Partners & People

Cooperation in MED EEA


The YOUTHShare project is implemented by the following organizations

  A. Universities and Research Organisations
University of the Aegean (UAegean), Greece – Lead partner
Τhe University of the Aegean holds nodal thematic competences, facilities and experiences that are of high relevance for YOUTHShare project’s smooth implementation.
UAegean spans across two Regions with the unique feature that they comprise the Aegean archipelago. In that environment UAegean is a Regional Innovator across insular and coastal Mediterranean regions with strong partnerships and effective communication with several National, International Universities and Authorities. The university’s faculties and departments have actively participated in numerous international research networks and projects the last decades, designed to improve Regional Innovation, Human Capital and Mobility of Researchers.
UAegean has established 90 research laboratories and centres with diverse activities in several research areas. Additionally, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the university promotes entrepreneurial and innovative capacity as identified in the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS3) of the North and South Aegean Regions, with a focus in agri-food production, blue/ green growth and circular economy.

Dr. Stelios Gialis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece, since 2014. He has studied Rural and Surveying Engineering and received his Ph.D. in Economic Geography and Regional Development in 2004. Between 2012 and 2015 he was jointly affiliated with the University of Georgia (UGA), US and the Hellenic Open University, Greece, doing post-doctoral research. He has published in many academic journals including Geoforum, European Urban and Regional Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Economic and Industrial Democracy etc. His research interests include Labour and Geography, the spatial divisions of flexible/ atypical/ informal employment, Urban restructuring and labor markets. He acts as the Project Manager and Principal Investigator of YOUTHShare.

Dr. Athanasios Kizos is Professor of Rural Geography in the Department of Geography. He has 20 years of professional experience in agricultural systems and rural development. He comes from an agricultural sciences bachelor degree and holds a PhD on Environmental Policy and Planning. He has published on agricultural landscape change and farming systems, islands and insularity, analysis of cultural landscape change, ecosystem services assessment, temperate and Mediterranean agroforestry systems, and human-environment relations.

Dr. Theodoros Iosifides is Professor of Social Science Methods at the University of the Aegean, Greece. He studied Sociology and Regional Development at Panteion University of Athens and holds a D. Phil in Human Geography from the University of Sussex, UK. He has written expensively journal papers, books and book chapters on migration and social science methodology, epistemology and qualitative methods. He participated in several international research projects and his areas of interests include migration studies, qualitative methods and social science epistemology/methodology.

Ms. Effie Emmanouil has a diploma in civil engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, her post graduate studies include a MSc in Engineering Project Management from the Hellenic Open University, a MSc in Human Geography – Development and Planning of the Space from the University of the Aegean (is to be completed in June 2019) and she is a PhD candidate in Economic and Labour Geography at the University of the Aegean. She has worked as a freelancer civil engineer and as a partner or employee in consultant and construction firms in Thessaloniki and Mytilene, undertaking hydraulic, road engineering and building construction projects. She is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE-TCG).

Ms. Athina Avagianou studied Architecture in National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She is MSc graduate of Geo-Informatics, with specialization in Human Geography–Development and Planning of the Space, at the University of the Aegean (will be completed in June 2019) and she is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at the University of the Aegean. She has been running a technical office as a freelance architect in Mytilene for eight years, dealing with architectural and interior design projects and supervision on construction sites.

Ms. Eirini Mprezetou studied Environmental Sciences in the University of the Aegean. She has a long standing experience on financial and administrative management of various projects. In particular, she administers all stages of reporting and documentation of various projects and applies general management principles to financial resources of the projects.

Mr. Ioannis Dimou belongs to the IT staff of the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean. He studied Computer Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He then did her postgraduate studies in telecommunications and received his Masters Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He worked for a short time as a Software Development Engineer at Siemens until his appointment in the Department of Geography. In addition to his duties at the Department of Geography, he worked as a computer lab instructor at IEK Mytilene and the Lifelong Learning Center of Lesvos. Furthermore, he has been and is currently involved in research programs at the University of the Aegean, performing mainly software development work as well as computer support in various research projects. His research interests include the development of web and mobile applications with Android OS, PHP programming, and web design.

Mr. Gavriil Hiotelis

Mr. Akis Kanelleas is a Rural & Surveying Engineer graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1997 and received his master’s degree (MA) in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Leeds UK in 1998. A well-rounded and highly-trained GIS Specialist with more than 20 years of experience acquired at Junior and Senior-level GIS positions held in engineering design, transportation construction management and Asset Management/Real Estate Companies; a motivated decision maker, possessing a strong combination of analytical and leadership skills, along with a well proven record of achievements within challenging environments. He has participated in many projects and has a strong interest in research, especially in Geography, Data Analysis and the development of GIS application environments.


Dr. Konstantinos Gourzis studied Urban Planning & Development at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (BSc) and Economic Geography at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (MSc). He has received a PhD for his research on the reciprocal links between gentrification and labour market shifts, in the context of Athens, Greece, which was funded by a long-term scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. He also is a Fulbright Alumni, as in 2018-19 he was jointly affiliated with the University of Georgia, US. He has published numerous papers in international scientific journals of high impact factor and in the proceedings of international scientific conferences. In the forthcoming semesters he will be teaching the courses “Tourism and Development”, “Regional Geography and Development”, and “Development and Planning of Innovative Areas”, which are part of the curriculum of the undergraduate program of the Dpt. of Geography, University of the Aegean. In YouthShare, he acts as a postdoctoral researcher and the coordinator of Work Package 1 (Stimulate Trans-locally: A transnational Research Network on the study of Youth Employment policies in MED EEA).

Dr Nikos Kapitsinis is an economic geographer with a background in political economy approach to uneven geographical development as well as geographies of production and globalisation. His current research focuses on the Covid-19 geographies, the economic geography of Wales, the crisis-prone socio-spatial restructurings, and the geographies of employment. Alongside his engagement with the YouthShare project, he is a research associate in the Welsh Economy Research Unit at Cardiff Business School. He holds a BSc in Planning and Regional Development from the University of Thessaly, an MSc in European Regional Development Studies from the University of Thessaly, and an MRes in Regional Studies from the University of Groningen. He was awarded his PhD in Economic Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. Nikos’ work has been published in international top-ranked journals, such as Geoforum, Local Economy and European Planning Studies. He is a Regional Studies Association Fellow and received the commendation for the Best Young Scientist Paper in the 4th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Urbanism, Spatial Planning and Regional Development in 2015.

Mr. Dimitris Psarologos holds a BSc in Geography from the University of the Aegean and a MSc Political Economy at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens. His interests include regional and labour inequalities, WebGIS applications, and data analysis. He has participated in the writing of two articles regarding the footprint of COVID-19 on employment which have been published in The Greek Review of Social Research and the scientific journal Geographies. This work has also been presented in two international scientific conferences—specifically, the conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics in 2021, as well as the Euro-Mediterranean Conference & Exhibition in 2020. Additionally, he has contributed to the visuals in papers published in international scientific journals such as European Urban and Regional Studies.

Mr. Georgios Chatzichristos – holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of the Aegean (UoAegean), as a fellow of the European Union in the programme “Horizon 2020 – Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks – RurAction: Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions”. He has an interdisciplinary background: a degree in Economics from the University of Macedonia (UoM), an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a MA in Philosophy from King’s College London (KCL). His research focuses on Rural Development, Social Innovation, Social Economy and Qualitative Research. He has published his research, among others, in prestigious international journals such as Journal of Rural Studies, European Planning Studies, and Rural Sociology.

Mr. Babis Koutounidis studied Business Administration at the University of Macedonia and received his master’s degree (Msc) in Operational Research from the London School of Economics in 2009. He has many years of experience in the financial management of various projects and organisations. Additionally, he has worked as management and logistics consultant.

Prof. Dr. Aikaterini Klonari – permanent Academic Staff – is Professor of Teaching Geography in the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean. She teaches a wide variety of courses in undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes. She has published on teaching and learning Geography, Use of CIT and GIS in Education as well as on teachers training and professional development. She is a co-author of Greek Geography textbooks and Geography Curriculum for Compulsory Education. She participates in Digital School as expert and scientific director for Geography and Environmental Studies subjects. She continues to conduct research locally and internationally on teaching and learning methodology, Geography Curricula and on GIS in Education. Aikaterini was member of the team until 2021.

Dr. Michalis Poulimas studied Sociology at the University of the Aegean and the University of Nanterre (Paris X). He received a PhD for his research on “New-marxist approaches of class structure: The new middle class and the social subject in E.O.Wright” during which he was awarded a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY). Since December 2016, he is a post-doctoral researcher at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the field of “social determinants of health”. He teaches the courses: “Special Topics in the Social Stratification of Greece”, “Class Structure of Contemporary Societies” and “Sociology of Health and Illness” at the University of the Aegean. Michalis was member of the team until 2021.

Dr Karolos Iosif Kavoulakos– holding a Ph.D. degree in Political Sociology, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  He has participated in several research projects (research areas: social solidarity economy, civil society, social movements, urban sociology, gender policy). He has recently conducted surveys and researches on contemporary alternative economic and political spaces and social economy in Greece.  His research interests include urban sociology and politics, social policy, social movements, civil society, and NGO’s. Dr Kavoulakos has a considerable experience in research design and implementation of both qualitative and quantitative as well as comparative methods of social research. He is currently writing articles on social economy and social movements in Greece. He is member of the board of the Greek Political Science Association. He is author of many articles in scientific books and reviews. Karolos was member of the team until 2021.

Ms. Dimitra Glenti studied Architecture at National Technical University of Athens and has a Master’s degree in Social and Historical Anthropology from the University of the Aegean. She also holds a Certificate of Pedagogical and Teaching Competence and has worked as an architect, a researcher and an educator. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of the Aegean.In YOUTHShare she participates in the development of the educational material. In particular, she works in the preparation of the training module, trainees’ handbook & educator’s manual for skills in social economy and in resilient sectors (i.e. agrifood and waste management). She also collaborates in the advancement of soft skills for the target groups (disadvantages female NEETs, refugees etc.) and the development of additional training materials (icebreakers,energizers, motivation techniques, evaluations tools etc). Dimitra was member of the team until 2021.

Dr. Ioannis Papageorgiou graduated from the Law School of Athens. After an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh, he received a PhD from the same institution in Political Sociology and State Theory. His publications regard the political dimension of social phenomena in micro- (‘The police and the far right in Greece: a case study of police voting behaviour in Athens’ [Crime Law and Social Change. 2016. 66:4]) and macro- level (‘Economic crisis and integration: Deconstructing social borders in Rhodes island’ [Social and Education History. 2017. 6:2]). He had been research associate of the Department of Primary Education of the University of the Aegean and tutor of the course State, Institutions Education and Political Socialisation of the Youth in the same department. Since 2013 he is research coordinator at Rhodes Centre for Historical and Social Research. Ioannis was member of the team until 2022.

Neapolis University Pafos (NUP), Cyprus – Beneficiary partner
Neapolis University Pafos was founded in 2007 in Pafos, Cyprus. In addition to abiding to the uppermost academic standards, it strives to excel in research as well.
NUP’s acquires both the facilities and the experience to support the project’s smooth implementation. Specifically, NUP has actively participated in several international research networks and projects, and is duly capable of supervising PHD students. At the same time, along time, it has developed strong links with the local and national business community and an extensive collaboration network with institutions and organizations worldwide.
Quality of services is of great importance for NUP. Thus, Quality Assurance Unit of the NUP coordinates and supports the internal and external evaluation procedures through a unified assurance system and according to international good practices.

Dr. Ioannis Pissurios is a Lecturer at the Neapolis University Pafos. He studied Architecture and then pursued postgraduate studies in Geography and Cartography. He also holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, while from 2010 to 2011 he pursued Post-Doctoral Research, both of which were funded, the first by the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece and the second by the AUTh Research Committee. His research interests focus on the survey methodology of urban space, as well as on the analysis and planning of urban space with the use of indicators. He has written over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes, published by Elsevier, Springer and Taylor & Francis among others.

Dr. Natia Anastasi received a Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Yale University. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison on environmental chemistry she returned to Cyprus where she has been working in local industry. Since June 2014 she is Director of Research at Neapolis University, Pafos, responsible for the management and scientific implementation of projects including Horizon 2020, FP7 and Erasmus+. Dr Anastasi’s research interests are on Waste Management and Sustainability as well as Science Communication, Citizen science, and gender and STEM careers. Dr Anastasi has numerous publications in scientific journals, has served on committees as scientific expert both in Cyprus and overseas.

Miss Elena Polydorou graduated from the First Lyceum Ethnarhi Makariou in Paphos. She studied Business Administration at University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. After graduating, she was accepted by the London School of Economics where she attended her Post Graduate degree on Accounting Organizations and Institutions. Then, she continued her studies obtaining a Post Graduate title MBA, graduating from Frederick University of Cyprus. She embarked on her Doctoral studies at Neapolis University in Paphos in collaboration with the University of Peloponnese. Meanwhile, she took part in a program in relation to Compliance at Kapodistrian University of Athens where she achieved her diploma. She has been a visiting lecturer at Neapolis University of Paphos since January 2017.

Savvas A. Chatzichristofis received his Diploma as well as his Ph.D. degree (with honors) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. After a 6-years postdoc at Center for Research and Technology Hellas, he was appointed Adjunct Lecturer at the Cyprus University of Technology. He has also held visiting posts at Institute for Information Technology at Klagenfurt University in Austria. In 2017, he joined the Department of Computer Science, Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus, as Associate Professor and Program Director. His research focuses on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Robotics. His scientific interests lie in the following fields: visual feature extraction, image analysis, matching, indexing and retrieval, SLAM and Educational Robotics.

Skype: savvash

Zinon Zinonos received the Diploma in Computer Engineering from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department (CEID) of the University of Patras, Greece, in 2005, and the M.Sc and Ph.D degrees from Computer Science Department, University of Cyprus, in 2008 and 2013, respectively, all in computer science. Currently, he is a Lecturer in Informatics at Neapolis University Pafos. His research interests include Internet of Things, wireless, ad hoc and sensor networks, mobility management in low power devices. He has published articles to journals and presented his work at several conferences organized by the computer science and communication networks community. He is actively involved in various projects funded by the European Commission.

Skype: zenonas1

Andreas Masouras is a Lecturer at the University of Neapolis in Pafos in the fields of Marketing Management, entrepreneurship and innovation. He holds a PhD (Honors) from the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese. The title of his doctoral dissertation is: “Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness through the lens of the Institutional Analysis: The Case of Cyprus”. Also, he holds a Professional Doctorate in Management (D.Mgt.) from Monarch Business School (Switzerland) and MPhil from Brighton University (Media Management). He is currently a faculty member at Neapolis University, Pafos and has taught at foreign universities such as the MBA program at Cardiff Metropolitan University and various distance programs. He is press officer of the University.

Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), Spain – Beneficiary partner
Catholic University of Murcia was founded in 1996 with the clear missions to provide students with the knowledge and skills to serve society, to contribute to the further expansion of human knowledge through research and development, and to participate in the areas of education and culture.
Since its establishment more than fifty research groups have been operating in the framework of UCAM and in close collaboration with enterprises. Research as well as teaching focus on providing real-world solutions to social problems. Top class infrastructure, laboraories and studios, allied with thorough anaysis and fieldwork facilitate the close interaction of basic research and innovation.

Mr. ABAD, Andrés

International Project Manager by UCAM in OPRI. Fields of expertise: ERASMUS+, Youth, Gender Equality, Employment, European Union.

Mr. HEISER, David C.

Responsible for financial and administrative management of EU projects at the International Project Office (OPRI) in the UCAM.

Dr. CARRILLO, Carmen María

PhD in Neuromarketing. Responsible for the UCC+I (Unit for Scientific Culture and Innovation)

Dr. MUÑOZ, Práxedes

Professor in the Degree in Primary Education of the UCAM.Degree in Philosophy and Letters. Specialty Geography.


Deputy Director of the Degree in Business Administration and Management. Professor in the Degree in Business Administration and Management.


Grade in Mathematics. Master in Change Dinamycs in Modern Advanced Societies. Degree in Sociology. Degree inin Political Science and Administration


Degree in Computer Engineering, Doctor in Computer Engineering

Sistema Turismo (ST), Italy – Beneficiary partner
Sistema Turismo is a training centre which promotes, organises and manages internships and educational programmes for young students, teaching staff, unemployed, young workers and organizations coming from all over Europe. The main mission is to provide the best work experiences, training courses, workshops and seminars for students and adults.
It has been established in 1996 in Italy and is dedicated in bringing value into every aspect of training and learning mobility. More specifically, ST is active in research of new training methods and the development of training courses. In that framework ST has been organizing international mobility schemes offering work experience in many vocational areas as well as offering courses as accredited centre mainly in the field of tourism, Social Services and Culture. At the same time ST is active in developing and managing EU projects. Being part of ETN International, Sistema Turismo shares and contributes towards a clear vision regarding the powerful magic behind learning and training in an international environment

Mr. Francesco Di Bello is graduate of Political Science from the University of Salerno, he has developed a professional pathway dealing with planning and management of European funding in education and training. Co-founder of Sistema Turismo and Head of European Projects, for over 20 years he has gained a deep knowledge of the institutional and social context of reference, regarding particularly European policies, as well as the ability to build project paths across the different plans (local, national and EU) and focused on specific sector and target; he is well skilled in monitoring, detection, analysis of the results of work supply / job matching, labour market and training; in definition of educational tools and methodologies; supporting in reporting on the implemented projects.

Mrs. Antonella Ielpo born in 1990, she studied Business and Administration at the University of Basilicata. Since 2015, she works with Sistema Turismo with responsibilities on management and the administrative-financial monitoring of projects financed by various programmes. Specifically, she manages the whole phase of reporting and documentation of various projects in progress, verifying their progress and interfacing with the project managers and with the administrative office.

Mrs. Anna Carla Ronchi is a graduate of Modern Literature with a Masters’ degree in History. Anna Carla has been working at Sistema Turismo for about 10 years with a long experience in the area of designing and planning projects especially in the framework of Leonardo and Erasmus programme with expertise in monitoring, research, training and organizational coordination. She has also extensive experience in producing materials and drafting reports on various themes and projects in an array of different thematic areas. Being passionate about classical culture and storytelling, she is involved in content strategy and communication area.

Mrs. Maria Pina Triunfo is consultant, trainer and an avid for foreign international affairs. The focus of her work in Sistema Turismo relates with management of EU funded projects. For over 14 years, she has developed multiple skills in different sectors that converge in training and development of educational and training projects. She is experienced in in-depth research, planning and reporting, budgeting, training development and implementing projects and enjoys the intercultural relations build within EU funded projects that lead to transfer of knowledge, new ideas and best practices built. She has a degree in International Affairs from IUO – Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples and a Post-degree in Planning and Budgeting of European Project from AICCRE.

Mrs. Alfredina Villani has been working with Sistema Turismo since 2004. She has previous experience in the training sector, dealing with the promotion and educational coordination of post-diploma and post-graduate training courses. Since 2007 she gained experience in organizing traineeships, setting up networks of companies to host European interns, screening of CVs of young interns and matching between CV and company in the framework of LLP Erasmus area. Since 2016, she is the scientific coordinator of the Observatory of Training in Transnational Mobility. She studies Sociology, Economics and Labor, at the University of Salerno to offer a useful and functional as well as conscious perspective of operation in the world of education and to be increasingly “culturally and professionally equipped” to face the growing developments in the labor market.

  B. Training and Consulting Organisations
Network for Employment and Social Care (NESC), Greece – Beneficiary partner
The non-profit civil partnership “Network for Employment & Social Care” was founded in June 2011. Its mission is the provision of counselling and support services to vulnerable social groups, migrants and young unemployed in particular. NESC has an important track record of coordinating and implementing counselling actions in the framework of co-funded programs at national and EU level. At the same time it supports actions that strengthen democratic participation and social inclusion.
In the YOUTHShare project NESC will be analysing the local employment environment (SWOT) of the target-areas in order to build rapport with the target groups locally. It will be appointing and supporting a Key Account Manager at the trans-local employment centre who will deliver the counselling sessions of the project. NESC will also support the apprenticeship matching and mobility of former NEETs.

Mrs. Nektaria Marava is an Economist and Regionalist, holds a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Studies from Birmingham University (1998). As a public awareness expert, she has been co-organising or organised several international, national and local communication events in Greece. From 2014 -up to today, she has also been working with NESC in relation to its European projects and activities. As a certified instructor has participated in a series of advisory or learning activities held by a number of key institutes (National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA), Greek Lifelong Learning Centres, Cyprus International Institute of Management etc.). She is also part-time teacher at the apprenticeship Schools of the Hellenic Manpower Employment Organisation – OAED) aiming mostly to NEETs population. As a researcher, she has participated in a number of research projects and has published her work in national and international conferences, journals and books.

Mr. Stelios Kaznesis holds a degree in Sociology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and has more than 15 years of experience in designing and implementing national and community initiatives in the fields of vocational training and Human Resource development, entrepreneurship and social economy promotion, social inclusion of vulnerable groups and promotion of equal opportunities. He is a certified trainer on vocational guidance from the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP).

Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology LTD (CARDET), Cyprus – Beneficiary partner
CARDET is one of the leading research and development center in the Mediterranean region with global expertise in project design and implementation, capacity building, and e-learning. CARDET is independently affiliated with universities and institutions from around the world, such as the Yale University and the International Council of Educational Media. It has completed numerous projects relating to the development of capacity building and planning in education and VET, social justice and integration, inclusive education, adult learning, youth support, eLearning, educational technology, skills and gaps assessments in educational institutions, civic engagement, social integration, and quality assurance.
CARDET brings together an international team of experts with long global expertise in research, foresight, educational technology, instructional design, eLearning, professional capacity building, innovation, social and economy integration and human resource development.

Ms. Markella Papanicolaou is a Project Manager and Researcher at CARDET. Markella graduated from the Department of Economics in the University of Cyprus and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences with Specialization in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources from the Dutch University of Wageningen. During her studies in the Netherlands she participated in group-works related to the environment in several cities within the country but also in Portugal and Belgium.
Markella has an extended experience in coordinating and implementing European projects. She manages several projects related to a variety of topics, such as social inclusion, migration, youth, empowerment of youth NEETs, environment, business, education and learning. Additionally, Markella has facilitated a number of seminars and got involved with topics in relation to youth work, volunteering, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and environment.

Mr. Marios Pitsillides (Administration) has a long standing experience in the fields of management and finance administration. He holds a BA in Business Administration – Concentration in Management Information Systems and an MBA in Global Leadership – Concentration in Organizational Leadership. In the last 5 years Marios Pitsillides financially managed more than 30 EU funded projects, including programs such as ERAMSUS+, EuropeAid, Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, Lifelong Learning programs.

GAL La Cittadella del Sapere srl (GAL), Italy – Beneficiary partner
The GAL La Cittadella del Sapere Srl is a local development agency. It promotes a sustainable rural development through the implemention of Local Development Strategy (LDS). The strategy is co-designed with local public and private stakeholders based in 27 rural small villages located in Basilicata Region that suffer by a significant rate of depopulation due to the scarce job opportunities for young people.
The LDS is developing projects and actions in the field of training, social inclusion, agri-farm competitiveness, tourism, research and innovation, culture and territorial marketing (including audiovisual productions). The GAL La Cittadella del Sapere Srl has achieved over years a strong specilisation on these policies, thanks to more than 150 project managed, implemented or financed.

Dr. Nicola Timpone

Graduated in legal sciences. I’ve been working for several years as manager of Confartigianato Sud- Occidentale, a regional federation of SMEs, and Lucana Film Commission, the public agency in charge of movie productions policies in Basilicata Region . After these work experiences, I’ve been engaged by the Local Action Group La Cittadella del Sapere on behalf of which I’ve been leading the design and implementation of the Local Development Strategies 2007/2013 and 2014/2020, ensuring a strong cooperation with the local, national and European stakeholders.

Dr. Nicola Vita

Graduated in economics. I’ve been working for several years with several important companies in the field of consulting services to:
– PAs (European Structural and Investment Funds – ESF, ERDF and EARDF);
-SMEs and farms (business development, internationalization and fundraising).
In the meantime, I worked on transnational cooperation and research projects in the field of SMEs competitiveness, ICT, smart cities, green economy, social and work inclusion. Since 2011 I’m PM of the cooperation projects of the Local Action Group La Cittadella del Sapere.

Dr. Anna Maria Gentile

Graduated in economics. I’ve been working for more than 20 years in the sector of consulting services to the Public Administrations in the field of ESI funds, as manager and coordinator of working groups including more than 50 persons. Over time i acquired strong skills especially in the field of SMEs and agri-farms competitiveness, by supporting several italian Managing Authorities in programming and implementing complex investment measures co-financed by EARDF and ESF. Since 2010 I’m project and financial manager of the Local Action Group La Cittadella del Sapere.

Dr. Vincenzo Carnevale

Degree in sociology. Art director and graphic designer. Very determined and ambitious, over years I have been working throughout Italy in the field of graphic design and advertising on behalf of relevant companies and several national and regional institutions, gaining an important background of skills that I now provide to the Local Action Group La Cittadella del Sapere.

Educational association for integration and equality (AEII), Spain – Beneficiary partner
The Educational Association for Integration and Equality, is a non profit organisation established in Murcia, Spain and active in the provision of counselling and support, training, skill development and integration of unemployed persons and other vulnerable social groups.
AEII has gained significant experience by carrying out the Erasmus+ KA2 project “Ways to create new employment among the long-term unemployed” which focused on the re-integration to the job market of long-term unemployed persons. Currently AEII co-implements the project “Testing VET in Southern Europe”. which reduces disparities in learning outcomes that affect particularly disadvantaged learners including migrants. Additionally, it has been implementing projects aiming to create inclusive and democratic learning environments either by minimizing radicalisation or by supporting teachers and educators in handling conflicts and dealing with diversity. AEII supports through projects and courses the development of skills in entrepreunership for disadvantaged groups.

Mr. Jose Angel Fernandez Barqueros 

Graduated in Industrial Engineering in which field gained valuable work experience. Since 2013 he is president of the Association for Integration and Equality managing the Erasmus+ projects as well as leading the training courses for entrepreneurs and business owners. Since 2014 he is evaluator and assessor of Erasmus+ projects for the national Spanish agency. He has also significant experience as ICT teacher offering courses in new technologies since 2004.

Mrs. Angeles Vidal Carbonell

Graduate in Administration and Business Management. She has long professional experience as accountant specialised in financial management of state funded projects. Until 2012 she has been coordinating a Training Centre responsible for its management and planning as well as for teaching courses related to accounting, human resources and management. Since 2011 she is owner and manager of Training Centre responsible, amongst else for the collaborations with public and private universities and other educational organisation. Since 2013 she is treasurer of the Association for Integration and Equality.

  C. Enterprise Networking Organisations
Regional Agency for Employment and Training (ARLAB), Italy – Beneficiary partner

The Regional Agency for Employment and Training (ARLAB) was established in the Basilicata Region in 2016 aiming to pomote work and the transitions in active life. It implements training, education, work orientation  and active labour policies and certifies manpower’s skills. ARLAB has significant experience in the development and implementation of international projects that include the transfer of Know How and contribute in the formation of Best Practices across Europe. 

Through that exprience and its strong administrative and financial capacity, AR:AB supports the mobility of former NEETs in the framework of the YOUTHShare project as well as the local enterprises in organising apprenticeships for those NEETs.


Dr. Constantino Kounas

After finishing high school, i graduated in Economics and Business at the University of Perugia. I spent one year at the Athens University of Economics and Business via the Erasmus programme. I obtained the professional qualification as “Expert Advisor on Facilitated Business Loans”. My main field is territorial cooperation and I work on transnational projects all over the Europe. I have over 15 years of work in the submission, management and reporting of projects in several programmes, among which MED, ADRION, Erasmus +, Greece – Italy, POSDRU, POCU, SEE, ENI CBC MED, COSME, JUSTICE, MED IPA, and more. I’m the assistant financial manager of the YOUTHShare project.

  D. Expertise Partner
Fafo, Institute for Labour and Social Research (FAFO), Norway – Expertise partner
Fafo was founded by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) in 1982 and was reorganised as an independent research foundation in 1993. Fafo conducts research on the long-, medium- and short-term transformation in living and working conditions, industrial relations, societal participation, democracy and development in a range of social and economic settings – in Norway, Europe and beyond. Fafo’s ambition is to contribute to processes of social and economic development based on rigorous ethical and scientific standards.
Fafo conducts commissioned research for a wide range of actors including trade unions, employers’ associations, government department and agencies and NGOs. Fafo, being one of the largest social sciences research institutes in Norway, measured in turnover and number of research person-years, is funded through a combination of commissioned research and publicly financed scientific research (national and international research grants).

Dr. Anne Hege Strand has since 2012 been working as a researcher at Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bergen, Norway in comparative welfare state research. Her research interests include work- and social policies, labour market inclusion and work-life balance and gender studies. Strand has long experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, including different forms of evaluations. Strand has previously worked as a social researcher for government departments in London, UK between 2001–2004 for the Inland Revenue and Department for Education and Skills; and in Oslo, Norway between 2015–2017 for Ministry of Children and Equality. Strand acts as an expert partner for the YOUTHShare project.