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.

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.