Welcoming our new colleagues, September 2018
At the end of June, Jessica joined IFOAM EU as Finance and Projects Assistant and she works in both the project and finance units. Jessica is Colombian but has been living in Belgium for three years now, where she completed her Master’s degree and then had her first work experience in the EU context. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and a Master’s degree in development and population sciences from Université Catholique de Louvain. Jessica has previously worked at the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) in Brussels and the World Food Programme (UN-WFP) in Bogotá. She is a native speaker of Spanish and is fluent in English and French. Her motivation to join IFOAM EU comes both from her interest in supporting sustainable and fair agriculture practices as well as joining an NGO contributing to policy change for the betterment of the organic sector.
Fresh out of university, where she finished her Bachelor's in Political Science, Barbara joined IFOAM EU’s Policy unit as an EVS volunteer at the end of July. She was born and raised in Portugal. Working at IFOAM EU gives her the chance to combine her interest in policy and learning, and investigating how organic agriculture actually works. Growing up in a rural area close to Porto tickled her interested in agriculture and farming. Combining that interest with the skills developed throughout the Political Science bachelor's, she is happy and excited to engage making Europe more organic.
Ana Carolina Ferreira
Carolina joined the Events and Membership unit at IFOAM EU as a volunteer in July 2018. She is a Portuguese national who's currently residing in Brussels and who holds a bachelor's degree in Languages and International Relations, attained at the University of Porto. Amongst the reasons why she chose IFOAM EU within the EVS programme is the fact that IFOAM EU helps volunteers effectively develop their skills, as well as IFOAM EU's active approach to the promotion of organic farming. Throughout her academic path, Carolina has engaged in a number of student initiatives, such as the European Youth Parliament and the Model of the United Nations, which has allowed her to not only attain a higher level of sensitivity regarding a variety of issues, including climate change, but also meet a plethora of pro-active young people.