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European Youth Information and Counselling Agency
87, Route de Thionville L-2611 Luxembourg
Tel.: +352 24873992 - Fax: +352 26293215
Email: secretariat(at)eryica.org

Governing Board

Functions of the Governing Board and its Members
  • The Governing Board prepares the sessions of the General Assembly and executes its decisions in concentration with the Director. It ensures that the decisions of the General Assembly, as well as the commitments and obligations incurred by the Agency, are respected.
  • It also assists and supervises the various activities of the Agency and the implementation of the annual Work Programme, including the projects (initiated by members) that are selected as ERYICA’s ones.
  • It monitors the day-to-day management of the Agency, and reports on that to the General Assembly. It arranges the representation of the Agency.
  • It shall fulfil its functions in close collaboration with the Director.
  • The Governing Board meets four times a year, of which one in correspondence with the General Assembly of the Agency.

 

The present composition of the ERYICA Governing Board, elected during the 27th General Assembly in Helsinki, Finland, is as follows:

 

Jaana Fedotoff

President

Organization: Koordinaatti – Nuorten tieto- ja neuvontatyön kehittämiskeskus

Country: Finland

Email: jaana.fedotoff@eryica.org

Jaana Fedotoff has worked at the Finnish National Development Centre of Youth Information and Counselling (Koordinaatti) since the centre was established in 2006. She has a Master’s Degree in Humanities and she has also studied a number of other subjects, such as journalism and mass communication in University of Tampere. Very early on her work started to evolve around communication as well as youth information, counselling and guidance at national and European level. That is the path she has been following ever since. Jaana has been actively involved in ERYICA issues and projects since 1988.
 
Jaana is a member in many expert groups and projects both in Finland and in Europe. From 2000 to 2013 she was a member of the steering group of European Union’s Youth in Action programme and participated in several international projects in a variety of roles. She is a member of governing board of the Finnish Society on Media Education, National Euroguidance Steering group and EU32 National group. She is also a chair of the National ESR (2014-2017) project dealing with guidance competences in low-threshold services for young people.

 

 

Josep Moliné i Soler

Vice President

 

Organization: ACJ – Catalan Youth Agency

Country: Spain

Email: pep.moline@eryica.org

Pep Moliné i Soler was born in Barcelona in 1980. He lives in Sitges. Graduate in Marketing and Communication. He is currently the director of the National Youth Emancipation Network of the Catalan Youth Agency (Government of Catalonia).

He has been linked to the field of youth policy and youth associations movement for many years. He became part of the coordinating team of the National Youth Plan of Catalonia 2000-2010 and he helped to organize the 3rd Congress of the Youth of Catalonia held in 2002 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2003 he was also part of the editorial team of the publication "Project of 2001-2003 National Youth Plan Territory."

He has also been Secretary General of a youth organization in Catalonia and he has been a member of the youth policy committee of the Parliament of Catalonia. Also in 2009, he was elected board member of the “Foundation Triangle Jove” by the assembly of the National Youth Council of Catalonia for a period of two years.

He has published several articles about youth policies in Catalonia.

One of his main passions is to follow FC Barcelona team. He likes playing tennis, running and swimming through the Sitges’s beaches.

 

 

Miriam Teuma

Vice President

Organization: Aġenzija Żgħażagħ

Country: Malta

Email:  miriam.teuma@gov.mt

Miriam Teuma has an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Sheffield and has been a lecturer in Youth and Community Studies at the University of Malta for the past ten years. She is a founding member and first president of the Maltese Association of Youth Workers. She also has extensive experience at European Union, Council of Europe and international level on youth related issues and is a member of the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ). She has also worked with the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy, SALTO and the EurMed Youth Platform and has contributed papers on youth work policy and practice to a number of international studies. In December 2010, Ms. Teuma was appointed as the first Chief Executive of Agenzija Zghazagh, Malta's National Youth Agency. 

 

 

Daniel Poli 

Treasurer

Organization: IJAB - Fachstelle für Internationale Jugendarbeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland e.V. 

Country: Germany 

Email:  poli@ijab.de

Daniel Poli, 40, studied political science in Berlin and coordinated the project “Youth Online” at IJAB – International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Since 2011 he is head of the department for qualification und development of International Youth Work at IJAB and is responsible for several multilateral and national projects in the fields of digital participation and education, quality development, recognition of non-formal learning and training. Since 2013 Daniel Poli is a member of the ERYICA Governing Board.

 

 

Laila Erdal Aagesen

Member of the Governing Board

Organization: Forum för Ungdomsinformasjonskontor

Country: Norway

Email:  laila.erdal@eryica.org

Laila Erdal Aagesen is educated as a social worker. She works as a the Department manager of Oslo's Youth Information Centre, and she is in the working group of their unformal network of Youth Information in Norway. She has been working as a youth information worker for three years and as a manager the last two years. 

 

 

Patrick J Burke

Member of the Governing Board

Organization: Youth Work Ireland

Country: Ireland

Email: patrick.burke@eryica.org

Dr. Patrick J Burke (CEO Youth Work Ireland) has over thirty years’ experience working in the Community and Voluntary sector.  Initially he volunteered in his local Youth Club in the village of Ardmore, Co. Waterford: This was followed by a period as a volunteer in various youth groups in Cork city while he worked for a number of years in the Private Sector in the area of Importation and Sales.  In the early nineties he moved into direct target front line youth work in various suburbs of Dublin including Tallaght and Ballyfermot.  After a number of years in development work in South America he returned to Ireland to lead a community development project in Wexford.  He then spent five years as Manager of a Neighbourhood Youth Project in Blanchardstown, Dublin.  In 2003 he was appointed Director of Threshold, the National Housing Agency.  He was subsequently appointed CEO of the Simon Communities of Ireland.  In 2011 he returned to youth work when he was appointed CEO of Youth Work Ireland.  He is currently a member of the Board of ERYICA.

His primary degrees are in Politics and Philosophy (BA Hon) & Theology (STB) and he holds a Masters in Sociology from Inistituto Pedro de Cordoba,Santiago, Chile.  He has recently been awarded and Doctorate in Governance from the School of Law, Queens University, Belfast.

 

 

Matjaž Medvešek

Member of the Governing Board

Organization: MISSS - Mladinsko Informativno Svetovalno Sredisce Slovenije

Country: Slovenia

Email: matjaz@misss.org

Matjaž Medvešek  is educated as a social worker and works as youth worker since 1995. He is dedicated to youth information training activities and  is a certified ERYICA trainer for different training modules.

 In 2012 he became the director of  MISSS - Youth Information and Counselling Centre of Slovenia and been elected as ERYICA Governing Board member in 2015.

Matjaž Medvešek  is educated as a social worker and as such works as youth information worker since 1995. He started to develop  youth information and counselling network in Slovenia and national youth information training modules soon after taking his job position at MISSS.

As a  member of ERYICA Trainers Pool and working groups on development of basic and advanced youth information training programs he started train following modules: MBTC, YIntro, Digital YIntro Youth Information Ambassadors and JIMMY.

He also developed a street work programme in order to organize youngsters in local community and teaching young people of using less risky forms of behaviour.

Matjaž published, together in cooperation with a group of authors, a  National concept of youth information work in Slovenia (2003) , National standards on youth information (2007), MBTC training manual for youth information workers (2005)  and assisted a survey Youth information needs and youth participation (2005).

In 2016 he became a member of European Commissions Expert group on Risks, opportunities and implications of digitalisation  for youth, youth work and youth policy.

European Youth Information and Counselling Agency
87, Route de Thionville L-2611 Luxembourg
Tel.: +352 24873992 - Fax: +352 26293215
Email: secretariat(at)eryica.org