Who we are

Governing Board

Henrik C. Wegener

Rector of University of Copenhagen; current Chair of the 4EU+ Governing Board

Henrik C. Wegener has been Rector and president of the University of Copenhagen since March 2017. He is an internationally recognised expert on food safety, zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging infectious diseases. He has served as advisor to national and international authorities & governments, (including the position as a Chief Science Advisor to the European Commission, and Chair of the High Level Group of EC Chief Science Advisors), international organizations and private companies, and universities and research foundations. He has served, and is presently serving, on several national and international committees and boards. Professor Wegener is a former Provost and Executive Vice President of the Technical University of Denmark.

Milena Králíčková

Rector of Charles University

Prof. Milena Králíčková, M.D., Ph.D. has been the Rector of Charles University since 1 February 2022. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen at Charles University in Prague in 1996, after which she worked at the Department of Histology and Embryology and at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University hospital and the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen. In 1997 she was awarded by the Fulbright Commission Scholarship for the academic year 1998/1999 and she worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in Boston, U.S.A. in the Reproductive Endocrine Unit.

In 2016, Mrs. Králíčková became a professor of medical histology and embryology. She was the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen between 2010 and 2014 and the Vice Rector for Education of Charles University between 2014 and 2022.

Frauke Melchior

Rector of Heidelberg University

Frauke Melchior has been Rector of Heidelberg University since October 2023. She studied chemistry at the University of Marburg and the University of Bristol (UK) and in 1990 earned her doctorate in Marburg on a biochemical topic. As a postdoctoral researcher in the field of molecular cell biology, she first worked at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and from 1992 at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla (USA). In 1998 Frauke Melchior started the first research group of her own at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich. Six years later she accepted a professorship for biochemistry in the field of human medicine at the University of Göttingen. In 2008 Frauke Melchior was appointed Professor of Molecular Biology at Heidelberg University. From 2021 to 2023 she was a member of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich, one of the research centres in the Helmholtz Association.

Stéphane Braconnier

President of Paris-Panthéon-Assas University

Stéphane Braconnier is Professor in Public Law and President of Paris-Panthéon-Assas University since November 2020.

He holds expertise in several fields of Public Economic law: Public Procurement law, outsourcing of public activities, Public-Private Partnerships, Competition law, and more.

He is the author of numerous publications on these subjects and frequently moderates seminars and training sessions in France and abroad, for example in South America, East Asia, and Africa.

He has also extensive experience in international project management, having served as counsel and as the former Dean of Assas International on Singapore campus.

Nathalie Drach-Temam

President of Sorbonne University

Nathalie Drach-Temam was elected President of Sorbonne University on 14 December 2021. With a background in mathematics, Nathalie Drach-Temam was a professor in computer science at Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) and then at Sorbonne University following the merger. Her area of expertise concerns the design of processors, the brains of any digital system, taking into account both hardware and software.

She has led numerous national and international academic and industrial projects and is currently a member of European and national networks of excellence and expertise.

From 2012 to 2016, Nathalie Drach-Temam was a Vice-President at UPMC in charge of career planning and student life, then in charge of education and career planning from 2016 to 2017. She was previously Vice-President of Research, Innovation and Open Science at Sorbonne University from 2018 to 2021.

Yves Flückiger

Rector of the University of Geneva

Yves Flückiger is the current Rector of the University of Geneva since July 2015 and the former President of swissuniversities, serving from February 2020 to January 2023. He has a degree in Economics and Sociology, a doctorate in Political Economy from the University of Geneva, and has worked as a research fellow at Harvard and Oxford, a visiting professor at the universities in Fribourg and Lausanne, and a senior lecturer at Australia's Deakin University. He has authored numerous books and more than 120 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, with his teaching focusing on labour economics, industrial organization, and public finances. Flückiger has also directed various projects supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. He was a member of the Competition Commission and a scientific advisor to the Swiss national fund for scientific research. From July 2007 to July 2015, he was Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva, responsible for finances, international relations, strategic planning, and the objectives agreement with the Council of State.

Elio Franzini

Rector of the University of Milan

Elio Franzini has been Rector of the University of Milan since October 2018.

Full professor of Aesthetics and Aesthetics of Objects at the University of Milan since 1994, from 2004 to 2010 he was Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy after having been President of the degree programme in Communication Sciences.

From 2005 to 2010, he chaired the Conference of Deans of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy and from 2011, for over a year, he was Vice-Rector for Education.

Since 2015, he has been President of the Italian Society of Aesthetics (SIE) and a member of the Academic Senate of the University of Milan.

He has served, and he is presently serving, in national and international committees as the International Centre for Aesthetic Studies and the Lombardy Institutes of Sciences, Literature & Arts.

Alojzy Z. Nowak

Rector of the University of Warsaw

Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak graduated from SGH Warsaw School of Economics in 1984. He has been affiliated with the University of Warsaw since 1984. He earned his doctoral degree in Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw and received the title of professor in 2002.

Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak has been holding a variety of leadership roles: Vice-Dean (1999-2006) and Dean of the Faculty of Management (2006–2012, 2016–2020), and Vice-Rector in charge of research and cooperation for four consecutive years. Since 2020, he has been holding the position of Rector of the University of Warsaw.

During his academic career he has been delivering lectures in a number of universities, mainly in France, UK, USA, China, and Korea.

Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak chairs the Academic Sports Association (Akademicki Związek Sportowy, AZS) – one of the biggest sports associations for students in Poland.