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 (Internal Affairs & Community Development; IT, Communication & Branding; Policy & Advocacy; Professional Development; Promotion & Capacity Building). 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

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

About Neringa: Neringa has studied Bachelor of Creative Industries at VGTU, Lithuania and Masters of Media Culture at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her academic exchange experience includes Erasmus mobility to a business school EPHEC in Brussels, Belgium and semester at the University of Ulsan in Ulsan, South Korea under the ICI-ECP Education Cooperation Programme of the European Commission.

In addition to her studies, Neringa she did Erasmus training at an independent cinema production company in Spain, received United Nations Development Programme scholarship to intern at an NGO European Network Against Racism and completed a traineeship at the European Commission.
As a human rights activist, she has a strong interest in policies of international development, inclusion and promoting youth empowerment through non-formal education methods, all of which have brought her to OCEANS.


Contact her: neringa.tumenaite(at)oceans-network.eu

Internal Affairs & Community Development Coordinators

The Head and Deputy-Head of this Team lead and coordinate all the Team’s activities and namely: legal and statute issues, budget and fund-raising, community engagement, internal organization. Also, they co-organize and participate to the activities of the respective Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) Working Group. The Head of Team is also part of the Board, and as such, performs a decision-making role and contributes to the whole strategy of the Network.

 

 

Board Member and Head of Internal Affairs & Community Development

Giulia Barbanente
About Giulia: Giulia graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Bologna in Italy. During her legal studies she went on an exchange to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, with a scholarship under the ICI-ECP Education Cooperation Programme of the European Commission. She then completed an Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Law and Economics, studying at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, at the University of Hamburg and at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in Mumbai, India. She is currently a PhD candidate in Law and Economics at the University of Hamburg, holding an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. Interested in the field of law and development, Giulia has been an intern at the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations in Rome.
An OCEANS member since 2010, Giulia has been OCEANS Events Coordinator in 2012-2013.

Contact her: giulia.barbanente(at)oceans-network.eu

Deputy-Head of Internal Affairs & Community Development


Anna Stief
About Anna: Anna is studying electrical engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. She is finishing her Master degree now. She did one semester exchange at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, in South Korea with the scholarship program of EUKLA. She also got a one semester Erasmus scholarship at the University of Seville in Spain. She is currently working for Ericsson as a software developer intern. She joined OCEANS in 2012 and had been an active member since then. She loves traveling, volunteering and hiking in the nature.

Contact her: anna.stief@oceans-network.eu

Promotion & Capacity Building Coordinators

The Head and Deputy-Head of this Team lead and coordinate all the Team’s activities and namely: organizing events, pre-departure orientations and trainings, contributing to the content and design of the ESAA magazine and other promotional material, external representation and participation to fairs and promotional events. Also, they co-organize and participate to the activities of the respective Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) Working Group. The Head of Team is also part of the Board, and as such, performs a decision-making role and contributes to the whole strategy of the Network.

Board Member and Head of Promotion & Capacity Building

Siamak Tehrani
About Siamak: Siamak Graduated from a double degree in International Studies and Business from Flinders University in Adelaide Australia. He has undertaken 4 international exchange programs, including the EU-AU global citizenship program at Malmo University in Sweden. He has been involved in OCEANS since the first AGM in Brussels and has served two terms on the board. Siamak currently lives in Canberra Australia working as an Australian Public Servant. Siamak speaks English, French and Persian and due to 6 month immersion in Tianjin China conversational Mandarin. Siamak lives by the motto to serve humanity to the best of his abilities knowing he will only be but a drop in the vast ocean but hoping to cause ripples of understanding, friendship and trust.

Contact him: siamak.tehrani(at)oceans-network.eu

 

 

Deputy-Head of Promotion & Capacity Building

Alexandra Coffman
About: Alexandra (Alex) graduated with BA in history from West Virginia University. She then was accepted into the Atlantis Program where she studied Central and Eastern European Studies in Estonia and Poland. She received her MA in History (with concentrations in Public History and Eastern Europe) from WVU and her MA in International Relations from Collegium Civitas.Alex was the former  North American Coordinator of the OCEANS (2012-2014) and assisted with transitional work of OCEANS over the past year.  She currently resides in West Virginia, USA doing historic preservation as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

Contact her: Alexandra.Coffman(at)oceans-network.eu

Professional Development Coordinators

The Head and Deputy-Head of this Team lead and coordinate all the Team’s activities and namely: career support and guidance, fostering business and social entrepreneurship among members, organization of events and professional networking activities. Also, they co-organize and participate to the activities of the respective Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) Working Group. The Head of Team is also part of the Board, and as such, performs a decision-making role and contributes to the whole strategy of the Network.

Board Member and Head of Professional Development

Alfredo Ciccarelli

About Alfredo: Alfredo is currently working as Management Consultant in the field of the Wealth Management in a primary Italian company, in the past he has gathered other work experiences within Global companies in the industry of the Consultancy, Luxury and TelCo. He holds a MS in Management Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy. As an exchange student he attended a full academic year at the University of California, Berkeley choosing courses at Haas School of Business, at the School of Engineering as well as at the Department of Economics. He loves travelling, discovering local cultures, doing karate and many other sports. Professionally interested in the field of Human Resources, Change Management, Politics and Entrepreneurship, he joined OCEANS in 2010 in the very first wave.

Contact him: alfredo.ciccarelli(at)oceans-network.eu

Deputy-Head of Professional Development

Agata Gieroba
About Agata: Agata has been a member of OCEANS since its very beginning. She earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology from universities in the USA and Hungary and then her master's degree in Social Psychology in Poland. Her broad interests include organisational psychology and how to help individuals find career satisfaction and success. In her free time, you will most likely see her reading or running.

Contact her: agata.gieroba(at)oceans-network.eu

Vice-President (Head of International Development)

Melania Lotti
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).

About Melania: Melania graduated from the Faculty of Political Science ‘Cesare Alfieri’ at the University of Florence, Italy. As part of her Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies, she also studied at Maastricht University (Netherlands) with Erasmus programme, and at Hanyang University (South Korea) with scholarship ‘ICI KOREU Global Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development’. Interested in international cooperation, among her professional experiences she has been policy intern at the European Commission, project analyst for a development-aid association and editor for a Brussels-based think tank. Also, she was the former editor-in-chief of ‘The Wave’ magazine. She loves nature and art, and - although keeping a realistic gaze on the world- she has faith in mankind.

Contact her: melania.lotti(at)oceans-network.eu

Deputy Head of International Development

Alin Horj
Alin is covering the expansion of Erasmus+ credit mobility programs worldwide. As an alumnus of the ATLANTIS programme and coordinator for the European Union, he studied and worked in Italy, Thailand, France, Belgium, and the US. He has a MA in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Contact him: alin.horj(at)oceans-network.eu

Policy & Advocacy Coordinators


The Head and Deputy-Head of this Team lead and coordinate all the Team’s activities and namely: surveys and research, policy learning and training, and advocacy actions. Also, they co-organize and participate to the activities of the respective Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) Working Group. The Head of Team is also part of the Board, and as such, performs a decision-making role and contributes to the whole strategy of the Network.

Board Member and Head of Policy & Advocacy

Georgiana Mihut
About: Georgiana Mihut is the Head of the Public Policy and Advocacy Team of OCEANS. Georgiana is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Higher Education and a doctoral student in the Higher Education PhD program of Boston College. Her research interests concern the impact of university reputation on the employability of graduates, quality assurance in higher education, and international higher education. Georgiana holds an Erasmus Mundus Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education, a master in Education and Globalization from University of Oulu, Finland and a bachelor in Political Science from Babes-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Her OCEANS exchange brought her from Europe to US as part of the Atlantis programme. Georgiana has interned in various governmental institutions including the Swedish Council for Higher Education, the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and the Parliament of the Republic of Germany.
 
Georgiana Mihut became the Head of the Public Policy and Advisory Team in March 2015. Prior to this appointment, Georgiana was an active member of OCEANS since its inception in 2010.

Contact her: georgiana.mihut(at)oceans-network.eu

 

 

Deputy-Head of Policy & Advocacy

Sunhee Kim

About: Sunhee is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Washington, USA. Her research interest is focused on improving organizational leadership to effectively support student development and professional development in higher education. She has a bachelor in Education from Chungbuk National University, South Korea. She studied at Washington State University, USA and Tallinn University, Estonia, and had a research internship at University of Helsinki, Finland. Preparing her studying abroad in Estonia, she joined OCENAS in 2011 through KOR-EU-Leaders for Global Education (KE-LeGE) program, where she worked as a mobility program coordinator in 2012. She has particular experiences in Education, including teaching and developing curriculums at varied levels in different countries. She is interested in the issues of internationalization, diversity, and identity development in higher education, and currently serving as a diversity ambassador and a graduate student senator at the University to vocalize diverse opinions and promote the equity for all students.

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

IT, Communication & Branding Coordinator

The Head and Deputy-Head of this Team lead and coordinate all the Team’s activities and namely: IT development, design, logo, branding, social media and internal communication. Also, they co-organize and participate to the activities of the respective Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) Working Group. The Head of Team is also part of the Board, and as such, performs a decision-making role and contributes to the whole strategy of the Network.

Board Member and Head of IT, Communication & Branding

János Szedelényi
About János: János is a computer engineering student of the Budapest Universtiy of Technology and Economics. His specialization is Android development, server applications and education of programming. He studied at the Kyungpook National University for two semesters in 2014.
János joined to the OCEANS Network in May of 2014 and took part in the life of the organisation during the transition period.

Contact him: janos.szedelenyi(at)oceans-network.eu

Deputy-Head of IT, Communication & Branding


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 Bloomingtonm 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 system administrator 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

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