TEPSA Staff

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan

Secretary General

dezwaanProf. Dr. Jaap de Zwaan is a Professor of European Union Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at The Hague University for Applied Sciences. He started his career as member of 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 Hague University for Applied Sciences.

Mariam Khotenashvili

Head of Office

Mariam KhotenashviliMariam is TEPSA’s Head of Office. She is responsible for the daily management of the association. Mariam is in close contact with the TEPSA Board and member institutes regarding TEPSA’s strategic and annual planning. Mariam manages various EU-funded projects such as PONT and FEUTURE as well as various studies conducted for the European Parliament’s Policy Department. She liaises with TEPSA’s member institutes, promoting visibility of their research findings and helping to bridge academic research with policy-making. Mariam also contributes to the coordination of the biannual TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences.

Her background combines research coordination, policy advocacy, project management and academic work. Her fields of expertise include EU foreign and development policies and in particular the European Neighbourhood Policy. Mariam holds Master’s degrees in EU International Relations and Diplomacy (College of Europe) and in Conflict Studies and Human Rights (Utrecht University). Prior to joining TEPSA Mariam worked for Transparency International Georgia and ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy and undertook traineeships at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO and at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

You can contact Mariam Khotenashvili.

Giulia Bonacquisti

Project Officer

Giulia-281x300Giulia Bonacquisti is TEPSA’s Project Officer. She is involved in a number of EU-funded research projects, manages TEPSA professional trainings, and coordinates TEPSA’s supply of external expertise to the European Parliament’s Policy Department in the field of EU external relations. Throughout her work, she is in constant contact with TEPSA’s member institutes in order to ensure the coordination of their joint activities and to promote their research. She also helps in the coordination of the biannual TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences.

An Italian citizen, Giulia holds a Master Degree in Political Sciences and European Studies from Roma Tre University (Italy) and an Advanced Master in European Integration from the Institute of European Studies of Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Her field of specialisation is European Foreign Policy, with a particular focus on the EU’s relations with its neighbourhood. Prior to joining TEPSA, she worked at EU-Logos, a Brussels-based think tank where she was in charge of the EU external relations dossier. She is a member of the European Neighbourhood Policy Working Group at Université Saint-Louis (Belgium). She has written for institutes and reviews dealing with EU-related topics such as AffarInternazionali, EU-Logos and the Centre of Excellence Altiero Spinelli, and for the Huffington Post Italy.

You can contact Giulia Bonacquisti.

Victor Tanzarella Hartmann

Project Officer

Victor iphoto Victors TEPSA’s Project Officer. He works on the preparation and implementation of EU-funded research projects and professional trainings, and he liaises with researchers in the coordination of studies conducted for the European Parliament’s policy department, particularly in the fields of trade and development. He also takes part in the organisation of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences.

A French and Italian citizen, Victor studied history and humanities in Paris, and specialised in European political economy through a MSc at the London School of Economics, where he researched the economic determinants and ideologies of Eurosceptic movements. Before joining TEPSA, Victor worked at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the directorate for economic diplomacy.

You can contact Victor Tanzarella Hartmann  (victor•tanzarella©tepsa•eu)  .

Mike Littlehale

Project Assistant

Mike joined TEPSA as a Project Assistant in May 2017. He contributes to the management of EU-funded projects such as PONT (professional training in EU affairs), as well as coordinating studies for the European Parliament’s policy department in the fields of development and human rights. He also assists with the content management of TEPSA’s newsletter, website, and social media accounts.

An American citizen, Mike obtained his M.A. in International Relations and International Organisation from the University of Groningen (Netherlands), where he focused on European defence policy. Upon completing his degree, he worked as a Research Fellow at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Office in Vienna. He was also a trainee at European Parliament, splitting time between the EP office in Washington, DC and the European Parliament Research Service (EPRS) in Brussels, where he conducted research on EU security/defence policy and cooperation with NATO.

You can contact Mike Littlehale  (mike•littlehale©tepsa•eu)  .

Saúl Castro Fernandez

Project Assistant

Saúl joined TEPSA as a Project Assistant in July 2017. He assists the team in the management of the website and social media, in editing studies for the European Parliament and in the liaison with external parties.

A Spanish citizen, Saúl is currently studying the final year of a degree in Law and Politics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) together with a degree in Philosophy at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain). During his undergraduate studies, Saúl was awarded three different scholarships that have allowed him to go abroad to complete parts of his degree. He lived in the United Kingdom for one year, studying at University College London. He then spent one semester in Mexico City, studying at Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México and finally moved to Sydney to study another semester at the University of Sydney.

You can contact Saúl Castro Fernández  (saul•castro©tepsa•eu)  .