Meet our team

Management Committee

Pedro Calado

Chair of the Management Committee
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Pedro Calado holds a degree and a master's in Geography, focusing on "Exclusion, Society and Territory," both from the Classic University of Lisbon. He is currently doing his PhD in Sociology, focusing on "Knowledge for Open and Inclusive Societies". He is a guest professor at several Universities, mainly on migration, social innovation, and evaluation themes, and has co-published several articles and books.
With over 25 years of experience in social inclusion, diversity, migration, and youth issues, before joining the Foundation in 2020, Pedro was, for six years, the Portuguese High Commissioner for Migration. At the same time, he was the National Coordinator of the Choices Program, a public policy that supports children and youth in vulnerable communities.

Calado chaired the OECD Working Party on Migration in Paris and was the Portuguese representative in the European Integration Network of the European Commission in Brussels. Before that, he founded several civil society organizations and was a consultant and external evaluator in national and international initiatives and organizations.

As High Commissioner for Migration, Pedro Calado received the United Nations Public Service Award in 2019, referring to the work of the National Support Centers for the Integration of Migrants, and the International Youth Justice Award in 2014 for the work conducted by the Choices Programme.

Paolo Cesarini

Paolo Cesarini

Member of the Management Committee
European University Institute

Former senior European Commission official with extensive expertise in competition, media and digital single market policies.

 

He has held a number of senior roles across the European Commission including for State aid in the area of R&D, innovation and risk finance (2011-2016), and antitrust enforcement in consumer goods, basic industries, agriculture and manufacturing markets (2003-2010) in DG Competition. He also served as Head of the Media Convergence and Social Media unit in DG Connect (2017-2020), and led initiatives addressing the technological transition of the European media industry, the interdependency of societal issues and digital media, online disinformation and the innovation gap between research, technology and culture. Before joining the European Commission in 1989, he worked as member of the Legal Service at the International Labour Organisation.

 

He has also been teaching EU competition law at Siena and Montpellier Universities, and is a frequent public speaker and author of various publications on EU competition and media policies.

 

Paolo holds a Master in International Law from Siena University and a Diploma of Higher European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges.

Joanna Krawczyk

Joanna Krawczyk

Member of the Management Committee
Jointly appointed by the European University Institute and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Joanna Krawczyk is a media development executive who builds socially impactful projects, with over 15 years of experience in media management and philanthropy. For over 4 years she has been the Head of News Partnerships in the Polish biggest legacy newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Joanna has led major news collaborations with European and international media organisations and is the initiator and President of Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation, running the Ukrainian Media Fund and the first in Poland Investigative Reporting Grant Program. She is also the Chairwoman of Leading European Newspaper Alliance, the largest media network in Europe aiming at sharing content and technology practices, with Die Welt, El País, La Repubblica, Le Figaro, Le Soir, Tages-Anzeiger, Tribune de Genève and Gazeta Wyborcza on board.

EMIF Unit

Bernardo Graça

Project Manager
Actions in Support of Fact-Checking
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
[email protected]

Bernardo joined Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2021 as Project Manager for the European Media and Information Fund.

 

Prior to Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Bernardo gathered financial expertise working in Auditing, namely in investment funds, and in Project Management of EU Funded projects for the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund (AMIF) at the Portuguese High Commission for Migration. Bernardo is an Economist who holds a Master of Science in Development and International Cooperation, both from ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management from the University of Lisbon.

Joana Pires Teixeira

Project Manager
Actions in Support of Media Literacy
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
[email protected]

Joana joined the European Media and Information Fund in 2022, as Project Manager for the Media and Information Literacy area of intervention.

Prior to Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Joana has gathered relevant experience working in the social intervention field - Migrations, Gender, Human Trafficking and Homelessness - in non-profit organizations and in local government as a Policy Advisor in Lisbon’s City Council.

Joana also has expertise in Media, namely working with the liaison between Portuguese Newspaper and Media Companies and European Institutions and policies.

 

Saliu Djau

Project Manager
Investigations into Disinformation &
Research – Studies and Sandboxes
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
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Djau is currently concluding a postgraduate in Digital Technologies for Management at ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management from the University of Lisbon.

 

Prior to joining Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Djau worked for BNP Paribas for 4 years having been in the roles of Management Support Officer and ESG Data & Digital Project Manager. 

Policy Team

Francesca Roberti

Project Associate
European University Institute
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Francesca works as Project Associate for the European Media and Information Fund, where she supports the Fund's stakeholder engagement and fundraising activities, and organises events.

Prior to joining the EUI, in May 2022, she worked in consultancy, serving as Project Manager and Proposal Writer for international development cooperation projects funded by EU Institutions, UN agencies and development banks, among others. Francesca is a political scientist and holds a Master's Degree in International Relations with a focus on human rights from LUISS University in Rome, where she also worked on the design and development of research and policy development projects, consolidating her experience in academia.

Rolf Nijmeijer

Research Associate
European University Institute
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Before joining the European Media and Information Fund in November 2022, Rolf Nijmeijer conducted doctoral research at the Department of Political Science at the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS), where he analysed foreign information operations on Twitter. With this background, and a strong interest in disinformation, propaganda and information operations, he helps identify future project and research priorities for the Fund through analysis of current trends in counter-disinformation. Rolf holds a BA in History and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Groningen, and an MA in International Studies – European Studies from the University of Siena.

 

Youssef Zeineddine

Communication Associate
European University Institute
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Youssef Zeineddine is the Communications Associate of EMIF with a demonstrated international experience of working with non-profit organizations in Lebanon, Greece, Germany, Tunisia, Malta, and Turkey. Prior to joining the European University Institute and taking on his role with EMIF in June 2022, Youssef served as Communications Officer for several organizations including the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, UNDP, Lighthouse Relief, and the Norwegian Refugee Council. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Advertising and Communication and a Master's degree in Migration Studies.

 

 

 

Updated on 04 october 2023

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