Europe Calling e.V.

Board of Directors (as of 21 December 2023): 

  • Dr Maximilian Fries, Executive Director of Europe Calling e.V.
  • Alexandra Geese, Member of the European Parliament
  • Ansgar Gilster, Human Rights Activist and Co-Founder of United4Rescue
  • Nina Katzemich, Senior Campaigner at Lobby Control focuses on EU lobbying and climate action
  • Prof Ulrike Liebert, European University Institute Florence


Maximilian Fries, PhD
Executive Director & Moderator
More about Max

Max studied Biomedicine in Würzburg and completed his PhD in Medical Sciences (focus: cancer biology) in Cambridge (UK) in 2017. Between 2017-2021, he was Head of the Local Office of Sven Giegold MEP in Düsseldorf, where he organised the Europe Calling series, among other things. In December 2021, he co-founded Europe Calling e.V. He is now full-time executive director, board member, and moderates most webinars. He lives with his kids in Düsseldorf.