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Mathijs Almekinders

Mathijs Almekinders

With a keen interest in the mechanisms of Eastern Europe and Russia, Mathijs graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London and Vilnius University. Furthermore, he spent one year at the University of Padua. Mathijs is currently writing his PhD proposal on decentralisation and devolution in the post-Soviet space. Mathijs has previously worked at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre and the […]

Paola Gaffurini

Paola Gaffurini

Paola initially joined the Brussels Office of the Open Dialogue Foundation in October 2016 as an intern, and later became a full-time member of the team. Her main responsibilities include advocacy activities and cooperation with institutions of the European Union, Council of Europe and National Parliaments within the EU. Paola obtained a BA degree in […]

Portia Kentish

Portia Kentish

With a keen focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Portia is currently completing her Bachelors degree in History, Politics and Economics from UCL. Aside from academia, Portia works as a reporter for Emerging Europe, and she has developed a close interest in the dynamic political landscape of the region. She is particularly interested in developments in Polish […]

Gvantsa Kvirikashvili

Gvantsa Kvirikashvili

Gvantsa has a BA degree in International relations from Tbilisi State University and is currently pursuing an MA in European Politics and Society (EPS). Through this program, she had an opportunity to study at Jagiellonian University, Leiden University, and Charles University. Her interest areas include: EU foreign policy, Russia-EU relations, and European Neighbourhood Policy, focusing […]

Loredana Prijmireanu

Loredana Prijmireanu

A firm believer in European values, Loredana recently graduated with a Master of Arts degree in European Public Affairs at Maastricht University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies with a specialisation in EU’s foreign affairs.  Loredana started as an advocacy intern at the Brussels Office in March 2020, and now […]

Katarzyna Szczypska

Katarzyna Szczypska

A keen collector of academic prestige, Kasia studied Political Science in Russia and Eastern Europe at UCL. She also holds a double-degree in Economics and Political Science from the Warsaw School of Economics and Warsaw University. To top it off, she is a Frederic Bastiat Fellow with the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University. A […]

Iris Vijverberg

Iris Vijverberg

Specialized in the post-Soviet space, Iris is a recent graduate of International Studies at Leiden University. During her bachelor’s degree, she spent one exchange semester at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and worked as a student consultant for Amnesty International. After graduating, she left the Netherlands to move to Wroclaw and reconnect with […]