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euforia is an organization BY youth FOR youth, which aims to show our generation that a real commitment in order to face global challenges (global warming, poverty, racism, etc.) is not only possible, but also necessary and desirable. Instead of dreaming about how we could save the world, we get young people to act, here and now! To do so, we organize since 2007 various events, such as imp!act or STEP into action and we run the CHANGEmaker Network.
euforia is an officially recognized nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. We’re not affiliated to any political or religious movement. As a reward for its innovative approach and resulting impact, euforia received several awards since 2008.
An always expanding network of young people is working voluntarily year round under the supervision of the Competence Center in Geneva, which leads euforia’s actions and takes care of the development of our activities.
Our volunteers have a great power of decision. We want our projects to be theirs. Our main objective is that young people get involved and motivate other young people to become active as well. A virtuous circle to raise awareness and get our generation to commit, as we know for sure that this generation is only waiting for the right occasion to make its voice heard.
Geneva’s Centre of Competence
Jerónimo Calderón (28 years old) – Founder and Executive Director
Uncompromising visionary, Jerónimo founded euforia in 2007. Having obtained the scholarship of the Swiss studies foundation, alongside his volunteer engagement, he devoted himself successfully to his Bachelor in Political Sciences at University of Geneva and at University of Boston (summa cum laude) and to his Masters in International Relations obtained at the IHEID (Geneva) and Political Sciences (Paris). In 2009, he renounces to a straight career in the 6th biggest worldwide company to dedicate himself full-time to the development of euforia in order to ensure the durability of its impact and to increase the outreach of its activities. His engagement granted him with numerous prices and invitations to intervene during international conferences on youth involvement.
Steven Eichenberger (26 years old) – Managing Director
Gifted with an incomparable talent of organisation, Steven, graduate from the University of Geneva (Bachelor) and from the IHEID (Masters) in International Relations, assumes the management and the organizational development of euforia. In the past, he managed projects relative to sustainable development within one of the greatest foundations for biodiversity preservation (Fondation MAVA) as well as in the Tax Justice Network, a worldwide network for fiscal justice. Driven by a strong sense of responsability and a constant motivation to change things, instead of complaining about them, he volunteerd for many years before joining euforia.
Michael Schmidlin (26 years old) – Administrative Director
From August 2011, Michael has been actively supporting our team in its administrative tasks. After a Bachelor in Political Sciences with an option in Social Sciences and History at the University of Lausanne, he took a sabatical year in order to contribute his ample expertise in the State service in Switzerland and abroad. Besides putting his heart and soul into the administration of euforia, he is currently doing a Masters in Political Sciences at the University of Geneva.
Corina Helfenstein (24 years old) – Outreach Director
Endowed with a solid background in project management and volunteer engagement, Corina will take care of euforia’s organizational development in the German speaking part of Switzerland. As a stipendiary of the Swiss Study Foundation, she studied International Relations at the University of Geneva (Bachelor) and will soon finish her Master degree in International Law at IHEID Geneva and University of Michigan Law School. Driven by a strong sense of social responsibility and curiosity to learn new things, Corina has contributed since 2008 to the success of various projects of euforia. She also did a field internship in the South of Mexico as a human rights observer and volunteered for Service Civil International.
Silja Ramseier (25 years old) – Impact Director
Thanks to her curiosity and eagerness to contribute to a peaceful society, Silja attended euforia’s first event in 2008. Since then she had a share in euforia’s development by organising different events such as the first STEP into action in Basel. This summer she finishes her Master’s Degree in Geography and Sociology at the University of Basel. Instead of working somewhere else she decided to work professionally for euforia in order to increase euforia’s impact and let more young people discover their own potential.After her Bachelor she did an internship at Pusch in Zurich and during her studies she used twice the opportunity to do research in India to broaden her mind.
Chantal Calame (24 years) – Creative Director
With her thirst for actions and plenty of ideas Chantal will be in charge of the successful communication of our message to our public. Chantal has a Bachelors Degree in microeconomics and sociology and a Masters Degree in management from the University of Berne and the UNAM (Mexico City). During her work as an analyst in the management consultancy she gained insight in different strategy and marketing projects of eminent Swiss enterprises and got familiar with Creative Leadership following the KaosPilots® philosophy. There, and during her internship at InBio Biomedical Engineering (a Mexican prosthesis producer in its start-up phase) and her trainee position at Pro Niños de la Calle (Mexico City) Chantal gained some very important experience in project management and the leadership of volunteers, which she enthusiastically will apply in her work for euforia.
Jonas Schneiter (22 years) – Communication Advisor
In turning the realisation of his dreams into a leitmotif, Jonas started very early to work in the Swiss medias. He created the Romand edition of the magazine Tink.ch and unites many young journalists around the slogan “L’actu en mieux, l’actu en moins vieux”. Moreover, simultaneously to different communication mandates, he realised his childhood dream in becoming presenter on LFM and on television and last but not least journalist for the written press. Finally, he launched his own production association based on his conviction that communication has to be used as a powerful tool and not as an end in itself.
Magdalena Musiala - Program Advisor
Magdalena is one of the most experienced young facilitators in Europe today, having accompanied over 6000 people in developing their leadership and team skills through 500 events and workshops. She is based in Sweden and works internationally for organizations, higher education and business teams that all have one thing in common: a social purpose and a drive to make a difference. In 2010 she was part of the team that created IMP!ACT and has been engaged in euforia ever since. Magdalena has a LLM Master in Laws from the University of Stockholm and the Diplôme of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She is a certified Coach and The Human Element™ Facilitator. And she loves to listen to people’s stories.
Board of Advisors
Andreas Lehmann – Legal advisor
Aymeric Marmorat – Director SIFE France
Christelle van Ham – Adviser Social Impact
Dennis Hoenig-Ohnsorg – Director Ashoka Jugendinitiative
Kevin Hempel – Youth projects World Bank
Markus Gander – Manager Infoklick.ch
Sylvain Nicolier – Areriroru
Olivier Gaillard – Atlas Corps & Ashoka fellow
Peter Kirchschläger – Co-Founder and Co-Director Centre of Human Rights Education (ZMRB), University of Teacher Education Lucerne; Co-Founder and Co-Director International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (IHRF)