Board Members and Secretary General

Adam Jacobi Moller, EMAlumni President

Lives in Copenhagen (Denmark)

EMA graduate 2006/2007 – adam@emalumni.org

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.

Penny Papaspyropoulou, Vice-President

Lives in Athens (Greece)

EMA Graduate 2006/2007 – penny@emalumni.org

Contact Penny if you have questions or input for the Newsletter or you are involved in an Arts & Human Rights related project.

Penny is a political scientist with experience as an EU policy advisor at the European Parliament and a decade of project management work on the education and training of vulnerable groups of people, with a focus on migrants/refugees, women and children. Her special interest is the point where arts intersect with human rights and she insists that we as human rights professionals should keep an open line with the grassroots movements, as it is where the demand for the enjoyment of rights is born.


Jean-Marie Rogue, Treasurer

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

EMA Graduate 2008/2009 – jean-marie@emalumni.org

Jean-Marie graduated from the EMA in 2009 after having studied political 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). In 2019 he started working as policy officer on fundamental rights and the rule of law for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).


Michele Romano, Board Member

Lives in Zürich (Switzerland)

EMA graduate 2013/2014 – michele@emalumni.org

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.



Charles Slidders, Board Member

Lives in Barcelona (Spain)

EMA Graduate 2018/2019 – charles@emalumni.org

Charles is the latest addition to the board and the most recent graduate of the EMA program, graduating in September of this year. He is also the oldest!!! He graduated from law from the University of Melbourne back in the 1990s. After first working with an indigenous land rights organization, he has practised as litigator for over 20 years, first in Melbourne and for the last 10 years (before the EMA program) in New York City. Along the way he realized that his real interest – indeed passion – is human rights. So about 15 years ago he obtained an LLM in international law and international human rights law from Monash University and after having enough of being employed as a lawyer decided to return to human rights. He loves the Global Campus and the EMA program and formed a close bond with and a deep respect for all the people he studied with. And that is why he joined the board: his aim is to help the alumni association do everything that it can to ensure the vast talent and experience of all the Global Campus graduates are utilized to their fullest extent. As a recent graduate, he recognizes that jobs in the human rights field are important for graduates to find and we should do everything we can to help. And thereby help the promotion of human rights all over the world! He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Universität Pompea Fabrau in Barcelona. He enjoys food (especially overeating). He also works out a lot doing weight training and boxing (to compensate for the overeating but only partly). He enjoys reading (literature and history) and travel. He plays the trumpet badly.


Theodora Ralli, Board Member

Lives in Como (Italy)

EMA Graduate 2013/2014 – theodora@emalumni.org

You can contact her if you have questions about: Practical Skills Seminar, the EMAlumni Awardand Social Media

Before EMA, Theodora obtained a bachelor degree in Psychology and was a volunteer with several festivals, events and organisations. She is a humanitarian aid worker with four years of experience in case management and protection and gender-based violence programming. She is also passionate about the rights of undocumented migrants (especially migrant workers), refugees and asylum seekers as well as gender equality and women’s empowerment. She joined the Board because she believes that the EMAlumni Association and the GCA have immense possibilities to create amazing things and drive real change and is looking forward to working towards our common goals.


Giuseppe Amatulli, Board Member

Lives in Fort St. John, British Columbia (Canada)

EMA Graduate 2013/2014 – giuseppe@emalumni.org

Giuseppe is an enthusiastic researcher, passionate about the Arctic and the several indigenous peoples who live in the Region. Since 2012, he has been studying indigenous-related issues, while living and working in several countries (Italy, Luxembourg, Finland, Australia, UK, and Canada). From September 2016 to June 2018, he worked as a researcher at the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi (Finland), doing research on the rights of the Sámi and their inclusion in decision-making in the context of the exploitation of natural resources that are found in their traditional lands. In 2018, he spent two months as a visiting researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the ANU in Canberra (Australia), carrying out research on native title in Australia and Canada. Since September 2018, he is enrolled in the Durham ARCTIC PhD Programme, Durham University, the UK, during which he is conducting research on the cumulative effects of industrial development in Northeastern British Columbia. Since July 2019, he lives in Fort St. John (BC), where he is carrying out fieldwork and placement with the Doig River First Nation (DRFN).

Shane Cogan, Board Member

Lives in Ireland

EMA Graduate 2003/2004 – shane@emalumni.org

Shane graduated from the EMA in 2004. Since then, he has worked with the UN (UNHCR, UNDP) and various NGOs in various conflict hot spots, such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia – mainly with refugees in a humanitarian setting. For the past four years, he has been an independent human rights consultant working on a number of projects, including, for example, mapping of the humanitarian system for DFID in Uganda, an aid sector analysis in Kenya for an NGO client, climate-smart agriculture analysis on IDPs in South Sudan and designing a framework for Women’s Human Rights Defenders Groups in South Africa. In his spare time, Shane is a published author of sci-fi/fantasy novels (‘The Purple River’). A film director (a short film called ‘Taboo’ on Women’s Mental health in Kenya). And a music producer – with his debut album Dune Shadows EP being released on the Cafe de Anatolia label in April 2020.

Tanja Fachathaler, Board Member

Lives in Vienna (Austria)

EMA Graduate 2014/2015 – tanja@emalumni.org

Tanja has a background in law and until recently worked for a Brussels-based consultancy in the areas of fundamental rights and justice and home affairs. She also worked for several human rights NGOs in Brussels and in the Austrian administrative judiciary in the area of asylum and migration law. Additionally, she is an election official in Vienna and participates in international election observation missions around the world.
Tanja earned her E.MA in 2015 and holds a law degree and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Vienna.
She has a keen interest in migration and justice issues as well as in the relationship of human rights protection and other fields of law.

Secretary General

Gabriel Alves de Faria, Secretary General

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

EMA Graduate 2012/2013 –
gabriel@emalumni.org

Gabriel 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 with children’s rights in Brazil, homelessness in Ireland, at the UNICEF in Geneva, with sexual orientational law at Leiden University, at the LGBTI Rapporteurship of the IACHR in Washington DC, and 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 loves music and cinema.

The Board coordinates activities, working groups and projects which all EMAlumni are invited to take part. Board members, President and Vice-President 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 June 2020.

List of former Boards

See the results of the last Board elections (18 October – 5 November 2019)