TEPSA Staff

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.


Giulia Bonacquisti

Project Manager

Giulia Bonacquisti is TEPSA’s Project Manager. She is responsible for the implementation of several Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ projects and is involved in the organisation of TEPSA’s seminars and professional trainings. Additionally, she oversees 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 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 field of specialisation is European Foreign Policy, with a particular focus on the European Neighbourhood Policy. 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.


Pol Vila Sarriá

Project Officer

Pol Vila Sarriá is TEPSA’s Project Officer. He works on the implementation of the Europe for Citizens Programme, where he is mainly involved on the coordination of TEPSA Briefs and Explainers and the organization of TEPSA Pre Presidency Conferences. Additionally, Pol coordinates TEPSA’s annual book on the Future of Europe. 

Pol holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Rey Juan Carlos University and an M.A in Human Rights from Sciences Po, where he specialized in international criminal justice, post-Soviet states and the Western Balkans’ region. Prior to joining TEPSA, Pol worked as a junior researcher at the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, where he analysed Kosovo and Spain relations from different perspectives. He has completed internships in the EU Rule of Law mission in Kosovo and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. He is a regular contributor to El Orden Mundial, a Spanish international media outlet, and has also written for other media outlets, such as El País, Atalayar, or Kosovo 2.0.

You can contact Pol Vila Sarriá.


Rafael Alamar Oliver

Project Officer

Rafael Alamar Oliver is TEPSA´s Project Officer. He coordinates the supply of external expertise to the European Parliament´s DG EXPO Policy Department on various EU external relations issues.

Rafael holds a Bachelor´s Degree in General Law from the University of Valencia (Spain). He also holds a Master’s in Laws (LLM) on International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva (Switzerland), where he specialized on Human Rights. Prior to joining TEPSA, Rafael worked as a Consultant for the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation and the NGO WaterLex and undertook traineeships at the European Parliament´s DG EXPO and at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

You can contact Rafael Alamar Oliver.


Margaux Hurtel

Project Assistant

Margaux is TEPSA’s project assistant. She helps in the coordination and implementation of TEPSA’s Framework Contracts with the European Parliament for the supply of external academic expertise.

Margaux holds a Masters Degree in Modern History from Université La Sorbonne (Paris), with a specialisation on the history of the European integration, and a Masters in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (Warsaw). Part of her graduate education was completed in Italy, at the University of Pisa. Prior to joining TEPSA, she completed traineeships at the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Culture, Education and Audiovisual (EACEA) and at the Maison de l’Europe de Provence (France), specialising in questions of European citizenship.

You can contact Margaux Hurtel.


Hugh Evans

Communications Assistant

Hugh is TEPSA’s Communications Assistant. He assists in the communication of EU-funded projects by designing and preparing newsletters, social media campaigns and other communications materials. He manages social media for TEPSA, and assists with TEPSA Briefs and TEPSA Explainers.

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, where he specialised in political and social change from the late Roman Republic into the early Principate. Before joining TEPSA, Hugh worked in Digital Communications for Clé France, and undertook a long-term traineeship in the Communications department of the European Economic and Social Committee.

You can contact Hugh Evans.