Pol Vila Sarriá

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Pol Vila Sarriá is project assistant at TEPSA – the Trans European Policy Studies Association – in Brussels. He is interested in the protection of human rights and political and cultural developments in the Western Balkans and Post-Soviet states. Prior to joining TEPSA, Pol worked as a junior researcher at the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society where he analysed Kosovo and Spain relations from different perspectives. He has completed internships in the EU Rule of Law mission in Kosovo and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, and has written extensively about the Western Balkans for different media outlets.

Pol is thrilled to join the SEnECA team. He is particularly interested in the Soviet legacy in Central Asia and its impact in today’s policies and relations with the European Union. He expects SEnECA to help bringing Central Asian and European citizens closer together. Within the project, he assists the team of Work Wackage 3 – “Awareness-raising, dissemination and communication”.

Mariam Khotenashvili

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Mariam Khotenashvili is TEPSA’s Head of Office, where she is responsible for the daily management of the association and various EU-funded projects. Her background combines research coordination, policy advocacy, project management and academic work. Her fields of expertise include EU foreign and development policies and in particular the European Neighbourhood Policy. Mariam holds Master’s degrees in EU International Relations and Diplomacy (College of Europe) and in Conflict Studies and Human Rights (Utrecht University). Prior to joining TEPSA, Ms. Khotenashvili worked for Transparency International Georgia and ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy and undertook traineeships at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO and at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

At DG DEVCO, Ms. Khotenashvili worked on the Covenant of Mayors going East initiative, where she liaised with the Local Authorities from Central Asia to help develop Sustainable Energy Action Plans. She also worked on petitions coming from the Central Asian countries during her work at the UNHCR. Fluent in Russian, Mariam has a long-standing expert interest in the process of Central Asia’s political and economic transformation and is looking forward to working on the SEnECA project.

Giulia Bonacquisti

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Giulia Bonacquisti is Project Manager at the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). She is involved in the management and implementation of various EU-funded projects, is responsible for the organisation of professional trainings and coordinates TEPSA’s supply of external expertise to the European Parliament. Prior to joining TEPSA, she worked at EU-Logos, a Brussels-based think tank dealing with EU affairs, and at WUNRN Europe, an NGO working in the field of gender issues.

Her main field of interest is EU foreign policy and external relations, with a particular focus on the EU policies towards the Eastern Neighbourhood and the post-Soviet space more generally, which makes SEnECA an extremely interesting project for her. Within Work Package 3 “Awareness-raising, dissemination and communication”, she will provide support in the compilation of the stakeholder analysis and the organization of a consortium workshop, of a public photo exhibition on Central Asia, and of the final conference in Brussels.