Here you can find out about the people who made PITS possible and for more information about the organisations support Places in the Sun, read further below! If you have any further questions about us you can always reach out to us at Pits@institutegreatereurope.com
The Places in the Sun Team is made up of members from the Institute for a Greater Europe, working with the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and their Europe Lab Project!
Valentin M. Luntumbue is a Belgian civil servant, independent researcher, and writer. Graduated from the Natolin campus of the College of Europe after studying history, sociology and international relations, Valentin is also an EEAS alumnus and a former academic assistant at the College of Europe’s Bruges campus. An advisor within one of Belgium’s many federal entities, he also teaches African history in a Congolese diaspora school and acts as the IGE’s editor-in-chief.
Philippe A. Lefevre is a British and French national and Chair of the Institute for a Greater Europe. Graduating from the College of Europe in Bruges after studying international relations, he also formerly studied medieval history and international politics. He has been working with the Institute for over three years and has worked in several other youth organisations since with the Youth Association for a Greater Europe.
Stephan Raab is a contributor and editor at the Institute for Greater Europe. He holds a Master in Political Science and a Master in Adult Education/Continuous Education from the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg as a graduation from the European Academy of Diplomacy Warsaw. His interests are located in digitisation, global education, educational development and the development of democratic dialogue in civil societies.
Elena Ruxandra Seniuc read for an MSc in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Durham University. She is mainly interested in transnational security threats and asymmetric threats, with an ever-growing passion for the field of strategic studies. As an avid history reader, she is eternally fascinated by her country’s multicultural inheritance and its tumultuous national-communist past.
Adrian Waters was born in Rome in 1996 and has lived and studied in both Italy and the UK. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from the University of Kent (Canterbury, England), a Master of Arts in History from University College London and a second-level master’s in International Public Affairs from the LUISS Guido Carli university in Rome. In 2018–19 he worked as the secretary of the Institute for a Greater Europe, for which he continues to contribute articles on topics related to European politics. .
Nadezhda Kamenkovich holds a BA in International Relations from Moscow-based HSE and she is currently reading for MPhil in Russian and East European Studies in Oxford University. Apart from her studies, Nadya is a theme section editor for St. Antony’s International Review (STAIR), the only peer-reviewed international affairs journal in Oxford, overseeing a section that focuses on energy politics. And along with other REES students, she has launched the Perspektiva Society in Oxford, a platform for dialogue between post-Soviet and Western perspectives.
The Institute for a Greater Europe is a non-profit youth-led think tank based in Brussels, Belgium with members and interests all over Europe and Beyond. Founded in 2018, the Institute has members and writers from over 30 countries in Europe, North America, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia. The mission of the Institute is to generate challenging new ideas, bridge cultural divides and foster a community based around shared values across a wider European scale.
The Institute decided to become involved with the Europe Lab through the initiative of its Editor-in-Chief, Valentin, and began to work on its core project, “Places in the Sun” in early 2021. It has been an important project for the Institute and one of its first major grant-based projects. Following the Europe Lab, the Institute will continue to work with the themes and ideas generated from the book into its further work across the following years. You can find more information about the Institute on its website: www.InstituteGreaterEurope.com