Georgios Chatzigeorgiou (26) was born in Larnaca, Cyprus. He holds a Bachelor degree in Law and is a Barrister-at-law of the Lincoln’s Inn of Court in the United Kingdom. Georgios also holds a Masters degree in Corporate Law from University College London (UCL). He is currently a member of the British Bar Council and had previously during his postgraduate studies been a member of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Georgios has been involved in youth politics since 2006 when he joined NEDISY’s pupil branch MAKI. Since then, he has held local and national positions, serving amongst others as the Chairman of MAKI and Chairman of his school’s executive committee in 2008. He is currently a member of the Political Bureau of NEDISY, as well as a member of the Political Bureau of DISY, the governing EPP Party in Cyprus.
Georgios has been active in FPK Protoporia since entering law school in 2010 and his involvement in EDS as FPK Protoporia’s delegate started at the 2013 Winter University in Lviv, Ukraine.
Georgios served as EDS Vice-Chairman for two terms before being elected Chairman of the organisation in August 2015. Together with Secretary-General Ivan Burazin, Georgios is principally responsible for the day-to-day running of the EDS.
Ivan Burazin lives in Split, Croatia where he holds a Masters Degree in National Securities Studies and bachelors degree in Administrative Law. Currently he is doing his PHD studies in Diplomacy and International Relations in Zagreb. Most of his academic work and researches are focused on questions of poverty, entrepreneurship and security. Ivan has been active member of SO HSS since 2009 when he was elected Chairman of the local branch in Split. In 2013 he was elected Vice Chairman of SO HSS.
In 2013 he was elected Vice Chairman of HSS in Split. Ivan has been an active delegate to EDS since 2011 as member of the SO HSS delegation and was EDS Co-Chairman for the Permanent Working Group for Human Rights in the 2012-2013 working year. In two terms he served as an Vice Chairman during the years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. During his term as a Vice Chairman in the EDS Bureau, Ivan was responsible for Fundraising, Social.
Giacomo Rossetto (24) is studying Economics and Management at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milano and previosly attended the faculty of Law. His interests are innovation, economic growth and development.
Giacomo started to get involved in politics in 2008 when he began to represent students up to the National Council of the Ministry of Education. Last year he was elected National Coordinator of StudiCentro and he tried to create greater synergy between the members of the association, focusing on the problem of brain drain and development.
His involvement in EDS started in 2014 and during the Summer University 2016 in Larnaca, Cyprus he has been elected EDS Vice Chair.
Tomasz Kaniecki (22) is a polish law student, based in Warsaw. His interest is digitalization of public data and the “future of law.” During his scholarship programme at the Jagiellonian Univeristy in Cracow he was undertaking a pilotage course of Artiﬁcial Intelligence and Law.
Tomasz’s introduction to politics came through service as a ﬁeld organizer for the former polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski campaign in 2011. Since this time Tomasz is an active member of the Youth of Civic Platform (EPP) where beside international and local involvement he put his attention to charity activities. He has served at european institutions and work on both political and business researches in Poland. In 2015 he was honourably awarded by the British and Swedish Embassies for the best student paper on the TTIP.
He writes for the Civic Institute – think tank of Civic Platform, member of WMCES. In the previous working year Tomasz served as a CoChairman of Policy of Europe PWG and as a member of the BullsEye editorial team. Currently Tomasz is responsible for EDS Social Media.
Silvie Rohr (26) works for the German Bundestag and pursued studies in Law at Humboldt-University in Berlin. Her political involvement began in 2009 when volunteering with the NGO “Solidarity with Women in Distress” in Mombasa, Kenya. From 2010 onwards, she became active in student politics, joining RCDS and assuming a position on the board of her university’s student parliament.
In 2012, Silvie was elected Vice-Chairwoman of RCDS Germany. In this capacity, she served as Chair of the Federal Committee for European Affairs. Currently, Silvie is a member of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s working group “Junge Integrationspolitiker” and of CDU’s federal network on integration. Besides her political commitments, Silvie worked as student assistant for the German television channel ZDF. Her active involvement with EDS dates back to 2012, when she attended the Summer University in Sopron, Hungary.
Silvie served two terms in the Editorial Team and became Editor-in-Chief of BullsEye in 2014. Within the Bureau, she is primarily responsible for publications, but also assists in policy and strategic questions.
Alexander O’Brien (27) lives in London where he works in corporate governance. Born and bred in Yorkshire, Alexander read Law at the University of Nottingham before going on to study for a Master’s in Law and Corporate Governance at the University of Portsmouth.
Alexander first became involved in youth politics during the 2010 UK General Election after joining his university’s Conservative Association. He went on to hold various positions in Conservative Future, the youth wing of the UK Conservative Party, including Branch Chairman, North Yorkshire Area Chairman and Regional Campaigns Officer for Yorkshire & the Humber. He was also active in the Conservative Party itself and was elected Deputy Chairman of his local Conservative Association.
Alexander joined the Young Conservative Europe Group in 2012 and became its Chairman in 2013, a position he continues to hold today. He been an active member of EDS since 2012, regularly attending events, and has led EDS’s proofreading team since 2013.
Mitya Atanasov (31) is EDS Vice-Chairman and Secretary of MGERB in Bulgaria, Sofia.
Mitya holds a Bachelor degree in Information Technologies and a Masters degree in Political Science with a specialisation in European Governance. He is also a young entrepreneur, working as project manager in the IT sector.
He believes that every EU citizen needs to give a good personal example of how to contribute to a better society, country, and union, as the European Union is our home and we are we hold the keys to its future. Within EDS, Mitya serves his first term as Vice-Chairman. Before his election to this post, Mitya had already led the Permanent Working Group “Policies for Europe” as Co-Chair.
Within the Bureau, he is responsible for the conference resolutions and the PWG Policies for Europe. Despite the rocky road ahead of the Union, Mitya believes in a stronger, united Europe based on common values.
Sophia Skoda (20) lives in Vienna, Austria where she studies International Business Adminstration at the University of Vienna. She has been active member of AG and the Austrian Students Union since 2013 and is therefore highly dedicated in higher education and research policies. In February 2014 she attended her first EDS-Event in Budapest and she became active in EDS.
In July 2014 she was elected as International Secretary of AG. She also holds a mandate in the Students Commission at her faculty of economy and is a member of the Austrian People´s Party.
She was a Co-Chair in EDS for the working group Higher Education in Research for the working year 2014/15.
At the Summer University 2015 in Malta she has been elected as Vice Chair of EDS.
Sara Alexandra Juriks (21) is studying Comperative Politics in London. She is originally from Oslo, Norway but chose to move to London for her studies. Sara started her political involvement in ‘Unge Høyre’ the youth organisation of the Norwegian conservative party Høyre. Later on she moved on to Høyres Studenter and has been active there since 2013. In June 2016 she was elected for the national board of HS and now serves as international secretary for Høyres Studenter. Sara became involved in EDS at the Council Meeting in Rome, 2014 and has since also served a term as Co-Chair of the Permanent Working Group for Human Rights, and was elected into the Bureau at the Summer University in Larnaca 2016.
Sara Juriks is originally from Oslo, Norway but currently lives and studies in London. She is currently undertaking her Masters degree in Comperative Politics. Sara has been an active member of EDS since 2014 and her main responsibilities within the bureau are the drafting of conference resolutions and the Permanent Working Group Human Rights.
Efthymia Katsouri (26) is from Athens, Greece. She obtained her Bachelor of Law and Masters in European Law from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. She is a member of the Athens Bar Association and a Practicing Attorney specialising mainly in property and private international law.
She has been actively involved in youth politics both on a national and European level. In 2014, she was appointed member of the ONNED international committee and has participated as a delegate of DAP-NDFK at a series of events of different European political youth organisations. She has also been appointed an electoral officer on many occasions within national, regional, European parliamentary, as well as the presidential elections of New Democracy.
Her responsibilities within the bureau include the coordination of the amendments made to the provisions of the statutes, the editing, publication and coordination of the EDS’s newsletter and overall assistance in all areas, such as drafting, preparing different types of official documentation required for the needs of the EDS.