OBESSU has a European secretariat located in the European District in Brussels, Belgium. We share a building called Mundo J, with several other organisations active in the youth sector. Examples of other organisations are the European Youth Forum (YFJ) , the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) and the Global Student Forum (GSF).
The Secretariat is the co-ordination and information centre of the organisation. From the OBESSU Secretariat a big part of the preparatory work of the different projects is done as well as OBESSUs continuous lobbying work towards the European institutions. The work of the Secretariat is lead by the Secretary General.
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As a Secretary General she is the link between the Board and the Secretariat. She coordinates the work of the Secretariat and supports the Board, as well as the Working Groups and other OBESSU structures. Her tasks also include strategic and financial management of the organisation and overall coordination of daily OBESSU functioning. Giuseppina speaks English, Italian, French and German.
Dragana is working as programme manager in OBESSU, and her role is the overall project coordination and management in the Secretariat. She is responsible for funding and partnership coordination, donor relationships and the overall coordination of the project team.
She speaks English, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian.
As a Policy and Communications Manager, Samira monitors policy processes relevant for OBESSU, identifies opportunities of influence and shapes the advocacy work of the organisation together with the Policy Officer and the Board. She also oversees and coordinates the communication activities of the organisation. Samira speaks English, French and Spanish.
As an Finance and Project Officer, Rute provides administrative, logistic and financial support related to the daily activities at OBESSU.
Rute also provides financial coordination and administrative support of the ECMA project and she is in charge of a collaboration in the Europe@home project for the development of an intellectual output related to digital education.
Rute speaks Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
María works on the implementation of several projects, such as the KA3 Erasmus+ project CITIZED - Policy implementation support and teacher empowerment for CITIZenship EDucation and the European Parliament DG COMM project Generation D-Liberation in relation with the Conference on the Future of Europe. As Capacity Building Officer, she supports the OBESSU Pool of Trainers and the Membership Officer in the organisation of capacity building and different learning opportunities for Members.
María speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian.
Juanma works on the implementation of the KA3 Erasmus+ project "European Changemakers Academy" (ECMA). His tasks combine the coordination of a complete training for local activists with a set of policy outcomes that will serve the empowerment of youth in the local and European level. He speaks Spanish and English.
As Communication and Advocacy Assistant, Eleonora assists in Internal and External Communication of OBESSU and in Policy and Advocacy related-work of the Organisation. She speaks Italian and English and she is learning French and Arabic.
With his long experience in the sector, he is in charge of managing OBESSU's financial accounting, producing accurate financial reports and keeping abreast of changes in financial regulations and legislation. He also advises the Board and the Secretary General on OBESSU's events from a financial point of view.
As Research and Policy assistant, Gilda coordinates the work of OBESSU’s research Task Force on Covid-19, as part of the SSSU project. Her tasks include research design, methodology and implementation, policy monitoring and more broadly, support in other activities of the Secretariat.
Gilda speaks Italian, English, French and Swahili.
As Membership and Outreach Assistant (European Solidarity Corps Volunteer), Carmen supports the Internal and External Communication of OBESSU and the Capacity Building activities for the Organisation and its Members. She speaks Spanish and English and she is learning French and Turkish.
As Research and Policy Assistant (internship funded by a job mobility grant with the program Giovani Si of the Tuscany Region), Ettore supports the Obessu's Policy Team. His tasks include the cooperation with the ongoing research on the impact of Covid-19 on student organising, the analysis on the education funding policies at the EU and national level, and the policy monitoring. In accordance with the Global Student Forum, he supports the GSF working groups on Covid-19 and Gender Justice. Ettore speaks Italian, English, French.