Mariam Khotenashvili

Executive Director

Mariam is TEPSA’s Executive Director. 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 InDivEU and DiCE. 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 at mariam.khotenashvili[at]tepsa.eu

Giulia Bonacquisti

Project Manager

Giulia Bonacquisti is TEPSA’s Project Manager. She is responsible for the implementation of several Horizon 2020 projects and for the organisation and coordination of seminars and professional trainings. She is the author and coordinator of TEPSA’s video series ‘EU History Explained’. Additionally, she is involved in the implementation of a number of activities aimed at communicating the EU to citizens and civil society, and she oversees TEPSA’s supply of external expertise to EU institutions. 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 is also involved in the coordination of the biannual TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences.

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 fields of specialisation are European Foreign Policy, with a particular focus on the European Neighbourhood Policy, and the history of European integration. 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 at giulia.bonacquisti[at]tepsa.eu

Andrea Sabatini

Finance Manager

Andrea is TEPSA’s Finance Manger. He is responsible for the financial management of the organization and its projects, including liaising with the EU financial authorities and auditors, managing expenses and payments and ensuring TEPSA’s annual organisational budget planning.

Prior to joining TEPSA, Andrea has worked as an Academic Assistant in the Department of European Political and Governance Studies of the College of Europe (August 2018 – June 2020) and as a Project Assistant at TEPSA (September 2017 – July 2018).

Andrea holds an LLM from the European University of Rome (Italy) and an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (Natolin campus), where he specialised in the EU as a Global Actor. His research interests include migration and integration studies, European democracy and legitimacy, euroscepticism and populism, and EU external relations (in particular the ENP dimension).

You can contact Andrea Sabatini at andrea.sabatini[at]tepsa.eu

Hugh Evans

Communications Manager

Hugh is TEPSA’s Communications Manager, coordinating TEPSA’s communications and dissemination activities. His role includes communicating TEPSA’s key EU-funded projects and managing TEPSA’s day-to-day communications activities via the organisation’s key channels. This includes facilitating collaboration within the TEPSA Network, fostering press relations, designing and preparing newsletters, social media campaigns and other communications materials including audiovisuals. Hugh also manages the European Parliament-funded EP4U project in citizens’ outreach.

Hugh holds an MA in Modern European Studies from University College London, specialising in European integration and democracy theory, as well as disinformation and election meddling. His undergraduate studies were in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Before joining TEPSA, Hugh worked in Digital Communications, and undertook a long-term traineeship in the Communications department of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

You can contact Hugh Evans at hugh.evans[at]tepsa.eu

Ilaria Giustacchini

Project Manager

Ilaria is TEPSA’s Project Manager. She coordinates the implementation of TEPSA’s Framework Contracts with the European Parliament and the supply of external academic expertise to European institutions. Ilaria also works on TEPSA’s fundraising activities through the coordination of expressions of interest for tender applications and the drafting of new project proposals.

Ilaria holds a MSc in International Public Policy from University College London and a BSc in Politics and Economics from the University of Milan. Her independent research has focused on gender equality and women in the world of work. Prior to joining TEPSA in October 2020, she undertook a traineeship at the European Parliament Research Services (DG EPRS), specialising in the evaluation of European policies and the socio-economic benefits of European integration.

You can contact Ilaria Giustacchini at ilaria.giustacchini[at]tepsa.eu

Eva Ribera

Project Officer

Eva is TEPSA’s project officer. She works primarily on the implementation of ongoing TEPSA projects, including our EU-Bridge Operating Grant, where she coordinates the organisation, logistics and overall development. Additionally, she assists in activities of external communications and in the supply of external academic expertise to the European Parliament.

Eva holds a MA in International Relations (Security, Peace and Conflicts) from the Free University of Brussels and a BA in Social Sciences from the Bordeaux Montaigne University. Through her research works, she further specialised in gender-just peace, transitional justice and collective action in the Western Balkans. 

Before joining TEPSA as project assistant in October 2021, Eva was a long-term trainee at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, where she worked on issues related to the rule of law and fundamental rights. She was also a research assistant for a European-wide academic project and worked on European public affairs for the corporate sector. 

You can contact Eva Ribera at eva.ribera[at]tepsa.eu

Henry Kaeding

Project Assistant

Henry is TEPSA’s project assistant. He contributes to the coordination of EU-wide research and supports the implementation of TEPSA’s ongoing projects.

Henry holds a MA in European Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, where he specialised in European Public Policy Analysis. Previously, he had obtained a MSc in European Economic Studies from the University of Bamberg. His fields of interest include monetary policy, energy and climate governance, behavioural economics, and euroscepticism.

Before joining TEPSA, Henry had worked for an international business development agency in New York, as well as for the German Federal Bank and the office of a Member of the European Parliament.

You can contact Henry Kaeding at henry.kaeding[at]tepsa.eu