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 is an Executive in Media, Digital Marketing and Public Relations based in London. He has studied in 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 managed OneEurope, which became Europe’s largest citizens media under his tenure. In the course of his EDS career Ivan has been the Co-Chair of the Policies for Europe working group, a contributor to Bullseye, and the head of the UK delegation at Council Meetings since 2017. Ivan is the Chair of the UK organisation in EDS - the Young Conservative Group for Europe. He also serves as an Executive in YCGE’s parent organisation, which enjoys the support of 70 Conservative Members of Parliament and the House of Lords.

Ramón Riera

Vice-Chairman

Country: Spain

E-Mail: riera@edsnet.eu

Ramón Riera (25) 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 is currently responsible of the financial resources and the relations with the EPP.

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.

Edvardas Lukošius

Vice-Chairman

Country: Lithuania

E-Mail: lukosius@edsnet.eu

Edvardas Lukošius is currently studying Economics and Politics in the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius. He is currently working in the higher education sector in the field of communications and branding at the ATHENA European University network. Edvardas has been an active member of the Young Conservatives League in Lithuania for a number of years now and is currently serving his third term as a board member and international secretary. 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, green transition, security and democracy. Currently, Edvardas, as a vice-chair of EDS, is responsible for policy and communications of the organisation.

Iakovos Iakovou

Vice-Chairman

Country: Cyprus

E-Mail: iakovou@edsnet.eu

Iacovos Iacovou is a qualified Lawyer in Cyprus and he is currently studying Master of Laws in Energy and Natural Resources Law at the Queen Mary University of London. He is also specialised in maritime law area since he holds a Master of Laws in Maritime law. He has acquired both his bachelor and postgraduate diplomas in the United Kingdom. During his studies he was elected as a President of the Cypriots’ Society of his University and spokesman of FPK Protoporia United Kingdom. Iacovos has been attending EDS for several years and he has served for two terms as a Co-Chair of Policies for Europe permanent working group. He has submitted dozens of motions and background papers and led the Cypriot delegation at the EDS Council and Head of the FPK Protoporia.

Rayno D. Stoyanov

Vice-Chairman

Country: Bulgaria

E-Mail: stoyanov@edsnet.eu

Rayno D. Stoyanov is Bulgarian citizen. He is a member of Union of the Democratic Forces(UDF) from 2007, there he was a municipal chairman for 2014-2018 period and since 2018 he is one out of seven members in the Supervising Council of UDF. Rayno is also 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.

Rodolfo Biancheri

Vice-Chairman

Country: Italy

E-Mail: biancheri@edsnet.eu

Rodolfo Biancheri (27) is currently a student of the Second Level Master in Sustainable Finance at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He obtained his Master's degree in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Genoa in July 2021. He has been involved in youth politics since his high school years, when he joined StudiCentro in April 2012, serving as its provincial coordinator from the beginning until now as regional coordinator for Liguria and member of the National Bureau. He started his activities in EDS in July 2017 as a delegation member at the EDS Summer University in Varna, following a cursus honorum that led him to the role of Co-Chair for both the Gender Equality Working Group in 2019 and the Policies for Europe Working Group in 2020. He was elected EDS Vice-Chair in July 2021, with a focus on managing the Association's social media and new memberships.

Kristjan Uhtid

Vice-Chairman

Country: Estonia

E-Mail: uhtid@edsnet.eu

Eleni Koufali

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Greece

E-Mail: koufali@edsnet.eu

Francesco Sismondini

Executive Officer

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.

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.

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.