Secretary General & CEO
Roger set up New Europeans and runs the initiative on a day-to-day basis.
He has experience in business, academia and politics both in the UK and internationally. He studied at Brasenose College Oxford and at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs. He speaks Italian, German, French and a little Arabic.
In 2009, he received the award of Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana from the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano for services to British-Italian relations. He is a former Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Foreign Office.
About New Europeans
“I am a passionate European, proud to be a European citizen as well as a UK citizen. Having lived, worked and studied in other EU member states, I value my right to free movement. I also value the opportunity to participate in local and European elections that European citizens enjoy wherever we live in the EU.
My parents’ generation remember the war but grew up through a period of peace – this is one of the EU’s greatest and until today most enduring achievements. However, my children will grow up identifying with Europe. They have no memory of borders between most European states. They think of themselves as British and Italian and of Europe as tour common home.
The economic, demographic, environmental and security challenges that we face in the 21st century will need a European approach just as much as those of the post-war era.
With New Europeans we want to provide a platform for those who believe that future as Europeans must be shaped as much by the voice of the European citizen as by the competition and compromise that will no doubt long continue to characterise relations between the EU member states.”
Aurélien holds a double honours degree in Law and Economics from the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France.
After having spent his postgraduate program between the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies, Aurélien is currently in his last year of studies at the College of Europe in Bruges to deepen his knowledge of European Union Law.
Alongside his studies, he volunteered for several EU youth organisations as the European Student Think Tank which he is currently chairing.
Aurélien joined New Europeans back in 2017 to champion European citizenship rights and ensure a continuous discussion on European Affairs.
Avilia graduated from King’s College London in 2018 with a BA in European Politics. In 2019, she obtained a Master degree in International Social and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), majoring in International Development.
During her studies, she interned for the Scientific Office of the Italian Embassy in London and volunteered for several human rights organisation. As a research assistant in the NGO Humanists International, she helped to draft the 2019 edition of the Freedom of Thought global report.
A young European passionate about politics, public policy and European affairs, she participated as one of ten lobbyists to the Model European Union simulation in Strasbourg in 2019, as well as served as returning officer during the European Elections.