Kea Hoppe, Director

Kea holds a Masters Degree of Psychology from University of Goettingen, Germany. She has been with YFU as an employee since 2006, recently having worked as Director of Cooperation & Development and Deputy National Director in YFU Germany. Back in the days, she has also been a YFU exchange student to the US and a YFU volunteer afterwards. Kea has extensive experience in the fields of program development, project management and fundraising.  She is fluent in German and English and is working on improving her French.

Valentina Pomatto, Advocacy & Projects Co-ordinator

Valentina Pomatto holds a Bachelor Degree in Development Cooperation and a Master Degree in International Relations and Human Rights, both from the University of Turin. During her studies, Valentina spent a year abroad in Spain and participated in some youth exchanges. She has acquired working experience both on advocacy and project management, with different NGOs in Belgium and in Senegal (No Peace Without Justice, Community Promotion and Development, the International Diabetes Federation, and Tostan). Prior to joining EEE-YFU,  Valentina worked as a Volunteer Program Co-ordinator, with young people assigned to different volunteer positions across West Africa. She is fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish.


Tinatin Janjghava worked in the Parliament of Georgia before joining EEE-YFU. Previously she was a Trainee in the European Parliament where she worked in Directorate-General for External Policies and in the Council of Europe’s Policy Planning Directorate. Tinatin holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations. She participated in a student exchange program in Estonia, University of Tartu. She also holds two Master Degrees – European and European Legal Studies from the University of Hamburg and Public Administration from Tbilisi State University. Tinatin speaks Georgian, English, German and Russian. She is currently learning French.

Marzena Gawenda

Marzena Gawenda holds a Master Degree in Ethnolinguistics and Intercultural Communication (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań) and a post-master specialization in Art Therapy (University of Medical Sciences in Poznań). During her studies, Marzena spent a year abroad in Italy at Communication Sciences Department. She has acquired experience in trainings and project management in various NGOs, mainly AEGEE where she had been active as a volunteer and Academy member for more than 10 years and SIETAR. Marzena is very interested in Forum Theatre as a tool for social change. She is fluent in English, Italian and Polish (native speaker) and can communicate in Swedish, French, Portuguese and Spanish.