Prof. Wolfgang Wessels

Chairperson of the Board

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels has a Master Degree in Economic and Political Science (1973), a doctorate in political science from the University of Cologne (1979) and he received the Venia legendi in Political Science of the University of Bonn in 1990. Since summer 1994, he is chairholder and since 2011, is honored ad personam of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne. In 2011 he was awarded for ‘Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary European Studies’ by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). Prof. Wessels is co-editor of the “Jahrbuch der Europäischen Union” (31st Edition) and the “Europa von A-Z, Taschenbuch der europäischen Integration” (12th Edition) and has published widely in leading journals and edited volumes. He is involved in several research and teaching networks such as THESEUS, LISBOAN and EXACT. He is the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin). Since 1981 he is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Brugge and Natolin.

Prof. Wessels is the Chairman of the TEPSA Board since 1995. TEPSA’s General Assembly of December 2011 has appointed him for another two year mandate. His areas of research include the political system of the European Union, the role of the EU in the international system, the deepening and widening of the EU modes of governance as well as theories and strategies of European integration.

Prof. Jaap de Zwaan

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Prof. Dr. Jaap de Zwaan is a Professor of European Union Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lector European Integration at the The Hague University for Applied Sciences. He started his career as member of the 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 The Hague University for Applied Sciences.

Besides his membership to TEPSA Board since January 2010, he is also Member of the Governing Board of the European Studies Institute in Moscow, founded by the European Union and the Russian Federation; Member of the Foresight Advisory Council of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the international forum of Deutsche Bank in Berlin; Member of the French-Dutch Cooperation Council; Member of the Board of the Amsterdam Institute of German Studies, connected to the University of Amsterdam; and Member of the Board of the ‘Rotterdams Juridisch Genootschap’ (Rotterdam Law Association). Prof. De Zwaan’s research areas concern the law and policy of the European Union, notably institutional/constitutional aspects, justice and home affairs cooperation (the ‘area of freedom, security and justice’) and external relations of the EU, including CFSP/CSDP.

Mr. Pierre Florent Peterkenne


Mr. Peterkenne has had a standing career as an auditor. After a career of nine years in an industrial group, he joined Ernst & Young Company Auditors (or its predecessors) in July 1978. Since 1 January 2003, he is practicing his profession of auditor outside the Association of Ernst & Young. He retired in 2009 and is entitled to the qualification honorary auditor (réviseur honoraire).

Mr Peterkenne has been a treasurer of TEPSA since 2010 and has been re-elected as treasurer and TEPSA Board Member in December 2011.

Prof. Iain Begg

Board Member

Iain Begg is a Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His current projects include studies on the governance of EU economic governance and social policy, the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy and reform of the EU budget. Other recent research projects include work on policy co-ordination under EMU and the social impact of globalisation. He has published extensively in academic journals and served as co-editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies from 1998 to 2003. He has undertaken a number of advisory roles, including being a member of a groupe de prospective on the future of cohesion policy and being called as an expert witness or specialist adviser on EU issues by the House of Commons Treasury Committee, the House of Lords European Communities Committee and the European Parliament. He is a frequent contributor to international conferences on EU economic policy issues and is regularly solicited for interviews by journalists. The TEPSA General Assembly of December 2011 re-elected Iain Begg as TEPSA Board Member.

Prof. Gianni Bonvicini

Board member

Prof. Dr. Gianni Bonvicini, a scholar in European affairs and foreign policy, is Executive Vice President of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome. He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board of The International Spectator, the English-language quarterly journal of the IAI, and foreign policy commentator. He is also a member of several research and study associations in Italy and abroad. Prof. Bonvicini was re-elected as TEPSA Board Member in December 2011 for another renewable two-year term. His areas of research include European Neighbourhood Policy and foreign and security policy.

Dr. Katrin Böttger

Board member

Dr. Katrin Böttger is Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik, (IEP) Berlin. She is project leader of the Research Project entitled “The EU’s policy towards Eastern Europe and Central Asia – A key role for Germany”.

In addition, she is in charge of the coordination of the German-Hungarian Forum and the German-Hungarian Youth Forum. She is the Executive Editor of the EU-28 Watch, which is a free of cost database compiling material on discourses on European policies in its Member States and accession countries. Dr. Böttger has been elected by the December 2011 General Assembly as a Member of the TEPSA Board with a renewable two-year mandate. Her areas of research include European Neighbourhood Policy, Enlargement Policy, EU-Central Asia Relations, Value/wealth of European Integration and Euro-optimism/Euroscepticism.


Dr. Hanna Ojanen

Board member

From the academic year 2013/2014 Dr. Hanna Ojanen is Jean Monnet Professor and Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on European Politics and European-Russian Relations School of Management at the University of Tampere. Prior ro this, she was Visiting Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki, working on inter-organisational relations with a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and on projects on EU-NATO-UN relations, security and defence policy, defence integration in the EU and Turkish foreign and security policy. She has been also Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki. Previously, she worked as Head of Research at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm. She was a Marie Curie Visiting Scientist in charge of a training course in professional skills at TEPSA/EXACT in 2011. Apart for her involvement in TEPSA activities, she occupies several position of trust including Member of Foreign Affairs Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland; Member of the Editorial Committee, Cooperation and Conflict; Member of the Scientific Committee of Nordiques; and Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Contemporary History, Södertörn University.

Dr. Ojanen was re-elected Member of the TEPSA Board in December 2011. Her areas of research include security and defence, external relations of the EU and inter-organisational relations.

Dr. Juha Jokela

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Dr. Juha Jokela is the Director of the European Union Research Programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. His current research interests include the role of the EU in the G20, differentiated integration in EU’s external relations, and the political implications of the EMU reforms. His previous projects and publications include Europeanization and foreign policy, EU’s Asia policy and Finland’s EU policy. He has published both academic and policy relevant articles and monographs, and contributed to public debate though media and civil society engagements. Previously Dr. Jokela has worked in the EUISS as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Advisor in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and Research Fellow and Director of the Network for European Studies in the University of Helsinki. Dr. Jokela was elected by the General Assembly as a Member of the TEPSA Board in 2013.

Dr. Visnja Samardzija

Board member

Dr. Samardzija is Head of the Department for European Integration of the Institute of International Relations, Zagreb. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Zagreb (1993). From 2000 to 2004 she served as Assistant Minister to the Ministry for European Integration, Republic of Croatia. Her areas of research include developments in the candidate/potential candidates in South-Eastern Europe (SEE); the European Neighbourhood Policy, EU enlargement, EU policy towards the SEE, Lisbon strategy, civil society, andregional cooperation.

In December 2011 the TEPSA General Assembly in Copenhagen re-elected Dr. Samardzija as TEPSA Board Member. Apart from her position at the TEPSA Board, she is also Member of European Association for Comparative Economic Systems (EACES), Member of UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies), and Member of CESA (European Community Studies Association – Croatia).

Prof. András Inotai

Board member

Prof. Dr. András Inotai is research professor and research director of the Institute of World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was General Director of the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary. Dr. Inotai started working at the Institute in 1967 as a research fellow. In 1972, he taught at San Marcos University in Lima, Peru, and after a brief return to Hungary, he worked at the World Bank’s Trade Policy Division in Washington, D.C. in 1989. In 1991, he came back to the Institute for World Economics in Budapest. He is Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin, since 1993.

Prof. Inotai has been a Member of the TEPSA Board for several mandates and was re-elected for another two-year term in December 2011. His research focuses on global and European economic issues; economic development and “integration maturity” of the new member countries; further enlargement of the EU towards the Western Balkan countries.

Prof. Jacek Saryusz-Wolski

Board member

Prof. Dr. Jacek Saryusz-Wolski studied at the University of Łódz (Poland) and at the Centre European Universitaire, Université de Nancy (France). Dr. Saryusz-Wolski obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Łódz, where he also held positions as Assistant and Associate Professor at the Institute of Economics.

He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2004 and again in 2009. He was Vice-President of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2007 and is the Vice-Chairman of the European People’s Party since 2006. He is currently the Chairman of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and a Member of the Conference of Delegation Chairs, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, as well as Substitute Member of the Budget Committee. In the years 1991-1996 he served as the Government Plenipotentiary for European Integration and Foreign Assistance, leading negotiations of the Polish Association Agreement with the European Community. In 1999-2001 he was the principal adviser to the Prime Minister on European integration in the Prime Minister’s Office. In 1999 he became a Member, then Secretary of the European Integration Committee, and then took the position of Head of Office at the Committee for European Integration. In his academic career he was Vice-Rector at the College of Europe, Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Łódz and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

The TEPSA General Assembly of December 2011 re-elected Prof. Dr. Jacek Saryusz-Wolski as TEPSA Board Member for a two-year renewable contract.

Honorary members of TEPSA Board

Graham AVERY: Honorary Director-General of the European Commission

Andrew DUFF: Former Member of the European Parliament, 1999-2014. Former President of the Union of European Federalists, 2008-2013

Christian FRANCK: Honorary Professor Université Catholique de Louvain. Visiting Professor Diplomatic Academy Vienna

Jean Paul JACQUĖ: Honorary Director General and Special Councellor in the Council, Professor at the University of Strasbourg, Faculty of Law since 1978 and at the College of Europe since 1988.

Jean-Victor LOUIS: Honorary Professor Université Libre de Bruxelles

Jacques VANDAMME: Founder and First Secretary General of TEPSA, Honorary President of the Study Group for European Policies (SEP-GEPE)

Guy VANHAEVERBEKE: Honorary Director Information Service at the European Parliament


Dr. Gunilla Herolf

Board member

Dr. Gunilla Herolf has a Ph. D. in political science from the University of Stockholm. She is member of and formerly Vice President of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences (RSAWS).

Dr. Herolf has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI/SIIA) and at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). She has taught at Stockholm University and at the Shandong University, Jinan, China. Gunilla Herolf is member of the Steering Committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo), chairman of the Research Council of the Åland Islands Peace Institute and member of the Swedish Society for International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska Samfundet).

Dr Herolf’s areas of research include European integration, European security cooperation, Nordic security policy, transatlantic relations, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and EU enlargement policy.