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About Us

Who we are

We are a network of alumni of the European Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation (aka EMA) offered by the Global Campus for Human Rights.  

In 2010, alumni of the EMA came together to create a community that would bring together alumni of the programme to stay connected for personal and professional reasons.

We, the alumni, set up a non-profit NGO headquartered in Brussels and started carrying out activities for the emalumni community. We believe in a strong network of human rights supporters and professionals for the promotion of human rights. Besides, anyone who has done the EMA programme will know how special the experience of studying together on the Lido is – we also wish to keep this connection alive! 

 

Our Mission And Vision

Academic institutions are increasingly judged not just by the credentials of their professors or their prestige but by the success of their graduates and their loyalty to the institution from which they graduated. Alumni associations play a crucial role in this aspect.

 

What do we aim to do?

 

The EMAlumni aims to create a solid community of graduates of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights Master and Democratisation with a strong link to the Master’s Programmes. We strive to create a community of graduates who will be in a position to cooperate with one another professionally, to launch initiatives together, and to contribute to the further development of their Master Programme through donations or services such as lecturing. 

 

This continued community and network is a priceless added value to the academic qualification which potential applicants will pay great attention to. It furthermore leads graduates to value the unique learning experience they had which goes much beyond the academic modules and is also very much about fellow students. The EMAlumni will keep them connected to the institution as they realise that the programme does not end with graduation but continues to help them at every stage of their professional development.

 

What is our common vision?

 

Our vision is a vibrant network of graduates of the EMA programme who stay in close contact to each other, to their Master Programme and universities and to the Alumni Association and who, through this contact, engage in a mutual exchange of knowledge, experience and support and on human rights initiatives. The ultimate aim of this community will be to contribute to the strengthening of the promotion of human rights.

 

What do we do?

Throughout the year, the EMAlumni Association organises different activities consistent with the aims of the organisation: personal connections and professional development. We are always open to new ideas and to cooperation with different actors, so if you have an idea you’d like to pitch, you can do so here (link to idea box – contact form basically). 

 

We can cluster our activities into three different categories:

  • Community Building 
  • Professional Development 
  • Promoting Human Rights and Democracy

 

Find out more about the activities the EMAlumni Association organises and how to get involved (link to page Activities)

Our Governance & Structure

Board 

The EMAlumni Association Board is the engine of the EMAlumni Association that drives the network of almost 2.000 alumni from the European Master Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. The EMAlumni Association elected its first Board in June 2010.

 

The Board coordinates activities, working groups and projects which all EMAlumni are invited to

take part. Find out how to get involved or suggest new activities! It also connects with the greater Global Campus Alumni community which spans the seven regional Global Campus of Human Rights (GCHR) programmes and its alumni. All board members are elected at the annual General Assembly (link to GA page). They are all volunteers – as are almost all alumni involved in the many activities of the EMAlumni Association. The active engagement of EMA alumni is the strength of the network.

Adam Jacobi Moller - EMAlumni President

Lives in Copenhagen (Denmark)

EMA graduate 2006/2007 – contact Adam: adam@emalumni.org

 

Adam graduated in 2007 from the EMA. He has since worked for the UN Refugee Agency in Afghanistan, Sudan, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Switzerland, for the Danish Refugee

Council in Denmark the EU in Georgia, UNICEF and currently with WaterAid. He roamed the globe as an independent traveller for a few years, where he worked with development journalism, in particular in writing, photography and documentary film. The two latter earned him awards. As the president of the Board, Adam manages the overall strategic direction of the work undertaken by the Association in close cooperation with the Secretary General and the board. The President liaise with relevant stakeholders, signs off on legal documents and represents the EMAlumni Associations at events.

Fionnuala Flynn, Board Member

Lives in Brussels (Belgium)

EMA Graduate 2013/2014 – contact Fio: fionnuala@emalumni.org 

Originally a primary school teacher, following her E.Ma internship she returned to Ireland where she

worked in development and humanitarian project management for 4 years for both Trocaire, an Irish

NGO, and Dublin City University. In 2019, Fionnuala was deployed to the Democratic Republic of the

Congo where she worked as Trocaire’s Business Development and Compliance manager. In 2020 Fionnuala completed a diploma in Psychology with Dublin Business School, an area in which she has a keen interest. She has sung both for fun and professionally for many years in Ireland and elsewhere and loves music, travel, drawing and reading. She is currently based in Brussels and is due to take up a new position in humanitarian advocacy in September. Fionnuala is delighted to be elected to the Board, and to have the  opportunity to contribute to our common goals in linking alumni together to further the cause of human rights.