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Alice Ekman is a research fellow at IFRI dealing with China and also teaches at Sciences Po in Paris. She was formerly a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University (Beijing) and at the National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei). She has worked as a research officer at the embassy of France in China, and as a consultant in a Paris-based strategy firm. She specialises in China’s domestic and foreign policy, and holds an MA from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Sciences Po. She is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Michal Makocki is a former Senior Visiting Academic Fellow at Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. He is an EU civil servant (currently on sabbatical leave) and has worked as a policy analyst at the Strategy Unit in the Directorate for Trade at the European Commission. Prior to that, he was part of the European External Action Service and was posted at the EU Delegation to China. He holds four graduate degrees in Economics, International Relations, European Studies and Psychology.
Zoran Nechev specialises in EU-Western Balkans relations and the external dimensions of EU justice and home affairs. Since 2014, he has been an academic guest at the Center for International and Comparative Studies, ETH Zürich, examining the effects of the EU's conditionality policy on rule of law in the Western Balkans. He also heads the Center for EU Integration at the Institute for Democracy 'Societas Civilis', Skopje. He is a Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung KAS Macedonia PhD Fellow. At the EUISS, he is a Senior Associate Fellow involved in activities relating to the EU Global Strategy, as well as justice and home affairs in the Western Balkans.
Annelies Pauwels is an Associate Analyst at the EUISS where she focuses on the external dimension of EU justice and home affairs. Her research covers counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation and migration. Prior to joining the EUISS, she worked at the UN on crime prevention and criminal justice. Annelies holds an MA in Intercultural Mediation with a specialisation in Arabic and Russian and an LLM in International Criminal Law.
Lorena Ruano has been a Professor of International Relations at CIDE in Mexico City since 2003. She graduated from El Colegio de México, and obtained her MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University. Her research has focused on European integration and relations between Europe and Latin America. She is currently undertaking a sabbatical year as a Visiting Researcher at El Colegio de México. At the EUISS, she deals with EU-LAC relations.