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 IT Officer

Fernando Pinillos (ES) [email protected]

Fernando is our Communications officer, responsible for multimedia production and managing IT systems. With a mixed background in marine conservation and communications, he speaks Spanish, English and Catalan. His work is focused in supporting the development of European projects, such as LIFE, LIFE NaturAdapt and LIFE Enable, and coordinates our activities related with Marine Protected Areas.

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Project Development and ECST 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. Teresa speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, English and Italian.


Policy Officer

Stefania Petrosillo (IT) [email protected]

Stefania is our Policy Officer in Brussels and represents 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. She is also the person in charge of the EUROPARC Transboundary Parks Program. 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.

Esther Bossink

Communications Officer

Esther Bossink (NL) [email protected]

Esther is our Communications Officer. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative European Ethnology, 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. Here she creates content for the EUROPARC website, social media and newsletters. Additionally, she works on EUROPARC productions like the Annual Report, Protected Areas In-Sight, policy papers and webinars. You can contact Esther in Dutch, German and English.

Isa Vroom

Isa is currently our Policy Assistant in Brussels. Her background is in Ecology and Biodiversity, with a focus on marine biology, all of which she studied at Wageningen University. She also has experience in (educational) policy after a year in the Student Council and several related roles. In her free time, she enjoys the cultural activities of Brussels as well as the many green parks the city has to offer. Apart from supporting the Brussels office, she will use her knowledge of marine biology and policy and help with the development of the LIFE ENABLE Project, and especially Marine Protected Area management. Isa speaks English and Dutch, and she is currently learning French.

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.

Finance and Administration Officer

Cristina 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. Moreover, she is involved in financial reporting of EU- and non EU-funded projects. Cristina speaks Romanian, English, German, Spanish and understands Italian.

Communications and Membership Officer

Michaela Kozminova (CZ) [email protected]

As a former Communications Intern at EUROPARC, Michaela came back to the Regensburg office to support the communications team and membership administration. With a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po Paris, and in Journalism from the University of Gothenburg, the position at EUROPARC combines the two areas of her interest: environmental protection and communication to a wider audience. She creates content for the EUROPARC website, social media and publications. You can contact her in Czech, Slovak, English, French and Italian.

Finance and Membership Assistant

Carolina Mock (MD) [email protected]

Since becoming a mom of two kids, Carolina started to rethink the things that really matter in life. The global environmental issues worry her especially when thinking about the future of her children, the future of the young generation. That’s why she joined EUROPARC: to contribute to the mission of nature conservation and sustainable development. Carolina is responsible for bookkeeping and travel management, and is the contact person for solving any inquiries coming from the members. Carolina speaks Russian, German, Romanian, English, and French.


Martina Scherer (DE) [email protected]

Growing up on a small farm in the middle of forests and meadows, Martina deepened her enormous interest in nature with a one-year weekend studies to become a certified pedagogue in herbology (ESD) at the Gundermann Academy at Plankstetten Monastery.

Martina is a certified IHK accountant and is responsible for the bookkeeping of the Federation. Martina speaks German and English.