Teodor Kalpakchiev

is editor of the think-tank. He completed a B.A. in European Studies: Economics and Law, Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Sofia, a M.A in Public Policy: International Affairs, Cooperation and Development, Willy Brandt School, Erfurt and Adv. M.A. in European Interdisciplinary Studies: The EU as a Global Actor, College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw.


Vsevolod Samokhvalov

is an associate fellow to the think-tank. He holds a B.A. from Odessa University, M.A. from University of Athens and PhD from Cambridge University. He has been a BBC correspondent, researcher at the EU ISS, scientific officer at ERC and taught at Universities of Liege, Maastricht and VU Brussels. He has published extensively, including two monographs, on EU-Russia relations, EU’s Eastern Partnership and Eurasia.

Monograph: Russian-European Relations in the Balkans and Black Sea Region: Great Power Identity and the Idea of Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017


Esmat Elsayed

is an associate fellow to the think-tank. She holds a MA in EU Interdisciliplinary Studies from the College of Europe, an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Euro-Mediterranean Migration and Intercultural Mediation, a Masters in Advanced International Studies and a Bachelors in Strategic Communication and Mass Media. She co-founded Young Arab Voices and the Young Mediterranean voices programmes managed by Anna Lindt Foundation, was a governance fellow to the EU-AU Summit organised by EEAS, an ambassador to the Paris Peace Forum and the 73rd UN GA Assembly and has facilitated/moderated more than 70 training courses. 


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.

Full Profile: Asia-Pacific Institute of Research


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 AU-EU Summit, International Election Observer in Kenya and Health Data Analyst in Nigeria.


Occasional articles:

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.


Madalin Blidaru

is an associate fellow to the think-tank. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and European Studies, a MA in Diplomacy and International Negotiations and an European Master in Labour Studies. He is currently a PhD student in the Doctoral School of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania. His thesis examines the asymmetries in the interregional relations has developed with other regional cooperation and integration organisations. 


Occasional articles: Enter Policy Brief – The need for segmentation and microregional strategies in the Eastern Partnership

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.

Nevena’s portfolio in Behance