The Team of IGE
Without the Editorial Team, IGE would not exist. We put a great amount of focus on our editorial team. The team helps us from mere proofreading to helping guide the direction and new initiatives of the Institute, If you wish to join IGE, please check out our Join us page and we would be happy to work with you
Hailing from Brussels, Belgium, Valentin is an alumnus of the College of Europe, institution for which he would later work as an academic assistant. An avid writer and passionate by international affairs in general – and Eurasia in particular – Valentin lived, worked and studied in Madrid, Cambridge, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kiev, Barcelona and Warsaw before settling down back in Brussels. He joined the board as Editor-in-chief in 2019
After getting his BA in political sciences and international affairs at the Lebanese American University, Edward decided to move to Leuven to start his master’s in International Politics and be in close proximity to the capital of Europe. HIs interests lie in environmental politics and human rights, and particularly when those two fields are involved in EU-Middle East relations. Most of his experience lies with municipalities in the suburbs of Beirut and their local development projects. Apart from politics, he also has a big interest in languages, and never lets go of an opportunity to learn a new one
Central and Southern Europe Editor
Ana is in her fourth year of law studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. She is born and raised in the Bulgarian “little Vienna” and moved to Germany to pursue her law degree after graduating school. Her interest in supranational organizations was first motivated by the event of her native country Bulgaria joining the European Union in her late childhood. Currently finishing her specialization in European public law, her interest in examining and questioning the relations of European States in and outside the Union led her to working for the Institute.
Abhivardhan is an Intrapreneur at Alexis Group, a Researcher, a YouTuber, a bilingual poet and pursuing Law at Amity University, India. His primary research and study interets come in the field of International Law, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioral Economics and Social Entrepreneurship. Also, he is concerned with an organization, entitled 'Internationalism', which drives initiatives in the field of International Law via academic-driven social entrepreneurship. He loves to sing and is a passionate music and food enthusiast, with a humble and nice nature. You can find him on Facebook and LinkedIN
Middle East and North African Editor
Hashem is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Jordan. Being of Greek and Jordanian descent Hashem believes that the two regions have a lot to provide for each other Politically, Economically and Culturally. He has previously worked as an interpreter at a refugee care centre in northern Greece and is currently Interning at the technical unit of the Agadir Agreement in Amman, Jordan which facilitates economic cooperation between the European Union and various Arab countries under the Umbrella of the European Union-Mediterranean Free Trade Area
Western European Editor
Diego is a second-year Law student in Barcelona, originally from Peru, 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. To sum up, he loves writing and enjoying a comedy or action film, without omitting my desire to always taste new flavours from the multiple cultures around the world every time he gets the chance to travel.
Russia and Eastern European Editor
Sam Appels is Editor-in-Chief at The Great Wanderers: Stories from Abroad and studies BA History and BA Slavic Languages and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Currently Sam is on exchange in Moscow at the Higher School of Economics. In the past he has taught history classes at a Dutch high school, which made him especially interested in the differences between perspectives on historical events and how they shape memory culture. His main field of interests are the history of the 19th and 20th century, national identities, memory culture, politics and culture in foremostly the Post-Soviet Space and Eastern Europe.
Jack Lashendock is a Fourth Year student pursuing an International Affairs and Political Science dual major, with minors in History and Middle East and Islamic Studies at Gettysburg College in America. Dedicated to figuring out how the world works, he has spent time studying in Geneva, Switzerland and is deeply involved in Model United Nations, where competition has taken him across North America and Europe. This upcoming academic year, Jack has been selected as a 2019-2020 Fielding Undergraduate Fellow to work with U.S. State Department Diplomacy Lab in Washington, D.C and Podgorica, Montenegro.
He currently serves as the Vice President of his College’s Student Senate and the Co-Founder and Secretary General of Conference Logistics of GettMUN. His areas of academic focus include global diplomacy, international peacekeeping, regional organizations, as well as American government and history