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

Head of Office

Mariam KhotenashviliMariam is TEPSA’s 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 Manager

Giulia-281x300Giulia Bonacquisti is TEPSA’s Project Manager. She is involved in a number of EU-funded research projects, manages TEPSA professional trainings, and coordinates 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 also helps in the coordination of the biannual TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conferences.

An Italian citizen, 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. 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.

Julia Krebs

Project Officer

Julia is TEPSA’s Project Officer. She works on the preparation and implementation of EU-funded research projects, especially the SEnECA project (Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations), and liaises with researchers in the coordination of studies conducted for the European Parliament’s policy department in the field of EU external relations.

Julia holds a Master’s degree in European Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the EU as a global actor from the College of Europe as well as a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Management from the University of Applied Sciences, Regensburg.  Prior to joining TEPSA, Julia worked in the international affairs department of Stiftung Mercator, a German private foundation, focusing on civil society projects in Europe and Turkey.

You can contact Julia Krebs.

Andrea Sabatini

Project Assistant

Andrea joined TEPSA as project assistant in September 2017. He helps with TEPSA’s activity coordinating studies for the European Parliament policy department, in the management of TEPSA’s website and newsletter.

An Italian citizen, Andrea holds a Master in Law from the European University of Rome, where he graduated with a thesis on the European Policy on Migration, and a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin campus, where he further specialised in EU studies, writing a Master thesis on the tensions between the process of building a common European migration policy and the European integration.


You can contact Andrea Sabatini.

Marta Bombelli

Project Assistant

Marta joined TEPSA as project assistant in November 2017.

Prior to that, she pursued a bachelor ’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Milan. She further obtained a MA in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe, with a thesis focused on the European Commission’s approach towards NGOs in international climate negotiations.

Marta has a keen interest in European public affairs. Hence, she previously worked in European and national institutions, such as the European Commission Representation in Milan and the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service at the Embassy of France in Rome. She speaks Italian as her mother tongue, as well as English, French and Spanish.

You can contact Marta Bombelli.