GPRG brings fresh thinking and deep expertise to the most pressing policy challenges we face today. We bring senior researchers, young professionals, and students together to create a global dialogue of ideas that national policymakers and the international policy community can act on.
Gabrielle is a Research Fellow for GPRG's Economics Program. She is pursuing her Master's Degree in Economics at the University of Mannheim. Her academic interests include a deep concern about inequality matters regarding education, health and access to information. Her undergraduate thesis was titled "Measurements of social welfare and policies for addressing welfare inequality", investigating changes in welfare in five countries over 20 years, and a case study of the Brazilian policies for education as one of the means for inequality mitigation. Coming from Brazil, she is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Italian.
Emma is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Economics Program. She holds a Bachelor’s in Politics and Economics from and is currently pursuing a Master's in Economic Growth, Population and Development at Lund University. Due to her large interest in sustainable economic development and regional development, Emma has worked as a research assistant at Lund University investigating the current economic development of the North of Sweden. She has also been part of multiple organizations focused on raising awareness and creating discussions about sustainable development and international affairs.
Edvard is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Economics Program and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Economics at Lund University. His interests within the field of economics are mainly how macroeconomic events and their consequential monetary and fiscal responses affect financial markets.
Ambra is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Economics Program. She graduated from a Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance at the University of Bologna in 2022 and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Finance at Lund University. Her academic and research interests include the field of macroeconomics, financial and labor economics, and monetary policy.She is also interested in green finance and sustainable economics. On this topic, she has been part of the EU-funded GrenFin Project and is currently following the Change Makers Future Track at the Lund University School of Economics and Management. In her undergraduate dissertation, she researched integrated assessment methods in the calculation of the social cost of carbon used in the United States policy-making framework. Ambra has also studied in Germany and the U.S. She is fluent in Italian and English and a beginner in French and Swedish.
Coline Le Piouff
Coline is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s EU Program. After obtaining a BA in Political Science at the University of Lille (France), she is now pursuing a MA in Policy and Administrative Sciences at the University of Potsdam (Germany). During her studies, Coline operated as a journalist for student outlets and radio stations. After moving to Berlin, she focused on the associative scene by taking on several full-time volunteer positions in social institutions, becoming a member of an intersectional queer feminist collective, and completing an internship with the NGO borderline-europe active in the field of migration and asylum in Europe.Her academic interests include migration studies, critical research and cross-disciplinarity in science and beyond, namely trans-disciplinarity. In her free time, she works on her poetry and collages, and on ways to make them interact. Coline is a French native-speaker, and she is also fluent in both English and German.
Ketrin is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s EU Program. She graduated from Lund University in 2022 with a MSc in European Affairs after obtaining her BA in International Relations and Media studies and Journalism from Masaryk University. Ketrin currently works as a spokesperson for the Czech Ministry of Interior in relation to matters of the Czech presidency of the EU Council. She has undergone a number of internships during her studies, notably as a spokesperson at the Council of Europe and as a reporter at the Czech News Agency. Her academic interests include power dynamics between the EU and countries such as Russia, China and the US as well as the future of the EU. She has conducted research on some of these topics in her master’s thesis focusing on the normative power of the EU in the Comprehensive Investment Agreement between EU-China. For her undergraduate dissertation, she explored the role of Germany as a leader in the EU-Russia negotiation in solving the Ukraine crisis of 2014. Ketrin is a native speaker of Czech and Russian, speaks English and French, and during the right constellation of stars also Swedish.
Head of Program
As the Head of GPRG’s EU Program. Aljaž oversees and manages the Program’s research output. Aljaž graduated in 2022 from the University of Aberdeen with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Legal Studies and is currently a MSc student of Global Studies at Lund University. He has previously worked for the Slovene Council Presidency of the EU and Amnesty International Slovenia.In the field of EU studies, Aljaž’s academic interests include Europeanisation processes within the EU as well as between the EU and the States aspiring to become EU Member States. Accordingly, he is also interested in and has done research on EU’s Enlargement Policy, particularly in relation to the Western Balkans. Aljaž is native to Slovenian, has previously studied Arabic and Mandarin, is fluent in English and is currently learning Swedish.
Aryna is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s EU Program. She graduated with an MSc in Strategic Communication from Lund University in 2022 after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Editorial Production and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Al. I. Cuza University. Aryna was a reporter for four years and worked for the other two for the Parliament of Romania as Parliamentary Communications Advisor. Currently, she is based in Sweden, where she works as a Communication Editor and Strategist.Her main research interests are strategic communication and media practices within political and diplomatic areas in the time of digitalization. She has conducted research on dialogic diplomatic communication on social media and on the usage of ethics of care in the crisis communication discourse of female political leaders. Aryna is fluent in Romanian and English.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS & SECURITY PROGRAM
Frederico is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program, based in Berlin. He graduated in 2020 with a BA in International Relations from PUC-Minas University in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in National and International Administration and Policy at the University of Potsdam, Germany.He has work experience in logistics and industrial procurement and has been involved with volunteer work in policy and research-focused public institutions in the past. Frederico has also been a selected member of Brazilian NGO Global Attitude’s committee to the 3rd STI Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. His main research interests are cyber power and cyber security, climate change policy and EU development. He is a native speaker of Portuguese, is fluent in English and German, and is currently working on his French and Spanish.
Linus is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program. He is currently studying the BSc program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lund university. He is fluent in Swedish and English. His primary areas of interest in the study of international relations are applied IR theory, which focuses on comprehending and analyzing the motivations behind the policies and actions of states and other international players.
Bonnie is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program. She has an undergraduate degree in Development Studies and is currently studying for an M.Sc. in Global Studies at Lund University, where she majors in Political Science. Her academic and research interests are mostly rooted in international political economy, particularly in relation to how its power structures affect international political affairs.
John is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s International Affairs and Security Program. He holds a BSc in Political Science with a specialization in European Studies from Linnaeus University, a BSc in Economics from Lund University and a MSc in Economics from Linnaeus University. John’s research interests range from international relations, foreign, security and defense policy to quasi-experimental research and labor economics with a focus on technological change. He is fluent in Swedish, English, Russian and Uzbek.
ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS PROGRAM
Head of Program
As the Head of GPRG’s Environmental Solutions Program, Katharina oversees the department’s research, output and management. She is a double degree Master’s student of Development Economics at the universities of Groningen, Netherlands and Lund, Sweden, with an undergraduate background in International Cultural Studies, Political Science and Economics. Katharina’s research focuses on alternatives to traditional growth paths, sustainability and development studies. In past dissertations she has focused on green growth and degrowth, as well as the relationship of diaspora lobbying and aid allocation. She is a native speaker of German and English, while also dabbling in French, Indonesian and Dutch.
Jordan is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Environmental Solutions Program. During his undergraduate experience, he earned two degrees from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida. At IUP, he achieved a B.S in General Studies with minors in Business Administration, Geography, and Economics. He wrote extensively about geopolitical issues in East Asia, including contested territories between Japan, China, and Russia. At the University of Florida, he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A in Geography, with a certification in Geospatial Information Analysis, where he focused on issues related to gentrification and student housing development. As a Fellow for the Environmental Solutions Program, Jordan is interested in developing sustainable communities, addressing the global housing crisis, and issues related to supply chain breakdowns. Jordan is from Reedsville, Pennsylvania and primarily speaks English and some Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, nature photography, and basketball.
Anđela is a Research Fellow for GPRG’s Environmental Solutions Program. She got her Bachelor’s degree from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague in the field of Environmental Engineering. Following her interest in environmentalism and sustainable science, she is currently a Master’s student of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University. Her interest in helping the environment go beyond academia, that is why she is an active member of WWF Serbia and Serbian Youth Organization, with whom she acts in many sustainability-oriented actions contributing to raising awareness. Her academic interests include finding solutions to enacting many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially climate action, zero hunger, biodiversity loss and transition to affordable and clean energy sources. Aside from her scientific interest, she is interested in pursuing her career in environmental consultancy and raising awareness to environmental problems. Anđela is fluent in Serbian and English, speaks some French and is currently learning Spanish.
Head of Program
Izabella Bugsby de la Varga
Izabella is a Member of the Event Team at GPRG as an Event Officer and is organizing the launch event, which will take place on the 15th of September. She studies Law at Lund University and will proceed with her law studies in Barcelona next year. Izabella’s academic interests include human rights law, EU law and international relations. She is a native speaker of both Swedish and Spanish, is fluent in English and has studied French.
Nabyiel is a Legal Advisor at GRPG, where he advises the Board in numerous legal matters and is the primary contact within the organization for any legal questions. He furthermore plays an active part in drafting external applications as well as the organization's statutes and regulatory documents. As a law student at Lund University, Nabyiel is particularly interested in business law and family law. He also finds himself interested in various aspects relating to human rights law. He recently wrote his equivalent to a bachelor's thesis on the topic of sexual life as a requirement according to Sweden’s Cohabitees Act. In the upcoming Autumn semester, he will be studying tort and insurance law as well as the law of mergers and acquisitions in the EU. Nabyiel is a native speaker of Indonesian and is fluent in both Swedish and English.
Tanya is a Partnership Officer for GPRG. She graduated from the University of Pau and the Adour Region in Bayonne with a Master’s Degree in European Law after having studied International and European Law at the University of Strasbourg and having obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law at the Jean Moulin University Lyon III. Tanya has previously interned at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and, as of August 2022, she is working at Pompidou Group, the Council of Europe’s international cooperation group on drugs and addiction, as a Project Assistant. As a jurist, she is interested in drug policies and the regulation of artificial intelligence. French and English are Tanya’s mother tongues. She also speaks German and is hoping to learn Tagalog or Spanish.
Adriana is a Research Fellow for an ongoing program-external research project at GPRG. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), a Diploma in Planning in the Public Sector, and a Diploma in Applied Statistics.
She has worked in the public sector and has experience in evaluating educational and childhood policies and socio-environmental impact assessments. She became interested in environmental issues by working with native communities in the Peruvian Amazon affected by oil spills and the impact this had on people's health. Her main topics of interest are evidence-based research, social inclusion and socio-environmental policies.She studies the Master’s in Economic Growth, Population and Development (Economic Demography Track) at Lund University and also follows the Change Makers Future Track. She speaks English and is a native speaker of Spanish.
Sheryl N. Ruiz
Sheryl is an Editor at GPRG. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, as well as a Diploma in Pedagogical Training in Higher Education. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, public health, health policy, evidence-based research, and project formulation and management. She is currently a Swedish Institute scholar pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Health at Lund University.She has worked as a Municipal Health Supervisor, Emergency Room Charge Nurse, and Healthcare Administrator, performing a variety of tasks such as the management of a public health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting research, particularly on cancer, tuberculosis, and immunology, and implementing and coordinating projects and programs with international and civil society organizations to improve the quality and coverage of health services provided to key populations.This year, Sheryl published a sociopolitical book called From a Third World Abyss, and she’s currently working on her second book. Her mother tongue is Spanish, as she was born in Honduras. She’s fluent in English and she's currently learning Swedish.
Head of Program
Semhal Getachew Teka
Semhal is the Project Head for an ongoing program-external research project at GPRG. She graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 2015 and with a speciality certificate in Pediatrics and Child Health in 2019. She served as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Child Health at Addis Ababa University. Currently, Semhal is pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at Lund University. She is particularly interested in the topic of child nutrition in a humanitarian disaster setting. Semhal speaks English, Amharic and Tigrigna.
Alfred is a Global Ambassador for GPRG. He is studying the Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lund University but is currently on an exchange year at UCLA, where he is majoring in Political Science.Alfred’s main academic interests focus on political theory as well as political culture and socialization, more specifically with reference to questions of democracy and populism. He has been writing about these topics for the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund. Before joining GPRG, Alfred was an intern at World Value Survey working with questions of political regimes and perceptions of democracy. Outside of academia, Alfred has played elite level youth soccer. He is fluent in English and Swedish.
August Hedenstierna Jonson
August is a Global Ambassador for GPRG. Having been a part of a multitude of organizations, August has considerable experience in civic organizations, especially in the promotion of democratic engagement among the young. He recently held the position of Speaker of the General Council, the highest decision-making unit in the student union LundaEkonomerna. A BSc student at Lund University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, August has specialized in economic history and maintains a broad interest in a variety of social sciences. August speaks English, Swedish, and Spanish.