The International Office of the European Student Think Tank is the body with representation from ambassadors in EU member states. The current International Officer is Aurélien Pommier. The EST Ambassadors are the link between the EST and the EU’s member states and official candidate member states. They represent the EST, promote and organize events locally, write blogs about their country and make sure our network is as big as possible.
The EST Board has an equal policy representation for Ambassadors, with 50% women and 50% men in our International Office. The EST Board of 2016 has committed to the progressive implementation of equality quotas in our organization beginning September 5th 2016, and committing to achieve a 50/50 representation by the first day of 2017.
Aurélien Pommier, International Officer
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 email@example.com.
Jasper Gruiters, Senior Ambassador
Jasper studied Public Administration and Organizational Science at Utrecht University. After graduating in 2015, he followed a minor Political Science in Amsterdam and did an internship at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Manila, the Philippines. During his studies Jasper has been involved in numerous local and national organizations in the field of public administration and political science, organizing conferences and supporting students and improving education. Among others he has been part of the supervisory board of the study association for public administration and he is member of the campaign team for the Labour party in the 2018 local elections in the Netherlands.
In 2016, Jasper studied European Governance at Masaryk University in Brno, where he was Country Ambassador for the European Student Think Tank. The coming year he will be finishing his Master European Governance in Utrecht.
As Senior Ambassador Jasper will be supporting the International Officer in his work for the European Student Think Tank. If you need to get in touch with Jasper, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enna Zone Đonlić, Senior Ambassador
Enna Zone Đonlić comes from a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina named Maglaj. She has earned her Bachelor degree in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Psychology at the International University of Sarajevo. Currently, she is a master student of Political Science at the same University.
Political Science is her dream degree since she has always wanted to be an agent of socio-political change and contribute more to society. She has been previously involved in the work of the European Student Think Tank as an Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an Ambassador she has advanced her ability to transfer knowledge and reach young people.
During her undergraduate studies, she has been Student Demonstrator at the Department of Social and Political Science. At the beginning of her third year, she founded the Association of Political Science Students together with her colleagues and she is currently its President.
Since 2015, she has been one out of 7 members of the British Embassy to Sarajevo Youth Inspirational Group. As someone passionate about the Model United Nations, she has participated in many MUNs and organised IUSMUN at the International University of Sarajevo. She has a great interest in EU integration, EU policy, international relations, political systems and diplomacy.
In the future, she hopes to continue research at the DPhil level and hopefully pursue a career in academia or diplomacy.
You can contact Enna Zone at email@example.com.
Highlights from Our Ambassadors:
In 2016, Austrian Ambassador to the EST Johannes Tropper organized a delegation visit to the OPEC and the UN. The Dutch Ambassador to the EST Hester Mennes lead a policy working group on the European migrant crisis with the collaboration of Job Cohen, former mayor of Amsterdam, and Professor Hein de Haas, former co-director of Oxford’s International Migration Institute. Irish Ambassador to the EST Jason Deegan, and President of the INGO Anti Corruption International, coordinated and invited the European Student Think Tank to Participate on Anti Corruption International’s “Clean Vote” project founded in Oslo, Norway. The project campaigns for voting transparency and clean elections, through the monitoring of electoral corruption.
For any questions or comments please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Becoming an Ambassador to the EST has meant:
“Being an EST Ambassador was a unique experience. It was a perfect chance to engage in an international discussion about the most vital issues in the current international affairs. Being heard and let others to be heard allows to shape the reality, which is one of the greatest values”. – Kinga Jaromin – former Polish Ambassador to the EST
“The best part of being an Ambassador for the EST is knowing that you are always backed by a group of students that are as interested as you in making Europe a better place for everyone”. – Daniel Rubio Sanchez – former Spanish Ambassador to the EST