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Executive management


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.



Programme Directors

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.

Programme Director "Euro-Mediterranean Studies"

Tobias Buetow has studied Political Science and Contemporary History in Berlin, Hamburg and Sarajevo. He joined IE·EI in 2010 as DAAD Lecturer, after having worked in Israel (Yad VaShem, Jerusalem), in Bosnia and Hercegovina (OSCE, Sarajevo) and Germany (German Historical Mueseum, Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe). In his research he is mainly focussing on collective violence and ethnic conflicts, as well as the European Integration of the Western Balkans. Since 2007 he is a board member of Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe. His publications include: "Ein KZ in der Nachbarschaft" (2003) and "After the Wars. The Western Balkans facing the European Union" (Ed., 2009).

Rachel GUYET
Coordinator 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.

Frédéric LÉPINE
Director of the MAEIS (Master), trilingual studies - 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 Director of the MAEIS (Master), trilingual branch and Deputy Director General at CIFE. His research is focusing on the history of federalist ideas, and the connection with multi-level governance.

Senior Research Fellow

Hartmut Marhold is Senior Research Fellow. He was Director of Research and Development of CIFE, and teaches at the Universities of Cologne and Poznan. He is Vice-President of the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin. He specialises in the history of European Integration and German European politics. He also works on the institutional and constitutional evolution of the European Union and on in the issue of federalism. He is an alumnus of the Master’s programme of the year 1980/81 and was DAAD Visiting Lecturer at CIFE from 1986 to 1991. From 2002 to 2013, he served as Director General of CIFE.

Jean-Claude VEREZ
Professor at the University of Artois

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 DARAU
Student Services Manager - Mediterranean Studies

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

Mélanie HO BAO LOC
Student Services Manager - European Integration and Global Studies

Student Services Manager - Trilingual Studies

Public Relations Manager


Yvonne BRAUN
Programme Coordinator of the MAEIS - Berlin

Student services - Master in Global energy transition and governance




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Library Services Manager




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CIFE IE·EI Representative in Tunisia