Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is legally empowered to oversee the running of the organization, set its strategy and approve its work program. It does so in dialogue with members and partners through regular surveys, questionnaires and forums to understand the priorities and interests of the organization.

Alberto Alemanno

Alberto Alemanno

Alberto joined the board of European Alternatives in December 2017. Alberto is an academic, civic advocate and public interest lawyer. He’s Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He runs The Good Lobby, the first advocacy skill-sharing community aimed at connecting people with expertise with CSOs who need them in pursuit of the public interest.

Alessandro Valera

Alessandro Valera

Alessandro is the Launch Director of Ashoka Italy. He’s an Italian national and a global citizen passionate about social change and transnational movements. At European Alternatives he took responsibility for the Citizens Pact and Manifesto.

Beppe Caccia

Beppe Caccia

Beppe (Parma, Italy, 1968), graduated in Philosophy (University of Padua), Ph.D. in European and Euro-American Political Studies (University of Turin), scholar in History of Political Thought, works for several international research institutions; from 1997 to 2014 was councillor and from 2001 to 2005 deputy mayor for Social affairs in the City of Venice; member of political-cultural Association “in comune” (Venice); is active in Italian and European social movements, like Blockupy international coalition; participates in EuroNomade independent research network; collaborates also with “Il manifesto” daily newspaper.

Daphne Büllesbach

Daphne Büllesbach

Daphne has been for three years the Executive Director of European Alternatives. She co-curated the biennial Transeuropa Festival (Palermo 2019, Madrid 2017, Belgrade 2015) and is active in various political and artistic initiatives for a democratic and just Europe. She is a board member of the German think tank Institut Solidarität Moderne. She completed a degree in social and political science in London, Paris and Cambridge.

Federica Baiocchi

Federica Baiocchi

Federica Baiocchi graduated in International Relations from the University of Bologna and got an MA in Cooperation Studies at La Sapienza University in Rome. Over the last few years, Federica has worked in project reporting and admin for several Italian NGOs.

Guilhem Delteil

Guilhem Delteil

Guilhem’s first advocacy for democracy was through his job orientation. Believing in the importance of freedom of speech, he became a journalist. Willing to confront his views on news with the ones of people with different backgrounds, he’s now working for an international broadcaster employing journalists from over 20 countries. Looking for a more active way to weight on the evolution of society and convinced that challenges can’t be faced anymore at the national level, he became involved in European Alternatives in 2010. He’s been the president of Alternatives Européennes in France since 2013.

Igor Stokfiszewski

Igor Stokfiszewski

Igor Stokfiszewski (1979) is a researcher, activist, journalist and artist. He was a participant and initiator of social theatre, community theatre and politically engaged art activities. He cooperated, among others, with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Pontedera, Italy), the German Rimini Protokoll collective, and with the artists: Artur Żmijewski, Paweł Althamer and Jaśmina Wójcik. Co-curator of artistic and social activities in post-industrial spaces: Zakłady. Ursus 2014 [Factory. Ursus 2014] and Ursus – spacer w czasie [Ursus – a Stroll in Time] (2015). He was one of the team members at the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2012).

Lorenzo Marsili

Lorenzo Marsili

Lorenzo Marsili is a philosopher, activist, and one of the co-founders of European Alternatives. He previously worked in cultural journalism in London and Beijing, where he founded the journal Naked Punch Review. He was the initiator of the European Initiative for Media Pluralism, an international campaign demanding better protection for media pluralism and freedom at European level, and of Transnational Dialogues, a multi-year arts exchange programme between cultural innovators in China, Brazil and Europe. In his book Citizens of Nowhere: How to Save Europe for Itself (Zed Books 2018, written with Niccolo Milanese), he tells the story of European Alternatives within a wider political and philosophical analysis of the crisis of the nation-state. He is a regular commentator on European media and has degrees in philosophy and sinology from the University of London.

Luisa Maria Schweizer

Luisa Maria Schweizer

Luisa, born in 1984, is an anthropologist and activist based in Berlin. She is chairwoman of European Alternatives Berlin e.V. Luisa studied Cultural Anthropology and Modern German Literature in Freiburg i.Br. and Berlin and attended a masters programme at Humboldt University in the field of Anthropology/Europeanisation. She was member of the research project ”Other Europes / Europe’s Others: Social Imagination in transnational movements and urban public spheres” of Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild. Today she works in the field of political education and communication, digital public affairs and transnational movement building. Besides that she spends her free time in handstand optimizing her yoga practice, enjoys Italian cooking and wine, dancing and loud music.

Niccolò Milanese

Niccolò Milanese

Niccolò is a director of European Alternatives. He is currently a Europe’s Future’s Fellow at IWM, Vienna. Niccolò was educated in Cambridge, Siena and Paris where he was an Entente Cordiale Scholar. Asides from European Alternatives he has been involved in the founding of numerous political and cultural organisations, magazines and initiatives on several sides of the Mediterranean.

Noel Hatch

Noel Hatch

I bring people from different disciplines and backgrounds together to develop creative solutions to cross-cutting issues. I develop and manage research & design programmes for public services, think tanks and cultural organisations to better involve communities and transform services. My expertise is in social design, ethnographic research, systems change, organisational & community development.

Rasha Shaaban

Rasha Shaaban

Rasha joined the board of European Alternatives in September 2016.  She is currently working at the National Museum of World Cultures as coordinator of the Anna Lindh Foundation civil society network in Sweden. Her work includes mainly the coordination of the biggest network of Swedish organisations (governmental and non-governmental) on intercultural dialogue. She is in charge of organising national and regional events to promote intercultural dialogue around different topics. Since the beginning of 2015, she has also been in charge of the transnational project called “WoMidan” (WoMen of the Square) which aims at empowering women activism for social change.

Rui Tavares

Rui Tavares

Rui Tavates joined the board of European Alternatives in September 2016. Rui is an historian, former member of the European Parliament ( 2009-2014 mandate), founder of the new Portuguese party LIVRE and currently visiting fellow at the New York University’s Remarque Institute.  In June 2013, he was commissioned by the European Parliament to submit a report on the situation of the rule of law in Hungary. The Tavares report,  adopted by the European Parliament, suggested the creation of a Copenhagen Committee to monitor EU countries permanently on the basis of agreed criteria when it comes to adherence to the rule of law, with a gradual set of enforcement mechanisms to address rights violations.

Sara Saleri

Sara Saleri

Sara holds a Ph.D. in Semiotics, obtained at the University of Bologna with a research on migration in contemporary European cities. Her primary areas of interests include the construction of social and cultural differences, conflict representations, gender studies, identity and memory dynamics. Along with her academic activities, she has worked for several years in the non-profit sector, with special experience in editorial coordination and project management. She has studied and worked in Italy, the UK, Belgium and Spain and she speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Segolene Pruvot

Segolene Pruvot

Ségolène is Cultural Director of European Alternatives. She believes that the future of Europe can only be built in one integrates cultural and artistic perspectives as well as political and economic considerations. Ségolène was trained as a political scientist and urban planner in France, the UK and Germany. At EA, she has developed an extensive experience in designing and implementing transnational cultural programmes and stimulating volunteers groups around Europe. Ségolène is interested in thematics such as democracy, equality, feminism, migrants & minority rights in Europe. Ségolène is also passionate about the city, public space and the urban environment and has developed activities for EA in that field.

Suzana Carp

Suzana Carp

Suzana joined the board of European Alternatives in December 2017. Suzana lives in Brussels where she leads on the EU engagement work of a London based climate policy think tank Sandbag. She worked on a number of migration related projects, including working on a project investigating migration in the media across different countries, completing a comprehensive study of refugee support across the EU, etc. She founded the project Act 4 Democracy, which strives to offer education for democracy through theatre to youth from underprivileged backgrounds and remote areas.