Mission Statement

At EAS, we strive to establish a forum for social and intellectual conversation concerning a range of important economic, political, and cultural European issues. At least at an undergraduate level, we have seen that most European groups tend to function autonomously and exclusively. So, we hope to provide a strong network among European students, faculty, alumni at Stanford as well as to establish partnerships with other leading universities.

We bring a range of speakers and events to campus on a regular basis, ranging from relatively casual special D’s or happy hours to inviting immigration lawyers to help you with your H1B, and arranging speaker events. Notable personalities that have visited us in the recent past from here and abroad include Philip Rössler, Susan Athey, Jeremy Gardner and Allison Berke. We aim to have at least three thoughtfully planned events a quarter. You will not be let down!

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Meet our Team

Sebastianos Hatpte-Selassie


Sebastianos (Seb) was born in Frankfurt, Germany to Ethiopian parents. Hew grew up in a small city close to Frankfurt (Bad Homburg) but has also lived in Addis Ababa and Berlin. He is currently a senior finishing up his last year as a Computer Science major, with a focus on Human-Computer-Interaction Design. Outside of school, he enjoys listening and producing electronic music. Talk to him about anything from European Tech to the Berlin Music-Scene to get a conversation going

Email: sebhs ‘at’ stanford.edu

Frédéric Urech

’Vice President

Frédéric grew up in the Swiss countryside – close to the border, with both Austria and Germany in sight. While attending a bilingual high-school, he became increasingly involved in Swiss and later in European politics. After working in lobbying for 3 years, he came to Stanford and is currently studying Economics in his sophomore year. At Stanford, he's focused on toning down his edgy humor and reading newspaper articles instead of class readings. He loves to discuss what makes different countries unique, and is interested in entrepreneurship, psychology and acting as if he'd be able to speak French. His favorite things are snowboarding, cooking, and discussing Europe's future.

Email: urech ‘at’ stanford.edu

Valavan Ananthakumaraswamy

Financial Officer

Valavan was born and grew up in London, England. He is originally of Sri Lankan, Tamil descent. Valavan currently studies Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. He is passionate about mobilising young people to create change of political and social issues in Europe, which has driven him to start his projects: The Youth Project and AWAKE. He spent some time studying abroad in Berlin, and enjoys playing rugby, discussing Brexit, watching Chelsea FC and listening to grime music.

Email: valavan ‘at’ stanford.edu

Abel Ribbink


Abel is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a sophomore intending to major in PoliSci. He grew up playing football and going to Ajax matches — by bike, of course. He also likes tennis, golf, and field hockey. He is interested in European politics and is a particular fan of Emmanuel Macron. Spending his summers in Basque Country, France, he grew to appreciate the French and French culture. In the future, he wants to live in Rome, Berlin, and Paris for a couple of years each, before settling down in Amsterdam. Talk to him about Sacha Baron Cohen (the Borat guy).

Email: absibabs ‘at ‘ stanford.edu

Aaryaman Vaidya

Communication & Outreach

Born in Mumbai, Ary moved to London when he was only a year old and quickly grew into a quintessential British boy. Ary played football, tennis and cricket across Europe throughout his schoolboy days and this gave him a unique pathway to experiencing European culture. Ary is a sophomore aspiring to major in Management Science & Engineering with a minor in Political Science. His two favourite things are good tea and good conversation.

Email: aaryaman ‘at’ stanford.edu

Omar Fidawi


Omar was born and raised in Athens, but is originally from Lebanon. He is majoring in Chemical Engineering and is very interested in renewable energy (particularly solar cells and battery technologies) as well as impact investing and ESG. He is still undecided whether he should pursue a career in engineering or finance. Omar loves travelling (perks of being European!), playing Beethoven piano sonatas, and could talk all day about his favourite soccer team Liverpool FC.

Email: ofidawi ‘at’ stanford.edu

Emily Arbuthnott


Emily hails from Hertfordshire in the UK and is a senior studying Economics and playing on the varsity women's tennis team. During high school, Emily travelled extensively in Europe for tennis competitions which gave her a strong appreciation for many aspects of European culture. Inspired by the piazzas of Italy, English pubs and German beer gardens, she recently started an outdoor bar on campus, and hopes to use European influences to continue to improve campus life.
The things she misses most about Europe are the chocolate, architecture and decent public transport!

Email: emilyarb ‘at’ stanford.edu

Marco Giuseppe Zocco


Marco was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, but grew up in an Italian-American household. Before Stanford, he attended the International School of Geneva K through 12, the world’s first and oldest international school and (perhaps regrettably) home of the IB curriculum. Currently a sophomore, he is gravitating towards an MS&E degree with a minor in music, although his further long-term goals include becoming a touring rockstar, master barista, poet, mystic traveller and a key player in Europe’s entrepreneurial landscape. He also enjoys épée fencing, thrash metal music, Juventus FC, and edgy humour, and is at his happiest whilst in the company of great friends and family.

Email: marzocco ‘at’ stanford.edu

Lara Maassen

Social Chair

Lara was born and raised in Munich, Germany but grew up with an American mother and German father. While she spent most of her education in the German public school system she also attended boarding school in the UK for a year and obtained her IB diploma from the Munich International School, which she attended her junior and senior year. Before college she took a gap year working as a scuba diving instructor in Thailand and Australia. She is studying Computational Biology and also pursuing a minor in International Relations. In her free time she participates in Equestrian sports and listens to European EDM artists.

Email: lmaassen ‘at’ stanford.edu

Gordon Martinez-Piedra


Gordon is from London originally although his mother is Scottish and his father is Cuban. He’s lived in England all his life, going to boarding school there when his parents moved to the US at the beginning of high school. Now at Stanford, Gordon is most likely going to major in Physics but he’s still mulling over Computer Science. In spite of his love of football (soccer), the main reason Gordon joined the EAS to be able to become more involved in the European community at Stanford. In particular, he wants to allow people at Stanford to become more connected to all things Europe, both Europeans and non-Europeans.

Email: martigp ‘at’ stanford.edu

Oscar O’Rahilly

Community & Webmaster

Oscar was born and raised in London to an English mum and Irish dad. Before coming to Stanford Oscar attended City of London School, a high school right in the heart of London, and so from a young age has been exposed to living life in a major European city. Oscar is currently a sophomore studying Computer Science (concentrating in A.I.) and in his free time enjoys singing, basketball and cross-country running. Oscar is passionate about sharing European politics, tech, and sport with the rest of the Stanford community.

Email: oscarfco ‘at’ stanford.edu

Advisors and past officers

Pieter Constant Stas


Jan Sokol

Advisor, ’17-18 President, ’16-17 Financial Officer

Ion Esfandiari

Advisor, ’18-19 President

Zoe von Gerlach

Advisor, ’18-19 Vice President