Research Lab

Vocal Europe is a Brussels-based Think-Tank dedicated to research and communication on EU Foreign Policy. Through research, communication campaigns, and policy events, it aims not only to support but also challenge European decision-makers at all levels to make informed decisions based on analysis, and providing a platform for engaging partners, stakeholders and citizens in EU policy-making.


Honorary Chairman

Henri Malosse

Henri Malosse is a former president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and he is currently the honorary chairman of Vocal Europe.

Managing Director

Julien Hoez

Julien Hoez is the interim Managing Director of Vocal Europe.


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.

Policy Researcher

Astrid Viaud

Astrid Viaud holds a doctorate in political and social sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL, Belgium). Her thesis analysed “The coercive action of the European Union with regard to sanctions in the international order: the cases of Iran, Syria, and Russia”. She is a policy analyst at Vocal Europe working on UN, EU and US economic sanctions, and Iran.

Policy Analyst

Ebubekir ISIK

Ebubekir ISIK is a Policy Analyst at Vocal Europe. He works on EU Foreign Policy, and Turkey.

Policy Researcher

Sasa Kulenovic

Saša Kulenović obtained his Master’s Degree in international Affairs at Johns Hopkins University SAIS in 2013 and subsequently developed a professional background in project management and political analysis. He is currently a visiting fellow at Vocal Europe.

Policy Researcher

Matthias Peschke

Matthias Peschke recently graduated with an Msc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and moved to Brussels to start a career as a political analyst. With professional experience in the commercial and service sector as well as two completed internships in South America, his academic interests evolve around foreign policy, backsliding democracies and the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Matthias is a native German speaker with fluency in English and Spanish and advanced knowledge of Dutch.

Senior EU Grant Expert

Christine Kotarakos

Christine Kotarakos is an external associate working on EU Grants. For her full CV, please see the link:

Research Trainee

Aleksander Pecuch holds a BA in political science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and is currently enrolled there in a MA program in political communication & lobbying. His thesis focuses on the decision-making processes related to the design of European transport infrastructure and their implementation. Aleksander is fluent in Polish, French and English and has a good knowledge of Arabic.

Research Trainee

Emina Bekto

After achieving a BA in translation, Emina Bekto is currently enrolled in a MA program in international relations at Université de Bruxelles, specialized in Peace and Security studies. Hear area of interest is mainly European Foreign Policy regarding Western Balkans path to the EU. In this respect, her thesis is related to EU/Bosnia and Herzegovina relations, with a focus on the position of local political actors regarding the issue of EU integration. Emina is fluent in French, English, Bosnian and has a good command of Dutch as well as some knowledge of German.

Research and Grants Trainee

Maddalena Testa

After receiving a MA in Conference Interpreting at IULM University in Milan, Maddalena Testa graduated cum laude in International Relations and Diplomacy at the International University in Geneva. Besides Italian, her native language, she is also fluent in English, Spanish and has a good working knowledge of French.

Research and Grants Trainee

Radu-Ion Gheorghe

Radu-Ion Gheorghe holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations and European Studies from the West University of Timisoara and a master's degree in International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent. In addition to his native language Romanian, Radu-Ion Gheorghe is fluent in English and possesses an intermediate level of French.

Research Trainee

Ophelie Allard

Ophélie is a master student in Sciences Po Lyon (France), specialising in European Affairs. She is passionate about EU policies in its Eastern Neighbourhood and the post-Soviet world. She wrote her master term paper on the consequences of climate change on the Russian strategy in the Artic. She speaks French, English, Italian and Russian.”


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