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Ann METTLER

Head of EPSC
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Ann METTLER is the head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank of the European Commission.

Prior to assuming this position in December 2014, she was for eleven years executive director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank she co-founded in 2003. From 2000-2003, she worked at the World Economic Forum, where she last served as director for Europe.

Ann Mettler holds Masters Degrees in political science and European law and economics, and graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico, USA, and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany.

  • Executive Director, Lisbon Council, 2003-2014
  • Director for Europe, World Economic Forum, 2000-2003

  • Master in European law and economics, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn (DE), 1999
  • Master in political science, University of New Mexico (USA), 1997

Leonardo QUATTRUCCI

Policy Assistant to the Head of EPSC
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Leonardo Quattrucci joined the EPSC after a Blue Book Traineeship at the Directorate-General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technology and experiences at Purpose.com, a technology-enabled movement-building venture, the Italian Parliament and the US Embassy in Italy.

Leonardo is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and has been recognised by Forbes magazine among the top 30 Under 30 leaders in European policy (inaugural cohort).

He holds a degree in International Affairs from John Cabot University, an American university in Italy, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, UK.

  • Forbes 30 Under 30, Europe, Forbes, 2016
  • Global Shaper, World Economic Forum, 2013-present

  • Master of public policy, University of Oxford (UK), 2014
  • B.A. International Affairs, John Cabot University (US/Italy), 2013

Carmen TRESGUERRES

Assistant to the Head of EPSC
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Prior to joining the EPSC in January 2015, Carmen TRESGUERRES worked as an assistant to the analysis team of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA). Earlier, working as a university researcher, documentalist, editor, librarian and assistant, she earned wide experience in managing content, information and documentation for different audiences and formats.

Carmen Tresguerres holds a Master Degree in Geography and History from Oviedo University, did PhD courses in Middle Age art history at Complutense University and Master courses in European studies at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain.

  • Master in European Studies, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (ES), 2011
  • PhD courses in Middle Age Art History, Complutense Universiy (ES), 1995
  • Master in Geography and History, Oviedo University (ES), 1992

Paweł ŚWIEBODA

Deputy Head of EPSC
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Prior to joining the EPSC as Deputy Head and acting Leader of the institutional team, Paweł ŚWIEBODA was President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy, an EU policy think tank based in Warsaw, from 2006 to 2015. Earlier, he was Director of the EU Department at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the years 2001-2006 and EU Advisor to the President of Poland from 1996 to 2000.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of London, UK, he is a member of a number of advisory boards of European think tanks as well as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Europe of the World Economic Forum. In 2013/2014, he was Rapporteur of the Review of European Innovation Partnerships.

  • President, demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy (PL), 2006-2015
  • Director of the EU Department, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2001-2006

  • MA in international relations, University of London (UK), 1995
  • BSs in economics, London School of Economics (UK), 1994

Alexandra Brannigan

Assistant to the Deputy Head of EPSC
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Prior to joining the EPSC in March 2016, Alexandra BRANNIGAN worked in the pool of assistants to the Cabinets of European Commissioners. Before that, she lived in four countries and worked, amongst other roles, as Corporate Social Responsibility (CsR) Coordinator for the Brussels NGO Serve the City; Operations Assistant for Airbnb in Dublin; translator for EuroparlTV and freelance translator, interpreter, editor and subtitler. From 1999 to 2001, she ran her own legal practice in Athens and Aegina, Greece.

Alexandra BRANNIGAN holds a Degree in Law (LLB) from Athens University, Greece and a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Translation from Westminster University, UK.

  • Master of Arts in Bilingual Translation, University of Westminster, UK, 1998
  • Degree in Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1996

Hors Classe Senior Advisers

Robert MADELIN

Hors Class Senior Adviser
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Robert MADELIN is the European Commission’s first ever Senior Innovation Adviser since September 2015, a post created within the EPSC.

Born in 1957, Robert was educated in England at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has also studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris.

A public servant since 1979 in London, Robert has served in the Commission since 1993, and at DG Level since 2004.

Since his initial baptism of fire concluding the GATT Uruguay Round of trade liberalisation in the Cabinet of Vice President Leon Brittan, Robert has at different times led Commission work on investment, Asia-Pacific trade, services and biotech in DG Trade, followed by health, food safety, agricultural innovation and consumer protection (2004-2010) and digital innovation, Internet governance, telecoms unions and media policy (2010-2015).

Pedro DAS NEVES MOREIRA

Policy Assistant
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Pedro DAS NEVES MOREIRA is the Policy Assistant to the Senior Innovation Advisor. Prior to joining the EPSC, Pedro DAS NEVES MOREIRA was team leader in the Directorate General 'Communication networks, content and technology' (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission working on Data Technologies and Analytics. Between 2004 and 2014, he was an expert consultant working on IT Service Management and Business alignment areas, processes and organisational maturity enhancements.

He graduated at the Haute Ecole de Bruxelles in Computer Sciences and carried out post-graduates studies in Information Technology Management at the Open University, in European Union Law at the King's College in London and in Strategic IT management at the Derby University, London.


Claus SØRENSEN

Hors Class Senior Adviser
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Claus HAUGAARD SØRENSEN is Senior Adviser on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

Prior to assuming this post in September 2015, he was for four years the Director General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). Before that he held the post of Director General of Communication in the European Commission.

Mr. Sørensen is a career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. His first posting from 1981 was in Paris, at the Danish Delegation to the OECD.

Between 1988 and 1989 he was trade and finance councillor at the Danish Permanent Representation in Brussels.

The following year he joined the Cabinet of Vice-president Henning Christophersen working on the EURO, relations with Eastern Europe, the Enlargement with Sweden, Austria and Finland as well as the European Social dimension and Environmental issues.

As Sweden acceded to the EU in 1995 he became a member of their first Cabinet dealing notably with the fight against transnational organised crime, social and labour market issues and the further enlargement of the EU to the East.

Between 1999 and 2011, Mr. Sørensen had management positions within the European Commission, most notably Director for International Environmental issues, Head of Cabinet for the Commissioner for Agriculture and later Head of Cabinet for the Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian assistance.

Mr Sørensen has a Master of Economic Science and is regularly lecturing at the University of Lund, York and Copenhagen.

  • Director-General, DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, 2011-2015
  • Director-General, DG Communication, 2006-2011
  • Head of Cabinet, Commissioner Fischer Boel’s Cabinet, 2004-2006
  • Head of Cabinet, Commissioner Nielson’s Cabinet, 1999-2003
  • First Secretary, Danish Delegation to OECD, Paris, Trade and Economic and Development Review Committee (EDRC), 1981-1984

Beatrix HERMANN

Assistant
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Beatrix HERMANN joined the EPSC on 1 September 2015 as assistant to Claus Sorensen, Senior Adviser on Resilience, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. She has been working for the European Commission since 2005, as assistant to the Director General of ECHO, of DG COMM and at the Spokesperson's Service.

Prior to joining the Commission Beatrix worked for 8 years as assistant and then accountant for USAID Hungary.


Karl–Friedrich FALKENBERG

Hors Class Senior Adviser
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On 1st September 2015, Karl FALKENBERG was appointed as Senior Advisor at European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) dealing with Sustainable Development. He is a trained economist and journalist. He has a long experience as negotiator in the European Commission.

He started his career in the Commission as textiles negotiator, has dealt with international fisheries issues and since 1985 with the GATT. In 1990, he served as foreign policy advisor to EU President Jacques Delors, with particular focus on the German unification process. He was involved in the Uruguay Round negotiations and has been negotiating the telecommunications and financial services agreements in WTO. From 1997 to December 2000 he was in charge of the coordination of all WTO issues. In 2001 he was appointed Director in charge of sectoral trade policies and bilateral trade relations with North America, Japan, the Mediterranean area and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and in 2002 Director for Free trade agreements, Agricultural trade questions, ACP. From 2005 to 2008 he coordinated all bilateral trade policies as Deputy Director General. In January 2009, he took up the position of Director General of the Environment, covering the EU's environmental policy in both its domestic and international dimensions.

Lore GENAND

Policy Assistant
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Lore GENAND has joined the EPSC on 1 September 2015 to work on Sustainable Development with Hors Class Senior Adviser Karl Falkenberg. She works for the European Commission since 2003, having spent the last 3 years before joining the EPSC in DG Environment as the Policy Assistant to the Director General. Her previous experience in the Commission is in DG Trade, where she spent 10 years dealing with bilateral trade negotiations with the Maskrak and the Gulf countries, with Japan and Korea as regards intellectual property issues, and with multilateral/WTO negotiations on geographical indications. She participated in the 2012 European Diplomatic Programme and she is a regular invited lecturer at the University of Rennes (France). She started her professional path as a lawyer in the Brussels's based office of an international law firm.

  • European Commission, since 2003
  • International Law firm, 1999-2002

  • Master in European Law, University of Rennes, 1998
  • Law Degree, University of Rennes, 1997
  • Law Degree, University of Brussels (ULB), 2001

Julie NICOLAIDES

Assistant
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Julie Nicolaïdès has joined the EPSC on 1 September 2015 to work on Sustainable Development with Hors Class Senior Adviser Karl Falkenberg and Lore Genand. She works for the European Commission since 2002, having spent 13 years in DG Environment. She started assisting the CITES Team (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), passing then to the Water, International Relations and Biodiversity Unit where she was mostly dealing with the organisation of International Conferences/Convention as well as being in charge of the financial follow-up of contracts and HR issues. Her last task in DG ENV was Project Manager of the European Green Capital Award and the European Green Leaf initiative.

  • European Commission, DG Environment, 2002 -

  • Master in International Trade, EPHEC - Brussels, 2001
  • Traineeship, Fortis Bank Barcelona, 2001

Adviser on Migration and Demography

Rainer Münz

Adviser on Migration and Demography to the EPSC
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Prior to joining the EPSC as special adviser on Migration and Demography Rainer Münz was Head of Research and Development at Erste Group, a Central European retail bank headquartered in Vienna. He also worked as Senior Fellow at the European think tank Bruegel (Brussels), the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) and at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI, Washington DC).

Until 2004, Rainer Münz had an academic career as researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 1980-1992 and at the Department of Mathematics of Finance/ TU Vienna, 2002-2004 as well as university professor at Humboldt University, Berlin (1992-2002). He also was visiting professor at the Universities of Bamberg, UC Berkeley, Frankfurt, HU Jerusalem, Klagenfurt, Vienna and Zurich. He currently teaches at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest.

In 2000-01 Rainer Münz was member of the German commission on immigration reform (Suessmuth commission). Between 2008 and 2010 he was Member of the high level “Reflection Group Horizon 2020-2030” of the European Council (Gonzales commission). Currently he is one of the chairs of KNOMAD, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development and co-chair of IOM's Migration Advisory Board.

  • Head of Research and Development at Erste Group, Vienna, 2004-2015
  • Professor of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin, 1992-2002

  • PhD in Demography, Vienna University, 1979

Legal Adviser

Christian CALLIESS

Legal Adviser to the EPSC
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Christian CALLIESS is Legal Adviser to the EPSC and (currently under administrative suspension) Professor for Public and European Law at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, where he holds an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair as well.

In 2008 Christian was appointed a member of the Advisory Council on the Environment, which reports to the German Federal Government. In 2010 he was elected by the European Commission for an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair. In 2009 he was a 'Professeur invité' at the Sorbonne, Paris II, France, and in 2010 he was Visiting Professor at Lewis & Clark in Portland (Oregon, USA), a top ranked Law School in the field of environmental law. Since 2008 he has been advising the German Parliament (Bundestag) in questions of constitutional and European law, also representing the Bundestag before the German Constitutional Court. He co-edits a Commentary on European Law and has regularly published on questions of European, constitutional and environmental law.

From 1984 to 1990 Christian Calliess studied law at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Göttingen, Germany, specializing in European law. In 1990 he received a scholarship supported by the German Foreign Ministry to study at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

After his legal clerkship in Berlin (that included an internship in the Legal Service of the Commission in 1992) Christian Calliess finished his law education in 1995 with his Second State Examination. In the same year he received his Ph.D. at the University of Saarbrücken and joined the Europa Institut of the university as a research fellow and reader of European law. After having finished his habilitation (second book) in 2000, Christian became Professor at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In 2001 he was appointed a Professor and Director of the Institute for European Law at the University of Graz, Austria, from 2003 to 2008 he was Professor and Director of the Institute of International and European Law at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

  • Professor for Public and European Law, Universities of Graz (A) 2001-2003, Goettingen (DE) 2003-2008 and Freie Universität Berlin (DE) 2008-present (currently under administrative suspension)
  • Jean Monnet Chair, 2010-present
  • Adviser, , Bundestag and the German Government, 2008-2015

  • Ph.D. (1995) and Habilitation (2000), Europa Institut of the University of Saarbrücken
  • Law Studies, First and Second State Examination, Göttingen (1990) and Berlin (1995)

Visiting Fellow

Enrico GIOVANNINI

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Enrico GIOVANNINI, visiting Fellow at the EPSC, is an Italian economist and statistician, member of the Club of Rome. Since 2002 he is full professor of economic statistics at the Rome University “Tor Vergata”.

He was Minister of labour and social policies in the Italian Government of 2013/2014, and prior to that President of the Italian Statistical Institute (ISTAT) between 2009 and 2013, and Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 2001 to 2009.

He is Senior Fellow of the LUISS School of European Political Economy in Rome, Italy, Vice-president of the High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the European Council, Co-Chair of the “Independent Experts Advisory Board on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” established by the UN Secretary-General, member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB) responsible for supervising the functioning of the European Statistical System, member of the “Commission économique de la Nation” established by the French government, member of the Council of the International Statistical Institute and of boards of several Italian and international institutions.

In October 2014, the President of the Italian Republic made him “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic.

  • Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Italy, 2013-2014
  • President, ISTAT (Italian Statistical Institute, 2009-2013
  • Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician, OECD, 2001-2009

  • Full Professor of Economic Statistics, Rome University "Tor Vergata", 2002-ongoing

Economics Team

Lúcio Mauro VINHAS DE SOUZA

Team Leader
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Lúcio VINHAS DE SOUZA was invited to join the EPSC from Moody's in New York, USA, where he was until March 2015 Managing Director and Chief Economist. Before that, he coordinated the economic analysis and forecasting for Developed Economies at the World Bank in Washington, where he co-authored the flagship “Global Economic Prospects” publication. Previously, Dr. VINHAS DE SOUZA was Head of the Russia and Belarus Desk at the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) of the European Commission, and before that he was Coordinator of Research Area at the Kiel Institute for World Economics in Germany. His first work experience was as an international economist at the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

Dr. VINHAS DE SOUZA has been a visiting researcher and visiting fellow at a number of institutions, including the Central Banks of Estonia and Germany, the New Economic School in Moscow and the European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics in Brussels. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Master and Bachelor degrees in economics from the New University of Lisbon in Portugal.

  • Managing Director and Chief Economist, Moody's (USA), 2011-2015
  • Coordinator of economic analysis and forecasting for developed economies, World Bank (USA), 2010-2011

  • Ph.D. in economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL), 2002
  • Master's degree in economics, New University of Lisbon (PT), 1994

Jan–Martin FRIE

Analyst
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Before joining the EPSC, Jan-Martin FRIE worked as research assistant at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in the Financial Markets and Institutions unit. He also worked at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and at the German Institute for International and Security affairs/Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin.

He holds a Master's degree in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a Magister Artium degree in Economics and Politics from the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel.

He speaks German, English and French.

  • Research Assistant, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), 2014–2015

  • Magister Artium in Politics and Economics, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, 2012
  • MA in European Economic Studies,College of Europe, 2013

Foreign Policy Team

Sylvia HARTLEIF

Team Leader
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Prior to joining the EPSC as leader of the foreign policy team Sylvia HARTLEIF was for nine years senior advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag and secretary of the Sub-Committee on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. From 2001 to 2003 she served as legal advisor to the Bundestag's delegation in the Convention on the Future of Europe on which she has published articles and co-authored two books . Her earlier professional commitments include the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, the World Bank and the European Commission.

A graduate of Harvard Kennedy School, USA, and the University of Passau, Germany, she is a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations and a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

  • Senior adviser, Foreign Affairs Committee German Bundestag, 2005-2015
  • Legal adviser, Delegation of the Bundestag to the European Constitutional Convention, 2001-2003

  • Master in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (USA), 2005
  • J.D.,Law School University of Passau (DE), 1996

Ricardo BORGES DE CASTRO

Adviser
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Before joining the EPSC, Ricardo BORGES DE CASTRO was personal assistant and member of Cabinet of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in 2013/2014. Earlier, he followed external relations, enlargement and neighbourhood policies for the President at the European Commission Spokespersons' Service from 2011 to 2013. Previously, he had also served as a political assistant to the Prime Minister of Portugal, from 2002 to 2004, and as an assistant to the Social Democrats in the Foreign Affairs, National Defence and East Timor committees at the Portuguese parliament (1998 to 2002).

He has a Bachelor's degree in international relations from the University Lusíada in Lisbon, Portugal, a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School, USA, and a DPhil in international relations from St Antony's College, Oxford, UK. He has taught at University Lusíada in Lisbon and at the Catholic University of Portugal.

  • Personal assistant and Member of Cabinet, Commission President José Manuel Barroso, 2013-2014
  • Member of the Spokespersons' Service, European Commission, 2011-2013

  • DPhil in international relations, St Antony's College, Oxford (UK), 2011

Michel BEUNEN

Adviser
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Before joining EPSC, Michel BEUNEN was a project officer in the Directorate General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, where he provided EU assistance for institution building in the field of rule of law and police reform for authorities in all neighbourhood countries. Previously, he worked for a Member of the European Parliament with a focus on foreign policy and enlargement negotiations. He has a Bachelor's degree in European studies from The Hague University of Applied Science in The Netherlands and is a graduate in International relations of the Belgian Université Libre de Bruxelles.

  • Project officer Justice and Home Affairs, Directorate General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission, 2011-2015
  • Policy adviser, European Parliament, 2006-2011

  • Graduate in International relations, Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE), 2005
  • Bachelor's degree in European studies, The Hague University of Applied Science (NL), 2001

Guillaume de la Brosse

Adviser
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Prior to joining the EPSC as adviser in the Foreign Policy team, Guillaume de La Brosse was member of the cabinet of the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (Strategy and Policy Unit), in charge of coordination with the European Commission on defence issues, relations with NATO and industrial policy. Previously, from 2006 to 2011, he worked at the French Permanent Representation to the EU as adviser for political-military issues, in charge of Common Security and Defence Policy, crisis management and defence, including during the French Presidency of the EU in 2008. From 2004 until 2006, he also served as a parliamentary researcher to a Member of the German Bundestag and to a Member of the Assemblée Nationale.

He holds a double-Master in Political sciences (Sciences Po Paris, France, and Freie Universität Berlin, Germany). He teaches at Ecole Nationale d'Administration and supports EU simulation in Sciences Po.

He speaks French, English, German.

Institutional Team

Christian CALLIESS

Team Leader
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Christian CALLIESS is Legal Adviser to the EPSC and (currently under administrative suspension) Professor for Public and European Law at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, where he holds an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair as well.

In 2008 Christian was appointed a member of the Advisory Council on the Environment, which reports to the German Federal Government. In 2010 he was elected by the European Commission for an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair. In 2009 he was a 'Professeur invité' at the Sorbonne, Paris II, France, and in 2010 he was Visiting Professor at Lewis & Clark in Portland (Oregon, USA), a top ranked Law School in the field of environmental law. Since 2008 he has been advising the German Parliament (Bundestag) in questions of constitutional and European law, also representing the Bundestag before the German Constitutional Court. He co-edits a Commentary on European Law and has regularly published on questions of European, constitutional and environmental law.

From 1984 to 1990 Christian Calliess studied law at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Göttingen, Germany, specializing in European law. In 1990 he received a scholarship supported by the German Foreign Ministry to study at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

After his legal clerkship in Berlin (that included an internship in the Legal Service of the Commission in 1992) Christian Calliess finished his law education in 1995 with his Second State Examination. In the same year he received his Ph.D. at the University of Saarbrücken and joined the Europa Institut of the university as a research fellow and reader of European law. After having finished his habilitation (second book) in 2000, Christian became Professor at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In 2001 he was appointed a Professor and Director of the Institute for European Law at the University of Graz, Austria, from 2003 to 2008 he was Professor and Director of the Institute of International and European Law at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

  • Professor for Public and European Law, Universities of Graz (A) 2001-2003, Goettingen (DE) 2003-2008 and Freie Universität Berlin (DE) 2008-present (currently under administrative suspension)
  • Jean Monnet Chair, 2010-present
  • Adviser, , Bundestag and the German Government, 2008-2015

  • Ph.D. (1995) and Habilitation (2000), Europa Institut of the University of Saarbrücken
  • Law Studies, First and Second State Examination, Göttingen (1990) and Berlin (1995)

Mario MARINIELLO

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Mario MARINIELLO joined the EPSC from Bruegel where he was Research Fellow for Competition Policy and Regulation.

With Bruegel, Mario published extensively on issues related to competition policy and ICT regulation. From 2007 to 2012, Mario was a member of the Chief Economist Team at DG-Competition, European Commission. During that time, he developed the economic analysis of a number of topical antitrust and merger cases.

Mario holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Organization from the European University Institute of Fiesole (Florence) and a M.Sc. in Economics from CORIPE (Turin). He is currently teaching a course in European Economic Integration for Master students at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

  • Associate Professor ("Maître de Conférence"), l'Université libre de Bruxelles, 2014–
  • Research Fellow, Bruegel, 2012–2015
  • Economist, Chief Economist Team, DG Competition, European Commission, 2007–2012

  • Ph.D. in Economics, European University Institute, 2008
  • Master's degree in Economics, CO.RI.PE, 2003
  • Bachelor degree in Political Science, University of Florence, 2002

Georg RIEKELES

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Before joining the EPSC Georg Emil RIEKELES was a member of cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Michel Barnier from 2010 to 2014. In that capacity, he worked on single market reform proposals in the area of IPR and public procurement, including defence procurement issues, as well as energy, trade and EU external relations.

Prior to joining the Commission, he worked in the French national administration, including the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry of agriculture and fisheries, where he served as diplomatic advisor to several ministers. He has also had brief spells in the private sector and a non-profit organization.

He has a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and economics from the London School of Economics, UK, and a Master degree from the Institut d'études politiques in Paris, France.

  • Member of Cabinet, Vice-President Michel Barnier, European Commission, 2010-2014
  • Previous experience in French national administration on EU and international affairs

  • Masters degree, Institut d'études politiques, 2005

Outreach and Communication Team

Elisabeth ARDAILLON-POIRIER

Principal Adviser
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Prior to joining the EPSC as principal adviser to the outreach and communications team, Elisabeth ARDAILLON-POIRIER was Senior Vice-President of Publicis Groupe in charge of Global Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility as well as member of the Publicis Strategic Leadership Team for two years. Previously, she served as adviser to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, after being the ECB’s Director Communications for over nine years and chairperson of the External Communications Committee of the European System of Central Banks.

Earlier, she had served as special adviser for press and parliament to the private office of Minister Jean-François Deniau from 1978 to 1981; then as Director of Development with the Bernard Krief Consulting Group from 1981 to 1983; Head of Corporate Communications of Saint-Gobain Groupe from 1983 to 1986; then of Hachette Multimedia Group from 1986 to 1993, with special emphasis on international operations. She subsequently became the first Managing Director of the Hachette Foundation (later renamed Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère) from 1989 to 1993.

When the Economic and Monetary Union came into force, she was appointed Director Communications of the Banque de France, until 2003, and then member of the ECB’s External Communications Committee from 1998 to 2003.

Elisabeth ARDAILLON-POIRIER is a graduate of the Centre d’Etudes Littéraires et Scientifiques Appliquées (CELSA)and holds a Master’s degree in arts and English from Paris Sorbonne. Her awards include France’s Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.

  • Senior Vice-President, Publicis Groupe, 2013-2015
  • Director Communications and adviser to the Executive Board, European Central Bank, 2003-2013

  • Master’s degree in journalism and communications and Master's degree in arts, CELSA. Paris Sorbonne (FR), 1974

Paola ROSSI

Team Coordinator
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Paola ROSSI has been part of the EPSC since 2014 as Deputy Head of the management and resources unit and Team Coordinator for outreach and communication.

She started her career at the European Commission in 1995, spending 5 years as a member of the Cabinet of Internal Market Commissioner Mario Monti. Returning to Italy in 2001, she worked as head of the external relations and communication office in the Cabinet of the Minister for Innovation and Technology. Back in the European Commission since 2003, she worked first as assistant to the Deputy Secretary General, dealing with Commission programming and co-ordination and better regulation, and then as policy assistant to the Director General of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA).

Paola Rossi graduated in economics at the University of Parma, Italy, and holds a postgraduate certificate in European studies from the European College of Parma.

  • Head of external relations and communication office, Italian Minister for Innovation and Technologies, 2001-2003
  • Member of the Cabinet , European Commissioner Mario Monti, 1995-1999

  • Master's in economics, University of Parma (IT)
  • Postgraduate certificate in European studies, European College of Parma (IT), 1989

Laura BELLI

Data Editor
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Laura BELLI joined the European Political Strategy Centre as a Data Analyst in 2015. She worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development from 2005 to 2015 and she is a data visualisation specialist. Fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

  • Statistical Editor, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2007-2015
  • Technical Assistant and Web Manager, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2005-2007

  • MA European Economics and International Finance, Tor Vergata, 2004-2005

Annick HILBERT

Graphic Designer
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Annick HILBERT joined the European Political Strategy Centre as a Graphic Designer in 2015. She was a Graphic Designer in different design agencies in Bruxelles and Paris from 2008 to 2015.

Fluent in French, German, English and Luxembourgish.

  • Freelance Graphic Designer, SMartbe, 2013-2015
  • Graphic Designer, Natixis, 2010-2012

  • Master of Visual Communications, Creapole, 2008

Jonáš JANČAŘÍK

Digital Communications Manager
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Before joining the EPSC, Jonáš Jančařík was social media data analyst with the Euroepan Commission's social media team (DG COMM).

Prior to that, he gained experience in public affairs consultancy (Grayling Belgium, Burson-Marsteller Brussels), working on tech policy among other areas, and as a Blue Book trainee with the Commission's DG Connect.

He holds a MSc in Public Communication Management from Stirling University in Scotland and a MA in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University.

  • Social Media Data Analyst, European Commission (DG COMM), 2015
  • Public Affairs and Social Media Trainee, Burson-Marsteller Brussels, 2014
  • Account Executive, Grayling Belgium, 2013

  • MA European Public Affairs, Maastricht University, 2013
  • MSc Public Communication Management, University of Stirling, 2012
  • Bc Marketing Communications and Public Relations, Charles University, Prague, 2011

Social Affairs Team

Ruby GROPAS

Team Leader
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Before joining the EPSC, Ruby GROPAS was Research Fellow in the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence. She is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges since 2012 and also holds a Lectureship in International Relations at the Law Faculty of the University of Thrace.

Ruby has worked at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and for McKinsey and Co. in Zurich and Athens. She was Southeast Europe Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC (2007, and again in 2009) and Visiting Fellow with the Center for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University (2010-2011).

Her research and publications have focused on different aspects of migration, European integration, foreign policy and human rights. She has served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (2005-2009) and is currently Book Review Co-Editor for the Journal of Common Market Studies. Ruby studied Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Business Management at the University of Maryland, and then pursued her graduate studies in European Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

She holds a PhD in International Relations from Cambridge University.

  • Visiting Professor, College of Europe, 2012-
  • Research Fellow, European University Institute, 2012-2015

  • PhD in International Relations , Cambridge University, 2002
  • MA in European Studies, KUL Leuven, 1996

Barbara KARBOWNIK

Analyst
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Before joining the EPSC, Barbara KARBOWNIK was Deputy Chief of Cabinet of the President of Poland. Prior to that, she worked at the National Bank of Poland as senior economist at the Public Finance Department and then at the Euro Area Department. Apart from working for the public administration, she also gained experience in the corporate world.

Barbara Karbownik holds a master's degree from Warsaw School of Economics (Poland). Her research and publications focus on different aspects of public finance and European integration.

  • Deputy Chief of Cabinet, Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, 2012-2015
  • Senior Economist, National Bank of Poland, 2008-2011

  • Master of Arts,Warsaw School of Economics (PL), 2004

Natacha FAULLIMMEL

Analyst
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Natacha Faullimmel is a policy assistant in the Social Affairs Team.

She joined the Social Affairs team following a Blue Book Traineeship at the EPSC. Prior to joining the team she worked as a Research Assistant at University College London, working on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the field of quantum technology, and experiences at SELCO, a social entreprise specialising access to renewable energy in India.

She holds a Masters and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She speaks French and English.

  • Research Fellow, UCL RRI Tools Project
  • MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation, LSE, 2014

Sustainable Development Team

Sami ANDOURA

Team Leader
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Prior to joining the EPSC as leader of the sustainable development team in June 2015, Sami ANDOURA was Professor and head of the European Energy Policy Chair at the College of Europe for two years.

Earlier, he worked at the Jacques Delors Institute, an EU policy think tank based in Paris, where he served as Senior Research Fellow. From 2005 to 2009, he was the head of the European Affairs Programme at Egmont – The Royal Institute for International Relations, based in Brussels.

Sami Andoura holds Masters Degrees in European and international economic law, and graduated with distinction from the University of Paris Panthéon-Assas-Sorbonne, France, and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He is the author of a wide range of publications on the European Union, in particular on sustainable energy and climate policies and foreign affairs.

  • Senior Research Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute, 2009-2015
  • Professor - Holder of the European Energy Policy Chair, College of Europe, 2013-2015

  • LLM in legal studies , College of Europe, Bruges (BE), 2005
  • LLM in international economic law, Paris Panthéon-Assas-Sorbonne University (FR), 2004

Saïd EL KHADRAOUI

Adviser
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Prior to joining the EPSC as adviser in the sustainable development team, Saïd EL KHADRAOUI was a Member of the European Parliament from 2003 to 2014, where he was co-ordinator and spokesperson for the Group of the Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the Transport Committee and substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

He has also been a Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, in 2003, Deputy Major of Leuven from 2001 to 2003 and an official at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2001 and 2014/2015).

He has a Master's degree in history from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and in international relations from Leuven and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, France.

  • Member, European Parliament, 2003-2014

  • MA in history, University of Leuven (BE), 1997
  • MA in international relations, University of Leuven (BE) and Institut d'Etudes Politiques, 1998

Sónia NETO

Adviser
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Sónia NETO has been member of the EPSC since November 2014. Earlier, she was adviser in the Commission President Barroso's Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) and served, with the support of the EU, as Senior Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for East Timor and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Atul Khare. She was also Chief of Staff to the State Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, Dr. José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

  • Adviser, Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), European Commission, 2006-2014
  • Chief of Staff, State Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of East Timor, 2001-2006

  • PhD Researcher in history, defence and international relations, University Institute of Lisbon (PT)

Philipp OFFENBERG

Analyst
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Prior to joining the EPSC in January 2016, Philipp Offenberg worked for the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin on EU energy policy. Since 2014 he has also been a non-resident Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) King’s College London. He has published on the interaction between EU energy policy and Germany's energy transition as well as on energy security aspects of the EU's neighbourhood policy and spoke at a number of conferences in Asia, Latin America and Russia on the EU's renewable energies policy, EU-Russia energy relations and the Sino-Russian natural gas cooperation.

Philipp Offenberg has gained work experience in the energy industry with Accenture (Utilities – Resources) and BASF subsidiary Wintershall. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, specialising in energy economics and quantitative methods. He also holds a Magister artium (M.A.) in Communications, Political Science and History from University of Mainz (DE) with stays abroad in Moscow and Pamplona (ES) and completed a traineeship in journalism at the Journalist Academy of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

  • Affiliate Fellow, Jacques Delors Institut Berlin, 2014-2016
  • Research Associate, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) King's College London, 2014-2016

  • Master of Public Policy, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin (DE), 2015
  • Magister artium (M.A.), Communications, Political Science and History, University of Mainz (DE), 2013

Management and Resources Unit

Paola COLOMBO

Head of Management and Resources Unit
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Prior to joining the EPSC as Head of the Management and Resources Unit, Paola COLOMBO was Head of the Co-ordination Unit of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers. Earlier, she was member of the cabinet of Ms Viviane Reding Commissioner Information Society and Media and worked in different departments of the European Commission, notably the Secretariat General and the Directorates General for Health and Consumers Protection and for Agriculture and Rural Development dealing with food safety matters and other EU policies in the area of health and consumer protection, research & development, and life sciences and biotechnology.

A graduate in Veterinary Medicine, she was an EU Fellow at the Center of Excellence for European Studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for the Academic Year 2013/2014.

  • Head of the Co-ordination Unit, Bureau of European Policy Advisers, 2007-2014
  • Member of the Cabinet , Commissioner Vivian Reding, 2006-2007

  • Master's Degree in Veterinary Medicine, University of Milano (IT)
  • EU Fellow at the Center of Excellence for European Studies, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (USA), 2013/2014

Paola ROSSI

Team Coordinator
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Paola ROSSI has been part of the EPSC since 2014 as Deputy Head of the management and resources unit and Team Coordinator for outreach and communication.

She started her career at the European Commission in 1995, spending 5 years as a member of the Cabinet of Internal Market Commissioner Mario Monti. Returning to Italy in 2001, she worked as head of the external relations and communication office in the Cabinet of the Minister for Innovation and Technology. Back in the European Commission since 2003, she worked first as assistant to the Deputy Secretary General, dealing with Commission programming and co-ordination and better regulation, and then as policy assistant to the Director General of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA).

Paola Rossi graduated in economics at the University of Parma, Italy, and holds a postgraduate certificate in European studies from the European College of Parma.

  • Head of external relations and communication office, Italian Minister for Innovation and Technologies, 2001-2003
  • Member of the Cabinet , European Commissioner Mario Monti, 1995-1999

  • Master's in economics, University of Parma (IT)
  • Postgraduate certificate in European studies, European College of Parma (IT), 1989

Giulia CAPITANI

Assistant
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Isabelle DECLERE

Assistant
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Cécile DELGRANGE

Assistant
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Martina GUNDA

Assistant

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Mihaela MOLDOVAN

Assistant
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Cristina RUIZ

Assistant
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Michèle TAHON

Assistant
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Aurélie THERACE

Assistant
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Assistants

Kim Hoang LE

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Kim-Hoang LÊ has been with the European Political Strategy Centre since its inception in 2014, after joining the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), working with the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) since 2008.

Prior to joining BEPA she was an assistant to the Head of the Unit at the DG Research (2004-2008).

  • Ethics, Science and New Technologies team (EGE Team), EPSC, Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), European Commission, 2014-2015, 2008-2014
  • Assistant to the Head of the Unit - Administration and Finance, DG RTD, European Commission, 2004–2007
  • Assistant to the Head of the Unit - SME (Small and Medium Enterprise), DG RTD, European Commission, 2007–2008

  • Haute Ecole d'Education Nationale, Ho Chi Minh ville, Vietnam, 1979

Alessandra MORINI

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Prior to joining the EPSC as assistant in January 2016, Alessandra MORINI was a secretary to the Head of Unit Unit I2 (in charge of 'Copernicus') at DG GROW (08/2014 – 12/2015).

She started her first experience, as trainee, at the European Commission in DG REGIO in 2009 for 4 months as a Head of Unit's secretary - Unit D3 in charge of 'Territorial Co-operation, Macro-regions and North-West Europe - Belgium, France and Luxembourg'.

Native speaker of Italian, Alessandra is fluent in French, English and has good command of Dutch.

  • ECSEDI Ecole Supérieure d'Assistante de Direction, Brussels, 2013

Trainees

Stefano DE LUCA

Trainee
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Prior to joining the EPSC as a Blue-Book Trainee of the Institutional Team, Stefano De Luca worked in Hong Kong as Intern in the Legal & Public affairs department of Pernod Ricard Asia, dealing with international trade. Earlier, he was an Associate in the Project Financing Team of the international law firm Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners. He completed the Italian mandatory legal traineeship period at the Office of the General Prosecutor of State in Rome.

A graduate of the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, he took a State of the Art in Communications & Media regulation at the European University Institute and a Master of Laws in the United States at UCLA School of Law. He published a paper ‘Mexican Constitutional and Regulatory Telecommunications Developments: Terms of Interconnection with a Dominant Operator Are Newly Defined’ with the American Bar Association.

  • Intern, Legal & Public Affairs, Pernod Ricard Asia, Hong Kong, October 2015 – February 2016
  • Associate, Project Financing, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, Italy, January – July 2015
  • Trainee, Office of the General Prosecutor of the State, Italy, 2012 – 2013

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), UCLA School of Law (US), 2014
  • State of the Art in Communications and Media Regulation, European University Institute (IT), 2013
  • Law degree, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ (IT), 2012

Matteo MALACARNE

Trainee
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Prior to joining the EPSC, Matteo MALACARNE worked as an engineer in the Oil and Gas Department of Det Norske Veritas & Germanischer Lloyds (DNV GL), a multinational certification body and classification society with main expertise in technical assessment, advisory, and risk management in the maritime and offshore energy sector.

A graduate of Imperial College London, he holds a Masters' degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. During his studies he worked as a teaching assistant in a variety of undergraduate courses and he also participated in several research projects on the support of urban adaptation to future climatic changes. He is fluent in English, French and Italian.

  • Engineer, DNV GL (Oil and Gas), London (UK), 2014-2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Imperial College London (UK), 2013-2014

  • MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London (UK), 2014

Stefan NIPPES

Trainee
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