Prof. Matthias Finger
Professor of Management of Network Industries
Prof. Matthias Finger is a Professor of Management of Network Industries at EPFL since 2002. As of 2010 he also directs the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Geneva and has been, before joining EPFL, an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University (New York), an Associate Professor at Columbia University (New York), a Professor of Management of Public Enterprises at the Swiss Federal Institute of Public Administration. He is also a member of the Swiss railways as well as the Swiss electricity regulatory authorities. His main research interest is on the liberalization, re-regulation, and governance of infrastructures in the transport, energy, and communications sectors. He is the editor in chief of the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries.
Juan José Montero Pascual
Juan Montero (PhD Law, EUI) is a Professor of Administrative Law and Economic Regulation in the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid. He has been working with FSR Transport since 2016 and was appointed part-time professor in February 2018.
His research is focused on the regulation of network industries, both traditional like railways, telecommunications and posts, and new network industries like digital platforms, and the interaction between them, particularly in transportation.
He has published six books and more than fifty scientific articles on independent regulatory agencies, network access regulation, public service obligations, platform regulation and the sharing economy. He is Associate-Editor in Chief of the Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, and member of the board of 360 Revista de Alta Velocidad and other journals.
He provides regular advice to carriers and governments on institution building, liberalization and public service schemes.
Research Associate, FSR Transport Coordinator
Before joining the FSR team as Research Associate in February 2018 Irina Lapenkova was employed by the City of Turku (Finland). Irina was responsible for establishing and promoting cooperation between Finnish and Russian city authorities and institutions, science parks, SMEs, research centers and NGOs. Prior to that Irina worked in the area of Public Relations.
Irina holds a MA Degree in EU Studies from the Centre International de Formation Europeenne (CIFE, Berlin) and a MA degree in Finnish Language and Culture from St. Petersburg State University. In 2016 Irina gained a qualification of Policy Officer in European and International Organizations (CIFE, Berlin).
Irina coordinates the activities of FSR Transport and is responsible for the organization of the Florence Transport Forums and Annual Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures. Irina is a managing editor of the Network Industries Quarterly (NIQ).
Before joining the FSR team as Research Associate in January 2019 Teodora Serafimova was employed by the environmental NGO Bellona in Brussels. Teodora was working on EU policies to promote the shift towards electric mobility in Europe. This has included EU legislation relating to the deployment of electric vehicle recharging infrastructure, green public procurement, and fuel economy standards.
Prior to that, Teodora has gained work experience in international organisations, including the European Commission’s DG Environment (Brussels) and the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC, Bonn). Teodora holds a BSc in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has obtained a Master in Advanced International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
At FSR Transport, Teodora provides analytical and research support on transport regulation and network industry topics, and helps in coordinating events and liaising with partners.