Luis ALVARADO has held elected office as the President of the European Youth Forum, the biggest children and youth organizations-led movement in Europe and the world, representing the voices of 50 million Young Europeans towards the European Union, the Council of Europe and the UN system. He has championed the advancement of children and young people's rights and agendas on international level where he led successful campaigns to increase the EU´s multimillion-euro mobility program ERASMUS by 3 and won the legal battle of abolishing unpaid internships for young people in EU institutions among some achievements. Originally from the Canary Islands in Spain, he is a graduate from the College of Europe in Bruges and the London School of Economics & Political Science Executive School (LSE).
His work has been recognized with distinctions such as "Young European of the Year 2014 by the Schwarzkopf Stiftung, European Charlemagne Youth Award by the European Parliament & Public Service Innovation Award 2015 by the European Centre for Government Transformation among others.
He has held other advisory roles for the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in their Advisory Council on Youth, the EU-Australia Leadership Forum, Civil Society Europe, European Civic Forum and former French President Giscard d'Estaing and his political incubator ReImagine Europa among others.
Luis also helped set up the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative in Europe & Middle East supporting cities to become more resilient to the challenges of the XXI century and led the EU Public Policy work of 100RC and the Foundation towards the European Union. He also currently works as Senior Advisor in the Spanish National Parliament and continues to advise and consult international organizations, governments and start-ups around the world.