Our team

Marie-Laure Muchery - Fund Manager

Marie-Laure has 10 years' professional and volunteer experience in philanthropy. Before joining Civitates, she was with Fondation de France, advising hosted funds and managing grant-making activities with a thematic focus on international aid, fundamental rights, and freedoms, as well as youth and civil society empowerment especially in North Africa. She has previously worked in the diplomatic and cultural sectors. Marie-Laure graduated from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble and Oxford Brookes University in Political Sciences and holds a postgraduate degree in International relations and cultural affairs from the University of Lyon.

Roy Virah-Sawmy - Programme Manager

Roy joined NEF in March 2017 as a trainee. Since January 2018, Roy is the Fund Assistant for Civitates. He holds a LLB, English and French Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury and a LLM in Human Rights Law and International Law from the Brussels School of International Studies(University of Kent). Roy previously worked in the legal field in his home country, Mauritius and also has experience in journalism. He had the opportunity to live in Mauritius, England and France. His personal and professional life led him to Brussels.

Ekaterina Mandova - Programme Officer

Ekaterina Mandova joined NEF as a Programme Officer for Civitates in April 2020. She holds a master degree in Journalism, Media and Globalisation and one of her passions is radio production. Throughout the years, she has been involved in different journalistic projects and initiatives around Europe. As a journalist, she has worked for private and community media outlets in Bulgaria and Austria. Before joining Civitates, Ekaterina worked for different organisations on topics related to social and environmental issues.