Map of EUROPARC Federation Offices location

Where the Council is the driver, the Directorate of the EUROPARC Federation is the engine of the organisation. Our team members are split between the headquarters in Regensburg (DE), an office in Brussels (BE) and another office in Barcelona (ES). They manage a number of important European projects and represent the Federation and its members’ interests. 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.

The work of the Federation is also supported by efforts from EUROPARC Sections and our Commissions and Task Forces, as well as many other dedicated individuals and members who share our passion and support our work.

Would you like to join our team?

Check out the current job opportunities or send us your motivation letter & CV. We are always open to welcome university students from 5-6 months internships in Regensburg (communications & digital media) or Brussels (environmental policy).

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 europarc(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 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.

Communications and Marketing Manager

Barbara Pais (PT) [email protected]
Barbara is our all-in-one communications person, responsible for animating EUROPARC network, organising events and webinars, leading communication workshops, managing our social media networks, and developing/designing our digital and printed publications. Currently, she is also following the Communications and Marketing activities of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and is the voice of the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto. She speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German and understands French.

Communications and IT Officer

Fernando Pinillos (ES) [email protected]

Fernando is our Communications and IT expert! He is based in Barcelona office and his work is focused on facilitating communications for some European projects  such as IMPACT Interreg Europe, CEETO Interreg Central Europe and NaturAdapt. He also provides IT assistance to the team and develops the best strategies and tools with useful information for our members, like EUROPARC LIVE videos and other visual media. He counts with wide experience in marine conservation worldwide and speaks Spanish, English and Catalan.

Esther Bossink

Communications Officer

Esther Bossink (NL) [email protected]

Esther will help out in the communications and membership department. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative European Ethnology with complementary courses Political Science and Gender Studies, she followed a traineeship as a project and event manager in the semi-private sector. After finishing the program, she started freelancing for both non-profit and for-profit organisations in the field of communications. She is passionate about the environment, biodiversity and equality, which is how she ended up at the Europarc Federation. Esther speaks Dutch, German and English.

Administration and Communication Assistant

Sabine Exler (DE) [email protected]

Sabine, is currently studying Business Administration for her Master’s degree at the university of Regensburg and is happy to connect her side-job with her passion for the nature and sustainability. She supports the communication and administration department. Her goal is to create and share valuable content for the website and social media in order to support our members. She also assists in the preparation of events and other communications and administration activities. Sabine speaks German, English and understands some French.

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Project and Policy Development Manager

Teresa Pastor (ES) [email protected]

Teresa is the former Coordinator of Fedenatur and, after its integration with EUROPARC, is currently in charge of the Periurban dossier among other matters. Teresa is based in Barcelona office and brings a huge knowledge on nature conservation and marine issues to the EUROPARC directorate. She is also the project manager of IMPACT Interreg Europe project. Teresa speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, English and Italian.

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.

Project Manager LIFE

Neil McIntosh (UK) [email protected]

Neil is Project Manager for the ‘LIFE’ project, supporting e-learning, open education and capacity building for Natura 2000 managers. As a qualified trainer and assessor of learning and development programmes, the focus of his work in EUROPARC is to support networking, learning and the professional development of people and organisations. Neil’s native language is English, but he also speaks Dutch.

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Project Manager, ‘LIFE Nature Adapt’

Olivier de Sadeleer (BE), [email protected]

Olivier will represent the “voice” of European Protected Areas in the LIFE project ‘NaturAdapt’. It aims at adapting nature protection practices to the challenges of climate change in Europe through dynamic and collective learning.

Holding an MA in cultural anthropology, Olivier brings his passion for wilderness and longstanding experience in business development & communication (incl. digital) to help increase the impact of EUROPARC’s projects. Based in Brussels, he speaks both French and English.

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.

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Financial Accountant

Katrin Varnhagen (DE) [email protected]

Katrin is our financial accountant and is responsible for the bookkeeping of the Federation. Moreover, she is involved in financial reporting of EU- and non EU-funded projects. You can contact her in German and English.

Finance and Administration Officer

Christina Popa (RO) [email protected]

Cristina is a nature lover, passionate and committed to environmental sustainability. She joined EUROPARC as she feels the NGO culture suits her better: working for mission-based organisations, rather than profit-based. “Here the priority is to work towards a specific goal that somehow helps people or the environment, rather than to work primarily for a profit for a board of directors and investors.”

Cristina is responsible for financial and administrative tasks, travel management and gives support in many other tasks that we deal with every day. On top of her financial role, Cristina is the Membership administration officer and is one of the contact person for solving any inquiries coming from the members. Cristina speaks Romanian, English, German, Spanish and understands Italian.

Bookkeeping Assistant

Christine Demain (DE) [email protected]

Christine Demian is our favourite Bavarian speaker. After working for the Federation in 2016, she has now returned to our team to support our Finance department with the bookkeeping. Besides Bavarian and German, you can also reach her in English.

Policy Assistant

Elisa Tuaillon (FR) [email protected]

Elisa is currently studying international relations at Sciences Po Grenoble, specialised in environmental issues. After living one year in Costa Rica and working in the Corcovado National Park, she decided to dedicate herself to the protection of the environment. After various experiences on gender and climate change, she is particularly passionate about sustainable agriculture and the protection of biodiversity. That is why she joined EUROPARC Federation, full of enthusiasm, as a Policy Assistant in Brussels for 6 months to learn more on these issues. After this internship, she will graduate and wishes to work in environmental project management. Elisa speaks French, English and Spanish.