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Monica Barni

Monica Barni was appointed Vice-President of Regione Toscana in the area of Culture, University and Research in 2013. Previously she served as Professor of Educational Linguistics at the Department DADR of the University for Foreigners of Siena until 2013. She also was director of the CILS Center, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Italian Language and Culture, and a member of the Academic Council of Directors. She was referent for the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA). Barni was responsible for Bilingualism Counts – Nuovi Cittadini, a subsidiary of Bilingualism Matters of the University of Edinburgh.

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Andreas Maurer

Andreas Maurer has been Professor of Political Science and European Integration Studies at the University of Innsbruck in Austria since 2013. Previously, he was Senior Research Fellow for EU Foreign Relations (2008-2009) and then EU Integration (2011-2012) at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, in Berlin. Maurer served the European Parliament in Brussels as Administrator of the Secretariat of the Committee on International Trade from 2009-2011, where he was also Detached National Expert from 2007-2008. In 2002 Professor Maurer was awarded the Science award by the German Bundestag for his research on the European Parliament and the EU’s national parliaments.

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Danuta Hübner

Danuta Maria Hübner was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2014. She is a member of the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats and, currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs. Between 2009-2014 Hübner served as Chair of the Committee on Regional Development and between 2004-2009 she was a Member of the European Commission, with responsibilities for regional policy and trade. She worked for the Polish Government for a number of years, as Head of the Polish President’s Office (1997-1998), Economics adviser to the Polish President (1998-2001) and Minister for European Affairs (2003-2004). At the United Nations in Geneva,  Hübner was Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (1998-2000) as well as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (2000-2001).

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Maciej Popowski

Maciej Popowski is the Deputy Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) at the European Commission. He joined the Commission in April 2016 from the European External Action Service (EAS), where he served as Deputy Secretary-General between 2011 and 2015. His previous assignments include Head of Cabinet of the European Parliament’s President Mr. Jerzy Buzek and Director in the European Commission’s department for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEV). Between 1991 and 2008, he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, taking up different jobs in the administration and in its missions in Brussels and in The Hague.

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Gaby Umbach

Gaby Umbach is a member of the Strategy and Coordination Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service in Brussels. She is Director of “GlobalStat” and a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (EUI). She holds a PhD in Political Science from Cologne University, where she was Senior Research Associate until 2014 and continues to teach European integration topics today. Since 2015 she has served as Book Review Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS). In 2009 she received the Stiftung Demokratie Award for outstanding research on democratic decision-making within the EU’s supranational polity. Her current academic work focuses on evidence-based policy-making, measuring as governance technique, global governance by indicators and sustainable development. Among her most recent publications is the ‘Palgrave Handbook on Indicators in Global Governance’ (co-edited together with D.V. Malito and N. Bhuta; forthcoming).

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Georgios Katrougalos

Georgios Katrougalos is Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, where he focuses on European Affairs and International Economic Relations. He is also Professor in the Department of Public Law at the Demokritos University of Thrace since 2002. Previously, Katrougalos served for the Hellenic Republic as Minister of Labour and Social Solidarity as well as Alternate Minister of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction. Between 2014 – 2015 he was a Member of the European Parliament. Katrougalos was also appointed to the committee of experts which drafted the European Constitution and from 2000-2003 he served at the United Nations under the third Committee of the UN General Assembly. Since 1990, Georgios Katrougalos has participated in the Greek Association of Constitutional Law, in the Greek Society of Political Sciences and in the Greek Society of Social Policy. Furthermore, he is a member of the Council of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL).

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Violeta Bulc

Violeta Bulc was appointed European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport in 2014. Previously, she served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion in the Government of Slovenia (2014). Between 2013-2014 she was Chief of the Program Committee of the SMC Party in Slovenia. Bulc was also CEO of Vibacom Ltd, where she focused on sustainable strategies and innovations for ecosystems (2000-2014). Since completing her degree in Information Technology in the USA in 1994, Violeta Bulc held leading industry roles including Director of Carrier Business for Telekom Slovenia (1997-1999) and Vice-President for the telecommunications provider Telemach Ltd.

 

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Ann Linde

Ann Linde is Minister for EU Affairs and Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sweden. Previously, she served as State Secretary to the Minister of Home Affairs Anders Ygeman (2014-2016). She was also Head of the International Unit of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in Brussels (2013-2014). Between 2000-2013 Linde was Head of International Staff in the International Secretariat for the Swedish Social Democratic Party and a member of the party office management group. For much of her life, she has been a committed member of international youth committees. Notably, she was a permanent co-opted member in the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (1981- 1991) and a member of the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Youth, where she took responsibility for the area of South Africa. Furthermore, Linde has been board member for The Anna Lindh Memorial Fund since 2015.

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Joseph Weiler

Joseph Weiler is a Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair at Harvard Law School in New York. He was President of the European University Institute in Florence from 2013 until 2016. Weiler is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL) and the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON). Furthermore, Weiler is an Honorary Professor at University College London and the University of Copenhagen, and the Co-Director of the Academy of International Trade Law in Macao, China. He holds a PhD in European Law from the EUI, Florence, and honorary degrees from numerous European universities. He has written several books and articles, notably ‘The Constitution of Europe: Do the new clothes have an emperor?’ and ‘Un’Europa cristiana: Un saggio esplorativo’.

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Paolo Gentiloni

Paolo Gentiloni has been the Italian Prime Minister since the 12th December 2016. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2001 Italian general election and then, in 2002, was a founding member of The Daisy party. He remained the party’s communications spokesperson for five years. From 2005 – 2006, Gentiloni was chair of the Board of Supervisors for Rai. From 2006 until 2008 he served in Romano Prodi’s government as the Minister of Communications. Finally, Gentiloni was Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from 31 October 2014 until President Sergio Mattarella asked him to form a government at the end of last year.

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