Transnational Board

The responsibility of the Transnational Board of European Alternatives is to develop strategic vision for the organisation in pursuing its objectives of Democracy, Equality and Culture Beyond the Nation State, and to ensure this vision is pursued coherently across the organisation and movement.

Jelena Vasiljević

Jelena Vasiljević

Jelena Vasiljević is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. Her academic background is in political anthropology and citizenship studies, and her research and activist interests include citizenship rights, civic engagement, social movements, and cultural memory in Southeast Europe. Presently, she is primarily interested in theories and practices of solidarity. As a member of a green-left political coalition, she has served as a Belgrade city councillor.

Lorenzo Marsili

Lorenzo Marsili

Board Member

Lorenzo Marsili is an activist philosopher and writer. The cofounder of transnational political NGO European Alternatives and the cultural institution Fondazione Rizoma, he currently works as director of the berggruen institute Europe. his research and political work focus on defining and promoting futures beyond the nation-state. A regular public speaker and international media commentator, he was the founding editor of the independent journal Naked Punch Review in London and Beijing. He has degrees in philosophy and sinology from the University of London, and his books include Il Terzo Spazio (Laterza, 2017), Citizens of Nowhere (Zed Books, 2018), La tua patria è il mondo intero (Laterza, 2019), and Planetary Politics (Polity Press, 2020).

Luke Cooper

Luke Cooper

Luke Cooper an Associate Professorial Research Fellow in International relations with the Conflict and Civicness Research Group based at LSE IDEAS, the LSE’s in-house foreign policy think tank, and the Director of PeaceRep’s Ukraine programme. He has written extensively on nationalism, authoritarianism and the theory of uneven and combined development and is the author of Authoritarian Contagion (Bristol University Press, 2021). He is a co-founder of the UK-based anti-Brexit campaign group, Another Europe Is Possible and a co-host of the Another Europe podcast. In 2021, he published Between Dream and Tragedy: Europe’s Story After 1989, a six-part history documentary on the history of European integration with the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM).

Niccolò Milanese

Niccolò Milanese

Director

Niccolò Milanese is a poet and one of the founding directors of European Alternatives. He fosters the development of the organisation, its staff and the ecosystem around European Alternatives and is the focal point for the ‘learn’ stream of our work.

He is currently a visiting Fellow at EUI School of Transnational Governance in Florence, and a fellow of BI-Europe in Venice. In addition to longstanding work on transnationalism and political imaginaries, his current interests are in the planetary politics of desire, democratic education and fluid identities. His latest book is ‘Illiberal Democracies in Europe: An Authoritarian response to the crisis of liberalism’ available freely here.

He was previously a Europe’s Futures Fellow at IWM, Vienna, a visiting fellow at PUC Rio-De Janeiro and a visiting fellow at UNAM Mexico. He has been involved in founding numerous civil society initiatives and magazines in Europe and across the Mediterranean. He was educated in Cambridge, Siena and Paris.

Ovidiu Ţichindeleanu

Ovidiu Ţichindeleanu

Ovidiu Ţichindeleanu is a Romanian philosopher, translator, educator and culture theorist, writing on critical social theory, decolonial thought, international politics, and cultural history. Editor of the Romanian journal of contemporary art and critical theory IDEA arts + society, and collections coordinator at IDEA publishing house. He has been active in movements for global justice and peace, and his work foregrounds cultural activism on transnational, transperipheral and intercultural connections, and political journalism in the Romanian platforms Indymedia, CriticAtac, and the regional and international outlets LeftEast, Cross-Border Talks, or East European Context.

Rasha Shaaban

Rasha Shaaban

Rasha is a local from Gothenburg and Alexandria. She is a feminist, a storyteller, a content producer, an experimental cook, a humour-lover, a diversity advocate, a DJ, a network builder and a very passionate project leader. Since 2006, I have been working on promoting intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Med region. She is currently working at the National Museums of World Culture (Sweden) as a projects manager and coordinator of the Anna Lindh Foundation network in Sweden. 

Rasha has collaborated with European Alternatives in the framework of the following initiatives: Room to Bloom, Democracy Doesn’t Exist. We Make It and WoMidan: Women Voices from the Square.

Ségolène Pruvot

Ségolène Pruvot

Director

Ségolène Pruvot is a Director of European Alternatives. Ségolène is a Doctor in Urban Sociology. In the course of her academic career and professional life, she specialised in the exploration of the intersection between arts, the city and social change. She trained as a political scientist and urban planner in France, the UK, and Germany. Segolene has developed extensive experience in designing and implementing transnational participative cultural programmes, activists transnational networking and collaborative research.