FutureLab Europe is managed day-to-day by the European Policy Centre (EPC) on behalf of the Network of European Foundations (NEF).

Julian Rappold, Project Leader

Julian Rappold is the Project Leader of FutureLab Europe, leading the management of the programme. Julian also leads the project ‘Connecting Europe’ at EPC aiming to build bridges between the EU and its citizens. As a Senior Policy Analyst at EPC, his research focuses on European integration, German EU policy, Southern Europe and European party politics.

Prior to joining the EPC, Julian worked as a Programme Officer at the Europe Programme of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) between 2011 and 2017. Between 2015 and 2017 he was also an Associate Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Previously, he gained first work experience in the European Parliament and in the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.

Julian Rappold holds an MA in contemporary European studies from the University of Bath and the Humboldt Universität of Berlin and is an alumnus of the Universities of Freiburg, Münster and the Institut d’Études Politiques in Lyon.

Hannah Cornelsen, Project Officer

Hannah Cornelsen is the Project Officer of FutureLab Europe, responsible for the organisation of FutureLab Europe’s annual conferences.

Hannah is also Project Officer for the joint EPC-Stiftung Mercator project ‘Connecting Europe’ aiming to connect the themes and content work supported by Stiftung Mercator with the Brussels policy community. Before joining the EPC, she has worked as a trainee at the office of a Member of the French National Assembly in Paris. Previously, she gained first work experience at Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Bonn, Germany, and as a seminar trainer for non-formal education. She holds a double-MA in International Governance with a specialisation on European Affairs from University of Münster, Germany and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po Lille), France.

As a volunteer with the Young European Federalists, Hannah has gained experience also in the organisation of intercultural youth exchanges, civic education activities and project management.

Marella Tassini, Project Assistant

Marella Tassini is the Programme Assistant of FutureLab Europe, rMarella Tassiniesponsible for the daily implementation of the FutureLab Europe programme.

Before joining the EPC, Marella worked as Administrative Assistant at the General Secretariat of Eurocontrol. She was also Communication and Event coordinator for the pan-European magazine Cafébabel Brussels and Trade and Marketing Trainee at the multinational company Marchon Gulf in Dubai.

Being passionate about politics and communications, Marella volunteeres with several magazines and she is currently a member of the Cafébabel team for which she writes mainly about cultural events and society. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Padua (Italy). During her Master, she studied for one semester at the University of Helsinki in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme. She also holds a degree in European Project Management from the EuropaCube Innovation Business School.