Lifelong Learning Platform | LLLP - European Civil Society for Education


General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest body of the association. It defines the annual priorities and objectives of the Platform and its work programme. Headed by the President, its annual meeting is attended by all its members (May/June).



Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the administrative body of the Platform. It is composed of up to 9 elected representatives from its member networks. The Committee is in charge of the daily administrative tasks of the association and of the implementation of the work programme adopted by the General Assembly.

Elisa Gambardella, President

Elisa is the Education and Lifelong Learning Coordinator in SOLIDAR, and a Plenary member of the Conference on the Future of Europe on behalf of the Civil Society Convention. She is based in Brussels.

Raffaela Kihrer, General Secretary

Raffaela represents the European Association for the Education of Adults and works at EAEA as Head of Policy.

Jon Harding, Treasurer

Jon currently works as the External Funding & Bid Manager for European projects at Bridgwater and Taunton College. He is the UK national representative in the EfVET Steering Group Committee

Caridad Alarcón

Caridad Alarcón is Board Member of OBESSU. She was the founder of ADEA, a student organisation in IES Alquibla, located in Murcia, Spain. 

Arja Krauchenberg

Arja Krauchenberg is the Project Coordinator of the European Parents’ Association. She has a background in adult learning and multilingualism.

Marta Concepción Mederos

Marta is one of the External Representatives of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. She has a background in anthropology studies.

Piotr Sadowski

Piotr has been Secretary General of Volonteurope since 2008. He was directly involved in the advocacy and implementation of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering.

Monica Verzola

Monica represents the European Vocational Training Association (EVTA) as one of the board members and she is International Development Business Director for ENAIP NET, an Italian VET provider.



The Secretariat ensures the day-to-day management of the LLLPlatform

Brikena Xhomaqi

Director / +32 2 89 32 517

Andrea Lapegna

Deputy Director / +32 2 89 32 515

Maria Farruggia

Administrative and HR Manager / +32 2 89 32 517

Pauline Boivin

Project and Policy Manager / +32 2 89 32 516

Andrei Frank

Policy and Advocacy Coordinator / +32 2 89 32 516

Veronica Arduino

Project and Policy Coordinator / +32 2 89 32 515

Erika Maria Rodriguez Somlyay

Policy and Project Officer / +32 2 89 32 515

Maria Fernanda Arguedas

Communication Assistant / +32 2 89 32 516

Laura Guiso

Project Assistant / +32 2 89 32 516

Belen Duart

Policy Assistant / +32 2 89 32 516

Pool of Experts

The Pool of Experts advises the LLLPlatform on selected topics and represents LLLP in external activities.

Sylvie Bonichon has been a member of EURASHE since 2003. She’s an expert in higher education, recognition (especially RPL and VNIFL), mobility, and lifelong learning.

Panagiotis Chatzimichail is currently the External Affairs Manager at OBESSU and Board Member at the European Youth Forum. His areas of expertise include youth (i.e. citizenship, mobility) and education (i.e. LLL, NFE, HE, VNFIL), GDPR, membership and network development.

Gianluca Coppola is an entrepreneur, partner and general manager at Eurocrea Merchant, chartered accountant and auditor. Expert in education and training policies, funds and actions at European level, he is also founder and president of the European Digital Learning Network – DLEARN

Etelberto Costa is a former LLLP Steering Committee member. He has got solid experience in eLearning/TEL/digital learning. He is an Ambassador of Epale and member of EU Working Groups for the Future of Learning and ET 2030.

Michiel Heijnen is Vice-President of the ATEE and he works as program manager educational innovation at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. He is an expert in teacher education and -policy, lifelong learning and educational innovation.

Stephan Jankhe led the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) as President, co-founded the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA). He was appointed by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics as an Ambassador for the New Narrative for Europe (NNfE) in 2015. He is an expert in youth, higher education, social inclusion and digitalisation.

Alen Maletić coordinates the global Bridge 47 Network. His background is in comparative education policy and European politics, and his expertise revolves around the interplay of transformative learning, active citizenship and international development.

João Pinto is a PhD candidate studying the global actorness of the European Union. After working in the European Research Council (European Commission), João became the President of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). He is an expert in higher education, mobility and social inclusion.

Mayri Tiido is a former LLLP Steering Committee member and she is an expert in non-formal education and training, as well as in sustainability. She is a former AEGEE Projects and Communications Director.