Members

Konstantinos Magliveras is the Coordinator of the Network. He is an Associate Professor of International Organizations in the Department of Mediterranean Studies at the University of the Aegean, Greece. He holds a D.Phil from Oxford University. His research interests concentrate on African legal and institutional affairs, including the African Union and its organs. His work has been published in the European Journal of International Law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the African Journal of International and Comparative Law, the African Journal of Legal Studies, etc. He is the co-author of The African Union and the Predecessor Organisation of African Unity (Kluwer, 2009). Email: kmagliveras@rhodes.aegean.gr 

Asteris Huliaras is Professor of Comparative Politics and International Relations and he teaches African Studies in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics (University of Hull, UK). His research agenda focuses on the international relations of Sub-Saharan Africa. His articles have been published in African Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Conflict, Security and Development, European Foreign Affairs Review, Global Society,The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, The Journal of Modern African Studies, The Journal of North African Studies, The Round Table, The World Today etcHe has co-edited the volume Transnational Celebrity Activism in Global Politics (Intellect / Chicago University Press, 2011). Email: huliaras@uop.gr

Costas M. Constantinou is Professor of International Relations at the University of Cyprus.He also taught at the Universities of Lancaster, Hull and Keele before returning to Cyprus. His main research interests include diplomacy, international political theory, the politics of conflict and he has recently begun to research the diplomacy of non-state actors in East Africa, conducting fieldwork in Kenya. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, as well as books, including the authored On the Way to Diplomacy (Minnesota University Press 1996), States of Political Discourse (Routledge 2004) and the co-edited Cultures and Politics of Global Communication (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Sustainable Diplomacies (Palgrave Macmillan 2010). Email: constantinou.m.costas@ucy.ac.cy 

Dr. Charalambos Tsardanidis is since 1993 the Director of the Institute of International Economic Relations (Athens). He is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught at Panteion  University, the University of Piraeus and Harokopion University of Athens. In 1986-1989 he worked as Research Associate at the Foundation for Mediterranean Studies (Athens) and in 1989-1992 at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies. In the same period he was Head of the Programme for Eastern and Central Europe of the Institute of International Relations, Panteion University. He is currently teaching at the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean and at the Hellenic Open University. He has conducted research on the economic environment of Sub- Sahara Africa and on business opportunities  in Nigeria and Ethiopia. Email: tsardanidis@aegean.gr 

Emilios Tsekenis studied social anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and received his Ph.D., titled “Les autochtones et le chasseur: essai de définition du rapport entre le rituel et le politique pour une chefferie bamiléké (ouest Cameroun)” in 2000. He is Assistant Professor at the University of the Aegean (Lesvos, Greece), Department of Social Anthropology and History where he has been teaching the ethnography and anthropology of sub-Saharan Africa, since 2001. His research interests include the study of ritual, power and kinship in pre-colonial Grassfields; gender, exchange and personhood in the Cameroon Grassfields.Email: etsekenis@sa.aegean.gr

Dr Nicolas Métaxidès studied economics at the University of Macedonia and the University of Paris 2 (DEA Development and Civilisation). He obtained a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Thessaly (Greece) and a second Ph.D. in human geography from the University Michel de Montaigne – Bordeaux 3 (France). The areas of his research interests are: regional geography with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, the socio-economic study of Greek and Lebanese diaspora in sub-Saharan Africa, economic development, focusing mainly on cultural characteristics (for example: parallel or informal economic activities than urban and rural development policies).Email: nickirene.met@gmail.com 

Dr Sotirios Petropoulos is a Research Fellow at the University of Peloponnese. He holds a PhD in Geography from Harokopion University of Athens, Greece as well as an MA in International Political Economy from Warwick University, UK. His research has focused on regional integration schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa in general and SADC in particular. Furthermore, Dr. Petropoulos has managed Priority Axis I of the research programme “Exploring the Integration Opportunities and Prospects of African Immigrants into the Greek Society” (2010-2013) co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and national funds under the Operational Programme “Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship” (OPCE ΙΙ), Measure “COOPERATION” (Action Ι), NSRF 2007-2013. Email: petropouloss@yahoo.gr

Dr Mariangela Veikou studied social anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and sociology at the European University Institute (Italy) where she obtained her PhD in 2001. She held research positions at the European University Institute (Italy), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Italy) and the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, and teaching positions at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) and Panteion University of Athens (Greece). Her publications include articles in refereed journals and chapters in books on ethnic identity, migration and ethnography. Current research projects on a) the Evaluation of the NGO Sector in Greece and b) ethnographic fieldwork among Egyptian, Libyan and Syrian communities in Athens, to address questions related to social media, migration and belonging. Email: Mariangela.Veikou@eui.eu 

Dr Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Previously she worked at the European Institute, London School of Economics. Her research focuses on the diffusion of international norms to developing countries through the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Exeter, an MA in European Integration from the University of Bradford and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece. Email: eleni.xiarchogiannopoulou@ulb.ac.be

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos is the chief executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), an independent foreign policy think-tank based in Johannesburg. She holds an MA in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has headed the Institute since 2005. Before her current appointment she was director of studies at SAIIA from 1999 to April 2005. She was previously research director at the South African Institute of Race Relations and editor of the highly acclaimed Race Relations Survey (now the South Africa Survey) an annual publication documenting political and constitutional developments, and socio-economic disparities in South Africa. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, and the journal of the Graduate Institute of International Development in Geneva. She is the editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of International Affairs. Ms Sidiropoulos serves on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Regional Organisations, and the WEF Think Tank Leaders Forum. Until recently, she also served on the International Advisory Board of the EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. Her research focus is South Africa’s foreign policy, global governance and the role of emerging powers in Africa. Her most recent work is a co-edited volume on Development cooperation and emerging powers: New Partners or Old Patterns (Zed Books, May 2012). Her current research focus is Russia’s renewed presence in Africa, against the background of SA’s membership of the BRICS grouping. Email: Elizabeth.Sidiropoulos@wits.ac.za

Antonis Chaldeos holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Johannesburg. His research interests focus on the study of the Hellenic diaspora in North, Central and Eastern Africa. He specializes in the research of social and economic life of Greeks and their interaction with the local population as well as the processes of construction of their cultural and national identity. His interests also include the influence of post-colonialism in the lives of Greek communities of Africa. He is the author of five books on the Greek communities of Morocco (O ellinismos tou Marokou. I elliniki paroikia 1904-2012), Tunisia (I elliniki paroikia tis Tinisias, 16th-21st century), Sudan (19th-21st century), Burundi and Rwanda and Mozambique (I elliniki paroikia tis Mozamvikis). Email: anchald1997@hotmail.com 

Hari Politopoulos is an economist. He has studied at the University of London (B.Sc.Econ.,1969, M.Sc.Agr.Econ. 1992.). He has long and wide experience as a European Union and United Nations expert in Africa, including Zambia, Niger, Sudan, Seychelles, Ghana, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. He is currently an adviser at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He speaks Greek, English and French.Email: politopoulos@me.com 

Dr Orestis Vathis holds a Ph.D. from the University of the Peloponnese (Department of Political Science and International Relations). He also holds two M.Sc. degrees (‘Finance and Investment’ from Middlesex University, London and ‘Economics and Geography’ from Utrecht University, Netherlands). He specializes in the effectiveness of development aid with a focus on development and on peace-building activities. His research interest also include international relations and development issues of Sub-Saharan countries. He has worked with NGOs in Ghana and Uganda, participating in development programs and conflict prevention projects.Email: vathis@gmail.com 

Menelaos Agaloglou is the Head of Geography and Economics Department in the International Division of the Greek Community School in Addis Ababa. He is a researcher of the Center of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (CEMMIS), part of the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of the Peloponnese. He has taught Conflict Resolution and English in the University of Hargeisa in Somalia and Social Studies at the Ahmadiyya elementary school in Sierra Leone. He is a contributor to The Africa Report and Think Africa Press. He has travelled throughout western, central and eastern Africa and carried out a research for a British NGO in Sila Village, Mauritania. He completed his Bachelor degree at Queen Mary, University of London on Politics with Business. His MSc Degree on Globalization and Development was completed at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He speaks English, French and Greek.

Kleoniki Alexopoulou studied Political Science, History and Sociology (BA and MA) at Panteion University and the University of Athens as well as International Development (MSc) at Utrecht University. She undertook internships at UNHCR in Greece and AWEPA in the Netherlands. She did field research on the informal agricultural sector and pro-poor development interventions in Tanzania under the supervision of SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation) and she worked as a researcher on collective action institutions in early-modern Europe at the Department of Social and Economic History at Utrecht University. She is currently conducting her PhD in the framework of the NWO-funded project “Is poverty destiny? Exploring long-term changes in African living standards in global perspective” at Wageningen University. She is specialised in comparative archival research on fiscal and labour history of Portuguese Africa in colonial times. She is an active member of AEHN (African Economic History Network) and has presented her work in various global and European conferences. She speaks Greek, English, Portuguese and German. Email: kleoniki.alexopoulou@wur.nl 

Dr Stylianos Moshonas studied economic and politics in France and the UK, Bristol, and obtained his PhD from Bristol University in 2013, on donor-promoted public sector reforms in the DRC, and specifically the civil service. His articles have appeared, amongst others, in the Review of African Political Economy and the Journal of Modern African Studies. He has taught politics at the University of Lubumbashi (DRC) and the University of Warwick. He was most recently a lead researcher in a DFID/DRC-funded study on payroll reforms in the Congolese health sector. Email: steliosmoshonas@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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