9 May 2013
Budapest ESI career event at the Central European University
ESI staff retreat on the island of Büyükada, Turkey (March 2013). Photo: ESI
ESI staff retreat on the island of Büyükada, Turkey (March 2013). Photo: ESI

The CEU School of Public Policy and the European Stability Initiative are pleased to invite you to

a brown-bag lunch and career event

Thinking of making a career as a policy analyst?
Learn about the ESI experience and potential career opportunities


Gerald Knaus, European Stability Initiative, Chairman

9 May 2013, 12.45-13.30

CEU auditorium

CEU School of Public Policy
Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary


In summer 1999 a group of friends gathered in Sarajevo and decided to set up a new institution to analyse international policy in the Balkans. Thus ESI was born. In the beginning, ESI did not have money; it was not even an "institution" in any formal sense. Then the first reports quickly attracted attention. The Financial Times, The Economist, Die Welt, wrote about ESI as a "think tank changing thinking on the Balkans". A year later, the US government and governments across Europe - Sweden, Germany, they UK, Greece - started to invite ESI to provide input to their internal policy debates. 14 years later, ESI has a staff of around 20, and works across the whole Balkans, the Caucasus, and Turkey.

ESI chairman Gerald Knaus will share his personal story on how to start a think-tank and advise on career opportunities for CEU students, including as ESI junior fellows.


The CEU School of Public Policy   European Stability Initiative

About us
Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com