Alumni Award

This year, for the very first time, the EMAlumni Association would like to recognise the value and contribution that EMA alumni bring to society, as a legacy of the EMA spirit and commitment towards the advancement of human rights and democratisation.

The award is aimed at recognising the work of an Alum who, through their work and/or volunteering activities has made (and is making) a significant contribution to the advancement of human rights and democratisation in the world.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Be a graduate from the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation. Those currently enrolled as EMA students (i.e. graduating in 2019) are not eligible;
  • Have significantly contributed to the development and advancement of human rights and democratisation through their professional occupation, or through collateral, volunteer and/or recreational projects and activities. The impact on human rights and democratisation of the Alumni’s activity shall be tangible and easily identifiable;
  • Be, or have been significantly involved, in the aforementioned activities;
  • Be able to document the aforementioned activity and their contribution to it.

8 nominations were received, which were carefully reviewed by a Panel composed of 1 GCA Member, 3 EMAlumni Board Members and Manfred Nowak. The alumni nominated were:

Ewoud Plate

Luisa Fernanda Torrado

Marcus Olsson

Marta Ramos

Marta Trenado Diaz

Milen Kindane

Ram Bhandari

Milen Kidane (click here to read her bio) was chosen as the recipient of the very first EMAlumni Award, for her work and dedication in the field of children’s rights. Milen will come to Venice this September to receive the Award during the EMA graduation ceremony.

As for the actual Award, it is an artwork entitled Collective Memory by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen. The artist and the Fondazione Berengo have generously donated the piece.