I am an adjunct professor at Vesalius College Brussels, a doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick and at the Université libre de Bruxelles as well as a freelance writer mainly working on the European Union and the greater Middle East.
My research focusses on the implementation of the EU's foreign policy towards its Southern neighbourhood as well as politics, economics and society in the Mediterranean region. Other interests include justice and home affairs in Europe as well as euroscepticism, far-right movements and all things Brexit.
My non-academic writings have appeared in various publications including Politico Europe, The Guardian, Spiegel Online, Zeit Online, The Conversation, Poynter and zenith - Zeitschrift für den Orient. I co-founded and co-edited FactCheckEU.org, a watchdog monitoring the discourse on EU affairs, from 02/2014 to 05/2015.
I hold Master degrees from the London School of Economics and Royal Holloway, have spent more than two years in various African and Middle Eastern countries and worked and interned with Airbus, the European Commission, KPMG and the German Chamber of Commerce in the United Arab Emirates. I am able to negotiate and publish in English and German, fluently speak French and Italian and somewhat find my way around in Arabic, Dutch and Spanish.
The photo shows cars queuing for petrol in downtown Cairo at about 5am
a few days before the 2013 coup d’état.