Early Stage Researchers

Aakriti Bhardwaj

Aakriti Bhardwaj is Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and PhD Student in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie network on European Union Trade and Investment Policy at the University of Nottingham School of Law. Her research interests focus on sustainable development in EU FTAs, regulatory cooperation and governance issues related to labour and environmental issues. She has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers India on projects entailing end-to-end deployment of legal compliance frameworks for multinational corporations across functions of corporate laws, labour laws, and environment, health & safety laws. She holds a Master of Laws in International Trade Law (Contracts and Dispute Resolution) from the Turin School of Development, Italy. Before joining the University of Nottingham, she was interning with the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in New Delhi, India. At UNESCAP, she assisted in drafting of occasional papers and policy briefs on topics pertaining to economic and social development, sustainable development goals, and regional economic integration in the South and South-West Asia sub-region.

E-mail: Aakriti.Bhardwaj1@nottingham.ac.uk 

Aveek Chakravarty 

Aveek Chakravarty is an Early Stage Researcher and PhD student under the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie EUTIP project at the University of Turin. His project is currently titled ‘EU and the reform of Investor State Dispute Settlement’. Aveek holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from the National Law Institute University, India and a Cum Laude Master’s degree in International Trade Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution from the University of Turin. Prior to joining the PhD programme, he practised as an advocate before the Gauhati and Delhi High Courts in India. He was an arbitration assistant to Justice (Dr.) M K Sharma, retired judge of the Supreme Court of India. Aveek’s primary research interests include arbitration, international trade and investment law. He has also previously written on topical issues regarding government policymaking and legislation.

E-mail: aveekchakravarty@gmail.com 

Sonali Chowdhry

Sonali Chowdhry is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellow based at the Center for International Economics, Ifo Institute. Her research lies at the intersection of international trade and the micro-foundations of productivity growth. It examines different modes of firm participation in foreign markets and the heterogeneous effects of globalisation on multiple dimensions of firm productivity. Prior to joining Ifo, Sonali read for the MPhil in Economics at University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar from India. At Oxford, she served as Convenor to the Rhodes Economics Forum where she initiated public discourse on modern economic thinking, research methodology and policy. She is a St. Gallen Leader of Tomorrow and gained experience in working alongside Southern African NGOs on impact evaluation of community projects concerning youth unemployment and reproductive health. An accomplished parliamentary debater, Sonali has also been a member of the historic Oxford Union and acted as Vice President of her undergraduate debating society.

E-mail: sonali.chowdhry@gmail.com 

Simon Dekeyrel 

Simon Dekeyrel is a is Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and PhD Student in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie network on European Union Trade and Investment at the University of Nottingham. His project title is “The Role of Trade and Investment in EU energy security”. Simon Dekeyrel holds a Magna cum Laude degree in International Relations from the University of Ghent (Belgium). His main research interests are energy security and more generally, energy politics.


E-mail: Simon.Dekeyrel@nottingham.ac.uk


Cornelia Furculiță

Cornelia Furculiță is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and PhD candidate in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie EUTIP at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. Her project is provisionally entitled „The Relationship between State-to-State Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in EU FTAs and WTO”. Cornelia Furculiță holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from Moldova State University in Chișinău and a Cum Laude Master Degree in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Her main research areas of interest are International Trade Law and Investment Law. Before being a PhD candidate in Speyer she worked for Schoenherr in Moldova, interned at UN Women Moldova, ABA ROLI Moldova, local district courts, and district prosecutor offices. She benefitted from an internship in the United States funded by the Leavitt Institute on Adversarial Proceedings and from a research visit at the University of Bonn funded by the IRZ Stiftung.

E-mail: furculita@uni-speyer.de

Tobias Gehrke

Tobias is an Early Stage Researcher at the Egmont Institute in Brussels as well as a PhD candidate at Ghent University in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie network on EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP). His research focuses on the strategic dimension of EU trade policy and explores its utility as a geoeconomic instrument in a changing global strategic environment – that is the pursuit of foreign and security policy interests through trade instruments.
His main research interests include EU external relations, CFSP and CSDP, transatlantic relations, as well as geopolitics and geoeconomics. Tobias holds a LLM in International economic law from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, a MSc in Political Science and International Relations from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and an undergraduate degree in European Studies from Maastricht University. Before joining the Egmont Institute, Tobias gained experience in the Transatlantic Relations programme at the German Council of Foreign Relations in Berlin and as an intern in the private legal sector.

  1. E-mail: t.gehrke@egmontinstitute.be 

Isabella Mancini

Isabella Mancini is an Early Stage Researcher at City, University of London, under the supervision of Elaine Fahey and Tawhida Ahmed. Her thesis title is “Reframing Fundamental Rights for the new generation of EU free trade agreements”, which investigates how deep are fundamental rights in the new generation of EU FTAs, while analysing the emerging subjects and objects of EU trade agreements and the implications for Global Governance. Before joining the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network project EU-TIP, Isabella studied at Maastricht University, where she received her BA in European Studies (cum laude) and her LLM in Globalisation and Law, with a specialisation in International Trade and Investment Law. During her Bachelor, Isabella could attend courses on International Law and Economics at the University of Geneva as an exchange student. She holds an Italian-French double diploma obtained in Bologna (Italy). Her research interests include Global Governance, Fundamental Rights, EU External Relations Law, EU and international trade law & policy.

E-mail: Isabella.Mancini@city.ac.uk 

Alice Manzini

Alice Manzini is Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and PhD Candidate in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie network on EU Trade and Investment Policy at the University of Birmingham. Her project title is “Liberalisation of public procurement markets through EU FTAs”, investigating the linkage between EU external relations and public procurement. Alice Manzini holds a Magna cum Laude Degree in Law from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). Her main research interests involve EU External Relations Law, EU & International Trade Law, Public Procurement and Transatlantic Relations. Before joining the University of Birmingham, she was awarded the Renzo Imbeni scholarship, funding a traineeship at the European Parliament in Brussels. She also interned at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. After the traineeship, she worked as lawyer-linguist at the CJEU. Moreover, she practised as a lawyer in several law firms in Italy.

E-mail: A.M.Manzini@bham.ac.uk

Gerard Masllorens

Gerard Masllorens is Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and PhD Student in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie network on EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP) at ETH Zürich. Gerard holds a double bachelor in Economics (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Law (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and a Master in Economics from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Before joining this program, Gerard worked first as a Macroeconomics Analyst at CaixaBank and later as a Researcher at IESE Business School in Barcelona. His main research interest involve International Trade and Investment and Welfare Economics.



E-mail: masllorensfuentes@kof.ethz.ch

Francesco Pennesi

Francesco Pennesi is a lawyer specialized in EU Law. He studied at the University of Macerata (LLB) and in Leiden (LLM), where he graduated cum laude in European Union Law. He is currently a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher with the EU TIP network and a PHD Fellow at Erasmus Universiteit, where he is working under the supervision of Prof. Fabian Amtenbrink. Passionate about finance and European integration, his research concerns the global reach of EU financial Law and the coming of age of the EU as global financial actor.
Francesco is also an Italian qualified attorney, and he has practiced law in Italy. When he is not thinking or working on EU Law, Francesco likes to run, read crime novels and talk about politics


E-mail: pennesi@law.eur.nl 

Kornilia Pipidi Kalogirou

Kornilia Pipidi Kalogirou is a PhD Candidate at the University of Speyer, in Germany, originally from Greece. As a member of the Marie Curie EUTIP, her research focuses on the Regulatory Cooperation Chapters of the New Generation Free Trade Agreements. More specifically, she examines the structural characteristics of the Chapters and their interaction with the EU decision making processes.
Before joining Speyer, Kornilia started her academic journey in Thessaloniki, from where she obtained a Degree in Law, ranking among the 5% best graduates of the year. Right after, she spent a year in Bruges, at the College of Europe, from where she holds an LL.M in EU law. Her research interests in general evolve around EU public law, trade law, EU environmental law and external relations of the EU.
Kornilia is very sociable, loves languages, good food, music and travelling. When she is not studying for the project, she is learning German, playing the piano or talking on the phone!

E-mail: pipidi_kalogirou@uni-speyer.de

Camille Reverdy

Camille Reverdy is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and PhD Student in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie network on European Union Trade and Investment Perspectives at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her project title is “Regulatory measures in the European Union Trade and Investment Policy” and aims at quantify the importance of regulatory coherence for the efficacy and acceptability of free trade agreements. Camille Reverdy holds a Master Degree in Economics from the University of HEC Lausanne (Switzerland). Her main research interests involve EU, Development Economics and International Trade.

Before joining the University of Paris 1, she interned at the International Trade Centre in Geneva, working on the non-tariff measures impeding trade in developing countries. After the internship, she worked as an international consultant in market research at the ITC, developing a method assessing export potential value for trade in services.

E-mail: Camille.Reverdy@etu.univ-paris1.fr

Iulianna Romanchyshyna

Iulianna Romanchyshyna is a Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Passau (Germany). Her project title is “Technical Barriers to Trade in EU “New Generation” FTAs – An Example of Open, Competing or Conflicting Regionalism?” She graduated from the Master of International Law and Economics Program (MILE) at the World Trade Institute in Bern (Switzerland). She has experience working in the trade law practice of international law firms in Kyiv and Brussels, as well as in the multinational consultancy firm Ernst & Young. Iulianna was also a Senior Fellow of Humanity in Action, a non-profit institution based in New York (USA), where she focused on the issues of international affairs and foreign policy.

E-mail: iulianna.romanchyshyna@uni-passau.de

Jorge Soguero Escuer

Jorge Soguero Escuer is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and PhD fellow in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie network “EUTIP, EU Trade and Investment Policy” at the University of Birmingham. His research topic is on the impact of trade liberalisation on the agri-food sector. Jorge holds a Master’s Degree in International Management and Trade as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics, both from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). His main research interests lie in international trade, agriculture and environmental economics, and sustainable development. Before joining the University of Birmingham, he worked for more than four years in the Economic and Social Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as agriculture markets analyst with a special focus on oilseeds. Previous professional experience includes a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work at the Consulate General of Spain in New York and an internship with a Spanish food manufacturer, Chocolates Lacasa, S.A.

E-mail: J.SogueroEscuer@bham.ac.uk

Melanie Theisinger

Melanie Theisinger is a PhD researcher as part of the Marie Curie TTIP International Training Network, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Law. She graduated in international law and economics at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern. The focus of her thesis was on standardization and harmonization of services regulations in the Middle East and North Africa.
Her PhD research is on “Institutional Inertia and Changing Regulatory Preferences in Trade and Investment Regimes” with a focus on non-tariff measures (NTMs) and convergence options. Especially she analyzes the north-north trade relations and its application possibilities in the increasingly fragmented multilateral trading system. The question is how to overcome regulatory divergence while considering path dependencies of legislative process and reallocation traditions. Can overcoming such a convergence address inherent problems of free trade agreements and lead to more favorable results in public opinion on trade relations?
Previous experience includes the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). There she worked on publications concerning economic integration of the Arab region and their implications on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also, she contributed to papers on CGE analysis, global value chains, trade in agriculture, and digital economy. At the WTI, she contributed to impact studies on TTIP. Previously, she worked at EFTA where she worked on publications, statistics, implementation reports for the WTO, and exchanges of economic and trade information between negotiation partners. At the Embassy of Canada, she worked on CETA, TTIP, and the transition to environmentally sustainable economies. Also at Siemens, she worked on publications regarding environmentally sustainable technologies.

E-mail: theisinger@law.eur.nl