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.
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.
Vassilis has completed successfully a postgraduate programme at Leiden University (MSc in Crisis & Security Management) in June 2018. He hold also a BSc in International & European Studies at the University of Piraeus, where 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, Global Security, Crisis Management, and Turkish Foreign Policy and Economy. In addition to Greek, he speaks English and French, and has a basic knowledge of Turkish.