Urmas Paet – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Urmas Paet has been Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia since 2005. Paet graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Tartu in 1996. He served as the Deputy Mayor of Nõmme, a district of Estonia’s capital Tallinn, from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, he was appointed as Estonia’s Minister of Culture. Paet is a polyglot and speaks Estonian, Russian, German, Finnish and English.
Tim Page – Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Tim Page is a senior policy offer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) where he is responsible for economic and industrial policy. He also covers science policy, public procurement and high performance workplaces. Previously, Page worked at the House of Commons where he was part of the team that put together the policy proposals which became the National Minimum Wage.
Tommaso Palermo – LSE Accounting
Tommaso Palermo is an LSE Fellow in Accounting. His research interests include, management control systems and performance measurement, linking risk management to performance management, and management accounting and public sector management.
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou – President, Levy Economics Institute
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou is president of the Levy Institute and executive vice president and Jerome Levy Professor of Economics at Bard College. His areas of research include financial structure reform, fiscal and monetary policy, community development banking, employment policy, and the distribution of income and wealth. He also heads the Institute’s Macro-Modeling Team, which is responsible for the Strategic Analysis report series. Papadimitriou is a past vice-chairman of the Trade Deficit Review Commission and served on the Competitiveness Policy Council’s Subcouncil on Capital Allocation.
Argyris G. Passas - Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece
Argyris G. Passas is Associate Professor at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences,Athens, Greece. His research interests include European Integration (Institutions, organization and operation, making decisions and policies of the EU), Public Policy and Public Administration at national, European and international level.
Giulia Pastorella - LSE European Institute
Giulia graduated in 2011 with a Double MSc in European Affairs from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and the London School of Economics, winning the LSE European Institute Leonard Woolf prize for Best Dissertation and LSE European Institute Michael Oakeshott prize for Best Overall Performance. Giulia is currently a PhD student at the LSE European Institute. Her PhD will look at issues of political legitimacy in the context of the current crisis. She is also an academic assistant at Sciences Po Paris.
Ronny Patz –University of Potsdam
Ronny Patz is a political scientist at the University of Potsdam (Germany) with a keen interest in European affairs and network theory. His PhD thesis examines information flows in the context of EU policy-making. Patz is a co-editor of bloggingportal.eu and a former advisor to the European Union office of Transparency International in Brussels.
Helene Helboe Pedersen – Aarhus University
Helene Helboe Pedersen is an Assistant Professor in comparative politics at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. She is currently involved in the Interarena Project on interest group influence and has published on parties and intra-party relations in Party Politics and Journal of Legislative Studies.
Adonis Pegasiou – LSE Hellenic Observatory
Adonis Pegasiou is a Research Associate at the European University Cyprus Research Centre, examining the ‘Europeanisation of the Cypriot Economy and how to deal at the national level with the challenges arising from EU entry’ (Research funded by the Research Promotion Foundation of the Republic of Cyprus). As part of his post-doctoral research project he has been offered a two-year Visiting Fellowship at the Hellenic Observatory of the LSE.
Alexandre Perez is an investment associate at a leading global Private Equity firm. He also holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University (@XandrePerez).
Sebastian Pfeffer – The European
Sebastian Pfeffer covers German domestic politics for the European Magazine. Prior to moving to Berlin, he studied journalism and media studies at the universities of Mainz and Essex. Pfeffer has worked or interned for the German TV station ZDF and the newspapers “Welt” and “Bild am Sonntag”.
Ania Plomien is a Lecturer in Gender and Social Science at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her main research interests are labour markets and social policies from a gender perspective at EU andMemberStatelevels. Plomien has also published on the gender aspects of welfare state change in the Central East European region.
Robert Plummer – BUSINESSEUROPE
Robert Plummer is an Adviser on Social Affairs at BUSINESSEUROPE.
Richard Pomfret – University of Adelaide
Richard Pomfret has been Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide since 1992. Before coming to Adelaide, he was Professor of Economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, Bologna (Italy) and Nanjing (China). He previously worked at Concordia University in Montréal and the Institut für Weltwirtschaft at the University of Kiel in Germany. He has also held visiting positions at universities in Australia, Canada, China, France and the USA.
Clara Portela – Singapore Management University
Dr. Clara Portela is an assistant professor of political science at Singapore Management University, Singapore. Her research focuses on the foreign and security policies of the EU and the politics of international sanctions. She is the author of the monographEuropean Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy (2010).
Mick Power – University of Edinburgh
Mick Power is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has previously worked as a Medical Research Council researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry and with the World Health Organization to develop the WHOQOL measure of quality of life. His most recent book is Adieu to God: Why Psychology Leads to Atheism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) which is an account of the psychological reasons why religion survives in the face of scientific evidence to the contrary.
Elpida Prasopoulou – University of Essex
Elpida Prasopoulou is at the Department of Government, at the University of Essex. Her research examines the discursive framing of public sector reform and technological innovation, focusing particularly on semi-periphery countries such as Greece. Before joining the Department of Government at the University of Essex, Elpida was A.C. Laskaridis Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, European Institute, LSE.
Edward Price has a background as a manager in the European Parliament. Currently writing about the global maritime market for Lloyd’s List from Paris and London. He offers analysis of international trade, energy markets and shipping finance, as well as the economics of the Eurozone crisis. Previously working for the European Commission’s Europe Direct, Edward is also a graduate of both the London School of Economics and University College London.
Sir Julian Priestley – European Public Policy Advisers
Sir Julian Priestley was Secretary General of the European Parliament from 1997 to 2007. He now chairs the board of EPPA, a Brussels-based public affairs company, and sits on the boards of Notre Europe, a Paris-based think-tank, founded by Jacques Delors, and of eu.votewatch, a transparency campaign. His latest book, “Europe’s Parliament; People, Places, Politics”, co-authored with Stephen Clark, is published in March 2012 month by John Harper.
Michele Prospero – Sapienza University of Rome
Michele Prospero is professor of political science and philosophy of law, University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His interests are mainly aimed at the Italian institutional system and the political thought of the left.
Vicky Pryce – FTI Consulting
Vicky Pryce is a Senior Managing Director in FTI’s Economic Consulting practice, and is based in the London office, leading on business economics, working with leading companies on issues from corporate strategy to public policy. Prior to this, she was Director General, Economics & Chief Economic Adviser, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), 2002-2010 and Joint Head, UK Government Economic Service, 2007-2010.
Uwe Puetter – Central European University
Uwe Puetter is Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Director of the Center for European Union Research (CEUR) at Central European University, Budapest. He holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy and Governance. His main research is on governance and processes of institutional change in EU economic governance, social and employment policy as well as foreign and security policy. His recent research analyses the changing role of the European Council and the Council in EU decision-making after the Maastricht Treaty.
Alejandro Quiroga – Newcastle University
Alejandro Quiroga is a Reader of Spanish History at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in Newcastle University and a Ramón y Cajal Fellow at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Spain). His research interests include Spanish history and politics, twentieth-century European history, nationalism and ethnic conflict.
Thomas Raines – Chatham House
Thomas Raines coordinates the Europe Research Programme at Chatham House. Previously, he worked as an analyst in the Strategy Unit of the Foreign & Commonwealth office in London. He is the co-author of the Chatham House Report A Diplomatic Entrepreneur: Making the Most of the European External Action Service (2011), with Staffan Hemra and Richard Whitman. He has served on a number of election-monitoring missions with the OSCE. He studied history and political science at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Pennsylvania.
Nabila Ramdani – LSE International History
Nabila Ramdani is a PhD candidate in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a freelance journalist she has written extensively in a number of publications on European and French politics. She tweets at @NabilaRamdani.
Viviane Reding has been the Vice-president of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamentals Rights and Citizenship since February 2010. In 1999 she joined the European Commission as Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media and Sports until 2004, and then as Commissioner responsible for Information Society and Media from 2004 to 2010. Prior to her political career, Viviane Reding started off as a journalist at the newspaper Luxembourg Wort in Luxembourg, where she served as President of the Luxembourg Union of Journalists from 1986 until 1998.
Professor John van Reenen - LSE Centre for Economic Performance
John Van Reenen is the Director of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), Europe’s leading applied economics research centre (http://cep.lse.ac.uk/). He is also a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Health, Downing Street and many international organisations. In 2008-2009 he was the Denning Visiting Professor of Global Business and Economics at Stanford University. He has published widely on the economics of innovation, labour markets and productivity. Professor Van Reenen received his BA from the University of Cambridge, his MSc from the London School of Economics and his PhD from University College London. He has written over 100 articles and book chapters and frequently appears in the media. He has been a CEPR Research Fellow since 1997. In 2009 he was awarded (jointly with Fabrizio Zilibotti) the Yrjö Jahnsson Award.
Aidan Regan – University of Amsterdam
Aidan Regan has a Max Weber Postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Political and Social Science in the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. His research interests include the comparative political economy of labor relations, varieties of capitalism, welfare states, income inequality and processes of institutional change in the European Union.
Stephanie Rickard - LSE Government
Stephanie Rickard is a Lecturer in Global Politics in the Government Department at LSE. She earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and her BA in Economics from the University of Rochester. She was previously a Lecturer in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University and before that an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include the politics of international trade and government spending. Her current research project explores discrimination in government procurement.
Christilla Roederer-Rynning – University of Southern Denmark
Christilla Roederer-Rynning is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Management at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research interests include institutional theory, EU politics, and the Common Agricultural Policy.
Philipp Rösler - Federal Minister of Economics and Technology and the Vice Chancellor of Germany
Philipp Rösler is Federal Minister of Economics and Technology and the Vice Chancellor of Germany. Since 2011 he has been the Chairman of the liberal Free Democratic Party.
Tomas Roubal is a health policy analyst at the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic currently working as a Consultant at the OECD in Paris.
Javier Ruiz Soler – Lund University
Javier Ruiz Soler holds a Master Degree in European Studies from Lund University. Hisdissertation examines the role of the Euroblogosphere in a context of a European Public Sphere. Javier is co-editor of bloggingportal, the European blogging platform with more than 1000 blogs syndicated, as well as head of Communications and P.A. at TEDxStockholm. Currently Javier is collaborating in research on Global Television Discourse at Stockholm University. He blogs at spanishwalker.eu and can be followed on Twitter @spanishwalker