Tobias Flessenkemper is a Senior Fellow and Balkans project Director at the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) in Nice and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cologne, where he teaches international development management and advocacy and contributes to the European politics programmes. He is the co-founder and managing director of elbarlament.org, an advisory practice based in Berlin, focusing on innovation in governance and communication. He holds a Magister Artium in political science from the University of Cologne and the European Master in International Humanitarian Assistance (NOHA) from the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany). He was a visiting fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) from 2012-13 and served as senior policy advisor of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, programme coordinator of the EUPOL Proxima in Macedonia, EU expert of the German Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF) and youth coordinator of the OSCE Mission in Sarajevo from 2001 to 2012. Until 2001 he was Secretary General of the European Youth Forum in Brussels, preceded by professional and voluntary assignments in European affairs in Belgium, Germany and Italy. His main research interests include the institutional, constitutional, security aspects as well as communication and cultural dimensions of European integration and EU external action.