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Our Team

Europe Elects is a market leader in the analysis of polls and election data in Europe. The Germany-based start-up contextualizes the data for free for 120,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and provides analysis to The Guardian, CNN, Euronews, and other major international stakeholders. Moreover, Europe Elects acts as a democracy watchdog in authoritarian countries. During Europe Elects’ work, the platform breaks the national narrative and reports from a European perspective for a pan-European audience. POLITICO Europe has found in 2019 that Europe Elects is – ahead of CNN or Le Monde – the 12th most influential media in the EU Parliament.

Europe Elects is run by a non-partisan team of 38 volunteers.

Tobias Gerhard Schminke
Founder and Team Leader

Tobias founded Europe Elects in May 2014, and until September 2017 ran the account on his own. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication Science with a Political Science minor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and Haifa University, Israel. In 2019, he obtained his Master of Arts in International Development Studies in Halifax, Canada.

tobias.schminke@europeelects.eu
Euan Healey
Head of Communications

Euan is the Head of Communications of Europe Elects and co-host of the Europe Elects podcast. He is a freelance journalist, photographer, and public speaker based in the United Kingdom, specialising in UK and EU government, politics, and elections. He studies History and Politics at the University of Glasgow.

Julius Lehtinen
Editor-In-Chief, Expert on Finland

Julius joined the Europe Elects team in 2018. He currently studies Politics and Communications at the University of Helsinki and writes about European Affairs for the Finnish Foreign Political magazine The Ulkopolitist. Julius is the Editor-In-Chief of Europe Elects on top of covering polls and election results in Finland.

editor@europeelects.eu
Alexander Sarti
Web Editor and Developer

Alexander has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is currently studying Computer Science and Telecommunications Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. He runs the Europe Elects website and covers polls and elections in Italy.

alexander.sarti@europeelects.eu
José Alvarado
YouTube

José has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C. Previously, he has worked as an intern for the Paris-based think tank Confrontations Europe and in the United States Senate

Mathew Nicolson
Expert on the United Kingdom

Mathew has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is currently working towards his PhD in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. Mathew is co-editor-in-chief of Europe Elects. Moreover, he covers polls, elections and referenda in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Luka Ivan Jukić
Expert on Croatia

Luka has been a part of Europe Elects since May 2019. He studies Economics and History at the University of Glasgow and works as a freelance journalist with a focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Yiorgos Kakouris
Expert on Cyprus

Yiorgos Kakouris joined Europe Elects in 2019, just in time for the European Parliament Elections. He studied at New York University and University College London, and worked for several years as a political reporter in Cyprus covering the reunification negotiations. He works as a Brussels correspondent for Alpha TV Cyprus and writes analysis for Politis newspaper.

Vincent Marmara
Expert on Malta

Vincent covers polls and elections in Malta for Europe Elects. He earned a PhD in Mathematics (Statistics) at the University of Stirling and is currently a lecturer at the University of Malta. He joined Europe Elects in 2019.

Dylan Marshall
Expert on Ireland

Dylan has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is currently an International and European Law student at the the Hague University of Applied Science and is a member of the Young European Federalists.

Guilherme Ferreira Resende
Social Media Manager - Instagram

Guilherme has been part of the team since April 2019. He is currently studying Political Science at the School of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP-ULisboa), having previously pursued a degree in European Studies at the Faculty of Humanities (FLUL). He runs the Instagram page of Europe Elects.

guifresende@gmail.com
Rati Shubladze
Expert on the Caucasus

Rati has been part of the Europe Elects team since July 2018 and covers polls from Non-EU member Eastern European countries. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Tbilisi State University. Rati’s doctoral research focuses on electoral behaviour in Georgia. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate level research methods classes at TSU. Additionally, Rati is a researcher at CRRC-Georgia.

Simone Esposito
Database; EU Projection

Simone Esposito has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. Having graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), he is now doing an internship at Confindustria, while working towards a master’s degree in European affairs at ULB in Brussels. Simone is also a former intern at the European Commission in London and at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ignasi Subirà
Expert on Spain

Ignasi has been part of the Europe Elects team since September 2017. After having earned a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Barcelona, he is now pursuing a Master’s program at the London School of Economics.

Noah Wheatley
Expert on Denmark

Noah has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He is currently studying Modern European Studies with German, at the University of Nottingham. Noah covers polls and elections in Denmark.

Tomas Bálint
Expert on Czechia and Slovakia

Tomas is data analyst for Europe Elects with a special focus on covering polls and election results in Slovakia and Czechia. He joined the team in 2018 and studies Politics & International Relations at University of Sussex. 

Rafael Eduardo Pena-Rios Ribero
Social Media Manager - YouTube - Europe Elects Podcast Producer and Engineer

Rafael has been part of Europe Elects since 2017. Living in Colombia, he is studying graphic design and interactive design at University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano. He is responsible for Europe Elects' YouTube channel and producer and audio engineer of the Europe Elects podcast. In the past, he has been covering Romania for the team. 

Filip van Laenen
Expert on Belgium; EU Projection

Filip has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017. He holds an Master of Science in Electrical Engeneering and a Master of Science in Computer Science from KULeuven, and has been tracking Belgian polls for more than ten years. He has a special interest in statistics and has created an open source software to calculate seat projections. He covers polls and elections in Belgium, Iceland and Norway and creates voting and seat projections for the 2019 EU Election.

Antons Gusevs
Expert on Latvia and Eastern Europe

Antons Gusevs has been part of Europe Elects since November 2018. He covers polls and elections in Latvia.

Antonio M.
Expert on Italy

Antonio covers polls and elections in Italy for Europe Elects since late 2018.

Viktor Babar
Expert on Hungary

Viktor is the founder of Hungary Elects and has been part of Europe Elects team since September 2017. He studied social sciences and survey statistics at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. He is currently working for a Hungarian political polling company as a researcher.

Leon Andrius Liesener
Expert on Lithuania

Leon has been part of the Europe Elects team since May 2019. He covers polls and elections in Lithuania. Moreover, he is producer and audio engineer for the Europe Elects' podcast. He studies Mathematics in his Bachelor's at University of Göttingen.  

Michał Konarski
Expert on Poland

Michał Konarski is currently a student at Bolesław Chrobry's High School in Wroclaw. He has been a part of Europe Elects since July 2018 and is also part of editors' team of youth press collective Alternatywa.

Lukas S.
Expert on Germany and Austria

Lukas has been part of Europe Elects since September 2017 and covers polls and elections in Germany and Austria. He is currently studying at the upper secondary vocational college of commerce at Berufliche Schule Schramberg. 

Otto-Kristjan Vanajuur
Expert on Estonia

Otto-Kristjan has been part of Europe Elects since December 2018 focusing on Estonia. He's currently studying Electroenergetics and Mechatronics at the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT/TalTech).

Andrei Miclea
Expert on Romania
Andrei Miclea has been part of Europe Elects since March 2018, covering Romania. He is currently doing a master in Informatics Technologies. He has a B.S. in Software Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. For almost two years, he worked as a Software Validation Engineer for Intel. His passions are history, politics, and science.

 

Seán Glennon
Expert on Ireland

Seán has been a member of the Europe Elects team since March 2018. He is the founder of Ireland Elects and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from University College Dublin. He is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. He is mainly covering polls and election results for the Republic of Ireland for Europe Elects.

Adam Lawless
Head of Asia and Oceania Elects; Expert on Israel

Adam Lawless is currently doing his General Certificate of Secondary Education in Northamptonshire, England. He coordinates the teams running Europe Elects' partner projects Asia Elects and Oceania Elects. Moreover, he is an expert on polling and election data as well as contemporary politics and political parties in Israel. 

Polychronis Karampelas
Expert on Greece - Manging editor (EE Podcast)

Polychronis Karampelas covers polls and elections in Greece. Beyond that he's managing editor for the Europe Elects' podcast. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations and a MA in Global Risks, Politics and Analytics. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Analysis at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Lars van Maanen
Expert on the Netherlands

Lars van Maanen covers polls and elections in the Netherlands for Europe Elects.

Teodora Yovcheva
Expert on Bulgaria

Teodora Yovcheva has been covering polls and elections in Bulgaria for Europe Elects since September 2019. She is PhD student in Comparative Politics. Her academic interests are political parties and party systems. Teodora is the doctoral students' representative in the board of Student Union in Sofia University and the former vice-chairman of students club of political science.

Thomas Melieres-Frost
Expert on France

Thomas has been part of the Europe Elects team since January 2019. He graduated from the University of Southampton in 2017 with BA Hons Degree in History and is now persuing his MA in History. He has been working as a private history tutor. Thomas mainly assists with data on polls and elections in France.

Yasen Iliev
Financial and Entrepreneurial Advisor

Yasen Iliev has been financial and business development advisor for Europe Elects since 2019. He is currently working at the European Investment Bank.

Celso Gomes
Expert on Portugal

Celso Gomes joined the Europe Elects team in 2019, covering polls and elections in Portugal. He is at the tail end of a PhD in the broad area of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Harry Hayfield
Expert on the United Kingdom

Harry resides in the United Kingdom and has been doing analysis and election projections with various academic institutions since the 1989 European Election. He has a GCSE at Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. He is an expert on electoral law and electoral history in the United Kingdom.

Gabriel Hedengren
Expert on Sweden

Gabriel covers polls and elections in Sweden for Europe Elects. Moreover, he is co-host of the Europe Elects Podcast. He is a PR account executive living in London and joined Europe Elects in 2019.

Europe Elects wants to thank team members who helped to build the project in the past:

Alexandros Velmachos (Greece, 2017-2019)
Baiba Krastiņa (Latvia, 2018)
Dimitrios Malegkos (Greece, 2017-2019)
Edvinas Emarta (Lithuania, 2018-2019)
Iliya Ivanov (Bulgaria, 2018-2019)
Jani Korhonen (Western Balkans, 2018-2020)
Tin Dukanović (Croatia, 2018-2019)
Yaman H. (Slovenia, 2017-2018)

Contact Us

General Inquiries: contact@europeelects.eu
Editorial: editor@europeelects.eu
Our Fearless Leader: tobias.schminke@europeelects.eu
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