Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, Boyka moved to Greece in 1999. She graduated with a degree in Finance and Banking Management from the University of Piraeus (2007) and holds an MA in Southeast European Studies (2008) from the University of Athens with a specialization in market liberalization. Since 2009 she has been working as a Research Fellow and Student Coordinator at the Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER) in Athens, while her research interests refer to the European Integration of the Western Balkans, to the democratization of the ex-Communist countries and their transition to market economies. She has previously worked for the Financial Department of Alpha Bank (2007-2009), Eurobank (2005), Interamerican (2003) in Athens, and Commercial Bank of Greece (2002) in Sofia. Also, she has participated in numerous European and Global programmes, workshops, seminars and conferences. Boyka is fluent in English, Greek and Bulgarian (native), and she speaks Russian and German too.email | linkedin
Nikos is a political scientist and one of the founders of Inter Alia. Working closely with the rest of Inter Alia team, he authored, fund-raised and organised initiatives at local, national, European and international level mainly in the fields of political participation, education and youth work, cultural awareness and remembrance. He is the script writer and producer of short and long documentary movies and videos, most notably, “The Poor Cousin” (2017) and “The Land of Milk and Honey” (2019). In 2018, he led the production of the “Outcast Europe” international exhibition on memories of displacement and movement (www.outcasteurope.eu). He is co-editor of two cross-disciplinary collective volumes on contemporary European politics and societies while his research and policy analyses have been published in journals, books and magazines. Nikos currently coordinates a 65-member pan-European network of organisations active in the field of youth. In this context, he advocates for changing funding allocation practices for civil society organisations by EU institutions and embracing a process-driven, change inducing culture of civic initiative. Since 2019, he is an advisor to a multilateral effort by civil society organisations in Greece and North Macedonia to advocate for an effective, bottom-up structure of the Bilateral Youth Cooperation Offices, a new institution foreseen by the Prespa Agreement. Starting from 2020, he heads the production of the yearly “Positively Different Short Film Festival” (www.positively-different.net) focusing on intersecting stories and shared struggles of oppressed groups and individuals. He regularly participates in the development, planning and delivery of educational programmes, leads workshops and gives lectures to students and young learners, youth workers and project managers in the aforementioned fields.email | linkedin
Nikos is a founding member of Inter Alia. In 2005 he graduated from the Department of Political Science and History of the Panteion University, and in 2007 he completed his postgraduate studies in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent in Brussels (BSIS). In 2019, he completed his doctoral thesis at the Department of International, European and Regional Studies of the Panteion University. Since 2019, he participates in the research MSc “Environment and Art” of the University of the Aegean. He has worked as a researcher for the Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER) and the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS). He has published articles in academic journals and collective volumes, edited two political science collective volumes published by Inter Alia, and is a reviewer at the Social Semiotics journal. He has a series of presentations at conferences on the analysis on intercommunal conflicts, identities in international politics, and cultural heritage use. Since 2013, within the framework of Inter Alia, he participates in the implementation of educational, civic and creative programs, and oversees the research activities of the organisation. In 2018-2019, he was the cultural heritage supervisor of the ECHO project and a text-writer of the ECHO creative documentary titled “Dark Vein”.email | linkedin
In Inter Alia, Veroniki Krikoni is part of the project development team and leads all activities related to the cultural & creative sector.
Veroniki is an experienced civil society professional specialised in the fields of culture, education and European integration with a geographical specialisation in the Balkan region. For her work she became co-recipient of the 2018 EESC Civil Society Award on Cultural Heritage. With over 10 years progressively responsible experience in project management and development she has led cross-functional teams, oversaw or delivered cross-national civil society projects and developed a variety of non-formal learning training courses. From 2012 she is also actively involved in composing, editing and submitting calls for proposals for EU Funded Programmes (Youth in Action Programmes, Creative Europe, Europe for Citizens, European Cultural Foundation, European Fund for the Balkans).
Veroniki has lived in Italy, Poland and the Netherlands and has travelled extensively in the Balkan Peninsula. As a volunteer herself she is co-founder of the regional organisation Balkans Beyond Borders contributing to the cultural diplomacy sector through the power of image and new media. The cinema has also been the vehicle of her inspiration and the main tool of her work on the Europeanisation process in relation to the construction of cultural identities and their visual representation.
She is holder of the Joint Masters of Arts on European Cultural Studies completed under the Erasmus Mundus Euroculture Programs and has completed a BA on International and European Studies.email | linkedin
Amerissa Giannouli has B.Sc in Economics (Specialized in Business Economics and Finance) and M.Sc in International and European Economic Studies (Specialized in European Economic Policy). She has worked as a researcher at the Athens University of Economics and Business and the International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy. Research interests include social ecology, political economy and ecological economics. She aims at youth empowerment, socio-ecological transformation and supports active participation in the community.email
Boróka has recently completed a postgraduate programme in Southeast European Studies at the University of Athens and holds an MA degree in Political Philosophy from Pompeu Fabra University. Her academic research has focused on the topics of social and economic transformations in late capitalism, youth precarity and vulnerable social groups. A couple of years ago Boróka rediscovered her passion for drawing and design which since then became an integral part of her professional life. She has facilitated civic projects and non-formal education activities through linking images to words and ideas, and helping others reconnect with drawing too. Additionally, Boróka is an active member of European May, a transnational grassroots initiative aiming at bringing about a progressive Europe through the construction of a strong network of local activists and community organizers.
She is fluent in Hungarian (mother tongue), Romanian, English, and Spanish.email
Being a graduate of History and Philosophy of Science department of NKUA, he is concluding his Master’s Degree on History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, focusing on Science and Technology Studies. He has working experience in the field of journalism and site administration and has worked as an intern at governmental legislative and consultative institutions. He is actively involved in non-formal education since 2014. His research interests involve the interaction between energy production technologies and local societies, the interaction between technology and gender and applied ethics. He loves trying to make his small contribution to a better, open society.email | linkedin
Dr. Nicholas Rossis has studied European Studies and IR and he holds an MA in Middle East Politics (Exon) and a PhD in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from the University of Durham. He has given manifold seminars in several universities including the University of Surrey, Durham and Huron ranging from Islamic Jurisprudence to Risk Analysis and EU-Middle East economic relations. He has also been a research associate for the Institute of International Economic Relations and the British Ministry of Defence. His work on Lebanon has been featured in several governmental Policy Briefs on corruption and in a United Nations publication profiling Lebanon. Nicholas, despite his innate optimism, he is the grumpy pessimist of the group as he has no expectation whatsoever regarding the upturn of the large-scale contemporary social and economic challenges. He is fluent in Greek and English and he has a rather controversial knowledge of Arabic.email | linkedin
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