FILIPPO GIUFFRIDA REPACI, Director
Born in Turin, Filippo is a graduate from University of Genoa (Law Degree, Master in EC Law) and also studied at the University of Würzburg, the King’s College of London, the City of London Polytechnic, the Europa House in Valkenburgh and the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
After a term in the Italian Navy during the Gulf War and some years as Assistant to Prof. Nascimbene at the Chair of EC Law in Genoa and Milan, Filippo was at the European Court of Justice and then at the European Commission, before joining a major Brussels’ Law Firm, where had the opportunity to assist multinational clients in competition and antidumping cases and to prepare and plead numerous litigations brought before the European Court of Justice.
A former Legal Adviser at the FTA, he has lectured on various EU topics (EU legal system, European defence policies, Communication & Lobbying, …) in several European universities, such as the European Institute of Public Administration of Maastricht, the European Training Institute of Brussels, the Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg, and the Universities of Genoa, Bologna and Milan. Moreover, he has organized and managed many seminars on EC matters for national officials, belonging, inter-alia, to the Ministry of Economy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Council of State of the People’s Republic of China, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and several local national authorities.
Among the founders of the European Institute for Legal Studies back in 2003, Filippo is an accredited journalist at the EU, serving as Brussels’ correspondent for the Italian press agency “Nove Colonne” and Director of the review “La lettre B”. One of the authors of the book “Lettere dall’Europa”, he frequently writes for the Italian magazine “Patria Indipendente”.
In 2000 he was called to the European Executive Committee of the Democratici di Sinistra and then chaired the Belgian branch of the Partito Democratico, before joining Articolo Uno as a member of the National Direction of the party.
Vice President of the International Federation of Resistance Fighters (FIR) and President of ANPI Belgium, Filippo coordinates the European activities of the Italian Partisans Associations and is a founding member of “ITACA”, a transnational association for communities abroad.
Member of the Board of INCA CGIL in Belgium, Filippo is also President of the “Union of Italians in Europe” in Belgium and former Chairman of the “Italian Press Association”.
Honored of various national distinctions, he won the Michel Vanderborght Award for journalism in 2013 and the Radnoti Prize in 2020.
ANNA IBRISAGIC, Senior Partner
Anna Ibrisagic was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2014 representing the Swedish conservatives, the Moderate Party. Mrs Ibrisagic was a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security and Defence.
In the European parliament Mrs Ibrisagic worked mostly with the EU-enlargement and EU Neighborhood countries, particularly Ukraina, Belarus, Moldava, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia.
Before being elected to the European Parliament in 2004, Mrs Ibrisagic was a member of the executive board of Luleå city Muncipal Council 1998-2002 and the chairman of the Moderate party in Luleå city 2000-2001. She has also been on the Executive Committee of the swedish Moderate Party from 2001 to 2011 and a member of the Swedish parliament, elected in 2002.
Before entering Parliament Mrs Ibrisagic was the director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the county of the North Sweden.
Mrs Ibrisagic served as the personal interpreter and translator to Mr Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, during his mission as the EU High Representative to Bosnia and Hercegovina in the mid-1990’s. She has also translated the Bosnian and Serb version of Mr Bildt’s book “Peace Journey”.
Anna Ibrisagic was born 23 May 1967 in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and arrived in Sweden as a refugee in 1992 having fled from the war in Bosnia. She studied economics at the University of Banjaluka, and is also a certified piano and solo singing teacher. She speaks fluently English, Swedish, Bosnian, German, Slovak and Russian language.
Mrs Ibrisagic is member of European Council of Foreign relations since 2007. In 2010 she has received the international award the Best manager for promotion of the good business, political and diplomatical relations between central and he received the Person of the Year award from one of the largest Bosnian dailies “Nezavisne novine”. south European region and EU. In 2011 she received the Vecernjakov pecat award from one of the largest croatian dailies “Vecernji list”.
CECILIA LAZZARONI, Partner
Born in Bologna, Italy, Cecilia holds a degree in Interpretation and Translation and one in Political Science, both of them from the Univesity of Bologna. She then continued her studies in Brussels, with a Post-graduate Master in European Studies for policy advisors and project consultants and again in Bologna, with a Master in in International relations, focus on European affairs.
Before joining the Institute, Cecilia collaborated with the Brussels office of the Region Emilia-Romagna, where she focused her interest on regional policies and governance. She joined the European Institute for Legal Studies in 2012, working on different subjects, including competition law, the data protection reform and the role of the EU as an international actor.