Ugne started her life in sports field from the young days. While practicing field hockey and playing for the national team of Lithuania, Ugne graduated International Relations and Political Science Institute, where she got her political science diploma. Later on, she finished the International Communication Master's program in Vilnius University, where political communication remained her main interest. Since 2010 Ugne is working with various NGO's (Unicef, Active Youth, Zuvedra Hockey Club) to encourage young people actively participate in the society. As well, Ugne is experienced in the international project management and facilitation. Currently, she works as an expert of International Cooperation at Central Project Management Agency in Lithuania.
As an ENGSO Youth committee member Ugne works on social inclusion topic, ENGSO Youth young delegates network management and communication support.
Filip Filipic has a decade long experience in the Sport for All sector. Following his close cooperation with the NOC Serbia, Filip Filipic became a Serbian Youth Council member (affiliation of NOC Serbia) during his studies and was engaged in an array of international sporting events for youth, ranging from championships and competitions, to grassroots initiatives and Olympic movement. Filip joined ENGSO in 2012 as a representative of NOC Serbia within the ENGSO EU Advisory Committee, aiming to foster the voice of the European Sport Movement through policy. The combination of his background in marketing and management, as well as his extensive practical experience in grassroots sport recommended him for the participation in the ENGSO Marketing and Communication Working Group in late 2012. Soon after, he became ENGSO Youth Delegate where he developed interest for innovative solutions in the sport for youth arena. In April 2015, he was elected ENGSO Youth Committee member, where he worked on organisation's corporate identity (relaunched both ENGSO & ENGSO Youth's websites), sustainable development and employability topics (supported the conduction of the Study on the Contribution of Sport to the Employability of Young People in the Context of the Europe 2020 Strategy). He joined ENGSO Youth Employment Working Group in spring 2015 and later became a member of European Youth Forum’s Job Creation Network. He’s also an alumnus of the International Olympic Academy. His vision as ENGSO Youth Vice-Chair is to empower his team to generate sustainable solutions for the improvement of grassroots sport for youth across the globe.
Lovisa’s interests and experiences in the field of sports started early on and have been growing ever since. This interest and passion eventually led her to academia, she holds a master degree in sport management. Currently she’s a PhD student at the Faculty of Sport Science, Malmö University, Sweden, specializing in communication and sport with a focus on social media. Lovisa is also currently working as a project manager for the ENGSO project CHAMP. Her involvement in international youth sports took off when she had the position as project manager for the World University Equestrian Championship in 2016. She is also currently active within the Swedish University Sports Federation (SAIF).
Lovisa is primarily interested in areas as Inclusion, Gender and Education within sports together with topics as: Digitalization and social media and sports.
My name is Titouan, I’m 22 years old and I live in Paris, France. I grew up with sport around me since I can’t remember, first as a handball player, and then as a coach and a referee in various other physical activities. I graduated last year in both sport management and physical education in France. These studies abled me to develop my knowledge on the benefits of physical activities and taught me how to use it to contribute to bigger goals, and on the side to be committed to defend youth rights and promote sport at local, national and european scale. In these matters, appart from being a committee member of ENGSO Youth, I am currently working for the national organization representing student in the field of sport (ANESTAPS) as general vice-president and am the representative of the French Youth Council (CNAJEP) for the European Youth Forum. The main topics I am focusing on are education, employability and inclusion.
Graduated in Sport Science by the Faculty of Sport of the University of Porto. Currently is finishing is Master degree on Physical Education by the same faculty. At the moment she is working at the University of Coimbra Sports Services, with responsibilities regarding the promotion of physical activity and sport. She is also passionate woman about everything that relates to sport.
Her active, positive and enthusiastic attitude led her to become involved with several activities and leadership roles. More recently she was Vice-President of the Portuguese University Sport Federation (FADU) and member of the Organizing Committee of the 4th European University Games Coimbra 2018 (EUG2018), the biggest multi-sport event ever organized in Portugal, where she was the director of the Educational Programme and the main organizer of the Rectors’ Conference Coimbra 2018.
She holds a master degree from Sport management and she built her career up from volunteering. She used to volunteer mostly in aquatics and university sport during 7 years in several different countries around the World. Thanks to this, first she got an opportunity as Project assistant at the European University Sport Association in 2015 and then she earned a paid contract at the FINA World Championships in 2017. Coming back from abroad, she became one of the founder of an NGO in Hungary, called Budapest Association for International Sports, as she believes in the power of non-formal education and sport’s positive effect which helps to improve our society. She used to work as a Secretary General for Budapest Sports Union, but currently she joined to football management, she works as Head of Volunteer Programme at UEFA events in Hungary. She practices kick-boxing and as she is engaged for the change of gender equality in sport leadership, she also part of the Women in Sport Commission of the Hungarian Olympic Committee.
Her main interest is gender equality, volunteering and sport for development.
Iva was involved with sports since her early age back home in Croatia. Her professional career in sport management begun with internships at streetfootballworld and GIZ (the German International Development Agency) with a clear focus on sport for development. For several years she worked as the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) as a member of the research and projects team with various responsibilities including monitoring and evaluation, desk research, material development and project management for various international projects. Currently, she pursuits her scientific career as a Research Associate and PhD candidate at the Technical University of Munich.
She graduated from the Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of Zagreb with a Master’s thesis on the quality of life of young athletes and parenting in sport as well as from the International Olympic Academy’s Master’s programme, where her work focused on the perceived importance of the soft policy in international sport.
In ENGSO Youth she focuses on health and sport diplomacy.
Ivana is a former basketball player who has experienced the power of sport at a very young age. As a former war refugee, she found a new home in Austria, where she completed her Masters’ degrees in German and Slavic languages at the University of Vienna. Moreover, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Science & Management. Her previous work experience includes working at the EUSA Universities Games & being Media Manager of the Austrian basketball federation. Ivana is currently involved in the #NewLeaders project from the IOC & EOC and the Sports Diplomacy Academy, a legacy of recent First Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Her biggest interests lie in sports for development, sports diplomacy, international relations and gender equality.
Matej Manevski, Policy and Projects Manager
Matej has been active in the youth or sports organizations since very young age. He has extent experience in advocacy in the youth field, development of youth policy, setting up programs for social inclusion of young people, as well as sustainable development. He has been part of a variety of different processes and bodies such as the EU Youth Dialogue process, Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, and has a lot of experience in organizing and facilitating participatory processes and educational events. He has studied organisational management and entrepreneurship, which also gives him a lot of knowledge on the topics of employment, entrepreneurship, organisational and project management.
Polona Fonda, Communication Officer
Polona has been working in sports media for more than a decade. She is a former editor of the biggest European online magazine on functional fitness and active living (BOXROX) with expertise in digital communication and online marketing for sport. Her experience includes managing communications and media team (ISF, Gymnasiade 2018) at international sport events, and developing and strengthening sport organizations/companies’ online presence.
She holds a BA in Graphic and Interactive Communication from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is a former alpine skier (and youth athlete), nowadays with a passion for outdoor sports and weightlifting.
Lithuanian ENGSO member organisation - Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations - was established in 1992. It is an umbrella organisation for 73 national sport federations in Lithuania, being one of the widest sport organisation in the country.
Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations works closely with the National Olympic Committee, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian Sports University. Member organisation actively participates in ERASMUS+ programme and promotes youth sports in the daily work.