The Team of Feps

in alphabetical order by family name.

Charlotte BILLINGHAM

Executive Advisor

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.

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Alain BLOEDT

Communication Advisor

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.

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Giovanni COZZI

Economic Adviser

Giovanni is Economic Advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) where he coordinates FEPS’ economic projects and activities and conducts economic research.

Giovanni holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His PhD research focuses on financial and currency crises in emerging markets.

Prior to joining FEPS, Giovanni worked as a Research Officer at the Centre for Development Policy and Research (CDPR), where he conducted policy and research work on monetary, fiscal and labour market policies and their impact on growth and employment. Giovanni also has over five years teaching experience. At the SOAS, Giovanni taught on course of International Economics, Political Economy of Development, Multinational Enterprises in a Globalizing World, Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa and Introduction to Economic Analysis.

Giovanni’s main research interest is in regional and growth economics and political economy with particular reference to Europe. He has conducted research work within academic and policy environments on monetary, fiscal and labour market policies. Using macro-model simulations, his research assesses the properties and implications of different macroeconomic scenarios for Europe. He has also conducted research on European financial regulation, in particular on the role of development banks in promoting investment and innovation in Europe and on the historical evolution of the Eurozone. 

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Elena GIL

Social Media Advisor

Graduated in Journalism at Complutense University (Madrid, Spain), currently she is finishing her master in political and electoral communication.

Elena worked 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. One year later she started to work 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.  

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David KITCHING : Policy Advisor at FEPS

David KITCHING

Policy Advisor

Raised in Claremorris in the west of Ireland, David received a First Class Honours for his BA (International) in History and Politics from University College Dublin in 2006.

As part of his undergraduate studies he also spent a year at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao (Spain) on an Erasmus exchange. Subsequently, he worked in the service industry and as a secondary school teacher before leaving Ireland to take an MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics where he was awarded the Bill Letwin prize on the basis of his results.

Upon completing his studies in September 2008, David moved to Brussels to work as a Francis Vals trainee on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament. He has been at FEPS since March 2009.

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Kate KOC

Events Organiser

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.

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Marie-Astrid MUKANKUSI : Administrative Assistant at FEPS

Marie-Astrid MUKANKUSI

Administrative Assistant

Marie-Astrid Mukankusi works at the FEPS as an Administrative Assistant since October 2011.

Her tasks include assisting the FEPS team in overall coordination, organizing events and administrative support. Previously, Marie-Astrid has worked at the European Parliament and at the British Embassy in Brussels as Procurement Assistant.

She holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Communication.

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Roberto PAREDES

Financial Assistant

 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. He is currently undertaking his last year of the superior studies in International Commerce. 

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.

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Maari PÕIM

Junior Policy Advisor

Maari Põim, born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1988 is a recent graduate of the Gender Studies MA programme in the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary).

She joined the FEPS team late August 2014, replacing Judit Tanczos during her maternity leave.

She has worked as a project manager in the Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Center for a couple of years, as well as a youth trainer in the field of gender issues.

In addition, she has been involved in the activities of the Western Sahara Resource Watch and several international women’s organisations.

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ANIA SKRZYPEK : Senior Research Fellow | Managing Editor of Queries at FEPS

ANIA SKRZYPEK

Senior Research Fellow

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).

Among her responsibilities at FEPS, she is in charge of the Next Left Research Programme and she co-coordinates FEPS Young Academics Network (FEPS YAN).

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Judit TANCZOS : Policy Advisor at FEPS

Judit TANCZOS

Policy Advisor

Born in Budapest, Hungary, she graduated at the Faculty of Law of ELTE University, (Budapest) and spent one semester at K.U. Leuven, Belgium.

She took part in the Refugee Law Clinic of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in Budapest, and worked as an intern for the Progress Lawyers’ Network in Brussels in 2007.

She specialises in human rights, labour law and social law. She started working for FEPS in August 2008.

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