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ENGSO Youth Committee

ENGSO Youth Committee is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair and seven Committee Members, who are nominated by ENGSO member organisations and elected during the Youth Assembly for the two years mandate. ENGSO Youth Committee is responsible for the decision making and strategic development of the organisation.

The 2023-25 ENGSO Youth Committee


Ugne Chmeliauskaite, Chair

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ENGSO member I represent: Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations

Profession/studies: Expert on International Development Cooperation

Special areas of competence: Development cooperation; International relations; Youth empowerment; Social inclusion; Non-formal education; Training and facilitation; Project management

Favourite sport: Field Hockey

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why: 17, Partnership for the goals. Because only together we can make the difference!

Favourite motivation quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney


Erik van Haaren, Vice-Chair

ENGSO member I represent: NOC*NSF

Profession/studies: Sports Psychology MSc

Special areas of competence: Sports psychology, (Child) Safeguarding in Sports, Mental Health

Favourite sport: Cycling

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why:

Climate action (SDG 13): I think this is the one that is most urgent and therefore we need to take action now.

Favourite motivation quote: “What you need for success is already in you, it’s a matter of believing in yourself, having the will to work hard, and to never giving up.” – Akwasi Frimpong


Alessia de Iulis, Committee member

ENGSO member I represent: OPES Italia

Profession/studies: International Cooperation and Development

Special areas of competence: Erasmus+ Youth field, Volunteering, Non formal Education

Favourite sport: Volleyball

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why: Goal n5 – to build the basis of freedom of choice.

Favourite motivation quote: “Without haste but without rest” – Goethe


Isaiah Kioiloglou, Committee member

ENGSO member I represent: Hellenic Paralympic Committee 

Profession/studies: Sport-for-Development Trainer striving for values-based Social Change through the Power of Sport, Non-Formal Education and Soft Skills Development 

Special areas of competence: Education through Sport, SDGs, Olympic and Paralympic Values, Social inclusion, Gender Equality

Favourite sport:  Basketball and Goalball 

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why: SDG 4 (Quality Education) because sport “can encourage inclusion and the equal participation of women and girls, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable or underrepresented groups and individuals. […] Sport-based programmes offer education opportunities and transversal life skills to be used beyond school including the workplace.” (Score for all 17 manual, p. 17)

Favourite motivation quote: “The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” ― Paulo Freire


Luca Wernert, Committee member


ENGSO member I represent: German Sports Youth (dsj)

Profession/studies: Head of Communications Agency

Special areas of competence: Digitization and trends in the youth sport sector, education and inclusion trough sport, Communication and events

Favourite sport: Everything in, on or around the water

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why: Climate action because healthy people can only exist on a healthy planet

Favourite motivation quote:  “Allowing detours, with a compass in mind.“


Marija Leskovec, Committee member

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ENGSO member I represent: Croatian Olympic Committee

Profession/studies: Communication Expert / MBA in Marketing, Executive master degree in Sport management (MEMOS)

Special areas of competence: Social media, communication, event management, international relations, non-formal education

Favourite sport: Ice hockey and tennis

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why:No. 17: Partnership for the goals, because we can make a big change only if we work together.

Favourite motivation quote: “Success is a journey, not a destination”


Mirjana Ivković, Committee member

ENGSO member I represent:Olympic Committee of Serbia

Profession/studies: Olympic Values Promotion Coordinator / BA in Applied Economics for Tourism

Special areas of competence: Sports Event Management, Project Management, Non-formal education, Olympic Education, Social Media, Social Inclusion, Volunteering and Marketing.

Favourite sport: Basketball, handball, and football

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why: Quality education, because everyone needs to have a possibility to create their future based on quality education / Inclusive Societies, it is crucial to work towards the fulfillment of the rights of all young people.  

Favourite motivation quote: “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” — Steve Jobs


Valentin Doupona, Committee member


ENGSO member I represent: Sport Austria

Profession/studies: Managing Director of a sports center & project management in grassroots sports / BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences 

Special areas of competence: Project management / Sustainability management / social inclusion / grassroots sports

Favourite sport: Surfing & mountaineering in the Austrian Alps (with and without skis)

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why: SDG 4 – Quality Education because it lays the foundation for individual and societal growth and contributes to the achievement of many other SDGs. 

Favourite motivation quote: “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama


Saga Yli-Hannuksela, Committee member


ENGSO member I represent: Finnish Olympic Committee

Profession/studies:  I’m studying social sciences of sport at the University of Jyväskylä. I also work in sports clubs as a children’s coach and as a communications and social media employee.

Special areas of competence: The multidimensional social effects of sport, mental health, equality, the rights and safety of the young athletes, grassroots sports.

Favourite sport: Acrobatic gymnastics and wrestling.

Favourite Global Goal (SDG), and why:  Peace, justice, and strong institutions (SDG16). This goal is very ambitious but contains the foundations upon which we can build. We need peace and justice, and strong institutions to secure these two.

Favourite motivation quote:  Everything said by Minna Canth (1844-1897), Finnish writer and iconic social activist.