Young European Leadership’s contributors come from all over Europe and beyond. Our backgrounds are as diverse as where we come from and where we currently live.

Tillmann Heidelk

Tillmann is co-founder and President of YEL. He holds a PhD in Economics and worked several years for the World Bank. Now Tillmann works at the European Commission, focussing on evaluating scientific input to policy making in order to contribute to decision making on priorities and resource allocation as well as to enhance accountability.

Eloise Ryon

Originally from a legal background, Eloïse is currently studying a postgraduate Master of Arts in European Politics and Governance studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of Young European Leadership since February 2020 after two years as Delegations Director.

Diana Carter

Diana is passionate about empowering young people, in particular in driving initiatives to tackle climate change. As Treasurer and Board member of YEL, Diana helps to guide and support the team. Diana holds a masters in Management from HEC Paris, and a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. She currently works at the nexus of business and technology, enabling companies of all sizes to use cloud CRM to achieve their business goals. Diana speaks English, French, Spanish and some German. 

Yoann Duperthuy

Yoann is part of YEL’s comms team. He is a French citizen living in Dublin for almost 2 years. He is a business school graduate. He has an extensive PR and communications background, and has worked in the media and the tech industries, and in the public sector. He is passionate about politics, international relations and political PR.

Sonia Stoyanova

Sonia is one of YEL’s two Communications Officers. She is finishing her BA in European Studies with focus on European law. As a Communications Officer, Sonia is responsible for our social media channels, namely Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Her background and understanding of European institutions help her convey the importance of European values to our community .

Pauline Kühlwein

Pauline is YEL’s Delegation Officers. She is finishing her BA in General Management and works for a consulting company. As a Delegation Officer, she is involved with all delegations of the organization. Pauline is enthusiastically dedicated to empowering young people in diverse fields.

Christian Neubacher

Christian is a part of YEL’s Delegations Team. He is a Swedish-American currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Columbia University, focusing his studies on European trade policy. Prior to starting his Master’s Christian worked as a teacher in Sweden, and is very passionate about furthering transatlantic relations

Disha Arora

Disha Arora is an award-winning feminist documentary filmmaker and development communications specialist from India. Disha is committed to challenging social systems and ideologies which promote gender-based discrimination. Over the past nine years, Disha has worked with a number of grassroots and international nonprofits to find the best way to tell their stories of impact and build their unique identities. She wanted to join YEL due to its forward-looking approach of amplifying the voices of youth across the continent as they create their own futures. Young changemakers need enabling ecosystems for them to be able to design innovative solutions for the most critical problems that the world faces today.

Agnese Cigliano

Agnese is a lawyer working in business intelligence for an international consultancy firm. Being passionate about human rights and sustainable development, she has been part of several advocacy projects at international level. Most recently, she has been involved in the protection of citizenship rights as electoral observer. She strongly believes in amplifying the voice of youth in decision making platforms and most of her projects work towards this mission. Agnese decided to join the Young European Leadership as Community Officer to develop a network of young professionals and explore the potential of community building at European level. She is strongly committed to connect with YEL alumni and promote active citizenship among European youth. 

Josias Knöppler

Josias is working as a Delegation Officer at YEL. With an engineering background and originally coming from industry, Josias now professionally consults companies on business and organisational issues. At YEL, the Delegation Officers take care of and assist the delegations. In addition, Josias is passionate about the further development of the organisation and the issues of sustainability and democracy.

Giannina Raffo

Giannina Raffo is a passionate communication specialist inspired by producing powerful digital campaigns and delivering impactful advocacy strategies. Her 7+ years of experience promoting communication for social change, has allowed her to develop award-winning campaigns around the world, and to partner with institutions such as the World Bank, Google, Y20, EU, Organization of American States and American Express.

Maria-Alexandra Constantinescu

Maria is a LL.M. Graduate in Global Governance and European Integration, passionate about Sustainability and Social Responsibility, solution-oriented and fierce volunteer who believes that education is the key to a better society. Maria is specialized in EU law, but besides that she has been volunteering with various global organizations, such as Teach for All (Romania and Portugal) where she has learned that leadership is the way to go in a world where youngsters need more empowerment and opportunities.

Caroline Hibbs

Caroline has a Masters Degree in Human Rights and Global Ethics. She has over 4 years of experience in Partnership management and currently works at Informa Tech as a VIP Executive. She joined YEL to help the next generation in their ambitions into the world of politics and current affairs within Europe.