Spring 2020 Cohort

Hanna ELP 2020 ©JESC medium


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.


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

Benedicte Colin Medium

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.

Aniko Mecser Medium


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.

Raffaella Medium

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.

Alexis Medium

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.

Maria Rita Medium


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.

Sandor Medium


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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