team

Meet FEPS Team

  • Ania SKRZYPEK

    position: Director for Research and Training

    email: ania.skrzypek@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Ania SKRZYPEK, (Skrzypek-Claassens), born in Warsaw in 1979, is Director for Research and Training 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.

  • Johan ROBBERECHT

    position: Director of Operations

    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.

  • David RINALDI

    position: Director of Studies and Policy

    email: david.rinaldi@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    David supervises and coordinates FEPS' scientific quality and consultancy capacity, ensuring the policy-relevance and impact of FEPS’ activities. 
He oversees the economic and social policy portfolios.

    Before joining FEPS in 2017, David 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 Studies and held teaching positions at the Paris College of Art (visiting professor, microeconomics) and at Bocconi University (teaching assistant, macroeconomics). He was also Senior Academic Assistant at the College of Europe, Department for European Economic Studies and worked as consultant on public finance at the Council of Europe, Social Cohesion Division.

    David holds a PhD in Public Economics from the DEFAP Graduate School in Public Economics (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 and on the Huffington Post Italia.

  • Ainara BASCUÑANA

    position: Head of Communication

    email: ainara.bascunana@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Before joining FEPS in September 2019, Ainara worked for 10 years as communication specialist and multimedia journalist. In Brussels since 2012, she worked as Communications Director at the Women Political Leaders Global Forum; as Communications Coordinator at the European Parliament (Audiovisual Unit) and as Communications Advisor of the Member of the European Parliament and Vice-President of S&D Group Maria Joâo Rodrigues. As a freelance she has also extensive experience as a radio/press/TV journalist and anchor, moderator of conferences and political debates and communication consultant, with a specialization on EU affairs and welfare, employment and gender issues.

    Ainara holds a Master in Journalism from Autonomous University of Barcelona. In the early years of her career, she worked as a Brussels-based multimedia correspondent for the Catalan News Agency and, in Spain, as a reporter and video-journalist for the different TV and radio channels.

  • Charlotte BILLINGHAM

    position: Senior Policy Advisor

    email: charlotte.billingham@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Charlotte has been working at FEPS since its creation at the beginning of 2008 and leads the portfolio on the EU Green Deal, climate change, environment, energy and Just Transition.

    In addition to the project management within the portfolio she also coordinates some of the other projects at FEPS in particular with regards to the UK partners and the larger FEPS activities.

    Previously, Charlotte assisted in the constituency office of Richard Corbett 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 in Mexico.

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

  • Maria FREITAS

    position: Senior Policy Advisor

    email: maria.freitas@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Maria joined FEPS in April 2015 and is responsible for projects pertaining 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 and Editor in Chief of the Progressive Post

    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: Project 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”.

  • 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.

  • Vassilis NTOUSAS

    position: Senior Policy Advisor - International Relations

    email: vassilis.ntousas@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Vassilis Ntousas is the Senior International Relations Policy Advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) in Brussels and an Academy Associate at Chatham House in London. His research interests lie in European foreign policy and the EU’s global engagement. Previously, he held the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Academy fellowship at Chatham House, where his research focused on the role of the EU in renewing the multilateral system. From 2015-2019, he led the international research and activity programme of FEPS, covering the world’s major regions. He is the author of several policy papers and regularly comments on global affairs for international media outlets. Vassilis holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield.

  • Euléane OMEZ

    position: Project Officer

    email: euleane.omez@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Socio-economic project officer, Euléane holds a joint Master degree in European studies from the Universities of Göttingen and Uppsala. Prior to joining FEPS, she worked on international cooperation development projects in Germany.

    During her studies, she gained work experience at a French institute, the European University Institute and EACEA. She has a keen interest in higher education, social justice and diplomacy.

  • Roberto PAREDES

    position: Head of Finance and Audit

    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.

  • Susanne PFEIL

    position: Project Officer

    email: susanne.pfeil@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Susanne Pfeil is Project Officer with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), where she coordinates various international projects and activities.

    Susanne has a Master’s degree in International Relations (Diplomacy) from the University of Birmingham. Her Master thesis focused on mediation in German foreign policy and the Iran nuclear deal. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural European and American Studies from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg.

    Prior to joining FEPS, Susanne worked at the European Institute of Peace (EIP) where she gained experience in EU Affairs in Brussels, international peace and security. Susanne is a CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) peer, trained in workplace crisis intervention strategies. She has a keen interest in conflict resolution and preventive diplomacy. She speaks German, English and Spanish, some French and is learning Dutch.

  • Christine RUGURIKA

    position: Administrative and Events Officer

    email: christine.rugurika@feps-europe.eu

    biography

    Christine joined FEPS in January 2019, she is part of the Events team.
    She has worked most of her time in events planning and management
    She likes working in an international environment too.
    In her spare time she likes writing fictional stories, theatre and radio.

  • 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.