Coordinating Team

Xavier Munoz

Legal Administrator

Xavier is a corporate/commercial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience. He advises in many areas covered by the firm and is specialized in projects relating to telecommunications, technology, internet, media, entertainment and intellectual property. He also advises many associations and foundations.

After studying in Spain and the USA (junior year), he worked at leading law firms in Spain (Garrigues), Paris (DSParis) and London (Steptoe & Johnson). He is a lecturer at the LLM of ISDE Institute, speaks regularly at international technology conferences, and has published the book “Manual de Derecho de las Telecomunicaciones” and many press articles. He is also Patron and Secretary of the CTecno Foundation. Xavier speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and French.


Willem Pieter de Groen


Willem Pieter is a Research Fellow at the Financial Institutions and Prudential Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels and an associate researcher at the IRCCF. He holds a Master in Finance of the VU University, in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Willem Pieter has assisted in the the coordination of MEDPRO and (co)-authored several studies on EU and Near East banking regulation, as well as diversity in bank ownership and business models, small and medium-sized enterprises obstacles to growth and access to finance. Willem Pieter has further extensive experience in gathering and analyzing data, e.g. product prices, executive compensation, financial performance, and structure. As a associate researcher of the IRCCF, Willem Pieter contributes to research on financial systems. He speaks Dutch, English and German.


Emanuele Sessa


Emanuele Sessa is a Junior Researcher holding a master in International Development Studies with honours from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). His thesis analysed the role of private consultants in the European Neighbourhood Policy in light of the existing and forthcoming challenges the European Union faces in the political and economic relations with its Eastern neighbours. He had previously obtained a double bachelor in Economics and Geography from the Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne and completed a high-level training course on geo-statistics organised by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). His essay on the spread of horizontal information fluxes and related changes in the choice architecture of economic agents was singled out as one of the top contributions in the French contest “Inventez 2020”, promoted in the frame of the 2013 Economics Meeting of Aix-en-Provence, which he attended as guest.

Emanuele started his professional career in development cooperation assisting the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) in the implementation of the 2011 Population and Housing Census, acquiring substantial knowledge in cartographic tools and geographic information systems. He then worked as Junior Analyst for DevStat – a statistical consulting company providing technical assistance to national statistical institutes and supranational organisations – supporting senior consultants in the management and implementation of international projects and engaging in the development of business opportunities. He recently acted as Field Assistant for projects supporting the Ukrainian Government in the preparation of its regional development policy and the Moldovan National Bureau of Statistics in the production and dissemination of regional statistics.

Passionate about geography and advocate of multidisciplinary research, Emanuele’s interests range from spatial and development economics to political geography and anthropology, including information and behavioural science. He travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean basin – with a special focus on the Balkans – and is fluent in Italian, French, English and Spanish.


Omar El Zoheiry

Junior Researcher

Omar El Zoheiry is an Junior Researcher currently focusing on the political economy of debt in the Euro-Mediterranean. He holds a MSc degree in Comparative Politics (with honours) from the London School of Economics (LSE). His MSc specialism was designed to focus on incidents of political change and economic reconfiguration in the MENA from 1952 to today. He also holds a BA degree from Macalester College (MN, United States) in Political Science, International Studies, and Economics. Omar’s academic record is distinguished by the six scholarships he earned between 2007 and 2013 for academic drive and ability. In addition to focusing on the MENA, Omar has also studied processes of political and economic transformation in Latin America (1970s-1980s) and the former Yugoslavia (1990s). Over the past 11 years, Omar has lived in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, England, and the Mediterranean nations of Egypt and Spain. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and Spanish, and is looking to add Serbo-Croatian to the mix soon.