Keynote speaker: Loukas Tsoukalis
Loukas Tsoukalis was born in Athens in 1950. He studied economics and international relations at the University of Manchester, the College of Europe in Bruges, and the University of Oxford where he obtained his doctoral degree. Tsoukalis taught for many years at Oxford University (St. Catherine's College and St. Antony's College) and later became Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science (Eleftherios Venizelos Chair). He also taught at the European University Institute in Florence and at Sciences Po in Paris. He is Former Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission and a member of the High Level Group of the European Commission on the Modernization of Higher Education (2012-2013).
Tsoukalis is presently Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens and President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and is visiting Professor at King's College, London and the College of Europe, Bruges. He is also a member of advisory councils and think tanks in several European countries.
He is the author of many books and articles on European integration and international political economy and is a regular contributor to the Sunday edition of the newspaper Kathimerini. His books include The New European Economy
and What Kind of Europe?
, published by Oxford University Press, in several editions and translations and The Unhappy State of the Union: Europe Needs a New Grand Bargain
, released in English by the Policy Network and later translated into French, German, Greek, Polish and Spanish. Professor Tsoukalis is Commander of the Order of the Phoenix of the Hellenic Republic.
Sponsor: The Evens Foundation
The Evens Foundation, a public benefit foundation based in Antwerp, with offices in Paris and Warsaw, initiates and supports sustainable projects and awards biennial prizes supporting initiatives that contribute to developing and strengthening Europe, a continent characterized by cultural and social diversity. The Foundation focuses on three main domains: Peace Education, Media and European Citizenship.
Under its European Citizenship program, the Evens Foundation is organizing the Cycle of Conferences in collaboration with five universities in five European cities. The central theme of these conferences is: How to bridge the gap between European Citizens and European Institutions
. The project was initiated because of the deep and widespread concern about the growing distance between European citizens, especially young people, and the European institutions.
All five conferences have their own format but share one goal: to hear the views and insights of critical but inspiring European keynote speakers and to provoke dynamic debate among the audiences, which will include many young people with passionate ideas about the kind of Europe they want to live in.
Host: Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a leading American graduate school of international relations. Its mission is to provide an interdisciplinary professional education that prepares a diverse graduate student body for internationally related positions of responsibility; to foster research, scholarship and cross-cultural exchange; and to contribute knowledge, expertise and leadership to the global community. The SAIS Europe campus is located in Bologna, Italy and hosts 200 Master of Arts candidates from +35 countries worldwide. An open house for interested students will be held in Bologna on 13 April 2015.