Visegrad Insight Fellows

Meet Influential Voices from CEE

25 January 2021

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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 — part of the #DemocraCE project 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.

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 for V/I here.

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

Alina Bârgăoanu (Romania) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight, Romanian communication scholar, 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 for V/I 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 for V/I here.

Oksana Forostyna (Ukraine) is 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 for V/I here.

Ognyan Georgiev (Bulgaria) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Fulbright alumni, a reporter and editor 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 for V/I 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 for V/I here.

Pavel Havlicek (Czech Republic) is 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 for V/I here.

Krzysztof Izdebski (Poland) is 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 specialized in access to public information and 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 for V/I here.

Aliaksei Kazharski (Belarus/Slovakia) 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 for V/I here.

Ádám Kolozsi (Hungary) is 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 for V/I here.

Adam Leszczyński (Poland) is 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 for V/I here.

Asya Metodieva (Bulgaria) is a researcher at the Institute of International Relations 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 2018 Re-think CEE Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Read Asya’s articles for V/I here.

Malina Mindrutescu (Romania) is 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, the transatlantic relation and the Black Sea region. Read Malina’s articles for V/I here.

Albin Sybera (Czech Republic) is a freelance journalist, consultant and a 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 for V/I here.

Michał Zabłocki (Poland) is a Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight, 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 for V/I here.

Edit Zgut (Hungary) is a Hungarian political scientist based in Warsaw. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe where she is teaching Central European cooperation within the European Union. She is a PhD student at GSSR in the Polish Academy of Sciences, her main field of research is democratic backsliding in the V4 countries and the constraining role of the EU. Read Edit’s articles for V/I 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 for V/I 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 for V/I here.

Ruslanas Iržikevičius (Lithuania) is 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 Founder of the LT Daily Newsletter. Read Ruslanas‘ articles for V/I 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 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 for V/I here.

Junior Fellows

Maliek Banat (Ukraine) is a Visegrad Insight Junior Fellow. He is currently a student of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His interests focus on European security, technology and freedom of media.

Marysia Ciupka (Poland) is a Junior Research Fellow at Visegrad Insight. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at EUROREG, Centre for European Regional and Local Studies at the University of Warsaw. She completed her BA with majors in Philosophy and Russian at Grinnell College, USA. Her research interests include development policy in the CEE region, the political theory of digital communication, and urban and heritage studies. Read Marysia’s articles for V/I here.

Editorial Team

Wojciech Przybylski is Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight and the President of the board of the Res Publica Foundation. Previously he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Eurozine – a magazine representing a network of European cultural journals. In 2017 he co-edited the volume Understanding Central Europe, published by Routledge. Read Wojciech’s articles for V/I here.

Magda Jakubowska is Vice President and Director of Operations at the Res Publica Foundation. One of her flagship projects regarding women empowerment in security, NATO’s campaign: #WomenAreNATO, has garnered considerable international interest.

Kamil Jarończyk is Managing Editor at Visegrad Insight. He has a joint master’s degree at Utrecht and Masaryk University in European Governance. He completed his BA in the Jagiellonian University in International Relations and Area Studies specializing in Europe and CIS countries. His research interests include the Three Seas Initiative, European policymaking, and Regional Cooperation. Read Kamil’s articles for V/I here.

Galan Dall is Editor-at-large and has been working with Visegrad Insight since 2016. This includes writing and editing articles, maintaining social media outreach, coordinating between contributing editors and authors from across Central Europe, managing projects, working on team assignments (e.g., scenario building), report writing, editing and proofreading, grant writing as well as other editorial responsibilities. Read Galan’s articles for V/I here.

Tetiana Poliak-Grujić is a Programme Manager for Visegrad Insight and the Res Publica Foundation. Tetiana’s professional experience includes working in both corporate and non-profit sectors. She participated in design, implementation and reporting on several projects related to human rights and democracy development. Tetiana holds a Master in European Integration diploma from Belgrade University and her thesis focused on the status of political rights in the Eastern Partnership countries. She also has degrees in Law and Business Administration. Read Tetiana’s articles for V/I here.

Former Visegrad Insight Fellows

Bence Bámer (Hungary) is a Freelance Editor and Videographer with a decade of experience as a broadcast journalist for 24.hu and Hír TV. Read Bence’s articles for V/I here.

Matej Kandrík (Slovakia) is Director at the think-tank STRATPOL – Strategic Policy Institute. He graduated from Security and Strategic Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Since 2015, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the security-related website On War | On Peace dedicated to strategic thinking, modern warfare and contemporary security issues. Read Matej’s articles for V/I here.

Tomasz Kasprowicz (Poland) is currently Vice President of the Res Publica Foundation and economics editor of Res Publica Nowa. He holds a PhD degree in finance. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and National Louis University. He is an academic lecturer with over a decade of experience on three continents. Read Tomasz’s articles for V/I here.

Zuzana Kepplová (Slovakia) is a Journalist, Commentator and Editor of the Opinion Sector for SME since 2015. She studied dramaturgy and screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava in the class of Dušan Dušek and Jozef Puškáš. She completed her doctoral studies at the Department of Family Studies at the CEU in Budapest and at the Department of Culturology at Stony Brook University, New York. Read Zuzana’s articles for V/I here.

Jan Klesla (Czech Republic) is the Director of the Institute for Digital Economy (IDE) and a former economics reporter, editor and commentator. He has focused on the digital economy, particularly investments and regulations in the area of the technological disruption of traditional industries. Currently, he externally advises the Czech government on issues of digital transformation and AI specifically, and is one of the co-authors of the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Read Jan’s articles for V/I 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 for V/I here.

Valdonė Šniukaitė (Lithuania) is Visegrad Insight’s Junior Fellow currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Politics and Sociology at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. In her studies, Valdonė focuses on Baltic states’ foreign policy towards Russia and its informal practices in the Baltics. Read Valdonė’s articles for V/I 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 for V/I here.

Aro Velmet (Estonia) is an editor of the Estonian cultural monthly Vikerkaar, a member of the Eurozine network of cultural journals. He teaches European history at the University of Southern California and researches the history of science, technology, and medicine in modern Europe. His book, Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, Its Colonies, and the World will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020. Read Aro’s articles for V/I here.

 

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