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.

Gil Kaufman

Project Assistant

Gil Kaufman is TEPSA’s Project Assistant. He contributes to the management of EU-funded projects on the topics of youth participation in politics (#EngagEU), EU-Central Asia relations (Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations – SEnECA), and EU-Turkey relations (VIADUCT – Enhancing VIsibility of the Academic DialogUe on EU-Turkey CooperaTion).

Gil holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University in Trento (Italy) and has completed parts of his undergraduate education in Germany, Spain, and Thailand. He also hold an M.A. in European Studies from Maastricht University (Netherlands), with a specialization in European Public Policy & Administration. As the Student Ambassador of his M.A. Program, Gil managed the social media profiles of the course and contributed to the organization of events to introduce Maastricht University to new students, such as the University’s Open Days.

You can contact Gil Kaufman.

Agnese Olmati

Communication Assistant

Agnese is TEPSA’s Communication Assistant. She works on the dissemination of research carried out by TEPSA’s members and she contributes to the promotion of the organization’s events and projects.

After achieving a bachelor’s degree in translation and interpreting at Civica Scuola Altiero Spinelli in Milan (Italy), she turned to European studies and now holds an Erasmus Mundus MA in Euroculture from the University of Strasbourg (France) and the University of Olomouc (Czech Republic). As part of her MA, she completed a traineeship at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. Besides her studies, she interned in the international and marketing office of Vidzeme University (Latvia) and worked for an international NGO.

You can contact Agnese Olmati.

Mairead Audounet

Financial Manager

Mairead is TEPSA’s Financial Manager, responsible for the operational and administrative facets of the TEPSA secretariat. Her roles include financial management of the organization, annual organizational budget planning, monitoring of the budget execution and reporting, liaison with the EU financial authorities and auditors, processing and validation of invoices, expenses and payments and reconciliation of income/expenses booked. She is also responsible for liaising with all the relevant actors to ensure TEPSA’s compliance with the Belgian legal and administrative frameworks.

Before joining TEPSA, she has held a variety of positions in European NGOs and associations in Brussels, in sectors ranging from criminal justice and the right to a fair trial, to disability and vocational rehabilitation, to health and patient representation to poverty relief. In Dublin, she worked as an evaluator for the European Social Fund and the Rehab Group. Mairead holds both a business degree and a post-graduate diploma in social and vocational rehabilitation from University College Dublin.

You can contact Mairead Audounet.