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 Third year History and Politics Student at the University of York who first got involved in YAGE in 2016. After running a few of their 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 an avid fan of the Balkans

Amand Van Rossum

Board Member without Portfolio

Amandeus van Rossum is part of the board of the Institute. He is a second year International Relations Master student at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on Political Science, Law and
Religion from University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, the Netherlands. There, he has gained experience by working as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Council in 2015-2016.

Tom Wagenmakers

Director of Communications

Tom Wagenmakers is a graduate in International Security. During his studies he focused mainly on Russia, its Near Abroad and the relations these areas maintain with the European Union. His academic legacy thus consist mainly of articles dealing with this topic. He is so fond of Russia that he studied in Moscow twice, both times at the Higher School of Economics. In Russia he also considerately improved his Russian skills.

George Baines


George is in final year of his French and German BA at the University of Leeds, joining IGE in 2018. His experience as a freelance commentator, working in PR, and as founder and editor of a student-run journal on the politics, society and culture of the German-speaking world, Politik:Perspektive, will serve the Institute well. George’s interest lie in European-Russian affairs and German and Russian foreign policy.

Adrian Waters


Adrian completed a History MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London and has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Kent, Canterbury. Originally from Rome, he has lived both in Italy and in the UK. His interests lie in British and European history and politics. He joined the Institute in December 2018 initially as a writer, but now as secretary he would like to contribute to the development of the think tank

Elena Ruxandra Seniuc

Human Resources Coordinator

Elena Ruxandra Seniuc is the Human Resources Coordinator and the Editor for Central and Southern European Affairs of the Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Durham and is one of the recipients of the OSCE-UNODA Scholarship for Peace and Security. She was also part of the Romanian Government Internship Programme as an Intern in the Crime Prevention Directorate at the Ministry of Justice and has previously worked in the archive research sector. Her main interests include transnational and international crime, international security, frozen conflicts and conflict resolution with a focus on Post-Soviet States, Central Europe and the Balkans.

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