Board Members and Secretary General

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

The current Board of the EMAlumni Association was elected in November 2018.

See the results of the last Board elections (12-28 October 2018)

Véronique Lerch, EMAlumni President

Lives in Lisbon (Portugal)

EMA 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.

Adam Jacobi Moller, Board Member

Lives in Copenhagen (Denmark)

EMA graduate 2006/2007 –

Adam graduated in 2007 from the EMA. 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 the EU in Georgia and currently for UNICEF in Denmark again. 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.

Denise Venturi, Board Member

Lives in Europe (Denise is always on the move)

EMA 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 defense 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 believes 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

Jean-Marie Rogue, Board Member

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

EMA Graduate 2008/2009 –

Jean-Marie graduated from the EMA in 2009 after having studied poltical sciences and European politics. He is particularly interested in the conjunction of human rights and the European project. After the EMA, Jean-Marie worked for eight years as Delegate to the European Union for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). His main role was to facilitate dialogue between human rights defenders from the 184 FIDH leagues in more than 110 countries and the EU institutions, in particular in the area of EU foreign politics. He was also part of the coordinating body of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), which gathers around 50 NGOs aiming to ensure that human rights and democracy are placed at the heart of the EU’s internal and external policy agendas. In 2019 Jean-Marie started working as policy officer on fundamental rights and the rule of law for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Jennifer Vallentine, Board Member

Lives in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

EMA Graduate 2015/2016 –

Jen has worked for the past 10 years in a variety of social justice fields. She has particular interest in irregular migration and alternatives to detention having worked extensively with undocumented migrants and people seeking asylum in the Asia-Pacific region. Coming from Australia Jen is currently based in Phnom Penh where she is an organisational development advisor for a Cambodian development NGO.

Jozefien Van Caeneghem, Board Member

Lives in Boston (USA)

EMA graduate 2009/2010 –

Jozefien is currently conducting post-doc research on the socio-economic situation of the Romani minority in Europe at Harvard University as a Fulbright scholar. In addition to Romani research, Jozefien has had the privilege to cover a whole range of other human rights related topics over the past ten years, including conditions of criminal detention, foreigner workers’ experience of extreme forms of labour exploitation, the reintegration of former Guantanamo detainees in Europe, gender stereotyping and hate speech against women, and barriers to free movement in the EU. Jozefien is part of various networks, including the FRA’s multi-disciplinary research network FRANET and the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group. As a board member, Jozefien hopes to contribute to giving greater visibility to the EMAlumni association, providing better guidance to newly graduated Masteroni, and strengthening the EMA name and brand.

Michele Romano, Board Member

Lives in Zürich (Switzerland)

EMA 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.

MoanaGenevey, Board Member

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

EMA Graduate 2014/2015 –

Moana Genevey holds a Bachelor degree in Political Studies from Sciences Po Grenoble, and a double Master degree in European Governance from the University of Kent and Sciences Po Grenoble. She did the EMA programme in 2014/2015, and wrote her thesis on political hate speech in France following terrorist attacks. She progressively specialised in equality issues, and particularly gender equality. She’s had several experiences on the topic of gender equality, including with the European Union Delegation to the UN in New York and with DG ECHO (European Commission). She is currently working as a Policy Officer (focusing on gender equality) for Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies. She has previously worked as the co-Secretary General of EMAlumni and Global Campus Alumni in 2016/2017, and organised an in-person meeting with all the Representatives of the GCA, in Leuven. Moana is also passionate about human rights campaigning, social change and communication, and is an online and offline intersectional feminist activist.

Penny Papaspyropoulou, Board Member

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

EMA Graduate 2006/2007 –

Penny is an Athenian currently working as a foreign affairs policy officer at the European Parliament. She has a decade of experience in projects related to the education and training of vulnerable groups of people, with a focus on migrants/refugees, women and children. She insists that we as human rights professionals should provide our ongoing support to the grassroots movements as it is where demands are born and needs can be fully understood. Penny feels that the association cannot only help the graduates with their personal advancement, but it also bears the potential of bringing about actual change.

Secretary General

Gabriel Alves de Faria, Secretary General

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

EMA Graduate 2012/2013 –

Gabriel graduated from the EMA in 2013 and has been working with human rights for the past 8 years. He has a legal background, including an LLM from the Geneva Academy, and has worked at the UNICEF in Geneva, Leiden University, at the LGBTI Rapporteurship of the IACHR in Washington DC, and most recently as a field coordinator and human rights officer at the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the DR Congo. He is the founder and director of Not Only Voices, an organization that connects LGBTI rights defenders. At the moment, Gabriel also works as a human rights consultant and does advocacy in Brussels. He is very excited to be the new Secretary General of the EMAlumni Association!

List of former Boards