Team Members

Lena Hillmeier

Contact: youthemployment@esthinktank.com

Lena is a graduate student of European and International Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, specializing in foreign policy. She currently heads the EST Working Group on Youth Employment. She holds a BA degree in French and Russian from University College London. Before joining the EST, Lena has worked for the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as the Foreign Office. Making the European Union accessible to young people has always been at the heart of her engagement, for instance as Director of Speaker Events of the UCL German Society. Her main goal as head of the working group is to foster a broader discourse on the questions Europe’s next generation is facing in a changing world of work. In order to achieve this, Lena will aim to increase cooperation with other organisations focusing on the quality of work for youths, as well as to actively involve young Europeans into the debate through the EST Joint Initiative. 

Anna Számely

Anna is an MSc student of Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics. She is currently holding a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Sussex, Brighton. Before coming to LSE, Anna has worked on operational risk analysis, analysing case studies to prepare for various operational risks, at OTP Bank in Hungary. She then had done her own research about the distribution of EU funds in Hungary, published on the blog site of the European Institute of LSE. Most recently she worked at UK Trade Policy Observatory, a partnership between the University of Sussex and Chatham House, and examined the possible outcomes of post-Brexit trade deals between the EU and the United Kingdom. Her research interests revolve around trade and policy making and other EU level processes. As a member of the EST Working Group on Youth employment, she investigates skills mismatch between education and labour market demand in EU Member States.

Giorgos Verdi

Giorgos is a senior undergraduate student of International Relations at University of Piraeus. As a student he has interned for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hellenic Foundation of European & Foreign Policy. He has also conducted research abroad, in Estonia and in Hungary focusing on digital policy and the history of Eastern Europe. As a member of EST Working Group on Youth Employment, he explores the opportunities and challenges that digitalization presents for the employment of under-represented populations and specifically young refugees.

Alejandro García Esteban

Alejandro is a lawyer specializing in labour and social protection law. He holds a master’s degree in European Union studies and wrote his thesis on the current and potential EU mechanisms of promotion of human and labour rights in global supply chains. He has practiced law in Spain, worked for the International Labour Organization and is currently doing a traineeship at the European Economic and Social Committee in the field of Employment and Social Affairs. In addition, he has collaborated with several NGOs in the field of human and labour rights due diligence. His role in the EST group is to research and analyse lower protections and labour standards for interns, apprentices and young workers across Europe, and the potential of EU rules on working conditions and minimum wages in this field.

Gianluca Tomasello

Gianluca holds a Bachelor in Science Communication from USI (CH ) and Erasmus University (NL) and two masters degrees from IE University in Madrid – one in Management and the other in International Relations. Before joining the EST Working Group for Youth Employment, Gianluca worked in the Italian marketing sector and as digital transformation consultant for Accenture, where he learned design thinking methodologies that brought into his alma university to create the IE Sustainability Committee. He got passionate about circular economy thanks to his final master work where he created a report for the adoption of Distributed Ledger technology for the implementation of a circular procurement system for the city hall of Bogotà. Convinced that such transition could create win-win-win solutions for businesses, society and the environment, he is now dedicating himself to two start-up projects: one for implementing circular digital procurement in Madrid and the other for disrupting the micromobility sector through E-bikes rental. Analysing the potential of emerging technologies for a circular transition, Gianluca’s work in the Working group will focus on how to create an academic ecosystem that foster green entrepreneurship in Europe. Specifically, he will analyse how environmental politics could be introduced in educational programs through the concept of industrial symbiosis and complex adaptive system analysis.

Henri Ebelin

Contact: LinkedIn

Henri is a graduate student in the International Employment Relations stream of the HRO programme at the London School of Economics. He previously studied Business Management with Spanish at Cardiff University, spending an intercalary year in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) where he specialised in Employment and Labour Relations. His research interests are now centred around the regulation of labour standards in global production networks and the emergence of new forms of employment in the era of digitalisation. As a member of the EST Working Group on Youth Employment, he explores the rise of the gig economy and its implications for policy-making, both at EU and national levels. Specifically, his analysis focuses on which approaches have shown promise in addressing the trade-off between flexibility and security for platform workers, with a particular emphasis on how effective access to social protection can be developed for this category of self-employed.

Justus Seuferle

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Justus is a graduate student in EU Politics with an emphasis on political economy at the London School of Economics (LSE). He holds a Bachelors degree in political science from the university of Vienna, where he also studied history and economics. During his studies he worked in political and governmental institutions where he mainly worked on research topics revolving around education and social policy. His academic focus is on social-democratic parties in Europe. As a member of the EST working group on youth employment he will be investigating the commodification of education and the rising price of study, strongly linked to student debt and the employability of graduates in the European Union.