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 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 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 Officer

Ilaria is TEPSA’s project officer. She coordinates the implementation of TEPSA’s Framework Contracts with the European Parliament for the supply of external academic expertise. Ilaria also supports TEPSA’s fundraising activities through the coordination of expressions of interest for tender applications and the drafting of 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 as project assistant 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


Tanguy Babled

Project Officer

Tanguy is TEPSA’s project officer. He works primarily on the implementation of ongoing TEPSA projects, including Europe for Citizens, EP4U and InDivEU, where he assists in coordinating their organization, logistics and overall development as well as partially handling their communication side. Further, he contributes to the supply of external expertise to the European Parliament, including liaising with experts and the EP and preparing study proposals and editing papers.

Tanguy holds a MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University SAIS and a MA in International Relations from Leiden University. He also holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences: World Politics, from Leiden University College.

His main focus regards EU-Africa relations and development projects on the field. He has also researched the African Union, conflict management and post-civil war resolutions. Before TEPSA, Tanguy was a Schuman Trainee in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Unit of DG EXPO, where he researched the impact of European projects in the sub-Saharan African region and conducted research on its evolving political systems. Prior to his work at the EP, he worked at the International Criminal Court, in the Public affairs section.

You can contact Tanguy Babled at tanguy.babled[at]tepsa.eu


Valentina Grganović

Project Assistant

Valentina is TEPSA’s project assistant. She works primarily in the supply of external expertise to the European Parliament and on the implementation of TEPSA’s ongoing projects.

Valentina holds a MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna, where she majored in European Affairs. She also conducted a master thesis research programme at the Center for European Neighborhood Studies of the Central European University in Budapest. Valentina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Zagreb, during which she also experienced an Erasmus+ exchange at the University of Warsaw. Besides academic experience, Valentina was also an active volunteer of several student unions and successfully completed an internship programme at the Post Conflict Research Center in Sarajevo. Prior to joining TEPSA, Valentina worked as a Research Trainee at Vocal Europe, a Brussels-based think tank where she was in charge of analysing EU External Relations towards the region of the Western Balkans.

You can contact Valentina Grganović at valentina.grganovic[at]tepsa.eu