Executive Board

  • Ludovic Thilly (Chair)


    Ludovic Thilly is Full Professor at the University of Poitiers. Since 2012, he is Executive Vice-Rector in charge of European affairs. Member of the Executive Board since 2015, he was elected Chair in June 2017.
    Ludovic Thilly is a Physicist and works on the deformation mechanisms of (nano-) materials. He has co-authored 70 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (incl. 4 book chapters) and given 50 invited lectures at international conferences and institutions.

  • Jürgen Barkhoff (Vice-Chair)


    Jürgen Barkhoff is Professor of German and Head of School of the School of Languages. Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He was Director of the Centre for European Studies (2002-2005), Registrar of the College with responsibility for International Relations (2007-2011), and Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute (2012-2015).

  • Efrem Yildiz Sadak


    Efrem Yildiz Sadak is Vice-Rector for International Relations of the University of Salamanca, a Full Professor at the Faculty of Philology, Department of Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, specialised in Aramaic history, language and literature. He is a committee member of several scientific journals, the (co-)author of books and articles in journals on Aramaic language, literature, history and culture of the Aramaic-speaking peoples. Prof. Yildiz has been Vice-Dean of International Relations and Institutional Erasmus Coordinator (2004-2011) at the Faculty of Philology and is a member of the Commission of the Degree in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies.

  • Dorota Malec


    Dorota Malec is the Jagiellonian University Vice-Rector for university development, a lawyer, professor of jurisprudence, and former vice-dean of the JU Faculty of Law and Administration (2008-2016). She chairs the JU Department of Administrative History and JU Text Publishing Unit. She is a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Conference of Rectors in Poland, and former Disciplinary Spokesperson of the General Council of Higher Education. She teaches and publishes in legal history, history of administration, law codification and is the author and co-author of about 160 publications.

  • Daniel Donoghue


    Daniel Donoghue is a professor in Geography and University Dean for Internationalisation. He served as Deputy Head of Faculty for postgraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences & Health. He has published over 100 articles and books and pursued research in the field of deforestation and forest degradation, land use change and archaeology. In 2009 he shared the Talbert Abrams and the ERDAS awards for the best paper in remote sensing from ASPRS, and in 2012 was awarded the President’s Prize by the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society.

  • Johnny Laursen


    Johnny Laursen is Dean at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and member of the senior management at Aarhus University. He received his PhD in 1992, and has since published on contemporary European history.  Johnny Laursen is a contemporary historian, and was a member of the Danish parliamentary commission to investigate Denmark’s intelligence service and political extremism during the Cold War. He is the national expert for Denmark on the programme committee for Horizon 2020, societal challenge 6, and chair of the board of the Danish Institute for International Studies.

  • Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho


    Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho is Vice-Rector for Internationalisation at the University of Coimbra, Portugal since 2011. PhD in Modern History, interests include Early Modern Social History, agent-based modeling of historical processes, network analysis, micro-history, and self-organization in social phenomena.

  • Lenka Rovná


    Lenka Rovná is a Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam and three times the bearer of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European Studies at Charles University. She is Vice-Rector at the Charles University for European Affairs and a Professor at the Department of European Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences. She is publishing and teaching in the field of European Politics and British History and Politics. She is a member of the Executive Board of Coimbra Group, member of Steering Committee and Academic Council of Europaeum, and a member of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions’ Advisory Group at the EC.

  • Luca Verzichelli


    Luca Verzichelli is a professor of Political Science at the University of Siena. PhD in Political Science (University of Florence) and studies in Heidelberg, Colchester and Columbia University. He is the former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and is currently the Delegate of the Rector for International Studies. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research (2012-2018). He is the author/editor of 17 books and has published 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 63 chapters in edited books.

Rectors’ Advisory Group

  • Ricardo Rivero Ortega (Honorary President)


    Ricardo Rivero is the Rector of the University of Salamanca. He is a professor of Administrative Law at the University of Salamanca, former Dean of the Faculty of Law (May 2012-May 2017), and University Ombudsman (2005-2009).  He is an expert in university management, standards and innovation applied to administrative organisations and is the author or coordinator of 24 books and more than one hundred research papers published in journals and works specializing in Public Law. He received the Economic and Social Council (CES) Research Prize of Castile & León and the “Isidro Fabela” Medal from UNAM (Mexico).

  • Patrick Gilli


    Patrick Gilli has been President of the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 since May 2016. A Professor of Medieval history, he graduated from École normale supérieure (Saint-Cloud), holds a post-graduate degree from Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-la-Défense University and a PhD from Paris 4 University.

    After three years at the French School in Rome, he joined Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University in 1996. From 2002 to 2008 he headed the University Service for Continuing Education, was a member of the University Governing Board from 2006 to 2008 and the University’s Vice-president for Research from 2008 to 2016.

    Patrick Gilli is a member of the French National Council of Universities, and High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education. He is on the Scientific board of the French School in Rome.

    A specialist of Western Medieval History, he has published extensively on Medieval and Renaissance Italy, with a special focus on doctrinal constructions of authority and power, and relations between intellectuals and the political elites.

  • Luc Sels


    Luc Sels is the Rector of KU Leuven and a member of the Rectors’ Assembly of the League of European Research Universities, the Board of Directors of Venice International University (VIU), the Board of the Flemish Inter-University Council (VLIR) and the Board of Directors of Vlerick Business School. Luc Sels is a professor at and former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business. His primary substantive research interests centre around projections of labour market indicators, active ageing and (corporate) demography, talent management and workforce differentiation, and has been published in leading scholarly journals. He is actively involved in labour market policy research and advice and represents the Federal Minister of Employment on the Belgian High Council for Employment as director of the Centre of Expertise in Labour Market Monitoring.

  • Christa Neuper


    Photo: Uni Graz/Kanizaj

    Christa Neuper began her academic career at Graz University of Technology. Later she became Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Graz, headed the Department and coordinated the “Styrian Brain” research platform. Christa Neuper has been Rector of the University of Graz since 2011.

  • Wojciech Nowak


    Wojciech Nowak is the Rector of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He is a professor of Medicine, has been Deputy Ward Head at the Clinical Department of General and Gastroenterological Surgery at the University Hospital, Head of the Chair in Anatomy and the Head of the Third Chair and Clinic of General Surgery at the Medical College. He is also the President of the Conference of Rectors of Polish Universities. He is the author and co-author of 133 publications, 285 conference presentations, and co-author of 3 monographs.

  • Elmer Sterken


    Elmer Sterken, Professor of Monetary Economics, became Rector at the University of Groningen in 2011. Prof. Sterken has been the Director of the Dutch Network of Graduate Studies in Business Economics, Board Member of the Energy Delta Institute, and of the Dutch Association of Universities. His Ph.D. in Economics and Master in Econometrics (cum laude) are the basis of his research, focused on monetary policy and transmission, business cycle fluctuations, corporate investment and sports statistics.

  • Eva Åkesson


    Eva Åkesson, Professor of Chemical Physics and Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University, has long experience of higher education leadership and administration nationally and internationally, including current positions on the Council of the University of Tartu and the International Advisory Board of the University of Tübingen. She is chair of the Southern African–Nordic Centre and vice-chair of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.


Working Groups

Coordination by EB members
Support from policy officer at CG Office



Administrative & Financial Committee
Coimbra Group Office


General Assemblies History

Statutes (French only)

Foundation Charter 1987