote on NNGG’s full membership. That same year he was elected as Vice-Chairman during the Varna Summer University. As EDS Vice Chairman his responsibilities consist of drafting event reports and newsletter, as well as being responsible for Latin American relations.

Robert Kiss

Vice-Chairman

Country: Romania

E-Mail: [email protected]

Robert Kiss (29) was born in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business & Management from Corvinus University of Budapest. Robert also holds a Masters degree Economy & Tourism and Political Campaign Analysis from Transilvania University Brasov. He is one of the founding members of RMKDM. Robert has been active in youth politics since 2011, and since then he has held several national positions. In 2014, he was elected vice-chairman of RMKDM, and re-elected for a second term in 2016. Robert has been active in EDS since the Council Meeting in Rome in 2014. He was elected as co-chairman for the human rights working group in 2016. Robert was elected Vice-Chairman of EDS in 2017. In 2018 he was re-elected as EDS Vice-Chairman. He is responsible for the Permanent Working Groups and Conference Resolution.

Boyana Taneva

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Bulgaria

E-Mail: [email protected]

Boyana Taneva (25) lives in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. She obtained her Bachelor degree in European law in Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom and her Master’s degree in University of Vienna, Austria. She did an internship in National Custom Duties Agency. Her job in the Agency was dealing with Climate Change Levy, cogeneration of energy and power. The main objective of her work was to assess, collect and account duties and taxes due on imports and cogeneration of energy in the different international projects. She is currently working in the private sector in Bulgaria for company trading with baby products international patent, trademarks and certification. She is also doing a great job participating in different NGO’s dealing with youth policy in Bulgaria. She has been an active member since 2010, working in numerous political campaigns on national level. She is also involved in many international activities. She served as a Co-Chair of the Working Group Policies for Europe during the 2017/2018 working year. She was elected as Vice-Chairwoman of EDS in 2018. Currently, within the EDS Executive Bureau, Boyana is responsible for communication, social media and event reports.

Zeger Saerens

Vice-Chairman

Country: Belgium

E-Mail: [email protected]

Zeger Saerens (23) is a graduating Master of Laws specializing in European and Corporate Law. He holds academic degrees from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) and Université Saint-Louis (Brussels). Zeger has won several awards while representing the KUL in several international pleading competitions (winner of the Frits Kalshoven Moot Court in The Hague and Semi-Finalist of the European Law Moot Court in Edinburgh). [Text Wrapping Break]Zeger gained his work experiences and professional skills from internships at three international law firms, two Belgian Federal Ministerial Offices and several governmental institutions.[Text Wrapping Break]In July 2017, the executive board of EDS appointed him as Co-Chair of the PWG Policies for Europe. The Council elected Zeger as Vice-Chairman in Genova in the summer of 2018.

Libertas Ezako

Deputy Secretary General

E-Mail: [email protected]

Libertas Ezako (27) lives in Namur, Belgium. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations with a specialisation in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la- Neuve (UCL). Since 2015, she has been an active member of Jeunes cdH where she was the Secretary-General of the Youth Assembly, as well as in her hometown, Namur, where she was in charge of the organisational part of local events. She is currently a member of the student's branch, edH, as International Secretary. Before being appointed as Deputy Secretary-General, she has been elected as Vice Chairwoman of EDS at the last Summer University, in Varna. Currently, Libertas is mainly in charge of the EDS office in Brussels. Jointly with the Secretary-General, she takes care of the organisational, financial and administrative part of the organisation. Rich of her double cultural backgrounds, she is committed to enhancing fair and fruitful partnerships between Europe and Africa.

Tomasz Kaniecki

Honorary Chairman

E-Mail: [email protected]

Tomasz’s (24) main interests are European markets, economy, foreign policy, and political risk analysis. His introduction to politics came through his service as a field organiser for the 2011 campaign of former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radosław Sikorski. Since then, Tomasz has been an active member of the Youth branch of Civic Platform (EPP) where, besides his involvement at an international and local level, he devotes his attention to charitable activities. In 2015 he received honours from the British and Swedish Embassies in Poland for the best paper on the US-EU trade agreement (TTIP); in 2017 the Polish IT and Telecommunication Chamber awarded him for the best presentation on cybersecurity regulation in the banking sector. Tomasz holds a master’s degree in law with the dissertation focused on cybersecurity. In the past, Tomasz served as Co-Chairman of the Policies for Europe Permanent Working Group, member of the BullsEye editorial team and Vice-Chairman. In the WG 2017/2018, he was EDS Secretary General. Currently, he works in the global law firm in the business intelligence team.