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Executive management

Matthias Waechter

Matthias Waechter was born in Bonn in 1965. After his studies of History and Philosophy at the Universities of Bonn, Freiburg, Paris, and Rochester, he took his PhD at the University of Freiburg in 1994. In the same year, he joined the faculty of the history department of the University of Freiburg, where he received his "Habilitation" in 2004. He was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Paris in 1997/98 and a Fulbright Fellow at New York University in 1999. In 2000, he joined CIFE, first as a DAAD Visiting Professor and since 2006 as Director of the Institut européen. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Freiburg and teaches international relations at EDHEC Business school. In 2010, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Since 2013, he serves as Director General of CIFE. He specialises in U.S. history, contemporary France, Franco-German relations and European integration. In his research, he focuses on problems of collective identity, historical consciousness, political myths and transnational intellectuals. For his book "Die Erfindung des amerikanischen Westens. Die Geschichte der Frontier-Debatte" (1996), he received the Gerhard Ritter Prize. His book "Der Mythos des Gaullismus. Heldenkult, Geschichtspolitik und Ideologie" (2006) was awarded with the Franco-German Parliamentary Prize and the DaimlerChrysler Services Prize.

Frédéric Lépine
Deputy Director General at CIFE

Frédéric Lépine was born in Namur (Belgique) in 1966. He studied political sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).Since 1994 he is journalist in the academic journal of CIFE "L'Europe en formation" and was appointed Editor-in-chief in 2001. This scientific quarterly is specialised in the political field, encompassing European Integration, Federalism and International Relations. Since 1994 he is also teaching federalism in CIFE Masters' programmes. In particular, he is the director of the "Federalism and Governance" module. From 1996 to 1999 he was the director of studies of the Collège universitaire d'études fédéraliste, summer school organised in Aosta (Italy). From 2001 to 2009 he was also the Administrative director of CIFE. He is now Deputy Director General at CIFE. His research is focusing on the history of federalist ideas, and the connection with multi-level governance.

Programme Directors

Laurent Baechler
Director of the MAEIS (Master), European Integration and Global Studies

Laurent Baechler studied International Relations and Economics in Paris. He received his PhD in Economics in 2000. He taught at the Marmara University in Istanbul and at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, before joining the teaching staff of Science Po Paris in 2003. Since 2005, he has been working with the European Institute and directs the module "Economy and Globalisation" of the Anglophone branch. Since 2012 he is Deputy Director of the Anglophone branch. Laurent Baechler has been conducting research on sustainable development issues, particularly on energy and climate policies, for more than 15 years. He is currently working on sustainable development policies in emerging countries. He is also scientific advisor and coordinator of the new collection « Planète en jeu » (Planet at stake) at DeBoeck editions. He translated (from English into French) two economics textbooks by Paul Krugman, “Microeconomics” and “Macroeconomics” (2009).

François Bafoil
Director of the Master in Global energy transition and governance
CNRS Senior Research Fellow, CERI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales), Sciences-Po Paris

Ph.D. from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP). He holds degrees in philosophy and in Polish (Langues'O). Extended research fellowships at the Lodz University, Poland (1984 - 1985), Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Free University and the WZB in Berlin (1988-1994). Before joining the CERI in 2003, he served as expert in charge of ex-ante assessment at the Ministry of Economy in Warsaw (2002-2003) and as a special advisor at the OECD for the Territorial Review Poland, (2008). He has taught at the universities of Köln and Frankfurt/Oder (Germany), Bilgui (Istanbul, Turkey), Fudan (Shanghai, China). Member of the scientific boards of the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin, the Centre for Social Studies (PAN) in Warsaw, the Institut Européen-European Institute (CIFE) in Berlin and Nice, Since 2010 he is the leader of Coesionet, a research network supported by the French Spatial Planning Agency (DATAR), see This research network considers different dimension of the EU economic social and territorial Cohesion policy. Since 2011 this network analyzes from a comparative perspective regional development and energy policies in EU, South America and Southeast Asia. It is now funded by EDF and Caisse des Dépôts. Within Southeast Asia, François Bafoil develops comparative studies about regional integration, growth poles and dams issues within the Greater Mekong Subregion including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and two southern Chinese regions).. He has been a consultant for the Asian Development Bank from 2006 till 2010. Research interests are: Central and Eastern Europe/Mekong region: regional integration and crossborder cooperation. Energy.

Rachel Guyet
Director of the Master in Global energy transition and governance - Research fellow CERI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales), Sciences-Po Paris

Rachel Guyet est docteur en sciences politiques et chargée de projet au CERI-Sciences Po. Elle travaille sur les questions de précarité énergétique et de transition énergétique au niveau des territoires en Europe. Elle enseigne dans à l'Institut européen-European Institute à Nice (CIFE) et au campus européen de Sciences Po Paris à Dijon.

Susann Heinecke
Director of the MAEIS (Master), European Policy and Governance - Trilingual Studies

Susann Heinecke, born in 1979 in Apolda/Thuringia, has studied political science, cultural studies and journalism in Leipzig and Lyon. She worked at the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum and the University of Leipzig, department of political science. 2003-2007 Robert Bosch Foundation scholarship and lectureship at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Free Russian-German Institute of Journalism in Moscow, as well as at the School of International Relations of the St. Petersburg State University. Regional coordination of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s lectureship program in Russia in 2004-2005. She participated in the Robert Bosch Foundations’ doctoral program at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) “Central and Eastern Europe on the way into the 21 century” in 2005-2007. Consultant for the CIS countries at the state chancellery of Brandenburg in 2007-2009. Doctoral thesis about the German policy towards Russia at the University of Cologne in 2011. Since 2011, she is a research associate at CIFE and currently coordinates a PhD Support Programme for doctoral students from Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus (EUCACIS).

Arnaud Leconte
Director of the Joint Master in global economic governance and public affairs - GEGPA

Arnaud LECONTE, Docteur en économie. Chercheur en sciences économiques, diplômé du Collège d’Europe de Bruges et de l’université de Saint-Gall, Arnaud Leconte oriente ses recherches sur les politiques économiques de collaboration entre l’Union européenne et les pays de la Méditerranée pour parvenir à un développement durable. 

Jean-Claude Vérez
Programme Director "Euro-Mediterranean Studies"

Jean-Claude Verez is an economist and Associate Professor at the University of Artois. He is teaching at the IE·EI since 2005. He worked several years abroad, thereof two years in Niger as international expert for the UNDP and six years in Turkey as Professor at the University of Galatasaray in Istanbul, where he was appointed Vice-Rector from 2002 to 2004. His research specializes on international economy (among them development economy) and on issues of educational policies. He is a Researcher at LEAD (Laboratory of applied development economy, University of Toulon – Var), as well as a member of the research group DREEM (Development of euro-mediterranean economical researches, CNRS, University of Paris Dauphine). He is also on the editorial board of the journal « Mondes en développment».


Raluca Avram
Student Services - Mediterranean Studies

Emre Gür
Programme Coordinator of the MAEIS - European Integration and Global Studies in Istanbul

Mélanie Ho Bao Loc
Student Services - European Integration and Global Studies

Marie Mirkovic
Student Services - Trilingual Studies


Ruth Porstmann
Programme Coordinator of the MAEIS - Berlin

Christina Rode
Student Services -
Joint Master in global economic governance and public affairs
Joint Master in EU trade and climate diplomacy

Ana Valette
Student services - Master in global energy transition and governance



Communications and Public Relations

Kristina Petersen
Communications Manager

Contact: communication(a)

Paul Bartholomew
Communications Assistant Manager

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Valérie Charpentier
Library Services Manager




Team in Tunis:

Riadh Jaidane
CIFE IE·EI Representative in Tunisia

Bouteina Kouki
Programme Coordinator, Tunis