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AU Brussels | Guest Speakers

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AU Brussels students sit around a conference table with guest speakers

Do you want to become a global leader or policy maker? Then learn first-hand what it’s all about from today’s leaders and policy makers.

The European Union in Action Program features guest speakers who are actively involved in making, shaping, and influencing the policy process. In Brussels, the program visits the European Union institutions where officials discuss how these institutions really work from the inside. Likewise at NATO we learn from officials and senior military officers about how the alliance forges consensus among its members to grapple with today’s security challenges. On this program, you rub shoulders with Ambassadors, government officials, journalists, and lobbyists as you learn the ropes of the policy process in Brussels. Guest speakers are also what the field trips are ultimately all about, as you meet with representatives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the EU, NATO, and other international organizations to see foreign policy in action.

Although the guest speakers who talk to students in the program vary widely from semester to semester, here are some examples of policy makers who have met with previous groups of students to give you a taste of what to expect:

  • The Honorable Denise Bauer, United States Ambassador to Belgium
  • Ambassador Bruce Berton, Deputy High Representative of Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Mr. Wayne Bush, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Executive Management
  • Ms. Vlora Citaku, Kosovar Minister for European Integration
  • Her Excellency Emine Çolak, Turkish Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Phillipe De Backer, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr. Marko Djuric, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Republic of Serbia
  • Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Emerging Challenges
  • Mr. James Elles, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr. Malik Ellahi, Head of Political Affairs, OPCW
  • Ms. Christina Gallach, Head of Public Relations, Council of the EU
  • General David R. Hogg, US Military Representative to NATO
  • Ambasssador Marina Jovicevic, Serbian Assistant Minister for European Integration
  • President Koen Lenaerts, European Court of Justice
  • Ambassador Milivoje Jurišić, Secretary of Montenegro’s Negotiating Group to the EU
  • Mr. Jeremy Moakes, Communications Officer, Council of Europe
  • Mr. Jens Nymand-Christenson, Deputy Director General, European Commission
  • Dr. Mihaela Osorio, Political Advisor to EUSR, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Her Excellency Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the EU
  • Mr. John Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Mission to the European Union
  • Ms. Magdelena Spalinska, Press Spokesperson, ICTY
  • Mr. Arian Spasse, Director of the EU Directorate, Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Peter Stastny, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr. Louis Telemachou, Deputy Director of EU Affairs, Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr. Joannes Thuy, Press Spokesperson, Eurojust
  • Mr. Johannes Viereck, Head of Political and Military Section, OHR Bosnia-Herzegovina

Being able to visit the European institutions that we are learning about in the classroom is incredible, and I would not change that for the world.

-Student Evaluation

AU students at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
AU Brussels students visit with an ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Serbia.

I would recommend this program because of the amazing opportunities to hear from incredible people and learn a lot about Europe and policy.

-Student Evaluation