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Austin, the capitol of TX, has been called the only liberal city is the very Republic state of Texas. Austin has been voted for the last 10 years consistently among the 10 best cities to live, work, raise a family, go to college and retire. The average age is less than 30, the average population is smarter with higher income. The city also offers the great outdoors: more than 200 parks and around 300 days of sunshine each year. With Hill Country vistas outside the city and Lady Bird Lake in the center of town, Austin also has miles of hike and bike trails (thanks Lance Armstrong). After the beautiful sun sets, the most talented musicians in the country will show you why Austin is The Live Music Capital of the World. The music lovers never miss Austin City Limits and South by Southwest Festivals. While you visit, save time to visit the Whole Foods headquarters and many picturesque food trailers all Austinites favor. You might take a leisurely drive to admire the landscapes of Hill Country’s picturesque countryside, the acclaimed Salt Lick Barbeque and vineyards. If your visit takes place late spring, you will enjoy the famous Texas Wildflowers along all the roads! Read more – and you understand why Austin’s slogan is Keep Austin Wierd!  EuroCircle Austin @ Pinterest

Your Austin Team

Allison Berguin

Allison Berguin

Bonjour, she says! Allison grew up in France/Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and moved to Texas in 2005 to attend the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated in 2011 in Economics and Business, and worked in marketing/analysis following graduation. She is now working for one of the world’s best hospitality establishment, pursuing a career that is a natural fit for her.

Allison has a passion for people, travel, culture and languages. She has been a great asset in helping the growth of EuroCircle Austin by organizing several successful events that have drawn a lot of awareness amongst different groups. Excellence comes when passion is genuine and fit.

Random facts about Allison: The love of her life are mom/brother/motorcycles, she loves cooking/wines, tennis, travel, adrenaline, her job/company…and BBQ! “Vive la France, and Hook’em Horns!”

Adnan Khaleel

Adnan Khaleel

Adnan first learnt about EuroCircle when he was invited to the first event in Austin in 2010 and has been a regular since. Like the other hosts, Adnan quickly became really good friends with the other EuroCircle members. “It’s hard not to since I’ve made some of the most amazing friendships through EuroCircle” says Adnan when asked about EuroCircle and adds “Austin is a particularly friendly place, but EuroCircle really brings together a unique set of people who are either from abroad or have spent
a considerable portion of their lives abroad”.

Adnan grew up in over half a dozen places in Asia, Africa and Europe, and considers the UK to be his natural home. After coming to the US over 10 years ago, Austin is the single longest place he has ever lived so in many ways Austin is his adopted home. You’ll frequently see him running and cycling around the many trails in and around Austin, in addition to enjoying the many live music events that are always happening in Austin. Adnan adds “It’s hard to keep up with Austin these days, especially since I travel quite  frequently for work, but I always make time to enjoy the city when I can”.

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen

Founder & President

Kaisa Kokkonen, EuroCircle Founder has been in the USA from May 1992. The first 12 years as an Associate Director of Marketing at Ernst & Young’s International Tax Law Department. As a former lawyer, she has several years of work experience from her native country Finland in banking, insurance and the Finnish courts.

Kaisa founded EuroCircle after years of talking about with Cindy Willson and Eric Faltraco who both pushed her to do something about it. The hardest part was coming up with an original name that nobody was using. It took months because she didn’t want to be a copycat.The first event took place at City Hall Restaurant on Monday, Jan 11 1999.

Kaisa likes doing lots of different things: reading, movies, good food, wines, traveling, opera, spending time with her family in the Finnish countryside, walking, and nature, helping with good causes… The list of things that she’d like to do is really, really long. She works full-time @ Dilogr.com and EuroCircle which leaves her literally no free time. Work – Start by doing the necessary, then the possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Life – Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you respond to it. Change – A good way to change somebody’s attitude is to change your own.

Szilvia Tóth

Szilvia Tóth

Szilvia Tóth was introduced to EuroCircle about three years ago. She quickly fell in love with the group and made close friendships. “It feels like my home away from home” she said and decided to dedicate more time to the organisation.

Szilvia is a native of Budapest, Hungary. She is an avid traveller who has called Austin home for over a decade now. Prior to making the move “over the pond”, she spent eight years in Germany where she attended the University of Regensburg. Here in Austin Szilvia puts her MBA from Baylor to good use in the solar industry working on changing the way our world is powered.

Upcoming events in Austin

Austin – Mar 04 2017 at The Rose Room Austin – Feb 23 2017 at Sellers Underground

Past events in Austin

2017 - Events Listing
Charity: Intercultural Fashion Show ...
March 04 at The Rose Room
Friendship Night at Sellers Underground
  February 23 at Sellers Underground
GlobalAustin Presents: "Ukraine Toda...
February 13 at IC2, The University of Texas at Austin
Special Cocktails at Eberly to Celeb...
  January 11 at Eberly Austin

2016 - Events Listing
EuroCircle's Holiday Party in Style ...
  December 10 at Nightcap
East Austin Studio Tour
November 20 at Tsasis Studio
Belgian Night @ Mort Subite
  November 18 at Mort Subite
Russian House Party with Burlesque Show
  October 20 at Russian House of Austin
EuroCircle's Eastside Happy Hour @ C...
  September 29 at Craftsman
EuroCircle Summer White Party @ The ...
  August 05 at The Yard at Waller Creek
Gathering to honor the victims of th...
July 19 at Liberty Bar
Salsa Night - and After Party at Jus...
July 14 at Tamale East
Sound of Italy: Giulia Millanta and ...
June 28 at The Saxon Pub
Citizen Diplomacy Reception and Netw...
June 23 at Lt. Governor’s Reception Room in the Texas State Capitol
Ferrari & Canadian Grand Prix
June 12 at Circuit of The Americas
4th Annual International Potluck
  May 22 at A Private Residence
Eurovision Song Contest
May 14 at Russian House of Austin
Distinguished Speaker Series: Adrian...
May 05 at Ireland House (Consulate General of Ireland)
Salsa Night
  April 28 at Tamale House East
Sunday Fun French Style @ The Bonnev...
  March 06 at The Bonneville
Saturday Morning Hike @ Barton Creek...
February 27 at Barton Creek Greenbelt /Scottish Woods Trail Entrance.
2016 Kick-off & EuroCircle's 17th An...
  January 24 at Emmer & Rye
  

2015 - Events Listing
Winter Holiday Party with AIN @ The ...
  December 11 at The Madison Dance Club (next top the Roosevelt Room)
Pre-Thanksgiving Cocktails at the To...
November 24 at The Townsend Austin
"Why NATO Still Matters to the Unite...
November 02 at Texas Union Theatre (limited seating)
Masquerade Party
  October 15 at Prelogs Bar - Modern European Restaurant
World-Class Cocktails @ The Roosevel...
September 26 at The Roosevelt Room
Sunday Chill @ The Grove Wine Bar & ...
  August 30 at The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen
EuroCircle's Summer White Party @ Ri...
  July 31 at RIO
EuroCircle's Flower Power Party @ W ...
  June 25 at W Austin
The 3rd Annual International Potluck
  May 31 at Alta's Cafe @ The Waller Creek Boathouse
Eurovision song contest at the Russi...
May 23 at The Russian House of Austin
Nordic Night to Celebrate Spring @ P...
  April 30 at PRELOGS - European Kitchen & Bar
Polo Party
April 25 at Austin Polo Club
Une Soiree Francaise parmi les Texan...
  March 26 at Stephen F Bar & Terrace
European Night with Slavic & Balkan ...
  February 20 at The Russian House in Austin
EuroCircle Celebrates Its 16th Anniv...
  January 29 at W Austin
 

2014 - Events Listing
EuroCircle Austin Holiday Party & 4t...
  December 04 at Whisler's
Night of the Arts with EuroCircle
  October 23 at Icenhauer's
Get Together @ House Wine
  September 26 at House Wine
Festival of Unity (ONE Human Race - ...
September 17 at Asian American Resource Center.
Joint International Picnic (Pot luck)
  September 07 at Eilers (Deep Eddy) Park
Summer White Party
  August 08 at RIO Rooftop Lounge
La Nuit En Rosé @ La V's Wine Bar
  July 23 at La V's Wine Bar
FIFA World Cup Finals from Brazil
July 13 at Brass House Tavern
Joint Welcome.Us & International Aus...
  June 10 at The Brass House Tavern
Eurovision Song Contest 2013
May 18 at Boundless Network & Patio
EuroVision Song Contest Party by the...
May 10 at Russian House of Austin
The 3rd Annual Derby Day Polo Benefit
May 04 at The Austin Polo Club
EuroCircle Joins Neon Nights present...
  May 01 at Roadhouse Relics
1001 Nights @ Russian House of Austin
April 25 at Russian House of Austin
EuroCircle's Spring Affair in Style ...
  April 03 at Ruth Chris Steakhouse
International Women's Day @ The Russ...
  March 08 at Russian House of Austin
Masquarade Night with Style @ Red Ro...
  February 21 at The Red Room Lounge
EuroCircle Mad Men Theme Party @ Sea...
January 26 at Searsucker Austin
PRIVATE: 15th Anniversary Celebratio...
January 18 at Private Apartment
 

2013 - Events Listing
EuroCircle's Home Away from Home Hol...
  December 27 at Icenhauer's
EuroCircle's Pre-Thanksgiving Party ...
  November 22 at Tapasitas
Austin Polish Film Festival
November 01 at Marchesa Hall & Theater
Halloween Night with a Twist @ Depar...
  October 31 at Departure Lounge
Joint el día de la Hispanidad Brunc...
October 13 at The Park at the Domain
Rio Rooftop Lounge Cocktails
  September 26 at RIO Rooftop Lounge
The September Concert and Austin's W...
September 19 at Austin City Hall
France Meets Texas @ Javelina with E...
  August 31 at Javelina Bar
EuroCircle Meets for Wines @ the Red...
  July 26 at The Red Room Lounge
International Potluck for all intern...
  June 23 at Icenhauers
Eurovision Song Contest 2013
May 18 at Boundless Network & Patio
The 3rd Annual Derby Day Polo Benefit
May 04 at The Austin Polo Club
1001 Nights @ Russian House of Austin
  April 26 at Russian House of Austin
The All White Party @ Bar & Terrace ...
  April 06 at The Bar 2nd Fl @ InterContinental Stephen F. Hotel
SXSW Sweden - Swedish Music Under Th...
March 14 at Boundless Network Patio
The Lady Sings Blues & Jazz @ The Br...
  March 06 at The Brass House Austin
Welcome to Austin Orientation Session
January 26 at Austin City Hall
EuroCircle Austin Cocktails & Conver...
  January 22 at W Hotel
  

2012 - Events Listing
Holiday & EuroCircle Austin 2nd Anni...
  December 08 at The Ranch
Austin Polish Society Presents the 7...
November 04 at Marchesa Hall and Theater
Joint International Ambassadors' Nig...
  October 26 at The Russian House NaZdorovye
Crayfish Party w. Swedish-American C...
September 29 at Boundless Network Patio
Joint Happy Hour with City of Austin...
  September 18 at Abel's on The Lake
Meet the Artist: Bernie Taupin's "Be...
August 25 at The Russell Collection
EuroCircle's Beer Garden Party @ Ban...
  August 08 at Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
EuroCircle & The Austin Grand Prix J...
  June 28 at Javelina Bar
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Party
  May 26 at Boundless Network Loft
"Exposición Española de Arte" - Op...
May 04 at Russell Collection
Happy Hour with the Austin Grand Pri...
  April 19 at Icenhauer's
Sweden Goes SXSW with EuroCircle
March 15 at Boundless Network office Patio
International Women's Day at Gypsy L...
  March 08 at Gypsy Lounge
EuroCircle Pre-Valentine's Cocktails...
  February 07 at W Hotel's Living Room (the Record Room and the Bar)
EuroCircle's 13th Anniversary Celebr...
  January 14 at Paggi House
 

2011 - Events Listing
Après Work Social for EuroCircle Au...
  December 05 at Justine's
OKTOBERFEST at Hank's Garage's Patio
  October 01 at Hank's Garage
Joint European Summer Drinks at Hank...
  August 23 at Hank's Garage
Joint European Night
  July 26 at Annie's cafe bar
EuroCircle Private Party Downtown by...
  May 14 at Private Downtown Location
"Invasion of the GoGirls" Showcase
March 19 at Austin Java/Treasure Island
An Evening at Caffe Medici
  March 12 at Caffe Medici
 

2010 - Events Listing
Austin Kick-Off Party at the Austonian
  November 20 at The Austonian