The Team of Feps

in alphabetical order by family name.

Ernst STETTER : Secretary General of FEPS


Secretary General

Ernst Stetter was nominated as Secretary General of the newly created Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) on January 30th 2008. He is also a regular commentator on EU affairs in the media.

In 1976 Ernst Stetter began his professional career as a lecturer in economics at the DGB Trade Union Centre for Vocational Training in Heidelberg. From 1980 to 2008 he worked for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in various positions. He spent the first four years at the FES as a Consultant in Dakar, Senegal. In 1988, Ernst Stetter was appointed as Head of the Africa Department. In 1994 he started working as Head of the Central Europe Unit. In 1997 he moved to Paris and became the Director of the FES Office in France while in 2003 he was appointed as Director of the EU-Office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Brussels.

Ernst Stetter is an economist and political scientist. He studied in Tübingen and Heidelberg (Germany) focusing on international trade, finance, economic and social policy as well as development issues. In 1980 he obtained his PhD in political science for his dissertation entitled The Association of ACP-Countries (Lomé I and II) to the European Community and the STABEX-System.

In 2003 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite.
Charlotte BILLINGHAM : Executive Secretary at FEPS


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.
Alain BLOEDT : Responsible for Communication and Public Affairs at FEPS


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.
Giovanni COZZI

Giovanni COZZI

Economic Adviser

Born near Milan, Italy, in 1977. Giovanni is an Economic Adviser at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies.

He 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. During his PhD studies Giovanni worked as a Teaching Fellow at SOAS, where he taught on courses of International Economics, Political Economy of Development, and Comparative Growth.

After his PhD studies, Giovanni worked at the Centre for Development Policy and Research (CDPR) where he conducted policy and research work on progressive economic policies, in particular on growth and employment, financial and banking sector reforms and capital controls.

At FEPS his work focuses on the sustainable economy pillar which concentrates on promoting progressive European economic policies.
David KITCHING : Policy Advisor at FEPS


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


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).
Judit TANCZOS : Policy Advisor at FEPS


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.