The Team of IGE

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 

Philippe Lefevre

Chair of the Institute

Philippe is a Masters Student of International Politics at KU Leuven. He first got involved with Greater Europe in 2016 and after running a few of projects and becoming vice-chair of the Institute he took over as Chair in September 2018. Alongside his obsession with Model United Nations, he is also very interested in International institutions and the expansion of NATO and the EU

Umme Shabneez Ramjane


Shabneez is the Treasurer of the Institute. She is a CEMS International Management student 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 is also a Musiad-EU Representative intern at Musiad Belgium, where she is mainly involved in the accreditation of the organisation. Shabneez is highly passionate about numbers, philosophy, languages, human psychology, among others, and hence, has very diverse areas of interests.

Marcell Ottó Ormándy

General Secretary

In 2019, Marcell graduated from the Eötvös Loránd University on an International Relations BA programme and is currently studying a Master of European Studies 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.

Valentin Lutumbue


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

Edward Zeinoun

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

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

Napisa Suvannatat

Director of Marketing

Napisa graduated with a bachelor degree of Law and Political Science from University Jean Moulin in Lyon and now attacking 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!

Michela Zabaglia

Director of Communications

Born Italian but European in the heart, with a BA in Foreign Languages, the first MA in Linguistics, and a publication in political communication, Michela eventually came to the heart of the European institutions to follow her love for words and the use of language enrolling in an MA in Journalism. 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.

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