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Mr Joel Hirv was awarded Alfred Cahen Prize 2018 for his thesis Evolution of Values of the European Union in the Treaties: A Comparative Analysis an outstanding CERIS research paper of the academic year 2017-2018. Joel Hirv, born on 23 November 1985 in Estonia, graduated from the University of Tartu with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics in 2007, having written his thesis on Correlation between Integration Theories and Political Integration of the European Union in the Framework of Historical Institutionalism. Between 2007 and 2013, he was advising Estonian Members of the European Parliament, focussing on matters relating to foreign affairs, security and defence, human rights, and development. He was coordinating campaigning activities of the International Campaign for Tibet in the European Parliament from 2014 to 2015. From 2015 onwards, he has been working in the Directorate for Legislative Acts, Directorate‑General for the Presidency of the European Parliament. (Photo by Marian Lasak).

Thesis: Energy dimension of the Chinese Neighbourhood Policy, Vera Lipkovskaya

Vera started her career at international law firm CMS International B.V. in Moscow as a commercial lawyer and founder of the corporate Chinese desk aimed at establishing liaisons with the Shanghai office and producing exchange in the field of business and commerce. She also worked as an associate professor at Law Faculty of the Moscow State University by M. Sholokhov. Since 2014, she works as a senior expert at Gazprom Representative Office in Brussels being specialized in energy, environment and decarbonization issues, as well as EU affairs. She has numerous articles in various business and legal editions. Vera holds a PhD in laws and a Bachelors degree from the Moscow State University, a Master of Laws from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Arts in International Politics from CERIS. She speaks Russian, English, French, Chinese, Spanish, and Dutch.

Thesis: The diplomatic potential of Canada: Soft power in Decline?, Honorable Iain Rankin

Iain grew up in Timberlea, formally from Mabou, Nova Scotia. Before entering politics in 2013 Iain gained experience working as an operations manager, and business analyst Iain was Director of Operations for Dymon Storage Corporation, in Ottawa, Ontario. After moving back to Nova Scotia, in 2011, Iain successfully managed the launch of Premiere Self Storage in Burnside Business Park, and went on to work as a Project Manager in the commercial division of Armco Capital, focusing on redevelopment assignments in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Florida. While serving as the MLA for Timberlea-Prospect Iain previously served as the Government Caucus Chair, Vice Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Chair of the Nova Scotia section of the Assemble Parlementaire de la Francophonie, and as Minister of the Environment. He currently serves as the Minister of Lands and Forestry and is a member of the Treasury and Policy Board.

Thesis: Deconstructing the Business of Terrorism, Georges Ortmann

Georges started his career as a consultant with Ernst & Young (EY) Belgium. At EY, he focused on public sector and not-for-profit clients, successfully completing missions in the fields of public finance, economic analysis and organizational strategy for national and regional governments, as well as international institutions and not-for-profit foundations. After three years with EY, Georges decided to move into areas that would allow him to maximize the societal impact of his work. He recently joined Telos Impact, which is a small boutique advisory firm based in Brussels, active in the fields of Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing. Georges holds a Master in Business Engineering from Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management and an Executive Master in International Politics from CERIS. As a native from the German-speaking community of Belgium, and having spent time in South America during his studies, he is fluent in German, French and English, and is conversational in Dutch and Spanish.

Thesis: A Comparative Analysis of Renewable Energy Prices in the EU and Oil Prices from 2006-2014. Can gt, outreach officer for the International Energy Charter Secretariat based in Brussels, works on the accession of new countries to the Energy Charter Treaty as well as investment reviews for countries. Can has been working in the energy sector for more than 5 years both as a banker and analyst in the private sector and as an international organisation staffer. At the International Energy Charter Secretariat, based in Brussels, he is currently in charge of relations with observer and non-member countries, particularly for investment climate issues. He supports non-member accession to the 54 member State Energy Charter Treaty. Can has actively participated in the G-20 Energy Sustainability Working Group Meetings in 2015 dealing with access to affordable energy and the need for investments in the energy sector despite commercially and legally challenging environments. Previously, he was working in the banking sector in the Emerging Markets Mergers and Acquisitions team of Rothschild & Cie in Paris, working on large scale energy projects in the MENA and the CIS rgions. He is a law graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE).


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