The pool of analysts in the Central European Policy institute is growing stronger with the arrival of Balázs Jarábik, an international development executive, who is joining as a senior fellow specializing in the Eastern Partnership.

Engaging Balázs Jarábik is in line with the long-term objective of the Central European Institute (CEPI) to provide high-quality analyses that help decision-makers to adopt policies fostering prosperity and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.

“I am glad that one of the most renowned analysts and a pivotal figure of the Eastern Partnership is joining us,” said Robert Vass, Secretary General of the Slovak Atlantic Commission, CEPI’s mother organisation. “Balázs has an immense field experience and his arrival will boost both SAC’s and CEPI’s capability to actively contribute to the shaping of regional and European policies.”

As an expert on international development and strategies, Balázs Jarábik will join the CEPI’s international team where he will focus on the Eastern Partnership and contribute to other CEPI’s activities using his vast network of contacts in Central Europe.

“I’m glad to become part of this great CEPI team and I believe that we will expand the reach of the Central European region to whole Europe and beyond,” Balázs Jarábik said.

While at the Institute, he will work in parallel with his executive position at Pact, one of the top US development NGOs. Balázs was one of the key people in building up the Pact’s presence in Eastern Europe. During his five-year tenure, the Kyiv branch grew to be the largest non-governmental organisation in the country. At the same time, he worked for the think-tank FRIDE. The result of his field experience and analytical work was the Reality Check policy review, which became an integral part of the Lithuania’s EU presidency.

As an international development executive and expert on the issue of democracy and governance, Balázs Jarábik worked as an advisor for political parties and civil societies in the Balkans and Eastern Europe; he worked with the Slovak Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and international institutions such as the European Parliament, the UN and the OSCE.