Filippos is a Research Fellow in International Affairs at the University of South Wales and Associate Researcher in Energy Law and Policy at the Queen Mary University of London. He has also worked as Adjunct Lecturer in International Relations at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), the International Hellenic University (IHU), and as Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations (IIR) in Prague. Moreover, he has worked as Adjunct Lecturer at the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, City College (2008-2013) and at DEI College (2009-2015), as well as at VUZF University in Sofia (2011-2013).
His area of expertise is energy and climate politics. Besides these, his research interests include European integration, geopolitics, global governance and public diplomacy, and ecological economics and politics of sustainability. He has published both numerous articles in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals, and policy papers. He is also the author of four books:
• Global Politics: Actors, Structures and Processes. E-book. Athens: Kallipos. 2015
• EU Energy Security in the Gas Sector. Evolving Dynamics, Policy Dilemmas and Prospects. Surrey: Ashgate, 2012.
• Development and Welfare in the 21st Century. The Approach of Ecological Economics and the Case of Greece. Thessaloniki: iWrite, 2013.
• The Democratization of Global Politics. An Introduction to Cosmopolitan Democracy. Athens: Sideris Editions. 2010 (together with Christos Frangonikolopoulos)
Alexandra has completed her undergraduate studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at Universidad de Sevilla. She holds an MA in Linguistics from University College London (UCL) and an MA in International and European Studies from the University of Piraeus with a specialisation in foreign policy, more specifically in the relations between Greece and FYROM. She is currently continuing her studies in Law, with an emphasis on International Law. Alexandra has carried out internships at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Communication of the Hellenic Parliament, at the educational organisation Sagrada Familia (SAFA) in Seville and at the UCL Alumni Centre in London. She has participated in numerous conferences, international organisations simulations, study trips and summer schools in various cities including Athens, London, Washington and New York. In addition, she has engaged in the research groups and in various seminars of the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University. Alexandra has received multiple scholarships by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and in addition to Greek she speaks fluently English, Spanish, French and German. Moreover, she collaborates with the electronic newspaper Enetpress, writing articles on issues of international politics. Her research interests focus on the Middle East, the Balkans and the interrelation amongst the European Union, Russia and the USA.
His strongest theoretical expertise ranges from linguistics to foreign policy analysis, and from cross-cultural negotiations to discourse analysis. He applies the theoretical tools to provide close insights on Mediterranean, European and Latin American relations, the effects of national identity on international relations, the role of non-state actors in foreign policy making, cultural diplomacy and transformative mediation as a peaceful tool for conflict resolution.
Niko collaborates with Katoikos.eu as a writer and commentator on foreign policy. Besides, he also participates in NGOs that promote democracy and transparency by advising communication and lobbying strategies, and has been collaborating as fundraiser and facilitator for Cometa ASMME, an Italian NGO fostering research and assistance on metabolic disorders. He has also worked in the international law firm Todarello & Partners (Milan, Italy), which enabled him to do legal research and refine bargaining skills. Apart from Italian, he is fluent in English, Spanish, Greek and has a fair understanding of French, while is learning Arabic. Niko is also a polyhedral musician and plays four instruments excellently. Since late 2016 he collaborates with KEDISA as an analyst.
Alexander Th. Drivas was born in 1985. He studied IR & International Organizations at the Aegean University. He holds Master of Arts in International Economic Relations from Panteion University of Athens. He is also PhD Candidate in IR and Strategic Studies at the same university. Moreover he is the coordinator of research at the Sector of Russian-Eurasian & Southeastern Europe (Institute of International Relations in Athens). He has published papers in refereed academic journals: Foreign Affairs- CFR, Russian International Affairs Council, (RIAC) Mediterranean Affairs, Modern Diplomacy+Business). He has been working for two years (2) in Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation (Chicago, Illinois) and he has been holding a position in its Advisory Board. Finally, he publishes papers and articles in various Greek media (Liberal.gr, Capital.gr, mignatiou.com).
Giovanni is a Sociologist and holds an MA in Islamic Studies at Trinity Saint David University of Wales with a thesis on the development of Islamic communities in Italy. He specializes in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. He is currently an analyst for the Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies (Itstime) of Università Cattolica di Milano and an associate research fellow at Ispi’s “Osservatorio sul Terrorismo”, for which he has written several analysis and commentaries on jihadism in the Balkans.
Giovanni cooperates with Serbianna, Radical Islam Monitor in Southeast Europe (RIMSE) as well as with newspapers such as Il Giornale, Corriere della Sera, Il Foglio, Pravda, Intellettuale Dissidente. He also holds a blog at Il Giornale called “Nella Tana del Lupo”. His areas of expertise are political and religious extremism in Italy, the Balkans and Caucasus.
He has recently introduced the concept of “Balkanic Spiral” (Spirale Balcanica) in order to describe the progressive jihadist escalation in the Balkans, identifying and analyzing the different phases from the mid-90s to nowadays.
Among his publications there are: “I pericoli di una Spirale Balcanica” in “L’Italia e la Minaccia Jihadista. Quale politica estera?” (Ispi 2015) and “La guerra al terrorismo della Russia” in “Rinascita di un Impero. La Russia di Vladimir Putin” (Proudhon 2015).
Petros studied “Political Science and Public Administration” at the Athens Faculty of Law. He holds two Master degrees in “European and International Studies” and in “Political Science and Sociology” from the above mentioned Faculty, and also a Master degree in “Political Studies” (by correspondence) from the American World University. He was an undergraduate and postgraduate scholar from the “State Scholarship Foundation” (IKY) and the Japanese Sasakawa Foundation. He has attended many workshops and seminars, and has been an external researcher at the “Foundation of the Hellenic World” (IME). Since February 2015, he is working as an Advisor for Nea Demokratia political party. Between July 2012 and January 2015 he worked as a Special Advisor at the Office of International Relations & EU of the General Secretariat of the Prime Minister and at the Ministry of Development. From 2004 till 2012 he worked as a Special Advisor for Nea Demokratia in International Relations & EU Secretariat.
Evangelos holds a BSc in Political Science & History from Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences in Greece. He also holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Manchester. His MA dissertation focused on several UN Peace Operations regarding the Protection of Civilians (POC) issues and how they have transformed since 1999. His area of interests includes issues such as International Terrorism, Security & Defence and Political issues. In 2010, he worked as an intern in the Hellenic Parliament. Since 2013, he joined a UK-based NGO, PEPAIDS, alleviating poverty and HIV/AIDS in Zambia, as a volunteer Researcher and Consultant developing several research papers, drafting a proposal to obtain funding for a new project and facilitated several meetings to monitor existing and develop new policies for the NGO. Recently, he joined the Security & Defence Analysis Institute’s (i-sda) Southeastern Europe Intelligence Unit as a Research Analyst on Defence & Security issues. He is currently working at ASPIDA Corp. as an Intelligence Analyst & Advisor on international Geopolitical & Maritime Security related issues. He speaks Greek, English, French and has basic knowledge of Russian.
Born 1972 in Athens, Greece. He studied Political Science and International Relations at the American University in Cairo (Cairo, Egypt) and at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). He is certified Geostrategic Risk Consultant (GsRc / III). He worked as political risk analyst in EU development programs, PHARE and TACIS, for Eastern Europe and Russia respectively. Since 2002, he works in the MENA region on energy and commodities sector. Academically, he has coined the term of geo-entrepreneurship to indicate the crucial role of the human and entrepreneurial capital into geostrategic thinking and patterns. He is author of a book on geo-entrepreneurship (The Geo-entrepreneurs’ Empire, ISBN 978-960-93-5438-7) and essay contributor in peer-review Foreign Affairs journal. He is lecturer on geo-strategy and regular commentator on current affairs in the international media.
Vasilis is a graduate student from the University of Piraeus. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as an Assistant Researcher in both the BRICS special research center and in the Turkish and Eurasian Studies Workshop of the abovementioned University. He has been an intern at the Protocol department of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He attended one semester in Sabanci University of Istanbul, Turkey (Erasmus+ scholarship). He has also been awarded for his performance in simulations of the UN (MUN). His main research interests include Cyber Security, Behavioral Economics and Turkish Foreign Policy and Economy. In addition to Greek, he speaks English and French, and has a basic knowledge of Turkish.
Assistant Professor in Strategy and IR, American University in the United Arab Emirates.
Post-Doctoral Researcher in the chair of strategic studies, University of Macedonia
October 2015 – Present
Fixed-Time Lecturer in the Hellenic National Defence College
(February – May 2015 and September 2015 – Present)
PhD in Strategy, University of Reading (Pass with Minor Corrections, 2014)
MSc in Strategy, University of Aberystwyth (Merit, 2010)
BA in International Relations, University of Panteion (2nd Upper Class, 2009)
Intern in the Centre for Russia and Eurasia, Institute of International Relations (2007-2009)
Publications in Greek and foreign academic journals (e.g. Journal of Small Wars and Insurgencies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism)
Regular contributor to the magazine “Military History”
Panagiotis received his bachelor’s degree (top 5% of his class) in European and International Studies from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He attended an e-learning program at the University of Athens titled: «Geopolitical and Security Issues in the Islamic Complex of Turkey- Middle East» and he also participated at a Summer School program in Istanbul about «Internal and External Uncertainties: Turkey between the EU and its Exceptionalism». His thesis focused on the political, economic and geopolitical impact of Arab Spring examining also the importance of the European Union’s contribution during these political changes. He has held internships at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Institute of International Economic Relations, a think tank based in Athens. He speaks English, Italian and French.
Dr. Eng. George D. Vardangalos earned his Electrical and Computer Engineering Diploma, PhD in Informatics and MBA degree from the National Technical University of Athens.
He has been a Research Associate and S/W developer in various European projects (ACTS, ESPRIT and IST) related to communications and informatics (1995-2000). Since 2001 he is mainly working as IT consultant and Technical Manager in various private companies for national and European development and research projects (IST- E-CONTENT, FP6, FP7, TACIS, EuropeAid) in the IT sector.
He is an evaluator of investment plans in different programs concerning the private sector for the Greek Ministry of Development and has evaluated numerous investment plans based on the ICT sector.
- Member of Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) since 1996 (Alternate Representative of Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) in Economic and Social Council (ESC) of Greece since April 2015)
- Member of the Pan-hellenic Union of Dipl. Mechanical/Electrical Engineers
- Member of the Greek Union of Computer and Telecommunications Engineers
- Founding Member of Hellenic Evaluation Society (Alternate Board Member)
Rafail graduated from the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Piraeus with summa cum laude. He follows a postgraduate programme in Financial and Management Engineering at the Department Financial and Management Engineering of the University of the Aegean. He speaks fluently English and German. He works as intern at the Bank of Greece. Previously he has worked on the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission. His research interests are focused on the international financial markets, credit rating agencies, and international political economy.