The EST’s Board is run by a team of ambitious and visionary students and young professionals of International Affairs.


President – Carlota Núñez Strutt

Carlota is a student of International Relations and Journalism at the King Juan Carlos University in Madrid. During her studies she has worked as an intern at UN Women, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Since becoming a Board Member of the European Student Think Tank in 2015, Carlota has organised and chaired debates in the European Parliament and Spanish Parliament to bring young people and policy-makers together and promote sustainable development. She has especially focused on the political empowerment of women in European Politics, which drove her to pursue an internship at UN Women. At UN Women, Carlota contributed to the external communication strategy of the organization and furthered her interest and knowledge of women and peace-building.

Carlota is passionate about Russian history and politics and is currently specialising in the relationship between post-soviet countries and the EU. When she is not representing the EST, she can usually be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, learning how to speak Russian and Arabic; and reading Tolstoy or Kundera. In another life, she would have been a correspondent in Berlin during the Cold War. Carlota hopes a career in diplomacy or academia lies ahead.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the EST, do not hesitate to contact Carlota at


Secretary – Marlene Straub

Marlene has just graduated from her bachelor’s degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. Within this programme she specialised in Law and discovered her passion for Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties. Along these lines, Marlene is spending the next months working for a German NGO which is specialized in constitutional complaints against legislation infringing on the Basic Law.

One of the main tasks Marlene looks forward to is the establishment of ties throughout Europe and potentially beyond. She wants to strengthen relationships with the EU institutions, while also connecting to smaller local organisations such as student-run newspapers. Marlene is especially passionate about diversity within the EU’s outreach to young adults, in programmes beyond exchanges aimed predominantly at University students.

If you’re looking for Marlene, she can usually be found deep in the bowels of an indie cinema or lost in art museums. A more conventional way of getting in touch with her for inquiries, contributions or partnership ideas is via


Treasurer – Joris Heuker

Joris is a bachelor student of European Studies at the Thorbecke Academy in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. His first and foremost passion is history – he particularly identifies with the saying of the philosopher George Santayana “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.

Joris is currently an intern at the House of Dutch Provinces in Brussels, where he is conducting a research about the protection of regional products in the EU for the province of Flevoland. He expects to learn more about the inner functioning of the Brussels bubble there.

In all his activities, Joris has learnt that students are a crucial part of society that can bring about real change when they get involved. That is why he considers that bridging the gap between students and Brussels is an essential mission for the EST.

Should you have any remarks or questions, don’t hesitate to contact Joris at


International Officer – Aurélien Pommier

Aurélien studied a double honours degree in Law and Economics at the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France. During this undergraduate program, he spent a semester abroad at the University of Sheffield to deepen his knowledge on European Union Law.

After having spent the previous year at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, he is now going to finish his master degree in European Politics at the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies. During this year, he will write his master thesis dealing with the link between European citizenship and European identity.

Besides his engagement with the EST, Aurélien also spread some positive populism via WhyEurope France and holds a position of Secretary in the association Bringing European Together Association France. Aurélien is passionate about European integration and other EU member states and likes spending his free time traveling across Europe. You could also probably find him in one of the simulations of European Politics somewhere in Europe.

Aurélien has previously been the EST Ambassador to Poland and would now like to continue expanding the International Office by gathering a network of ambassadors ready to debate, share and involve others in the European project.

If you would like to become an Ambassador to the EST, contact Aurélien at


Editor-in-Chief – Cindy Langer

Cindy is currently concluding her bachelor’s degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam. In addition to her major in politics, she is also pursuing a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and is learning Arabic. She is furthermore the coordinator of the Awareness team in the UNICEF Amsterdam student team.

Born in the Netherlands, raised in Africa and Germany, and living in the United States after graduation, Cindy is constantly drawn to travelling. Nonetheless, her heart seems to pull her back to Europe every time: she decided to translate this feeling into political action through the European Student Think Tank. Due to her multicultural and interdisciplinary background, Cindy is specifically interested in the role of the EU as a vital international player and its influence on regional politics in the Middle East. On a European scale, one of her main concerns is the current rise of xenophobia, which she also expresses through her art.

During her time at the EST, Cindy hopes to further diversify the perspectives on EU issues and create a platform for all European students who would like to express their passion in a creative and innovative way. If you have a certain topic that captures your attention and you would like to write about it, contact Cindy at


Director of Communication – Moïra Tourneur

Moïra holds a dual bachelor’s degree in English and German and is currently in her second year of master’s degree in European Affairs at the Paris-Sorbonne University. She is fascinated with the history of the construction of the European communities and its recent developments.

Moïra feels strongly concerned about the issue of European identity in particular. While interning in Germany this summer, she addressed the way European citizens identify or not with the EU and how a European sense of belonging could be fostered in her master thesis. Moïra is convinced that education is crucial to this end and thinks that NGOs such as the EST can have an important effect on the improvement of the relationship between the EU and its citizens.

Last year she fulfilled the position of EST Ambassador to France. This year, she aims at reaching more European students in order to make European issues more accessible.

If you need to get in touch with Moïra, please email her at


Board 2016-17:

  • President – Carlota Núñez Strutt
  • Secretary – Jonne Kamphorst
  • Treasurer – Laurens Van der Sluijs
  • International Officer – Johannes Tropper
  • Editor-in-Chief – Tanith Lee
  • Events Manager – Cecilia Passaniti
  • Director of Communication – Jonas Fritz


Board 2015-16:

  • President – Kate Perdikis
  • Secretary – Sietse Blom
  • Treasurer – Swiss Juriens
  • International Officer – Rebecca Fobbe
  • Editor-in-Chief – Enrike van Wingerden
  • Events Manager – Tamira Vossen
  • Director of Communication – Carlota Núñez Strutt


Board 2014-15:

  • President – Marten Kooistra
  • Secretary – Rebecca Fobbe
  • Treasurer – Erik Merkus
  • International Officer – Etienne Verschuren
  • Editor-in-Chief – Dimitris M. Perdikoulis


Board 2013-14:

  • President – Remco Zwetsloot
  • Secretary – Rianne Keeler
  • Treasurer – Gina Plat / Leander van Splunter
  • International Officer – Samira Gonsalves
  • Editor-in-Chief – Katrien Volleman
  • Events Manager – Yanís Pelinski
  • PR Officer – Nicolas Castellon

Our Founders

The European Stu­dent Think Tank was foun­ded by three stu­dents linked to the Uni­ver­sity of Ams­ter­dam and the Ams­ter­dam Uni­ver­sity Col­lege in The Netherlands.

  • Eline Böt­ger
    President (2010-2012), Co-Founder
  • Sari Nijssen
    Secretary, Vice-President (2010-2012), Co-Founder
  • Char­lotte Baarda
    Treasurer, Vice-President (2010-2012), Co-Founder