Pascal Roelcke – President
Pascal works as Junior Programme Associate at the Centre for Public Impact. Before coming to London he worked in different international organisations and NGOs in Switzerland with a focus on Media Development and Foreigners and Asylum Law. He holds an MA in Postcolonial Studies from SOAS, University of London and a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva and the Galatasaray University in Istanbul.
John McStravick – Vice-President
When not involved with Agora, John is a political analyst working predominantly on Brexit. He has a background in political research, having spent time in the think tank and NGO sectors. He holds an MA in International Relations and European Politics from the University of Bath, and previously studied in York and Regensburg, Germany. His interests include European security, European Union politics, and geopolitical trends.
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Kathrin Wartmann – Treasurer
Kathrin brings several years of political grassroots and think tank experience to Agora. She used to work for Foraus – Switzerland’s first and only grassroots think tank and Agora’s sister organisation in Zurich – and she is a co-founder and former member of the board of Operation Libero, a Swiss political grassroots movement with over 1000 members. Today, Kathrin works as an analyst for a crisis and security risk consultancy and holds an MSc in Security Studies from UCL.
Dan Fitter – Head of Defence & Security Programme
Dan leads the Defence & Security Programme at Agora. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and a BA in German and Russian from the University of Bristol. Dan’s research interests include UK-European future partnership policy, CSDP, and Russian foreign policy. Outside of Agora, Dan works in strategy consulting.
Abigail Watson – Head of Europe Programme
Outside of Agora, Abigail is a research officer in a charity focusing on defence issues. She has worked in charities and think tanks in London for the last two years. Abigail holds an MA (with Distinction) in Contemporary European Studies, with a trans-Atlantic track, from the University of Bath and a BA in Politics from the University of York.
Fabio Orlando – Head of Energy & Climate Programme
Fabio works as a research analyst for Japanese government organisations and companies, focusing mostly on energy policies and regulations. Prior to this, he has gained experience in Brussels in research and policy monitoring on energy and climate change issues. He holds an MA in European Studies from the University of Bologna, having studied also in Argentina and Denmark. Besides his native Italian, he is fluent in English, French and Spanish, has a good knowledge of Portuguese and he is currently learning Japanese.
Nina Khamsy – Head of Migration Programme
Nina leads the Migration Programme at Agora and is currently reading an MPhil in Social Anthropology at Oxford University, specialising on migration and refugee studies. She holds an MA in Middle Easter Studies from SOAS, University of London and a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva. In the last few years she worked for the SOAS Education Outreach Programme and managed projects on refugees’ integration in the UK for several charities based in London.
Caroline Burleigh – Head of Identities Programme
Caroline Burleigh holds a BA in political science from the Free University of Brussels and York University in Toronto. She moved to London to pursue her MA in International Political Economy at King’s College and now heads the Agora Identities group, alongside working for a diplomatic mission. Hailing from Luxembourg – a tiny multicultural country in the heart of Europe – she considers this a pressing topic that is frequently overlooked in foreign policy debates.
Aleem Datoo – Deputy head of Defence & Security Programme
Aleem is currently completing an MSc in International Politics from SOAS, University of London. He has held several positions in the field, including Parliamentary Researcher, analyst at the British American Security Information Council, and Program Assistant at a Human Rights NGO in Serbia. He completed a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston and specialises in defence, nuclear policy, and international political economy.
Apart from working for Agora, Julian is a PhD candidate at the LSE. He holds an MA in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris and the LSE and previously studied in Weimar, Lyon and Istanbul. Prior to his PhD, he worked for the European Parliamentary Research Service and the European Parliament. His research interests include nationalist ideologies, European politics and philosophy.
Rozálie is a land economist by training and graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 2016. Since then, she has been training to become an insurance underwriter in the energy sector. Outside of Agora and work, Rozálie has keen interest in knitting and is a proud owner of a retriever.
Felicitas is a researcher at the Centre for Comparative and International Studies of the ETH Zürich, focusing on international conflict research. She holds an Msc in Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS and has previously been working for an NGO in Peru, the Swiss foreign ministry in Georgia and co-managed a project on Migration Ethics in Switzerland. She is a long-time core member of the think tank Foraus and currently responsible for its blog editing board.
As a grassroots think tank, Agora is only made possible as a result of the ideas and energy of countless people. Our thanks go to everyone who has contributed to our project, and we hope that our number will continue to grow.