The IGE Executive Board
The Institute would not be anything without it's board. Over the years many have come and go from the Institute and we are proud of the work all of them have put into our think tank. If you wish to join IGE, please check out our Join us page once the applications are open and we would be happy to work with you
The Board is also joined by some of the members of the Institute, such as our Editor Jack Lashendock (Magazine Managing Editor) and Leonor Rodrigues (Social Media officer)
Chair of the Institute
Philippe is a graudate 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. He first got involved with Greater Europe in 2016 and after running a few of projects and after becoming vice-chair of the Institute he took over as Chair in September 2018.
Umme Shabneez Ramjane
Shabneez is a CEMS International Management graduate from Koç University and Universite Catholique de Louvain, and holds a Bachelor degree in Banking and Finance from Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University. Though originally from Mauritius, having studied in Turkey enabled her to achieve a high level of proficiency in Turkish. She works as a Junior Financial Advisor at OVB-Willemot, aan insurance broker in Belgium.. Shabneez is highly passionate about numbers, philosophy, languages, human psychology, among others, and hence, has very diverse areas of interests.
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.
Director of Marketing
Napisa graduated with a bachelor degree of Law and Political Science from University Jean Moulin in Lyon and a Master of International Politics in KU Leuven. Coming all the way from Thailand, she has a keen interest in regional organizations especially ASEAN and EU. She hopes to learn a lot of experience from the Institute of a Greater Europe and of course, contribute something back!
Director of Communications
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.