Teodor Kalpakchiev

is the founder of the think-tank. He holds B.A. in European Studies: Economics and Law, M.A in Public Policy: International Development from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, Germany and Adv. M.A. from College of Europe in Natolin, Poland with a focus on EU as a global environmental actor.  He completed exchanges exchanges at the Universities of St. Gallen (CH), Wien (AU), Novosibirsk (RU) and Lahore (PK). He taught a semester at the European Education Centre in Yangon, Myanmar and held policy support functions to the EU, OSCE, AU, ASEM.


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Nevena Peeva

is the graphic designer of the think-tank. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Georgia State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as a teaching assistant. She has held similar functions for BBC News, the job-hunting engine Indeed and US-based banks.


Yani Karavasilev

Yani Karavasilev is an associate fellow to the think-tank. He holds a PhD from Osaka University, Japan, M.A. from University College London, UK and B.A. from Jacobs University, Germany. He is teaching at various universities in Osaka and has previously worked in the EU Parliament and UNDP.


Oyewole Oginni

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is an associate fellow to the think-tank. He holds a BSc. Accounting, MSc. Forensic Science – Accounting & Criminal Investigation and MSc. in Governance & Regional Integration and is currently a Junior Researcher at Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung of the Friedrich Wilhelm Universität Bonn. He was previously Peace and Security Fellow at the African Union – European Union YPII and YCH, International Election Observer in Kenya and Health Data Analyst in Nigeria.


Mario Zorro

is an associate fellow to the think-tank. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia and M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Erfurt, Germany. He is has worked at the Universidad de los Andes, Project for Democratic Union e.V., the Global PublicPolicy Watch and in political communication.