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 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.

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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.


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.

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

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. 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.

Communications and Membership Assistant

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 administration. Holding a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po Paris, and in Journalism from the University of Gothenburg, the position combines the two main areas of her interest – nature conservation and communication of its challenges to the public. She speaks Czech, English, French, some Italian and soon, hopefully, also German.

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Policy Assistant

Lisanne Kruiswijk (NL) [email protected]

Lisanne is doing her internship as a policy assistant for the office in Brussels for half a year. She is studying for her MSc Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University and specializes in nature policy and the relation between nature and agriculture. She will be assisting Stefania in her work with the European Institutions. You can contact her in English and Dutch.