The STEP External Expert Advisory Board (EEAB) comprises representatives from organisations relevant to youth participation,
environment, policy making, data protection, and social media. Their role will be to participate in workshops in which they
will review the project activities and outcomes, identify the strong and weak points with respect to the objectives of the
project and the applications of the results, and provide recommendations. The STEP EEAB consists of the following members
so far:

Ms. Kerstin Franzl

Coordinator of the project EUth ( that aims to find ways to get Europe’s
youth onto the political stage. Ms. Franzl is a research associate at the NEXUS Institute since 2010 and she has
been involved in several research projects on public participation, demographic change, and applied social sciences
in general.

Dr. Catriona Macaulay

Head of User Research and Engagement at the Scottish Government implementing a participatory decision-making approach. She
leads the development and delivery of user research capacity building for Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate,
and champions user/citizen engagement and participation in the delivery of digital public sector, business transformation,
and environmental issues.

Dr. Enric Coll Gelabert

Environmental Technician at Environmental Education and Promotion Office of the Barcelona Provincial Council. He is in charge
of the Technical Secretariat of the Network of Cities and Towns towards Sustainability (XarxaSost project) promoting
working groups on topics relevant to energy, climate change, water management, noise, air quality, waste prevention,
education for sustainability, etc.

Mr. Epameinondas Christofilopoulos

Head of International Cooperation in PRAXI Network, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) offering consultancy
support to third countries for establishing research and technological co-operation with the EU. He is also a Horizon
2020 National Expert for Climate Change. Moreover, he is Chief Executive Officer of the “MillienniumProject” Greek

Dr. Eva Lievens

Eva Lievens is Professor of Law and Technology at the Law Faculty of Ghent University. Previously, she was a member of the
KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law from 2003 until 2015. Her research focuses on legal challenges posed by new media
and ICT phenomena, with a specific focus on the protection of minors, fundamental rights and alternative regulatory
instruments. She holds a law degree from the University of Ghent (2002), a Masters degree in Transnational Communications
and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, London (2003) and a Phd in Law from KU Leuven (2009).

Mr. Joakim Jardenberg

Internet and Social Media Expert at Helsingborg, Sweden. He has been appointed “expert” by the Swedish Prime minister and
worked with him at the Northern Future Forum, while his website(
has been awarded as the ”most influential blog on media, PR and advertising” by Cision. He has strong experience
as advisor and investor for successful technical platform startups such as Fortnox and Videoplaza.

Ms. Eva Theisz

Deputy Director of International Affairs at the Swedish public employment service. Former Director of Support and Cooperation at the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, a government agency that aims to ensure that young people have access to influence and welfare and support the government in issues relevant to civil society policy.

Ms. Christiane Klemm

Representative of European youth. She is student of the BSc “Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation – International” at
University of Greifswald, and Board Member of the Youth and Environment Europe (YEE). At YEE, she used to be project
officer, thus she has a lot of experience in engaging youth, training them on environmental issues, and promoting


Mr. Babis Tsitlakidis

DG CONNECT, Unit of eHealth and ICT for Wellbeing and Ageing. Babis’ work focuses on policy regarding interoperability matters. He is also a Seconded National Expert of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has been member of the coordination team of the three crowdsourcing initiatives of the Municipality (Apps4Thessaloniki, Hackathess and Apps4Thessaloniki – Tourism Edition) and member of the evaluation committee of the latter two. He is also member of the Steering Committees of the eParticipation project Improve My City.


Mr. Lorenzo Floresta

Coordinator of the International Youth Panel of the Horizon 2020 project CATCH-EyoU . With a master degree in Law and International Master in European Studies and Policy Advisor, he has been the President of Giovani Senza Frontiere (GIOSEF) since 2010. Until 2015 he was board member of the Italian National Youth Council, where he also held the position of Vice President of the Foreign Commission.

Mr. Efthymis Altsitsiadis

Dr. Altsitsiadis is a research expert at the Research Group Marketing at the KU Leuven. He was the manager of CONCORT, the largest EU initiative on consumer science and is currently partner in CIPTEC, working on the consumer engagement and behavioural insights efforts. He is teaching branding at the masters programme and his personal research interests lie at the intersection of innovation. Among his other appointments, Efthymios is a fellow at the academy of the think-tank OpenForum Europe (Google, IBM, Oracle, Deloitte and Redhat) that promotes openness in the ICT sector.