The Board

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: President, the Vice President and 5 team members: International Coordinator, Projects, Community Development, Communications, Content Development. The working groups Communications and Content Development will work and coordinate closely together. For the different roles, please see here.

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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.

Vice President

Farouk is from Algeria. He holds a master's degree in Political Science. He currently devotes his time to volunteering with the Erasmus+ Community and non-profit organisations. He studied at the Department of Political Science at Djilali Bounaama University of Khemis-Miliana, Algeria. He benefited from an international mobility scholarship funded by Erasmus+, and studied at the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Communication at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Head of Communications

Uswa completed her BA and MA from University of Muhamadiyah Malang and University of Brawijaya with major in Management. She did master exchange under Erasmus Program at Masaryk University, Czech Republic in 2015-2016. During her exchange student, she did some volunteer activities in Kindergarten and High School in Brno. In addition, she participated in country presentation competition and won 2nd place.

Currently, Uswa is working in International NGO related to Children and Humanitarian. Prior working in NGO, she had work experience in multinational company and education sector. She loves cat, arts, culture, photography and networking.


Our network is doing great things and providing amazing opportunities, but all of these need 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.

Those team members are passionate about creating engaging posts to promote OCEANS internationally. Thereby significantly contributing to an increased outreach and the network´s visibility on our social media channels.

Head of Content Development

Hello! I am Nihan from Izmir, Turkey. I joined the OCEANS Network in 2021 and my position in OCEANS is Head of Content Development. I am a textile engineer and I graduated from Ege University. Nowadays I am studying for my master's degree. I did 2 Erasmus mobilities during my bachelors. The first one was in France (2018) and second one in Germany (2019). I really enjoyed my Erasmus’ and both of the mobilities were really fruitful. The Erasmus Mobility programmes changed my point of view for a lifetime and made me myself. I want to share my experiences with others and be helpful to everyone who wants to taste this real experience. I am also a dancer and my main style is Afro, I also sing songs and I really love books. I like to make new friends and share good memories. So happy to be an OCEANer and connect with fellow members!

International Coordinator

I am an English teacher and lecturer from Indonesia, awarded with the International Education Summit & Award (IESA) as the best teacher who contributes to education in 2020 and with a focus on Education TESOL at University of Wollongong, Australia. I did my Erasmus Mundus in 2013 in Cagliari University under the “Mover” Program. Since then, I focus on social activities such as conducting free trainings and workshops Furthermore, I am interested in capacity building in education, improving quality and building capacities. Similarly, OCEANS as international organization should transform its strategy in order to engage OCEANS members to be more active and valuable.

Head of Projects Team

Aroog was born in North Sinai - Egypt, and holds a BA in Literature and Education, Department of English Language from Al-Azhar University and he also studied Leadership and Peacebuilding at Cambridge University. He is a researcher specializing in international experiences in youth empowerment and president of the Mediterranean Youth Foundation for Development (the first Egyptian Youth Foundation with a Mediterranean orientation). He has 5 years of experience in establishing and managing youth movements and organizations as a volunteer with governmental and international organizations in Egypt, Morocco, Russia, Spain, Estonia and Hungary. Aroog is interested in international relations, youth empowerment, peace and security issues, and the Egyptian government sent him to Ministerial Resolution No. (453) for the year 2019 to represent Egypt in the seventh Arab-European Youth Forum on Peace and Security in Hungary. During the past three years, Aroog has contributed to helping young people with less access to training opportunities and moving abroad and has concluded 12 partnerships in the field of youth work with youth institutions and national agencies in more than 18 countries in and around the European Union.

Head of Community Development

Proud Lithuanian, currently living in the Netherlands. Joined Oceans in 2013.

Educational background: holding Bacherlor degree in Economics from Vilnius University (Lithuania) and Masters degree in Financial economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). During Bachelor studies completed an exchange semester in Kyungpook National University ( Daegu, South Korea). Completed CIMA ( Chartered Institute of Management Accountant) professional accreditation.

Professional background: 7+ years experience across finance functional finance, finance operations and business facing finance roles in a top quartile energy, oil and gas company. Worked across Netherlands, Poland and India and led global initiatives. As a leader, passionate about inspiring people and building high performing teams. Demonstrated ability in working effectively in different cultural environments, managing complex stakeholders and delivering under pressure. Possessing a " can do" attitude and commitment to develop a structured set of solutions to overcome business challenges and deliver value.

Personal interests: Community development projects, cycling, mountain trekking, backpacking, wine & dine with friends, discovering new cultures and places.

Get to know the previous Coordinating Boards