CO-FOUNDERS

Patrizia Cogo

President

Patrizia is a Junior Research Fellow at IEMed and a MURISD student at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She holds an LLB and a Bachelor in Global Governance from ESADE. After her exchange programs in Jerusalem and New Delhi, she worked as an intern at the Elcano Royal Institute and the Embassy of Spain in Rome.

Passionate about China and India, she is focused on Chinese politics, Indian foreign policy, and EU external action. 

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Marina Ortiz Aguiló

Secretary General

Marina holds a Double Degree in Economics and Law from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and is now pursuing an EMA in Chinese Economy at Fudan University. 

She is passionate about learning Chinese in the hopes of achieving full fluency, EU-China relations, behavioral economics, and blockchain.

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Ilaria Tassari

Vice-President

Ilaria holds a Bachelor in Oriental Studies, Chinese curriculum, at La Sapienza. Currently pursuing an MA in International Relations in the Digital Era at LUMSA, she’s working as intern in Asia Studies at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). 

Ilaria focuses on EU-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, Cyber Diplomacy, EU and Chinese policies on climate change and connectivity.

 

Make sure to check out her feeds!

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Pablo Andrés Gutiérrez

Vice-Secretary

Pablo Andrés Gutiérrez holds a degree in Political Science and an MA in the European Union and the Mediterranean, both from the Complutense University of Madrid, as well as a second MA in Leadership, Diplomacy and Intelligence at CEU University Abat Oliba. He is currently preparing for an EU recruitment competition.

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Joan Martínez Abad

Treasurer

Joan is currently pursuing a degree in East Asian Studies, Chinese and business curriculum, at Univesitat Autònoma de Barcelona and at Università Ca'Foscari. He also studied Chinese Language and Culture at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and at Tianjin Foreign Studies University. He’s interested in international trade, supply chain management, and intercultural communication.

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Alessia Paolillo

Head of Strategic Communications

Alessia Paolillo graduated  in Oriental Studies, Chinese curriculum, at La Sapienza for both her bachelor and master degrees.

She's currently enrolled in a second master's in International Public Affairs at Luiss Guido Carli. 

An expert in Sino-Italian relations, passionate about Chinese domestic and foreign politics, she is addicted to Chinese dramas, and DRAMAtically not ashamed of it!"

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Laura Pipitone

Head of Webinars

Laura has a double-joint degree in Chinese Language and Culture at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Capital Normal University in Beijing.

 

She is currently a master's student of Chinese Politics and Diplomacy at Fudan University.

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Mauro Dellisanti

Head of EG China

Born and raised in Italy, Mauro graduated in economics from the University of Glasgow, UK. In 2018, Mauro left the UK to come to Shanghai, where he graduated with a master’s degree in Chinese Economy at Fudan University. While studying at Fudan University, Mauro, together with his Scottish business partner, founded MotoConsulting China, a consulting company whose aim is to help SMEs to establish themselves, or their branches, in China.

 

Mauro’s greater passion, as you can understand from his professional background and by his presence in EG, is bridging Europe and China. Causes of special interest for Mauro are intergenerational justice and financial literacy.

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Martina Zuliani

Head of EG Italy

Martina holds a double bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Civilization. She is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program in International Relations at Peking University. 

Head of EG Italy, her life motto reads “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. 

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Julius Geißler

Head of EG Germany

Julius is currently pursuing a degree in Philosophy and Economics at the University of Bayreuth. Having spent some time abroad at Peking University, he is particularly interested in Chinese philosophy, the history of ideas, and the promotion of intercultural dialogue.

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Walker Darke

Co-founder

Walker has previously worked at the European Commission and the United Nations. He is a scholar in International Relations at Peking University. Despite his name, he likes to run.

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    Antonio José Pagán Sánchez

    Co-founder

    Antonio José Pagán Sánchez holds a degree in History (University of Murcia) and a master´s degree in Chinese Studies (Pompeu Fabra University). He is currently a PhD student in International Relations at Nankai University and at the City University of Hong Kong. 

    He is interested in Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy and the international implications of the rise of China.

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    Bárbara T. S. Sénécaut

    Co-founder

    Bárbara was born and raised in Macau (SAR), leading her to pursue the Europe-Asia program of the BA at Sciences Po Paris. After an exchange year at the Renmin University of China, she returned to her alma mater. 

    Currently pursuing an MA in European Affairs with a specialisation in Foreign Policy, she is also a Junior Researcher at EIAS. Her interests include the EU’s relations with East Asia and ASEAN, particularly regarding the development of dialogue and cooperation.

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    Peter Carberry

    Co-founder

    Peter is a Master's candidate in International Relations at Peking University, having previously studied at Dublin City University, Shantou University, and Suzhou University.

    His research interests include Chinese political economy, development, and the pursuit of a 'xiaokang' society.

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