CO-FOUNDERS

Patrizia Cogo

Chief co-founder

Patrizia Cogo is a Research Assistant at EsadeGeo-Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. She holds a double bachelor in Law and Global Governance from ESADE, and a master in international relations at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After her exchange programs in Jerusalem and New Delhi, she worked as an intern at the Elcano Royal Institute and at the Embassy of Spain in Rome. She also served as a Junior Research Fellow at the European Institute of the Mediterranean and as a Research Intern at the Center for Contemporary Studies, the in-house think tank of the Government of Catalonia. She is focused on EU-China relations, Indian foreign policy and climate geopolitics.

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Marina Ortiz Aguiló

Chief co-founder

Marina holds a Double Degree in Economics and Law from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), and an MSc in World Economy at Fudan University.  She is now pursuing a  master's in legal practice. 

She is currently working in the Product and Innovation department of an insurance company. 

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

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Ilaria Tassari

Co-founder

Ilaria holds a Bachelor in Asian Studies with a curriculum in Chinese and Hindi language and culture from La Sapienza. 

 

Currently pursuing an MA in International Relations in the Digital Era at LUMSA, she has been an intern at the Italian Foreign Affairs Institute (IAI) and at the Italian Economic, Trade and Cultural Promotion Office in Taipei (IETCPO), Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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Pablo Andrés Gutiérrez

Co-founder

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

Co-founder

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

Co-founder

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

Co-founder

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

Co-founder

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. Mauro is a finance manager at RsA Asia, tax and corporate advisory firm assisting companies, multinational groups, and institutions in the Asian region.

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

Co-founder

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

Co-founder

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.