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

Project Manager and Head of Office

Mariam KhotenashviliMariam is TEPSA’s Project Manager and 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 manages EU-funded projects related to the topics of parliamentary democracy in the EU and EU-Turkey relations, and coordinates the 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. 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. In addition, she takes part in the European Neighbourhood Policy Working Group at Université Saint-Louis (Belgium). She writes 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

Project Officer

Victor iphoto Victors TEPSA’s Project Officer. He helps in 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.

With a background in humanities, Victor has specialised in European political economy with a Master of Science 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  (victor•tanzarella©tepsa•eu)  .

Anja Palm

Project Assistant

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAeUAAAAJDc5ZDY1OTA3LTdiMmYtNDgwNS05Yjk5LTg1OTAyN2U0NTIzYgAnja is project assistant at TEPSA since January 2017, where she contributes to the management of EU-funded projects such as FEUTURE, on EU-Turkey relations, and PONT, related to professional training on EU affairs. She also provides assistance with the studies conducted for the European Parliament’s Policy Department for External Relations and helps in the organisation of the biannual TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference. In addition to this, she is the editor of TEPSA’s newsletter and supports the management of TEPSA’s website and social media profiles.

Anja is a Law graduate at both the University of Bologna and King’s College London, where she has completed a Transnational Law LL.M. Her field of specialisation is European migration policies, with a primary focus on their interaction with other EU external policies and the externalisation of migration control. Before joining TEPSA, Anja has researched at the Italian International Affairs Institute (IAI), and worked at the British Refugee Council and UNHCR.

You can contact Anja Palm  (anja•palm©tepsa•eu)  .