• Santiago A. Villar

    Santiago A. VILLAR


    He graduated in Law from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina) and has a postgraduate in Banking Law from the U.C.A. (Argentina). He has a Master’s Degree (with honours) in European Union Studies from the Institute d’Études Européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in International and European Union Law from the University of Valencia (Spain). In Argentina, he worked as lawyer and also as an assistant professor in Commercial Law at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. During the last seven years, he has been studying regional integration, both European and Latin American, and he has focused on relations between Mercosur and the EU, and Latin American integration processes. He has also been involved in research groups on topics related to the EU’s external relations (EU missions abroad, Kosovo crisis, Syrian crisis). Recently, he has published works on Central and Eastern Europe-LAC relations, the current financial situation in Argentina, regionalism in LAC, elections in South America and relations between Russia and LAC in the light of recent events in Ukraine.

  • Anna Ayuso


    Senior Research Fellow

    Doctor in International Law and Master in European Studies by the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). Senior Researcher Fellow on Latin America issues in CIDOB since 2002 and former coordinator of the International Cooperation Area at the same institution (1995-2001). Associate Professor at the UAB teaching International Law and Visiting teacher in Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Member of the research group DIE-EURJAIDI (2014-2016) attached to the UAB International Law Department. Member of Editorial Board of Revista CIDOB d 'Afers Internacionals and the CIDOB Yearbook of International Relations; member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal Mural of the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and the Comillas Journal of International Relations; Member of the Academic Council of FLACSO-Spain. Have been visiting researcher at Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro; Colegio de Mexico; "School of Oriental and African Studies" in London; the "Institute of Development Studies" in the University of Susex; and the "Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik" in Germany. Consulting experience in several Spanish and EU institutions.

  • Jordi Bacaria i Colom


    Director of CIDOB. Senior Research Fellow

    Professor of Applied Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where he was dean of the Faculty of Economics (1986-1988), director of the Institute for European Studies (1988-1992, 1994-2000) and coordinator of the Doctoral Program in International Relations and European Integration (2000-2009).He is also director of the journal “Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica" published in Mexico and a member of FEMISE (Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Economic Science Institutes). From 2000 to 2013, he was co-director of the Institute for European Integration Studies in Mexico, an institution funded by the European Commission and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. He is the author of over a hundred publications (articles, book chapters and books) on economic integration, Latin America, Mediterranean economy, monetary institutions and public choice.

  • Anna Bardolet


    Researcher and Project Manager

    Anna Bardolet Dilmé graduated Cum Laude in International Affairs in Vesalius College Brussels, after which she received a Master of Science degree on Violence, Conflict and Development in the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London and a Master on Citizenship and Human Rights in the University of Barcelona. Currently she is a researcher in the area of migrations at CIDOB where she has collaborated on various research projects including topics such as immigration in Catalonia, Spanish emigration, intra-EU mobility, the EU Visa Code, and the European Parliament Elections. At the moment she is working in the research project ‘Differentiation in the Naturalisation of Immigrants in Spain’, as well as in the administration and updating of the Spanish profile of the European Web Site on Integration.

  • Moussa Bourekba

    Moussa BOUREKBA

    Researcher and Project Manager

    Moussa Bourekba is researcher and project manager for SAHWA at CIDOB. He is associate professor in International Relations at Blanquerna – Ramon Llul University (Barcelona). He graduated from Sciences Po Grenoble in International Relations, specializing in “Integration and Transformations in the Mediterranean and Middle East”. Prior to joining CIDOB, he was a Junior Research Fellow at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed, Barcelona). He also worked as a consultant for the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI, Brussels). He currently focuses on SAHWA, an EU-funded project that aims at analysing youth conditions and expectations in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region. His main areas of interest are: International Relations in the Middle East, Authoritarianism in the Arab world, political transformation processes within the MENA region and Islam in the Western countries. He speaks French, English, Spanish and Arabic.

  • Luigi Carafa

    Luigi CARAFA

    Research Fellow

    Luigi Carafa is fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), where he leads research and policy advisory on energy and climate change. He is co-chair of Climate Futures, an initiative that engages climate leaders and practitioners to identify actionable governance/finance solutions under the Paris Agreement. He is also head of delegation to the UNFCCC with observer status. His work focuses on low-carbon energy transitions in developing and emerging economies, with a specific focus on investment risks and project financing. He provides technical advice, contributes or participates to policy processes such as the UNFCCC summits, the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report, Sustainable Energy for All-Energy Access, the UfM Climate Change Expert Group, the Mediterranean Solar Plan, and UN Rio+20. He has extensive fieldwork experience in a number of developing countries across three continents. Previously he was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, researcher at the University of Toulouse, and visiting lecturer at the Zentrum für Internationale Studien, Technical University of Dresden. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toulouse, and a MA in European Political Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges.

  • Nicolás DE PEDRO

    Nicolás DE PEDRO

    Research Fellow and Evroseeds Programme Coordinator

    Nicolás de Pedro is Research Fellow at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) where he is in charge of the post-Soviet space (Central Asia, Russia) and India. He is Associate Professor at the Institut Barcelona de d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and he was Visiting Professor at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Almaty) in 2014. He has participated in international Electoral Observation Missions of the OSCE in Russia (2011), Kyrgyzstan (2009, 2010), Tajikistan (2010) and Ukraine (2010, 2014). Furthermore, Nicolás has carried out fieldwork and travelled extensively throughout the Central Asian region and Xinjiang (China), including a 24 months-stay in Kazakhstan (2005-2007). He has worked as consultant for the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE), the Club of Madrid and the European Union Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) Project. He is author of numerous publications on Eurasian and Indian politics and he is a frequent collaborator of the Spain’s main mass media.

  • Blanca Garcés Mascareñas



    Senior researcher at CIDOB in the area of migration. PhD cum laude in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and BA in History and Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. Her PhD thesis was awarded the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) prize for the best sociological dissertation defended in the Netherlands in 2009 and 2010. Blanca has worked on immigration policies in Malaysia and Spain, the policymaking of integration policies from a multilevel perspective, political discourses on immigration and on irregular immigration from a comparative perspective. Between 2010 and 2016 she was Juan de la Cierva postdoc researcher and visiting professor at Pompeu Fabra University. Blanca is lecturer at the Political Science Department of Barcelona University and member of the European network IMISCOE. Together with Rinus Penninx, she has recently published a book about the concept and policies of integration in Europe (Springer, 2016). She is now working on policies and political discourses on refugees from a European comparative perspective.

  • Irene MARTÍNEZ



    Irene Martínez holds a BSc in Economics by University of Barcelona and afterwards she continued her studies with a practical course on stock exchange at the Center of International Affairs. During her bachelor, she performed part of her curriculum in South Korea and the Middle East. Subsequently she attained a MSc on Development Economics after graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has been an international consultant for multilateral financing projects in the MENA region. She has as well experience in the business sector working in internationalization, strategic development and foreign trade in Europe and Asia. She has conducted seminars and given conferences in her areas of specialization: international economics and business development.

  • Pol Morillas


    Research Fellow

    Pol Morillas is research fellow in European affairs at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. He is a political scientist, holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and is a PhD candidate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is an associate lecturer at the UAB, Blanquerna University and ESADE, where he is a part-time lecturer in European Foreign Policy and Theory of International Relations. He is also a member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy. He has been Head of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies Department of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), Coordinator of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the EU, Advisor on External Action at the European Parliament and Analyst of the Cabinet of the President of CIDOB. He has published book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals, op-eds and papers in think tanks on the dynamics of European integration, the institutional developments of EU Foreign Policy, the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Euro-Mediterranean Relations, among others.

  • Jordi Quero Arias



    Jordi Quero is a political scientist and holds Master's degrees in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and in International Affairs -with specializations on Middle East and International Security Policy- from Columbia University. He is an associate lecturer at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals, where he is a part-time lecturer in International Relations, International Relations of the Middle East and Institutions and Policies of the EU. Furthermore, he is associate lecturer at Centro de Estudios Internacionales where he is in charge of updating entrance exams' study materials to the Spanish foreign service.

  • Héctor Sánchez Margalef



    He holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in International Relations, Security and Development by Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2012. He has worked as an intern in the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability (Vienna) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (Barcelona). Between 2013 and 2014 he did an internship as research assistant at Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB). Then he joined CIDOB’s expert team as researcher in his areas of study: Euro Mediterranean dynamics, the European governance and new political movements. He is also part of the team managing The Raval Project.

  • Elena Sánchez Montijano


    Senior Research Fellow and SAHWA Project Coordinator

    She holds a PhD in Political and Social Science from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Master in International Cooperation and Development from the Granada University. Research fellow and Coordinator of the Migration Programme at CIDOB. She is an associate researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (GRITIM-UPF) and guest lecturer at the Inter-university Master's Degree in Contemporary Migrations at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) since 2013. Previously, she was adjunct professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra since 2010, at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and at Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). Her main areas of interest are immigrant integration policies in Spain and the transnational relations of foreigners with their countries of origin. She is also an expert in qualitative methodology. Currently, she is co-director of the project Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX 2015), country coordinator for Spain of the European Web Site on Integration (EWSI), and researcher in the project Empowering Arab Youth (Sahwa), which are funded by the European Commission through public calls. At the national level she directs the project Discrimination in the Nationalisation of Immigrants in Spain (DNIs), funded by the Open Society Foundation and is collaborating in two projects funded by the Plan Nacional de I+D: “Hacia nuevas fórmulas de gestión de la inmigración en España? programas de contratación en origen, partenariados de movilidad y circularidad migratoria”(2012-2014), CSO2011-27115 and “DIVERSIDAD- Municipios e inmigración: interculturalidad e índice de Gobernabilidad”(2012-2014), CSO2011-28885. She has been a visiting researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford University, in 2010 and the Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), Université de Liège, in 2012.

  • Eckart WOERTZ

    Eckart WOERTZ

    Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator

    Middle East specialist, particularly about the strategically important Persian Gulf region. He holds a Marie Curie grant of the European Commission for research about Iraqi food security and manages CIDOB’s partnership with Moroccan OCP Foundation. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and was visiting faculty at the Paris School of International Affairs at SciencesPo. Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, Director of Economic Studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He has consulted international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American University of Beirut and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. His commentaries and op-eds have been published by international and regional media outlets like the Financial Times, The National, CNN, BBC and Al Arabiya. He has dealt extensively with food security, energy issues, sovereign wealth funds, economic diversification and the impact of the global financial crisis on the Gulf countries. He is author of Oil for Food (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets (Gerlach Press 2012). Among his other publications are articles in Third World Quarterly, Globalizations, The Handbook of Oil Politics and The Brown Journal of World Affairs. He holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg.

  • Eduard Soler

    Eduard SOLER i LECHA

    Senior Research Fellow and MENARA Project Scientific Coordinator

    He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Dr. Soler i Lecha is a political scientist and a part-time lecturer in International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 2010 he was also seconded to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor in the Direction General for the Mediterranean, the Maghreb and the Middle East and he has also advised in several occasions the Catalan government on Euro-Mediterranean affairs. His main areas of expertise are: Euro-Mediterranean relations, Turkey’s foreign and domestic politics, North African and Middle Eastern political dynamics, Spain's Mediterranean policy and security cooperation in the Mediterranean. He has collaborated and published with the German Mashall Fund of the US and with some of Europe’s leading think-tanks. He is a member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy and FIMAM (the Spanish network of researchers working on Arab and Muslim studies). Dr. Soler i Lecha has participated in several networks and transnational research projects such as EuroMeSCo, INEX and EU4SEAS. His works have also been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Mediterranean Politics and Insight Turkey and in policy-oriented journals such as Europe’s World and Política Exterior.