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  • Henry Newman, Director

    Henry Newman

    Director Henry joins Open Europe having worked as a special adviser in the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office. He has taught politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies and elsewhere, and studied at the University of Oxford, Harvard University, and the London School of Economics. See Articles
  • Stephen Booth, Director of Policy and Research

    Stephen Booth

    Director of Policy and Research Stephen is Director of Policy and Research at Open Europe. While at Open Europe he has written on EU regulation, justice and home affairs and EU aid policy. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in political science and was awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for his master's degree in European studies from the University of Sussex. Stephen's professional interests include democracy and transparency in the EU, the interaction between domestic and EU law and European cooperation in crime and policing. He is half Dutch.
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  • Pieter Cleppe, Head of Brussels Office

    Pieter Cleppe

    Head of Brussels Office Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe (Open Europe Brussels VZW). He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, frequently discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform. Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna. Pieter is fluent in Dutch, English and French. He also speaks German and intermediate Italian. See Articles
  • David Shiels, Policy Analyst

    David Shiels

    Policy Analyst Dr David Shiels holds a PhD in History from Cambridge, where he also studied for his masters and undergraduate degrees. His academic interests include Euroscepticism in the UK, immigration and domestic British politics. He is writing a book on the career of Enoch Powell and is an expert on the Thatcher era. David is from Northern Ireland and has written widely about Ulster Unionism and UK-Ireland relations. See Articles
  • Dominic Walsh, Policy Analyst

    Dominic Walsh

    Policy Analyst Dominic joined Open Europe in 2017. He holds an MA in British Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London, where he obtained a Distinction. His areas of expertise include the UK-EU relationship, British political parties, and Euroscepticism in the UK. His research focuses on Brexit and Parliament. He has previously worked as a researcher for the UCL Constitution Unit, and holds a first-class undergraduate degree in History from Durham University. See Articles
  • Anna Nadibaidze, Research and Communications Associate

    Anna Nadibaidze

    Research and Communications Associate Anna holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and has previously studied at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh. Her areas of expertise and research interests include European foreign policy, security/defence, Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans. Anna speaks French, Russian and Italian. See Articles
  • Anthony Egan, Intern

    Anthony Egan

    Intern Anthony is currently studying for an MA in Legal and Political Theory at UCL, with a focus on jurisprudence and citizens' rights. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, also from UCL. Anthony has experience in the media industry, having worked for a business and finance media outlet prior to joining Open Europe. See Articles
  • Jacob Osborne, Intern

    Jacob Osborne

    Intern Jacob recently graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class degree in History. He is particularly interested in issues relating to immigration. Jacob speaks intermediate French. See Articles
  • Zoe Alipranti, Intern

    Zoe Alipranti

    Intern Zoe holds an MPhil in Modern European History from Trinity College, Cambridge, where she also completed her History BA. Her research interests include the shape of the future EU27 after Brexit, as well as German and Southern European politics. Zoe speaks German, Spanish and Greek. See Articles
  • Marcus Cadier, Intern

    Marcus Cadier

    Intern Marcus holds a Masters in Political Science from Uppsala University. His areas of expertise include European security, defence and immigration policy. He speaks fluent Swedish, English and intermediate French. See Articles

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