About


EPICENTER, the European Policy Information Center, is an independent initiative of nine leading think tanks from across the European Union. It seeks to inform the EU policy debate and promote the principles of a free society by bringing together the economic expertise of its members.

EPICENTER is formed by the Centre for Political Studies (Denmark), Civil Development Forum (Poland)Civismo (Spain), the Institut Economique Molinari (France), the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK), Instituto Bruno Leoni (Italy), KEFiM (Greece), the Lithuanian Free Market Institute and Timbro (Sweden). Like its members, EPICENTER is politically independent and does not accept taxpayer funding.

EPICENTER was launched in October of 2014. Since then, it has been active in the European policy debate, providing a free-market perspective on topics including the digital economy, trade policy, energy security and competition, financial regulation, free movement and welfare, and public health.

For more information about EPICENTER, its initiatives and upcoming events, please e-mail abartha@epicenternetwork.eu

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DETAILS


KEY PEOPLE

Christiana Stewart-Lockhart

Christiana is Founder and Chief Executive of EPICENTER. She is also Director of Programmes at the Institute of Economic Affairs, where she oversees all educational and international outreach. Prior to joining the IEA in 2012, Christiana worked as the Events Manager at a foreign policy think tank and Development Manager at a campaign organisation. In addition, she has worked to establish an extensive student network across the UK. Christiana has extensive experience working in think tanks, and she holds a BA in Politics from the University of York.

Adam Bartha

Adam is the Director of EPICENTER, with the responsibility to enable the cooperation of the network and organise the private and public events programme in Brussels. He was previously European Outreach Manager at EPICENTER and a Koch Summer Fellow in the Publications Department of the Independent Institute in California. He also has experience in domestic party politics in Germany and Hungary. Adam has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. Adam is fluent in English, German and Hungarian.

INTERNS

Rachel Corbally

Rachel is a third year at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in the USA. She is studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs, concentrating in cyber security, and also is minoring in Spanish. Prior to interning with the Epicenter, Rachel spent three weeks studying cyber security policy in Warsaw, Poland at Collegium Civitas. She is interested in international trade relations, and the security implications of economic and trade relations.

Sam Oliver Geha

Sam has a B.S.B.A in International Business from Elon University in the USA and a BSc. in International Management from ESB Business School in Germany. Before arriving in the United Kingdom, Sam completed a five month full-time internship with Robert Bosch GmbH in Germany. He has comprehensive knowledge in finance and controlling, which helped him succeed as the Finance and Legal Chairman for the ESB Student Consulting. He is interested in EU-USA relations and economic inequality in those growing economies.

Josh Moss

Having completed an Erasmus year in Spain, Josh is currently a BA student of international relations at Durham University. Josh’s interest in international affairs are particularly exemplified by his activity in Model United Nations (MUN), participating in international university conferences and by his previous role as the journal editor of Durham University’s Politics and International Relations Society. Other hobbies include traveling and learning languages. Josh speaks both English, Spanish and conversational French.

Richard Mason

Richard recently finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Alongside his studies, he is editor-in-chief of the ESFL blog SpeakFreely, and frequently contributes articles to other publications. He is well-versed in the politics of the United Kingdom, United States and European Union, as well as economic thought and political philosophy. He is particularly interested in the trade policies of the EU and issues pertaining to personal liberties. He is fluent in English and German.

MEMBER THINK TANKS


KEFiM – Greece

KEFiM is Greece’s premier free-market think tank that envisions Greece as a role model of economic and civil liberty where citizens are allowed to pursue their dreams and aspirations freely. Its mission is to increase individual and economic freedoms of Greeks through the promotion of liberal ideas and policy proposals. KEFiM focuses its work on four strategic pillars: the promotion of sound policy proposals that influence policy making, the protection of civil liberties through judicial activism, the promotion of economic literacy through educational campaigns, and the development of a bipartisan liberal movement. KEFiM is a member of the Atlas Network, EPICENTER, and the European Liberal Forum.

For more information about KEFiM, visit www.kefim.org

FOR – Poland

Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation) is a non-governmental think tank based in Poland promoting and defending economic freedom, the rule of law, individual liberties, private property, entrepreneurial activities, and ideas of limited government. Our activities are based on our vision of a society with favorable conditions for growth and productive activities, combining labour, entrepreneurship, innovation, saving, investment and obtaining knowledge. FOR aims to achieve its goals through fact-based reports and analysis, efficient communication and civil society mobilization.

For more information about FOR, visit www.for.org.pl

CEPOS – Denmark

CEPOS is an independent Danish think tank promoting a society based on freedom, responsibility, private initiative, and limited government.

CEPOS wishes to contribute to more personal and economic freedom, rule of law and democracy as well as a limited government sustained by healthy civil institutions, such as family, civil associations, and cultural life. CEPOS encourages competition, supports free markets, global free trade and opposes government subsidies to businesses.

For more information about CEPOS, visit www.cepos.dk

TIMBRO – Sweden

Timbro’s mission is to originate, promote and disseminate ideas and issues supporting the principles of free markets, free enterprise, individual liberty and a free society. Timbro’s main research areas are health and welfare reform, environment and growth, culture, migration issues as well as aid and global development. Our operations also include Timbro Media Institute and foreign policy institute Frivärld – Stockholm Free World Forum.

For more information about Timbro, visit www.timbro.se

LITHUANIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE – Lithuania

The Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) is a private non-profit non-party organisation established in 1990 to promote the ideas of individual freedom and responsibility, the free market, and limited government intervention. Our goal is to assist the accomplishment of the common interests of the people of Lithuania, which are best implemented in a free market where every individual pursues his or her objectives – without any privileges, protection or restrictions – by serving society and not relying on the government apparatus.

For more information about the LFMI, visit www.llri.lt

ISTITUTO BRUNO LEONI – Italy

The Istituto Bruno Leoni (IBL) seeks to promote a more informed discussion of topics like the environment, competition, energy, liberalisation, tax policy, privatisation and welfare state reform. Established in 2003, IBL strives to act as a resource for politicians and policy makers by stimulating greater awareness among private citizens on all questions related to public policy and the role of the state.

For more information about the IBL, visit www.brunoleoni.it

INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS – United Kingdom

The IEA is the UK’s original free-market think-tank, founded in 1955. Its mission is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. Given the current economic challenges facing Britain and the wider global environment, it is more vital than ever to promote the intellectual case for a free economy, low taxes, freedom in education, health and welfare and lower levels of regulation. The IEA also challenges people to think about the correct role of institutions, property rights and the rule of law in creating a society that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and the efficient use of environmental resources.

For more information about IEA, visit www.iea.org.uk

INSTITUT ÉCONOMIQUE MOLINARI – France

The Institut Économique Molinari is a research and educational organisation aimed at undertaking and stimulating an economic approach to the analysis of public policy. It is named after Gustave de Molinari, a Franco-Belgian economist and journalist who devoted his life to fostering such an approach. The IEM’s mission is to propose alternative and innovative solutions that will promote the prosperity of all individuals in society.

For more information about the IEM, visit www.institutmolinari.org

CIVISMO – Spain

Civismo is an initiative for the promotion of civil society and the exercise of personal and economic freedoms in Spain. It is rooted in the belief that the state must leave room for the involvement of citizens in public life, which can only be achieved through independent organisations acting as channels of the will of individuals. It is necessary to foster an intelligent system to elaborate proposals aimed at the common good, on one hand, and with the ability to influence governments and legislative chambers, on the other hand. To that end, the catalyst of ideas and action that is Civismo brings together opinion-formers, economic policy experts, and visionary board members keen on acting on their commitment to improve society.

For more information about Civismo, visit www.civismo.org