Christos Katsioulis, born in Böblingen, Germany, studied History and Political Science at the University of Trier and the Aristotle-University in Thessaloniki. He obtained his MA in International Relations from the Institute for Political Science in Trier, where he taught international relations and foreign policy from 2003 to 2005.
After that he joined the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, starting as policy officer in the EU-Office in Brussels and from 2007 to 2012 as expert on foreign policy in the International Policy Analysis Unit in Berlin. In 2012 he founded and headed the FES Office in Athens, later he headed the EU Office in Brussels as well as the London Office of FES.
Christos has been a regular commentator on European affairs in the German as well as international media and a regular contributor for the journal Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft.
Nicole Katsioulis, born in Stuttgart, got her MA in Social Sciences from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2001. After working for the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the ver.di union, she joined the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in 2002. She has lived and worked in many European countries: Spain, France, Greece, Great Britain and now Austria. Her main interests are European politics, in particular social policy, economic and climate policy.
From 2012 to 2017 she headed the Athens office together with Christos Katsioulis and from 2017 to 2021 the London office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Her focus is always on facilitating international dialogue and contributing to greater mutual understanding and better communication through political advice. In order to promote progressive political approaches, she always works with young target groups, too.
At FES ROCPE, she is now primarily devoting herself to the two topics “Climate Crisis as a Security Risk” and “Feminist Foreign Policy”.
Dr. Alexandra Dienes (née Vasileva), born in Moscow, got her PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2017 and her MA in Political Science from the Freie University Berlin in 2012. She specializes in political economy and foreign policy of Russia and the post-Soviet space. At FES ROCPE, Alexandra focuses on economic aspects of regional security and cooperation and coordinates the network of young experts FLEET.
Previously, she taught international relations and political economy at the University of Amsterdam and worked for German political foundations in Georgia and China, the European Parliament in Brussels and the German Development Agency GIZ. She did a documentary film on barriers to regional trade in Central Asia and currently works on another film project. Alexandra is also an affiliated research fellow at the Political Science department of the University of Amsterdam.
Simon Weiß, born in Zelinograd (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan). He studied political science and sociology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg.
Between 2011-2015 he taught international relations and Russian foreign policy and was a research associate at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Heidelberg.
As a research associate and project coordinator at FES ROCPE, he focuses on security and defence policy aspects in the region and on questions of arms control in Europe.
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Gloria Sack, born in Grevesmühlen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northern Germany), studied business administration at the Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on taxes and accounting.
In July 2019, she started working at FES ROCPE in Vienna. As a very experienced accountant, Gloria Sack is responsible for all matters concerning financial management and controlling.
Previously, she worked for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin for seven years. Her main tasks were financial management and controlling of several offices in Eastern Central and South Eastern Europe and the EU office of the FES in Brussels. She also was in charge of auditing compliance with regulations and guidelines for the FES.
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Born close to Berlin (Germany), she completed business administration with a focus on marketing and accounting at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.
She started working for the FES with the establishment of the FES Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe (FES ROCPE) in Vienna 2016. At FES ROCPE she is responsible for the project and office coordination, which includes the logistical preparation and organization of projects and events, the communication with participants and external service providers and basic topics like the FES ROCPE website, graphic and print topics, as well as technical matters. She also assists to the head and the team and helps to facilitate a smooth process at FES ROCPE.
Previously, she already worked in Vienna on a project-related basis in the area of internal communication in the natural gas sector, then worked a few years in the area of external communication for a cultural association.