SDD 2023 - Panelists’ short bios


Arjan van der Waal is a fellow at the European Democracy Lab. The European Democracy Lab is an intergenerational think- & do-tank founded in 2014. Connecting academia, activism & arts, it generates innovative ideas and new narratives for Europe and beyond. Arjan van der Waal is trained as a lawyer, with an international career in human rights, good governance and democratization, in Europa, Africa and South-East Asia, both in governmental and non-governmental institutions, that include the European Commission and Amnesty International. His role at the Lab is to take the talk and action of the European Republic to the Low Lands and feed new European ideas, vibes, and movement from the Low Lands back to the Lab for further analysis and elaboration. He contributes with coordination and support to the Serpentine Regions research project.



elisa baronciniElisa Baroncini, PhD in EU Law, is Full Professor of International Law at the University of Bologna, where she teaches International Law, International Economic Law, and International Law on Sustainable Development. For ten years (2012-2022) Elisa was Co-Chair of the ESIL IG on International Economic Law; in 2019 she co-founded and is now Coordinator of the Interest Group on International Economic Law of the Italian Society (DIEcon). She has been Visiting Professor at the China-EU School of Law, speaker and organizer of many international conferences, Visiting Researcher at the European University Institute. Elisa manages and participates in international and national research projects. She has been recently awarded the Jean Monnet Module “Re-Globe - Reforming the Global Economic Governance: The EU for SDGs in International Economic Law” and she is the Coordinator of two UNA Europa Seeds Research Projects: “WHC@50 - Forever Young: Celebrating 50 Years of the World Heritage Convention”; and “ImprovEUorGlobe - The UN 2030 Agenda in the EU Trade Policy: Improving Global Governance for a Sustainable New World”. Member of the “Centro Interuniversitario sul Diritto delle Organizzazioni Internazionali Economiche” (CIDOIE), Elisa is also part of the Promoting Committee of the University of Bologna to celebrate the 50 years of the 1972 UNESCO Convention, and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Advances Studies (ISA) of the University of Bologna. In June 2022 she has been appointed by the European Commission TSD Expert for the dispute settlement mechanisms of the new generation of EU free trade agreements. Elisa publishes extensively mainly in Italian and English, and her main fields of research include: the reform process of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism; the relation between free trade and non-trade values; transparency in IEL; the new generation of EU FTAs and their enforcement; the participation of the European Parliament and the Commission in the EU treaty-making power; IEL and UNESCO Conventions on cultural heritage.



federico bonomiFederico Bonomi holds a BsC in Political Sciences and International Relations from the University of Pavia, as part of Collegio Ghislieri and IUSS Pavia (2015-2018) and an MPhil in European Politics and Society from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2018-2020). After the MPhil, he was appointed as adviser of the PD Group at the Italian Senate. While continuing this job, in 2022 he started a PhD in Politics at LUISS University, Rome, specialising on the EU economic governance. His supervisors are professors Sergio Fabbrini and Simona Piattoni.



natasa kraljevicNatasa Kraljevic is a Teaching Associate at the Faculty of Visual Arts & the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University “Mediterranean” Podgorica and she lectures courses in the field of Arts and Cultural Management, Entrepreneurship in Arts, Public relations, and Services marketing with the aim to provide students with a good grounding into the theoretical and practical skills required for effective Arts and Cultural Management. She is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the same University where she also works as Head of the International Office. Natasa is a Chevening Alumni (British Government Award) and she completed the MA program in Arts Festival and Cultural Management at the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She also holds an LLM in Intercultural Human Rights, from the St. Thomas University, School of Law completed in Miami, FL/USA prior to which she earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Montenegro, School of Law in Podgorica. Natasa has a broad experience within the context of international cooperation. Since 2019, Natasa is the President of the Montenegrin Centre of ITI and in 2022 she became the Montenegrin National Expert in the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends.



tiziana stellaTiziana Stella is a historian of US foreign policy, international organization, and federalism. Since 2004, she has been the Executive Director of the Streit Council, where she manages programs and research. She is currently working on an intellectual biography of Clarence Streit that focuses on the impact of federalist thinking on US foreign policy planning in the twentieth century.  

Tiziana received a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Pavia, Italy. She conducted her Ph.D. research in the US as a Fulbright Scholar and a Luigi Einaudi Foundation fellow. She has been a researcher with several European and American organizations, including the Luigi Firpo Foundation. Her dissertation won the Alberto Aquarone Prize for best work on American history. 

Tiziana worked for the Council for a Community of Democracies in preparation for the Warsaw 2000 conference that, led by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, established the Community of Democracies. From 2001 to 2004, she directed the Euro-Atlantic Institute for International Integration Studies, overseeing the work of an American-Russian foreign policy research group.  

She is the author of several publications and has been a speaker at numerous international conferences on issues related to the history of and prospects for the international order, and the reform of Western institutions. She taught at the Russian State University for the Humanities; the Moscow State Institute of International Relations; the Moscow State University; and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She also led academic seminars for the US National Guard’s Institute for National Defense Studies in Washington, DC; the US Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia; the University of Tubingen in Germany; and several Italian universities.



aude bouveresseAude Bouveresse is full professor of Public law at the University of Strasbourg. Her research interests are focused on constitutional aspects of European Union Law, particularly the role of courts within the Union’s legal order. She has written extensively on the Union’s judiciary, institutional law and EU-citizenship. At the current time, she is developing a research line on Commons.

Aude Bouveresse is Director of the European and International Law Research Center at the University of Strasbourg (CEIE, UR 7307), director of the Master of International and European Business Law. She has been Legal Secretary at ECJ (referendar- office of Miguel Poiares Maduro).



federica antonacciImmediately after attending the linguistic high school, Federica Antonacci moved to London where she studied English language and worked at a language school for foreign students. Back in Italy, she worked in the artistic and cultural field as an actress, screenwriter and production assistant. In 2020 she took a degree in literature at the "Guglielmo Marconi" university in Rome with a thesis on the digitization of art. Following the outbreak of war in Ukraine, she created the social project "Italianaforukraine" which today has almost six thousand subscribers on Instagram. This project aims to raise awareness of international public opinion on what is happening in Ukraine, fight disinformation and propaganda coming from Russia and supporting ukrainian population. Over the last year she has taken part in several rallies in support of Ukraine as well as appearing on several television reports and YouTube videos on the issue. In the autumn of 2022, she started a social action that led to the cancellation of Poulinin's show, a Putin supporter, at the Arcimboldi theater in Milan.



bledar kurtiDr. Bledar Kurti is a university lecturer, a published writer, political analyst and columnist. 

He has served for many years in public office as the Advisor to the President of the Republic of Albania, Advisor to the Minister of Health, Advisor to the Minister of Environment, and advisor to mayors and members of parliament in Albania. Dr. Kurti has been lecturing for over sixteen years in Albanian University, University of New York Tirana, and Alexander Moisiu University of Durres.

He has published nine books in Albanian and English, and is the author of over a thousand political, historic and cultural articles and commentaries on the Albanian national and international newspapers, and dozens of academic articles and presentations on national and international academic journals and conferences.

He has received his education and qualifications in England, France, Italy and the United States of America.



Vasily ZagretdinovVasily Zagretdinov is a keen researcher of European affairs. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the Lomonosov MSU; formerly he studied the EU Culture and Conflicts at LSE European Institute alumnus. His primary scientific focus lies on the culture of European politics and the rule of ideology in the EU. For him, as someone who has chosen the study of the European Union and the European idea as the essence of his professional life, this conference is of the utmost importance. As an outsider to the political Europe, he feels part of the European idea, and he sees his intellectual mission as contributing to the development of this idea.



maria di maggioMaria Di Maggio is a PhD candidate in Criminal Law at the University of Bari. Her research interests intersect environmental criminal law and sustainable development, anti-corruption, crime prevention and economic criminal law. The PhD student spent a period abroad at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where she studied the theme of whistleblowing with Professor Ramon Ragues i Valles, an expert on the subject. Maria Di Maggio has participated in numerous international congresses, at the University of Luxembourg and in other international seminars, such as the Italo-Spanish Seminar held at the University of Milan and at the University of Granada, respectively in 2020 and 2022; she also gave a speech at the Syracuse Institute, as part of the XI "Giuliano Vassalli" Interdoctoral Training Course in Criminal Law and Procedure for PhD students e PhDs. Furthermore, she obtained a Master's degree in Economic and Business Criminal Law at the University of Bologna and specialized in Anti-corruption at the University of Milan.



Valérie M. SaintotValérie M. Saintot, LL.M, PhD, is a lawyer with experience in both private and public sector. She is a life-long learner and holds four postgraduates in law, psychology, and management research. She started her career at the ECJ in Luxembourg in 1994. Until April 2022, she was Head of Legislation Division, DG-Legal Services at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Valérie currently focuses on researching and teaching. She attributes multiple benefits to visualization in particular the ability to rapidly disseminate high quality knowledge and insights. The visualization of data, information and knowledge needsto follow transparent and accountable methodologiesto meet ethicalstandards and avoid deceptive effects on audiences. She is author of pieces promoting science communication to make knowledge accessible and support democracy and citizens in the exercise of their rights.



AGNÈS DÍAZ CASTELLANOAgnès Díaz Castellano is a PhD student at the University of Genoa, Italy, working on the quality of legislation. She has a law degree from Universitat Pompeu Fabara in Barcelona, Spain, as well as a Master in Legal Practise (UOC), a Master in Political Philosophy (UPF) and specialisation courses in Global Governance (IBEI) and Rational Legislation (UdG). She has a background in international law and migration law, which she developed through her studies, but also through her work in a migration law firm and volunteering in a non-governmental organisation for asylum seekers, both in Barcelona, Spain. As part of her PhD, she also had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for SIGMA, teach an undergraduate course on global issues at UPF, help organise Master's programmes at UniGe and become an assistant editor of Revus (Journal of Constitutional Theory and Philosophy of Law).  Her current research focus is on the quality of legislation. She analyses the qualitative impact of innovative legal and democratic methods that involve forms of citizen participation. She is interested in how to successfully integrate technology and collective intelligence to develop better and more legitimate laws and policies.



GABRIELE RUGANIGabriele Rugani is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in EU Law and International Law at the Law Department of the University of Pisa since 01.07.2022; his current research is devoted to “Digital tools and new forms of e-participation in the definition of the agenda and in the decision-making processes of the European Union”. He is also a Lawyer in Pisa.

He achieved on 29.04.2022 his PhD Title in EU Law and International Law at the Law Department of the University of Pisa, with a thesis devoted to “Transborder flows of personal data from the EU to third countries, between the expansion of international trade and personal data protection”. He obtained the final score of Excellent (“Ottimo”) Cum Laude

In 2021, he spent a period as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam.

He is author of approximately ten scientific publications, and of twelve speeches in academic conferences and workshops, concerning several EU Law and International Law topics. Many of them regard various aspects of the EU legal framework on digital and technological issues: right to be forgotten; data protection in the field of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters; data protection provisions in trade agreements; legal framework of AI; CoViD-19 contact tracing apps; protection given by Investment Tribunals to privacy. However, he also focused on other matters: contribution of NGOs to peace; relationship between the EU legal order and national legal orders; principle of solidarity in EU Law and in other international organisations; promotion of EU labour standards.

His mother tongue is Italian, and he has an excellent knowledge of English (CEFR Level C1) and a good knowledge of French (CEFR Level B1).



JAN BIERHOFFAfter his media and communication science studies, Bierhoff worked over a decade as a free-lance journalist for Dutch national broadcasters and magazines. Following, he taught communication theories at the Utrecht School of Journalism. Later on, he was one of the founders of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) and became the first director of the European Journalism Centre (EJC) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. During this period, he wrote several books on communication structures and media effects. 

In the mid-nineties, together with academic colleagues, Bierhoff set up the International Infonomics Institute, focusing on the societal impact of the unfolding internet. This period of reflection and fundamental research led to the creation and management of the European Centre for Digital Communication (EC/DC), an applied research institute. 

Bierhoff rounded his professional career as an independent consultant with his company Medialynx, to advise media, governments and companies on the transition from classical to digital working conditions. Presently, he writes about international media trends and European affairs and participates in various roles in media research projects.



BRUNESSEN BERTRANDBrunessen Bertrand is full professor of public law at the University of Rennes 1. She is a specialist in digital issues: artificial intelligence, digital sovereignty, cybersecurity, platform regulation (digital markets and services), the fight against disinformation, digital identity, blockchain, digital public services, health data governance, the environmental impact of digital technology, etc.

She is director of the European Law Research Center at the University of Rennes 1 and holder of a Jean Monnet Chair, in which she directs several collective research projects: digital sovereignty, health data, environmental data, blockchain, artificial intelligence, platform regulation, metavers, etc. 

She is currently directing several theses on topics such as Blockchain & Privacy, European cybersecurity law, the use of AI in public action.

She has directed several collective works on "La politique européenne du numérique" (Larcier, 2022) or the "Règlement général pour la protection des données personnelles, aspects institutionnels et matériels" (Mare et Martin, 2020).



MARCO PASQUAMarco Pasqua is 26 years old. He has double graduated in Law (110 cum laude, with a dissertation titled “Collective Redress Against Cross-Border Infringements of Data Protection Rights in EU Law”) and in Economics & Management (110 cum laude, with a dissertation titled “The Liability of Corporate Groups for Violation of EU Competition Law”) at LIUC – Cattaneo University in Castellanza. He is currently a second year PhD Fellow in International Law at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan and “cultore della materia” and teaching assistant in International Law at the same university; He is also “cultore della materia” and teaching assistant in the European Union Law courses at LIUC – Cattaneo University. He is a trainee lawyer in the phase to be admitted before the Italian Bar. Hes actively participate in the EAPIL (The European Association of Private International Law) where he has the role of Junior Editor of the related blog and Secretary for the related Young Research Network. He has been awarded by the SIDI (Italian Society of International Law and European Union Law) the "Daniele Padovani" Award, 2021 edition, for the best degree thesis discussed in the previous academic year in the field of Private and Procedural International Law. 



FRANCESCA MARTINESFrancesca Martines is associate Professor of International law, Law Department, University of Pisa. After graduating (cum laude) at the Faculty of Political Sciences – University of Florence, in 1987, she obtained a PhD in Law at the European University Institute, Florence (1993). She has obtained the national scientific qualification to function as full professor (January 2020).

She was Lecturer of International law and European Community law at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Florence (January 1997 - August 2001). She has been responsible for international and European Law courses at the university of Florence, and Pisa (Department of economics and Law). She has been member of the Scientific Board, of a Joint Phd Programme, (University of Pisa, Florence and Siena) (from 2003 to 2011) and she is current member of a PhD Programme in International Law and EU law University of Pisa where she supervises Ph.D theses. She participated in several Research Projects of national interest (financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research) and she was part as teaching staff of two Jean Monnet programmes at the Law Department of Pisa University (SOEULAW and ELAN) and at present she is member of the teaching staff of the Jean Monnet Module  (European health law and Technology - (ELaTe 2020/2023) and of two Chairs at the Law Department of the University of Pisa (Reinforcing EU responsible global leadership: promoting human rights and democracy through solidarity for a rules–based multilateral world (ProSoEULaw) and European Women’s Law and Gender action (EUWONDER)). She was speaker in several conferences in Italy and abroad, and she is author of four monographs and several articles on issues of European Union law and international law. Her fields of research are, inter alia, EU institutional mechanisms, decision making, transparency, the Conference on the future of the Union.  She is the author of a monograph on the Commission’s power of initiative.



Lazar Zivanic is a Master Student in Politics., Philosophy and Public Affairs September at the University of Milan “Statale”, Italy. He has a Bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Belgrade, and during his studies, he has spent one year in Naples, Italy with the Erasmus+ exchange program. While staying in Naples, he has shown an interest in a different field from his basic study so he has courses I have courses from M.A. International Relations, Curriculum “Security and Diplomacy”. His work experience includes a period as an intern at the Ministry of Culture and Information in Serbia where he had the opportunity to deal with creative industries, working on the correspondence with cultural institutions and other office tasks. Furthermore, he was an Intern at Desk Creative Europe Serbia, where he was engaged in the organization of conference Forum 2019.

As for the extracurricular activities he participated to the Winter School II: Introduction to Understanding the Complex World, 2023; the Model European Union Athens, 202; the Model European Union Vienna, 2021; the Winer School in Historical Archives of the European Union, 2022. He is currently Member of the Western Balkan Alumni Association.



GIOVANNI RAMUNNOOfficer, helicopter pilot of the Army Air Force, he operated for fifteen years on behalf of the UN, OSCE, NATO and the European Union in the Balkans and the Middle East. In 1998, he was accredited to the Italian Embassy in Belgrade  and he headed the Prizren team on behalf of the Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission (1998-1999). Finally, he was Communications Advisor to the President of the Military Committee of the European Union in Brussels (2013-2017). He graduated in Strategic Science and International Relations.

He collaborates, as a freelance journalist, with magazines and sites on the main topics of geopolitics and security.



LIUZZI MARCOMarco Liuzzi has taken the position of Chief, Digital Delivery Division of the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) in December 2022, moving on from his previous position of Chief, Operations Division of UNICC which he held since 2018. He is a member of the Executive Committee of UNICC since 2018. As Chief, Digital Delivery Division, provides strategic leadership and oversight to UNICC in driving and delivering digital solutions to the UN system, providing proactive advice to the UNICC Director and to the UNICC Management Committee in the digital and technology space. Marco has been working in the UN system in various capacities since 1996. He feels privileged to be to able work for UNICC, and has always clear in his mind that UNICC’s work is nothing less than the support and enablement, through technology, of the United Nations system and, ultimately, its values, which are indispensable foundations of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.



EMILIO DE CAPITANIExecutive Director of the Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE Group Fundamental Rights activist promoting legal cases before CJEU (such as CaseT-540/15 and T-163/21 on EU legislative Transparency as well as a request for preliminary ruling on the EU Directive on Passenger Name Record (PNR)(Case C-222/20).

Former Visiting Professor at Queen Mary’s Law School (London), and at Scuola Superiore S.Anna (PISA – Italy).Former Official of the European Parliament (1985-2011) and Secretary of the European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE 1998-2011). Previously (1971 to 1985) head of the Service in charge of legislative coordination for the Regional Government of Lombardy (Giunta regionale). Author of several articles dealing with regional and European evolution.



MICHELE FIORILLOMichele Fiorillo is a PhD candidate in Philosophy and Political Thought at “Scuola Normale Superiore”, Pisa, working especially on theories of democracy and critical theory. He has been visiting scholar in different European Universities such as Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and Lyon, University of Strasbourg, University of Tuebingen and Humboldt University in Berlin. Alumnus of the “College of Europe” in Natolin-Warsaw, he developed research interests on IR theory, being also member of the Advisory Council of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy and ideating the World Citizens’ Initiative concept. He has been also member of the Central Committee of the “Movimento Federalista Europeo” (UEF Italy). He worked as assistant of the Director at the Jean Monnet House in Houjarray, and as assistant of the Head of the Mediation and Dialogue Support Unit of the European Parliament (DG External Policies, Directorate for Democracy Support). He is also research fellow at CUNCR (Center for United Nations Constitutional Research) in Brussels with a focus on UN Security Council Reform/UN Charter review and on possible models of participatory and deliberative democracy at the global level.  He is among the contributors of the project “Charta 2020- A Charter of European PublicGoods” and one of the initiators of Citizens Take Over Europe a coalition of more than 70 NGOs for transnational participatory democracy and CIVICO Europa, a civic platform which developed the paneuropean consultation “We Europeans”. He is also the coordinator of the European Citizens’ Assembly project and one of the authors of the Green New Deal for Europe- Blueprint for Europe’s Just Transition (



FABIO MASINIFabio Masini is a Full Professor of History and Theories of International Economic Relations at the Roma Tre University where he also holds a Jean Monnet Chair on European Economic Governance. He is director of the journal History of Economic Thought and Policy and is a board member of the University Association of European Studies (AUSE). He is also the academic coordinator of various European projects. He mainly deals with the history of economic thought, European and international economic and monetary integration; on these topics he has published several books and about a hundred articles. Former secretary general and vice president of the European Movement, he is the editorial director of the Euractiv Italia information portal, co-director of CESUE and Secretary General of the Robert Triffin International Foundation.



MAR INTROINIMar. Introini is a Writer, Speaker, Facilitator, International Speaker, Goodwill Ambassador, Doctor Honoris Causa, Political Analyst and Founder of the Blog that focuses on reshaping the global system mainly through a new political approach taking citizen engagement as one of the main drivers to change, along with a Zero leadership concept, reforms from global and regional institutions – particular on the European Union- and the implementation of the Global Goals.

With a legal background as a Public Attorney and Legal Advisor, Mar holds a vast experience living in different cities, and cultures, Mar has developed a strong sense of multiculturalism based on the need to make of integration, and new legal approaches a turning point for future societies. Holistic approaches that transform cultural and religious diversity into a common goal. Joining expertises and goodwill through advocacy, and networking are the leading principles. Learning how to become a changemaker individually, and in society from a very special focus on innovative strategic thinking ,and bold partnerships.

The fact that Mar has been appointed as Global Chair G100 Global Networking, a group of 100 women -from all backgrounds and culture- reinforces and complements her commitment towards change from individual action. The group aims to empower through connections in a virtual and innovative platform all over the world, opening spaces for dialogue and exchange. A truly innovative approach towards better societies and engaged citizens.

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MARY FOOTERMary Footer is Professor Emerita of International Economic Law at the University of Nottingham and former co-director of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC). Prior to her appointment at Nottingham from 2005-2019, she taught at the University of Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and University College London. From 1995-1999, she served as full-time, Senior Program Legal Counsel, IDLO, Rome. Professor Footer has been a visiting professor at inter alia Università di Bologna; Europa Institut, Saarbrücken; and World Trade Institute, Bern. She has been a research scholar at Università degli Studi di Perugia (2022), a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (2014), and a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at EUI, Florence (2010). Professor Footer has received funding from the Nuffield Foundation for research on soft law, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)-WOTRO, Security and the Rule of Law programme, to investigate business, human rights and security in the Indonesian natural resources sector. She was the Co-ordinator and Ethical Lead for the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-Innovative Training Network EUTIP (2017-2021) for early stage researchers. Professor Footer chaired the ILA Committee on Sustainable Development and the Green Economy in International Trade Law (2014-2022). She is on the list of potential Arbitrators and Experts on Trade and Sustainable Development for disputes arising under EU bilateral trade agreements with third states.



ANTHONY KEFALASAnthony Kefalas is an economist who has served as a research fellow at the Center of Planning and Economic Research, and as economic advisor to the National Bank of Greece, the Organization for the Restructuring of Enterprises, the Hellenic Federation of Industries (SEB), and the ministries of Finance, of Economics and of Industry& Energy. He has acted as an advisor to the CEO of large companies and banks in Greece such as Delta-Vivartia and Citibank, as well as to various multinational companies as Hochtief and Oerlikon. He has taught economics in the UK (Queen’ College) the U.S.A (WSU, Oakland Un.), and Greece (Pierce-Deree). He was a regular contributor to Oikonomikos Tachydromos, the economic dailies Express, Imerisia, and Kerdos as well as to the political newspaper Proto Thema in Greece and has been published in Newsweek and IHT. He was editor of Greece’s Weekly and of Agora and director of the SELPE (National Retailers’ Association) and EENE (Greek Union of Young Entrepreneurs), He founded and managed his own financial PR boutique “DRASIS” and after 5 years sold it to Spot Thompson. He has published 4 books and over 1500 articles on the Greek Economy. His most recent book “Aspects of Industrialization: Greece 1945-2008” has been offered as a course text at the Economic University (former ASOE).



Martí Grau i SegúMartí Grau i Segú is Head of Service and Curator at the Jean Monnet House (European Parliament) since 2018. He is member of the House of European History Academic Project Team since 2011. He completed his PhD in History at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona, and was Visiting Professor at Indiana University (2009-2011). A graduate in History and in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), he started his professional career as director of several archaeological excavations. He undertook graduate studies in International Relations at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University Bologna and UPF, before working at the European Institute for the Mediterranean, and teaching at the UAB (2002-2003). He served as Member of the European Parliament in 2008-2009. He is currently part of the Committee of Experts of the EU-PHORIA project (Memorial d'Alsace, Schirmeck, France), and the Scientific Committee of the European Observatory of Memories.



Erik MånssonErik Månsson, MBA, MA in applied coaching, is lecturer in project management and business administration at Karlstad Business School, Karlstad University, Sweden. His work covers leadership, personal and team development, sustainability, and societal transformation. He started his career in the banking sector, worked as EU civil servant, built his own coaching and consulting business. He has audited large scale projects across the globe and bring a multicultural openness and an international dimension to all his projects.


GIAMMICHELE DE MAIO, Chief, NGO Partnerships Unit, WFP Rome

Giammichele has been engaged in the humanitarian and development sectors since 1996. His first field experience was in the South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda working for UNHCR as a protection officer. He subsequently served for the UN in Rwanda, Algeria, Ethiopia, Brussels, Washington and Rome. He has an extraordinarily rich experience ranging from operations and policy to external relations and fundraising. From 2001 to 2004 he worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to head the office of the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs responsible for Africa, the Middle East and International Cooperation. Since August 2016 he has returned to Rome initially to represent WFP within the Committee for World Food Security and since August 2018 to lead WFP’s corporate work with non-governmental organizations. In 2023, he has been appointed as WFP Representative and Country Director in Algeria.