Introducing our Steering Group

21 September 2015

Our network is coordinated by the Young Friends of the Earth Europe Steering Group, a group of volunteers elected during the Annual Network Gathering (our key decision-making event). Together the steering group are responsible for managing the ongoing work and development of Young FoEE, including long-term campaign strategies and goals. In addition, each member is responsible for a different area of work and supporting member groups in our network.

Read more about who is in the Steering Group, what area of work they are responsible for and how to get in touch with them.

Full Steering Group Members:

Toril Meyer-Gerlt, Germany

Toril, 21, is from Germany where she is a member of BUND jugend / YFoE Germany. She joined the YFoEE Network in 2014 . In BUND jugend she works on TTIP and is involved in the national Climate and Energy Working Group. She also is a member of the YFoEE Food and Agriculture working group. Together with Iosef, other working groups and the YFoEE coordinator Toril is working on fundraising and financing in the network. Contact Toril

Dora Sivka, Croatia

Dora, 26, is an activist from Zelena Akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia, and joined the YFoEE network in 2014. Her main interest is linking environmental and social justice with human rights and communicating these issues through art, poetry, theatre and activism. Together with Rasmus, Isabella and Maria, Dora is responsible for mapping the YFoEE network, gathering information about each national group and providing tailored support to the network and is a contact for YFoEE Equality & Interculturalism working group. Contact Dora

Afrida Alam, United Kingdom

Afrida, 23, has been part of YFoEE since 2013. She initially got involved through YFoE England, Wales & Northern Ireland (EWNI), and served as Steering Group member during 2013 - 2014. She started a second term as Steering Group member at this year's AGM in Malta. Outside of activism, she is studying for a Masters degree in Physics at University of Leicester. In addition, Afrida is a contact person for the Equality & Interculturism working group and the Climate Justice working group. Together with Sara and Ana, Afrida is working on supporting YFoEE Working Groups, as well as helping to plan annual YFoEE events. Contact Afrida

Myrto Skouroupathi, Cyprus

Myrto, 23, is a volunteer with FoE Cyprus. She got involved in the fossil fuel divestment movement in London and after returning to Cyprus started campaigning on free-trade agreements. She has been part of YFoEE since 2016 and has been an active member of the Food and Agriculture Working Group. Outside activism, she is a columnist at an environment and energy magazine and an external research assistant with AQUA - Water Treatment Laboratory. Together with Lawrence, Myrto is focusing on the structures of YFoEE as well as youth voice within the federation. Contact Myrto

Rasmus Andersen, Denmark

Rasmus, 18, is an activist from the climate justice organisation Ungdom NOAH in Denmark. He joined the YFoEE network in 2016. In Ungdom NOAH he has worked on TTIP, CETA, GMOs and permaculture among others. Together with Dora, Isabella and Maria, Rasmus is responsible for mapping the YFoEE network, and gathering information about each national group and providing tailored support to the network. Contact Rasmus

Isabella Nilsen, Scotland

Isabella, 23, is an environmental activist living in Glasgow, Scotland and became involved in the YFoEE network in 2016. In Scotland she is campaigning on fossil fuel divestment, food sustainability issues and against fracking. She is also involved in starting up a Young Friends of the Earth Scotland network, and is a member of the European Food and Agriculture Working Group. Outside of activism she is studying Politics at the University of Glasgow. Together with Dora, Rasmus and Maria, Isabella is responsible for mapping the YFoEE network, and gathering information about each national group and providing tailored support to the network. Contact Isabella

Sara Andersen, Norway

Sara, 22, is an environmental activist living in Oslo, Norway. She is currently working as a central board member of Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth/Young Friends of the Earth Norway). She became involved in the YFoEE network in February 2017. In Norway Sara is campaigning to keep the Lofoten islands oil-free, a lawsuit on Arctic offshore drilling, as well as being the international contact for YFoE Norway. Outside of activism Sara does Development Studies at the University of Oslo. Together with Afrida and Ana, Sara is working on supporting YFoEE Working Groups, as well as helping to plan annual YFoEE events. Contact Sara

Lawrence Cheuk, The Netherlands

Lawrence was an alternate member of the YFoEE Steering Group last year and had an extensive experience with JMA (YFoE Netherlands) as a board member. This year Lawrence will be one of the full Steering Group members and will bring a lot to the table for YFoEE. Besides of studying Public Administration and Governance, Lawrence enjoys watching movies, cooking and spending time with his friends. Together with Myrto, Lawrence is focusing on the structures of YFoEE as well as youth voice within the federation. Contact Lawrence

Our Alternates:

Our steering group has 3 hard-working alternate members who actively contribute to our discussions, event planning and day-to-day work.

Maria Barco, Spain

María, 25, has been part of FoEE Spain (La Rioja) since 2013, working as environmental educator and coordinator of sustainable projects in Climate justice, waste and recycling and food sovereignty. She participated to YFoEE Summer Camp in Brittany, France in 2015 and in other exchanges in Spain. She is the contact person for YFoE group in Spain. Together with Dora, Rasmus and Isabella, Maria is responsible for mapping the YFoEE network, and gathering information about each national group and providing tailored support to the network. Contact Maria

Iosef Boraei, Cyprus

Iosef, 25, has been involved with FoE Cyprus since 2015 and is a member of the FoE Cyprus Board. He is also an active member with Young FoE Cyprus and is currently running a campaign about Free Trade Agreements (CETA - TTIP - TiSA) and other local issues. Iosef is mostly interested in connecting environmental and social issues. Outside of activism, during his studies he was a member of AQUA - Water Treatment Laboratory (WTL). He is currently an external research assistant (collaborating with RGU in Aberdeen) with AQUA-WTL. Together with Toril, other working groups and the YFoEE coordinator Iosef is working on fundraising and financing in the network. Contact Iosef

Ana-Marija Mileusnić, Croatia

Ana, 26, is an activist from Zelena Akcija/ Friends of the Earth Croatia. Her main interests are feminism, ecology, youth work and environmental activism. She joined the YFoEE Network in 2017 at the AGM in Austria, where she was elected to the YFoEE steering group as an alternate member. She is also a member of YFoEE Food & Agriculture working group. Together with Afrida and Sara, Ana is working on supporting YFoEE Working Groups, as well as helping to plan annual YFoEE events. Contact Ana