The Board and the Team Coordinators

The Board is the executive decision making body of the OCEANS Network and has a mandate of one year. It is currently composed by 7 members: the President, the Vice President (Head of International Development) and the Heads of the 5 Teams (Digital Development; Communication; Fundraising; Professional Development; Membership Management and Internal Affairs). The leadership of each Team is shared between the Head and the Deputy-Head. The latter is not part of the Board but also perform an important coordinating role and substitutes the former when he/she is not present.

 

 

President

The President is the primary leader of the OCEANS Network and brings forward the mission and vision of the Network. He has the responsibility to ensure the overall performance and regular operation of the Board Structure, both internally and towards external organizations and partners. Also, he is Board member of the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association.

Scott Darby

About Scott: Scott graduated from University of Wales, Bangor with a degree in Environmental Science. Later went on to work in the Health service before pursuing a Masters degree in Arid Land Studies.
During his Masters Degree he spent one year at Texas Tech University in the USA, thanks to a grant from the EU.
At the present moment Scott is working in Lebanon with Syrian and Palestinian refugees around areas of general health and dealing with trauma. Additionally to this Scott is also deeply involved with a project in Somaliland that is working towards reintroducing a locally extinct shrub that will alleviate hunger during the drought season by providing nuts for people and fodder for livestock.


Contact him: scott.darby(at)oceans-network.eu

Membership Management & Internal Affairs Coordinators

Internal affairs and Membership management team will be responsible will work closely with the Fundraising and Development team to engage OCEANS members’ community and promote the international spirit with new initiatives. In addition, the team will also be the guardian of OCEANS Network’s Statute and its amendments.

 

 

Head of Membership Management & Internal Affairs

Sunhee Kim
About Sunhee: Sunhee has been part of Oceans Network since her exchange at Tallinn University in Estonia in 2011. Sunhee has studied Educational Policy. She did another year-long exchange study in the US and a research internship in Finalnd. She recieved her Bachelor's from Chungbuk National University in South Korea in 2012 and her Master's from the University of Washington in the US in 2015. Currently, Sunhee lives in south Korea, working at a national research institute for vocational education.

Contact her: sunhee.kim(at)oceans-network.eu

Communication Coordinators

Our network is doing great things and providing amazing opportunities, but all of these needs to be communicated internally, to our members, and externally to the outside world. Exchange of information is key to enable our members to access our services, events, and opportunities. Packaging catchy and informative pieces of information on social media and articles to be published online is essential for advancing the prestige of the network and for giving chance to new people to get to know about us and what we do.

 

 

Head of Communication

Maja Isakiewicz
About Maja: Maja joined the OCEANS Network in 2011 while completing her M.A. degrees in International Relations (Collegium Civitas, Poland) and in History (West Virginia Univeristy, USA). She is a content marketing specialist and a copywriter with 5-year experience in advertising. She combines her professional background with academic interest in conterterrorism, mainly radicalization of youth and terrorist groups' activities in social media. 

Maja is also a member of the Global Shapers Community, the initiative of the World Economic Forum. Togerher with the Warsaw Hub she realizes pro-bono projects focusing on youth empowerment and mentoring.

Contact her: maja.isakiewicz(at)oceans-network.eu

Professional Development Coordinators

The members of OCEANS have participated in international study programmes and acquired great academic skills and valuable intercultural competencies. The team aims at promoting professional development of a unique pool of students and graduates. The main activities focus on providing training and development opportunities, supporting job-seekers, networking and  fostering entrepreneurial ideas.

 

 

Head of Professional Development

Scott Darby

About Scott: Scott graduated from University of Wales, Bangor with a degree in Environmental Science. Later went on to work in the Health service before pursueing a Masters degree in Arid Land Studies.
During his Masters Degree he spent one year at Texas Tech University in the USA, thanks to a grant from the EU.
At the present moment Scott is working in Lebanon with Syrian and Palestinian refugees around areas of general health and dealing with trauma. Additionally to this Scott is also deeply involved with a project in Somaliland that is working towards reintroducing a locally extinct shrub that will alleviate hunger during the drought season by providing nuts for people and fodder for livestock.


Contact him: scott.darby(at)oceans-network.eu

Vice-President (Head of International Development)

The Vice-President is the leader of the international development strategy. She shares with the President the role of external representative towards external stakeholders and supports the President in ensuring the overall performance of the network, both internally, within the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) and externally towards third organizations. Also, she is Board member of the ESAA decision making bodies (Horizontal Board and Credit Mobility Strand Board).

Rosa Utset

About Rosa: Rosa graduated from the Economics Faculty at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. As part of her studies, she also studied at Seoul National University (South Korea) with scholarship “Korean European Nexus on International Economy and Governance” and became an OCEANS member.

After working for three years in the finance sector, her interest for International Cooperation and love for Asian culture brought her back to Seoul to study a Master in International Relations at Yonsei University. Also, this change in live provided her the opportunity to get more involved in OCEANS Network and became the VP!


Contact her: rosa.utset(at)oceans-network.eu

Digital Development Coordinators


The OCEANS Network, like almost any entity today, needs to exist in the digital world, and in order to accomplish this, OCEANS Network needs a team of digital experts (IT)!.

 

 

Head of Digital Development

Gabriele Armao
About Gabriele: Gabriele graduated from the computer science faculty of University of Bologna, in Italy, then he completed a master in information security and law.
He also studied his last year of graduate school in the USA, at Indiana University of Bloomington thanks to the Overseas exchange program, and he's been hooked to exchange programs and their potentiality since then.
Right now, Gabriele is working as monitoring specialist in Bologna, Italy, he has experience in building websites and web services, using the most common frameworks (wordpress, joomla, django, ...) and programming languages (php, python, perl, ...), as well as administering all major operating systems and databases.
Gabriele has always been an active part of Oceans Network since the beginning.


Contact him: gabriele.armao(at)oceans-network.eu

 

 

Deputy-Head of Digital Development

Andrew Lescelius

About Andrew: Andrew has been involved with the Oceans Network since 2012. He completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in Management Information Systems at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After that, he finished a Masters in Management Communication and IT at Management Center Innsbruck in Austria. 


During his undergraduate studies he participated in exchange programs with the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway, as well as Technische Universität in Braunschweig, Germany, and the People's Friendship University in Moscow, Russia. 


He is currently working in eCommerce and digital marketing.

Contact him: andrew.lescelius(at)oceans-network.eu

Fundraising Coordinator

To address the new nature of OCEANS position, come new needs of the network. To be able to sustain a degree of independence needed to represent the extra-European exchange student and alumni, OCEANS need to evolve, and as the Fundraising Coordinator or team member they play a key role.

 

 

Head of Fundraising

Andrew Lescelius

About Andrew: Andrew has been involved with the Oceans Network since 2012. He completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in Management Information Systems at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After that, he finished a Masters in Management Communication and IT at Management Center Innsbruck in Austria. 


During his undergraduate studies he participated in exchange programs with the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway, as well as Technische Universität in Braunschweig, Germany, and the People's Friendship University in Moscow, Russia. 


He is currently working in eCommerce and digital marketing.

Contact him: andrew.lescelius(at)oceans-network.eu

Get to know the previous Coordinating Boards