Dr Panagiotis Sfaelos is Lawyer, Political Scientist and Journalist, Secretary General of the Association of European Journalists, member of the UK’s National Union of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists. He holds a PhD in EU Law from the University of Kent. His PhD thesis deals with EU Law of Immigration and Asylum after the Amsterdam Treaty. He also holds a Master in EU Law with Merit from the University of Kent. He has a Law Degree from the University of Leicester and a Degree in European and International Studies (Upper Second Class Honours) from London South University. He also holds a Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism and a Diploma in Media Studies from Antenna Media Lab. At professional level, Dr Panagiotis Sfaelos has worked as Law Consultant at the Hellenic Parliament, where he dealt with draft bills for their compatibility with EU law. He has also worked as Lawyer at the Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus. He works as Journalist and Director at the electronic newspaper Active News. He is a feature writer at the newspaper Naftemporiki and the site Apopseis.gr. He is also a Broadcaster at the Hephaestus Radio Wien. Dr Panagiotis Sfaelos also has academic career. He is a Professor in EU law at the Hellenic Police Academy. He has also taught at the University of Nicosia and the American University of Athens. He has many publications at the Hellenic Review of European Law and the Journal of Common Market Studies.
Vasilis (Vasileios) completed his MSc in Crisis & Security Management at Leiden University in June 2018. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Ptychion) in International & European Studies from the University of Piraeus, where he briefly participated as a Junior Assistant Researcher in the BRICS research center and in the Turkish & Eurasian Studies Workshop with an emphasis in international conflicts & cybersecurity governance topics.He has served internships at the Protocol department of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) in the Greek Ministry of Public Order & Citizen Protection, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Cologne, Germany and completed his 9 months military service in the Hellenic Army Aviation.
He has also worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) supporting the research & project management activities in Fighting Crime & Terrorism (FCT) & cybersecurity (DS) EU funded projects. Since May 2022, he is working as a Junior Expert in Cybersecurity & Emerging Risks in Aviation at EASA.
In November 2015 he joined the team of Junior Analysts of KEDISA and then he was promoted to Analyst and Senior Researcher. On June 30, 2018 he was elected a member of the Board of Advisors by the General Assembly of the Partners of KEDISA and took over the duties of Financial Manager. On June 30, 2021 he was re-elected a member of the Board of Advisors and assumed the duties of Secretary General.
His main research interests include Cyber Security & Aviation Security and their interconnections to (Aviation) Safety, Crisis Management, and Turkish Foreign Policy. In addition to Greek, he speaks English, has an adequate knowledge of French, and a basic understanding of Turkish and German.
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.