Board of Directors
The PASOS Board of Directors is the decision-making body of the Association. Consisting of a minimum of five and a maximum of seven members, Board members are elected by the PASOS General Assembly for a two-year term.
Andrew Cartwright, Chair
Center for Policy Studies at the Central European University
Nádor utca 9
Andrew Cartwright, a Research Fellow at the Central European University’s Center for Policy Studies, a PASOS member in Hungary. At CEU, Cartwright has been involved in research on the rural transition in several post-socialist countries, including the development of private land ownership in Mongolia, emerging land markets in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, rural civil society in Romania, the implementation of the EU’s cohesion policy in rural Hungary and most recently, the implications of demographic changes for rural land use in central and eastern Europe. He has been involved in promoting public policy teaching and research at CEU, mentoring on the Open Society Institute’s International Policy Fellowship program, teaching Rural Development Policy since 2005 and mentoring MA and PhD students. He is the editor of the Policy Documentation Center which is one of the largest online collections of policy papers from the former socialist countries.
Olga Stuzhinskaya, Deputy Chair
Office for a Democratic Belarus
Rue de la Loi 42
Olga Stuzhinskaya is director of the Office for a Democratic Belarus (ODB) in Brussels. The ODB’s mission is to deepen ties between the EU and Belarus in numerous areas of their interaction, as well as to fine-tune EU policy toward the latter to increase its desired impact. She was a board member of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum from November 2011-July 2013.
Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Treasurer
The Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies
Neža Kogovšek Šalamon is the director of the Peace Institute in Slovenia, a PASOS member. She graduated in 2002 from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Law. As a Ron Brown Fellow she obtained her master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in international human rights law in 2004. In 2011 she defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law, on constitutional, international and comparative legal aspects of the erasure from the registry of permanent residents. Šalamon worked for the Legal Information Centre of Non-governmental Organizations – PIC in Ljubljana, and for the international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch in New York. She is a member of the European network of legal experts in the anti-discrimination field, European network of immigration law practitioners (MigNet), European commission on sexual orientation law (ECSOL) and Odysseus academic network of experts in the field of asylum and migration. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Journalists of Slovenia.
Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Riga, Latvia (PROVIDUS)
Alberta 13, 6th floor
Linda Austere is an associate policy researcher with the Centre for Pubic Policy PROVIDUS and the Director of the Foreign Investors Council of Latvia. Her research interests include public sector information, policy process and approaches to policy making, and performance planning and evaluation practices in the public sector. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia (Dipl. Iur., 2006) and Central European University obtaining an MA in Public Policy (2007) with a special focus on media, communications and telecommunications (Magyar Telecom Scholar). In addition to her work in non-governmental organizations ( Transparency International – Latvia and PROVIDUS), Linda has served as the advisor to the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Latvia (2009-2010) and State Secretary (2010 – 2012), focusing on legal issues, and governance institutional reform. She has also been an advisor to the acting Minister of Justice (2010). Along with her daily management, research and policy/advocacy work in various capacities, Linda has gladly applied her theoretical knowledge as consultant or expert for both non-governmental and international organizations, as well as governments in Latvia and abroad. She is fluent in Latvian, Russian and English.
European Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria (EI)
101 Rakovski St.
Borislav Mavrov is Programme Director of the European Institute, a PASOS member based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Graduated from Second English Language School, Sofia and holds PhD in History (Modern and Contemporary History) from Sofia University “Sv. Kliment Ohridski”. Specialized at the National University of Ireland (Galway) in 2004 and during the period 2005-2007 participated in the CLIOHRES International Research Programme. In the beginning of his career worked as a project coordinator at the “Institute for Euro-Atlantic Security” Foundation (2003-2004) and International Secretary of “Democrats for Strong Bulgaria” political party (2004-2007). Before joining the European Institute Sofia in October 2007, was as an associate at the European Parliament in Brussels (2007). Borislav Mavrov actively participated in many scientific and networking projects and initiatives in the Balkans and in the Black Sea region. He acts an associate lecturer at the Department of “Public Administration”, Faculty of Philosophy, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and has publications in the field of Nationalism, International Relations and European Integration.
Institute of Public Affairs
ul. Szpitalna 5, lok. 22
Piotr Kaźmierkiewicz, a policy analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw, a member of the PASOS network of think-tanks. A political scientist, graduate of Southern Oregon University and Central European University, he is author and editor of publications related to European development policy, East European migration trends and policy, relations between the EU and Eastern Partnership states, and future EU enlargement. He is a policy analysis trainer and consultant with a record of collaboration with PASOS, Open Society Foundations, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and the International Organization for Migration. He has written and co-written numerous publications for PASOS, including The Road to an Open Europe and The Right Approach to Europe. An Advocacy Handbook for Civil Society: Understanding and Influencing EU Policymaking.
Institute for Democracy and Mediation
Rr Shenasi Dishnica No. 37
P.O. BOX 8177
Gjergji Vurmo is a Programme Director at the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), a PASOS member in Albania. He holds a BA Law degree from St. Cyril and Methodius University in Macedonia and a Master’s degree in European Integration from the University of Bologna in Italy. Vurmo has over ten years of experience working with third sector organizations and think tanks in Albania and Macedonia. He also has extensive experience as a consultant and his expertise has been sought out by numerous consultancy companies, national and foreign public bodies, and international assistance missions. Vurmo’s fields of expertise include EU integration, regional security, civil society development, programme development, monitoring and assessment. He is also the author of numerous research papers, studies, and books related to these fields and an associate & contributing author in a number of Balkan and European reviews.