EPICENTER, the European Policy Information Center, is an independent initiative of eight 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), 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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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 events and educational and international outreach. Christiana has extensive experience working in think tanks, and she holds a BA in Politics from the University of York.

Diego Zuluaga

Diego is the Head of Research at EPICENTER, with responsibility for the production and commissioning of briefings and reports. He is also Financial Services Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, which he joined in 2013. Diego writes frequently on a range of economic issues for outlets including CityAM, CapX and EurActiv. He holds a first-class degree in Economics and History from McGill University in Montreal.

Giovanni Caccavello

Giovanni is currently Research Fellow at EPICENTER. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) in Economics and International Business and received his MSc in Economic Development from the University of Glasgow. During his studies, Giovanni interned at Instituto Bruno Leoni, an EPICENTER partner organisation and Italy’s most influential liberal think-tank, collaborated with the Italian Government in the months prior to the 2013 G8 held in Northern Ireland and worked as a Market Analyst in Shanghai. Besides his working activities, Giovanni was also local coordinator of European Students for Liberty in Glasgow and actively collaborated with Young European Leadership, an international non-profit organisation based in Brussels.

Adam Bartha

Adam is Events & Outreach Officer at EPICENTER with responsibility for the private and public events programme in Brussels. Previously, he was a Koch Summer Fellow and interned in the Publications Department of the Independent Institute in California. He also has experience in domestic party politics in Germany and Hungary and gained an insight into the working of the European Parliament through the office of a Hungarian MEP. 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.


Benyao Yang

Benyao is currently completing his MSc in Development Administration and Planning at UCL. He joins EPICENTER with a particular interest in free market economics and EU-China relations. Benyao has extensive experience in journalism, with a focus on international summits, such as APEC, G20, Euro-Asia Summit, ASEAN, and Shangri-La Dialogue. He was Deputy Director of International Department and Beijing Correspondent at China Review News Agency and interned for The Chinese University Press and Southern Metropolis Daily.

Andreas Hellmann

Andreas graduated from the University of Bochum Law School. He is a member of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP), was elected to the city council of Essen in 2009 and re-elected in 2014. He also worked with Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organisation advocating for free markets. His research and advocacy efforts focus on telecom and technology issues, such as spectrum allocation, internet taxation, electronic communications privacy reform, and tech/telecom reform.

Algirdas Brochard

Algirdas is currently a PPE student at King’s College London. He joined EPICENTER with an interest in the domestic politics of France and the UK, energy security and the rise of protectionism. He has previously worked at Muscular Dystrophy UK, interned in the UK Parliament and has also organised after school clubs for Year 6 boys.

About The Groups

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


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


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, visithttp://www.brunoleoni.it/default.aspx


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


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 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