The Team of Feps
in alphabetical order by family name.
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.charlotte.billinghamfeps-europe.eu
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.alain.bloedtfeps-europe.eu
Maria joined FEPS in April 2015 as a policy advisor working on democracy, extremism and new political movements.
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
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. Fluent in several languages (PT, EN, DE, FR, ES) Maria also worked at Vodafone where she covered the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy and Telecoms Single Market negotiations.maria.freitasfeps-europe.eu
Social Media Advisor
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.elena.gilfeps-europe.eu
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.kate.kocfeps-europe.eu
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.marieastrid.mukankusifeps-europe.eu
International Relations Policy Advisor
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.vassilis.ntousasfeps-europe.eu
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.roberto.paredesfeps-europe.eu
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.maari.poimfeps-europe.eu
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).ania.skrzypekfeps-europe.eu
Judit Tánczos started working in FEPS in August 2008. She was first an intern, then a Junior Policy Advisor. From September 2009 on, she works as Policy Advisor for the foundation.
She graduated cum laude at the Faculty of Law of ELTE University, (Budapest) and spent her Erasmus semester at K.U. Leuven, Belgium. During her studies, she participated at the Refugee Legal Clinic of UNHCR and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. She was an active volunteer of the Youth for Understanding, an international educational exchange organisation, and the Pillar Foundation, an NGO aiming to strengthen European awareness. She completed her obligatory internship in Brussels at the Progress Lawyers Network, working mainly on asylum requests and social and labour law cases.
Within FEPS, she is in charge of the research programme “Woman up!” on progressive feminism, including the Transatlantic Dialogue on Gender Issues. She also leads FEPS research on political and social dimensions of EU enlargement and migration. She is co-coordinator of the FEPS Young Academics Network (YAN).judit.tanczosfeps-europe.eu