European Youth Forum (YFJ)
Peter Matjašic, born and raised in Slovenia, graduated in International Relations, speaks eight languages and has been active in the field of (European) youth work for ten years: as an active volunteer (including an EVS experience in Barcelona 2005-2006), youth trainer and facilitator (YFJ Pool of Trainers 2006-2008), youth representative and youth worker (e.g. Secretary-General of JEF-Europe 2008-10) and since January 2011 President of the European Youth Forum (YFJ).
As President Peter is the leader of the world's biggest youth platform representing tens of millions of young people in Europe; managing a multinational and culturally diverse team of 11 people; overseeing the work of the Secretary-General and inter alia 25 employees in the Brussels-based Secretariat with an annual budget of 3 million euro; driving change-management, strategic planning and development of an organisational culture; policy, advocacy and lobby work and external representation vis-a-vis the EU Institutions, the Council of Europe and UN system related to youth issues such as employment, participation. Content-wise he is also in charge of the Structured Dialogue on youth affairs within the EU chairing the European Steering Committee and the impact of social media and internet governance on youth.
Moreover, he set up the English version of Le Taurillon webzine under the name thenfewfederalist.eu back in 2006, serving as its first Editor-in-Chief. Currently he is part of the Soliya Network Fellowship, a diverse group of young leaders from around the world who are committed to building cross-cultural understanding by using new media technologies to facilitate constructive intercultural engagement.
Peter is a passionate runner and traveller who enjoys reading books and cooking.