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 Networks. Member of the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group since 2015, he was elected Chair in June 2017 and re-elected in June 2020 for four years.

    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.

    Professor Thilly is Coordinator of the EC2U European University Alliance and coordinates the informal group of the 24 newly selected Alliances.

  • Cláudia Cavadas (Vice-Chair)


    Cláudia Cavadas is Vice-Rector for Research, Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra. Member of the Executive Board since 2019, she was elected Vice-Chair in June 2021.

    Cláudia Cavadas works on the field of aging and neuroendocrinology and is co-author of around 70 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. She was the elected President of the Portuguese Society of Pharmacology.


  • Beatrix Busse


    Beatrix Busse (born 1973 in Haren) is Professor of English Linguistics and the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Teaching at the University of Cologne. From 2011 to 2019 she held the Chair of English Linguistics at Heidelberg University where she was appointed as Vice-Rector for Teaching and Student Affairs twice, from 2013 to 2019. Busse has a broad range of research interests that include stylistics, corpus linguistics, history of English and historical pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language in urban space with a focus on Brooklyn, New York, and transfer linguistics.

    Busse is part of the steering committee and the person responsible on behalf of the University of Cologne for EUniWell –the European University for Well-Being.

  • Daniel Donoghue


    Daniel Donoghue is Professor in the Department of Geography, Co-director of Durham University Institute for Data Science at Durham University. He recently served as University Dean for Internationalisation and as Deputy Head of Faculty 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.

  • Dorota Malec


    Dorota Malec is the Jagiellonian University Vice-Rector for International Relations, a lawyer, professor of jurisprudence, and former Vice-Dean of the JU Faculty of Law and Administration (2008-2016) and JU Vice-Rector for University Development (2016-2020). She chairs the JU Department of Administrative History and Thought and JU Source 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.

  • Coco Norén


    Coco Norén is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University and Professor of French. She is the former Dean of the Faculty of Languages (2014-2020). After receiving her PhD in 1999, she was a Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Studies (2002-2008) and an Academy Research Fellow at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (2008-2013). In 2015 she was elected a member of the Research Leads Group in the Matariki Network (2015-2020) and she chairs Uppsala University’s Steering Committee for ENLIGHT, a European University Alliance, since 2021. Her field of research is argumentation, text linguistics and polyphony in modern French, in particular European parliamentary discourse and spoken practices. She joined the Executive Board in June 2021.

  • 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.

  • Elmer Sterken


    Elmer Sterken is a Professor of Monetary Economics at Groningen University. He is the former Interim Director at the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut in Rome (2019-2020) and Rector Magnificus at the University of Groningen (2011-2019). Previously, 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.

  • Luca Verzichelli (Treasurer)


    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.

    Member of the Executive Board since 2017, he serves as elected Treasurer since June 2018.

  • 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.

Rectors’ Advisory Group

  • Tomáš Zima (Honorary President)


    Tomáš Zima graduated from the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Prague, in 1990, after he worked at the Institute of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry of the First Faculty of Medicine. In 1999, he switched to the Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Diagnostics, which he led until now. In 2001, Mr. Tomáš Zima became a professor of medical chemistry and biochemistry. He also specialises in clinical biochemistry, internal medicine and nephrology.

    Professor Tomáš Zima was the Dean of the First Faculty of Medicine between 2005-2012 and since 2014 he became the Rector of Charles University and the President of the Czech Rectors’ Conference. Prof. Tomáš Zima is a member of UNICA Steering Committee and a member of EUROPAEUM Board of Trustees since 2016. Prof. Tomáš Zima is an author of more than 450 articles, citated more then 3400 (SCI), 8 books and the co-author of 71 chapters in books, H-index is 31. He gives more than 140 lectures abroad. Prof. Tomáš Zima is a member in many learned and scientific societies (e.g. Academia Europea, Czech Medical Academy, Czech Learned Society), their Boards (e.g. member of Executive Board EFLM) and a member of the European Commission’s Scientific Panel for Health (SPH).

  • Daniela Mapelli


  • Anne Fraïsse


    Anne Fraïsse has been President of the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 since January 2021.

    Anne Fraïsse is a Latin professor at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. She was elected Dean of Faculty of Literature, Arts, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis twice, from 2002 to 2008, after which she became President of this University for two terms, from 2008 to 2012. She has just been re-elected for a third term.

    She exercised responsibilities in national instances, as a member of the CNESER –National Council of Higher Education and Research – and the ABES, and in particular at the French Conference of University Presidents (CPU) of which she was Vice-President (2010 to 2012), a member of the Office, President of the Commission for Student Activities and Social Issues, before she joined the Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014.

    She is a member of the CRISES team – Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Human and Social Sciences in Montpellier. Her works and articles have mainly been published by Sources Chrétiennes, Brepols, and Latomus; they revolve around two lines of research which common factor is translation, both technical and as an object of research and a thesis. The first line of research relates to theology and the historical background of christological heresies in the fourth and sixth century – reception of the Council of Chalcedon; theological vocabulary issues regarding the terms of nature; hypostasis; prosopon; doctrinal divergences or lack of clear formulation of the Christ’s metaphysics as a person. The second line of research deals with Christianity’s reception of classical culture; the reutilization of Ancient philosophy and rhetoric’s vocabulary and frameworks for thought, which become propaedeutic to Christianity, especially with the Biblical epic – Juvencus; Arator; Sedulius.

    Anne Fraïsse has been admitted as a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour, and made a Commander of the Academic Palm.

  • Pilar Aranda Ramírez


    Dr Pilar Aranda Ramírez is a full professor of Physiology at the University of Granada. She has been Rector of the University of Granada since June 2015 and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Health Sciences Technology Park of Granada. She was the Vice-President of the Spanish Rectors’ Conference from November 2017 to May 2019.

  • Jukka Kola


    Jukka Kola is the Rector of the University of Turku and the Chairman of the national Forum for International Affairs in Higher Education and Research of Finland. He previously held the posts of Rector (2013-2018), Vice-Rector (2010-2013) and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (2004-2009) at the University of Helsinki where he started his career as Professor in the 1990s. His academic field is Agricultural Economics and Policy.

    Jukka Kola has also served as a trustee in several international associations, including the Executive Committees and the Board of Directors of e.g. the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE), the International Food and Agribusiness Association (IFAMA), for which he still acts as a Counsellor, and the League of the European Research Universities (LERU) where he was a member of the Board of Directors and the Rectors’ Assembly.

  • 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.

  • Toomas Asser


Administrative & Financial Committee

  • Markus Gelhoet (Chair)


    Markus Gelhoet heads the Department of Finances and Control at the University of Göttingen. Since 2014, he is member of the Administrative and Financial Committee. He act as Chair since 2017.

    Markus Gelhoet graduated in Business Administration with a focus on Information Systems. After his PhD in 2009, he joined the University of Göttingen and served in different positions in financial and research administration.

Working Groups

Coordination by EB members Support from policy officer at CG Office

Coimbra Group Office

See the composition of the Office here


General Assemblies History

Statutes (French only)

Foundation Charter 1987