The Board

The Board coordinates activities, working groups and projects which all E.MAlumni are invited to take part. Board members, President and Treasurer are volunteer and unpaid positions. The E.MAlumni Association elected its first Board in June 2010.

The current Board of the E.MAlumni Association was elected in November 2017.

See the results of the last Board elections (19-29 October 2017)

Véronique Lerch

Véronique Lerch, E.MAlumni President

Lives in Lisbon (Portugal)

E.MA graduate 1998/1999 –

Véronique currently works as an independent human rights consultant. She was previously the head of the advocacy department of a large child rights organisation, SOS Children’s Villages International. She also worked on governance and corruption issues in Africa and the Middle East for Transparency International, the coalition against corruption; on more general human rights issues with the Council of Europe and on election observation with the OSCE.

Michael Merrigan

Michael Merrigan, Vice President of E.MAlumni

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

E.MA graduate 2008/2009 –

Michael is doing a PhD in International and European Human Rights Law at the University of Leuven. He specialises in questions regarding the relationship between, on the one hand, fundamental rights and, on the other hand, fundamental individual duties and responsibilities. As a teaching assistant he also welcomed several generations of masterini doing their second semester in Leuven or in nearby Brussels. Michael believes the lively network of masteroni is one of the most amazing features of the E.MA programme. He especially likes how it creates endless opportunities to meet interesting people and learn about different perspectives on ongoing events around the globe.

Denise Venturi

Denise Venturi, Board Member

Lives in Europe (Denise is always on the move)

E.MA graduate 2013/2014 –

Denise is currently undertaking a PhD in International Law and Human Rights, focusing on refugees’ and asylum seekers’ rights. Prior to that, she has worked as a criminal defence and immigration lawyer in Italy. Denise feels that the best thing about the association is that it creates connections among passionate human rights professionals all over the world. She believe that our association has the potential to bring together our commitment and dedication to the cause of human rights and thus to bring the E.MA spirit on!

Silvia de Benito Ruiz de Azua

Silvia de Benito Ruiz de Azua, Board Member

Lives in Yerevan (Armenia)

E.MA graduate 2013/2014 –

Silvia is a Spanish lawyer – even though she’s never really been a practitioner. After graduating from the E.MA, she completed different internships in Spain, Kosovo and Switzerland, focusing on the rule of law. Since college, Silvia has volunteered for many associations and hopes to contribute to give a boost to E.MAlumni and continue building strong bonds among the masteroni.

Charlotte Campo

Charlotte Campo, Board Member

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

E.MA graduate 2010/2011 –

Charlotte currently works as associate human rights officer for the West-Africa Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Dakar, Senegal. Before joining OHCHR, Charlotte worked as an asylum and migration lawyer in Brussels. After graduating from the E.MA in 2011, Charlotte continued her EMA- engagement as GCAmbassador in the Brussels Hub and currently she is the Dakar-based GCAmbassador. As a board member, Charlotte is looking forward to further formalising the Ambassador strategy, as she believes this is a great way for the EMA community to stay connected and to share experiences and opportunities.

Cyprien Munazi

Cyprien Munazi, Board Member

Lives in Montpellier (France)

Cyprien is a PhD student and researcher at the Doctoral School of Law and Political Science at Montpellier University. He participated in emergency relief operations in support to Rwandan refugees and local populations in the DRC. Was involved in a task-force project as legal consultant and translator (English-French) for Rwanda government, and has a number of roles volunteering, including in child, women’s and refugee’s rights protection and violence prevention. Cyprien believes in the unity and strength of human rights professionals.

Michele Romano

Michele Romano, Board Member

Lives in Zürich (Switzerland)

E.MA graduate 2013/2014 –

Michele Romano is currently a researcher in a non-existent subject of law that he calls Entrepreneurial Human Rights Law, a fusion between international human rights and the role on the entrepreneur in the context of global poverty alleviation. He is finishing the doctoral studies at the University of Zürich in Switzerland, where he settled in 2014. In the last three years he worked at the University of Zürich as leader of the sub-project of law of an interdisciplinary project called “Entrepreneurial Rights, Human Rights, and Legal Empowerment of the Poor”; he became father of a currently 2 and half years old Gremlin, and in Summer 2014 he married another Masterona (to pursue further this feeling of European fraternity that we all should share). He was also part of an advocacy campaign called Migrants Matter, in which he worked mainly as a Blog’s author. He is specialised mainly in legal assistance, poverty alleviation, development, and international public law, but his preferred fields of expertise remain changing diapers, long night shifts, psychological support to any father’s struggle, and as any other respectable Italian he loves cooking.

Jennifer Vallentine

Jennifer Vallentine, Board Member

Lives in Vienna (Austria)

EMA Graduate 2015/2016 –

Jennifer has worked for the past 10 years in a variety of social justice fields. She has particular interest and experience in irregular migration and gender-based violence and has worked in crisis response, psychosocial support and community development. Coming from Australia, Jennifer is now based in Vienna where she is working on several projects including the development of mental health support guidelines for frontline workers working with asylum seekers.

Adam Jacobi Moller, Board Member

Lives in Tiflis (Georgia)

E.MA graduate 2006/2007 –

Adam graduated in 2007 from the E.MA. He has since worked for the UN Refugee Agency in Afghanistan, Sudan, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Switzerland, for the Danish Refugee Council in Denmark and currently for the EU in Georgia. He roamed the globe as an independent traveler for a few years, where he worked with development journalism, in particular in writing, photography and documentary film. The two latter earned him awards.

List of former Boards