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.
He holds a Master of Arts in «Governance, Development and Security in the Mediterranean» of the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean, which he obtained having received a scholarship form the Hellenic Army General Staff (H.A.G.S.). In May 2019 he participated as a lecturer at the Mare Nostrum X conference conducted by the Center of Study of Mediterranean-Middle East Policy and Civilization (ΚΕ.Μ.ΜΕ.Π.), while several of his articles have been published in the «Military Inspection» (Στρατιωτική Επιθεώρηση) magazine of H.A.G.S. and the «Hellas, Europe and the World» (Η Ελλάδα, η Ευρώπη και ο Κόσμος) scientific magazine of the Research Unit for the European and the International Policy of the Department of Mediterranean Studies.
He possesses a Certificate of Proficiency in English of Cambridge University and in his leisure time enjoys reading, fishing, collecting coins and paper coins, listening to music and working out. In the past he has taken part in long-distance and ultra-marathon races.
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.