The IGE Executive Board
Without a board of directors, the Institute would accomplish nothing. Many have come and gone over the years, but we are proud of the work and contributions of them all to our think tank. If you wish to join IGE, please check out our Join us page once the applications are open, because we would be happy to work with you!
The Board is also joined by some other members of the Institute, such as Fotios Kotzakioulafis (Chair/HR Assistant), Jack Lashendock (Magazine Managing Editor), and Tessa Baan (Jornal Editor-in-Chief).
Chair of the Institute
Philippe is a graduate student of International Relations and Diplomacy at the College of Europe, Bruges. He also holds an MSc in International Politics from KU Leuven and a BSc in History and Politics from York and the Sorbonne. Whilst currently based in Brussels, he first got involved with Greater Europe in 2016 through the Youth Association for a Greater Europe and its projects, before helping to co-found the Institute in February 2018 and acting as its vice-chair until taking over as Chair from Amand van Rossum in September 2018. Greater Europe is a big part of his life as a dual-national and cross-border enthusiast, and thoroughly loves working with all the new and exciting people who join the Institute and their partners.
Stephan Raab is a studied political scientist, committed to the European idea. Coming from Nuremberg, he has been working at various spots all over Europe, as also in the European Parliament. He considers Europe more than a region. According to him, Europe is an idea of bringing people together. During his free time, he enjoys reading about philosophy and history, learning languages or discovering places near and far, having a chat with locals.
Petra, an International Political Economy student at the Brussels School for International Studies within the University of Kent, is currently at the final phase of her Master’s degree. She has a passion for policy-making and economics, which is one of the main reasons why she decided to pursue her Master's in this area within the heart of Brussels!
By profession, Petra is an Accountant with numerous years of experience within the field of Audit and Accounting in well-renowned global companies. However, last year, she decided to make a career change and instead focus on chasing her passion for policy. Petra has always had a passion for student activism and over the years, she has been heavily involved in numerous student organisations and unions in her home country, Malta. When she moved to Brussels last year, Petra has continued to be involved in as many student initiatives and organisations as possible, so when she is not studying or doing any readings, you will find her keeping herself busy with different projects. Whilst reading for her current Masters, Petra has also worked for a couple of months within an agency of the European Commission and also currently works for Wetlands International Europe, as their Communications and Project Management Assistant.
Marcell Ottó Ormándy
In 2019, Marcell graduated from the Eötvös Loránd University on an International Relations BA programme and in 2020 he graduated cum laude on the Master of European Studies programme at KU Leuven. He has fulfilled a number of administrative roles in Mensa International Youth and the Hungarian Debating Union before joining the Institute. His academic interests relate to the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice of the European Union, comparative politics, the concept of rule of law and the Enlargement process of the Union.
Hailing from Brussels, Valentin holds degrees in Sociology, History, International Relations and European Studies, after studying in Belgium, Spain and Russia. An EEAS alumnus, he also worked as an academic assistant at the College of Europe. He now works as a Belgian civil servant. His interests include issues of democratisation, minority rights, civil society, EU-Eastern Partnership relations and Central Asia.
Diego is a Law graduate student in Barcelona, originally from Peru, currently pursuing a Master's of Laws and a Postgraduate Diploma on EU Environmental Law. He considers himself greatly involved in researching and seeking, from a legal perspective, solutions to the issues currently affecting the international community. His primary research areas are, namely, International and European law (including International Human Rights Law), as well as International Relations. He believes there is no possible way to encourage everyone to contribute actively to solve an issue if no knowledge on what is currently taking place is available, a reason why he considers the role of sharing and discussing opposite viewpoints enriching to participate in change.
Born Italian but European in the heart, with a BA in Foreign Languages, an MA in Linguistics and Journalism, and love of publication in political communication, Michela eventually came to the heart of the European institutions to follow her love for words and graduated in an MA in Journalism. She now works at the EFSA in Parma as a Communications office. Besides the passion for the EU, she also volunteered for many youth and anti-mafia associations because she strongly believes in the citizen power to change the society we live in. She is also an Erasmus addicted and spent many years living around the EU.
PR/Marketing Director & Social Media Officer
Leonor holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University of Portugal and a Postgraduation in Law and Financial Markets. She reveals an acute interest in EU/external affairs, marketing, digital innovation, and financial technology. Being her first experience in an international think tank, she desires to acquire a lot of knowledge, while making a real positive contribution to the IGE team.