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.

Vladimir Kljajić

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.

Katerina Kyriacou

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Cyprus

E-Mail: Kyriacou.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.

Axel Mouffron

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: France

E-Mail: mouffron@edsnet.eu

Axel Mouffron

Iryna Shatokhina

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Ukraine

E-Mail: shatohina@edsnet.eu

Iryna (23) is a young politician in Ukraine. She holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics (Swedish, English and German languages) from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Iryna is currently Secretary General of Solidarna Molod, the youth organization of European Solidarity political party. Before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, she has been implementing different nationwide projects in Ukraine, which bring up new generation of young professionals able to cooperate with the EU on the basis of the European values. Since the 24th of February Iryna actively volunteers to help Ukrainian armed forces. In EDS she has served two terms as a co-chair of the Human Rights working group bringing a plethora of motions to EDS council meetings on the topics of violations of HR and democracy. Currently, Iryna, as a vice-chair of EDS, is responsible for the internal communications of the organisation.

Francesco Alimena

Vice-chairman

Country: Italy

E-Mail: alimena@edsnet.eu

Francesco Alimena holds a degree in International Relations and in Diplomatic Studies, gaining multiple study experiences abroad. Francesco is interested in the Defence and Security sector gaining various work experiences in the field of Strategy and Public Affairs. Francesco is Vice Chairmain with Portfolio in Defence & Security and responsible of BullsEye is the in-house magazine of the European Democrat Students. Previously, Francesco served in EDS as CoChairman for the Working Group "Policies for Europe" and was Head of the EDS Task Force..

Dora Miketek

Vice-Chairwoman

Country: Croatia

E-Mail: miketek@edsnet.eu

Dora Miketek

Damjan Konjanovski

Deputy Secretary General

Country: North Macedonia

E-Mail: konjanovski@edsnet.eu

Damjan Konjanovski is a Macedonian citizen and an active member of the Youth Forces Union of VMRO-DPMNE. He is a student at the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje. In 2022 he was elected as member of the executive committee of Youth Forces Union of VMRO - DPMNE. He is part of the EDS family since 2021, in 2021 he served as editor of BullsEye and in 2022 he was appointed as Editor in Chief of BullsEye.

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.

Ivan Botoucharov

External Relations Director

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.