Prof. Lucia Mokrá

Chairperson of the Board

Prof. Lucia Mokráis the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her main research interests regard the wider concept of European citizenship, fundamental rights after the Lisbon Treaty, the principle of non-discrimination in EU law, humanitarian aid and development cooperation. Having served in the Board of TEPSA since November 2016, Prof. Mokráhas taken office as Chairperson of the Board since 1 July 2019 for a 3-year mandate, after being elected nemine contradicente by TEPSA’s General Assembly in June 2019.

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan

Secretary General

Prof. Dr. Jaap de Zwaan is an Emeritus Professor of European Union Law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and former Lector in European Integration at The Hague University for Applied Sciences. He started his career as member of the The Hague bar in 1973. From 1979 until 1998 he worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague (European Integration Department and Legal Service) as well as in Brussels (Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the EU). In 1993 he obtained his PhD degree in Law at the University of Groningen with a thesis entitled ‘The Permanent Representatives Committee, its role in European Union decision making’. In 1998 he was appointed full time professor of the Law of the European Union at Erasmus University Rotterdam. From 2005 to 2011 he was Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. Since May 2011 he is again (part-time) Professor of the Law of the European Union at the Law School of Erasmus University Rotterdam. As from May 2012 he is appointed Lector European Integration at the The Hague University for Applied Sciences.

Besides his membership to TEPSA Board since January 2010, he is also Member of the Governing Board of the European Studies Institute in Moscow, founded by the European Union and the Russian Federation; Member of the Foresight Advisory Council of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the international forum of Deutsche Bank in Berlin; Member of the French-Dutch Cooperation Council; Member of the Board of the Amsterdam Institute of German Studies, connected to the University of Amsterdam; and Member of the Board of the ‘Rotterdams Juridisch Genootschap’ (Rotterdam Law Association). Prof. De Zwaan’s research areas concern the law and policy of the European Union, notably institutional/constitutional aspects, justice and home affairs cooperation (the ‘area of freedom, security and justice’) and external relations of the EU, including CFSP/CSDP.

Mr. Dries Callens


Dries Callens has worked 17 years a tax officer specialized in company taxation for the Belgian Federal Public Service Finance.  At this moment he’s working for the Federal Accountant, a public service which is responsible for the accounts of Belgian federal state.  Besides this he has been treasurer JEF-Europe and of European Movement International.  He was elected as treasurer of TEPSA in Zagreb in 2019.

Prof. Michele Chang

Board member

Michele Chang is Professor in the Department of European Political and Governance Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges, since 2006. Her research interests include euro area governance, particularly fiscal policy cooperation and the European Central Bank, and financial crises. Her most recent book is Economic and Monetary Union (Palgrave 2006). She is a member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies and the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) in which she served as vice chair (2013-2015) and Executive Committee officer (2015-2017).

Dr. Juha Jokela

Board member

Dr. Juha Jokela is the Director of the European Union Research Programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. His current research interests include the role of the EU in the G20, differentiated integration in EU’s external relations, and the political implications of the EMU reforms. His previous projects and publications include Europeanization and foreign policy, EU’s Asia policy and Finland’s EU policy. He has published both academic and policy relevant articles and monographs, and contributed to public debate though media and civil society engagements. Previously Dr. Jokela has worked in the EUISS as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Advisor in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and Research Fellow and Director of the Network for European Studies in the University of Helsinki. Dr. Jokela was re-elected by the General Assembly as a Member of the TEPSA Board in 2013.

Prof. Petr Kratochvíl

Board member

Professor Petr Kratochvíl is a Full Professor of International Relations, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations, Lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris and several Czech universities, and member of the TEPSA Board. Petr Kratochvíl represents the IIR in various international associations such as the Trans European Policy Studies Association or the European Consortium for Political Research. He has published extensively on European integration, EU-Russian relations, institutional reform and the EU enlargement, the role of religion in international affairs, and international relations theory. The book The European Union and the Catholic Church: Political Theology of European Integration, co-authored by Tomáš Doležal and published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan even won the prestigious Religion and International Relations Book Award of the American International Studies Association. He is also often called upon to present his analyses by various Czech and foreign media.

Dr. Sabina Lange

Board member

Dr Sabina Lange is Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA, Maastricht), and an Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Ljubljana. She specializes in decision-making in the EU and in inter-institutional relations, in particular in external action policies and with regard to delegated and implementing acts. Since 2009 she has been training Member States’ officials and has given regular courses in the EU institutions and EU Agencies. Between October 2015 and September 2017 she was Senior Associate Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), where she dealt with institutional issues in EU external action and with security and foreign policy issues related to Western Balkans. Dr Lange published numerous articles on the role of the rotating Council Presidency as well as on Slovenian foreign and European policies.

Dr. Nicoletta Pirozzi

Board member

Dr. Nicoletta Pirozzi is Head of Programme on European Union and Institutional Relations Manager at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). She works mainly on EU governance, EU security and defence policies, civilian crisis management, EU policy towards sub-Saharan Africa and EU relations with United Nations, NATO and African Union in the field of peace and security. She is the Scientific Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project “EU IDEA – Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability”. From 2013 to 2019, she was Adjunct Professor at “Roma Tre” University in Rome. In 2018, she was Associate Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris and Marshall Memorial Fellow. In 2012, she served as Seconded National Expert at the European External Action Service. Dr. Pirozzi is author and editor of a number of publications, and an active member of various research associations and institutions. She is also member of IAI’s Steering Committee and Executive Committee, and of the Scientific Board of the on-line journal AffarInternazionali.it.

Prof. Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva

Board member

Associate Professor Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva is a vice dean for science and international cooperation of the Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus,  Head of the Center for refugee law and migrations at the Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, alumna of the Fulbright program, member of several editorial boards of international journals, local coordinator of the CEEPUS network Ethics and politics in European context, Erasmus coordinator of the Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus and reviewer on articles in peer-reviewed journals in several countries and languages. Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva teaches several courses at undergraduate, master and doctoral level: Introduction to political science, Geopolitics, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Refugee Law and migrations, War and peace journalism, Peaceful resolution of conflicts, etc. She has been a visiting professor at several Universities, such as the University in Graz, St. Stefan Wysynski University in Warsaw, University in Vienna and others. She has participated in several projects in the area of human rights, anti-discrimination, European integration, EU policies and migrations. Currently she is in charge of joint project (with UNHCR-Mission in Skopje) – Refugee Law clinical education.

Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig

Board member

Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig has been Professor of European Politics at ETH Zurich since 2005. He currently serves as the Director of the Center of Comparative and International Studies of ETH and University of Zurich. His research focuses on the theory and development of European integration. Past and current research projects have examined, inter alia, EU enlargement, differentiated integration, EU democratization, and EU democracy promotion. His book The EU, NATO and the Integration of Europe. Rules and Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press 2003) received the Best Book Award of the European Union Studies Association. His most recent books are Democracy Promotion by Functional Cooperation (with Tina Freyburg, Sandra Lavenex, Tatiana Skripka, and Anne Wetzel, Palgrave 2015) and Differentiated Integration (with Dirk Leuffen and Berthold Rittberger, Palgrave 2013).

Dr. Funda Tekin

Board member

Dr. Funda Tekin is Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin, and Vice-Director and Project Director of the Horizon 2020 project “The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scnearios” (FEUTURE) at the Centre of Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS), University of Cologne. Her fields of research and expertise include EU enlargement in general and EU Turkey relations in particular, the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, flexibility and differentiation of EU integration, the added value of Europe as well as the implications of treaty reforms and the institutionalization of the EU.

Dr. Ilke Toygür 

Board member

Dr. Ilke Toygür is Analyst of European Affairs at Elcano Royal Institute based and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Carlos III University of Madrid. Her main research areas include European integration, Euroscepticism, political parties and elections in Western Europe, global trends of democracy and authoritarianism, Geopolitics of Europe and transatlantic relations, Turkish politics and Turkish foreign policy. Ilke holds a BA in Economics from Hacettepe University, Ankara and an MA in Economics from Sabancı University, Istanbul. After completing her studies in Economics she worked for more than two years in Economic Development Foundation (IKV), a Turkish think-tank focusing on the European Union and Turkey-EU relations. Prior to her enrolment in the PhD program, she obtained an MA in Political Science from the “Democracy and Government” program of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). In 2016, she completed her PhD degree in Political Science in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the same university. Right before completing her PhD, she was granted the prestigious Mercator-IPC Fellowship in Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. Ilke has been a Visiting Researcher in European University Institute (EUI), University of Mannheim, and Brookings Institution. She is a Fellow of Transatlantic Relations Initiative of IE University and serves as a Board Member of Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). Ilke writes articles for various international think tanks, newspapers and periodicals. She is native in Turkish and also speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Honorary members of the TEPSA Board

Graham AVERY, Honorary Director-General of the European Commission – former TEPSA Secretary General

Andrew DUFF, Former Member of the European Parliament 1999-2014, Former President of the Union of European Federalists – TEPSA Secretary General 2008-2013

Christian FRANCK, Honorary Professor Université Catholique de Louvain. Visiting Professor Diplomatic Academy Vienna – former TEPSA Secretary General

Jean Paul JACQUĖ, Honorary Director General and Special Councellor in the Council, Professor at the University of Strasbourg, Faculty of Law since 1978 and at the College of Europe since 1988 – former TEPSA Secretary General

Michael KAEDING, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam University of Duisburg Essen – TEPSA Chairperson 2016-2019

Jean-Victor LOUIS, Honorary Professor Université Libre de Bruxelles- former TEPSA Secretary General

Jacques VANDAMME, Honorary President of the Study Group for European Policies (SEP-GEPE) († 2020) – first TEPSA Chairperson 1974-1995

Guy VANHAEVERBEKE, Honorary Director Information Service at the European Parliament- former TEPSA Secretary General

Wolfgang WESSELS, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam University of Cologne – TEPSA Chairperson 1995-2016