Team 2021

Board of Directors

JCI Europe’s Board of Directors is made up of elected members who have the opportunity to hold their leadership positions for one year.
Board of Directors
JCI Executive Vice President for Europe

Céline Bleher

JCI Executive Vice President for Europe

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Born on July 22, 1981 in Saint-Mandé, France, Céline Bleher holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and Economics. She works as Human Resources Development Director for LACROIX Group and lives in Angers, France. Céline joined JCI Angloulême-Cognac in 2008 and JCI du Saumurois in 2013. She became a Local President in 2010 (awarded Best Local President), then served as Appointee in charge of “International affairs” for JCI France in 2011, National Vice President in 2014 (Secretary General) and National President in 2015. At the international level, Céline has attended six JCI European Conferences, one JCI Conference of America and eight JCI World Congresses since 2008. She attended the German Academy in 2011 and the JCI Academy in 2014. She speaks French, English and German.
JCI Vice President for Europe

Manuela Weber

JCI Vice President for Europe

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Manuela Weber was born in Bavaria, Germany. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and works in the IT field. She joined JCI Munich in 2013, became Local President in 2015, was a member of the Bavarian State Board in 2016 and 2017, got elected as JCI Germany National President in 2019 and served as JCI European Development Councillor in 2020. Manuela has attended six JCI European Conferences, three JCI Asia-Pacific Conferences and six JCI World Congresses. She has been honored as JCI Senator No. 77762. She speaks German, English and French.
JCI Vice President for Europe

Olena Prykhodko

JCI Vice President for Europe

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Born on June 3, 1993 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Olena Prykhodko holds a master’s degree in Law and is currently writing a PhD in Constitutional Economics. She is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Modelex Education Monaco, a Center for Academic Excellence in the Principality of Monaco. Olena joined JCI Monte Carlo in 2015. She became National Vice President in 2017 and was elected as National President in 2018. At the international level, she served as European Development Councillor in 2019 and was a member of the JCI Europe Partnerships Team in 2020. She has attended three JCI European Conferences, two JCI Asia-Pacific Conferences and three JCI World Congresses. Olena has also been awarded the State Medal of Ukraine for her outstanding contribution towards Youth Development, served as the Advisor to the Mayor of Kharkiv and discussed the challenges facing education today as a guest speaker at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2018. She speaks fluent English, Russian, French and Ukrainian.
JCI Vice President for Europe

Drazen Stankovic

JCI Vice President for Europe

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Born July 8, 1983 in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Drazen Stankovic holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and works as lead developer of a software manufacturing company. He resides in Belgrade, Serbia. Drazen joined JCI Belgrade in 2015. He became Local President in 2018 and National President in 2019. At the international level, Drazen served as 2020 JCI Europe Development Council Counselor. He has attended three JCI Area Conferences and one JCI World Congress. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 78780. He speaks English and Serbian.
JCI Vice President for Europe

Michaela Palmberg

JCI Vice President for Europe

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Born April 26, 1985 in Kristinestad, Finland, Michaela Palmberg holds a master’s degree in French and Financial Studies and works as an entrepreneur in a translation agency. She is an experienced professional in the field of linguistics. She resides in Tampere, Finland with her spouse Jani. Michaela joined JCI Vaasa in 2014. She became Local President in 2015, Regional Officer in 2016 and National President in 2020. Michaela has attended eleven JCI Area Conferences and five JCI World Congresses. She has been honored as JCI Senator #77781 and has been awarded for her leadership skills nationally. Michaela speaks Swedish, Finnish and English fluently, has a working proficiency in French and an elementary proficiency in German, Spanish and Dutch. She is a dedicated young leader who also serves as a City Council Member and Vice President for the Education and Welfare Committee in the city of Valkeakoski.
JCI Vice President for Europe

Geir Arne Aune Hovd

JCI Vice President for Europe

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Born on May 18, 1981 in Trondheim, Norway. Geir Arne Aune Hovd studied Technology management and psychology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He is self-employed and resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. Geir joined JCI Evolution (Trondheim) in March 2010. He became a local board member in 2011, Deputy National President in 2014 and National President in 2015. He has attended five JCI Area Conferences and six JCI World Congresses. He graduated from the 27th JCI Academy in Handa, Japan and has been honored as JCI Senator No. 74559. He speaks English, Norwegian and some German and Spanish.
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