Dr. Gonny Willems (Ph.D) is managing director of Studio Europa Maastricht. Together with the Studio Europa Maastricht team, Gonny has the ambition to profile Studio Europa and the city of Maastricht as a catalyst for Europe. Gonny started her career as a researcher previously holding research and teaching positions at Maastricht University, the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and the Open University. Subsequently, she specialized as a manager at Maastricht University In educational logistics as head of the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering and head of department of Maastricht University's Student Desk (I.e., Admissions & International Services and Professional & Personal Student Development). Originally, she was trained in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and Developmental Psychology. She is also licensee, coordinator and curator of the TEDxMaastricht community since 2014. She strongly believes in the contribution science makes to society and aims to bring researchers and their work closer to citizens.
Caterina Di Fazio is a philosopher and co-founder of Agora Europe together with Nadia Urbinati and Etienne Balibar. She received her PhD on Phenomenology of Political Space from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University in May 2018. She previously graduated summa cum laude with a master's degree in philosophy from Università degli Studi di Bologna, in recognition of the thesis she wrote at the Sorbonne. She has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, at the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University in the City of New York and at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia. She is currently a postdoc at Studio Europa at Maastricht University and a visiting scholar at Columbia Political Science Department, where she is working on a comparative analysis of migration in Mediterranean and Transatlantic Europe.
Next to working as a PhD researcher at Studio Europa Maastricht, Eline-Madeleine is a Teaching Fellow at University College Maastricht. She is working under the supervision of Mathieu Segers, Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University, and Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. Her thesis is a practical and theoretical research project that explores the history and future of a two-kilometer-long ‘shared’ or ‘European’ street, located exactly on the national border between Herzogenrath (Germany), and Kerkrade (The Netherlands). Previous to joining Studio Europa Maastricht, Eline worked as Policy Advisor Education for Maastricht University. She has an MSc by Research in Cultural Studies from The University of Edinburgh and a BA in Arts and Culture from Maastricht University.
Dr. Bart Stol (Ph.D.) is project manager on the field of European heritage and The Maastricht Treaty at Studio Europa. He is responsible for the coordination of the Europe archive, the oral history project and various outreach projects concerning the history and impact of the Maastricht Treaty. Bart is a historian and previously held research and teaching positions at Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam and the Centre for Parliamentary History at Radboud University Nijmegen. Originally, he is trained as a journalist and writes for various newspapers and magazines since 1999. His main fields of interest are European and diplomatic history since 1789.
Helene is the first point of contact for the majority of Studio Europa Maastricht's incoming communications. She makes sure that our processes and projects run smoothly. Writing and checking off to-do lists is her professional guilty pleasure.
Previously, Helene was a financial-administrative officer for an architectural office. She has a background in Cultural Studies and is mainly interested in European identity, heritage, and citizen science.
Hadeel Alnashawati has a BA in Humanities and English literature and MA in European Studies, with a specialization in European Politics and International Relations. She obtained her master’s degree from Maastricht University. Her expertise is examining the nature of power that the European Union exercises in the world, particularly in the war-torn countries of the Middle East, and how the war affects the EU policy approach. Before joining Studio Europa, she obtained extensive work experience in an administrative position, participated in student conferences and completed an internship in political lobbying and policy-making at a nonprofit organization in the Netherlands. In addition to speaking English and Dutch, Hadeel is Arabic native speaker.