Born in 1990 in Barcelona, Pol gratuated in Journalism at Ramon Llull University and in Law at Open University of Catalonia, and holds a MA in International Relations from the Pompeu Fabra University, which he also partially studied in Berlin at the Hertie School of Governance. He is bilingual in Catalan and Spanish, fluent in English and French and has an intermediate level of Italian and German.
Pol has worked at the Catalan Parliament as a Legal assistant, at the European Parliament as a Schuman Trainee, at the Brussels office of the Catalan Public Diplomacy Council (Diplocat) as a Project Manager and at the Generalitat de Catalunya as Institutional Relations Government-Parliament manager.
Currently, he is also involved in the local government of his hometown (l’Ametlla del Vallès), through the political party Ametlla’t.
Deian Richard Timms
Born in 1990, Deian grew up in Llangollen in the north-east of Wales. He is a native speaker of both Welsh and English, and also speaks Spanish and some Catalan. He holds a BA in Spanish from Cardiff University, and an MPhil in European Studies from Trinity College, Dublin.
Before joining EFA, he worked for 5 years in the European Parliament for Plaid Cymru, as a Parliamentary Assistant and then as Head of Office.
He takes a particular interest in visual culture and identities, and is a keen activist in the Welsh independence movement.
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.
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.
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.
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.