European Angst

Eric Adamson © Eric Adamson Rebecca Hyland © Rebecca Hyland Annabelle Joynson © Annabelle Joynson
Eric Adamson is pursuing a Master's degree at Freie University in Berlin focussed on the European Union. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies and German at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 2015. His prior experience includes an internship at the U.S. Embassy Oslo, Norway and an internship at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on the European and Arctic programmes in Washington, DC. Eric is fluent in English, Swedish and German, and has lived and studied in the US, Sweden and Germany. Rebecca Hyland completed her political science and German undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne. During her studies she was part of a volunteer programme in Zambia and London, and completed internships with the Australian Greens Party and The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Berlin. In the latter position she worked with Europe Programme Fellows to organise various events and to research migration policies and the rise of populism in Western Europe. She is now studying a Masters in European Studies as part of the postgraduate programme in European Studies offered by Freie University and Technische University in Berlin.
Annabelle Joynson is in her final year of a degree in International Relations from the University of Warsaw, and is currently on exchange at Maastricht University. She completed an Internship in Russia this summer. Having lived in Poland for the last few years, Annabelle has witnessed a swing towards the right wing not only in the political sense, but also in the hearts and minds of young people. By participating in the conference, Annabelle hopes to share her own experiences of both Eastern and Western European Angst.
Ermelinda Xheza © Ermelinda Xheza Daniella Aruina © Daniella Aruina Muhammad Arslan © Muhammad Arslan
Ermelinda Xheza is a PhD student at the UvA currently conducting research on the refugee crisis and its media representation in the Greek and British Media. She studied at the University of Athens (Bachelor in Political Science and MA in Southeast European Studies) and at Goldsmiths College, University of London (MA in Political Communications). She is very interested in British Politics, European Cinema, and the work of Leonard Cohen. Daniella Aruina has always been interested in politics and tolerance issues, but it was not until her exchange year in the U.S. when she realised she wanted to make a change in this world. This is the reason why she is happy to take part in the European Angst Conference. She loves sports, singing, travelling, learning languages, and a lot more. Muhammad Arslan is a graduate student in Public Policy and a DAAD scholar for Public Policy and Good Governance at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. He completed his undergraduate in Political Science with a minor in Accounting and Finance from Lahore University of Management Sciences. He has participated in several exchange programmes, most notably the Comparative Public Policy programme for young leaders at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Over the past few years, he has worked for various business and non-profit organisations. His business interests are public management, international development and entrepreneurship.
Ermin Zec © Ermin Zec Dana Nawzar Jaf © Dana Nawzar Jaf Inva Nela © Inva Nela
Ermin Zec is a political science student with a minor in political history and economics at the University of Helsinki. Next to his studies he works as a student demonstrator at the university and as a regional coordinator at the European Movement in Finland. His specific interest areas include democratic institutions, nationalism and national identity, as well as political participation and the political situation in the Western Balkans. Dana Nawzar Jaf from Iraqi Kurdistan, currently a student of Durham University's Masters programme in Development, Sustainability and Culture, holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the University Putra Malaysia. For his dissertation he worked on the relationship between democracy and Islam. His research interests include democratisation, religious extremism and development. In addition to his native language Kurdish, he speaks English, Arabic, Turkish and Persian. He has ten years of professional experience in media and communications and gained responsibility at several local and international organisations. Inva Nela is an undergraduate student in the department of Political Science and International Relations at Epoka University. She concluded her third semester at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, thanks to an exchange programme. Inva has participated in several academic and social activities such as: activism on violence against women, Oxford Cyber Security Training Seminars, and interactive meetings with ambassadors and other political figures. She has previously been an intern in the NGO sector and in the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently she is enrolled in an internship at the European Movement Albania. Her main fields of interest are European Studies, European Integration, Security Studies, Human rights and Women’s Empowerment. She speaks Albanian, English, Spanish, Turkish and Italian.
Anzhalika Yeraminovich © Anzhalika Yeraminovich Anna-Lena Senders © Anna-Lena Senders Diana Khomeriki © Diana Khomeriki
Anzhalika Yeraminovich is enrolled in a Master's course on Global Political Economy at the University of Kassel, Germany. She completed her bachelor degree in Communications and Cultural Studies in Belarus, the country of her origin. She came to study in the European Union to understand "what a common future for Europe could look like". Her current research interests include the topics of financial and economic change, bioeconomic developments and cultural aspects of crises. Anna-Lena Sender's academic background is a BA in cultural studies, business administration and political sciences from the Leuphana University Lüneburg. During her studies she did an internship at the Institute des sciences humaines in Bamako, an Erasmus semester in Bordeaux, and she worked for one and a half years as a student assistant for the Europe Direct Information Centre in Lüneburg. She also volunteered within the German UNESCO programme "Kulturweit" at the Goethe-Institut in Pune, India. Now, she is studying the Erasmus-Mundus-Masters “Euroculture” (a joint degree at the University of Göttingen and Groningen), and following the research track at the Jagiellonian University Kraków in Poland. She is a member of the Young European Federalists and is volunteering at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków.
Diana Khomeriki is a senior student at the International Black Sea University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She studies at the faculty of Social Sciences majoring in International Relations and works as an intern at the Political and Economic Section of the US Embassy in Tbilisi. In addition, Diana is a freelancer at the Black Sea Region Geopolitical Research Center where she applies her specialised knowledge of political events. She often represents the Center at different high-level conferences and meetings organised e.g. by the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia or the Georgian Ministry of Defence. Her long-term goal is to become a diplomat who will be able to make her own contribution to the process of European integration of Georgia. Moreover, she is a member of the university dancing group and Georgian National Table Tennis Team.
Breno Assis de Andrade © Breno Assis de Andrade Itamar Gov © Itamar Gov Zehra Haliloğlu © Zehra Haliloğlu
Breno Assis de Andrade is a Brazilian law student, who dreams of being a diplomat and working in human rights. As an activist, he volunteered in a French NGO, the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme, and has participated in a few projects back in Brazil, such as the creation of an academic consultancy group dedicated to helping local NGOs appeal to the Inter-Aamerican System of Human Rights. Being a member of one of the oldest student organisations in Brazil, “Grupo Contestação”, he is engaged in the fight for student rights. He has taken many courses on international human rights law, and he wants to work on a masters/doctorate on this theme. Itamar Gov grew up in Tel Aviv. In 2011 he moved to Berlin and after periods in Paris and Bologna he completed a Bachelor degree in Cinema Studies, History and French Literature. Now he is working on his Master thesis in Cinema Studies. He is active as organiser, contributor and jury member in different film festivals and publications, among others the ‘Berlinale’ and the ‘Duhok Film Festival’. He participated in different workshops and conferences, such as ‘L’immagine e la parola’ in Locarno, Switzerland, the ‘POLIN Meeting Point’ in Warsaw, Poland and the ‘Japan-Israel-Palestine Conference’ in Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan. In the past three years he has been working as the Assistant to the Director - Yael Bartana. This is in addition to his work as Editor-in-Chief of the bilingual magazine ‘aviv’, which focuses on art and literature.
Zehra Haliloğlu graduated from the English Language and Literature department at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She is currently enrolled as a Master’s student at FSMMU Alliance of Civilizations Institute.
Anna Kristina Alder © Anna Kristina Alder Velislava-Mihaela Krachunova © Velislava-Mihaela Krachunova Klemen Habat © Klemen Habat
Anna Kristina Alder has a Bachelor degree in Political Sciences and Economics from the University of Zurich. She attended Summer School Programmes at Sciences Po in Paris and Charles University in Prague. Currently she is doing her Master's degree in European Global Studies at the University of Basel. She is member of the Executive Board in AIESEC Basel. Velislava-Mihaela Krachunova is an International Relations student at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She is interested in current affairs and questions such as populism and xenophobia. She has a passion for writing that arose in high school: She won a few essay competitions and had the chance to visit the EU institutions in Brussels. She has wanted to work there ever since, and the first step towards making her dream come true was her internship in the Information Centre of the EU in Sofia. Klemen Habat grew up in Mengeš, Slovenia, and is a 2nd year Bachelor’s student at the Faculty of Economics at Ljubljana University, majoring in money and finance. He is a member of Aiesec Ljubljana, as part of the incoming exchange team, and a tutor for foreign students at the Faculty of Economics. His main interests are human resource management, financial markets and corporate law. He believes that if we want to develop ourselves further, we need to put aside our differences and become not members of a race, religion or country but unite as citizens of the Earth.
Aleksandra Gladka © Aleksandra Gladka David Ruah © David Ruah Antonio Kursar © Antonio Kursar
Aleksandra Gladka is a third-year student of International Economic Relations and International Political Relations at the Warsaw School of Economics. Although she takes a great interest in the Far East and Asia, local issues are not unfamiliar to her. As a Vice Editor-in-Chief of the oldest student's medium in Poland, the Independent Students' Monthly MAGIEL, Aleksandra supports the editorial work of the whole journal and is responsible for the politics and economics section. In her free time, Aleksandra develops her skills as a diver and she loves to travel: In August 2015 she hiked 800 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela via the oldest pilgrim way in Europe, the so called "Camino de Santiago".
David Ruah is a philosophy student and a human rights activist. He is interested in counter-extremism and started volunteering at Amnesty International at the age of 16. He now works in his local community to promote human rights education in schools and colleges. More recently, he had the unique opportunity of developing a counter-narrative project and presenting it at the United Nations Headquarters. Antonio Kursar is a marketing student and youth activist from the city of Osijek, Croatia. Since the beginning of his undergraduate degree he has been a part of several youth professional organisations, such as AIESEC and KultAkt, where he was given an opportunity to work on local projects for youth development with international character. Given his interest in multiculturalism and development of local communities he has taken part in several volunteering programmes in Ukraine and Germany. Antonio recently received his Bachelor of Business Economics at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek and he is now enrolled in a Master's of Business Economics.
Lena Kornprobst © Lena Kornprobst Yen Duong Do Bao © Yen Duong Do Bao Danishwara Nathaniel © Danishwara Nathaniel
Lena Kornprobst was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. She completed two Bachelor‘s degrees at the University of Vienna (BA in History and BA in Romance Studies), and spent an exchange semester at the University of Seville, Spain. She is currently enrolled in the MA in Global History and Global Studies at the University of Vienna and is working as a Student Assistant at the Institute for Medieval Studies of the Austrian Academy of Science. Yen Duong Do Bao is currently a Master's student in Intercultural studies in Communication at the University of Vaasa (Finland). She is interested in Media and Journalism studies, especially concerning the representations of minorities, refugees, and other vulnerable groups and the effects on the public. Danishwara Nathaniel was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He expanded his knowledge by looking towards other cultures and adopting different worldviews. He enjoyed the privilege of travelling the world since an early age. At 18 he moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands to complete a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. Since then, he has travelled around Europe to get to know the "old continent". During his studies, he went as an exchange student to Istanbul, Turkey for one semester. While there he observed the tensions between the modern and the traditional, the global and the local as well as the East and the West. Dan collects data visually and qualitatively, sometimes with his camera.
Judit Molnár © Judit Molnár Djalel Boukerdenna © Djalel Boukerdenna Sonja Marie Hannelore Thielen © Sonja Marie Hannelore Thielen
Judit Molnár, originally from Hungary, has lived in eight different countries around the world, studying and researching. After an undergraduate degree in English and Portuguese, she decided to move in the direction of cultures and completed a Master's degree in Cultural Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. After delving into Indonesian Culture within the frames of a scholarship programme that took her to the island of Java for a year, she is currently pursuing a postgraduate research degree in Anthropology at the University of Maynooth in Ireland, focusing on migrant identities. Besides academia, she works as a journalist and covers the topics of culture, travel and education. Djalel Boukerdenna, born 1996 in Algiers, Algeria, moved to Spain as an infant and grew up in Palma de Mallorca. He went to school at the "Lycée Français de Palma" and studied as an exchange student at "Como Park Senior High School" in Saint Paul, Minnesota, during the 2011-12 school year. In 2014, he joined the Animal Liberation movement and became vegan. In 2015 he started studying Law at the "Universidad Nacional de Estudios a Distancia" and joined the Federation of Young European Greens and became a member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Young Greens. In 2016 he got involved with DiEM25 and European Alternatives and became a member of EQUO (Spanish Green Party). Sonja Marie Hannelore Thielen, born 1991 into a family of psychologists, soon discovered her interest for everything human, especially for what makes us feel different and what makes us belong. A six months stay in Australia at the age of 16 deepened this interest and she enrolled for a BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the LMU Munich. She spent an Erasmus semester at the Universiteit Leiden and after her degree in 2014 she went on to study an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the KU Leuven. Throughout her studies she focused on how people create a “we” or establish differences. Sonja is specifically interested in the Catalan national movement. Apart from German she speaks English, Spanish, French, some Dutch, and is learning Catalan.
Oleksandr Zhuravskyy © Oleksandr Zhuravskyy Søren Warthoe © Søren Warthoe Arvesa Studenica © Arvesa Studenica
Oleksandr Zhuravskyy, 23, from Odessa, Ukraine, studies at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Leuven, where he hopes to obtain his Advanced Master of Laws degree in International and European Business Law (LL.M.). He has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University Odessa Law Academy. Throughout his student years he participated in various international events, competitions, internships and exchange programmes, including the U.S. Department of State “Future Leaders Exchange” (FLEX) programme, and the ICC (International Criminal Court) Moot Court Competition. He possesses international experience as well as conflict management skills, which he gained as a young lawyer.
Søren Warthoe is currently based in Brussels. With a background in Psychology and now studying a Master's programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven in Belgium, Søren is interested in the interrelations between minority groups, as well as questions of power structures and ethnic groups. In the summer of 2016 he conducted fieldwork in East Greenland for his Master's thesis on a small settlement of Inuit people. He attended several conferences and meetings in psychology and anthropology about culture and development in the Nordic countries. Moreover, he is engaged on the question on employment and integration of youth in the job market in Europe. Arvesa Studenica from Kosovo has almost completed her studies at the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield in Greece in the department of Psychology. From all the different topics in psychology she likes social psychology best because it gives explanations of people's behaviour and how it is affected by their social surroundings. She enjoys doing research, travelling and reading but also meeting new people and sharing experiences with people coming from different cultures and nationalities.
Tamara Harutyunyan © Tamara Harutyunyan Naida Softic © Naida Softic Athanasia Konstantinou © Athanasia Konstantinou
Tamara Harutyunyan comes from Yerevan, Armenia. She is a third-year student at the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, where she is majoring in Psychology. Apart from this Tamara volunteers in the Armenian Red Cross Society, working with Syrian-Armenian refugees as well as children living in asylums. Inspired by this experience, she conducted research courses focusing on the adjustment process and anxiety rate among Syrian refugees. Being fond of Asian culture, Tamara plans to pursue a Masters in Chinese language and culture in China. Additionally, she likes playing basketball for the university team, reading and drawing. Naida Softic studied law at the University of Sarajevo, where she was engaged in establishing and coordinating the work of the European Law Students’ Association in Sarajevo. As a member of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, she worked on public legal education and human rights education for democracy and active citizenship over four years. In addition, during her time in the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, she assisted in providing free legal aid to vulnerable categories of citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also worked on USAID’s Strengthening Independent Media Programme, which focuses on media law, policy and literacy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Naida is interested primarily in constitutional law and human rights, especially in the conflict and post-conflict communities, and has authored three studies in this field.
Athanasia Konstantinou is an MA Student in European Politics at the University of Cyprus. She is currently working in the field of EU funding programmes. Athanasia completed a five-month Traineeship at the European Parliament Information Office in Nicosia. She is EU Careers Ambassador at the University of Cyprus and Board Member at Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY. In December 2015 she was included in the Commonwealth Young Achievers Book. She is interested in European policies and external affairs as much as in human rights.
Daniel Lockwood © Daniel Lockwood Naoise Ó Faoláin © Naoise Ó Faoláin Aidan Harkin © Aidan Harkin
Daniel Lockwood is an American national living in Antwerp. Currently, he is the Managing Editor in charge of peer review for IMLabs, an online publication dedicated to international migration, refugee, and labour issues. He is enrolled as a Master of European Studies (MAES) student at the KULeuven Faculty of Social Sciences, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University with a major in Philosophy and minor in Political Science. His background includes many years in the private sector, working as a Field Sales Manager and Special Projects Coordinator. During a fieldwork research in 2011 in Morocco he conducted interviews with Sub-Saharan migrants and refugees living in transit, to evaluate how their livelihoods and substantive rights are being insured by the state and by international and local NGOs.
Naoise Ó Faoláin is currently studying a Master's Degree in Modern Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is an Irish Republican, Marxist and Irish Language speaker. He is also a member of Sinn Féin and currently sits on the National Youth Committee or Sinn Féin Republican Youth. Throughout his whole life he has been passionate about justice, fairness, quality and equity. This desire for a more equal Ireland is what motivates him every day, when he engages in activism. He says: "All politics is not localised or isolated and everything happens in an international context. I also believe in the European anti-austerity movement and I believe European-wide engagement is essential to create a fairer Europe, and, ultimately, world." Aidan Harkin studied his undergraduate in International Politics at King's College London (KCL), and is currently also studying his Masters in Public Policy at KCL. Prior to his current studies he worked for a think tank in Washington DC, the Mercatus Center, as an FA Hayek fellow in Philosophy Politics and Economics. He has experience in both British and Irish political contexts and, for a while, he worked as a Personal Assistant to the Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
Pjotr Sauer © Pjotr Sauer Pauline Grimmer © Pauline Grimmer Liliya Aliyeva © Liliya Aliyeva
Pjotr Sauer was born and raised in Moscow to two Dutch journalists who moved there in 1989. Born in 1992, he grew up during the turbulent yet exciting post-communist period and as a result he developed a strong interest in the vast post-soviet world. After finishing his high school in Moscow, he moved to the Netherlands to pursue a BA in International Relations and Economics. After graduating, he was lucky enough to be offered successive internships at the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities and at the Dutch Foreign Ministry in Baku, Azerbaijan. He is currently pursuing an MA degree in Post-Soviet Politics at University College London.
Pauline Grimmer studies Political Science in a Franco-German dual degree programme between the I.E.P Aix-en-Provence and the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. She is currently engaged in a six month internship at the Chancellery of the Senate of the city of Hamburg. Her commitment to the deepening of Franco-German relations merges with her strong interest for European affairs. Working for and with the EU has always been part of her professional ambitions. Liliya Aliyeva is an MPhil student at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is in her first year of a doctoral programme in law and her research focuses on minority rights issues, human rights and diversity management. Liliya studied a BA in International Politics at Middlesex University and completed her LLM programme with a distinction. In the past she worked for the Social Policy Research Centre as a Research Assistant and interned at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.
Katerina Jakimovska © Katerina Jakimovska Stefan Ubiparipović © Stefan Ubiparipović Markéta Krejčí © Markéta Krejčí
Katerina Jakimovska, is a politologist and candidate for a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. She used to be a scholar of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and is now part of the Alumni network. She previously worked as a Junior Researcher at a think tank organisation based in Skopje that dealt with local governance research and informal education. She is currently engaged as a Project Coordinator of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation office in Skopje for the climate and renewable resources project. Her main fields of interest are public policy, good governance, demography, populism and EU-integration, as well as politics in Western Balkan countries. Stefan Ubiparipović graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade with a BA in International Relations, focussed on European integration. Currently, he is a student at the joint interdisciplinary MA programme in South-Eastern European Studies at the University of Graz. Furthermore, he is a Member of the European pool of representatives at the European Federation for Intercultural Learning. In summer 2016, Stefan finished an internship at the Government of the Republic of Serbia, working in the cabinet of the Chief of the Negotiating Team for the Accession to the EU. During 2015/2016, he completed a traineeship programme at the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia. In 2014/2015, he studied as an Erasmus student at Ghent University. He used to work at the British Council in Serbia. Markéta Krejčí is a first year Master’s student of European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies Department of International Relations and European Studies of Masaryk University in Brno. She is also an external fellow of the Prague-based non-partisan think tank called "The European Values" which aims to defend liberal democracy. She is a member of the WG Foreign Affairs and Kremlin Watch Programme which aims to reveal and confront instruments of the Russian information war. Her interests include external relations of the European Union, especially the area of the Eastern Partnership, as well as European integration in general and the Kremlin disinformation campaign in member states.