The Board

The Network is managed by a Board composed of a minimun 5 and maximun 11 members elected by the General Assembly. The board shall comprise members who are residents in at least three European countries.

The members of the board are elected for a two years term by secret ballot by ordinary majority. Outgoing members may be re-elected.

The board assures the current management of the association and takes all the decisions that are not reserved to the General Assembly.

All board members work voluntarily for Y-E-N.

President : Mirela Lupu

Vice-president : Ramiz Aliyev

Treasurer : Mariam Sahakyan

Secretary : Iasmin Scundea

Board members : Vasil Tanev & Gaia Ciccone


Mirela LUPU – President

Photo_MirelaI am 24 years old and in my day to day life I am a youth worker in Timisoara, Romania. It all started back in 2007 when I was in high school volunteering for the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara. In the NGO I met amazing and inspiring people who helped me develop and I saw how much impact youth work can have on young people. At local level my main areas of expertise in working with young people are social inclusion, participation and structured dialogue. I met Y-E-N in 2010 in Noah’s Ark mobile seminar in Armenia. I was amazed by the people, by the activities and by the cause of Y-E-N. Since 2013, Y-E-N is my “second job” and I love it.“.

Ramiz ALIYEV – Vice President

Photo_Ramiz“Hello everybody 🙂 My name is Ramiz Aliyev from Azerbaijan. I was born and grew up in Sumgait city. I graduated from the Faculty of Journalistic of Azerbaijan Social-Political University. I started to be involved in youth field being a volunteer in UNICEF during in my school years. And since then I felt that this is my dream work and my comfort zone, and I started actively engage in this field. So, I, with my friend founded “Common Sense” Youth Organization (CSYO) in 2006 which is now one of most active youth organisations not only in Sumgait, but also in Azerbaijan. I was elected the first chairman of CSYO, including now, I have leaded CSYO at various periods. With CSYO, we carried out many projects on healthy lifestyle, environmental awareness, rising of quality of education, social rights of the youth, active citizenship, youth participation and volunteering on international and local level until now. In order to increase my knowledge and exchange of experiences, I have participated in more than 80 international trainings, seminars and conferences and also was part of some international and national umbrella organisations. Additionally, in February 2016, I was awarded with “Presidential Award for Young People” for my public and youth activities in the country and abroad. I am youth worker and policymaker. It is great pleasure to be a part of the international network like Y-E-N which gives a big contribution to European and global youth policy. I will do my best for youth and youth development!”

Mariam SAHAKYAN – Treasurer

Photo_Mariam  “Hello :), I am Mariam Sahakyan from Armenia. I have been working in youth field and NGO sphere since 1999. I have two high educations, first education is Foreign languages and the second is Social work, Social policy. At present I am the vice – president of FYCA, which is the biggest youth organization in Armenia. I work with young people mainly on active youth participation, social inclusion, citizenship and volunteering. I have taken part in and have led many trainings, seminars, workshops and various local and international projects about different themes. Making investment or developing skills and competencies among young people is in a high importance of me, as young people learn best through active participation in all types of settings and situations, both formal and non formal.”

Iasmin SCUNDEA – Secretary


“Hello everybody, my name is Iasmin Scundea, I was born on 03.03.93 in Romania in a small mountain town called Resita. In my current time I am still a student in college studying Agricultural Biotechnologies, and in parallel I am doing youth work, facilitating projects on different topics, and all in all trying to make the world a better place for those that will come after us. I started working with Y-E-N last year, and since that time in the “Voice it ! – Digital Storytelling” project I fell in love with their values and their professionalism and so I decided to go on more projects with this amazing network, and now after some time, I managed lucky enough to be selected as a board member, and I am very thankful.”

Vasil TANEV – Board Member


“Hello World, my name is Vasil Tanev and I am among the newest Board members. Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria I have been working in the NGO area since 2012. As of 2013, I am the president of Active Bulgarian Society – one of the most active and productive self-funded organizations in Bulgaria. Having a MSc in Structural Engineering, I am currently working as a “Research and Development” team leader for a structural software company in Bulgaria. I have recently enrolled for pHD studies in the faculty of Construction Management. So I am really looking forward to plunge into that new experience with the great team of Y-E-N!”

Gaia CICCONE – Board Member

Photo_Gaia“Hello beautiful people! I am Gaia, 22 years old, from Italy. In my life I am studying law at university and I am at the third year of studies. I started to work in the amazing world of NGO’s since I was 18 y.o. in my area, a bit outside of the city centre of Rome and now I am the president of a working group of young people, called HOP (humanity over people). I have always worked in the field of social inclusion with youngsters in different ways, for example with migrants on social rights. I met Y-E-N 4 years ago and these wonderful people opened my mind and gave me a lot of inspiration and I am grateful! That’s why I am so excited to be part of this board, ready to cooperate and work.”