Meet the Team

The Officers

YEU Cyprus operates through its dedicated officers, tirelessly committed to amplifying the voices of our participants and members, translating their needs and desires into actionable projects. These officers are responsible for the smooth operation of the organization, including administration, organizing and delivering activities and workshops, proposal writing, mentoring and hosting volunteers and interns

The Board

The governance of the organization is overseen by the Board of Directors, consisting of seven dedicated volunteer members. Their diverse backgrounds ensure that the organization benefits from a wide spectrum of expertise, enriching our projects and enabling us to effectively represent young individuals from various sectors.

The Officers

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Annagrace Messa
Executive Director

Annagrace has over 10 years of involvement in civil society in progressively responsible roles, working in the fields of youth, sustainable development, non-formal education and asylum. At YEU Cyprus, Annagrace is responsible for the overall operation of the organisation, and is also involved in the direct implementation in various projects. Annagrace holds a BA and MA in International Relations. 

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Nina Poulouzasvili
Project Officer / Writer

Nina has a background in architectural interior design and in dance and performance. She has been a youth worker for over 8 years, working mostly with teenagers using art as a tool for critical thinking. At YEU Cyprus, she is responsible for the organisation and implementation of projects on a national and European level. She believes in blending generations where each one teaches one.

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Maria Mavronicola
Project Officer / Writer

Maria holds a BA in English Language and Literature and a Master's degree in Adult Education and Training and Community Intervention. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of non-formal education and how it can bring positive change on a personal and community level. Her secret skill is growing trees out of seeds, be it plants or youngsters.

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Kemal Ashik
European Solidarity Corps Officer

Kemal has been involved in various civil society organizations and has especially worked closely with youth in the context of non-formal education. He completed his BA in Translation and Interpreting and MA in Communication and Media Studies. At YEU Cyprus, he is currently responsible for the European Solidarity Corps project.   

The Board

Kleovoulos Stylianou
President of YEU

In 2021, he was the Secretary of International Relations in the Cyprus Youth Council representing YEU Cyprus. His primary concerns are on topics related to global citizenship and awareness-raising on issues related to social inclusion and the empowerment of young people with fewer opportunities. He completed his studies in Public & Business Administration with a Master degree in Film Producing.

Annita Tsolaki
Head of Volunteerism

Annita holds a BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Kent, UK and an MA Political Sciences-International Relations from the University of Cyprus. She has worked as a youth worker at YEU Cyprus and she is currently working as an EU Project Manager and researcher at the DIAS media group. Through her work, she aims to raise awareness on several societal challenges, promote multidisciplinary analysis and offer sustainable and innovative solutions.

Andriani Antoniadou
Head of Human Resources

Andriani believes that volunteerism is a great tool to teach young people how important their actions can be for the society. As a future primary school teacher, she wishes to empower kids and young people, encourage cooperation and collectiveness among them and promote open-mindedness and acceptance.

Pantelis Kiriakidis
Head of Eco-Sustainability

Pan graduated with a BSc in geophysics and carried on to complete an MSc in Environmental Technology. During his studies, he attended a Youth Exchange through YEU which acted as a catalyst for his relationship with Erasmus+ projects. Upon his return to Cyprus he joined YEU with the vision of further "greening" the projects that gave him the opportunity to not only explore different cultures and practices, but to also grow as an individual.

Andri Koumidou
Head of Communication

Andri holds a BA and MA in European Studies with a specialization in Cultural Anthropology and Modern History. She loves dancing, traveling, playing board games, spending time in nature, and discovering new places. By meeting people from all over the world, she realized how many similarities people share. 

Angeliki Haliou
Head of Finance

Angeliki is a qualified chartered accountant with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Bristol. She has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, and through her involvement with YEU, she hopes to empower and motivate young individuals, creating a positive impact on their lives.

Maria Karolidou
Head of Capacity Building

Maria holds a BA in History from the University of Southampton and an MRes in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Warwick. She currently works as a History Teacher in a secondary school in Cyprus. She loves working with young people and having the opportunity to educate and inspire them. She believes that by empowering the youth, one plants the seeds for a better future. 

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