President: Claudia Peña

Claudia is the President of COAJE, the official youth chapter of the Atlantic Treaty Association of Spain and the former Vice- president for Public Outreach of YATA International (Youth Atlantic Treaty Association). She was one of the founding members of  COAJE and has been part of the organisation ever since.

Claudia studies Law and Business Management and Administration in Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, she will finish her  studies in July 2017. As an open-minded and curious citizen of the world, she wishes to work abroad and to meet new cultures that  will enrich her perspective and understanding of controversial issues.

Her first international experience was in 2008 at the age of twelve, when she took part in the UNAUSA Global Classrooms in Madrid, as a Switzerland delegate in the Human Rights Council. Four years after, she took part in the Debating Competition of  Madrid and was in the finals in 2010 and 2012. She has attended MONYS, PAYS and the Estonian NATO&EU Roundtable.

 In 2013, the former treasurer and Claudia were the first Spanish youth representatives to the YATA General Assembly in Brussels,  she has continued being the representative of YATA Spain in the General Assemblies and workshops.

 In 2015, she was elected as the representative of the Spanish speaking youth in the world for the first homage to the Spanish  language, she gave her speech at the Congress of the Kingdom of Spain. In 2016, she was chosen to be part of the Young Women  Leadership program, organized by WomenCeo and supported by Rey Juan Carlos University.

She speaks Spanish, English and German.



  Secretary General




VP for Communications + Contact Person: Paloma Garrido

Paloma is currently studying Journalism and Political Science + Public Management, she wishes to work as a war correspondent or in strategic communications. Passionate about defence, she has attended various national and international seminars concerning security issues.

Restless could be the best word to describe her, a girl who is always looking for new experiences to enrich her education and world’s perspective. This is evidenced by her participation in two ex-change programs in the USA, collaboration with a Fashion Magazine (Bogadia), being the class representative and volunteered in different areas (animals, children and refugees). Besides, she is willing to start some courses on MAY 2017 on gender equality and political communications. She has also applied for an internship in a Spanish embassy/consulate.

Mixing her enthusiasm, creativity and eagers to work we have results such us the blogs in which she writes, the international newsletter she launched last year (and keeps sending) and she is preparing incredible surprises that will come this spring-summer!




  VP for Finances + Treasurer: Álvaro Venegas

Alvaro is an internal auditor in the risk advisory department at BDO. He graduated from Rey Juan Carlos University with a degree in Business Administration and Management and a concentration in finance, taking several courses on risk, investing and stock markets. His studies lead him to get an award at the 2015 "Las Cuentas Cuentan" Economic Essay Contest held in Madrid by the ICJCE. 
In 2016 he lived in Glasgow, UK where he was both studying and working. He also spent the summer of 2015 in Lima, Perú teaching and caring for 20 children living in a foster home in one of the poorest areas of the city.
These experiences have built the committed and hardworking person, who is now willing to give everything for what he does.



  VP for Public Diplomacy: Rosario Soler

Rosario is studying International Studies at University Carlos III de Madrid. Since she was very young she has participated in exchange programs in the UK and France.

She was a delegate in the second edition of the Youth Mediterranean Dialogue and one of the organizers of the third edition. Before being elected Vice-president for Public Diplomacy of COAJE she spent half a year working in the Communications vice-presidency. In addition to this, she has participated in various MUNs and YATA conferences. As an ambitious person, she takes part in different projects. She is the students’ representative at UC3M and she’s recently being accepted as an intern at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, where she will be researching on security issues.

Rosario can speak Spanish, English, French, and a little of Arabic, which is her latest challenge. She would like to specialize in Intelligence, Defence and Security studies.




  VP for Organization: Sonia Velázquez

Sonia Velázquez is graduated in International Relations and Translation and Interpreting. She holds a Diploma on International Security in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and a Master on energy management, Oil and Gas.

She has focused her studies in Geopolitics of Energy and Resources and nowadays she is taking an internship in REPSOL, one of the biggest energy companies in Spain, while she continues reading and publishing about energy and security, preparing herself for her future Ph.D.

She speaks English, French and some German and she has combined those activities related with security with communication activities, such as translations or articles for organisms like UNICEF or the French Embassy. She is a very organized and outgoing person, always willing to learn!