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Ilya Roubanis

PhD (EUI, Florence) | Political Analyst


I am a policy analyst and political consultant with experience in managing transnational teams to deliver on time, to standard, and on budget.

For fifteen years, I have worked as a shadow-writer for prime ministers, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, corporate leaders and diplomats, developing bespoke messaging fitting to platform, target audience, role and mandate. I was fortunate to be engaged in iconic political campaigns across Europe, from the Caucasus to Brussels. My work is all about creative engagement and strategic messaging.

With strong academic credentials, I am experienced in policy documentation and development, with a background in governance, think tanks and academia.

Born in London to Greek parents, I have lived, worked and studied in Belgium, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK.


08/2020 – 09/2021 | Brussels

Managing Director

at Brussels Morning​

Scouting and recruiting; designing a content flow process and setting quality benchmarks; creating a safe space of professional development; developing and widening the breadth of content. Continuously reviewing processes to improve SEO and social media outreach; working towards brand recognition; managing relations with angel investors while expanding client base.
05/2019 – 09/2021 | London

Director of Research

at Tactics Institute for Counter-Terrorism

Pitching and scoping multimedia projects, coordinating field research, reviewing and editing as required. Managing multimedia projects and reports – video, audio, written – on time, to expected standards, and on budget. Taking charge of exploitation and dissemination planning, including impactful parliamentary and academic events across Europe (Strasbourg, Paris, London, Brussels, Prague, etc.). Recruitment and international partnerships. Donor relations, consortium development, proposal writing and fund-raising.
11/2018 to 05/2019 | Tbilisi, London

Government Affairs Consultant

at Anaklia Consortium Development (ADC)

Weekly Political Risk monitoring; Stakeholders Mapping, Outreach Planning and implementation, Event Organization. Organised ADC’s first roadshow in Poland.
03/2015 to Present | Brussels, London


at New Europe

Political analysis, features, and interviews, and human rights features with a comparative perspective. Still holding the platform’s record for single article Facebook Shares (15,000 plus).
07/2015 to 03/2017 | Brussels

Account Manager

at Georgian Government – Cambre Associates

Worked with parliamentarians, cabinet ministers, and two prime ministers to develop targeted political messaging fit for platform, medium, and target audience. Assisted with needs assessment, documentation, and presentation of political narratives, in line with strategic messaging. Part of the team that built the “best-reformer in the EaP” brand.
01/2014 to 03/2015 | Athens

Political Advisor

at Ministry of Interior,

Secretariat for Gender Equalitys

Ministry of Interior, Secretariat for Gender Equality Facilitated the development of a public-private partnership to address sexism in advertising; facilitated policy development and media relations during the rollout of a new network for the support of domestic violence victims.
10/2013 to 11/2015 | Corinth

Research Coordinator

at University of Peloponnesus

Led the development of a successful €400,000 bid for a European Commission- funded project (7% success rate): coordinated a 2-year curriculum development project for women vulnerable to sexual exploitation (illegal African migrants in Istanbul, Athens, and Florence).
09/2007 to 07/2014 | Brussels

Parliamentary Assistant

at European Parliament

Supported the work of the leader of the political party group of the ruling party in Greece during the Financial Crisis (2009-2011). Supported the work of the MEP in key committees, including defence, enlargement, and the Joint Euro- Turkish parliamentary committee.
09/2010 to 05/2011 | Athens

Research Associate

at International Center

for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS)

Audited multi-agency EU-funded research projects to brief new management. Authored three policy papers on Black Sea regional policy coordination.
04/2007 to 03/2008 | Athens, Vienna, Nicosia

Research Associate

at Int. Commission for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

PROMINSTAT project. Mapping statistical databases containing information on migrant populations in Greece and Cyprus. Facilitating structured interviews with data-set managers and compiling meta-data reports. Contributing to reports on database optimisation.
10/2005 to 09/2007 | Athens

Research Associate

at Institute for Strategic and Development Studies

Migration Policy Development: event planning, research coordination, press relations. Coordinated a multi-stakeholder policy development process that led to new legislation in Greek naturalisation policy for 2 nd generation migrants.



PhD, Social and Political Science

Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute (EUI).


MA, International Relations and Strategic Studies

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Department of International Relations and European Studies.


BA, European Area Studies

Department of European Studies, University of Bradford.

Voluntary Service

1999 - 2002

European Human Rights Peer-Training Program (CEJI, Council of Europe)

Peer training on various human rights issues and in various venues: from university campuses to the Greek School of Public Administration. In time I started developing my own curriculum/exercises.

1992 - 1994

UWC - Social Service Program

Weekly helping with conversation English lessons Emiliano that was facing mobility challenges in Monfalcone, Italy

Visiting weekly an old’s peoples’ home in Aurisina, Italy, engaging with people creatively.

Visiting Bosnian refugee camps to assist with small projects and administrative support in Slovenia and Croatia.

1999 - 2001

Olympace Project - Fundraising and Project Management

Raised in excess of one mission Euros in cash and in-kind for an educational program for children from conflict or post-conflict regions.