Management Board 2021-2023
The Management Board (MB) is responsible for the daily management, administration, and representation of EMA.
In 2019 EMA members voted on updating the initial structure of the Association. Three types of units were formed: Working Units, Administrative Units, & Support Units. Visit EMA's Structure & History page to learn more. Each of these are led by a Unit Director and contribute to the well-functioning of EMA. Apart from the 10 Unit Directors the President and Vice-President make up the MB.
Gabriella Mikiewicz is the current President of the Erasmus Mundus Association.
Gabriella Mikiewicz is a social impact communications consultant with a specialization in migration and intercultural communications. She graduated from her Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters programme, Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) in 2019.
Gabriella is currently based in Norway where she is working as a freelancer on several strategic communications and migration research projects. She has been a member and volunteer of EMA since 2018, and has most recently served as the Director of Student and Alumni Relations. During her time as the S&A Director, Gabriella worked on several projects with her team including the EMA Cookbook, EMA mentoring programme, establishing the PRNet, and building closer relationships between EMA and EMJMD programmes. As President, Gabriella hopes to establish EMA as an authority on the higher education landscape in Europe, and make a meaningful impact on the personal and professional lives of EMA’s members. Gabriella’s vision for her presidency is to make EMA “member focused, value-driven”.
In her free time, Gabriella enjoys learning new skills, illustrating, volunteering, and keeping busy!
Md Ashiqur Rahman
Md Ashiqur Rahman is the current Vice President of the Erasmus Mundus Association.
Md Ashiqur Rahman, Bangladeshi, Research Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC: Institute for Nanoscience and Materials of Aragón – University of Zaragoza) in Spain. He has been working on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) ITN H2020 ED-ARCHMAT Ph.D. project in cotutelle with the University of Burgos (Spain) and University of Evora (Portugal). He worked on another MSCA H2020 COFUND Ph.D. project – Tech4Culture at the University of Turin (Italy) back in 2018.
Prior to that, Ashiqur successfully accomplished Erasmus Mundus European Master in ARCHMAT, securing the highest possible distinction in the Italian system – ‘SUMMA CUM LAUDE’ that three universities awarded: University of Evora (Portugal), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), and Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy).
He completed his graduation (B.Sc. Engineering) and post-graduation (M.S. Engineering) from the Department of Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering (APECE), University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. His research activity mainly focuses on materials for applications in energy and laser processing, the development of environmentally respectful industrially scalable laser processing methods, and the multi-analytical non-invasive approach to study objects of artistic and archeological interest.
Apart from his study & research activities, Ashiqur has been involved with EMA in different prestigious roles since 2015. He volunteered as the Country Representative for Bangladesh for four consecutive years, and two years as the Vice President for EMA South Asian Chapter, and two years as the CRNet (Country Representative Network) Manager. During his tenure, Ashiqur achieved success in a high number of EMA events, including two notable EMA humanitarian projects done in the name of EMA Bangladesh.
As EMA’s Vice President, Ashiqur wants to develop the EMA community as a global brand cum international spotlight, open up the possibilities for alumni involvement and worldwide outreach & visibility by “globally connected, locally skilled” vision.
In addition, he enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures, working in different countries, keeping close contact with the locals, exchanging views for a better world for all, exploring new ideas to solve socio-global problems, and participating in social activities that benefit humanity the most.
Student and Alumni Relationships Unit Director
Ruturaj Trivedi is the current Director of Student and Alumni Relations.
Ruturaj Trivedi is an engineer with specialization in mechanical design, naval architecture and hydrodynamics. He graduated from his Erasmus Mundus Masters in Advanced Design of Ships and Offshore Structures (EMSHIP) in 2019.
Ruturaj is currently based in France where he is working as a calculations engineer in the energy sector. He has been a member of EMA since 2017 and active volunteer since February 2018 working with EMA’s Communications Unit, selection committee and Students & Alumni Relations Unit. He is also the Program Representative (PR) of the EMSHIP program. Ruturaj worked on several projects with his team including the EMA Cookbook, EMA mentoring programme, establishing the PRNet, and building closer relationships between EMA and EMJMD programmes, drafting MoUs for EMJMDs, and many more in the previous years.
As Director of the S&A Unit, Ruturaj hopes to foster collaboration between the EMJMDs, EMA, PRs, students and alumni and initiate projects which help develop the students, alumni and EMA volunteers professionally and personally.
The current motto of the S&A unit is: “Bringing the ‘unity’ to the community!”
In his free time, Ruturaj enjoys sketching, jogging, cooking, travelling, learning new skills and volunteering.
Outreach and Capacity Building Unit Director
Rajon Bhuiyan is the current Director of the Outreach and Capacity Building Unit.
Rajon Bhuiyan is a mechanical engineer with specialization in clean energy. He graduated from his Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy (ME3) in 2019.
Rajon is currently based in Luxembourg where he is working as a doctoral researcher at SnT of University of Luxembourg. His research is part of Kopernikus project SynErgie which involves helping the German manufacturing industry prepare for future energy systems with demand side flexibility. He is also working with designing future energy markets that are suitable for a high share of variable renewable energy in the grid.
He has been an active member of EMA since mid 2017. He worked as a Program Representative (PR) for ME3 in 2018. Then became the Country Representative (CR) for Bangladesh in 2020.
As Director of the OCB Unit, Rajon wants to promote EMA globally and promote Erasmus Joint Masters programs as one of the most attractive masters programs in the world.
In his free time, Rajon loves traveling, cycling and going hiking!
Aziz Mert Ipecki
Research and Innovation Unit Director
Aziz Mert Ipekci is the current Director of Research and Innovation Unit.
Mert is a medical doctor with specialization in public health and epidemiology. He graduated from his European Public Health Master (EuroPubHealth) in 2020.
Mert is currently based in Turkey and he is working as a research consultant at University of Bern Switzerland. His research involves transmitted diseases such as COVID-19 and chlamydia. He has been a member of EMA since 2019 first he worked as a Program Representative then became the Head of the Program Representatives Network (PRNet).
Mert hopes to conduct a research project that investigates the effects of COVID-19 on EMJMD education and aims to work towards the capacity building of EMA members in terms of research and academia.
In his free time, Mert enjoys working out, playing chess, dancing, and volunteering.
Legal and Internal Affairs Unit Director
Prashant is the current director of EMA's Legal and Internal Affairs Unit.
Prashant Kumar is an engineer-turned-lawyer, who graduated from the European Master of Law and Economics (EMLE) programme in 2017 and has been a volunteer across various EMA projects since early 2017. He played a significant role in shaping the new statute and internal regulations of EMA and was also serving in the same position for the 2019-21. He is currently pursuing a second Erasmus Mundus Masters degree in Europe, the prestigious Masters in Sports Ethics and Integrity (MAiSi).
Prashant has extensive experience of more than 7 years, handling contentious issues, litigating before courts across India, and drafting a variety of contracts and agreements.
He believes a key reason for his reappointment to the Management Board was his Bollywood dance sessions during two EMA General Assemblies and later also in the two EMA Virtual GAs!
Finance Management Unit Director
Pepri is the current director of EMA's Finance Management Unit.
Pepri is now graduating from EMJMD Euroculture (2019-2021) with the University of Groningen and Jagiellonian University in Krakow as home universities and focusing his research on right-wing populism, media and migration studies. In addition, his research interests include identity politics, rhetoric and discourse analysis. Previously, he received Erasmus Bachelor Exchange Scholarships (GATE) in Finland in 2013 and Erasmus Staff Mobility Scholarships (Lotus+) in Belgium in 2016.
He has been involved with EMA since 2014. First, as a volunteer in EMA’s activities in Indonesia, and then he became Executive Support for the Steering Committee in 2018. He joined EMA’s first Management Board as the Director of Finance Management from 2019 to 2021.
Pepri enjoys nature so much and loves hiking to national parks as well as biking in the countryside. He plays badminton regularly (the only sport he is good at) and is currently starting to play padel.
Talent Management Unit Director
Sakina Fatima is the current director of EMA's Talent Management Unit. She was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Sakina is currently residing in Canada where she is pursuing her PhD in the applications of machine learning for automated software verification solutions in Collaboration with Huawei Canada and University of Ottawa. She finished her Erasmus Mundus Masters in Advanced Systems Dependability from National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University of Lorraine, France and University of St Andrews, Scotland (2018-2020). Her research interests include software engineering, automated software verification and applications of machine learning.
In 2019, Sakina was awarded the National University of Ireland and French Government Medal for her distinction in collaborative degrees.
Sakina has been an active part of EMA since 2018. She joined as a volunteer in the IT team and later was appointed as the team lead of the IT team.
To free her mind, Sakina enjoys running or zumba. To get back the calories lost in exercise, she loves to cook and is always experimenting with making different curries and savouries.
Project Support Unit Director
Sheenam Jain is the current Director of EMA’s Project Support Unit.
Sheenam completed her Ph.D. in Automation, textile management and textile engineering under the framework of an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program (SMDTex) in October 2020. The Ph.D. was in consortium with three universities, ENSAIT/University of Lille, France, University of Boras, Sweden, and Soochow University, China. Her research interests involve fashion industry, circular economy, artificial intelligence, data management and data modeling.
She is currently based in Helsinki, Finland and working as a post-doctoral researcher at Aalto University.
She has been an EMA member since 2016, while volunteering since 2018 first as a Program Representative and later as a team member of the Project Support Unit. During this time, she was actively involved in the EMA Genie project, where in the team created a student and alumni networking map for EMA.
She makes it a point to find some time to bake, read, and watch Netflix. Traveling is her fuel to keep the motivation going. Always available to have deep conversations about life!
Tanushree Basu Roy
Communication and IT Unit Director
Tanushree Basu Roy is the current Director of Communications & IT.
Tanushree is a postgraduate of the Erasmus Mundus Master's program in Journalism, Media and Globalization, with a specialization in media across cultures. She has been an EMA member and a Program Representative (PR) since 2019. She also began volunteering as Communications Liaison officer in the Program Representatives Network in 2020.
Tanushree currently lives in Germany's Berlin-Brandenburg area and works as a market researcher for the global business portal, Statista, as well as a freelance journalist.
When not furiously typing away at her work station, she usually enjoys a cup of tea, works on an art project, strums on an ukulele, or sets off with her bags to seek new adventures.
Carolyn Lee Lian Yin
Partnership Development Unit Director
Carolyn Lee Lian Yin is the current Director of Partnership Development.
In 2010, she graduated from the Erasmus Mundus Master’s program in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition. Her past EMA volunteering experiences include: Program Representative, Field Reporter, REALISE IT International Cookbook and Project Support Unit team member.
Carolyn has more than 9 years of working experience in Europe, in global roles with increasing responsibility. Prior to that she has worked in South East Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Thailand. As a global Programme Manager, she has rolled out traceability trainings in 65 countries and provided capacity building for trainers. In her current role, she supports the quality management system within the 15 companies of the Group Achiel De Witte.
Throughout the years, she has maintained a close relationship with academia, being invited as a guest lecturer for the Food Safety Module in KU Leuven, Ghent campus since 2012.
Carolyn realises that she can continue “paying EMA forward” by contributing in this new role. As the incoming Partnership Development Director, she believes that EMA’s EMA-zing people have it within themselves as strong collaborators, building bridges that will create positive breakthroughs.
For leisure, you can find Carolyn holding Peranakan- styled cooking workshops in Gent and Mechelen under her company, Little Nyonya in Belgium. Through these efforts, she is cognizant that this will foster acceptance for diversity and promote science in creative activities. She aspires to do the Dodentocht, a 100km walk in 24 hours of non-stop walking within the coming year.