Meet our board members

Philipp Mehl

Philipp Mehl is president of the Munich European Forum e.V. since mid 2017. He has been with the association since 2015, as a chair in the media and advocacy committees. Philipp is working as a data protection consultant for one of the big four consulting firms. He is also an LL.M. candidate at the Europa-Institut in Saarbrücken, specializing in European Economic Law and Human Rights Law. He finished his BA in Political Science and Law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. He has gained professional experience as Head of Marketing for a beverage company, as public relations manager and journalist.

He is interested in topics like cyber security, cyber warfare, lawmaking in the digital age and data protection.


Ionut-Vlad Sutea

Ionut-Vlad Sutea is the Vice-President of the Munich European Forum since mid 2017, succeeding the Assessor position held since 2016. Ionut is currently pursuing a Joint International Masters in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies awarded by the University of Glasgow, Dublin City University and Charles University, while he previously obtained a BA in Security Studies from the Babes-Bolyai University (UBB), Cluj, Romania. He founded a web platform for strategic analysis and open-source intelligence called T-Intelligence that seeks to promote the Transatlantic bond and forward Euro-Atlantic security interests.

Geopolitics and counter-insurgency in the Middle East are his focus – in this matter he underwent a semester of field research being based at Ankara University (Turkey). His first participation was at the Brussels European Forum (BEF) of 2015 when he assumed the role of the Turkish Defense Minister in NATO’s NAC – he is currently chairing the NAC Committee. He will begin a work-based placement at ARX, an British maritime security solutions company.


Jan-Philipp Grande

Jan-Philipp Grande is treasurer of Munich European Forum e.V. since mid 2017. He is a member since 2016, participating and chairing in the North Atlantic Council. Jan-Philipp is currently studying at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and pursuing a MA in European Studies. Before, he finished a BA in Political Science and Sociology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. His focus lays mainly on the EU as external actor in general and EU’s foreign policy in particular. Jan-Philipp has worked as external employee for a political foundation, managing and conducting seminars, and was trainee in the Bavarian state parliament.

He strives for a position in one of the EU-institutions to apply his scientific interests on his future employment


Ștefania-Felicia Pavel

Ștefania-Felicia Pavel is the Secretary of the Munich European Forum, and before joining the board in 2017, she went from being a participant at Brussels European Forum 2016 in the Council of the European Union to co-chairing it during the following edition. Ștefania is finishing her Bachelor in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Bucharest, Romania, with a thesis on the European Fiscal Compact. Her passion for the European construct is testified by her being a Young European Ambassador of the Young European Neighbours Network and an initiator of the federalist movement Junge Europäische Föderalisten (JEF) in Romania, these being complemented by an internship in Political Communication for an MEP. Also, while an Erasmus student, she discovered a budding interest for security studies while an intern of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic. Now she intends to delve into Romanian politics by being a future intern at the Presidential Administration of Romania.

Kenneth Wallace-Müller

Kenneth Wallace-Müller is an Assessor for the Munich European Forum since October 2015 and has been on the Brussels European Forum Organisational Committee since mid-2014. Kenneth is a trainee Solicitor (a trainee lawyer in English & Wales) and is currently finishing his degrees in English and Austrian law, following a qualification in Biological Sciences where he specialised in Genetics. Kenneth expects to qualify in mid-2019 and is specialising in energy and project infrastructure law. He has an interest in European and comparative law, as well as international relations, geopolitics and the international relevance of scientific and technological developments. He has been a member of MEF since 2014.

Joao Lucas Hilgert

Joao Lucas Hilgert is an Assessor for the Munich European Forum since October 2017 and has been on the Brussels European Forum Organisational Committee since mid-2017. He was a Business Management major and now is pursuing a degree in Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. He has previously worked as Business Development Manager in the technology sector, as Market Analyst for a consulting company and is currently Managing Partner for a startup in the advertisement business. Along with his business, Joao hopes to follow a career in academia in Political Science. He is particularly interested in political theory and foreign policy.


Carmen Murgu

Carmen Murgu has been a assessor for the Munich European Forum e.v. since November 2017. She is currently in the final months of Bachelor’s degree in Security Studies at University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The research subject of the final thesis will be Soviet Legacy in the Eastern Europe. She first participated in the conference in 2017, representing the Foreign Minister of Austria in the FAC. She is currently finishing her Erasmus winter semester at the University of Regensburg in Germany. She is mainly interested in negotiations simulations, gaing experience from and participating in the Simulation of the Romanian Parliament and in the Regensburg Model United Nations 2017, assuming the role of the delegation of Lebanon.

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