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
Chair of the Institute
Philippe is a Postgraduate 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.
After graduating from KUL with a degree in international politics, Edward is now studying journalism and media at VUB to gain insight on how the journalistic world functions, and to later on pursue a blended career of politics and communication.
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!
Director of Communications
Born Italian but European in the heart, with a BA in Foreign Languages, an MA in Linguistics, 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 ETF in Turin as a Communications Trainee. 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.