Research Lab

Vocal Europe is a hybrid Research Institute 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.

Researcher

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.

Researcher

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 Analyst

Ebubekir ISIK

Ebubekir ISIK is a Policy Analyst at Vocal Europe. He works on regional parties, populism in Europe and the EU's Enlargement Politics.

Researcher

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.

Trainee

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.

Trainee

Vera Ventura

Vera Ventura holds 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.

Trainee

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.

Research Trainee

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.

Trainee

Jose Diogo Alves

José Diogo Alves is a research intern at Vocal Europe. 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.

Research Trainee

Antoine de Longevialle

Antoine de Longevialle holds a bachelor degree in Journalism as well as a master in International Relations and Public Policy completed in Tianjin, China. Based in Brussel, he is now assistant within the European Economic and Social Committee. Keen on History, his main researches deal with ‘populism’, Eastern-Europe countries, Russia and China.