Meet the Team Coordinators

Challenge 1

Sophia Bengtsson

Head of Brussels Office, Centerpartiet

Sophia Bengtsson is the Head of Office for the Swedish Center Party in the European Parliament. She was previously the deputy Director of the Swedish Business Federation in Brussels, focusing on issues like trade policy, the EU single market and digitization. She’s also worked for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and was the Chair of the board of the Swedish EU-focused newspaper Europaportalen.

Challenge 2

Michel Nentwig

Coordinator Free Trade Programme, International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)

Michel is 23 years old and lives in Duesseldorf, Germany. He manages the Free Trade Programme within the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) and chairs a local chapter of the liberal political youth organization Junge Liberale. Besides his political engagement, he is currently doing a dual study programme with a large European bank that has its roots in Asia.

Challenge 3

Adam Bartha

Director, EPICENTER

Adam is the Director of EPICENTER, a network a nine leading free-market think tanks from across Europe. He is responsible for the coordination and cooperation of the network and for organising the private and public events programme in Brussels. Adam gives regular talks on topics ranging from the rule of law, authoritarian populism, free market reforms, and the political affairs of the CEE region.

Adam was previously European Outreach Manager at EPICENTER and a Koch Summer Fellow in the Publications Department of the Independent Institute in California. He also has experience in domestic party politics in Germany and Hungary. Adam has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. Adam is fluent in English, German and Hungarian.

Challenge 4

Danica Vihinen

Head of Office, Svenja Hahn (MEP, Renew Europe)

Danica Vihinen is the former Secretary General of LYMEC (European Liberal Youth) and is now working as Head of Office and advisor on international trade for Svenja Hahn MEP. Before relocating to Brussels in 2016 she worked with communications, and especially trade related communications, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. She also has experience working as assistant to an MP in the Finnish Parliament. Danica holds a Master in Comparative Political Science (MSc.) from Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.