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
H-1051 Budapest

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.


Piotr Kaźmierkiewicz, Deputy Chair

Institute of Public Affairs
ul. Szpitalna 5, lok. 22
00-031 Warsaw

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.


Olga Stuzhinskaya

Office for a Democratic Belarus
Rue de la Loi 42
1040 Brussels

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
Metelkova 6
1000 Ljubljana

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.


Linda Austere

Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, Riga, Latvia (PROVIDUS)
Alberta 13, 6th floor
LV-1010 Riga

Linda Austere is an associate researcher at the Centre for Pubic Policy PROVIDUS, based in Riga, Latvia. Her research interests include public sector information, policy process, and approaches to policy making, as well as performance planning and evaluation practices in the public sector. In addition to her work in non-governmental organisations — Transparency International-Latvia and PROVIDUS – Linda has served as adviser to the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, focusing on legal issues and governance institutional reform (2009-2010). She was adviser to the acting Minister of Justice (2010). She was Director of the Foreign Investors’ Council, Latvia, 2012-14, before becoming Chief of Staff to the Minister for Education and Science, Latvia.


Borislav Mavrov

European Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria (EI)

101 Rakovski St.
1000 Sofia

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.

Gjergji Vurmo

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.