Team

Our team is composed of talented and experienced professionals with a shared vision of promoting understanding, dialogue and cooperation between cultures and civilizations in the Mediterranean.

Executive Presidency


Senén Florensa Palau Executive President Senén Florensa Palau
Senén Florensa Palau Executive President Senén Florensa Palau Senén Florensa (Valls, 1950) is the President of the Executive Committee of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), Chair of EuroMeSCo General Assembly, and director of the quarterly afkar/ideas and of the IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook.

A diplomat, he holds a degree in Economic Science (1971) and in Law (1972) from the Universitat de Barcelona. He studied for his doctorate in Economics at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (1973-1974); as a Fullbright scholarship holder at New York University , Ph. D. Program (1974-1976), and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he presented his doctoral thesis in 1979. Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Professional experience

– Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna (2018-2020)
– Consul General of Spain in Rome (2017-2018)
– President of the General Assembly of the EuroMeSCo, a network of think tanks on Euro-Mediterranean policy and security
– Executive President of the IEMed (2013 – 2017)
– President of the Mediterranean Commission of the European League for Economic Cooperation (ELEC)
– Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs of the Government of Catalonia (2011-2012)
– Director general of the IEMed (2006-2011)
Spanish Ambassador to Tunisia (2000-2004)
General Director of the Instituto de Cooperación con el Mundo Árabe, Mediterráneo y Países en Desarrollo (ICMAMPD) of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (1996-2000)
– Spanish Secretary of the Spanish-Moroccan Averroes Committee (1996-2000)
– Spanish Consul General in Berlin (1992-1996)
– Member of the Organizing Committee of the Barcelona Olympic Games COOB’92 (1986-1992)
– Secretary-General of the departments of Trade, Consumption and Tourism (1986-1989) and of Territorial Policy and Public Works (1989-1992) of the Government of Catalonia
– First Secretary of the Spanish Embassy at UNESCO (1986)
– Director of the Technical Office of the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (1982-1984)
– Advisory member of the Office of the President of the Spanish Government (1979-1982)

He has also been Director of Studies at the Diplomatic School of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Professor of International Economics and Development at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Governing Board of the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid.

Managing Direction


Roger Albinyana Managing Director Roger Albinyana
Roger Albinyana Managing Director Roger Albinyana Roger has been working at the IEMed since 2016 and as an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona, where he teaches international economic policy. He has published numerous papers and articles in his fields of expertise. Roger is also a board member at CIDOB and a member of the Advisory Council of EMEA.

Prior to joining the IEMed, Roger served as Secretary for Foreign and EU Affairs of the Government of Catalonia (2013-2016) and was a member of the EU Committee of the Regions. From 2010 to 2013 he served as advisor on private sector development at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.

He holds an MA in Economic History from the University of Barcelona, a BA in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University and a BA in Business Administration and Management from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
Carmen Medina Directorate Support and Coordination Carmen Medina
Carmen Medina Directorate Support and Coordination Carmen Medina Carmen has been working at the IEMed since 2008, currently supporting management and coordination and, previously, in the Euro-Mediterranean Policies and Cultural Action and Studies of Mediterranean Cultures departments. She was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat of WOCMES Barcelona 2010.

Before joining the IEMed, from 2000 to 2008, Carmen worked in the Cultural Section and in the Department of Technical Cooperation for Development at the Spanish Embassy in Cairo.

She holds a bachelor´s degree in Arabic Philology from the University of Barcelona (1998) and a postgraduate degree in Cultural Production and Communication from Blanquerna- Ramon Llull University (2009). She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Arabic.
Hugo Gallego-Sánchez Planning and Website Officer Hugo Gallego-Sánchez
Hugo Gallego-Sánchez Planning and Website Officer Hugo Gallego-Sánchez Hugo is in charge of planning and technical coordination of projects, annual work plans and budgetary forecasts, justifications and annual reports. Since 2010, he has been a member of the editorial team of the IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook and responsible for developing MedCronos, a unique product, which monitors the main political events in the Arab world.

Prior to joining the IEMed, he worked as project technician at the National Institute of Statistics, the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP).

Hugo holds a bachelor´s degree in Political Science and Administration from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and in Advertising and Public Relations from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), as well as a postgraduate degree in International Cooperation from the UPF Institute of Continuous Education and a degree in Copywriting (Zink, Madrid). He speaks fluent Spanish, English and French.
Patricia del Valle Protocol Officer, Events Management and Mailing Patricia del Valle
Patricia del Valle Protocol Officer, Events Management and Mailing Patricia del Valle Patricia has been the Head of Protocol and Events Management at the IEMed since 2008, although she has worked in the same department since 2003. She plans and manages the technical and human logistical needs to carry out the events organised by the IEMed. She is responsible for coordinating, hiring and managing relations with external suppliers in their field of action, prepares the expenditure forecast of each activity in coordination with the IEMed´s departments, and establishes the events protocol.

Prior to her work at the IEMed, she was responsible for human resource management in the events context, working in the coordination and execution of fairs and conferences held at the Fira de Barcelona and the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya. She also worked in the convention department of one of the hotels in the Hesperia hotel group.
Jordi Bertran Press and Communication Officer Jordi Bertran
Jordi Bertran Press and Communication Officer Jordi Bertran Responsible for communication and media relations at the IEMed, Jordi is the co-director of the Observatory of Islamophobia in the Media and project manager of MAGIC, Muslim women and communities Against Gender Islamophobia in society.

He has an extensive experience ranging from 1998 in the field of journalism and communications. Graduate in Communications Science (Journalism) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), he holds a master’s degree in Communications Management and Marketing from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and a post-graduate degree in Design and Multimedia Communication (UOC). He is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
Alba Casadellà Digital Communication Manager Alba Casadellà
Alba Casadellà Digital Communication Manager Alba Casadellà Alba has been the IEMed Digital Communication Manager since 2021. Her main function is to promote the work of other departments of the Institute through the website, the social networks and the newsletters.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political and Administrative Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and specialised in International Relations at SciencesPo Paris. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Communication, International Cooperation and Sociocultural Mediation in the Mediterranean from the UAB.

In recent years, Alba has specialised in digital communication and copywriting at the Escuela Convierte + and at the Escuela de Copywriting, among others. Before taking on this position, Alba had been in charge of the communication strategy of several companies and associations from the Third Sector. She has also worked as a consultant in local economic development for several town councils and consortiums, has been Development Cooperation Project Assistant in the associations Ibn Batuta (Barcelona) and Le Clapest (Strasbourg) and has done an internship at the Local Economic Development Office of Barcelona Provincial Council. She speaks fluent Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
Xavier Aragall Euro-Mediterranean Policies Technical Advisor, EuroMeSCo Migration and Survey Officer Xavier Aragall
Xavier Aragall Euro-Mediterranean Policies Technical Advisor, EuroMeSCo Migration and Survey Officer Xavier Aragall Xavier has been Coordinator of the Migration Programmes, member of the scientific team of the Euromed Survey (2010-2019), and at present is EuroMeSCo Migration and Survey Officer, responsible for coordinating the fieldwork, questionnaire design and quantitative analysis of the results.

In the area of migration programmes, Xavier has coordinated the organisation of seminars on comparative migration policies and migrations in the Mediterranean, and the research projects “Immigration and the Euro-Mediterranean Area: Keys to Policy and Trends” and “Role of Immigrant Communities in the Euromed Relations” and books on migration management. He was coordinator of contents in the Technical Secretariat of the 2004 World Congress Human Movements and Immigration.

Xavier has written extensively on the external dimension of migration policies and the migration-development link and is a frequent contributor to various media outlets, providing analysis on migration dynamics in the region. He graduated in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Núria Esparza Graphic Design Manager and Linguistic Services Coordinator Núria Esparza
Núria Esparza Graphic Design Manager and Linguistic Services Coordinator Núria Esparza Núria joined the Institute’s activities and publications area in 2002 and has been responsible for graphic design and coordination of language services since 2007.

She is in charge of conceptualisation of design and visual aspects of the IEMed´s programmes, publications and events and their adaptation to the different applications. She is also responsible for contracting and supervision of external designers, coordination of translation services, as well as managing the related administrative documentation.

Before joining the IEMed, she worked in the publishing industry (Edicions Just) (1999-2002), carrying out design and layout tasks for different magazines and coordinating the printing process, and later become the Coordinator of Advertising Services. Núria Esparza has a diploma in Graphic Design from the Llotja School of Art and Design.
Jordi Padilla IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook Coordinator Jordi Padilla
Jordi Padilla IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook Coordinator Jordi Padilla Jordi has been the coordinator of the IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook since 2007. He has been linked to the IEMed since 1995, first as a research fellow and later as a technician in the studies department, where he was responsible for documentation, statistical research and publication preparation.

He has been part of the editorial team of the IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook the since its first edition (2003). In addition to his dedication to the Yearbook, he has participated in other IEMed projects such as the IEMedObs, the Euromed Survey and the Observatory against Islamophobia in the Media.

Prior to joining the IEMed, he worked for “la Caixa” Foundation and in the field of opinion studies. He holds a degree in Contemporary History from the University of Barcelona and a postgraduate degree in Demography from the CED of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Paula Gomila Mediterranean Programme Trainee Paula Gomila
Paula Gomila Mediterranean Programme Trainee Paula Gomila Paula has been a Mediterranean Programme Trainee in the communication department at the European Institute of the Mediterranean since August 2021.
She has completed a double degree in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Dundee and has studied a master’s degree in International Security at IBEI. Her academic training also includes a program on counterterrorism from Georgetown University. Paula is specialized in European foreign policy, conflicts in the Middle East and peace processes.

Before joining IEMed, Paula worked at the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights in Brussels where she represented the organization in projects related to the European Parliament and the European External Action Service. Previously, she did an internship at the Spanish Embassy in Sweden and at the Humanitarian Diplomacy Department of the Red Cross.

Human Resources and Services


Anna Roy Head of Human Resources and Organisation and Head of Legal Advice Anna Roy
Anna Roy Head of Human Resources and Organisation and Head of Legal Advice Anna Roy Anna has been working as Head of Human Resources and Organisation and Head of Legal Advice since 2008. She has over 18 years of experience in legal advice to public entities and in coordination and administration of staff. She is in charge of managing public subsidies, processes of administrative contracting, as well as the negotiation and preparation of agreements and contracts, both with public administrations and with private, national and international entities.

Prior to joining the IEMed, she was a Legal Advisor for L’H 2010, Societat Privada Municipal, SA (2008), a lawyer specialising in administrative law at Diagonal Advocats (2007-2008), Director of Human Resources at Argentona City Council (2003-2006), and a lawyer at Barcelona Regional, Urban Development Agency, SA (2001-2005). Anna Roy holds a bachelor´s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Town Planning and Real Estate Law from IDEC, and a postgraduate degree in Data Protection from the ICAB.
Carles La-Rosa Economic Management Chief Officer Carles La-Rosa
Carles La-Rosa Economic Management Chief Officer Carles La-Rosa Carles has been the head of economic management at the IEMed since 1991, first as an autonomous administrative body of the Government of Catalonia and since 2002 as a public consortium.


He has an extensive experience in developing economic management tasks. Before joining the IEMed, Carles was responsible for accounting and economic management of three companies that were part of the Parc Tecnològic del Vallès: the PTV itself, the Centre for New Technology Companies, and the Institute of Technology and Society Patrimony of the PTV (1989-1991). He also worked as an accounting technician at Suministros ILAGA, SA (1981-1989). Carles holds a diploma in Business Sciences from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
Raquel Pons Accounting Assistant Raquel Pons
Raquel Pons Accounting Assistant Raquel Pons Raquel has been working as Economic Management Technician at the IEMed since 2005 and had previously carried out other administrative tasks in the same department since 2003. She has more than 25 years of experience in different accounting departments. During these years she has professionalised in different skills within accounting and economic management.

Prior to joining the IEMed, she worked as an accountant for T-SHIRT (2002) and as an accounting clerk for P.P. SERVICE POINT (1997-2002) and ESCODA (1992-1997).

Raquel is currently finishing her degree in Business Administration and Management at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She speaks Catalan, Spanish and English.
Nazario Fernández Reception, Registration and Mailing Nazario Fernández
Nazario Fernández Reception, Registration and Mailing Nazario Fernández Nazario has been part of the IEMed team since 2007. His main responsibilities are office administrative and management support offline and online.

Before joining the IEMed, Nazario worked as office support at the art gallery Follow your Art in New York (1998-2003) and the European Parliament in Brussels (1997-1998), as well as being a salesman for Óptica Pasteur in the Principality of Andorra. Nazario speaks fluent Spanish, Catalan, Italian, French and English.
Alba Mejias Administrative Support Alba Mejias
Alba Mejias Administrative Support Alba Mejias Alba has provided administrative support in the Human Resources Department at the IEMed since 2021. She is in charge of monitoring the processes related to administrative contracting, supports the management of subsidies, and supervises the actions concerning occupational risk prevention. Moreover, she organises and maintains the department documentary archive.

Before joining the IEMed, she did an internship at the law firm “Bufete Lemus” between February 2020 and February 2021. Alba holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Barcelona University. Currently she is doing a master’s degree in Law.

Euro-Mediterranean Policies


Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department, EuroMeSCo Team Leader Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria
Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department, EuroMeSCo Team Leader Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria Emmanuel is the Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department. An expert on European Foreign Policy in the MENA region, he is also the Team Leader of “EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots”, a project involving think tanks around the region and contributing to evidence-based policy-making in the field of economic development, migration and security. Over the last few years, he has been involved in various public diplomacy initiatives related to Euro-Mediterranean affairs.

Before joining the IEMed in 2015, Emmanuel worked for eight years for the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS). He was posted in the Western Balkans between 2006 and 2011. Back at the headquarters, he worked in the office of the Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS. Emmanuel holds a master’s degree from the College of Europe in Bruges and graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He works with English, Spanish and French and has some knowledge of Arabic.
Jenny Gilbert Project Manager of EuroMeSCo Jenny Gilbert
Jenny Gilbert Project Manager of EuroMeSCo Jenny Gilbert Jenny Gilbert joined the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) in Barcelona in May 2021 as the Project Manager in charge of coordinating and managing the activities of the EuroMeSCo network and project.

From 2018 to 2021 she worked as a Project Analyst in the Social and Civil Affairs Division of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), supporting the Euro-Mediterranean policy dialogue processes on Women Empowerment, Youth and Civil Protection. From 2015 to 2017 she worked as a Grant Administrator for EU projects at the European University Continuing Education Network (eucen), and between 2012 and 2015 she was the Project Manager of the SGroup – Universities in Europe network, based in Brussels.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Rovira i Virgili University (URV), a master’s degree in International Relations, Development and Security from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and an international diploma in Euro-Mediterranean Policies, specialising in diaspora movements and gender. 
Mireia Faro EuroMeSCo Communications Officer Mireia Faro
Mireia Faro EuroMeSCo Communications Officer Mireia Faro Mireia has been EuroMeSCo Communications Officer since mid-2020, as part of the project co-funded by the EU and the IEMed “EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots”. She is responsible for managing EuroMeSCo social media and website and online dissemination of the project’s results, as well as increasing the project´s visibility and footprint worldwide.

Prior to joining the IEMed, Mireia completed traineeships at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (2016), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the Vienna Headquarters (2017), and the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, based in Vienna (2018-2019). She was Public Affairs Officer at the US Consulate General in Barcelona (2019-2020). Mireia has also gained her experience in journalism and communications by contributing to different media outlets, NGOs and private companies.

She graduated in Journalism from Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalisation at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and German.
Ana López EuroMeSCo Dialogue and Events Officer Ana López
Ana López EuroMeSCo Dialogue and Events Officer Ana López Ana has been EuroMeSCo’s Dialogue and Events Officer since June 2020, as part of the project “EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots”, co-funded by the EU and the IEMed. She is responsible for the organisation of multi-stakeholder research and dialogue events and the production of outputs related to those events, and manages databases of policy-makers and experts.

Before coming to the IEMed, she worked as File and Documentation Officer for Tomás Alcoverro, correspondent for La Vanguardia in the Middle East, Spanish Instructor at the German International School Beirut, Events Officer at the Instituto de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores de Granada and the Spanish Embassy in Beirut. She also has experience in translating journalistic and academic documents from Arabic to Spanish.

Ana holds a bachelor´s degree in Arab and Islamic Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid, with a semester placement at the Saint Joseph University of Beirut (Lebanon), and a postgraduate degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Beirut.
Justine Leïla Belaïd Mediterranean Programme Trainee Justine Leïla Belaïd
Justine Leïla Belaïd Mediterranean Programme Trainee Justine Leïla Belaïd Justine joined the IEMed as a Mediterranean Programme Trainee in January 2021. She is part of the team of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department and is implementing the “EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots” project, co-funded by the European Union and the IEMed.

Prior to joining the IEMed, she gained experience working on Euro-Mediterranean projects with the Intermediterranean Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) in Barcelona (2019). She holds a double bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Bordeaux and Cardiff University (2014-2017), a master’s degree in International Relations from Sciences Po Bordeaux (2017-2019) and a master’s degree in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (2019-2020). She is fluent in English, French and Spanish and has some knowledge of Arabic, Catalan and Hebrew.
Elena Romanin Mediterranean Programme Trainee Elena Romanin
Elena Romanin Mediterranean Programme Trainee Elena Romanin Elena has been a Mediterranean Programme Trainee at the European Institute of the Mediterranean since June 2021. She is part of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department where she is involved in data collection and editing activities for the Mediterranean Yearbook. She also supports the implementation of the “EuroMeSCo: Connecting the Dots” project.

Prior to joining the IEMed, she had experience as research assistant at the Manlio Masi Foundation in Rome, an Italian national observatory for trade and internationalization throughout Europe and abroad, where she studied global value chains and trade flows.

Elena graduated in International Studies from the University of Trento and holds a master’s degree in Economics and Development from University of Florence, with a specialization in international economics. Her research interests include development economics, international trade, poverty and social inequality. She is fluent in Italian and English, has an intermediate level of French and some knowledge of Spanish.

Arab and Islamic World


Lurdes Vidal Director of the Arab and Mediterranean Department, CONNEKT Scientific Coordinator, Editor-in-Chief of afkar/ideas Lurdes Vidal
Lurdes Vidal Director of the Arab and Mediterranean Department, CONNEKT Scientific Coordinator, Editor-in-Chief of afkar/ideas Lurdes Vidal Having held various positions at the IEMed since 2003, Lurdes is now Editor-in-Chief of the journal afkar/idees, Sientific Coordinator of MAGIC (Muslim women and communities Against Gendered Islamophobia in soCiety), and Sientific Coordinator of CONNEKT, H2020 research project, which studies the drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism among youth in MENA and the Balkans.

As well as her work at the IEMed, she lectures on Mediterranean, Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Barcelona, at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and at Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University.

Graduated in Translation and Interpreting from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, she lived in Damascus before studying International Relations and becoming a translator for migrant-related and development cooperation organisations.

Passionate about the Arab world, researching into political Islam since 1998, Lurdes is a regular contributor to different media outlets. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, French and “always studies” Arabic.
Mariona Rico Executive Advisor, CONNEKT Project Manager Mariona Rico
Mariona Rico Executive Advisor, CONNEKT Project Manager Mariona Rico Mariona joined the IEMed in 2003 and since then has held various positions, first as part of the editorial team of the IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook and later as Executive Advisor to the Executive President. At present she is responsible for day-to-day management of the CONNEKT H2020 project, which analyses the factors behind radicalisation of youth.

Mariona has an extensive experience in Euro-Mediterranean affairs, organising and coordinating activities dealing with political, social and economic issues, and in institutional relations.

Between 2011 and 2013 she worked as Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Government of Catalonia. She graduated in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Birmingham, and holds a postgraduate degree in International Information from Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Mariona speaks fluent Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
Elisabetta Ciuccarelli afkar/ideas, Arab World and Mediterranean Department Support Elisabetta Ciuccarelli
Elisabetta Ciuccarelli afkar/ideas, Arab World and Mediterranean Department Support Elisabetta Ciuccarelli Elisabetta has been working at the IEMed since 2007. She coordinates the interuniversity programme Aula Mediterrània, which aims to promote studies on the Mediterranean with an interdisciplinary perspective, and is a member of the editorial board of the journal afkar/ideas.

Previously, she managed the Arabic fiction and documentary film series “Docudebats” and was a member of the team that coordinated the publication of the reading guide La mar de libros para adentrarse en el mundo árabe.

Before coming to the IEMed, Elisabetta worked at the Italian Institute of Culture in Cairo (2002-2004) as an Italian teacher. She graduated in Oriental Languages and Literatures (Arabic) from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and holds the master’s degree Crossing the Mediterranean: Towards Investment and Integration (MIM). Elisabetta speaks Italian (native), Spanish, Arabic, French and English. She studied Arabic in Damascus (1997-1998) and Cairo (February-June 2002).
Oumaya Amghar Project Assistant Oumaya Amghar
Oumaya Amghar Project Assistant Oumaya Amghar Oumaya Amghar is a Project Assistant at the IEMed of MAGIC (Muslim women and communities Against Gender Islamophobia in society). She had previously been an intern in the Arab and Mediterranean World Area at the IEMed. 
 
She studied Political Sciences and Administration at Pompeu Fabra University and holds a master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Organisations at the CEI International Affairs (University of Barcelona). She was an intern in the Spanish Consulate in Nador (Morocco), a project assistant in Fundació Servei Solidari of the European Project SESAME (Social Enterprise by Synergy and the Added Value of Youth Mentoring in Europe) and she worked at Pompeu Fabra University with students from Georgetown University. Also, her master’s thesis “Los nuevos movimientos de protesta en el mundo árabe: el caso del Líbano e Irak” was published by the University of Barcelona. She speaks Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, English and French.  
Melania Brito CONNEKT Technical and Administrative Support Melania Brito
Melania Brito CONNEKT Technical and Administrative Support Melania Brito Melania joined the IEMed in October 2021. Her activities are linked to the research actions of the Department of ‘Arab and Islamic World’ within the framework of the Horizon 2020 CONNEKT (Contexts of extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies), a project funded by the European Union.
Before joining the institution, Melania completed a master’s degree in International Relations with a pathway in Political Economy of Development at the Institut Barcelona d ’Studies Internationals; and a second research master’s degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid. During her university training she also had the opportunity to make stays in Beijing, Brasilia, and Cairo.
She is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she seeks to specialize in the study of transnational movements, elites and human rights in Egypt. She speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese, and has recently started learning Arabic.

Sustainable Development and Regional Integration


Roger Albinyana Director of the Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development Department Roger Albinyana
Roger Albinyana Director of the Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development Department Roger Albinyana Roger has been working at the IEMed since 2016 and as an associate professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona, where he teaches international economic policy. He has published numerous papers and articles in his fields of expertise. Roger is also a board member at CIDOB and a member of the Advisory Council of EMEA.

Prior to joining the IEMed, Roger served as Secretary for Foreign and EU Affairs of the Government of Catalonia (2013-2016) and was a member of the EU Committee of the Regions. From 2010 to 2013 he served as advisor on private sector development at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.

He holds an MA in Economic History from the University of Barcelona, a BA in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University and a BA in Business Administration and Management from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
Antoine Apprioual Support for Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development Antoine Apprioual
Antoine Apprioual Support for Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development Antoine Apprioual Antoine joined the IEMed in 2019. He is supporting the work of the Department of Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development, performing research and administrative tasks, including monitoring of the main issues of the Euro-Mediterranean political and socioeconomic agenda, drafting reports for European institutions, editing of contents, organisation of events, and the implementation of European and Euro-Mediterranean projects.

Antoine was previously Junior Research Fellow at the IEMed (2016), as well as Research Assistant at the Istanbul Policy Center (2015) and the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies (FUNDEA, 2010). He holds a master’s degree in Euro-Mediterranean Relations from Saint Joseph University of Beirut (Lebanon) and Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona (Spain), as well as a master’s degree in History and International Relations from Sciences Po Rennes (France). He speaks French, English, Spanish and Turkish.
Cristina Valero Project Manager of INVESTMED Cristina Valero
Cristina Valero Project Manager of INVESTMED Cristina Valero She is the responsible for the INVESTMED Project, which aims to support new sustainable opportunities for young people and women in three Mediterranean countries: Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia, in order to create socially and environmentally responsible jobs.

Prior, Cristina has worked during four years at Wallonie-Bruxelles International, the Belgian organism in charge of international relations in French-speaking Belgium, as a project manager of international mobility programmes. She has also worked as coordinator and head of the academic programme at the Casal Català in Brussels (Institut Ramon Llull). Previously, she worked for two years at the Generalitat de Catalunya, as a legal expert for the development of European Social Fund programmes.

Cristina has experience and interest in human and sustainable development policies, and in the protection and respect of Human Rights, and has been a participant and representative of the Council of Europe in numerous youth, development and justice projects.

She has a background in law from the URV with a focus on the EU institutional system, policies and programmes from the University of Groningen and the CEI International Affairs.
She is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian.
Matias Ibáñez Mediterranean Programme Trainee Matias Ibáñez
Matias Ibáñez Mediterranean Programme Trainee Matias Ibáñez Matias is a Mediterranean Programme Trainee working at the IEMed’s Department of Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development. He provides research support on cross-cutting areas of socioeconomic and human development in the Mediterranean region, with an emphasis on migration policies and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. He also supports the EU-funded project INVESTMED and assists in the organisation of the 5th MedThink 5+5 Forum.

Matias is a legal and policy analyst with over three years of work experience in European foreign affairs and migration policy. Prior to joining the IEMed, he worked at the International Migration Division of the OECD (2019-2020), as well as the Office of a Spanish MEP at the European Parliament providing legislative and policy support on foreign and trade policy (2017-2018). Matias graduated in Law and Political Science from the University of Valencia and holds a master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris, with a specialisation in Middle Eastern and Diplomacy Studies. Matias speaks fluent English, Spanish, French, and Catalan.

Culture, Gender and Civil Society


Maria-Àngels Roque Director of the Department of Mediterranean Cultures and Civil Society Maria-Àngels Roque
Maria-Àngels Roque Director of the Department of Mediterranean Cultures and Civil Society Maria-Àngels Roque Maria-Angels has been Director of the Department of Mediterranean Cultures and Civil Society since 2001, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Quaderns de la Mediterrània since 2000, and Head of Network of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation since 2007. She has more than 30 years of experience in carrying out anthropological and social research, projects and several publications and books.

Previously, she held the position of Director of Studies at the then Catalan Institute of Mediterranean Studies (1989-2000), Technical Director of the 1st Euromed Civil Forum (1995), and Technical Advisor to the Euromed Women’s Conference Barcelona+10 (2005). She was also a member of the editorial board of L’année du Maghreb (2002-2010) and Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and at the Collège de France.

She holds a PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology and a degree in Modern History from the University of Barcelona.
Carina Soriano Culture and Civil Society Technical Advisor  Carina Soriano
Carina Soriano Culture and Civil Society Technical Advisor  Carina Soriano Carina is in charge of coordinating the historical and heritage exhibitions and other cultural events of the IEMed both in Spain and abroad, such as cycles of music, conferences and seminars of an intercultural nature, as well as overseeing the publication of related catalogues.

Since 2012, she has been responsible for managing the Secretariat of the Spanish Network of Anna Lindh Foundation. She has over 20 years of experience in organising exhibitions and coordinating initiatives for Euro-Mediterranean cultural cooperation and exchanges.

Prior to that, she participated in the organisation of various cultural events in the city of Barcelona, in particular the 1992 Paralympic Games and the reopening of the Victoria Theatre in 1993. Carina holds a degree in PR and Protocol from the University of Barcelona and a master´s degree in Management of Cultural Companies from Pompeu Fabra University. She is a native Spanish and Catalan speaker and is fluent in English and French.
Peter Berna Mediterranean Programme Trainee Peter Berna
Peter Berna Mediterranean Programme Trainee Peter Berna Peter has been a Mediterranean Programme Trainee at the European Institute of the Mediterranean since January 2021. He supports the day-to-day functioning of the Secretariat of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Besides, he is involved in the development of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth short story contest ‘A Sea of Words’, while assisting in the edition of Quaderns de la Mediterrània magazine.

Presently, Peter is completing a master’s degree in International Relations at the Institut de Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and specialising in Middle Eastern politics and culture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Pompeu Fabra University (2016-2019). He had the chance to spend a semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco (École de Gouvernance et d’Économie) as well as conducting language exchanges in Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Alexandria (Egypt). Peter’s mother tongue is Spanish, he is proficient in English and French, fluent in Catalan and has an intermediate level in Arabic.
Karina Melkonian CLUSTER Project Manager Karina Melkonian
Karina Melkonian CLUSTER Project Manager Karina Melkonian Karina Melkonian is Project Manager of “CLUSTER – advanCing youth and women sociaL inclUSion in The MEditerRanean”, co-funded by ENI CBC Med. She coordinates the technical, financial and administrative management of the project in close coordination with the project team and partners.

Previously, as part of her role as EuroMeSCo Officer at the IEMed, she coordinated the drafting, peer review and editing processes leading to the EuroMeSCo publications and was also responsible for the activities related to the Euromed Young Researchers Lab.

Before joining the IEMed, she coordinated for two years the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration at the University of Pompeu Fabra, where she earned her Master’s degree in Migration Studies. She also worked for three years at the Danish Refugee Council, the first NGO to intervene in the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon, and at the Aga Khan Development Network, as part of the Government of Canada’s Refugee Resettlement Program.

She earned her Master’s degree in Migration Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her thesis examined the negative effect of the secondary exposure of humanitarian workers to the traumatic experiences of aid recipients, referred to as compassion fatigue. She also attended the Summer Course in Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. She is fluent in Armenian, Arabic, English, and French.
Virginia Dicuonzo CLUSTER Project & Communication Officer Virginia Dicuonzo
Virginia Dicuonzo CLUSTER Project & Communication Officer Virginia Dicuonzo Virginia Dicuonzo is Project and Communication Officer of “CLUSTER – advanCing youth and women sociaL inclUSion in The MEditerRanean”, co-funded by ENI CBC Med. Under the guidance of the Project Manager, she assists in the technical and administrative management of the project, and implements communication and visibility activities.

Previously, Virginia has been a 2021 Mediterranean Programme Trainee at the European Institute of the Mediterranean. In the Project and Fundraising Department of the IEMed, she has been supporting the Project Coordinator, liaising with the different project teams and collecting information for the various stages of the monitoring and evaluation process. She has also participated in researching assignments commissioned by the Committee of the Regions, and has researched EU fundings, analysing their objectives and eligibility requirements.

Prior to joining the IEMed, she was an International Development Intern in Consultancy (2020) working on EU-funded projects in the field of humanitarian aid and volunteered for the Italian Youth Association for UNESCO. Previously, she graduated with a master’s degree in European Studies from King’s College London (2020), participating in an exchange semester at Sciences Po Paris, and with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna (2016-2019).
Victoria Le Berder Mediterranean Programme Trainee Victoria Le Berder
Victoria Le Berder Mediterranean Programme Trainee Victoria Le Berder Victoria has been a Mediterranean Programme Trainee at the European Institute of the Mediterranean since January 2021. She works at the Euro-Mediterranean Gender Equality Programme and is also part of the working team of the Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation.

Victoria graduated from the double bachelor’s programme between Sciences Po Paris and UC Berkeley and is a graduate student at Sciences Po’s doctoral school master’s degree in Political Science. Her academic training focuses on the MENA region, gender studies and security issues.

Prior to joining the IEMed, Victoria had experience as a teaching and research assistant at Sciences Po and worked at the High Council for Gender Equality in France. She is fluent in English and French and speaks other languages such as Modern Hebrew and Italian.