Meet the Candidates for the YATA Executive Board 2017


We are happy to  announce the candidates for the YATA Executive Board 2017:


Presiyata-executive-board-2017candidatesdent: John Jacobs (The Netherlands)

Secretary-General: M Bahadırhan Dinçaslan (Turkey) &

Magdalena Surma (Canada)

Vice-President for Communications: Zebulon Carlander (Sweden)

Vice-President for Human Resources: Ulrik Trolle Smed (Denmark)

Vice-President for Finance: Rati Bakhtadze (Georgia)

Vice-President for Public Outreach: Sunniva Skjeggestad (Norway)



You can find the candidates´ Year Plans and Letters of Motivations here:

John Jacobs: Year-PlanLetter-of-Motivation

Magdalena Surma: Year-Plan, Letter-of-Motivation

M Bahadırhan Dinçaslan: Year-Plan, Letter-of-Motivation

Sunniva Skjeggestad: Year-PlanLetter-of-Motivation

Rati Bakhtadze: Year-Plan, Letter-of-Motivation

Ulrik Trolle Smed: Year-Plan, Letter-of-Motivation

Zebulon Carlander: Year-Plan, Letter-of-Motivation



Riga Conference FLF 2016Riga Conference 2016 Future Leaders Forum

Riga Conference Future Leaders Forum 2016 is a unique possibility for future leaders to raise awareness about the region’s and world’s most important foreign, defence and security policy issues. This year the Forum will gather young, talented and motivated diplomats, journalists, politicians, and state officials in-the-making from all over the world for three days of spirited discussions and workshops from October 27-29, 2016 in Latvia. For more information, go to this website. The application deadline is August 28th.


YATA is a proud partner of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA). Their most recent Session took place in Tirana on 27-30 May. YATA Albania and YATA Kosovo were active as volunteers for the committee sessions, while YATA International was represented by the social media team. Check #natopatirana for the outcomes of the debates!

Tatra Summit websiteGLOBSEC Young Europeans’ Forum 2016

The aim of the project GLOBSEC Young Europeansʹ Forum is to give young professionals an opportunity to discuss current challenges in the EU while improving their policy-making skills and engaging in networking with their peers as well as senior policy makers. Young Europeansʹ Forum is organized on the side-lines of annual European conference GLOBSEC Tatra Summit that will take place on 28 – 30 October 2016 in Bratislava. It is an excellent opportunity for emerging young leaders, experts and professionals to confront their views on current European, foreign policy and security issues. Check out this link for more info.