Speaker 2018


Prof. Dr. Francis Cheneval

Francis Cheneval studied philosophy and political science at the University of Fribourg and Georgetown University (USA). He holds a DPhil from the University of Fribourg and a CAS in corporate finance from the University of Zurich. 

He has been a research fellow, lecturer or guest professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), University of Oxford, Université de Nantes und Université Libre de Bruxelles, and at several Swiss Universities. From 2006-2008 he was the Rapporteur for property rights of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (UNDP, New York). Since 2011, Francis Cheneval holds the chair of political philosophy at the University of Zurich. 

He wrote books and papers in the field of democratic theory, international relations, property rights theory, human rights and on various topics of the history of political thought. One of his more recent important books is The Government of the Peoples: On the Idea and Principles of Multilateral Democracy (New York, 2011).

Prof. Dr. Anthony Glees

Anthony Glees MA MPhil DPhil (Oxford) is professor of Politics at the University of Buckingham and directs its Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS). He was previously professor of Politics at Brunel University, London. 

His core concerns lie with the study of intelligence-led security policy, politics and activity, with British-German relations and Britain's EU relationship. He is a regular commentator on these matters in the national and international media and has lectured widely on them at home and abroad.

He is the author of six books (four of which are single authored), numerous chapters in books and scholarly articles as well as op ed pieces for the national and international newspapers. 

He has been invited to give evidence to various Parliamentary inquiries concerned with security and intelligence questions (most recently to the House of Lords Europe Committee on 21 March 2018) on and was consulted by the Home Office in connection with legislation on the interception of communications and its oversight.

Prof. Dr. Matthew Watson

Matthew Watson is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. He came to Warwick in January 2007 from the University of Birmingham, where he had been a full-time member of academic staff since October 1999, and where before that had studied for his PhD.

He also holds a prestigious UK Economic and Social Research Council Professorial Fellowship and is currently working on his project Rethinking the Market.

Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European Parliament

Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, holds a degree in economics from Witten/Herdecke University. After being head of the European and Foreign Policy Department of the German conservative party CDU in Bonn he became Secretary-General of the European People’s Party and the European Union of Christian Democrats in Brussels. Further positions in the European Parliament followed. Since March 2009 he is the Secretary-General of the European Parliament.


Dr. Detlev Clemens

Detlev Clemens studied History, Political Science, English studies and Slavonic studies at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) and St. Andrews (Scotland). He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg with a thesis on the Image of Adolf Hitler in Great Britain between 1920 and 1939. He has been a lecturer and assistant professor for Political Science at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, with a particular interest in political communication, from 1990 to 1999, when he joined the European Commission. Since then he has worked in the Directorates-General for Education and Culture, Agriculture, Communication –as Deputy Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Berlin-, and in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission, where he is currently Deputy Head of Unit in the Directorate for Relations with other Institutions. The main focus of his work today is on the Commission’s inter-institutional relations, in particular with the European Parliament and national Parliaments.

Lukasz Dziedzic

Lukasz Dziedzic is a PhD Researcher at the Legal Philosophy Group, and the International Victimology Institute Tilburg. His research consists of a philosophical and doctrinal analysis of the significance and meaning of the principle of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility within the Common European Asylum System. Next to his theoretical interest in the principles of EU asylum law, he is also interested in questions of the human rights of regular and irregular migrants, as well as global asylum and migration governance. He holds a Research Master in Law degree (Tilburg University, 2015, cum laude) and a Master's degree in International and European Public Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2014).

Katharina Moser

Katharina Moser is a sociopolitical entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in developing projects that aim to foster a positive European spirit. After her studies, she worked for the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the British Council London and the European Forum Alpbach, before, in 2015, she founded MOSAIK - a creative agency for European projects. Two of MOSAIK’s major projects are COME ON OVER! – a communication tool in the form of a card game playing with fun facts on European countries, and the one day event Routes – The European journey in your city that lets participants experience European countries in their own city (winner of the Austrian State Award for Europe 2017, European Citizens’ Prize 2017 and Innovation Award by Corps Touristique Austria 2017). Having organised, moderated and facilitated around 200 events in the past years, she not only develops own initiatives, but provides trainings and creativity workshops on how to develop interactive formats and creative events that engage people emotionally with European topics. Born in Salzburg, she lived in Madrid, Berlin and London and is now based in Vienna, Austria.

Alfred Pfaller

Today, Alfred Pfaller works as an independent political consultant. Before, he held the position of editor-in-chief of the journal International Politics and Society for many yearsBetween 2004-2007 he was head of the Bukarest Office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. His many publications focus mainly on questions of the welfare state, globalisation and international economic relations. Alfred Pfaller studied sociology and economics in Munich, Mannheim and Pittsburgh, where he did his Ph.D. in 1972.

Mirko Schwärzel

Mirko Schwärzel is currently Head of European Department at the German National Network for Civil Society (Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement – BBE) in Berlin. At the BBE, his main areas of activities comprise the promotion of volunteering, civic participation and civil dialogue on EU-level. Mirko Schwärzel is Member of the Board of Directors of the European Volunteer Centre CEV since 2011, Treasurer of CEV since 2012 and Member of the Board of the European Alliance for Volunteering EAV since 2016. 

Before joining the BBE in 2009, starting as Project Manager for the projects „BBE for Europe“ and „Active Citizens for Better Communities“ (National Flagship-Project of the European Year of Volunteering 2011), Mirko Schwärzel was engaged in the management of long-term volunteering and community education projects and was actively involved in European networks of the youth sector (e.g. the European Youth Forum). 

Mirko Schwärzel has an academic background in social and political science (Universities of Osnabrück and Bochum, M.A.). 

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Dr. Tamás Szemlér

Dr. Tamás Szemlér, Ph.D, economist and teacher of French language, is an associate professor at the Faculty of International and European Studies of the National University of Public Service (Budapest) since 1 September 2016. Between 1993 and 2010, he was a researcher at the Institute for World Economics (IWE) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; in 2008-2009, he was Deputy Director (responsible for scientific affairs) of IWE. Between 2009 and 2016, he worked as an associate professor at the Faculty of International Management and Business of Budapest Business School; between 2009 and 2014 he was head of the Department of Economics; between 2012 and 2016, he was Dean of the Faculty of International Management and Business. 

He has over 140 publications; in his research and teaching activities, he focuses mainly on the issues of deepening, enlargement and external relations (economic and political) of the European Union.

Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth

Professor Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth is director of the European think tank Open Europe Berlin. He has an MA in economics from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, a Ph.D. from Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, and a second Ph.D, from the Private Witten/Herdecke University. Wohlgemuth is also Professor of Political Economy at Witten/Herdecke University; Affiliated Fellow at the Walter Eucken Institute, Freiburg; tutor at the post-graduate programme ‘Social Market Economy’ of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation; Associate Fellow at the Ratio Institute, Stockholm; member of the Ludwig Erhard Foundation.

His major fields of research are in New Institutional Economics, Economic Theories of Politics (Public Choice Theory), Theories of economic systems, Evolutionary Economics, Social and Legal Philosophy and History of Ideas.

These have applications mainly concerning European governance and integration, institutions and processes of democratic governance, globalization and inter-jurisdictional competition, public opinion formation and political leadership and political reform.

Wohlgemuth writes extensively on these subjects and comments in newspapers, magazines, university publications and blogs on economic issues as well as editing numerous books.

Find out more about Michael Wohlgemuth and Open Europe Berlin.