Facilitators

Facilitators from AEGEE


Christian Eichenmüller – Germany
MDG 1 | Eradicate Poverty and Hunger
MDG 7 | Environmental Sustainability
Christian studies Geography, Political Science and Media Studies at the University of Mainz. After spending two exchange semesters in Turkey he is now about to write his thesis and start working in Istanbul. Currently he is also managing the Beyond Europe project. As an youth activist he was previously Liaison Officer of AEGEE-Europe towards the United Nations and Board Member of the International Politics Working Group for two consecutive terms. Together with some friends he has recently also founded a new non-profit organisation called iMPETUS sharing global perspectives. However Beyond Europe – and especially the Case Study Trip to South Africa – are at present his top priority and inspiration.”


Julia Batkaeva – AEGEE Санкт Петербург (Saint-Petersburg), Russia
MDG 2 | Universal Primary Education
MDG 5 | Maternal Health

Julia is currently doing a Masters at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. She is very passionate about youth participation and youth policies in Europe – which is also the topic of her thesis. Having a background in international relations, being involved in a series of G8 Youth Summits, model UN simulations, various trainings and lots of AEGEE activities gradually led to
dealing with global challenges within a very ambitious project called “Beyond Europe”. This is her biggest passion and challenge at the moment, and she enjoys it to an extent when words are not enough. Julia can’t wait for the CST to start, her enthusiasm inside needs to be let out!


Mario Giuseppe Varrenti – AEGEE
MDG 6 | Combat HIV and Malaria
MDG 8 | Global Partnership for Development
PR Task Force

Mario, 23, from Italy, has recently graduated in International Relations at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Before he studied in Italy and in the UK thanks to the Erasmus exchange programme. He has been behind the idea of Beyond Europe since its first inception, as Speaker of the International Politics Working Group of AEGEE. In summer 2008 Mario worked as an HIV/AIDS youth trainer in Nairobi, Kenya. This experience inspired him to become deeply
committed to the Millennium Development Goals initiative of Beyond Europe. He has written a thesis on EU development cooperation after the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty.


Marzena Gawenda – AEGEE Poznań
MDG 3 | Promote Gender Equality
MDG 4 | Reduce Child Mortality

Marzena is a graduate from Ethnolinguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, but she also studied for one year in Bologna, Italy where she pursued intercultural communication and did a research for the thesis. She’s always felt drawn to the NGO world and voluntary activities – that’s why she became active in AEGEE and at some point became a trainer and facilitator for
NGOs, particularly interested in cross-cultural issues and people’s empowerment. In the spring 2008 she volunteered for an NGO in India, teaching tribal children, which was invaluable experience for her and a real eye-opener to the reality of the poorest in India. Currently she’s working on international research projects for consulting companies and volunteering as a trainer whenever possible.

Facilitators in Cape Town

Members of ARESTA and UTRS
ARESTA | Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocay
UTRS | Unity for Tertiary Refugee Students


Joseph Eliabson Maniragena | ARESTA
Self Reliance Programmes Officer
Local integration Programmes Officer

Joseph is a Self Reliance and local integration Programmes Officer at ARESTA and has joined the Organisation since 2007 as a researcher assistant.
He has an Honors degree in administrative Sciences from Kigali Independent University (U.L.K.) and a diploma in social sciences in Rwanda. Prior to joining ARESTA he was actively involved in youth development initiatives as a promoter and co-founder of ULK Students Association (A.GE.U.L.K.) and Rwanda Students Forum (FAGER). He also independently founded a youth association for environmental protection (AJEPROC) which founded more than 35 youth environmental clubs in Rwanda. As part of my academic requirements he produced a manual of environment education around the volcano Park when he was Volunteer with the Gorillas Organisation (Former DFGF/Europe) in Rwanda. He also campaigned against discrimination and stigmatization of AIDS victims in Rwanda with my drama group Rara Avis Club.

Currently he is conducting a research study on evaluation of Refugee service providers in Cape Town for my Master’s degree in Public Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).


Jean Luc Tshiamala | ARESTA



Alice Wamundiya | UTRS

Alice is an executive member and Vice-Chairperson of Unity for Tertiary Refugee Students (UTRS), as well as a member of its Lobbying and Advocacy Task Team (LATT), and organisation that she helped found and now works with on a volunteer basis. Alice holds a BA in Psychology, Language and Communication and an Honours degree in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, where she has been on the Dean’s Merit list numerous times.

She is currently studying towards a Masters in Social Sciences at UCT after becoming the first Rwandan woman to be awarded the prestigious bursary from the Mandela Rhodes Foundation for African scholars. In 2009, Alice was invited to present at different conferences both in country and abroad among others, including those at York University in Canada, Moore Institute, Galway, Ireland, and Rhodes University, Grahamstown, in addition to being chosen for the University’s Student Achiever of the Year Award 2009.
In 2010 Alice has been chosen as one of the 100 Brightest Young Minds in South Africa, one of 300 most influential global youth Partners of Oxfam International, in addition to being invited to present a paper on refugees and asylum seekers in Higher Education at the 14th Annual IEASA conference at Wits in August, 2010.

Alice has also published papers on human rights and social justice in Africa. Alice is passionate about human rights and service and believes that now; more than ever Africa has the chance to finally take her rightfully place in the world.


Jamala Safari | UTRS

Jamala Safari (James) is a Congolese born residing in Cape Town, South Africa. Despite spending much of his time in poetry café and book club events as a writer, poet and words admirer, he is a “scientist in the making”. Passionate of plant biotechnology and devotee of Biotechnology (his study fields), he strongly believes that poverty is not a curse but an illness that can be eradicated by global commitment. He is an active member of UTRS. He is mainly seen in event coordination and soon to be seen in media task team of UTRS.


Jean Claude Manaliyo | UTRS

Jean-Claude Manaliyo, 31 years old, comes from Rwanda and is current a masters student at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). His area of specialization is development studies. Apart from being a student, he works as a volunteer for the UTRS where he is Lobbying and Advocacy Task Team (LATT) member. Jean-Claude also works as Research Assistant at the University of the Western Cape. He did his undergraduate at the University of Zimbabwe where he obtained Bsc. in Tourism and Hospitality Management. Jean-Claude worked in Holiday Inn (Harare – Zimbabwe) for one year. He has participated in the 7th Africa Europe Training course for youth organisatios that took place in South Africa (Limpopo) in May 23-30 May 2010.


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