Europe External Programme with Africa


Europe External Programme with Africa was founded in 2016. It is a membership foundation, which is supported by the work of Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA).


Board of Directors

Europe External Programme functions under the leadership of a Board of Directors.

Kassahun Checole (Biography to follow)

Diederik van Iwaarden

Diederik van Iwaarden works as Liaison officer for Utrecht University’s strategic research theme ‘Dynamics of Youth’.
Within Dynamics of Youth, scientists from all fields of expertise study how children and youth people develop in our rapidly changing society. Main criteria for research under ‘Dynamics of Youth’ are that the research is interdisciplinary and contributes to solving relevant societal problems (often in collaboration with external public and private partners and where appropriate with children and youth themselves).

Before joining Utrecht University, Diederik worked as Policy Advisor at Tilburg University. Diederik started his career working for the international development organisations ICCO (Interchurch organisation for development cooperation) and SOS-Children’s Villages the Netherlands.

Ramesh Jaura

Ramesh Jaura is co-founder, Director-General and Editor-in-Chief of the International Press Syndicate (INPS) Group, with IDN-InDepthNews as its flagship agency. INPS headquarters are in Canada and Germany and associate headquarters in Japan and Singapore. The International Press Syndicate’s IDN-InDepth News, online since 2009, and its other issue-focused websites offer news and analysis that go beyond breaking the news.

Jaura is also a co-founder and President of the Berlin-based Global Cooperation Council established in February 1983. It is a membership organization and a think-tank devoted to genuine cooperation in the interest of fair globalization as well as the culture of peace, a prerequisite for sustainable global security.

Born in British India in June 1942, Jaura has been a professional journalist for the last 51 years. The Federal President of Germany awarded Jaura in June 1996 the Federal Cross on Ribbon for promoting international understanding.

Paddy Maguinness

Paddy Maguinness has worked in International Development for over 30 years, and was previously Managing Director of Traidlinks and deputy CEO of Concern, Ireland’s largest NGO, working in 20 countries.  Paddy has worked in Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Turkey, Jordan, Yemen, Liberia, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Indonesia, South Africa and Uganda.

Stella Maranga

Stella Maranga is a Kenyan National currently working with the Africa Union as  a Gender officer with the Africa Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).  Stella has been working on  gender and women issues for over 25 years in various capacities.  Her areas of  interest and specialisation are leadership and  governance;  Women peace and security;  and Violence against women. Stella has worked as a gender advisor for several agencies, she worked with UN Women office in Kenya as a gender and governance advisor supporting with Women and elections on a multi-donor project supporting women political participation.  Prior to that she worked with Oxfam GB as a regional gender advisor for the horn and East Africa region, where among other gender work, she was instrumental in initiating a violence against women campaign in the region “We can end all violence against women” in several countries in the region.    Stella worked with the Coady international Institute (St. Francis Xavier University in Canada) coordinating a women leadership program.

Stella’s current work with AMISOM is focussed on women peace and security with a focus on how women can effectively participate in peace and security, she works with other gender advisers to advocate for more meaningful participation of women in peace-keeping and for recognition of the contribution that women are making to peace-keeping.

Gosia Tarasiewizc (biography to follow)

Mirjam van Reisen (biography to follow)

Edwin Laurent (biography to follow)

Benoit Lannoo (biography to follow)

Kinfe Abraha Gebre-Egziabher (biography to follow)