Fall 2020 Cohort

Adina is from Romania. She holds a Master of Arts and Master of Letters in History from the University of Dundee. Throughout her studies, she primarily focused on empirical research with a strong interest in former Global Empires and Soviet Studies. Outside of academia she collaborated with various Scottish museums and art galleries on cultural research projects. Between 2019-2020 Adina lived in Cyprus, where she researched and delivered projects with sociocultural impact. The work conducted in the humanitarian field enabled her to gain hands-on experience in forced migration, displacement, conflict, and human trafficking issues. Adina’s main interests combine history, politics, human rights advocacy, research, equality, and sustainability. Recently she joined Management Centre Europe where she is enhancing her skills in project management.

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Antonina BORRELLO

Antonina is Italian and she is a Blue Book trainee in the European Commission in DG HOME. Her education background relates to translation and interpreting; she got a Bachelor’s Degree in my hometown Reggio Calabria in Linguistic Mediation and then a Master’s Degree in Specialized Translation at the University of Trieste, studying Arabic, English and Spanish. The study of Arabic language and culture brought her to Lebanon, where she had the chance not only to study but also to volunteer as an interpreter in the Syrian refugee camps, translating from Arabic into Italian and viceversa for a team of Italian doctors and the refugees. That experience along with her genuine interest towards migration and asylum issues led her to write her Master’s thesis about the role of the interpreters in humanitarian and crisis contexts. After her graduation, she got selected for the March 20Blue Book traineeship in DG HOME which, because of COVID-19 pandemic, was entirely online. For this reason, over the next months she will have the opportunity to repeat her traineeship and, hopefully, to experience the lively and international life in Brussels.

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Enzo RIBAGNAC

Enzo has completed studies in law, public affairs and languages (English, Mandarin and Italian) in various universities in Europe and Asia, including Sciences Po Bordeaux, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Università degli studi di Torino. He has a strong interest in the upcoming European digital policies as well as in the trade aspect of international relations. He is currently working in a European institution on trade related issues. Prior to that, Enzo was the Chairman of a European non-profit organisation empowering young people to get involved in European politics, and managed projects in both Europe and North America. While studying in China, he interned at the EU SME Centre – a project funded by the European Union, supporting European SMEs in the Chinese market – and at the International Press Centre of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

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Henri CHABRIER

Henri Chabrier is a 22 year-old student in Public Affairs at Sciences Po. He arrived in Brussels this September in order to do an internship at the European Parliament, as a trainee for a French MEP (Pierre Karleskind). He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sciences Po and a Bachelor of History from La Sorbonne, and will finish his Master in Public Affairs at Sciences Po next year. Henri enjoys travelling and discovering new countries, and he spent a year in Hong Kong as an exchange student where he visited many Asian countries and discovered new cultures. His interests range from Politics, International Relations and Languages. Henri would like to specialize in both European and African Politics; and he is also taking Swahili courses in order to understand the continent better. Also, during his free time, he likes to play the piano, read and meet people from different backgrounds and countries.

Ivana Geto is a Political Scientist from Osijek, Croatia. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb where she studied EU affairs and Internation Relations. Her master’s thesis concentrated on regulation of lobbying as an instrument of anti-corruption policy. During her studies, Ivana spent an exchange semester at University of Konstanz, Germany (Department of Political science and Public administration) and been an intern in four different sectors: oil company, Office of Croatian MEP in European Parliament, Hanns Seidel Foundation in Croatia and City department for EU projects and economy, City of Osijek. Currently, Ivana is an intern in the Federation of Catholic family associations in Europe. Her interests are anti-corruption policies, regulation of lobbying and advocacy for Christian values of justice and human dignity.

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Katinka MOSSÓCZY

Katinka Zsófia Mossóczy is from Eger, Hungary. Katinka studied International Relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest and she is about to graduate with a degree in Regional and Environmental Economics from the same university. She is especially interested in Energy Politics which is, in a sense a combination of her previous and current studies. She speaks English and Italian in addition to her native Hungarian. She speaks Italian due to having completed an Erasmus semester at the University of Bologna. Beside her studies Katinka was also accepted to the Saint Ignatius Jesuit College of Excellence which was as a very inspirational, interdisciplinary platform to engage in social responsibility and talent development. Since she is interested in community building and advocacy, she organized and hosted several public events of the College and she was also elected as a Vice- President of the Student Council. In her freetime she likes doing karate and traditional archery and she even participated in several international competitions in the latter. She looks back on these events as a great opportunity with regard to self development and connecting with other cultures represented by international sportsmen. During the ELP, Katinka is working as a trainee at the Permanent Delegation of Hungary to NATO, and later on she is going to work as a trainee for a Hungarian MEP (Andor Deli).

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Lukács HAYES

Lukács is a half-Hungarian, half-English recent graduate from Hungary. He holds a BA in Sociology and Social Policy from the Corvinus University of Budapest and an MA in Political Science from the Central European University. He is currently interning at everis’s public sector consulting division in Brussels along with being a Fellow at the ELP. His broader interests encompass social policy, governance, the rule of law and human rights. In the past, he has focused on the discrimination/inclusion of migrants and refugees from outside Europe as well as that of the Roma minority in Hungary, more specifically. He has previously worked at research institutes, local NGOs and the public sector and pictures his future career path to be at some proximity to politics (yet to be determined), be it international or domestic.

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Lukács JOVANOVIĆ

Lukas was born in Croatia. After graduating in History he got a master’s degree in Religious studies at the University of Padua (Italy). He worked two years with refugees and asylum seekers in Italy and then enrolled for an additional one- year master’s degree in Migration Studies at the University Of Venice. During 2019 he was a Blue Book trainee at the European Economic and Social Committee, working on the organization of high-level international conferences and events about civil society. Currently, he is working in Caritas Europa on the Institutional Development Unit. His area of interest ranges from Migration issues, civil society, and interfaith/intercultural dialogue.

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Marco SPECIALE

Marco is a young European born in Italy. He graduated in Political Science at the University of Bologna with a master’s degree in International Relations. During his studies he attended Universities in France and Ireland as an exchange student. He also lived in Ethiopia where he worked as Intern at the Italian Embassy and later as Project Manager for a Catholic NGO. He is currently working in Brussels as Humanitarian and Innovation Intern at Caritas Europa.

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Marco FORNASIERO

Marco Fornasiero has a Master’s degree in Political Science and a second level Master’s degree in Parliamentary Law, both of them obtained at La Sapienza University of Rome. He has always been interested in politics. Former national president of FUCI, the Italian Catholic University Federation, he worked for two years in Rome for the news and media relation world, and at the end of February 2020 he completed a Shuman traineeship for the Cabinet of the President of the European Parliament.

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Matúš KORONTHÁLY

Matúš lived the majority of my life in Washington State, where my family moved two decades ago now. He completed his studies there, studying marketing at the Jesuit-led Seattle University. Despite this area of study, Matúš retained a keen interest in politics and took on an internship during the 2018 Congressional Elections in support of a local candidate. After the completion of his studies, Matúš accepted a traineeship with the European Parliament and moved to Brussels in preparation. Besides his dedication to and interest in the political and geopolitical landscape of Europe, he is very interested in history and reads copiously in his spare time. Matúš is also an avid fencer who’s been active in the sport for over two years now.

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Nikolas Schulze-MAKUCH

Nikolas Schulze-Makuch, is a 26-year-old trainee for the ECR Group at the European Committee of the Regions. While he is a German citizen, he was born and brought up in the United States. At age 19, Nik decided to move to Europe to further pursue his university academics with a focus on the European Union. He eventually graduated from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, with a degree in European Public Administration. He now has a master’s in International Relations and European Integration and a master’s in European Studies. Nik wrote his master’s thesis on demographic associations with favorability toward right-and left-wing populism in Europe and graduated in October of 2019. After graduation, he had difficulty finding a job, but eventually became a Blue Book trainee for the ECR Group in the European Committee of the Regions in February of 2020 where he will continue to work until February of 2021, after which he hopes to be able to spring-board into something new. Nik’s principal interests include history, literature and politics.

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Samir CHOUMAN

Samir is a German/Egyptian graduate from Leiden University, holding a B.A. in International Studies and an M.A. in International Relations. He has worked for the German development agency GIZ GmbH in Morocco and as a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission in Brussels, working on a breadth of issues including international cooperation, covid-19 response mechanisms and the European Green Deal. Having also worked for the OCP Policy Center in Rabat and the Arab Studies Institute based in Washington D.C., he continues working in the field of research as the Director of the Politico-Military Dimension at the Center for Youth and International Studies (CYIS). He is also an ardent kitesurfer and an avid reader.

Spring 2020 Cohort

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Hanna ENGSTRÖM

Hello everyone! My name is Hanna Engström, 27 years old from Stockholm, Sweden. I have a Master of Laws from Lund University after an exchange semester at Maastricht University (where I focused on EU law) and two summers spent at the CLS Summer School in the Czech Republic focusing on EU law. I wrote my master thesis in EU defence procurement for the Swedish defence company SAAB and the law firm Vinge in Brussels, and started working for the latter one afterwards.

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Klara WUKETICH

Klara from Austria has a background in environmental and resource management (BSc from the University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources Vienna) and holds a Master’s degree in European Studies with a focus on the management of EU projects (University of Applied Sciences Burgenland). She has gathered technical-analytical skills through her work experience at the Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities as well as those of project management, marketing and sales at a University spinoff working with satellite technology for agriculture. Next to her time as a trainee at the DG RTD, Klara is looking forward to fully experiencing what Brussels and its people have to offer.

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Bartholomäus REGENHARDT

Bartholomäus Regenhardt is about to complete his PhD in privacy and data protection law and qualify as a German lawyer. Currently he works in the life sciences practice of a Brussels based law firm. Previously he worked as a lecturer in EU Law as well as a trainee in the privacy practice of an international law firm and a German bank. Bartholomäus graduated with law degrees from the University of Passau, Germany and the University of London, UK.

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Silvia COMPAGNO

Silvia is Italian, from Rome. While completing her studies in International Relations, she has been working for various NGO’s and Organizations operating in the development cooperation sector. During her living abroad, specifically in Greece and Kosovo, she experienced how to deal with post-conflict and emergency dynamics, as well as inter-cultural, inter-ethnic and poverty issues. She’s currently working in Brussels as a Blue Book trainee at DG DEVCO.

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Donát Benedek DANICS

Donát is a 26 years old lawyer / law student from Budapest. After having graduated from the faculty of law of the ELTE University of Budapest he initiated his LL.M. studies in international law on the University of Göttingen in Germany, where he is currently a graduate student. As of March he will be participating in the Blue Book traineeship scheme of the European Commission, working within the legal department of the DG for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

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Slađana LOVRIĆ

Slađana Lovrić is a Croatian graduate from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, with a masterꞌs degree in European studies and National Security. She has a broad experience in those fields, and her last was an internship at European Parliament with Croatian Christian MEP. She intends to work further in Christian advocacy within the European and other institutions.

Autumn 2019 Cohort

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Bénédicte COLIN

Bénédicte Colin is a French graduate from the Strasbourg Institute for Political Studies (IEP), with a master’s degree in International Relations. She has experience working in a Christian NGO specialized in the promotion and the protection of human rights in Europe. She intends to work in Christian advocacy within the European institutions.

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Gianmarco PALERMO

Gianmarco is an Italian young graduate in International Relations at the University of Bologna. During his studies he attended universities in Norway, Australia, Luxembourg and the United States as an exchange student. His greatest passions are sport, travel and politics and he currently works in the JESC Justice Office as Assistant.

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Anikó MECSER

Anikó MECSER from Hungary works as a lawyer at the Legal Service of the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union with the Hungarian Administrative Scholarship. She graduated in law at Eötvös Loránd University in 2017 and she has a master’s degree in comparative law from the Université Panthéon-Assas. She is also a psychologist, she has a master’s degree from Eötvös Loránd University.

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Barnabás Felicián TÓTH

A young Hungarian from Budapest, who recently graduated from the political science master programme of the Central European University. A very active person, with experiences in journalism, quantitative empirical research, political communication and interest politics. His primarily interest lies in minority politics, ethnopolitics, with a special focus on Hungarian national minorities of Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine. Now, in Brussels he works as a Blue Book trainee at the Joint Research Centre.

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Raffaella BORRUTO

Raffaella is attending the European Leadership Programme at JESC. She just finished her Master in International Relations in Rome and holds a Bachelor Degree in International and EU studies in Milan. Fond of multicultural environments, she has done two Erasmus across France and Belgium. She has recently spent three months in Tunisia as Intern for the Italian Embassy.

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Alexis JACOB

Alexis is 28 and was born in Belgium. After graduating in Economics from Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, he got a master degree in Business Management from ESCP Europe in Paris. He worked three years in business consulting at EY in Paris and then enrolled for an additional one-year master at the College of Europe in Natolin in September 2018. He is now embarking on a Blue Book traineeship at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation where he’ll work on research financing. His interests range from European affairs, new technologies and literature.

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Maria Rita MILANESE

Maria Rita Milanese is currently working as EU Partnership Coordinator (a.i) at the INGO Plan International in its EU Office. Maria Rita holds a BSc in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, and an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining Plan International, Maria Rita worked as a Blue Book Trainee at DG ECHO in the Policy Coordination, International and Multilateral Relations, Legal Affairs Unit. She speaks fluently 4 languages, and she has an upper intermediate level of her 5th language. She is also starting this academic year an MA in Management from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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Sándor NEUBAUER

Sándor has a bachelor degree in international administration and soon he is graduating as a lawyer. Studying as a scholar in France and in Kenya offered a broader horizon to him to be open-minded toward the opportunities. English and French are his first languages and he learns Arabic. Sándor applied to the European Leadership Program to gain full expertise and experience in a professional manner.

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