Prof. Lucia Mokrá

Chairperson of the Board

Prof. Lucia Mokrá is the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her main research interests regard the wider concept of European citizenship, fundamental rights after the Lisbon Treaty, the principle of non-discrimination in EU law, humanitarian aid and development cooperation. Having served in the Board of TEPSA since November 2016, Prof. Mokrá was re-elected for a second three-year term as TEPSA Chairperson at TEPSA’s Czech Pre-Presidency Conference, after having initially taken office since 1 July 2019, and after being elected nemine contradicente by TEPSA’s General Assembly in June 2019.

Jim Cloos

Secretary General

Jim Cloos is a high-ranking European official of longstanding esteem. Having taken on a key role in drafting the Maastricht Treaty during the Luxembourgish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 1991, Mr. Cloos has an intricate expertise on EU Affairs and the internal functioning of the European institutions. In the 1990s he served at the European Commission, first as Head of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Agriculture, and subsequently as Head of Cabinet to the President of the European Commission and his G7/8 Sherpa. Mr. Cloos has been a close collaborator of High Representative Javier Solana in shaping the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. For many years he played a key role in preparing European Council meetings. Before his election as TEPSA Secretary-General, he served as Deputy Director General for General and Institutional Policy at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.

Mr. Dries Callens


Dries Callens has worked 17 years a tax officer specialized in company taxation for the Belgian Federal Public Service Finance.  At this moment he’s working for the Federal Accountant, a public service which is responsible for the accounts of Belgian federal state.  Besides this he has been treasurer JEF-Europe and of European Movement International.  He was elected as treasurer of TEPSA in Zagreb in 2019.

Prof. Michele Chang

Board member

Michele Chang is Professor in the Department of European Political and Governance Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges, since 2006. Her research interests include euro area governance, particularly fiscal policy cooperation and the European Central Bank, and financial crises. Her most recent books are The Political Economy of Adjustment Throughout and Beyond the Eurozone Crisis  (co-edited with Federico Steinberg and Francisco Torres, Routledge 2019) and  Economic and Monetary Union (Palgrave 2016). She is a member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies and the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) in which she served as vice chair (2013-2015) and Executive Committee officer (2015-2017).

Dr. Juha Jokela

Board member

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 re-elected by the General Assembly as a Member of the TEPSA Board in 2013.

Prof. Petr Kratochvíl

Board member

Professor Petr Kratochvíl is a Full Professor of International Relations, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations, Lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris and several Czech universities, and member of the TEPSA Board. Petr Kratochvíl represents the IIR in various international associations such as the Trans European Policy Studies Association or the European Consortium for Political Research. He has published extensively on European integration, EU-Russian relations, institutional reform and the EU enlargement, the role of religion in international affairs, and international relations theory. The book The European Union and the Catholic Church: Political Theology of European Integration, co-authored by Tomáš Doležal and published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan even won the prestigious Religion and International Relations Book Award of the American International Studies Association. He is also often called upon to present his analyses by various Czech and foreign media.

Dr. Sabina Lange

Board member

Dr Sabina Lange is Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA, Maastricht), and an Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Ljubljana. She specializes in decision-making in the EU and in inter-institutional relations, in particular in external action policies and with regard to delegated and implementing acts. Since 2009 she has been training Member States’ officials and has given regular courses in the EU institutions and EU Agencies. Between October 2015 and September 2017 she was Senior Associate Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), where she dealt with institutional issues in EU external action and with security and foreign policy issues related to Western Balkans. Dr Lange published numerous articles on the role of the rotating Council Presidency as well as on Slovenian foreign and European policies.

Dr. Nicoletta Pirozzi

Board member

Dr. Nicoletta Pirozzi is Head of Programme on European Union and Institutional Relations Manager at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). She works mainly on EU governance, EU security and defence policies, civilian crisis management, EU policy towards sub-Saharan Africa and EU relations with United Nations, NATO and African Union in the field of peace and security. She is the Scientific Coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project “EU IDEA – Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability”. From 2013 to 2019, she was Adjunct Professor at “Roma Tre” University in Rome. In 2018, she was Associate Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris and Marshall Memorial Fellow. In 2012, she served as Seconded National Expert at the European External Action Service. Dr. Pirozzi is author and editor of a number of publications, and an active member of various research associations and institutions. She is also member of IAI’s Steering Committee and Executive Committee, and of the Scientific Board of the on-line journal AffarInternazionali.it.

Prof. Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva

Board member

Associate Professor Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva is a vice dean for science and international cooperation of the Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus,  Head of the Center for refugee law and migrations at the Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty, alumna of the Fulbright program, member of several editorial boards of international journals, local coordinator of the CEEPUS network Ethics and politics in European context, Erasmus coordinator of the Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus and reviewer on articles in peer-reviewed journals in several countries and languages. Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva teaches several courses at undergraduate, master and doctoral level: Introduction to political science, Geopolitics, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Refugee Law and migrations, War and peace journalism, Peaceful resolution of conflicts, etc. She has been a visiting professor at several Universities, such as the University in Graz, St. Stefan Wysynski University in Warsaw, University in Vienna and others. She has participated in several projects in the area of human rights, anti-discrimination, European integration, EU policies and migrations. Currently she is in charge of joint project (with UNHCR-Mission in Skopje) – Refugee Law clinical education.

Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig

Board member

Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig has been Professor of European Politics at ETH Zurich since 2005. He currently serves as the Director of the Center of Comparative and International Studies of ETH and University of Zurich. His research focuses on the theory and development of European integration. Past and current research projects have examined, inter alia, EU enlargement, differentiated integration, EU democratization, and EU democracy promotion. His book The EU, NATO and the Integration of Europe. Rules and Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press 2003) received the Best Book Award of the European Union Studies Association. His most recent books are Democracy Promotion by Functional Cooperation (with Tina Freyburg, Sandra Lavenex, Tatiana Skripka, and Anne Wetzel, Palgrave 2015) and Differentiated Integration (with Dirk Leuffen and Berthold Rittberger, Palgrave 2013).

Dr. Funda Tekin

Board member

Dr. Funda Tekin is Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) in Berlin, and Vice-Director and Project Director of the Horizon 2020 project “The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scnearios” (FEUTURE) at the Centre of Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS), University of Cologne. Her fields of research and expertise include EU enlargement in general and EU Turkey relations in particular, the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, flexibility and differentiation of EU integration, the added value of Europe as well as the implications of treaty reforms and the institutionalization of the EU.

Dr. Ilke Toygür 

Board member

Ilke Toygür is CATS Fellow at German Institute for International and Security Studies (SWP Berlin) and teaches “Geopolitics of Europe” at University Carlos III of Madrid. Her main research areas include European integration, EU institutions, political parties and elections in Western Europe, Geopolitics of Europe and transatlantic relations, and Turkey’s relations with the West. At the beginning of her career, she worked in Istanbul and Brussels for Economic Development Foundation (IKV), a Turkish think-tank focusing on the European Union and Turkey-EU relations. In 2016, she completed her PhD degree in Political Science in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Autonomous University of Madrid. Right before completing her PhD, she was granted the prestigious Mercator-IPC Fellowship in Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University. After finishing her doctorate studies, she worked for five years at Elcano Royal Institute, the leading Spanish think-tank on foreign policy, as an Analyst for European Affairs. She has been a Visiting Researcher in European University Institute (EUI), University of Mannheim, and Brookings Institution. She is a Fellow of Transatlantic Relations Initiative of the IE University and serves as a Board Member of Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). Her analyses appeared in Brookings Institution, Carnegie Europe, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Foreign Affairs and El País, among others. She frequently comments on current developments in Europe on international media. She is native in Turkish and also speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Honorary members of the TEPSA Board

Graham AVERY, Honorary Director-General of the European Commission – former TEPSA Secretary General

Jaap DE ZWAAN, Emeritus Professor of European Union Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam – former TEPSA Secretary General

Andrew DUFF, Former Member of the European Parliament 1999-2014, Former President of the Union of European Federalists – TEPSA Secretary General 2008-2013

Christian FRANCK, Honorary Professor Université Catholique de Louvain. Visiting Professor Diplomatic Academy Vienna – former TEPSA Secretary General

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 – former TEPSA Secretary General

Michael KAEDING, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam University of Duisburg Essen, IPC Mercator Fellow – TEPSA Chairperson 2016-2019

Jean-Victor LOUIS, Honorary Professor Université Libre de Bruxelles- former TEPSA Secretary General

Jacques VANDAMME, Honorary President of the Study Group for European Policies (SEP-GEPE) († 2020) – first TEPSA Chairperson 1974-1995

Guy VANHAEVERBEKE, Honorary Director Information Service at the European Parliament- former TEPSA Secretary General

Wolfgang WESSELS, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam University of Cologne – TEPSA Chairperson 1995-2016