Who is Who

Lieven Taillie (President) 

Lieven is an independent journalist accredited to the European Commission, covers essentially economic and social policy issues for CAPresse. He is also interested in cultural subjects. Since 2013 President of the Association of European Journalists in Belgium (AJE / AEJ).

Previously active for Euromedia Services in Brussels (Quinzaine Européenne, Européenne de Bruxelles, Europabericht, Eurinfo, European Library of Agence Europe, and more), now a member of CAPresse and moderator in multilingual debates (German, English, French, Dutch). Member (and formerly administrator) of the Steering Committee of the Jean Monnet Association. Previously also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Schuman House in Scy-Chazelles (Metz).

Email: president[at]aej-belgium.eu

Christian Bouvy (Vice-president)

Christian is Vice-President of the AEJ in Belgium dealing with the audiovisual landscape. He is the director of programs and news as well as the art director at GOLD FM. Christian also produces the Gold Press Europe broadcast, with the AEJ. He is also a correspondent for Bruxelles-news. He has been an accredited journalist for over 25 years. 

He has a Nato and UN Security Council accreditation (Press). He is now responsible in our committee for the audiovisual media relations and social networks. As director of GOLD FM, he participates in CSA and CDJ meetings.

Alia Papageorgiou (Vice-president)

Alia Papageorgiou Is in charge of our special Projects, European media policy and  social media content. As a social media specialist, Alia is able to draw on over 13 years of journalism, public diplomacy and digital editorial experience. She has led and reported in print newsrooms which were early adopters, including Brussels’ New Europe of which she was Managing Editor in 2012- 2013. 

She worked as a journalist for eight years in Brussels accredited to the EU institutions. She has been a Press Officer in the EU Delegation to Australia, and worked in social media for large organisations. She has previously curated the Personal Democracy Forum in Brussels, and Twestival. Her main concern now lies in how we cover climate change via local journalism.

Elena Sánchez Nicolás (Editor in chief)

Elena Sánchez Nicolás is responsible for part of the editorial work of AEJ Belgium and contacts with AEJ International. She is a Brussels-based freelance journalist working for EUobserver on European affairs, previously she also worked at VoteWatch Europe and the Spanish news agency EFE.

She holds a MA on New Media and Society in Europe from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and a MA in Transmedia Journalism from UNED. Elena is an accredited journalist to the EU Institutions, specialised in climate and tech policy.

Dirk Vandereyken (Chief Operating Officer)

Dirk started his writing career at age 11 by authoring his first science fantasy novel, IJs, de verloren planet. It was published 3 years later. Since then, Dirk has written hundreds of articles, columns, reviews, books, film scripts and audio plays.

Aside of being a journalist and editor, he heads PR bureau Badass PR and teaches acting, communication, NLP, hypnosis, writing, singing, lie detection, directing, presenting, debating and more at Badass Intensive Courses and Badass Intensive Acting. As COO of the AEJ Belgium, his goal is to improve the workflow of the organization and help to with its social media presence.

Wytze Van der Gaast (Chief Financial Officer)

Born into a hospitality (hotel) family, Wytze developed an interest in journalism early on and started working in television and media production during his years working and living in China. After additional projects and work in the Americas and Africa, Wytze landed in Brussels in 2018.

In Brussels, he is active in the production of (new) media and journalistic content and events such as the ‘Brussels Bubbles’ TalkShow featuring journalists who provide a look behind the scenes of their work and ‘Behind the Headlines’ an online video format inspired by shows like ‘The Daily Show, and ‘Last Week Tonight’.


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