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.
Md Ashiqur Rahman
President (Ad Interim)
Dr. Md Ashiqur Rahman is the current President (Ad Interim) 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 completed the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) ITN H2020 ED-ARCHMAT Ph.D. in cotutelle with the University of Burgos (Spain) and University of Evora (Portugal), achieving a great success: ‘PhD with the highest possible distinction in the Spanish academic system’ titled “SOBRESALIENTE CUM LAUDE". 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 President (Ad Interim), 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.
Jordan M. Hammond
Policy and Quality Assurance Unit Director (Ad Interim)
Jordan M. Hammond is the current Director (Ad Interim) of Policy & Quality Assurance.
Jordan is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. Her alma mater is the University of South Carolina where she earned a B.S. in Public Health with a Minor in Spanish and Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Diversity and Social Advocacy.
This led her to pursue an EMJM in public health called EuroPubHealth+ (EPH+) where she studied in Granada, Spain; Maastricht, The Netherlands; and Rennes, France with a specialisation in health leadership and governance (2020-2022). Jordan is currently based in Milan, Italy while she pursues her M.D. to fulfill her dream of becoming a physician.
She has been an active volunteer since March 2022, working as Country Representative for the U.S., Program Representative for EPH+; Coordinator of a research project called EMAvDis.; and now this role as Unit Director for Policy and Quality Assurance.
As Director of the P&QA Unit, Jordan hopes to focus on accountability of EMA and the EMJMs both internally and externally, to ensure we are delivering the highest quality education and enrichment to our students and members. Jordan also plans to collaborate with other students to help make EMA more transparent, efficient, and equitable.
In her free time, Jordan is found traveling, cooking, going to the gym, spending time with animals, or exploring something new.
Research & Innovation 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!
Tarun Kumar Agrawal
Research & Innovation Unit Director (Ad Interim)
Dr. Tarun Kumar Agrawal is the current Director (Ad Interim) of Research & Innovation.
Tarun is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Supply and Operations Management, at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden . His research interests include production logistic and supply chain traceability, supply chain management and industrial system engineering. He has more than ten years of research and industrial experience in India, Mauritius, France, China and Sweden.
Tarun holds a Joint Doctorate degree recognised in the area of Production Automation/ Management/ Engineering from University of Lille, France; University of Borås, Sweden and Soochow University, China, under Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Fellowship by European Commission.
He joined EMA in 2015, actively volunteered as Program Representative - EMJD SMDTex Program (2016-18) and as a member of PRNet Team (2017-19).
When Tarun is not teaching or doing research work, he likes to go for a run, swim, or just enjoy Swedish winter indoors
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!
Jane Nduta Wambura
Communications & IT Unit Director (Ad Interim)
Jane Nduta Wambura is the current Director (Ad Interim) of the Communications & IT Unit
Nduta (as they commonly refer to her) is a Lisbon-Portugal-based Kenyan, who currently works for a tech company. Nduta has a diverse set of skills with an MBA in Project
Management besides her BSc and MSc in Dietetics among other technological and
communication training. She has therefore worked in sectors ranging from technology, health,
communications, project design and funding, and business solutions among many others.
She has been involved with Erasmus programs through the Erasmus Mundus Association
since 2015. At the time, she benefitted from the program as a fully funded two-year Masters
student through the KITE Erasmus project. After her graduation, she became actively involved in
applying for EU-funded Erasmus projects through ESAA, at the same time constantly
conducting outreach for EMJM (Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters) programs to prospective
Jane has been the Kenya Country Representative for Erasmus Mundus
Association since 2020, and, has pioneered outreach activities to prospective students and Kenyan
Universities, alongside the European Delegation to Kenya. She thrives in sharing information and as the C&IT director, she aims at ensuring the visibility of EMA, improving engagement with the information shared, and on-board new trends and technologies to help grow the EMA community.
In her free time, you can find her traveling, networking with new people, perfecting a recipe or a puzzle
Partnership Development Unit Director (Ad Interim)
Marsela Husen is the current Director (Ad Interim) of the Partnership Development Unit.
Marsela, or also known as Marcy, completed her EMJMD in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MaRIHE) in 2016. Her mobility track included Austria, Finland, China, and Germany. She completed her B.Ed. studies in Educational Counseling and Psychology in Indonesia. She has been an active EMA member since 2015, as a qualitative data analyst for EMA’s Course Quality Advisory Board (CQAB), MaRIHE Programme Representative, Country Representative for Indonesia, and EMA Vice-President 2019-2021.
In cooperation with the rest of the Management Board members, Marsela aims to guide EMA toward self-sufficiency, establish clear internal processes and documentations, bolster the EMA culture within its members and volunteers, and further connect EMA members around the world.
Marsela is a start-up enthusiast. She is currently working as Chief of Staff at a Re-commerce company in Indonesia. Prior to that, she co-founded two companies: an employment agency and an event management company. Her background includes 10 years of professional experience at various managerial positions and Human Resources areas, as well as counseling, coaching, teaching, and project management.
Outside of work, she enjoys reading, traveling, and photography.