Research Lab

Vocal Europe is an independent, not-for-profit platform dedicated to fostering dialogue and coordination among the European Union (EU), Iran, Israel, Russia, Turkey and the Western Balkans. Through research publications, partnerships and policy events – we aim not only to support and but also challenge European decision-makers at all levels to make informed decisions based on evidence and analysis, and providing a platform for engaging partners, stakeholders and citizens in EU policy-making.

Managing Director

Madalina Sisu Vicari

She is the Managing Director of Vocal Europe. Madalina Sisu Vicari is a PhD candidate at the University of Liège. Her main research interests are: the geopolitics of energy, energy security, Ukraine’s and Turkey’s energy cooperation with EU, EU-Russia energy relations, EU’s external energy governance, European regionalization. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Communications and European Affairs.

Policy Analyst

Julien Hoez

Julien Hoez is a policy analyst at Vocal Europe. Growing up as a French Londoner, Julien Hoez holds a B.A in International Relations and French studies at Oxford Brookes University. He is passionate about the current state of French politics, as well as the increasingly important implications of the modern-era European project.


Irene Christodoulaki

Irene Christodoulaki is a researcher at Vocal Europe. Irene holds a master`s degree in European Law and Policy. She also has an MSc in Digital Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked as a policy analyst and journalist for various research centres and NGOs in Greece, Cyprus and in the UK. Her main research interests are Turkey and the Middle East, EU politics, religion in international relations as well as the impact of social media in society.

Communication Advisor

Valeria Mingardi

Valeria Mingardi is communication adviser at Vocal Europe. Following a Bachelor degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences, Valeria holds a Master degree in International Relations at La Sapienza University of Rome and at Vrije Universiteit of Brussels.

Policy Analyst

Ebubekir ISIK

Ebubekir ISIK is a PhD Researcher at the Free University of Brussels and a Policy Analyst. He works on regional parties, populism in Europe and the EU's Enlargement Politics.


Yoeri Maertens

Yoeri Maertens is a researcher and staff editor at Vocal Europe. He holds an Advanced Master's degree in American Studies and a Master's degree in Languages and Linguistics: English - Scandinavian Studies. His main areas of expertise are issues concerning identity, immigration, and terrorism.


Julius M. Rogenhofer

Julius Maximilian is a researcher at Vocal Europe. He is a Solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales and a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, Department of Sociology. He has work experience at a number of policy think tanks, most recently as a Visiting Scholar in the Brussels office of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Julius is interested in German politics, Turkey and Israel/Palestine.

Contributing Editor

Alessio Tardivo

Alessio Tardivo is a contributing editor at Vocal Europe.


Elisa Telesca

Elisa Telesca holds a B.A. in European Studies from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Originally from Italy, she has studied and worked in France, the UK, the US, and Hong Kong. She has experience in EU Policy Analysis and is passionate about European and global issues concerning human rights, transparency, and freedom of expression. Elisa is fluent in English and Italian, and has a good command of French and German.


Vera Ventura

Vera Ventura is a graduate student of political science with a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary research and studies on Eastern Europe from the University of Bologna in Italy. She is passionate about Russian politics and the post-Soviet countries in transition. Vera has worked and studied in the Czech Republic and Russia. She is fluent in Italian, English and French and has a good command of Russian.


Bob Groome

Bob Groome holds a B.A in French, Sociology and Political Science and a Masters degree in Natural Resource Governance and Economic Policy, both from National University of Ireland, Galway. He speaks English and French and has a good command of Irish.


Jose Alves

José Alves is an undergraduate student of Economics at Nova SBE. He is passionate about global politics, economics and human rights, with a special focus on minorities. He is fluent in Portuguese and English and has a good command of Spanish.


Alejandra Finotto

Alejandra Finotto is currently pursuing her Bachelor Degree in International Studies. She has been studying in University of California, Berkeley; Université Libre de Bruxelles and Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. She is passionate about Peace and Conflict studies, with a special interest in political transitions and the Middle East. She is fluent in Spanish, Italian, English and French.