July 28 - August 4, 2012 - Prague, Czech Republic

Faculty and staff




Elina Viilup - Research Fellow at CIDOB

She has worked as an adviser for European Parliament's political and administrative management bodies, as well as a special adviser of the Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, where her main dossiers included external aspects of energy policy, the Eastern Dimension of the Union's external policies, including EU's bilateral relations with its Eastern Partners and the Russian Federation, the Eastern Partnership, the Black Sea Synergy, enlargement to South East Europe, and parliamentary cooperation with multilateral parliamentary assemblies (OSCE PA, PABSEC). She started her career as a consultant and adviser in the area of EU communication policy and enlargement issues at the European Commission Delegation in Tallinn, Estonia. She holds a Master's of Advanced European Studies in European Politics, European Law, and Economics of European integration from the University of Basle, Switzerland. She has further obtained a post-graduate Diploma of International Relations and European Integration from the Estonian School of Diplomacy. She has graduated in English Language and Literature, and Public Administration of the University of Tartu, Estonia.


Laia Mestres - Researcher and Adviser to the Chairman of the Board of CIDOB

Before joining CIDOB, she worked as a research fellow in the Institut Universitari d'Estudis Europeus in the framework of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, under the direction of Professor Esther Barbé. She also lectured on Spanish Foreign Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Administration from Pompeu Fabra University and a Master's in European Integration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is currently completing her PhD on European Integration, more concretely on bilateralism as a power strategy within the European Union, through the case study of Spain's relations with the EU's larger states. Her main areas of interest are Spain's foreign policy and the European Union's security and defence policies.




Zidas Daskalovski

Mr. Zidas Daskalovski holds a PhD from the Political Science Department, Central European University. Besides policy studies, he has published numerous scholarly articles on politics in the Southeast European region, as well as co-edited the book Understanding the War in Kosovo (London: Frank Cass, 2003). A professor of political science, and one of the most prominent political scientists in the country, he is a member of the executive board of PASOS, a network of 40 policy centres (36 Members and four Associate Members) in Europe and Central Asia. Dr. Daskalovski is the 2008 Young Scientist of the Year of the Macedonian Academy of Science and a recipient of a number of distinguished research fellowships including the Lord Dahrendorf Fellowship at St. Antony's College at the Oxford University, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies Macedonian Studies Fellowship, and the Social Science Research Council/Ethnobarometer Fellowship at the University of North Caroline. His expertise is prominent in the fields of policy analysis in general and decentralization, democratization, ethnic and multicultural issues in particular. Dr. Daskalovski has a thorough policy research experience working for the Center for Research and Policy Making, War Torn Societies Project (WSP), Local Government Initiative, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the European Stability Initiative.


Marija Risteska

Marija Risteska holds a PhD in Political Science from Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and Master of Arts in European Public Administration and Public Policy from Katholieke Universitait Leuven. Besides numerous policy studies on European integration of Macedonia, public policy development, good governance, health, gender, and migration, Marija has co-edited the book 'European Law for SMEs'. She has 10 years of consulting experience with the EU and all UN agencies. She managed a program in NDI, and the education portfolio of the World Bank in Macedonia. Risteska is the founder of the Center for Research and Policy Making.




David Král

David Král graduated from the Law Faculty at Charles University in Prague. He has been the director of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy since 2000. He lectured at the Metropolitan University n Prague and at Charles University ? Faculty of Social Sciences. During the work of the Convention on the Future of Europe and the Intergovernmental Conference 2003/2004 he was a member of advisory groups of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister, and member of an advisory group on foreign relations to the Vice-Premier for EU affairs before and during the Czech EU presidency in 2009. Since June 2010 he serves as the Chairman of the Board of PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society), gathering think-tanks and policy institutes from Central and Eastern Europe and Newly Independent States. His main areas of expertise include the EU constitutional and institutional issues, EU enlargement, European neighbourhood policy, Common Foreign and Security Policy and transatlantic relations.


Vladimír Bartovic

Vladimír Bartovic is a senior research fellow at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy. Currently he serves as a director of Strategic Planning and Analysis Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic. He graduated in international trade and international politics at the University of Economics, Prague, Faculty of International Relations. He studied also at Universidad de Granada, Faculty of Political Science and Sociology. From 2000 till 2002 he worked as an editor in the Integrace magazine. He has been lecturing on topical EU issues at the Institute of Public Administration and the Czech National Bank. He co-operated with OSCE election missions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Kosovo. Main areas of expertise: EU institutional issues, EU Enlargement with focus on Western Balkans, Slovak foreign and domestic policy and economic issues.


Nouvelle Europe


Roberto Foa

Roberto Foa is a PhD Candidate at Harvard University, and an associate of the Harvard Center for European Studies. Formerly, he was the founding President of the Washington European Society (www.wes-dc.org), a discussion network for Europeans in the US capital which hosts regular events with visiting politicians, diplomats, and journalists, and the president of the Harvard European Society. During the 2011 year he has been a visiting lecturer at the Higher School of Economics in Russia, and in addition to his academic work, Roberto has published a wide range of commentary on European politics and integration, including as author of the Merchant of Venice blog for EUObserver, and his column for E!Sharp Magazine (www.esharp.eu).


David Cadier

David Cadier is a research assistant at CERI/Sciences Po (Paris) and an adjunct lecturer in European politics at Sciences Po Lille. He will be defending his PhD on Visegrad countries' foreign policies at Sciences Po in June 2012. Beyond Central European politics, his research interests include transatlantic relations, EU policies towards the Eastern neighborhood and EU-Russia relations. He was a visiting fellow at SAIS Centre for Transatlantic Relations (Johns Hopkins University) in 2011, at the Prague Institute of International Relations in 2010 and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2009. While in Prague, he taught at Charles University and at Anglo-American University. Finally, David had two work experiences with the OSCE, at the Headquarters in Vienna (2007) and at the OSCE Mission in Serbia (2008).




Jacek Kucharczyk

Sociologist and think-tanker. Jacek Kucharczyk received Ph.D. in Sociology at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1994-1995 a fellow at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York. Earlier studied at University of Kent at Canterbury (M.A. in Philosophy in 1992) and Warsaw University (MA in English Studies). In the 1980s he was active in the underground student and publishing movement. Board member of the European Partnership for Democracy (EDP) in Brussels. Member of the Council of the National School of Public Administration (KSAP). One of the founders and board member of Policy Association for an Open Society PASOS, an association of think-tanks from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Author and editor of numerous policy briefs, articles, reports and books on democratic governance, foreign policy, EU integration and transatlantic relations.   Frequently comments on current domestic and European affairs and political developments for printed and electronic media, Polish and international.


Agnieszka Łada

PhD in political science, graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw as well as from postgraduate studies in psychology of organization in Dortmund as scholarship fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Studied also at the Free University of Berlin. Worked as a project coordinator and expert in many European projects in Poland and Germany. Member of the Team Europe - group of experts by the Representation of the European Commission in Poland,  Member of the Council of the Polish-German Youth Exhange, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS), Member of the Copernicus Group - Group of experts on Polish-German Relations. IPA's Representative in European Policy Institutes Network and Active Citizenship Group by the European Commission.
From February till April 2011 worked as a visiting fellow in the European Policy Centre in Brussels.



Dace Akule

Dace Akule is European policy researcher at the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Latvia. Her areas of expertise include: EU policy (EU institutions, decision-making), the future of the EU (Lisbon Treaty, enlargement), migration and integration of migrants, and citizen engagement in EU decision making. Before joining PROVIDUS in 2006, she worked as a journalist, for European Voice, EU Observer, Transitions Online, and the Latvian service of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. She has a Master degree in Advanced International Studies from Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Johns Hopkins University (Bologna centre).


Linda Curika

Linda Curika has a Masters Degree in Political Science from Riga Stradins University (Latvia) since 2006. She has been a project manager in the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS since 2005, but since 2007 she is also a researcher in the field of education and tolerance. Linda is a lecturer in the Baltic International Academy since 2008, with her latest course on tools and methods of eDemocracy. Her research interests include divided schooling system and its impact on enculturation and civic participation of students, as well as the use of social media in the work of non-governmental organizations. Linda has provided training in the use of social media to Russian and Latvian students, and representatives of different NGOs. She is an active blogger for the Public Policy Portal www.politika.lv.