Eat & Meet

Go to edition: November 2016, Brussels | November 2015, Brussels | October 2015, Bucharest | April 2015, London | March 2015, Berlin | October 2014, Brussels | March 2014, Brussels

The Eat & Meet events bring together at the same table young people and senior experts and allow them to exchange opinions, ideas and experiences. Each senior leader shares her or his table with six to eight aspiring leaders interested in her/his field of expertise, share her/his life experience as well as in depth background about their job. In turn, the dinner is a chance for the the senior decision makers to connect with young leaders, understand their concerns, and exchange fresh ideas. The events proved highly successful and YEL is looking forward to further editions!

November 2016, Brussels

Two Eat & Meet events took place in Brussels in November 2016. Over lunch at the European Parliament on November 9, and over dinner at Renaissance Hotel on November 10.The guest speakers to the Eat & Meet events in November 2016, Brussels:

Name Background and YEL Event
Mr. Guy Stessens Head of Unit, Police and Customs Cooperation, Council of the European Union
Ms. Salla Saastamoinen Director of Civil and Commercial Justice, European Commission – DG JUST
Mr. Paul Nemitz Director of fundamental rights and Union Citizenship, European Commission – DG JUST
Ms. Francesca Di Mauro Head of Unit for Central Africa, European Commission – DG DEVCO
Mr. Brando Benifei Member, European Parliament
Mr. Chris Kendall Political Counsellor for Strategy and Communications, European External Action Service
Mr. Jamie Shea Deputy Assistant Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Mr. Ryan Heath Senior EU Correspondent and Associate Editor, POLITICO
Mr. Anis Cassar Press Attaché, Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union
Mr. Fabian Zuleeg Chief Executive and Chief Economist, European Policy Centre
Ms. Joanna Maycock Secretary General, European Women’s Lobby
Mr. Fraser Cameron Director, EU Asia Centre
Ms. Caroline Hickson Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network
Ms. Judit Tanczos Legal Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group
Ms. Sonia Wollny Head of the Secretariat of the Conference of President, European Parliament
Mr. Luca Rossi Programme Officer, Regional Office for Europe at UNISDR (The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction), United Nations
Ms. Jasna Marić Krajačić Press Officer, European Youth Event Unit, European Parliament

November 2015, Brussels

The Eat & Meet event in Brussels took place on November 17 at THOON Hotels. The guest speakers to the Eat & Meet in November 2015, Brussels:

Name Background
Ms. Jean Lambert Member, European Parliament
Also received the European Union delegations in preparation of the Y8 and Y20 Summits 2013.
Mr. Ryan Heath Senior EU Correspondent and Associate Editor, POLITICO
Mr. László Andor (Former) Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
Ms. Iverna McGowan Acting Director, Amnesty International European Institutions Office
Ms. Ulrike Storost Teamleader, European Commission, youth employment team in the Commission’s DG Employment
Ms. Kavita Ahluwalia Manager, EU Representative Office at E.On
Ms. Valeria Ronzitti Secretary General, European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP)
Ms. Marie Donnelly Director, European Commission, DG Energy (renewable energy, research and innovation, energy efficiency)
Ms. Claire Fernandez Deputy Director, European Network Against Racism
Mr. Rodrigo Ballester Member, European Commission, Cabinet of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
Mr. Gabriele Sospiro Director, European Centre for Economics, Policy Analysis and Affairs

October 2015, Bucharest

The Eat & Meet event in Brussels takes place on October 29. The guest speakers to the Eat & Meet in October 2015, Bucharest:

Name Background
Mr. Dragos C. L. Preda Senior Advisory Consultant, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Romania
Mr. Radu Magdin Transnational Consultant, Smartlink Communications S.R.L.
Ms. Corina Murafa Independent Energy Expert, Bucharest, Romania
Mr. Ciprian Stanescu Global Shaper, World Economic Forum, Bucharest Hub
Ms. Georgiana Cosoveanu Governmental Affairs Manager, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

April 2015, London

The Eat & Meet event in London focussed on the topics of digital media and technology and welcomed speakers from the public and as well as private sector. The guest speakers to the Eat & Meet in April 2015, London:

Name Background
Mr. Fergus Green Policy Analyst & Research Advisor to Professor Stern, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Ms. Esther Maughan McLachlan Director of Communications and Networks, Forum for the Future
Mr. Orivaldo Barros Director of International Development, BRE Group
Mr. Matthew Tod Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mr. Sia Houchangnia Portfolio Analyst, Seedcamp

March 2015, Berlin

The topic of Eat & Meet in Berlin was Euroscepticism. Young professionals from Germany met senior guests over breakfast and discussed the most important aspects of euroscepticism such as integration, economy, youth unemployement, identity etc. The event took place at the European House in Berlin, a place where the most important politicians from the EU meet when in Germany. The event guests from the German Ministry of Finance, the Centre International de Formation Européenne, and the EU Information Office in Germany. The guest speakers to the Eat & Meet in March 2015, Berlin:

Name Background
Dr. Wolfgang Merz Head of Division, Europe Department at the German Federal Finance Ministry
Mr. Matthias Wächter Director General, Centre International de Formation Européenne
Mr. Oliver Hänsgen Public Relations Adviser, EU Information Office in Germany

October 2014, Brussels

Table 'Sustainability' with Colette Maloney, Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability unit

Table with Colette Maloney.

The Eat & Meet in October 2014 re-implemented the very successful event from March 2014. This time YEL features prominent guests from the European Commission, the World Bank, the Digital Leadership Institute, and European Digital Rights. The guest speakers to the Eat & Meet in October 2014, Brussels:

Name Background
Dr. Colette Maloney Head of Unit Smart Cities and Sustainability unit, European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology
Ms. Magdalena Kopczynska Head of Maritime Transport and Logistics Unit, European Commission, DG MOVE
Mr. Theo Thomas Lead Economist in the Macro & Fiscal Management Unit, World Bank
Ms. Alicia Gómez Campos Projects Officer/Membership Outreach and Events Officer, CECODHAS Housing Europe
Ms. Josephine Wood Member of Cabinet for Digital Agenda, European Commission
Dr. Carl-Christian Buhr Member of Cabinet for Digital Agenda, European Commission
Mr. Martijn Hendriksen Member of Cabinet for Industry and Entrepreneurship, European Commission
Mr. Ilias Iakovidis Deputy Head of the ICT for Health unit, European Commission
Ms. Valerie Kinoo Board of Directors, , Digital Leadership Institute International
Ms. Sigrid Johannisse Member of Cabinet for Digital Agenda, European Commission, European Commission
Mr. Joe McNamee Executive Director, European Digital Rights

March 2014, Brussels

Table 'Environment' with Karl Friedrich Falkenberg, Director General, DG Environment.

Table with Karl Friedrich Falkenberg.

Eat & Meet in March 2014 brought 30 aspiring leaders directly in touch with senior EU decision makers over dinner. The participants and senior guests split across four tables. The informal setting gave the small group opportunity to discuss, learn, share views, network, and enjoy. The guest speakers to the Eat & Meet in March 2014, Brussels:

Name Background
Mr. Karl Friedrich Falkenberg Director General, DG Environment, European Commission
Mr. Colin Scicluna Cabinet of the High Representative / Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton, European Commission
Mr. Sébastien Brabant Deputy Spokesperson of HR/VP Catherine Ashton, European Commission
Mr. Daniel Giorev Special assistant and Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, European Commission