Minuartia corcontica, one of endemic plant species of Krkonose Karkonosze National Park (CZ) © Jakub Kaspar

The Directorate of the EUROPARC Federation is committed to fulfilling the aims of the organisation and to deliver its strategic goals.

The work of the Federation is overseen by the EUROPARC Council and President. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise to bear on the work of the Federation and also represent EUROPARC across Europe.

Where the Council is the driver, the Directorate of the EUROPARC Federation is the engine of the organisation. The small team of 5 full time, 3 part time and are split between the headquarters in Regensburg (DE), and Brussels (BE). They manage a number of important European projects and represent the Federation and its members’ interests.

The work of the Federation is also supported by efforts from working groups and many other dedicated individuals and members who share our passion and support our work.

EUROPARC Federation staff

The multi-national team based at the EUROPARC Headquarters and our office in Brussels, comprises a small core staff. Together they coordinate the varied activities of the EUROPARC Federation across Europe.

General enquiries can be directed to the email or the headquarters postal address at the bottom of the page or to office(at)

Individual members can be contacted by using the email formula:

[email protected]

Carol Ritchie

 Executive Director

Carol Ritchie (Scotland, UK) [email protected]
As her title suggests Carol is responsible for the smooth running of all the Federation Directorate and its work. Carol operates across Europe, out of both the Regensburg and Brussels offices as well as anywhere else needed, to represent the Federation’s interest and to support the work of the President and Council. She mainly works in English.

Federico Minozzi

Managing Director

Federico Minozzi (IT) [email protected]
Federico is based in Brussels, and he shares responsibility with the Executive Director for most aspects of management of the Federation. He concentrates in particular on the EUROPARC policy and advocacy work in close cooperation with European institutions and other NGOs and partners institutions. Federico is also coordinating the Junior Ranger Programme. Federico speaks Italian, French and English.

Meldra Langenfeld

Office Administrator 

Meldra Langenfelde (LV) [email protected] (currently on maternity leave)
Meldra is responsible mainly for the administrative tasks at EUROPARC. Besides, she is also involved in project financial administration. Meldra speaks Latvian, German, English and Russian.

Michaela Zeller

Financial Manager

Michaela Zeller (CZ) [email protected]

Michaela is our Finance Manager. She is responsible for leading the finance and accounting of the Federation, based on EUROPARC’s mission and values. She takes over independently the financial management of national and international funding projects. You can contact her in English, German, Czech, Slovak or even Bavarian.

Communications and Marketing Manager

Barbara Pais (PT) [email protected]
Barbara is our all-in-one communications person, responsible for liaising with EUROPARC’s stakeholders, for organising events, managing our social media, developing and designing our digital and printed publications and animating EUROPARC network. She speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and understands French and German.

Communications and IT Officer

Fernando Pinillos (ES)[email protected]

Fernando is our Communications and IT expert! He is in charge of analysing and developing the best strategies to provide our members useful tools and information and to reach wider audiences, using new information technologies. He has a strong background in nature conservation worldwide, he is fluent in Spanish and English, and his latest challenge is getting started with German.

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Project and Policy Development Manager

Teresa Pastor (ES) [email protected]

Following the decision of Fedenatur to integrate with EUROPARC, we are delighted to welcome Teresa Pastor to our team. Teresa’s experience as the  previous technical secretary of Fedenatur, brings a huge knowledge of periurban parks, their issues and challenges to the EUROPARC directorate. Her project development and communication background along with lobbying and advocacy skills will be a great addition to our work. Teresa speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, English and Italian and looks forward to truly bringing our two networks together.

Stefania Petrosillo

Policy Officer

Stefania Petrosillo (IT) [email protected]

Stefania is our Policy Officer in Brussels, working with Federico to represent EUROPARC member’s interests towards the European Institutions. Stefania is expert in advocacy and policy, and works in close cooperation with international NGOs and other EUROPARC partners. You can contact Stefania in Italian, English, French and Spanish. Currently, she is also “refreshing”  German.

Brigida Napolitano

 Member Services Officer and Office Administrator

Brigida Napolitano (IT) [email protected](currently on maternity leave)
Brigida is mainly responsible for membership administration and is the main contact person for solving any enquiries coming from the members. Brigida is currently also responsible mainly for the administrative tasks at EUROPARC headquarters. She speaks Italian, English, German and French.

Giacomo Benelli

European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas

Giacomo Benelli (IT) [email protected]

Giacomo manages the award programme of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. He speaks Italian, English, Spanish and French.

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Admin assistant

Katrin Varnhagen (DE) [email protected]
Katrin works part-time and is responsible for our financial reports and bookkeeping. She works closely with our Financial Manager and speaks German and English.

Internship on Policy

Steffi Burger (DE) [email protected]
Steffi joins the EUROPARC team in Brussels for 5 months of internship relating to her studies of International Relations and Management. Following her background, she supports the policy work of the EUROPARC Federation in Brussels. Steffi speaks German and English, understands some Spanish and French – with refreshing French being a number one priority during her stay in Brussels.