Ania Skrzypek, PhD, is Director for Research and Training at FEPS – Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Before joining FEPS, she worked at the Institute of Political Sciences at Warsaw University – where she also defended cum laude in 2009 her PhD “Cooperation of socialists and social democratic parties in uniting Europe. From Liaison Bureau to PES. 1957 – 2007”, as also she served as two consecutively elected Secretary General of ECOSY (Young European Socialists) – being the first woman and first Central-Eastern European on that position. Ania is an author of over 80 published articles, both academic and opinion pieces. Her research interests evolve around the European studies, history of and contemporary political thought, as also party systems. At FEPS, among several responsibilities connected with implementation of the new training strategy, she oversees the portfolios of Next Left (renewal of social democracy), fostering democracy and Political Union, as also she co-manages FEPS Young Academics Network and Ones to Watch Programme.