Board Members
Meet the Team!
Beppe Galea

Chairman

Country: Malta

E-Mail: beppe@edsnet.eu

Beppe Galea (23) lives in Gozo, Malta and is currently reading for a Master of Science in Strategic Management and Digital Marketing at the University of Malta. He is the Deputy News Manager of Newsbook.com.mt and his first degree is in European Studies. During the past years, he was active in various youth organisations, both in Malta and Gozo. He is the Deputy Secretary General of the National Youth Council of Malta (KNZ) where he was elected on behalf of the National Scout Youth Council representing Scouts from Malta and Gozo. He has been active in Studenti Demokristjani Maltin since 2012 and served as International Officer of the organisation for two years between 2015-2017. His first EDS event was the Winter University of 2016 where he represented SDM at the Council Meeting in Berlin. In 2017 he was elected as Vice Chairman of the European Democrat Students were his main responsibilities where social media and communications. Between 2015 and 2018 he worked as an MEP assistant for two Maltese MEPs both in Brussels and in Malta. In 2017, he was also involved in the organisation of Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union as Liaison Officer.

Ivan Botoucharov

Secretary General

Country: United Kingdom

E-Mail: botoucharov@edsnet.eu

Ivan lives in London, he has proud Bulgarian roots and has been fortunate to live and study in Bulgaria, the USA, Italy and the UK. He works as an Executive at Colliers International (Global Top 3 Commercial Real Estate), where he leads the team managing Digital Innovation in Europe, Middle East and Africa, which includes 150 offices in 42 countries. Ivan has studied at universities in the UK (UEA and LMU) and the USA (UCLA), and holds a full Chartered status from the Institute of Marketing, granted by authority of The Queen’s Privy Council. During and after his studies Ivan co-founded and led OneEurope, which became Europe’s largest citizens media under his tenure. In the course of his EDS career Ivan has been the head of the UK delegation since 2017 as well as 1st Vice-Chair with a historical record number of votes. He currently serves as the Secretary General of EDS. Ivan is also the President of the Nordic Conservative Student Union (NKSU) which unites Nordic and Baltic countries as well as Ireland and the UK. Ivan is the Chair of the UK organisation in EDS - the Young Conservative European Forum. He also serves on the Board of Executives in their parent organisation, which enjoys the support of 70 Conservative Members of Parliament and the House of Lords.

Katerina Kyriacou

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Cyprus

E-Mail: kyriacou@edsnet.eu

Katerina is 24 years old with a BSC in Economics from the University of Leicester and an MA degree in International Political Economy at King’s College London. From 2018 onwards, she has been an active member of the student organization FPK PROTOPORIA in the United Kingdom’s branch where she has held the position of Vice-President. Upon joining EDS as a delegate, she became a Co-Chair of the PWG on Human Rights and is currently a Co-Chair of PWG of the Conference of the Future of Europe. Currently she teaches Economics at a college in Cyprus and is working in the Risk Management field as a Financial Risk Consultant. In the meantime, she holds the position of Events Planner of the youth organisation of the Democratic Rally in Nicosia, Cyprus. She is especially interested in areas such as development and economics, academically, and is involved in charity organisations and empowering women through politics.

Edvardas Lukošius

Vice-Chairman

Country: Lithuania

E-Mail: lukosius@edsnet.eu

Edvardas Lukošius possesses a bachelor's degree in Economics and Politics and is studying his master’s in the field of financial economics at the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius. He is currently working in the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania for the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrat political group with interparliamentary relations, international affairs and policy research. Edvardas has been an active member of the Young Conservatives League in Lithuania for a number of years now and has served as a board member and international secretary for three years. In this capacity, he has represented JKL in EDS since 2019 and has served two terms as a co-chair of the Sustainability and Energy working group bringing a plethora of motions to EDS council meetings on the topics of energy, and the green transition, security and democracy. Currently, Edvardas, as a vice-chair of EDS, is responsible for the policy of the organisation.

Anna Vorderwinkler

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Austria

E-Mail: vorderwinkler@edsnet.eu

Agata Czyżewska

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Poland

E-Mail: czyzewska@edsnet.eu

Agata graduated with a degree in International Economic Relations and International Management. She is interested in European Union policies, especially in the area of green transition and circular economy. She has joined SMD Poland during European Parliament elections in 2019, where she currently holds position of International Secretary. She started attending EDS Council Meetings as SMD delegate in fall 2020. During last working year - 2021/2022 - Agata was a co-chair in PWG “Conference of the Future of Europe”. As vice-chair of EDS, Agata is responsible for communications and represents EDS in European Youth Forum.

Ramón Riera

Vice-Chairman

Country: Spain

E-Mail: riera@edsnet.eu

Ramón Riera (26) graduated in Business and Law at ESADE (Barcelona) in 2019, but also studied abroad in Georgetown University and St. Gallen Universität. He holds an LLM in International Business Law and is a member of the bar association of Madrid. During 2017, he worked in the European Parliament in the office of an MEP of the EPP Group, member of INTA committee. Currently, he is working as a lawyer in the area of M&A and Private Equity. Since April 2021 he is the secretary for international politics of NNGG Spain. He entered this organization in 2012 when he was appointed the Vice-chairman of the NNGG Pupils in Catalonia, he is currently in charge of the territorial growth of NNGG in that region. His activity in EDS started in February 2019 in the Winter University in Barcelona where he was the head of the NNGG delegation. Since then, he has been actively involved being co-chair of the Energy & Sustainability Working Group and later, co-chair of the Policies for Europe Working Group. He was elected First Vice-chairman of EDS in July 2021 in the Council Meeting held in Malta; as First Vice Chairman of EDS he was responsible of the financial resources and the relations with the EPP. In July 2022, he was re-elected again as Vice-Chairman and his portfolio currently includes EPP Group relations and the management of campaigns.

Rayno D. Stoyanov

Vice-Chairman

Country: Bulgaria

E-Mail: stoyanov@edsnet.eu

Rayno D. Stoyanov is Bulgarian citizen. He is working as junior associate in “Stoyanov & partners” Law house. He is a member of Union of the Democratic Forces(UDF) since 2007, there he was a municipal chairman and member of the National council of the party for 2014-2018 period and since 2018 he is one out of seven members in the Supervising Council of UDF. Rayno is also Secretary General and International Secretary of the Federation of the Independent Student Societies(FISS). He was part of BullsEye Magazine editorial team for two working years before he was elected as European Democrat Students(EDS) Vice Chair in 2021. Now he is serving his second term as Vice-chair responsible for EPP Relations, Press Relations, Websites maintenance and Annual Report.

Dóra Hidas

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Hungary

E-Mail: hidas@edsnet.eu

Dóra Hidas (22) is currently a Law student at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and besides that she is studying at Corvinus University of Budapest Faculty of International Relations. She got interested in politics at a young age therefore she has been an active member of Fidelitas since 2019, and from 2020 she is the Vice-Chairwoman of Fidelitas Tatabánya. Dóra has been participated in the campaigning work in 2019 during the municipal elections in Hungary, and in the same year throughout European elections as well. Even though the Covid-19 pandemic did not allow the personal meetings in the last one and a half year, she is actively participating online in EDS council meetings since 2020 November. She has been elected as Vice-Chairwoman during Malta Summer University in 2021, and now within the bureau is responsible for the changes in the official Book of Statutes of EDS.

Iryna Shatokhina

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Ukraine

E-Mail: uhtid@edsnet.eu

Nicklas Verne

Deputy Secretary General

Country: Denmark

E-Mail: verne@edsnet.eu

Nicklas Verne is a 22-year-old danish student at Aalborg University currently studying a bachelors degree in “Politics and Business Administration”. He is also the International Secretary of Konservative Studerende, as well as Vice-President in Nordic Conservative Student Union. The previous year he has been a Co-chair in the “Policies for Europe” working group where he primarily partook in developing motions

Vladimir Kljajić

Deputy Secretary General

Country: Serbia

E-Mail: kljajic@edsnet.eu

Vladimir Kljajic is currently deputy secretary of the EDS, and he is also the director of a small Educational and Cultural Center in Belgrade. Vladimir is a student of American Studies at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade.

Francesco Sismondini

Executive Director

Country: Italy

E-Mail: sismondini@edsnet.eu

Francesco Sismondini obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the Catholic University of Milan. Currently he is pursuing a Master's degree in International Cooperation at the University of Milan. For the past two years Francesco has been actively involved with the EDS European Elections 2019 WG as Co-chairman. He is the International Secretary of his national organization StudiCentro where he was responsible for organising several meetings both in Italy and Brussels between students and politicians from all over the world. He is passionate about public and institutional relations. He is currently Tutor of the Christian Political "Lab.Ora 1000" established to foster Christian leadership all over the country. He is working in the consultancy field responsible for European Affairs for SYNEDRIA Paris. At EDS, Francesco is responsible to work from the Brussels Office for the entire EDS Team.

Carlo Giacomo Angrisano Girauta

Honorary Chairman

Country: Spain

E-Mail: angrisano@edsnet.eu

Carlo Giacomo (24) graduated in Law at ESADE Law School in 2019. Carlo has been Vice Chair of EDS between 2017 and 2019, when he became chairman until 2021. In April 2021 he was elected Secretary General of NNGG Spain.

Valentina Podesta

Ambassador for Gender Equality

Country: Italy

E-Mail: podesta@edsnet.eu

Valentina (24) is a graduating M.Sc. in Environmental and Development Economics, with a major in Global Economic Governance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and International Relations, with a dissertation in History of International Relations, the denuclearization of Ukraine. She did an internship at the Centre of Socio-Economic Studies in Rome, during which she carried out OSINT activities for the areas of Russia and Ukraine and wrote for the European Affairs magazine. She is currently working in the ICT sector in Italy, specifically dealing with Big Data and IoT technologies. Valentina has been active in student and youth politics since 2012 and was elected Deputy International Secretary of GDS Italy in 2018. She has been strongly committed in EDS, raising the awareness on gender and equality issues. During 2018/2019 working year, she wrote and presented the motion “Europe fighting violence against women”, approved during the 2018 Summer University Council Meeting in Genova. She also actively collaborated with “BullsEye”, the official EDS magazine, resulting in the publication of an article about sexual harassment in politics and a co-written reportage on Revenge Porn. Valentina has been elected as Vice-Chairwoman during Bucharest Summer University, and now within the bureau is responsible for communication and campaigns.