Kaja Puto

Journalist and editor covering issues of Eastern Europe, migration and nationalism.

She works with Polish and foreign media as a freelancer. Associated with Krytyka Polityczna, the association of Rekolektyw reporters and the n-ost association – The Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe.

A graduate of MISH UJ, she also studied in Berlin and Tbilisi. In 2015-2018, she was the vice-president of the Ha! Art publishing house.

Jana Puglierin

Dr Jana Puglierin is the Head of the Berlin Office and a Senior Policy Fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations since January 2020. She also directs ECFR’s Rethink:Europe initiative, which explores and illustrates European cooperation in innovative ways through the EU Cohesion Monitor and the EU Coalition Explorer.

Prior to this, she headed the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Before joining DGAP Puglierin was an advisor on disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation at the German Bundestag, where she also worked on matters relating to German and European foreign and security policy. Between 2003 and 2010 she was researcher and lecturer to the chair of political science and contemporary history as well as in the program for North American studies at the University of Bonn.

Jana earned a Master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Political Science, International and European law, and Sociology from the Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn. Her doctoral degree was based on a thesis on the life and thought of John H. Herz.


Maciej Witucki

Since June 2019 he has been President of the Leviathan Confederation, from 2006 to 2019 he was Vice-President of the organization. Vice President, Member of the Presidium of the Social Dialogue Council. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of AXA Polska S.A. From 2010 to 2017 he was President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Poland (CCIFP). He is the Chairman of the Program Board of the Polish Civic Forum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council of the United States and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bronisław Geremek Center Foundation.

Patrycja Sasnal

Patrycja Sasnal is head of research at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, where she is also a senior fellow for the Middle East. She is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations’ council, the European working group on Egypt, and the Polish Ombudsman office’s expert commission on migration. She was previously a Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington and an associate researcher at the American University in Beirut. She specializes in Middle Eastern studies, radicalization, migration and political philosophy. She has written for The Guardian, Le Monde and Polityka. Her latest book is Arendt, Fanon and Political Violence in Islam (Routledge, 2019). Sasnal holds a PhD in political science.

Adam Reichardt

Editor-in-Chief of New Eastern Europe.

Journalist, wrote for Res Publica Nowa, Index on Censorship, The Atlantic Council and Politico.

Prior to assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief, Adam served as the Managing Editor of New Eastern Europe. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Central European Journal of International and Strategic Studies (CEJISS) and is a member of the executive team of the Three Ukrainian Revolutions (3R) project run by the College of Europe, Natolin campus in Warsaw. He is also the co-host of a podcast series about the region called “Talk Eastern Europe”.

Mr. Reichardt has an MA in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from the George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia USA, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin.

Kristian Brakel

Foreign Policy Analyst on Middle East and Turkey, Head of Office Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey.

Kristian Brakel graduated with a MA in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Hamburg and has spent substantial time in Egypt, Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. After his studies, he completed the trainee program in development studies at Berlin’s Center for Rural Development (Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung, SLE) and started working as an officer for political cooperation for the German Federal Foreign Office in the OPT.

Brakel has held posts as a senior political analyst on the Middle East and North Africa with both the international non-governmental organization Crisis Action in Germany and the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the United Arab Emirates. He has headed the office of the European Union’s special representative in Sudan and served as political adviser to the EU special representative for the Middle East Peace Process.

Shahin Vallée

Senior policy fellow of the DGAP.

Shahin Vallée was a Senior Economist at Soros Fund Management and is currently working on a PhD at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He was the Economic Advisor to the French Economy Minister until April 2015 based in Paris. Prior to that he was Economic Advisor to the President of the European Council based in Brussels. He is also fellow at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik.

In the past Shahin served as a pro bono advisor to the Green Party’s presidential campaign in France on European and economic issues.

Shahin holds a master’s from Columbia University in New York, and a Public Affairs Degree from Sciences Po in Paris, as well as an undergraduate economics degree from La Sorbonne.

Ellen Ueberschär

Since July 2017, Ellen Ueberschär is, along with Barbara Unmüßig, one of the presidents of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. As president of the Foundation she is responsible for the Foundation’s domestic policy department, for foreign and security policy, and for the European Union/North America department. In addition, she is in charge of the scholarship department, the Green Academy – a think tank of scholars and politicians -, as well as the research archive “Grünes Gedächtnis” (Green Memory Archive).

Between 2006 and 2017, she was the secretary general of the German Protestant Church Assembly (Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag). In this function, she coordinated six Protestant Church Congresses and one ecumenical one. Before, the ordained pastor was dean of the study program for theology, ethics, and law at the Evangelische Akademie Loccum.

Eva van de Rakt

Eva van de Rakt has been Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s European Union Office in Brussels since 2019.

She has worked for the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 2001. As Director of the Prague Office she was responsible for the Foundation’s activities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary from 2004 until 2018.

She was a Member of the Board of Directors at the Green European Foundation from 2014 until 2016, and is currently Member of its General Assembly. Since 2018, she has been a Member of the Board of Directors at the Czech-German Fund for the Future (Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds).

She completed her studies at the University of Music and Theatre in Rotterdam.

Gérard Araud

Gérard Araud is a French diplomat who served as Ambassador of France to the United States from 2014 to 2019.

In September 2006, Araud was appointed Director General for Political Affairs and Security, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as France’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations as well as Director General for Political and Security Affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

He was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009. In New York, at the Security Council, he notably contributed to the adoption of resolutions on Libya (#1970 and #1973), Côte d’Ivoire (#1975), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Central African Republic, and participated in debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.

Jacek Kołtan

He studied philosophy, political science and theology at the Adam Mickiewicz University and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He earned his PhD in social philosophy at the Free University of Berlin (2007). As deputy scientific director of the European Solidarity Centre, he heads the Department of Social Thought. He conducts a series of public lectures GDAŃSK SOLIDARITY LECTURES, which aim to diagnose social and political changes. He also heads the ESC publishing house, editing, among others, the IDEA SOLIDARITY series, which presents works of contemporary humanities.

He was a scholar of the KAAD Foundation in Berlin and a visiting scholar of the CUA in Washington.

Since 2013 he has been cooperating with the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, conducting classes on the impact of artistic intervention on the quality of social life, as well as managing cultural projects. The Social Design Laboratory project, co-organized by the ECS and the Academy of Fine Arts, serves in turn to experiment with new forms of artistic and social animation.

Alexander Gabuev

Senior fellow and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research is focused on Russia’s policy toward East and Southeast Asia, political and ideological trends in China, and China’s relations with its neighbors—especially those in Central Asia.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Gabuev was a member of the editorial board of Kommersant publishing house and served as deputy editor in chief of Kommersant-Vlast, one of Russia’s most influential newsweeklies. Gabuev started his career at Kommersant in 2007 working as a senior diplomatic reporter, as a member of then president Dmitry Medvedev’s press corps, and as deputy foreign editor for Kommersant. His reporting covered Russia’s relations with Asian powers and the connection between Russian business interests and foreign policy.

Michał Baranowski

Michał Baranowski is the director of GMF’s Warsaw office, where he provides overall strategic direction and leadership for the organization’s work in Poland, the Baltic states, and the V4 countries.

He writes and speaks extensively on NATO, transatlantic relations, and U.S. foreign policy, and is frequently quoted in outlets such as Associated Press, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Die Welt, Rzeczpospolita, Reuters, Axios, Le Soir, Washington Post and Foreign Affairs. He publishes in Polish, American, and European media and policy journals. He is a member of the Polish-German reflection group established by presidents of Poland and Germany.

He holds a master’s of European public affairs from Maastricht University, and has studied at Mercer University in the United States and the University of Oxford.

Alberto Alemanno

Alberto Alemanno is the Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law & Policy at HECParis. He’s also permanent visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and the University of Tokyo School of Public Policy. He’s the author of more than forty scientific articles and several academic books such as ‘Nudge and the Law – A European Perspective’.

Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, Alberto has pioneered innovative forms of academic and civic engagement and activism in the EU transnational space via his civic start up The Good Lobby. Its mission is to equalize access to power by strengthening the advocacy capacity of civil society and making corporate political influence more accountable and sustainable. Alberto has been involved in dozens of campaigns, ranging from the first European Citizen Initiative putting an end to international roaming to the drafting of the EU whistleblower directive, a decade-old campaign for EU transnational lists and the recently launched ‘Voters without Borders’ asking for full political rights for EU citizens regardless of where they live across the continent.

He sits on the board of several civil society organisations, such as European Alternatives, VoxEurop, Friends of Europe, Access Info Europe, as well as the citizens’ campaigning movement We Move, which operates transnationally.

His latest book, ‘Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society’ provides a timely analysis and guide to levelling the democratic playing field by empowering ordinary citizens to speak up and inform policy decisions at local, national and international level.

Alberto is a regular contributor to Le Monde, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Politico Europe, Forbes, and Il Sole 24 Ore, and his scholarly and public interest work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, the Financial Times, Libération as well Science and Nature.

The World Economic Forum nominated him Young Global Leader in 2015, and was elected Ashoka fellow in 2019.

Originally from Italy, Alberto is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the College of Europe and holds a PhD in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University.

Janka Oertel

Director of the Asia Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

She previously worked as a Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the German MarshallFund of the United States’ Berlin office, where she focused on transatlantic China policy including on emerging technologies, Chinese foreign policy and security in East Asia. Prior to joining GMF, she served as a program director at Körber Foundation’s Berlinoffice.

She holds a PhD from the University of Jena. Her dissertation focused on Chinese policies within the United Nations. She was a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP Berlin) and worked at United NationsHeadquarters, New York, as a Carlo-Schmid-Fellow.

She has published widely on topics related to EU-China relations, US-China relations, security in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese foreign policy, 5G and emerging technologies.

Piotr Buras

Piotr Buras is the head of the Warsaw office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His topics of focus include Germany’s EU and foreign policy, Poland in the EU, and EU politics.

Buras is a journalist, author and expert on German and European politics. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked as a columnist and Berlin correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, the biggest Polish daily newspaper. He started his professional career in the late 1990s at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, one of the first Polish think-tanks. He continued his career at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). He was also a visiting fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. His recent book Moslems and the Other Germans. The Reinvention of the Berlin Republic was published in Polish in 2011.

Joanna Maria Stolarek

Head of Heinrich Böll Foundation Warsaw Office since October 2029.

German journalist and editorialist. Joanna Maria Stolarek has been managing the Foundation’s Warsaw office since October 2019. She studied German, Slavic and Spanish philology at Karls-Eberhardt-Universität in Tübingen. Before taking on a career in journalism, she worked as a researcher at the faculty of economics and business law at HfWU Nuertingen Geislingen University in Geislingen/Steige.

After studying journalism in Munich, she worked as an editor and political commentator at Südwest Presse (business and economics department) in Ulm, in the Märkische Oderzeitung in Frankfurt an der Oder and in the Neue Berliner Redaktionsgesellschaft (political department) in Berlin. Her commitment to diversity – including in the media – took her to the NGO Neue deutsche Medienmacher, which promotes diversity in the media and works to ensure that texts and articles are written with sensitivity to cultural diversity. There she sat on the board and managed media projects.

Joanna Stolarek publishes in various media, taking a Polish–German perspective. She specialises in politics – German and Polish politics in particular. She likes to write about and discuss Polish–German relations, and to analyse the political situation and social changes in both countries. She explains Poland to the Germans, and Germany to the Poles. She is an active mentor, and particularly supports women in their professional development.


Gerald Knaus

Gerald Knaus is the European Stability Initiative’s (ESI) founding chairman. After studying in Oxford, Brussels and Bologna, he taught university economics in Ukraine and spent ten years working for NGOs and international organisations in Bosnia and Kosovo.

He published extensively on the refugee crisis in the Aegean and the Central Mediterranean as well as on corruption in the Council of Europe. In 2011, he wrote the book “Can Intervention Work?”.

He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and was for five years an Associate Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. In 2018/2019 he was a fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna.

In 2020, he published the book “Welche Grenzen brauchen wir?” (“What Borders Do We Need?”) on the future of refugee and migration policy. He writes the blog

Franziska Brantner

Member of the German Bundestag since 2013 for Alliance 90/ The Greens. Since Feb. 2018: Parliamentary secretary and spokesperson for

European Affairs, Member of the Commission on Affairs of the European Union and deputy member of the Commission on Foreign Affairs.From 2013-2017: spokesperson for child- and family policy and deputy member of the Commission on Affairs of the European Union and of the Commission on Foreign Affairs. Since 2014

chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Civil Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Networked Action. Member of the European Parliament 2009-2013. She has a double degree in political science and economics, studied at Sciences Po Paris and the Columbia University New York; PhD at the University Mannheim about the United Nations’ ability to reform.ONZ.

Rachel Rizzo

Rachel Rizzo serves as Director of Programs at the Truman Center and the Truman National Security Project. Most recently, she spent a year in Berlin, Germany, as a Fellow with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Rachel has also spent over four years at the Center for a New American Security as a Research Associate, then as the Andrew J. Bacevich Jr., USA Fellow, and currently as an Adjunct Fellow with the Transatlantic Security Program. Her research focuses primarily on European security, NATO, and the Transatlantic relationship.

She is a frequent commentator on European security and US foreign policy, and has provided analysis for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, the LA Times, and The Atlantic, among others.

Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, IWM Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

His book, co-authored with Stephen Holmes, The Light that Failed: A Reckoning (Allen Lane, 2019) won the 30th Annual Lionel Gelber Prize. He is the author of “After Europe” (UPenn Press, 2017); “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest” (UPenn Press, 2014) and “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders?” (TED Books, 2013). Ivan Krastev is the winner of the Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing 2020. His latest book “Is itTomorrow, Yet? How the Pandemic Changes Europe” was published in more than 20 languages in mid June 2020 and is forthcoming in English in October 2020 by Penguin.

Jeremy Shapiro

Jeremy is the research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of focus include US foreign policy and transatlantic relations.

Shapiro was previously a fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy and the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, where he edited the Foreign Policy program’s blog Order from Chaos. Prior to Brookings, he was a member of the U.S. State Department’s policy planning staff, where he advised the Secretary of State on U.S. policy in North Africa and the Levant. He was also the senior advisor to Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon, providing strategic guidance on a wide variety of U.S.-European foreign policy issues.

Reinhard Bütikofer

Reinhard Bütikofer is a Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA). He sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), where he serves as Greens/EFA foreign afairs spokesperson, and on the Committee on International Trade (INTA) as a substtute member. He is the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China as well as a member of the Delegation to the United States and a substitute member of the ASEAN Delegation.

From 2012 to 2019 he was co-chair of the European Green Party. Before getting elected to the European Parliament in 2009, Mr. Bütkofer was the Co-Chair of the German Green Party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN (from 2002 until 2008). He was the party’s Secretary General from 1998 until 2002. Prior to that he served as the Chair of the Greens in the Federal State of BadenWürtemberg. From 1988 until 1996 he served as a Member of the Baden-Würtemberg State Parliament.

His engagement with the German Greens began when he was elected as a member of the city council in Heidelberg in 1984. Besides his positions in the party and parliament Mr. Bütkofer is a member of the Europe/Transatlantic Advisory Board and the General Assembly of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the NABU Club, the German-Israeli Society and the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum, as well as the DGAP and the IISS.

Edwin Bendyk

President of the board of the Stefan Batory Foundation. Journalist, commentator and writer, commentator in the weekly newspaper “Polityka”, deals with the subject of civilization and the relationship between science and technology and politics, economy, culture, and social life.

Author of many books, including “Poisoned Well” nominated for the Nike Literary Award in 2003. He recently published “In Poland, that is, everywhere. A thing about the fall and future of the world ”. Curator of the “City of the Future / Laboratory Wrocław” program during the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016. Together with Dr. Adam Ostolski, he conducted a Geo-politics seminar on the Vistula River and more – how to recover land and the future in times of ecological crisis, in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation. He lectures at Collegium Civitas and the Graduate School for Social Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Member of the Polish PEN-Club.

He runs the blog “Antymatrix”.

Elżbieta Korolczuk

A sociologist, cultural scientist and activist for human rights.

She works at the Södertörn University in Stockholm and the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. In her research, she deals with the issues of gender, social movements and civil society. She is the author of numerous scientific articles and books. Her most recent publications are: Rebellious Parents. Parental Movements in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia prepared in collaboration with Katalin Fábián (Indiana University Press, 2017); Civil Society revisited: Lesssons from Poland released with Kerstin Jacobsson (Berghahn Books, 2017). In 2019, the book Women’s Bunt was published. Black Protests and Women’s Strikes published by the European Solidarity Center in 2019 (in cooperation with Beata Kowalska, Claudia Snochowska-Gonzalez and Jennifer Ramme), the book (Anti) Gender Politics in the Populist Moment written with Agnieszka Graff is in print (Routledge, 2021).

Dr. Korolczuk is also a social activist and commentator. She is an honorary member of the Association “For Our Children”, a member of the board of the Foundation “Action Democracy” and a member of the Women’s Council at the President of Warsaw.