team

Meet FEPS Team

  • Rosanna Bennett

    position: Administrative Assistant

    email: rosanna.bennett@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Rosanna started working at FEPS in 2017, where she helps with events, office logistics and provides support for the range of FEPS activities. She also edits English-language publications.

    Rosanna is a graduate of the University of Bath. She grew up in Cornwall, UK, and moved to Brussels shortly after the UK’s Brexit vote. She formerly wrote a regular column in a national British trade journal. Before moving to Brussels, Rosanna managed a branch of the Cooperative Funeralcare in the UK and worked in youth outreach for the Church of England.

  • Charlotte BILLINGHAM

    position: Executive Advisor

    email: charlotte.billingham@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Charlotte grew up in Sheffield, England. She graduated in European Studies and French at the University of Leeds in 2006.

    Previously, Charlotte has assisted in the constituency office of Richard Corbett when he was an MEP. She also taught English as a foreign language for the British Council in south-west France as part of her university course and then also after graduating in Mexico, each for one year.

    Charlotte has been working at FEPS since its creation at the beginning of 2008. Amongst her responsibilities she now coordinates the activities on climate change, oversees the annual activity programme of the Foundation and deals with structural and relational matters concerning the Foundation and its members.

  • Alain BLOEDT

    position: Senior Communication Advisor and The Progressive Post Editor in Chief

    email: alain.bloedt@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Born in Abidjan on December 31, 1976 and holds a Masters in Eurojournalism, Alain Bloëdt is a journalist and former spokesman of the European Commission.

    His mission at FEPS is to develop communication and deepen relations with national foundations. Growing up in Pau, France, Alain began by studying history there, specialising on Britain's European policy; research which brought him on a six month Erasmus programme in Wales. Trained in journalism at Laval University, Québec and the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, he worked for Canadian media then for Agence Europe in Brussels and finally had the opportunity to work for two MEPs in their constituency offices in the South-West of France.

    In 2005, he returned to Brussels and worked for the cabinet of the President of the European Commission. He joined FEPS in February 2011.

  • Maria FREITAS

    position: Policy Advisor

    email: maria.freitas@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Maria joined FEPS in April 2015 and is responsible for projects peraitning issues of democratic participation, populism and new political movements. At FEPS she is also leading the Millennial Dialogue, a global youth engagement initiative that aims to create a better understanding of the priorities and values of the Millennial generation and their interaction with politics, political systems and institutions.

    She has over 3 years experience in EU Affairs in Brussels, having worked at the European Parliament, first with Member of European Parliament, Luis Paulo Alves, representing the Azores and then with the Parliament’s Chairman of the International Trade Committee, Vital Moreira.

    Maria holds a law degree from the Lisbon University and a Master of Arts of European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in 2014.

    Maria brings on board significant experience in European Union policy and politics as well as advocacy outreach and engagement strategies.

    Before joining FEPS Maria worked at PaRR Global, the Financial Times’ competition law consultancy as a junior analyst. Maria also worked at Vodafone where she covered the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy and Telecoms Single Market negotiations.

  • Elena GIL

    position: New Media Advisor

    email: elena.gil@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Graduated in Journalism at Complutense University (Madrid, Spain), she also holds a Master in Political and Electoral Communication Management from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

    Elena worked as a journalist at the digital edition of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo and the website of Radio Televisión Española. She also did an internship at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    She moved to Brussels in September 2011, where she did a Schuman traineeship at DG Communication in the European Parliament. Later she worked during one year and a half as a Communications Assistant for a Spanish Socialdemocrat MEP.

    Elena joined FEPS in January 2014 where she is in charge of online communication: website, social media, newsletter etc.

  • Hedwig GIUSTO

    position: Senior Policy Advisor

    email: hedwig.giusto@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Hedwig joined the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) in May 2016 as Senior Policy Advisor working predominantly on migration and the Balkans.

    She holds a PhD in History of International Relations from the University of Florence and an MSc in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics.

    From 2006 to 2015 she worked at the Fondazione Italianieuropei, where she was in charge of the foundation’s international relations and activities. She has also taught Politics and Economics of the European Union, and Italian history and politics in academic programmes for US students spending a semester in Italy.

  • Céline Guedes

    position: Junior Policy Officer

    email: celine-guedes@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Graduated in Political Sciences at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Céline also holds a Master in European Studies-Transnational and Global Perspectives from Katoliek Universiteit Leuven KUL (Belgium).

    She began at FEPS, as Junior Officer in March 2016 and is now in charge of the organisation of the project “New Global Progressive Construct Convention”.

  • Lisa KASTNER

    position: Policy Advisor

    email: lisa.kastner@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Lisa joined the Foundation of European Progressive Studies in October 2016.

    She holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Paris (summa cum laude) and an MA in European Studies from the University of Bath. Before joining FEPS, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies at Sciences Po Paris. Lisa has also been a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, AICGS and George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

    Her research on the politics of financial regulation has been awarded the journal article prize of the Max Planck Institute, the research award by the Erasmus academic network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA), and the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. Her work on post-crisis financial reforms has appeared in the Review of International Political Economy, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Civil Society, the Journal of Common Market Studies (forthcoming, 2017) and in several policy outlets. She is the author of the book Civil Society and Financial Regulation (Routledge, RIPE series in Global Political Economy, 2017).

    Since 2017, Lisa is a member of the expert group on Geopolitics in the AICGS project on A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement.

  • Kate KOC

    position: Events Organiser

    email: kate.koc@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Kate joined FEPS in September 2014 as Events Organiser and is responsible for putting together the larger events of the Foundation.

    Kate holds a BA Honours degree in International Affairs from Vesalius College, Belgium within which she made a three-year concentration in Economics. Courses were carried out in French, English and Dutch. In addition to this, she has a post-graduate degree in Project Management from Boston University.

    Prior to joining FEPS, Kate worked five years for the International Post Corporation (IPC) where she was responsible for the associations’ internal and external events. She played a big role in creating new pillars and services for the members of IPC in the area of conferences and trainings. Prior to this, she completed a traineeship in Communications and Marketing Department within the same organisation.

    Kate grew up in Poland and has been living in Belgium for 10 years.

  • Vassilis NTOUSAS

    position: International Relations Policy Advisor

    email: vassilis.ntousas@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Vassilis is International Relations Policy Advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), where he coordinates various international projects and activities and conducts political research.

    Vassilis received his MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics in 2011, specialising mainly in foreign policy analysis and international security issues. He had previously received a First Class Honours for his BA in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield in 2008.

    Prior to joining FEPS, Vassilis worked as senior communications and political advisor at the Municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece, providing advice in the areas of international affairs and intercity diplomatic relations. He has extensive experience in strategic and tactical political communications, with a particular focus on crafting comprehensive, tailor-made messaging, engagement and outreach strategies.

    Vassilis began his career in Brussels taking part in a traineeship at the Secretariat General of the European Commission, where he carried out political analysis on the proceeding of various committees of the European Parliament, related to international affairs. Following this, he worked as a public affairs consultant at APCO Worldwide, representing a variety of high-profile clients, advising on policy-making and regulatory processes within the EU institutional landscape.

  • Roberto PAREDES

    position: Financial Advisor

    email: roberto.paredes@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Roberto was born in Barakaldo (Vizcaya), Spain, in 1988. He completed his studies in Administrative Management in Bilbao where he achieved outstanding scores in Accountancy and in Public Administration.

    Before working at FEPS he was awarded the Schuman Traineeship at the European Parliament in October 2013. During his traineeship he worked at the Directorate General for Finances until February 2014.

    His work at FEPS includes all the responsibilities related to the financial matters, among them the budget and the accountancy of the foundation. He has been working at FEPS since July 2014.

  • David RINALDI

    position: Senior Economic Policy Advisor

    email: david.rinaldi@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    David recently joined FEPS to lead the economic policy portfolio. He previously worked as research fellow at CEPS and at the Jacques Delors Institute, covering EU investment policy, economic governance and welfare policy.

    David teaches European Economic Governance at the ULB (Institute for European Studied) and held teaching positions at the Paris College of Art (visiting professor, microeconomics) and at Bocconi University (teaching assistant, macroeconomics). He was also Academic Assistant at the College of Europe, Department for European Economic Studies to coordinate the activities of the specialisation on European Economic Integration and Business and worked as consultant on public finance at the Council of Europe, Social Cohesion Division.

    David holds a PhD in Economics from the DEFAP Graduate School in Public Economics in Milan and carried out study visits at the University of Nottingham, Bocconi University and University of Zaragoza. Internships at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York and at the United Nations - Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa complement his education.

    The full list of publication is available on Academia.edu and ResearchGate. His op-eds are to be found on The Progressive Post, Europe is Talking and on the Huffington Post Italia.

  • Johan ROBBERECHT

    position: Head of Office of President

    email: johan.robberecht@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Johan joins FEPS in December 2017 as Head of Office of President Maria Joao Rodrigues. Over the 11 preceding years, his career’s common theme has been three-fold: (1) related to the EU, its institutions and its policies; (2) aimed at reconciling different stakeholders’ expectations, cultures and ways to work; and (3) project driven. He first served as public relations and public affairs consultant for Porter Novelli consulting from 2006 until 2008, then as project and policy officer for the European Disability Forum from 2008 until 2010, before being hired as project manager and policy outreach officer for the Institut for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB). As from 2015 onwards he was appointed executive director for research of the same IEE-ULB. Johan holds a “Diplôme de l'Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux" (France), a "Diplom Sozialwissenschaftler” from the Universität Stuttgart (Germany) and an MA in European Studies from the Jagiellonian University Krakow (Poland). He speaks French, English, Flemish (Dutch) and German.

  • Evander Shehu

    position: Accounting Assistant

    email: evander.shehu@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Evander joined FEPS in December 2017 as accounting assistant.

    He is in charge of the invoices, preparation of payments and contacts with suppliers.

    Before coming to FEPS, Evander worked at Actiris as administrative assistant. He is currently studying accountancy at EPHEC.

  • Ania SKRZYPEK

    position: Senior Research Fellow

    email: ania.skrzypek@feps-europe.e

    biography

    Ania SKRZYPEK, (Skrzypek-Claassens), born in Warsaw in 1979, is Senior Research Fellow at the Foundations for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). She holds Ph.D. cum laude in political sciences from the University of Warsaw, which degree she obtained for her thesis “Cooperation of the socialist and social democratic parties in uniting Europe. From Liaison Bureau to PES. 1957 – 2007.” (also published in book format in 2010).

    Before joining FEPS in 2009, A. Skrzypek worked as younger researcher at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences at the University of Warsaw (2003 – 2009) and also served as twice consecutively elected Secretary General of Young European Socialists (ECOSY, 2005-2009).

    She is an author of over 80 published papers and articles, available in English, German, French and Polish. Among her responsibilities at FEPS, she is in charge of the Next Left Research Programme, she co-coordinates FEPS Young Academics Network (FEPS YAN), as also she contributes to the FEPS projects of: Next Social Europe, European Transnational Parties and Democratic Empowerment, Ones to Watch, New Global Progressive Construct Convention and the Annual FEPS - Policy Network Oxford Debates.

  • LAETICIA THISSEN

    position: FEPS Policy Adviser

    email: laeticia.thissen@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Laeticia works as a Policy Adviser on Gender Equality at FEPS. She holds a Master degree in European Studies from Maastricht University. Additionally, she completed a post-academic specialisation course in Université Libre de Bruxelles on “Migration, Ethnic Diversity and Intercultural Relationships”, which she concluded by looking at the impacts of the refugees crisis on EU migration policy. Before joining FEPS she also worked for the Cabinet of Karl-Heinz Lambertz in the European Committee of the Regions and for two Belgian MEPs.

  • Justin NOGAREDE

    position: Digital Policy Adviser

    email: justin.nogarede@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Justin joined FEPS in summer 2018 to lead the digital policy portfolio. He previously worked as policy officer in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission. He started in the Directorate for Better Regulation, and then proceeded to take on the digital policy portfolio in the President’s and Vice-President’s Briefing Unit. After that, he became a policy coordinator working on digital and single market policy files.

    In the past years, Justin has been among others involved in drafting the European Commission’s mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy, and in policy on standards and standard-essential patents, audio-visual media, Internet governance, the collaborative economy, product liability and the internal market for goods.

    During his studies, Justin gained work experience at the law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Justin holds a Master in European Competition Law and Regulation from the University of Amsterdam, as well as Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and International Relations from the University of Groningen.