Born 1969 in Antwerp, Günther studied social and political sciences at the University of Antwerp and holds a master’s in international relations from the University of Leuven. After 4 years of teaching, he started working as an MEP assistant for Nelly Maes. Günther became Director of EFA in 2004.
Günther has been working for EFA for 18 years, driven by the wish to live in a world with less injustice and more understanding. Günther is a proud father of two children. He also loves music and writes poetry.
Eva Bidania Ibargutxi
Born 1978 in Bilbao, Eva joined Eusko Alkartasuna and its Youth Branch at the age of 17. In 2003, she was elected Member of the Provincial Parliament of Araba. From 2000 to 2004 Eva was member of EA youth’s Executive Board, where she worked as a press officer. In 2005, Eva was appointed coordinator for EFA Youth, then she became political adviser at EFA in 2008. Eva coordinated a group of 15 MEPs that aimed to boost chances towards viable peace in the Basque country.
Eva holds a Master’s degree in political sciences as well as a degree in Music (piano), which she studied for 9 years.
Gio Paolo Baglioni
Gio Paolo was born in Brescia, but grew up in Valcamonica which he considers his home. In addition to Italian, the State language, he learned to speak Camunian with his family. An active militant throughout his youth, Gio Paolo has always been interested in politics as a means to establish a fairer society, which is why he co-founded a sports organization aimed at developing local soft power.
At University, Gio Paolo studied law, which is his passion in life. Before joining EFA as a legal adviser in 2015, he worked with the Coppieters Foundation.
Luis Vellón Roca
Luis Vellón Roca was born in 1993 in Castelló de la Plana. He is bilingual in Valencian/Catalan and Spanish, and he is also fluent in English and French.
He holds a master’s degree in International Political Journalism from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, which allowed him to combine his academic background in journalism and communications with his keen interest on international relations and politics. Before joining EFA, Luis worked as an EU affairs reporter for a Spanish news agency in Brussels, covering, among others, EU leaders’ summits and the European Parliament plenary sessions.
Born in La Union, northern Philippines, Marivic left her home country in 2010, settling in Flanders with her family. From the very beginning of her studies, Marivic wanted to work in the non-profit world. She has many years of experience in the NGO sector working with grassroots projects with partners such as the UN, the EU, WHO, etc. that focused on, amongst others, alleviating poverty.
Marivic holds a degree in accountancy and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Louis University. She speaks four languages: Filipino, English, Ilocano and Dutch.
Adrià Sisternes Domene
Born in 1996 in València, Adrià has always been involved in several youth associations and movements, such as the European Youth Parliament in Spain. As a biotechnologist, Adrià has aimed to combine his scientific career with a social impact to improve people’s life.
With the same goal, Adrià joined in 2014 Compromís political party. As the Secretary of International Relations of JovesPV-Compromís, the biggest youth organization in Compromís, Adrià got involved in the Western Sahara right to self-determination, a struggle to which he committed several years ago. More recently, he has carried out projects to defend and protect human rights in Senegal by means of non-formal education methodologies.
As a socially committed bioscientist, Adrià believes in a socially fairer and greener Europe in which the voices of young people are involved in the decision-making processes.
Sergi Esteve i Garcia
Born 1991 in Barcelona, Sergi developed an interest in stateless nations and minorities early on, which is why he co-founded OPCAT, the first observatory of the internal functionings of Catalan political parties. Before joining EFA, Sergi worked for the Catalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at Catalonia Trade & Investment (ACCIÓ). Previously, he was also a research trainee at CIEMEN.
Sergi holds a Master’s degree in political science. His belief is that education, feminism and diversity must be the basis of any true democracy.