- Külli Sarapuu, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Külli Sarapuu is Associate Professor at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Before joining the Nurkse Department in 2007 she worked for the Estonian Government Office. Külli Sarapuu has been engaged as an expert and lecturer in various projects focusing on the functioning of the Estonian public sector. She teaches courses on Estonian public administration, public sector coordination and public management reform. In the years 2008-2016 she was acting as the Program Director for the Executive Master of Public Management program at the Nurkse Department. Her research focuses on public sector organization, civil service systems, public sector coordination and the governance of small states. She has taken a special interest in the post-communist transformation of administrative structure in Central and Eastern Europe and has published broadly on the respective changes in Estonia. Külli Sarapuu’s current research projects include Coordination Instruments at the Center of Government: Opportunities and Limitations of Temporary Task Forces (personal grant by the Estonian Research Council) and Navigating the Storm: Small States in the EU (EU Jean Monnet Network). She is a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group "Governance of Public Sector Organizations”. Külli Sarapuu was engaged in the organization of the 1st NISPAcee and EGPA Trans-European Dialogue (TED) in Tallinn, Estonia (2008) and the 5th TED in Budapest, Hungary (2012). In 2014, she was endowed with the NISPAcee Mzia Mikeladze PhD Thesis Award.
- Eka Akobia, Caucasus School of Governance, Caucasus University, Georgia, email@example.com
Eka Akobia is Dean of the Caucasus School of Governance and a Director of the Institute of Peace Studies (IPS) at Caucasus University. She is also an Associate Professor at Tbilisi State University (TSU). She teaches theories of international relations (MA and PHD), international organizations, EU external relations and UN Peacekeeping Operations courses. She has published a number of academic articles as well as contributed to three edited volumes in the European Union series. She also regularly contributes news analysis to such media platforms as civil.ge and the Clarion.
Eka Akobia obtained her PHD in International Relations from Tbilisi State University. She acquired her MA degree in International Relations from Baylor University, USA and her BA degree in Political Science from Hartwick College, USA. She has participated in several senior level non-degree programmes, such as the Qualitative Research Methods Course (ICQRM) from Syracuse University, USA (2011); the Summer University on "Federalism, Constitutionalism and Conflict Transformation in Multiethnic Societies” University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2005) and the NATO Senior Executive Master Course, Bucharest, Romania (2004).
Besides academia, Eka Akobia has extensive public service experience. She worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia from 2005 until 2016 and has a broad experience in Georgia’s foreign policy. She holds a diplomatic rank of Counselor. Amongst other positions, she has worked as the Deputy Director of the Department of the Americas (2009-2010), the Deputy Director of the Political Department (2010-2012) and as the Director of the Asia, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Department (2012-2016).
Call for papers
In order to include a wide array of potential contributors and to make the NISPAcee Annual Conference even more attractive to Public Administration and Policy scholars, experts, and practitioners and to further enhance its position as one of the most important meetings in the field internationally, the NISPAcee Annual Conference will again include General Sessions, in which papers that cover topics, which go beyond the conference or working group themes, can be presented.
The only criteria for acceptance are (a) scholarly quality, (b) interest of the topic and (c) "from or about the region”, i.e. papers should come from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus, or be about that region.