Visegrad Insight Fellows

Meet Influential Voices from CEE

1 November 2022

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Visegrad Insight cooperates with the leading voices on democratic security. By developing foresight analysis and reporting for the regional general audience and engaging with their home communities, they leave a mark on Central and Eastern Europe’s future. 

More than ever before, there ​is a demand for strong voices that explain risks, develop scenarios and map out solutions for Europe. Visegrad Insight has chosen a number of leading analysts and editors from Central and Eastern Europe to act as Visegrad Insight Fellows —  organised by Res Publica Foundation designed to amplify voices on democratic security from the region.

As of 2021, the fellowship programme is honouring the memory of the late Marcin Król – the founding editor-in-chief and long-time president of Res Publica – read more about the Marcin Król Fellowship. As of 2022, the Future of Ukraine Fellowship programme is supporting the leading Ukrainian voices.

Our Fellows speak on the region from the region; they are focused on finding future-oriented solutions and shaping narratives through thought leadership and analysis but also consultancy and foresight activities to empower next-generation authorities and develop connections within CEE.

In turn, the Fellows can exchange experiences and gain broader publicity through a large network of cooperation with national language media.

Current Visegrad Insight Fellows

Radu Albu-Comanescu (Romania) is a Lecturer in European Integration at the ‘Babeş-Bolyai’ University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research focuses on European construction, state-building, international relations and cultural diplomacy. Read Radu’s articles here.

Merili Arjakas (Estonia) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Journalist at Postimees, the most circulated daily newspaper in Estonia as well as a podcast creator. Her work centres on domestic Estonia affairs as well as the larger Baltic region and other foreign affairs issues including topics of democratic resilience, disinformation, national security and cyber security. Read Merili’s articles here.

Alina Bârgăoanu (Romania) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight, a Romanian communication scholar, and Dean of the College of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest. She is currently a member of the advisory board of the European Digital Media Observatory and of the European Commission expert group on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training. Her research centres on the effects of populist politics in Europe as well as assessing the European Union’s attempts to maintain liberal order. Read Alina’s articles here.

Bohdan Bernatskyi (Ukraine) is a Future of Ukraine Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Senior Lecturer in International Law at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Ostroh Academy. He is a legal practitioner and helps the Ukrainian government and Members of Parliament in the fields of sanctions and transitional justice reforms. His academic interests include human rights, the functioning of political parties and countermeasures in international relations. Read Bohdan’s articles here.

Oleksandra Drik (Ukraine) is a Future of Ukraine Fellow at Visegrad Insight and a lawyer who has been working on accountability reforms in Ukraine since 2014. Since the full-scale Russian invasion in 2022, she has been advocating for a comprehensive international system of accountability for war crimes committed in Ukraine. Oleksandra holds an MA in Global Politics and Law from the University of Sheffield (UK), and two Ukrainian degrees in international relations and law from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Her 8 years of background in advocating accountability reforms in Ukraine in governmental, non-governmental sectors and EU projects in Ukraine, include positions in the MOD of Ukraine, Reforms Delivery office of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, EU Anti-corruption Initiative in Ukraine, NGO and media. Read Oleksandra’s articles here.

Spasimir Domaradzki (Poland/Bulgaria) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lazarski University in Warsaw. In 2007, he received his PhD in International Relations from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Read Spasimir’s articles here.

Jan Farfal (Poland) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight and a Doctoral candidate in Area Studies (Russia and East Europe) at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. His project examines the ways in which émigré journals addressed their home societies behind the Iron Curtain. He is a Researcher in the project ‘Europe in a Changing World’, led by Professor Timothy Garton Ash and Professor Paul Betts, at the European Studies Center at the University of Oxford. Read Jan’s articles here.

Oksana Forostyna (Ukraine) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Co-founder of Yakaboo Publishing, an editor, translator and writer contributing to publications such as Krytyka Journal (Ukraine) and The European Review of Books. Her focus is on Ukrainian and regional politics as well as disinformation’s impact on societies. Read Oksana’s articles here.

Ognyan Georgiev (Bulgaria) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Fulbright alumni, a reporter and editor of Bulgarian business publication Capital, and currently head of Kapital Insights. His focus is on Bulgarian politics, business and economy as well as regional development, city planning and European funding. Read Ognyan’s articles here.

Jarosław Gwizdak (Poland) is a former judge and Court President in Katowice. He currently works as a teacher, columnist and activist. He was the first person awarded the Civic Judge of the Year prize. Read Jarosław’s articles here.

Pavel Havlicek (Czech Republic) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight and a Research Fellow at the Association for International Affairs (AMO) Research Centre. His research focus is on Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia, and the Eastern Partnership. Read Pavel’s articles here.

Krzysztof Izdebski (Poland) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight and an expert at the Open Contracting Partnership and Stefan Batory Foundation. Member of Consul Democracy Foundation’s Council. He is a lawyer specialising in access to public information and the re-use of public sector information. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, technology, public administration, corruption, and public participation. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna listed him as one of the 50 most influential Polish lawyers in 2020. Read Krzysztof’s articles here.

Matej Kandrík (Slovakia) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 and a cofounder of Adapt Institute and a PhD candidate in Political Science with a specialisation in Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia. Currently, he is participating in CEU Democratic Institute Leadership Academy. His research interests include comprehensive defence, paramilitarism in Central Eastern Europe and strategic communication. Read Matej’s articles here.

Christine Karelska (Ukraine) is a Future of Ukraine Fellow at Visegrad Insight. An alumna of the College of Europe in Natolin and the Democracy Study Centre in Kyiv. Her main specialization is the European Neighborhood Policy. Currently, she is working as an Advisor on International Relations for the Vice Mayor of Odesa and as an Assistant to the Deputy of the Odesa City Council. Previously, she worked as a Project Manager of the Ze!Women movement aimed at gender equality and promotion of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska’s projects in the Odesa region. Read Christine’s articles here.

Aliaksei Kazharski (Belarus/Slovakia) is a Researcher at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations of the Comenius University in Bratislava and a lecturer at the Department of Security Studies of Charles University in Prague. He obtained his PhD in 2015 and his dissertation was published by Central European University as a monograph in 2019 (Eurasian Integration and the Russian World: Regionalism as an Identitary Enterprise). Read Aliaksei’s articles here.

Viktoryia Kolchyna (Belarus) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight, a journalist and contributing author that has covered Human Rights topics for multiple networks including Belsat TV and Al Jazeera English. She worked on documentaries that won several awards, including NYF TV & Film Awards, Silver World Medal Film People & Power- Russia: The Orthodox Connection( 2019) and Nomination for Rory Peck Award from Al Jazeera People & Power- Armenia: Mining out the leopard (2019). Read Viktoryia’s articles here.

Ádám Kolozsi (Hungary) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Journalist and researcher based in Budapest, Hungary and currently working at Telex.hu. His focus usually covers the social sciences, history, politics and international relations. Read Ádám’s articles here.

Filip Konopczyński (Poland) is the co-founder of Kalecki Foundation, an independent think tank devoted to sustainable economic and environmental development. He is a social researcher and market analyst as well as a publicist and commentator. Read Filip’s articles here.

Oleksandr Kraiev (Ukraine) is a Future of Ukraine Fellow at Visegrad Insight and a director of the North America program in the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. He is an international relations columnist for several Ukrainian and international media outlets. He is also a PhD candidate at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Key academic and professional spheres of interest: the UK and US foreign and domestic policy, the Irish border dispute, hybrid warfare, and modern conflicts. Read Oleksandr’s articles here.

Adam Leszczyński (Poland) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Journalist, sociologist and historian. A senior writer at OKO.press, a non-profit, investigative journalist and fact-checking project, created to preserve freedom of speech and secure access to information in Poland. His main focus is on Polish politics and history, with special emphasis on the government’s politics of memory. Read Adam’s articles here.

Paweł Marczewski (Poland) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight, the head of the research unit Citizens at the ideaForum, a think tank of the Batory Foundation, a member of the Carnegie Civic Research Network, and an affiliated researcher at the SWPS Youth Study Center. His main areas of interest are relations between demographic changes and democracy, social movements, civil society organizations, and social justice. Read Paweł’s articles here.

Michał Matlak (Poland) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight, the Managing editor of the Review of Democracy and a policy advisor at the European Parliament. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute and was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and KU Leuven. Member of the Executive Board of the Democracy Seminar at the New School for Social Research in New York. Read Michał’s articles here.

Asya Metodieva (Bulgaria) is a researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague. She is a Doctoral Candidate at the Central European University (CEU), Vienna. Her research focuses on radical movements, polarisation and information warfare with a focus on the Balkans and more generally Southeast Europe. She holds an MA in Public Policy from CEU and in International Relations and Security Studies from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. In 2019 she was a visiting PhD Candidate at the University of Oxford. She held the 2018 Sotirov Fellowship at LSE IDEAS and the 2018 Re-think CEE Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Read Asya’s articles here.

Adrian Mihălțianu (Romania) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight and a journalist with more than 17 years of experience, both in editorial and management teams for medium-sized and large media companies. Currently coordinating PressOne.ro, an independent, in-depth solutions journalism project bringing light on major issues in Romania and abroad. Read Adrian’s articles here.

Malina Mindrutescu (Romania) was a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Freelance journalist and political analyst based in Bucharest, Romania with a Master of Letters in Terrorism and Political Violence from the University of St Andrews. Her focus is on foreign policy, business, transatlantic relations and the Black Sea region. Read Malina’s articles here.

Marta Musidłowska (Poland) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight and a graduate of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and CopyrightX at Harvard Law School. She specialises in areas related to digitisation, in particular concerning personal data protection and ethical artificial intelligence. She is currently an analyst for the Digital Economy research programme at the Instrat Foundation, where she works on topics related to data governance and the digitization of the medical sector, as well as the protection of human rights, with a particular focus on labour rights in the face of digitisation. Read Marta’s articles here.

Iván László Nagy (Hungary) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight and a Budapest-based political journalist, writing for a leading independent Hungarian news site, hvg.hu. His work as a reporter, analyst and commentator revolves around understanding the dynamics of societies oppressed by modern semi-dictators and working out ways for meaningful civic action within them, with special emphasis on mobilising young people for democratic action. Read Iván’s articles here.

Marco Németh (Slovakia) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight and Slovak journalist, focusing on EU policies, democracy, Central Europe and foreign affairs. He was the youngest and most passionate activist in the 2019 European elections. Since 2019 he has worked with several Slovak & International newspapers on the topics of democracy in V4 and the European Union. When he was 15 years old he published his book “Európa v Kocke” in which he explains how the EU works. He is the winner of the European Citizen’s Prize 2022. Read Marco’s articles here.

Vitaly Portnikov (Ukraine) is a Future of Ukraine Fellow at Visegrad Insight. An author and renowned journalist working in democratic media in Central and Eastern Europe for more than three decades. He is the author of hundreds of analytical articles in Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Russian, Israeli, and Baltic media. He hosts television programs and his own analytical channels on YouTube. He is currently broadcasting at the office of the Espreso TV channel in Lviv and continues to cooperate with the Ukrainian and Russian services of Radio Liberty. Read Vitaly’s articles here.

Sigita Struberga (Latvia) is is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight. She is a Secretary-General of the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation and researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia. She is developing her PhD thesis in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia. Her research interests are transatlantic relations and European security, Russia, China’s foreign policy, strategic communication. Read Sigita’s articles here.

Zsuzsanna Szabó (Hungary) is covering investor relations, shareholder activism and ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) at a London-based finance magazine. Before joining the IR Magazine news team in January 2020, she worked as an energy market reporter for ICIS, an industry publication for one and a half years. During that time, she covered the CEE power markets. In 2017, she completed a Master’s degree in Media studies at the University of Westminster in London, with a dissertation on the rise of populism in Hungarian politics. She previously covered German and Austrian political news and the refugee crisis for Origo.hu, Hungary’s formal leading news portal. She speaks four languages and writes on international affairs for titles including Visegrad Insight. Read Zsuzsanna’s articles here.

Albin Sybera (Czech Republic) is a freelance journalist, consultant and former clerk at the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic. Besides Visegrad Insight, his texts can be also found at Britske listy or Balkan Insight. Read Albin’s articles here.

Dorka Takácsy (Hungary) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2022/2023 at Visegrad Insight and a researcher, with a passion for politics in Russia and the CEE region. She pursues her PhD studies at the Corvinus University of Budapest, contemplating the broader topic of Russian domestic disinformation about the West. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID), focusing on disinformation. Read Dorka’s articles here.

Michał Zabłocki (Poland) was a Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight 2021/2022, a freelance journalist, climate activist as well as a communications and policy consultant; he is also a former foreign correspondent for the Polish press in Moscow, Prague and Bratislava. He focuses on politics, economy, climate and energy in Poland and Central Eastern Europe. Read Michał’s articles here.

Edit Zgut-Przybylska (Hungary) is a Visegrad Insight Fellow and re:constitution fellow; Edit is a political scientist and sociologist, a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Vice-president of Amnesty International Hungary and a guest lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department of the United States. Focusing on informal power and populism in the context of Hungarian and Polish democratic backsliding. Read Edit’s articles here.

Senior Fellows

Marcin Zaborowski (Poland)  is editor-in-chief of ResPublica and the former Executive Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) in Warsaw. In 2001, he received his PhD in International Studies from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Read Marcin’s articles here.

Martin Ehl (Czech Republic) has worked in Hospodářské noviny since 2001, which makes him the longest-serving member of the editorial board. He has been the head of the outlet’s foreign desk since 2006. He writes a column on Central Europe, a feuilleton for Rádio Česko, and blogs in Czech, English, and Polish. Martin also comments on the foreign policy issues for Česká televize. As a reporter, he worked in Latin America, Spain, and the United States, however, his main focus remains Central Europe, the Baltics, and the Balkans. He was the last foreign journalist to interview Lech Kaczynski before his tragic death in the spring of 2010. Martin holds a Ph.D. in political science. Read Martin’s articles here.

Ruslanas Iržikevičius (Lithuania) is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Lithuania Tribune, a portal providing news about Lithuania in English since 2009. He also is the Editor-in-Chief of the English version of 15min.lt and the Founder of the LT Daily Newsletter. Read Ruslanas‘ articles here.

Jiři Schneider (Czech Republic) is a former diplomat and think-tanker, currently an independent consultant in international and security affairs. Following the democratic changes in 1989, he was elected to the Czechoslovak Parliament in 1990 and 1992. After the split of Czechoslovakia, he joined the Foreign Ministry as the head of policy planning. He also served as the Czech Ambassador to Israel (1995-1998) and most prominently as the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic (2010-2014). He took a direct part in the development of think tanks and NGO platforms as a Program Director at the Prague Security Studies Institute (2005-2010) and as the Executive Director of Aspen Institute Central Europe (2016-2020). Read Jiři‘s articles here.

Junior Fellows – see details here

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