Research Lab

Vocal Europe is a Brussels-based Think-Tank dedicated to research and communication on Europe and its neighbourhood: Iran, Israel, Russia, Turkey and Western Balkans. 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.

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.


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.

Visiting 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 visiting researcher at Vocal Europe working on EU-Iran relations.

Visiting Researcher

Soudabeh Nour

Soudabeh Nour is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). She holds a Master's degree in European Journalism. Among other matters, she also works on EU-Iran relations. She is fluent in Persian and English.

Policy Analyst

Ebubekir ISIK

Ebubekir ISIK is a Senior Policy Analyst at Vocal Europe. He works on EU Foreign Policy and EU Enlargement Politics.


Stephanie Leysen

Stéphanie Leysen holds a LLM in International and European Law from the University of Antwerp and a Master's degree in Human Rights Law with International Conflict & Security from Kent University. She is passionate about human rights, migration and environmental issues and has worked on these topics at different international organisations. Stéphanie is fluent in Dutch, English and French.

Editing Associate

Carey Bennington

Carey Bennington is an editing associate at Vocal Europe. Originally from Oxfordshire, Carey studies at the University of Exeter and she is interested in European history, and literature.

Fundraising Associate

Sabri Ben Rommane

Sabri Ben Rommane holds a double MA degree in Global Politics and EUMED Relations from the University of Catania in Italy and the University of Liège in Belgium. He has work experience in project writing and management in the frame of EU and non-EU funded calls such as Erasmus+, EuropeAid, AMIF and AICS. He is fluent in Italian, English and French and has a good command of Arabic.

Research Trainee

Andrea Sykorova

Andrea Sykorova holds a bachelor degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University in Utah (USA) and is currently studying master's programme European Public Affairs at Maastricht University. She is interested in EU's external action, migration policy and EU-Rusia relations. She is fluent in English, Slovak, Czech and has a good command of Russian.

Research Trainee

Natalia Liagka

Natalia Liagka is a research trainee at Vocal Europe. She is currently attending an Advanced Master’s degree in European Integration (IES-VUB) and holds a Master’s degree in BRICS countries. She has studied and worked in Greece, France, Poland and Luxembourg.

Research Trainee

Robert Petraru

Robert Petraru is a research trainee at Vocal Europe. He holds a bachelor degree in European Studies and now is currently studying Public Policy and Human Development. His main interests lie in the Eastern Partnership, development policy and EU’s common foreign and security policy. He is fluent in English and Romanian and he has a good command of Spanish.

Research Trainee

Pavel Vanev

Pavel Vanev is a researcher at Vocal Europe. He holds a bachelor degree in International Relations and History from Loughborough University (UK) and a master degree in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK).

Research Trainee

Aleksandra Toska

Aleksandra Toska is from Albania and holds a bachelor’s degree of English Language at the University of Aleksander Moisiu Durres, later on started master studies in the University of Tirana in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy. Currently, she is doing an Advanced Master of European Integration at the VUB IES in Brussels.