EuroCircle started in 1999 as a free online informal community for European professionals and Europhiles (=anyone interested in Europe) and has now grown to more than 100,000 members. With no political, religious or ethnic affiliations, EuroCircle is a place where you can exchange ideas, tips, professional contacts and make friends. You can meet people offline at our local events or online through our membership features. EuroCircle was a social network before Facebook or the term social network had even been invented. Still free after more than 10 years and thousands of events in hundreds of cities, EuroCircle welcomes and attracts professionals from London to Los Angeles or New York to Johannesburg.

You also find EuroCircle on Facebook under groups (EuroCircle New York, EuroCircle Los Angeles, EuroCircle Chicago, EuroCircle Atlanta, San Francisco, London etc) as well as on Youtube, Pinterest, Linkedin and Twitter. Facebook fan page is www.facebook.com/eurocircle

Our History

EuroCircle originated as one woman’s dream. Finnish lawyer Kaisa Kokkonen came to New York in 1992 feeling burnt-out and somewhat bored after a ten-year legal career. But it took a while before she decided to stay for good. “I began assimilating to New York life a year and a half after my arrival, only after I finally decided to stay in the US” Kaisa recalls. The internet was still in its infancy.

In 1997 Kaisa began contemplating the idea of some kind of informal online group for European professionals and expats and at the same time started playing with different names for the group until the final name was chosen. It took her another couple of years to build the structure for EuroCircle (Jan 11 1999 was the first event in New York City) and the rest is history. Since then many companies and individual groups have copied EuroCircle in one form or another but never managed to get the concept right.

Our teams

Christophe RouchonEuroCircle’s web, design and code guy

Christophe is French and came to Chicago from London in 1999 where he was working as a derivatives broker for a French bank. He switched careers and moved to the bank’s Marketing department in Chicago where he designed the company’s brand and built intranets and clients portals. He joined our team in 2009 as our Director of Marketing and is responsible for the site. Contact Christophe – View his profile (members only)

EuroCircle Americas

Jump to: Atlanta | Austin | Boston | Cancun | Chicago | Houston | Los Angeles | Miami | New York | Orange County | Philadelphia | Phoenix | San Diego | San Francisco | Silicon Valley | Washington DC

Would you like to start a Circle in your own city or join a current team?
Its free and easy, just contact us for more information.
We are always looking for new people to expand into new cities all around the world.

ATLANTA
Randall Valverde

Randall, who hails from Costa Rica, has been a long standing eurocircle member and started assisting with the co-hosting duties in January of 2011 and is typically there together with David hosting the monthly events, which take place every first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise indicated. All EuroCircle events take place every first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise indicated. Contact Randall – View his profile (members only)

David Nienhuis

David and a handful of original members were the first to attend the inaugural Atlanta Eurocircle meetings which started back in 2005. Since that time, David took over the Atlanta chapter and has been organizing & running the monthly get-togethers ever since. Contact David – View his profile (members only)

AUSTIN
Kaisa KokkonenEuroCircle Founder and President

Kaisa came to New York from Finland to work for a year for Ernst & Young with the intention to return to Finland. That never happened. In January, 1999 while working in New York City Kaisa founded EuroCircle. She now lives in Austin where she manages EuroCircle. Kaisa works for online interactive video platform. Contact Kaisa – View her profile (members only)

BOSTON
Burak Bacioglu – has moved to San Francisco

Originally from Istanbul, Burak is a software engineer at Microsoft. He first stayed in Seattle for a while and tried to get used to the rainy weather but finally gave up and moved to the east coast. Burak is extremely interested in music and arts. Contact Burak – View his profile (members only)

CHICAGO
Maria Dollas

Maria has been in the US all her life. Her parents are Greek and her first language was Greek. She is the owner of MCD Events Inc and has been the Chicago lead for EuroCircle since Feb 2000. Contact Maria – View her profile (members only)

HOUSTON
Mary Beth Snodgrass

Mary Beth is a Texan who has spent time living and traveling in Europe. She’s a consultant at Acorn International which provides environmental and social risk consulting services. She enjoys running, surfing, traveling and trying to cook. Contact Mary Beth – View her profile (members only)

Juliana Moreira

Juliana was born in Brazil and became a U.S citizen in 2013. She likes to describe herself as a global-minded lady with a gypsy soul. Juliana has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Throughout her career she has helped build brands through digital marketing and e-commerce. She loves to connect people and to connect with people. Contact Juliana – View her profile (members only)

LOS ANGELES
Tanya Stawski Shamtoub
Tanya Stawski is a realtor at Sotheby’s International Realty, writes articles for EuroCircle about different parts of Los Angeles and chairs the monthly EuroCircle events. Tanya is originally from Germany and she also speaks Spanish & Farsi. Contact Tanya – View her profile (members only)

MIAMI
Gabriele Trappio

Gabriele is from Berlin. She traveled the world for 10 years as a flight attendant and moved to Florida in 93 after spending a year at the Treasure coast. Gabriele worked as a Marketing Director and joined Best Beach Real Estate in 2003. Contact Gabriele – View her profile (members only)

Gian Sol

Gian is currently organizing and hosting a variety of select, social and cultural events for EuroCircle. He comes from a rich European background and has lived in many places in the Americas and Europe. View Gian’s profile (members only)

NEW YORK
Alexandra Spirer

Alexandra has travelled to over 34 countries and hopes to make the 100 country club one day. Alexandra works for online interactive video platform and lives in midtown Manhattan close to the UN. She loves movies, Broadway musicals and travelling. Contact Alex – View her profile (members only).

ORANGE COUNTY
Hervé Duboscq – Not involved anymore

Real Estate agent in beautiful OC at Coldwell Banker Residential. Herve specializes in resort style living, coastal living, bank owned, short sales, first time homeowners, investment and international properties. Contact Hervé – View his profile (members only)

PHILADELPHIA
Sherry Kumar

Born and raised in Serbia (former Yugoslavia) to an Austrian mother and an Indian father, Sherry grew up moving around the world with her parents and developed a passion for languages, cultures and exotic locations. Contact Sherry – View her profile (members only)

PHOENIX
Jeff Jessup

Jeff has been in Real Estate for many years as a Broker in Phoenix where he works with mostly European clients. His family came to the U.S from England (3rd generation). He has two daughters and has spent many summers in Moscow, Russia. Contact Jeff – View his profile (members only)

SAN DIEGO
Gulnaz Magauiyeva

Gulnaz Magauiyeva is originally from Kazakhstan. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in German from University of Foreign Languages in Almaty, Kazakhstan, she worked at Honorary Consulates of Austria and Sweden assisting citizens in legal and trade matters. She moved to San Diego in 2009 and received her MBA degree at Point Loma Nazarene University in 2013. She currently works at Viaway, Inc. as a Marketing Director. Contact Gulnaz – View her profile (members only)

Vlad Kroutik

Vlad is the founder of Viaway Inc. Originally from Ukraine he joined EuroCircle San Diego in 2012. Contact Vlad – View his profile (members only)

SAN FRANCISCO
Marc James de Jong

Marc comes from the Netherlands where he joined the Naval Academy and graduated from the KIM (Royal Navy Institute). He then worked at the Ministry of Defense in the Hague and after positions in germany he now works for the Intercontinental Hotel Group in San Francisco. Contact Jeff – View his profile (members only)

SILICON VALLEY
Layla Sabourian

Layla is originally from Iran with a touch of France. She has lived in Canada, USA, France, Russia and Mexico. Layla has worked for Logitech, eBay, Yahoo and is currently with SAP. She has a passion for matching people up and run a small dating service on the side. Contact Layla – View her profile (members only)

WASHINGTON DC
brian sreniawski

Brian was born and raised in Chicago of Polish and Irish decent and maintains dual-citizenship with Ireland. Married, with two adorable kids, he now lives in DC since 2007. Brian is one of the partners of LA Boxing in Washington. Contact Brian – View his profile (members only)

EuroCircle Europe

Jump to: Barcelona | Berlin | Brusells | Budapest | Geneva | Helsinki | Madrid | Milan | Munich | Paris | Rome | Vienna

Would you like to start a Circle in your own city or join a current team?
Its free and easy, just contact us for more information.
We are always looking for new people to expand into new cities all around the world.

BARCELONA
Manon Deblois

Manon is from Montreal, she loves traveling and left Canada in 1997 to explore, live and work in different countries like USA, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, The Netherlands and Singapore. She moved to Barcelona in 2002 and speak French, English and Spanish. Contact Manon – View her profile (members only)

BRUSSELS
Oscar Karekzi

Oscar has been involved in sports and events management. Often traveling across Europe, Africa and North America for his job as freelance, he joined EuroCircle in 2010 and has been living in Brussels for 25 years. Contact Oscar – View his profile (members only)

BUDAPEST
Bence Kutrik

Bence is a professional musician. He was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. Bence holds 2 degrees in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in classical music composition. In 2001 he went to school in San Francisco then moved to Canada in 2005 where he promoted the Toronto circle and is no back in Budapest. Contact Bence – View his profile (members only)

GENEVA
Hanna Steinbach

Hanna is originally from Germany but she has lived studied and worked (as lawyer) in Vienna, Montpellier, San Francisco, Berkeley, Stockholm and currently resides in Geneva where she works at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a special agency of the United Nations. Contact Hanna – View her profile (members only)

HELSINKI
Marjo Benavides

Marjo moved back to Helsinki in 2011 after spending half of her life to date in New York City. Her background is in Residential Real Estate and now works for Kiinteistömaailma, Ullanlinnan Kodit. Contact Marjo – View her profile (members only)

MADRID
Cesar Parra

Cesar has lived and worked in the U.S, U.K, Germany, Spain. He speak fluent Spanish, English and Italian and is the head of Food, Retail & Consumer M&A Advisory Spain at Deloitte. Contact Cesar – View his profile (members only)

Carmen Villanueva

Carmen is Peruvian and since 2009, Spanish too. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked for several years in Lima in auditing and accounting companies. She also worked as an assistant teacher at the PUCP Business Administration and Economic´s Faculty before she moved to Spain. Carmen now works in Madrid in the banking industry. Contact Carmen – View her profile (members only)

Adam Satir

Adam maintains residences in both Spain and the USA although most of his time these days is spent in Spain. He has spent most of his adult working life in the financial services sector and particularly the banking side where he started PosEcon Business Promotions and began the task of ‘creating synergies through economic cooperation’. Contact Adam – View his profile (members only)

MILAN
Anna Scalzi Born in South Italy, Anna was a student in Milan and, after graduation, sheI became one of the youngest lawyer in Milan feeling called to international relations. Anna worked almost 20 years with important international law firms in Milan, England and USA.
Giovanni Terzi Giovanni works as an IT engineer. He is fluent in English and Portuguese and speaks good Spanish and also some German and French. has traveled extensively visiting 59 different countries. Giovanni has lived in Milan his whole life and he knows the best resources about his city and surely its best kept secrets. Contact Giovanni – View his profile (members only)

MUNICH
Oktavia Weidmann

Contact Oktavia – View her profile (members only)

PARIS
Claude Chapron

Claude was born Brittany in France and was an exchange student in the US after he graduated from High School. He got a Tourism degree and worked as a tour guide and travel agent. Claude also lived in Reunion Island, in Saudi Arabia for two years and, after more than eleven years in Paris, moved to Madrid where he have lived for 7 years. He also work as Regional Sales Manager in the EMEA region. Contact Claude – View his profile (members only)

ROME
Aleksandra Joy Leciejewska

Born to a Polish mother and a Sudanese father Aleksandra grew up partly in Poland and partly in the United Arab Emirates, where she completed her high school education. Studied Marketing and Business initiative. She has been living in Rome since March 2010. Now she teaches English to little kids, and sell Vatican Tours. Contact Aleksandra – View her profile (members only)

VIENNA
Ursula Weixlbaumer

I first got in touch with EuroCircle in Chicago, where I lived for 3 years. I made great friends there and EuroCircle made my social life so much easier. I am now back in Vienna and run EuroCircle with my friend Tom here.We want to provide a platform for people to meet and have fun in our monthly events – come join us! Contact Ursula – View her profile (members only)

Thomas Lepere

I first got in touch with EuroCircle at Chicago. A lot of people, which I met on the events, became friends and made me immediately feel at home. As I moved to Vienna a very good friend, who I met at the EuroCircle Chicago, introduced me to Maria and Leyli. After we met a couple of times, we decided together to launch the Vienna Circle. Contact Thomas – View his profile (members only)

EuroCircle Africa/Middle East/Asia/Oceania
Would you like to start a Circle in your own city or join a current team?
Its free and easy, just contact us for more information.
We are always looking for new people to expand into new cities all around the world.

ISTANBUL
Alan Greenhalgh

Alan has over 15 years experience in business development, finance, marketing, public relations and communications having worked extensively with blue chip and entrepreneurial companies. A graduate of Business and Finance and Post Graduate of Marketing Management (Liverpool) he has found a welcoming home in the dynamic city of Istanbul and has lived and worked all over the world – Cape Town, Mexico City, Dubai, Moscow, France and Turkey. Contact Alan – View his profile (members only)

JOHANNESBURG
Felicity Hudson

Felicity has previously lived in Edinburgh for four years as a student and traveled for several months through Spain and South America. She has done further traveling in Europe through Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Czech Republic and Austria and briefly through the States to visit friends in Colorado. She advise large listed and other financial organizations on all aspects of corporate and deal related communications. Contact Felicity – View her profile (members only)

Periklis Thivaios

Periklis joined Eurocircle in London in 2003 where he studied and worked for 6 years. He grew up by the coastline of Athens in Greece and, before launching Eurocircle in South Africa participated to events with Kaisa and the crew in New York for two years. Contact Periklis – View her profile (members only)

EuroCircle in the press

- Article in Spanish from elperiodico.com: Internet dispara los grupos sociales y de negocios en BCN
- Article (pdf) in German from Kurier newspaper: Thomas Lepere and Ursula Weixelbauer in Vienna