EFPSA the Board

The Board

The Board is a team of eight individuals responsible for maintaining the ethos of EFPSA, providing foundations for the organisation’s growth and contributing toward the strategic, long term, development of EFPSA in order to meet the needs and interests of European psychology students. The Board oversees the EFPSA Working Community as well as Supporting Community, and supports all teams and activities of the Federation and works on various common projects in order to reach EFPSA’s goals.

Deianara Couwet, President

Hello there! My name is Deianara Couwet and I am currently in my first year of Masters Clinical Pscyhology at the KU Leuven. I’m from Belgium and started my EFPSA journey two years ago as the MR of Belgium. My first ever EFPSA experience was at the 33rd Congress in Denmark where I immediately fell in love with EFPSA. Last year, I decided to take a leap of faith and became the Vice President and this mandate, I became the President of EFPSA. As the President I am involved in every aspect of EFPSA which allows me to see the bigger picture, improve the quality of our projects and set goals for the future of EFPSA. My main focus is on increasing advocacy and expanding visibility of EFPSA, strengthening collaborations with Externals and at the same time creating a cohesive environment within the entire EFPSA Working Community. As the Presidential Office I oversee the work of the Board together with the Vice President and ensure the continuity of projects and growth of EFPSA in the right direction. I also oversee the work of the External Relations Office responsible for writing Policy and Position papers, ensuring media coverage and collaboration with external organisations. In my free time I collect the first Harry Potter book in different languages. Actually, the true reason I wanted to be in EFPSA is so I could travel and buy more Harry Potter books in other languages! 😉

Robert Meyka, Secretary General

Aloha! I am Robert Meyka, I am from Germany and I study Psychology in my masters in Vienna, Austria. My first encounter with EFPSA was at the Congress in Malta in 2018, and being amazed by the whole event I came back to the Congress in Denmark (2019), participated in the Train the Trainers in Cyprus (2019), and joined the Working Community 2020-2021 as Training Image Responsible (fun fact: I encountered every EFPSA event together with Johann!). I grew through every single step along the way and could not be more grateful for my experiences in EFPSA. Now, as the Secretary General, my main tasks lie in the internal and external communication, as well as documentation and administration. I also oversee the EFPSA Office, which does a lot of tasks in the background like content reviewing, data analysis, updating the website, publishing the Magazine, and being there for the teams. This mandate, I want to focus on strengthening the Working Community within itself and caring for the wellbeing of our volunteers, while maintaining a professional image to our external partners. For my own wellbeing, I like to go on walks in the nature while listening to music or a podcast. Next to that, I enjoy deep conversations and spending quality time with the people closest to me.

Martina Marie Aquilina , Marketing Officer

My name is Martina Marie “Martie” Aquilina, I am Maltese Bachelor’s graduate in English and Psychology, and I am currently reading for a Higher Diploma in Psychology. In my free time and for my well-being, I enjoy spending quality time with my loved ones and teaching myself to play the classical guitar! I started my leadership journey in my country's National Organisation, Betapsi Malta, as part of the Executive Board for 2 years. I joined EFPSA as the Maltese Member Representative (MR) in my second year with Betapsi and I’ve been in love with the Federation and its vibrant people since then! Last mandate, I took on a new adventure and applied for the role of Member Representatives Officer, where I had the pleasure of leading and working with the Members Office and MRs. I began this mandate as the Content Review Responsible for EFPSA and now, I.am the new Marketing Officer! My role as Marketing Officer is to improve the quality of EFPSA and its Community with the Board and to lead and support the talented Marketing Office in creating and reviewing content for teams all over EFPSA. Content includes the EFPSA Magazine, social media posts, participation certificates, and promotional material that is shared with members, partners, and externals. My focus will be to keep building and spreading the EFPSA Spirit in our Federation. With organisation, teamwork, and open communication, that high quality content and opportunities EFPSA has to offer will reach our online and offline global community!

Luka Uršič, Events Officer

Hey, my name is Luka Uršič and I come from Slovenia. Currently, I am in my last year of Master studies at the University of Ljubljana. My EFPSA journey started at the EFPSA Congress 2018 in Malta, where I got my first position as the Events Coordinator. At the beginning, I did not know much about the EFPSA events, but I was willing to learn. In the next mandate, I wanted to challenge myself, so I became the Coordinator of Joint EB&MR Meeting 2019. Organising this event was truly a very rewarding and amazing experience. In the last mandate, I was collaborating with our lovely external organisations as the External Relations Coordinator. Currently, I am the Events Officer which means I oversee, guide and support the organisational process of all EFPSA Events and the teams involved. I work closely with my amazing Events Office - Events Coordinator, Training Events Coordinator and Events Team Member as well as all Coordinators of EFPSA events. Since I have been on many EFPSA events, I had the chance to truly experience how incredible they are and how strong the EFPSA spirit can be. Being the Events Officer allows me to maintain the quality of the events, improve them if possible and spread the EFPSA spirit even further. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, hiking, nature and listening to music. All this is a cure for my mental and physical wellbeing.

Johann Börner, Vice Presidentjoin

Hello, my name is Johann Börner and I study Work and Organisational Psychology in my masters in Vienna, Austria. My EFPSA journey started at Congress 2018 in Malta. It was my first time getting in contact with EFPSA and it felt like dropping into a different world. At the beginning I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of different people and cultures that clashed but the EFPSAnauts who welcomed and introduced me to the EFPSA atmosphere felt me at ease in a heartbeat. During the mandate 2020/2021 I was part of the Training Office as Trainers’ Community Responsible and the Executive Board member of the Ethics Committee. Additionally, I co-organised an exchange between Austria and Finland in 2019. As Vice President I oversee the work of the federation in cooperation with Deianara, our amazing president. Additionally, I am supporting the Board in their work, guiding it through the mandate and overseeing the work of two of our amazing services, Training Office and Social Impact Initiative. My vision for this mandate is to connect the Board closer to EFPSA’s volunteers and Member Organisations while also strengthening the progress the federation has made even during the pandemic. I want to focus on helping the services I am overseeing to take the next steps in their development. Besides EFPSA I am annoying my friends as much as I can. Being a very social person I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my friends. Other than that I try my best to be physically active while also sharpening my skills in chess.

Marie-Claire Enright, Finance Officer

Hola - Dia dhuit - Hello!!! I’m Marie-Claire, a Psychology student at the University Miguel Hernández, Spain. Irish born, I have also participated in Erasmus in Germany. My EFPSA journey paradoxically began thanks to the pandemic when I came across EFPSA online. On writing to EFPSA I was inspired by how attentive and inclusive the replies were, culminating in my selection as Head of Finance for the Virtual EFPSA Academy. Thanks to the Academy’s Organising Committee, my Member Organisation CEP-PIE, the past Finance Officer Tobias Laenser and this year’s General Assemblies & Congress, where the EFPSA Spirit hit home in the form of my very own Mushi Mushi keepsake, I have gratefully become the 2021-2022 Finance Officer and also been reminded of John Donne’s poem, “No Man Is an Island'', in which we are all paradoxically only as strong as that which is often erroneously perceived as the weakest link. As Finance Officer, I visualize myself at the core of a tricoloured quartz rock (Grants, Partnership & Finance Offices), capable of supporting the EFPSA lighthouse, so that it can continue to inclusively illuminate lives while welcoming all potential EFPSAnauts towards our psychology safe haven, no matter what the storm. As Finance Officer, my role is to guarantee the financial sustainability of EFPSA while assisting the Board and guiding the Offices, Services and Events’ Organising Committees. I hope not only to maintain an eagle-eyed perspective of everything financial, but also avail of the universal bird’s-eye view that the Board itself provides. Having graduated in Business and Economics a few years back and already being immersed in an EFPSA environment to some extent through my friends, I took the spontaneous opportunity when a call opened for the Board of Management. Since day one, it has been a joyful, interesting and eventful time full of challenges, new connections and inspiration. As the Finance Officer, I am in charge of all of EFPSA’s operation’s financial and legal aspects, e.g., planning and adapting the budget for the current and upcoming fiscal year, overseeing all contractual procedures and obligations of the federation, as well as supervising the work of the Grants, Finance and Partnership Team. My position demands for me to be involved in almost every activity of EFPSA, enabling me to plan and improve the organisation’s financial sustainability. Moreover, I constantly work on finding new income streams and external partners to expand EFPSA’s operations and further improve the quality of our services. Hola - Dia dhuit - Hello!!! I’m Marie-Claire, a Psychology student at the University Miguel Hernández, Spain. Irish born, I have also participated in Erasmus in Germany. My EFPSA journey paradoxically began thanks to the pandemic when I came across EFPSA online. On writing to EFPSA I was inspired by how attentive and inclusive the replies were, culminating in my selection as Head of Finance for the Virtual EFPSA Academy. Thanks to the Academy’s Organising Committee, my Member Organisation CEP-PIE, the past Finance Officer Tobias Laenser and this year’s General Assemblies & Congress, where the EFPSA Spirit hit home in the form of my very own Mushi Mushi keepsake, I have gratefully become the 2021-2022 Finance Officer and also been reminded of John Donne’s poem, “No Man Is an Island'', in which we are all paradoxically only as strong as that which is often erroneously perceived as the weakest link. As Finance Officer, I visualize myself at the core of a tricoloured quartz rock (Grants, Partnership & Finance Offices), capable of supporting the EFPSA lighthouse, so that it can continue to inclusively illuminate lives while welcoming all potential EFPSAnauts towards our psychology safe haven, no matter what the storm. As Finance Officer, my role is to guarantee the financial sustainability of EFPSA while assisting the Board and guiding the Offices, Services and Events’ Organising Committees. I hope not only to maintain an eagle-eyed perspective of everything financial, but also avail of the universal bird’s-eye view that the Board itself provides.

Veronika Kocmanová, Member Representatives Officer

My name is Veronika Kocmanová and I am currently finishing my master studies in the Czech Republic. I got in touch with EFPSA in 2017 when I coordinated the 1st EFPSA Academy in the CR. I took a little “EFPSA break” while holding a Board position in the Czech MO for two years after that. When I got the opportunity to represent my country as an MR, I stepped out of my comfort zone. I participated in many events since then (Congress from Malta onwards, Conference in the CR, TAT in Turkey, EB&MR in Slovenia, E-TRAM). All the experience within the EFPSA and MR team boosted my motivation to continue in the EFPSA journey as MOC last year and brought me to the Board this mandate. As Member Representatives Officer, I take care of Member Representatives and oversee the Members Office that works with Vice Member Representatives and Observer Organisations. Friendly and supporting atmosphere amongst all team members matters a lot to me since our team is really a big group of people. I aim to get member organisations closer to EFPSA by workshops delivered by Offices and Services to MO.s. I will encourage Vice / MRs to organise Exchanges and other international events together. Last but not least, I want to keep in touch with observers, help MOs struggling as well as reach out to new organisations. I am interested in the water rescue service, love hiking and have started playing guitar in my free time.

Ana LubejAcademic Affairs Officer

Hello everyone! My name is Ana Lubej and I am currently working on my Masters in Psychology at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. I first got acquainted with EFPSA as a Mind The Mind Volunteer in 2017. The next year, when I got to visit the EFPSA Congress 2018 in Malta, I knew that I wanted to become a part of the EFPSA Working Community. Throughout the years I held different positions in EFPSA, I was a Mind The Mind Local Coordinator and JEPS Ambassador in 2019, and a JEPS Editor as well as Study Abroad Responsible in 2020. While I was a JEPS Editor, I became familiar with the position of the Academic Affairs Officer and decided that this was definitely a position I see myself doing. As the Academic Affairs Officer I oversee three services, Study and Travel Abroad (STA), Research Programme (RP), and Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS). My main tasks encompass creating and developing partnerships as well as collaborations with Academia and external organisations, while also highlighting and promoting the scientific aspects of EFPSA. In the upcoming mandate, I want to further develop the position of Academic Affairs Officer besides also highlighting the work of all three services that I oversee. I like spending my free time with my bees or in art galleries as I find both of these activities relaxing and fulfilling.