We support everyday heroes working for the betterment of their communities

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We refrain from the policies of hate
and division to unite our societies
against authoritarian revisionism.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OUR MEMBERS

Defend

freedom
and fundamental
human rights

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Refrain from hate speech

in all forms

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Collaborate

across the ideological and political spectrum to tackle problems that unite our societies

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Develop knowledge, character, and skills

that can be applied for the betterment of the society

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WHAT WE OFFER

Education and Skills

Expert-led trainings and education opportunities to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the political and civic spheres

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Resources

Resources, both financial and non-financial, to support their goals and initiatives aimed at tackling the most pressing societal problems

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Connections

A platform for the exchange of best practices, experiences and knowledge with their peers and mentors from around Europe and beyond

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We empower young changemakers.
We support everyday heroes.

OUR STRUCTURE

EDYN Headquarters is located in Bratislava, Slovakia and provides management, coordination, strategic guidance and fundraising support to the network.

EDYN n.o. is an independent non-profit organization registered in Slovakia. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, visionaries and true friends of our mission.

EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBERS

Michal Kovács
Executive Director
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Michal Kovács is a social innovator and activist. Prior to joining the European Democracy Youth Network, he founded and led numerous non-governmental organizations supporting young leaders in Slovakia and abroad. He was a Shadow Minister of Education for the ZA ĽUDÍ party, where he worked closely with the former President of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska. Prior to that, Michal was a member of the Leadership Team and Head of Communications for Slovakia at Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies. He also founded an academic department focused on North American Studies at the University of Economics in Bratislava, and served as the University’s Envoy for Business-Academic Cooperation. He holds a PhD and an MSc in International Relations.

Ľubica Kováčová
Institutional Development Manager and Deputy Director
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Lubica Kovacova is the Institutional Development Manager at the EDYN HQ. She previously worked as the Head of the Office of the Minister at the Slovak Ministry of Environment. Her experiences include mostly political party development, campaigning, communication and public administration. Lubica holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and M.A. in International Relations from University of Groningen.

Nadezhda Mouzykina
NDI Liaison and member of the Advisory Board
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Nadezhda Mouzykina is the Deputy Regional Director with the Central and Eastern Europe team. Since joining NDI in 2009, she has supported in-country and regional programming focused on parliamentary strengthening; political party and civil society development; election administration; and inclusion of marginalized populations, such as the Roma, women and youth, LGBTQ+, and religious minority groups. Ms. Mouzykina holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a B.A. in International Studies, with minors in Russian, German, and Vocal Performance, from the Johns Hopkins University.

Lucia Husenicová
Communication Officer
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Lucia Husenicova is the EDYN Communications Officer with EDYN HQ. She graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Management at Comenius University and has a strong background in marketing and communications, having established a successful marketing agency. She was involved in youth engagement at the Senate of Comenius University, where she presides over the student body and is responsible for a third of votes. Lucia was the COO of the Digital Marketing Club, an NGO based at the Faculty. She led multiple teams of over 40 people and was the creative director of several projects and events. Lucia hopes to elevate EDYN’s communication and member dynamics.

Lizzie Patterson
Program Associate
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Lizzie Patterson is a Program Associate at the International Republican Institute. At IRI, Lizzie supports programmatic activities for EDYN and political party strengthening programming throughout Europe. Lizzie holds a B.A. in International Studies with a concentrated focus in Business Management, French, and German from Indiana University.

Jeremy Lennon
Program Associate
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Jeremy Lennon is a Program Associate at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). At NDI, Jeremy supports EDYN, and projects related to Serbia and Montenegro. Jeremy holds a B.A. in Comparative Politics and German Studies from the University of Puget Sound.

Jacob Kostrzewski
Program Manager
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Jacob is a Program Manager on the Central-Eastern Europe team with National Democracy Institute. He previously served on the International Rule of Law and Security Team at the McCain Institute at Arizona State University. He has a Master's in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and speaks Polish and French.

Ludovica Efrati
Senior Program Associate and IRI Liaison
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Ludovica Efrati is the Senior Program Associate for Transatlantic Strategy at the International Republican Institute. With over three years of experience managing and providing technical assistance to donor-funded programs, she oversaw national-scale, multi-year programs to improve government transparency during periods of major reform and political instability; improve the quality of government services in the power and social protection sectors; and increase the level of frequency and transparency with which governments engage with their citizens. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, a M.A. in Political Communication from American University, and technical and language certificates from various institutions, including Harvard Business School.

Carlotta Serioli
Outreach and Partnerships Manager
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Carlotta Serioli is the Outreach & Partnerships Manager at EDYN HQ. She holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Security from University College London. She previously worked as a financial consultant and headhunter in London before joining the Research & Editorial team at the Institute for International Political Studies in Milan, Italy.

Iveta Homolová
Office Manager
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Iveta Homolova is the Office Manager at the EDYN HQ. She previously worked as a Chief State Advisor at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic where she was mainly responsible for the international relations of the Deputy PM. Iveta holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from Comenius University. She experienced many internships, for example at the Office of the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Press Department at the same ministry. International relations are her main domain although she is also a proud advocate for gender equality.

Founders and Friends: EDYN was founded by the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to elevate the voices of the new democratic leaders.

EDYN n.o. is an independent non-profit organization registered in Slovakia. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, visionaries and true friends of our mission.

EDYN n.o. is an independent non-profit organization registered in Slovakia. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, visionaries and true friends of our mission.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBERS

Rye Barcott
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Rye Barcott is co-founder and CEO of With Honor, a cross-partisan political organization led by veterans focused on promoting and advancing principled veteran leadership to reduce polarization in the U.S. Congress. Previously, he co-founded and led the clean energy investment firm Double Time Capital, and co-founded the non-governmental public health organization Carolina for Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. His memoir, “It Happened on the Way to War,” juxtaposes military service and social entrepreneurship. Mr. Barcott serves on the boards of National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, and the U.S. Institute for Peace. He chairs the board of Carolina for Kibera.

Tami Longaberger
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Tami is the Chief of Staff to the CEO of Swiftarc Ventures. A young Venture Capital firm focused on Telehealth technology and under represented Founders. Based in the USA, with offices in Miami and New York City. Tami is the former chief executive of a privately-held, family company, the Longaberger Company which specialized in handmade baskets and other home goods. The family sold the company in 2013. Today, she continues to serve as President and Member of the Board of the Longaberger Family Foundation. She serves as a Board member of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide and has worked on International Election Observation teams to Georgia, Jordan, Tunisia, Ukraine and Ghana. She chaired the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute, based in Amman, Jordan. She also serves at the Vice-President of the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the US Treasury. In 2003, she served as a US delegate to the Human Rights Commission. She was appointed by President George W Bush as the Chair of the National Women’s Business Council and served on the Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ms. Longaberger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University and is the former Chair of the Ohio State Board of Trustees.

Jonas Rolett
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Jonas Rolett has worked on democracy and governance issues in Europe for much of his career. His focus has been on building civic resilience, opening the political process, promoting good governance and defending human rights. He has lived in Budapest and Tirana and remains closely involved in Albania's political and social development. From 1998 to 2021 Mr. Rolett served in a variety of roles at the Open Society Foundations, including Regional Director, Advocacy Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman. He worked a broad range of issues, including debt relief, vaccine justice and citizen engagement. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Mr. Rolett was a Senior Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), where he promoted democratic development across Eastern Europe. He managed programs related to governance, civic participation and political party building, and established domestic election monitoring organizations in five countries. Mr. Rolett is co-founder of the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group and has served as a steering committee member on the World Bank's Global Partnership for Social Accountability. He holds a BA in Literature and Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

Kathryn Walt Hall
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Kathryn Walt Hall is an attorney, businesswoman, and former US Ambassador to Austria. Ms. Hall began her public career as Assistant City Attorney in Berkeley, California. Later, she joined Safeway Stores, where she was responsible for developing and administering one of the first and largest affirmative action programs in the United States. Subsequently, she worked as an attorney and businesswoman in Dallas, Texas, where she was the President of an inner city development company and partner of Hall Financial Group, Inc. Throughout her distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, community activist, and humanitarian, she has been active in a number of civic issues, serving on numerous non-profit and institutional boards, addressing issues related to social care and mental health. Ms. Hall co-founded the North Texas Food Bank, served on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Hunger Advisory Committee, and was the Director/Vice President of the Texas Mental Health Association. In 1995, Ms. Hall was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the National Advisory Council for Violence Against Women and as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 1998 to 2001, she served as the United States Ambassador to Austria. Ms. Hall has also been a leader in numerous business organizations, including the Dallas area Chambers of Commerce, the Dallas Assembly, Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Texas Retailers Association. Ms. Hall serves on the Napa Legal Aid Board, the Board of Directors of Festival Napa, and is a Trustee of the Southwestern Medical Center. She is fluent in French and German, earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, a joint MBA from UC California, Berkeley & Columbia University, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Leadership Council serves as the representative and decision-making body of the network and is supported by five committees: Program Development, Communications, Finance and Partnerships, Elections and Membership.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBERS

Valeriu Drăgălin
President, Moldova
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The president of EDYN, Valeriu Drăgălin is a young lawyer that works at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Moldova and he also collaborates with the MEET institute as a trainer. Mr. Drăgălin is the former president of the National Youth Council of Moldova (CNTM), having been involved in the civil society and youth sector for the last 8 years. He is deeply interested in youth rights, youth policies, and youth participation, also being committed to democracy, participation, and involvement of citizens in decision-making processes.

Donjet Bislimi
Vice President, Kosovo
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Donjet Bislimi is a Kosovar activist and youth leader. He has been an elected official of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) for more than nine years and was elected as President of the party’s Youth Wing three years ago. He graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Pristina and is now in the first year of Epidemiology residency. As President of the PDK’s Youth Wing, Mr. Bislimi conducts multiple youth outreach activities and different policy roundtables. He also has launched publicity campaigns for the promotion of youth activism.

Marie Kikvadze
Vice President, Georgia
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Marie Kikvadze is a communications manager and advocacy specialist working at CENN where she is involved in rural development and climate advocacy projects. In addition to that, Ms. Kikvadze leads the Mediation and Civic Engagement Committee and works to advocate local issues in the multi-ethnic municipality. She has various international experiences and is a FLEX and ERASMUS+ program alumnus. Ms. Kikvadze worked on election monitoring missions for OSCE/ODIHR and ISFED. She has worked for the EU, supporting curriculum reform for Civic Education and Principles of Democracy. Ms. Kikvadze’s desire is to raise awareness about civic activism, gender equality and democracy and speak up against any inequality.

Oleksandr Reshetkov
Secretary General, Ukraine
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Oleksandr Reshetkov is the Deputy Head of the NGO Solidarna Molod in Ukraine, as well as the International Secretary of the NGO European Youth Community. He is an alumnus of educational programs from the Robert Schuman Institute and the International Republican Institute. He has organized numerous youth projects under the Erasmus+ program and received a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in 2019.

Branislav Josifović
Serbia
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Branislav Josifović was born in 1991 in Pirot. He lives in Knjazevac, where he has finished primary and high school. He graduated from the School of Engineering Management in Belgrade. His first job was in the Municipality of Knjazevac as an Administrative Assistant in Department for Budget and Finance. In 2015 he was appointed as Chief of Staff in Municipality of Knjazevac. After the local elections which were held in 2020, he was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor, his first elected office. In 2020 he was elected as an ambassador of EDYN and European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) for Serbia, and in 2021 he became a member of the Advanced Leadership in Politics Institute (ALPI) Second-generation. He is a member of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).

Cristina Voroneanu
Moldova
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Cristina Voroneanu is the co-founder of My City Hall, a grassroot organisation that monitors the City Council of Chișinău. She is responsible for the monitoring and analysis of the activity of the elected officials and manages the advocacy and research efforts on transparency, urban transportation and condominium. Cristina holds a Master in Political Science from the State University of Moldova where she teaches a course on Human Rights, starting this fall. During her Bachelor and Master studies, Cristina was a member of several student and youth-led organisations, creating opportunities and advocating for the rights of youth and students. Currently, Cristina is a member of the Higher Education Reforms Experts running under the Erasmus+ Office.

Faris Nuhanovic
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Faris Nuhanovic is the president of Youth for the Sarajevo region and Nezavisni Blok in Bosnia. He is also currently engaged in a National Democratic Institute project for human rights and peace in Bosnia. He holds an MBA as well as a bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership Studies. Since 2009 he has worked with NGOs, including a foundation for arts and education in Amadeus and Udruzenje Metamorfoza.

Gjorgi Tasev
North Macedonia
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Gjorgi Tasev currently works as an advisor for youth and youth policies to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia. Mr. Tasev previously worked in the sector of communications and PR in the government. In addition, Mr. Tasev worked as a demonstrator/associate at FON University (Faculty of Law) in the fields of administrative and constitutional law.  He works directly on affirmation of youth policies, encouraging youth activism and increasing the participation of young people in social processes. Mr. Tasev is the author/co-author of many articles in the field of youth policies, social relations and legal affairs. He is also a Government representative to the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) of the Council of Europe. In his free time, Gjorgi enjoys reading books, playing games, and traveling.

Laura Danilas
Estonia
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Laura Danilas has been a member of the City Council of Tartu since 2017, where she supports youth involvement, sustainable urban development, and energy-efficiency in transportation. Since May, she has worked as a Political Advisor to the Minister of Social Protection. She holds a B.A. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Estonian Aviation Academy and is currently studying for an M.A. in Cyber Security at the Tallinn University of Technology. She has written articles for both local and international publications and is passionate about foreign affairs, defense policy, and information warfare.

Ramadan Sopoti
Albania
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Ramadan Sopoti is an alumnus of the University of Tirana and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration. He is experienced in project management and policy research within civil society organizations and has been extensively engaged in designing and delivering tailored capacity building programs for grassroot organizations. Mr. Sopoti is the author and contributor of several publications addressing the implementation of regional and national projects. As of January 2021, he joined the British Embassy in Tirana as a Project Officer where he in designs, develops and implements a portfolio of media projects as part of an expanded UK program for the Western Balkans.

Subhan Hasanli
Azerbaijan
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Subhan Hasanli is 27 years old and is a co-founder  at the Social Rights Centre, an NGO operating in Azerbaijan. The organization is working  in the protection of social rights and awareness-raising activities on social rights in Azerbaijan. Subhan holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Nakhichevan State University. His goal is to promote the rule of law and human rights, and he hopes to achieve changes in these fields. Subhan’s hobbies include catching fish, playing chess and reading books about science, politics, and philosophy. His favorite book is “Diplomacy” by Henry Kissinger.

Yahor Levachou
Belarus
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Yahor Levachou was born in 1993 in the village of Beshankovichy district, in the Viciebsk region of Belarus. After graduating from Beshankovichy Secondary School in 2010, Yahor immediately began studying geography at Belarusian State University, having received the Scholarship of the Special Fund of the President of the Republic of Belarus for Gifted Youth. In 2015, Yahor graduated with honors, and in 2016 he received a master's degree. Since 2015 till liquidation in 2021, Yahor had been a member of the Republican Research and Education Public Association’s Tell the Truth political association and movement. Yahor ran as a Tell the Truth candidate in the 2016 and 2019 parliamentary elections, in which he finished in second place. He also ran as a candidate in the 2018 local elections. Yahor had been an elected member of first EDYN’s Leadership Council in 2018. Outside of politics, Yahor has been a PhD student at Vilnius University since 2021.

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Words of Support from EDYN’s Friends

Madeleine Albright,
Chair of the National Democratic Institute
Lately my favorite quote from Robert Frost is “the older I get, the younger are my teachers.” There are hundreds of teachers in the European Democracy Youth Network, and I look forward to continuing to learn from them and be inspired by them in the months and years ahead.
Karel Schwarzenberg,
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
During normal times, we all enjoy the competition between political parties. In the moment of immediate danger, we have to protect our common values together. EDYN is necessary to unite different political views on democracy. Cooperating with a bipartisan US initiative is of enormous help.
Zuzana Čaputová,
President of the Slovak Republic
Your work is an excellent example of cooperation between the United States and Europe. We need more such cooperation because democracy cannot be put on autopilot. It is a process that needs care and attention. And above all, it needs active citizens ready to take action. You are the co-pilots, so join in, stay true to your values, and never give up. Only then things can change for the better. This is what motivated me to enter politics too.
Maia Sandu,
President of the Republic of Moldova
The young generation is the generation that can change the world and build a better future for everyone: a more just, digital, green and democratic one. I admire EDYN members' commitment and I encourage you to continue to take bold actions and share your ideas with the world. Our countries can only benefit from your determination and input.
Senator Dan Sullivan,
Chair of the International Republican Institute
Know you will always have the support of committed partners in the U.S. who share your vision of Europe that is whole, free and at peace.

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