Minna Järvenpää

Minna Järvenpää was Strategy Advisor to Special Representative of the Secretary General Michael Steiner in UNMIK and later municipal administrator in Mitrovica until April 2004. She previously worked as ESI analyst covering Serbia and Montenegro and Macedonia. Minna's involvement in the region began in 1996 as political and refugee affairs advisor to the High Representative in Sarajevo. She was later Senior Advisor to former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, supporting a range of crisis management initiatives in the Balkans and throughout Europe. Minna has a background in international relations from Harvard and the London School of Economics.

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Felix Martin

Felix Martin has been a member of ESI since 2000, and has served as its General Secretary since 2002. Felix has spent two spells working for the World Bank on the Balkans: first, between 1999 and 2002 on the energy sectors of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo; and latterly (since March 2006) as the Bank's Country Economist for Kosovo. In between, he got a doctorate in economics from Oxford University, was an ESI analyst for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked as an economist for Thames River Capital, a London investment house. Felix also has degrees from Oxford in Classics and Philosophy and Development Economics, and from Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Relations.

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Robin Gosejohann

Robin Gosejohann joined the ESI team as head of administration in March 2003, and was responsible for project coordination and management of the ESI offices in Berlin and Istanbul until july 2007. He has a strong background in NGO work and political campaigning in both Britain and Germany. Robin studied modern and economic history in Bielefeld and Leipzig as well as peace and conflict studies in Uppsala (Sweden). He did research on socio-economic effects of the military conversion in the former GDR as well as on the history of early industrialisation in Germany.

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Verena Ringler

Verena Ringler has been ESI analyst on European Enlargement until October 2006. She has been working as an international magazine editor and writer for Foreign Policy Magazine in Washington, D.C. since 2002 and for German-language magazines since 1996. Her work was published in profil, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Zentralasiatisches Magazin, among others. Verena's reporting trips and election observation missions with the EU and the OSCE brought her to South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Lebanon. Verena has an M.A. in European Studies and Emerging Markets from SAIS and studied politics and magazine journalism in Vienna, Innsbruck and Uppsala.

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Nicole Pope

Nicole Pope was a ESI research associate who worked from 1989 to 2005 as Turkey correspondent for the French daily Le Monde. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times (op-ed section) and The Independent. Nicole Pope is the co-author, with Hugh Pope, of "Turkey Unveiled: a History of Modern Turkey". She is currently writing a book on honour killings. Prior to 1987, Nicole Pope worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Baghdad (1982-83) and in south Lebanon (1983-84). She has also lived in Tehran, Bahrain and Cyprus.

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Enis Köstepen

Enis Köstepen worked as ESI Turkey Analyst in the first year of its Turkey project. Most recently he has been part of a team putting together a major exhibition on human rights and civil society in Turkey as part of a project funded by the EU delegation and the Economic and Social History Foundation of Turkey. Prior to that he was engaged in field research on rural change in Anatolia. Enis has studied international trade and sociology in Bogazici University and currently completes his PhD in New York.

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Erkut Emcioglu

Erkut Emcioglu has a double major degree in law and in political sciences from the University of Strasbourg III. In 1998, he obtained a DEA (master in law) degree at the University of Paris II. He is presently completing his PhD thesis in the field of Competition Law in the EU and Turkey at the same university. Citizen of Turkey and France, he worked as a journalist at Radio France Internationale "Section turque" for 7 years and participated in many radio-television programmes concerning EU-Turkey Relations.

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Paul Hockenos

Paul Hockenos is a Berlin-based journalist and author who has written about South Eastern Europe since 1989. He worked for ESI as a Berlin-based analyst for more than a year, starting in November 2002. His articles and commentaries have appeared in World Policy Journal, The New Statesman and Society, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, as well as many other periodicals in Europe and North America. Hockenos is the author of "Free to Hate: The Rise of the Right in Post-Communist Eastern Europe" (Routledge, '93). From 1997-99 he worked with the OSCE in Bosnia on press and media issues. Since then, Paul has been a visiting fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the European Journalism College at the Free University Berlin. Currently, he holds a journalism fellowship from the German Marshall Fund of the US to research the role of diaspora groups in the last decade of the Balkan conflict. His latest book, "Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkans Wars" (Cornell University Press), was published in autumn 2003.

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Marcus Brand

Marcus Brand is an independent consultant for the OSCE and UNDP, based in Stockholm. Previously he worked as as an ESI analyst undertaking research on Slovenia's reform experiences. Having served in the OSCE mission in Kosovo as political liaison with the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE and the UN mission, he just finished his PhD at the University of Vienna on the international mission in Kosovo. With the OSCE in Kosovo, he first worked in the human rights field and was later closely involved in the development of Kosovo's interim administrative structures and institutions. Marcus began his professional involvement in South Eastern Europe as a lecturer in European law with the Civic Education Project in Bulgaria in 1995-96, which led him to study legal reform in Bulgaria. He holds degrees from SAIS in Bologna and the EUI in Florence, and has worked for the Austrian Foreign Ministry during the first Austrian EU Presidency in 1998.

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Alida Vracic

Alida Vracic joined the ESI team in winter 2000 as researcher based in Sarajevo. She holds a B.A. from Sarajevo Law Faculty, specialising in criminal law, human rights and the Dayton Peace Agreement. Prior to joining ESI, Alida completed her studies on criminal proceedings and the penal system in Austria. She managed several projects in the Balkans for the Human Rights Centre of the University of Sarajevo and for the Spanish Institutional Programme. In Bosnia she acted as ESI liaison officer and conducted research on judicial reforms efforts for the ESI Bosnia Project. She is presently full time student at University College London doing her thesis in M.Sc. in International public policy.

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Emmanuela C. del Re

Emmanuela C. del Re is an ESI analyst on Albania and Kosovo. With a background in social and political anthropology, she has lived and worked with Albanian communities since 1991 and has published extensively on Albania's turbulent post-communist transition. Based at the University of Rome, Emmanuela's research has included evaluations of international programmes in the region, as well as topics such as the evolution of the KLA and patterns of illicit traffic in the region.

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Dieter Wolkewitz

Dieter Wolkewitz was general secretary of the ESI Executive Board from 1999 to October 2002. He has worked on South Eastern Europe in the Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, and was Rule of Law Coordinator in the OSCE mission to Bosnia. In the last years Dieter was Executive Representative for the International Mediator for Bosnia, Christian Schwarz-Schilling, developing conflict-resolution strategies and building awareness of the region among European policy makers.

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Christopher Bennet

Christopher Bennett was ESI's first deputy president from 1999 to 2001. He has a lifetime of experience in the region. Having covered the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the wars in Croatia and Bosnia as a journalist from 1991, his book "Yugoslavia's Bloody Collapse" is one of the most influential accounts of the Yugoslav crisis. Chris has been instrumental in numerous important research projects on the region, as Director of the International Crisis Group's Balkans Project, and now as Editor of the NATO Review. Chris has taught Yugoslav history at the University of London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

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David Stewart Howitt

David Stewart Howitt has been active throughout Yugoslavia from 1993-2000, working for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Commission and the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo. He is a leading expert on issues of refugee return and social integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to specialising on South Eastern Europe, he acquired a degree in Theology and History from Durham University and served seven years as a commissioned Officer in the HM forces. David designed and implemented the PLIP and in August 2000 jointly published with Marcus Cox "The Property Law Implementation Plan". After a period of working for the London School of Economics on Globalisation, he is now working for the Emerging Markets Advisory Corp., an independent policy consulting and corporate advisory business specialising in transition economies and emerging markets.

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Erik Pierre

Erik Pierre is the founding chair of ESI's senior advisory board. During a distinguished career in the Swedish diplomatic service, Erik Pierre served in China and Washington D.C., and is now Director of the Stockholm Region's Office to the European Union in Brussels. Erik Pierre has been intimately involved in South Eastern European affairs and the development of international responses, both as Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia until 1996.

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Stefan Apfl

Stefan Apfl was ESI analyst on European Enlargement. He has been studying journalism and media management at Vienna's University of Applied Sciences (FHW) and has been working as a magazine journalist, focusing on EU and international affairs. Stefan's work was published in Die Zeit (Germany), profil, Falter, Datum (all Austria), and Turkish Policy Quarterly, among others.

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