Head of the Office
Johanna Lutz studied Political Science, Public Law, and Intercultural Business Communication in Jena (Germany) and Cairo (Egypt). Prior to her current role heading the new FES regional office on Democracy in the OSCE region, based in Vienna, she was Deputy Head of the FES EU-Office in Brussels (2014-2019) and presided over the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) in Brussels (2018/19).
She has worked for a member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) (2009), and for the SPD Party Group in the Regional Parliament (Landtag) of Brandenburg (2010-2012), and early experience includes working for the political magazine Berliner Republik (2009-2012). Having also lived and worked in Brazil from 2001-02, and in 2005, Johanna appreciates and embraces working in an international environment.
Senior Researcher for Democracy and Youth Studies
Elena Avramovska, Ph.D., is a political scientist focusing on democratization, gender equality and policy developments. Her research was funded by the European Commission, the Swiss National Research Foundation and the Open Society Foundation. She holds an Erasmus Mundus Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Geneva, as well as an Erasmus Mundus Masters in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig and the University of Vienna. In the course of her Ph.D., she spent one year at the University of Oxford as a visiting researcher. Elena has worked for a variety of international and non-governmental organizations, including the European Parliament and the United Nations.
Senior Researcher for Democracy and Society
Filip Milačić, born in Podgorica, Montenegro. He has studied political sciences and Eastern European history at the University of Heidelberg, receiving his PhD from Humboldt University. Previously, he worked for the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as well as at the University of Rijeka, University of Montenegro and in German Bundestag. He is also a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Researcher for Democracy and Economics
Michael Jennewein, born and raised in Innsbruck (Austria), studied Philosophy & Economics (BA) at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and Technology Governance & Digital Transformation (MA) at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia.
Before joining FES Democracy of the Future, he worked as an economist at the Vienna-based think tank Momentum Institut. Early experience includes internships at the German NGO Lobbycontrol and at the Tyrolean representation at the EU in Brussels. His research interests include inequality, globalisation, public administration, e-governance, and economic & social policy.
Gloria Sack, born in Grevesmühlen (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northern Germany), studied business administration at the Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on taxes and accounting. In July 2019, she started working at FES ROCPE in Vienna. As a very experienced accountant, Gloria Sack is responsible for all matters concerning financial management and controlling.
Previously, she worked for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin for seven years. Her main tasks were financial management and controlling of several offices in Eastern Central and South Eastern Europe and the EU office of the FES in Brussels. She also was in charge of auditing compliance with regulations and guidelines for the FES.
Project & Office Coordination
Born close to Berlin (Germany), she completed business administration with a focus on marketing and accounting at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She started working for the FES with the establishment of FES ROCPE in Vienna 2016. At FES ROCPE she is responsible for the project and office coordination, which includes the logistical preparation and organization of projects and events, the communication with participants and external service providers and basic topics like the FES ROCPE website, graphic and print topics, as well as technical matters. She also assists to the head and the team and helps to facilitate a smooth process at FES ROCPE.
Previously, she already worked in Vienna on a project-related basis in the area of internal communication in the natural gas sector, then worked a few years in the area of external communication for a cultural association.
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Marco Schwarz is a Policy Officer for Democracy & Rule of Law at the FES EU Office in Brussels and works on the democratic legitimacy of the EU, European values and the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as democracy support.