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About Us

Our Mission

At Carpe Europe e.V., our mission is to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous Europe by empowering youth, migrants, and marginalized communities. We strive to achieve this through innovative projects and initiatives that focus on key areas such as environment, education and health.  

Our goals are:

  • Empowerment: Providing resources, training, and opportunities to youth and marginalized communities to help them achieve their full potential.
  • Collaboration: Building strong partnerships with organizations and stakeholders who share our vision for a better Europe.
  • Innovation: Developing and implementing cutting-edge solutions to address the challenges faced by our target groups.
  • Sustainability: Promoting sustainable practices and raising awareness about environmental issues.
  • Education: Enhancing access to quality education and learning resources through traditional and digital platforms.

By staying true to these goals, we aim to drive positive change and build a brighter future for everyone in Europe. Together for a stronger Europe!

Our History

Carpe Europe was born out of an informal network of dedicated EU fundraisers and project managers in 2019. Recognizing the need to align our collective efforts with shared goals and values, we established Carpe Europe to initiate and support projects that empower youth, migrants, and marginalized communities. Our journey began with a common vision for a more inclusive and sustainable Europe, and since then, we have been committed to driving positive change through innovative and impactful initiatives.

Our Team

Michael Seidler - Founder & First Chairman

Michael Seidler, one of the founders and first chairman of Carpe Europe e.V., has been a pioneer in European funding since 1991. As one of the first to manage EU funds in East Berlin after German reunification, Michael brings over 30 years of expertise in project management and European funding. He has developed a comprehensive 19-week vocational training program on EU funding, along with numerous seminars, in-house training, and webinars. A certified senior manager under the IPMA standard, Michael has spearheaded over 200 EU-funded projects, with a strong focus on youth and education. His extensive knowledge in eLearning platform development further strengthens our mission.

Malte Götte-Ortiz - Chairman & Treasurer

Malte Götte-Ortiz, our chairman and treasurer, is a multifaceted project manager, fundraiser, and lecturer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in African and Islamic Studies from the University of Cologne and a master’s degree in social sciences from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and the University of Cape Town. Certified as a project manager under the IPMA standard, Malte has a strong background in migration research, with experience at think tanks in Berlin, Brussels, and Washington DC. His expertise in EU-funded programs like HORIZON, AMIF, and EUKI is invaluable. Malte is passionate about education, providing direct teaching, webinars, and in-house training while developing didactic eLearning units and learning materials.

Ananya Bordoloi - Content and Communications Manager

Ananya Bordoloi serves as the dynamic Content and Communications Manager at Carpe Europe e.V. With a bachelor’s degree in international relations and journalism from Monash University Malaysia and a master’s in Global Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin, Ananya has a rich background in communications, having worked with Amnesty International in Malaysia and various research institutions in Germany. At Carpe Europe, she excels in strategic communication and dissemination for EU-funded programs, especially Horizon Europe and EUKI. Ananya's skills in graphic design, multimedia production, project coordination, and proposal writing ensure the impactful delivery of information and engagement with diverse audiences.

Relika Stoppel Co-Chairperson

Relika Stoppel serves as the co-chairperson at Carpe Europe e.V., bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to her role. With degrees in Business Administration, Economics, and International Economics, Relika is well-versed in her field. She has worked with prestigious international organizations such as the European Court of Auditors and the World Health Organization (WHO), where she led scientific projects funded by the US National Institutes of Health, collaborating with multinational teams.

Relika has made significant contributions to health economics, with published papers focusing on policy analysis. Currently, she is a key member of the management team at Macenta Beans, a leading producer of speciality Robusta coffee in West Africa.

With a deep understanding of the Baltic states and West Africa, Relika has established valuable partnerships and leveraged her geographical expertise to drive successful projects. Her diverse background, exceptional leadership skills, and extensive project management expertise make her an invaluable asset to Carpe Europe e.V.