Born in La Union, northern Philippines, Marivic left her home country in 2010, settling in Flanders with her family. From the very beginning of her studies, Marivic wanted to work in the non-profit world. She has many years of experience in the NGO sector working with grassroots projects with partners such as the UN, the EU, WHO, etc. that focused on, amongst others, alleviating poverty.
Marivic holds a degree in accountancy and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Louis University. She speaks four languages: Filipino, English, Ilocano and Dutch.
Adrià Sisternes Domene
Born in 1996 in València, Adrià has always been involved in several youth associations and movements, such as the European Youth Parliament in Spain. As a biotechnologist, Adrià has aimed to combine his scientific career with a social impact to improve people’s life.
With the same goal, Adrià joined in 2014 Compromís political party. As the Secretary of International Relations of JovesPV-Compromís, the biggest youth organization in Compromís, Adrià got involved in the Western Sahara right to self-determination, a struggle to which he committed several years ago. More recently, he has carried out projects to defend and protect human rights in Senegal by means of non-formal education methodologies.
As a socially committed bioscientist, Adrià believes in a socially fairer and greener Europe in which the voices of young people are involved in the decision-making processes.
Sergi Esteve i Garcia
Born in Barcelona, Sergi developed an interest in stateless nations and minorities early on, which is why he co-founded OPCAT, the first observatory of the internal functionings of Catalan political parties. Before joining EFA, Sergi worked for the Catalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at Catalonia Trade & Investment (ACCIÓ). Previously, he was also a research trainee at CIEMEN.
Sergi holds a Master’s degree in political science. His belief is that education, feminism and diversity must be the basis of any true democracy.
Marina Vinardell i Trota
Born in 1996 in the Catalan city of Girona, Marina is a journalist and political scientist. Before joining EFA, she worked as a local journalist for the newspaper Diari de Girona in her hometown. While studying a Master in Political Philosophy, she also became deeply interested in the topics of nationalism and identity and how to develop a cívic conception of the nation from progressive values. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and German.
She has also been involved in the Catalan self-determination movement. In this sense, she joined in 2014 Jovent Republicà, the youth organization of Esquerra Republicana political party, and also Esquerra Republicana in 2018. As Regional Spokesperson in the Girona area for Jovent Republicà, she has contributed to developing the self-determination movement in the region.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Paul has lived in several countries across Europe including England, Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Prior to joining EFA, he worked in the European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent Brussels-based think tank, for four years working on issues relating to EU enlargement, citizens’ participation and countering disinformation. In 2014, following the referendum on Scottish independence, he worked as a trainee for Alyn Smith MEP in the European Parliament.
Having studied European languages and cultures, with a particular focus on the Balkans and Central Europe, Paul has a strong interest in securing a diverse and respectful EU by representing the interests of stateless and minority peoples across Europe. He is also interested in the impact of digital technology on political campaigning, communication and public debate.