Our team

Nicolae Ratiu

Chairman of The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation,
Managing Director of Regent House Properties Ltd

Educated in the United Kingdom at Marlborough College, and the United States, New York University, with a BSc in Marine Transportation and economics. As Chairman of The Ratiu Foundation, a British registered charity (est. 1979) with headquarters in Manchester Square, London, Nicolae chairs a board of 5 Ratiu family members who award annually up to 50 grants, worth c. GBP 200,000, in various fields (study, research, projects, travel etc.) both in the UK and Romania.

A businessman and philanthropist, Nicolae is also trustee of charities in Romania and the UK: The Romanian Cultural Centre in London, Pro Patrimonio (The National Trust of Romania), ADEPT, The Relief Fund for Romania and the Ratiu Center for Democracy.

In addition, through the Ratiu Foundation, Nicolae supports major cultural and educational programs in UK, Romania and US, among which are:
– The Ion Ratiu Chair of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University, Washington
– The annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award and Fellowship in Washington
– The Ion Ratiu Award for Investigative Journalism
– The Elisabeth Pilkington Ratiu Award for Advances in Mental Health.

Professor Christopher Coker



Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at LSE. His publications include The Rise of the Civilizational State (2019); Rebooting Clausewitz (2018); Men at War; what fiction tells us about conflict from The Iliad to Catch 22 (2014); Warrior Geeks: how 21st century technology is changing the way we fight and think about war (Oxford University Press 2013) and Barbarous Philosophers: reflections on the nature of war from Heraclitus to Heisenberg (Columbia University Press 2010). He has written for The Times, Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times, The Spectator, the Independent and The Wall St Journal. He has been a Visiting Fellow at National Institute of Defence Studies (Tokyo); the Rajaratnam School National technological University (Singapore), the Institute for Security Studies (Chulalongkorn University Bangkok) and is a regular lecturer at staff colleges and academies around the world. He is at present Visiting Professor in War Studies at the Swedish National Defence College.

Pamela Roussos Ratiu

executive director, ratiu family charitable foundation

Pamela Rațiu is executive director to Romania of U.K. registered Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation. Her expertise covers management, event concept, public relations and partnership development. Pamela has 30 years of experience in international management for both the public and private sector, actively supporting sustainable non-profit organisational development in Transylvania. Pamela joined Rațiu Center for Democracy in 2004. She has initiated numerous CRD programs, among them: Ion Rațiu Debating ClubAnti trafficking awareness campaignChristmas for Children, and Ion Rațiu Volunteer Center. Some of these initiatives are continued by CRD to date, especially due to their contribution to the local community. Pamela has actively supported the partnership with Washington based think tank Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in offering the Ion Rațiu Democracy Award to those fighting for democracy around the world.Also as part of CRD related activities, Pamela has initiated Ratiu Dialogues on Democracy, a three day celebration of democracy and activism, which reunites in Turda, seat of the Rațiu family, policy makers, public institutions and non-profit representatives, as well as family members and friends of CRD. During this event, as well as on other equally special occasions the Foundation hosts the famed special dinners, based on the Dinner in the Forest concept that have become one of the signature marks of Pamela Rațiu.

Contact: pratiu@ratiuforum.com

Emilia Knight


A senior executive with a substantial record of strategic business development in international markets. Dr Knight holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and an Executive MBA. As Centre Manager of LSE IDEAS, she is in charge of the day-to-day running of the centre.  She oversees all financial arrangements concerning the centre and is in overall charge of information, events and external communication. She has previously worked as Marketing Manager, Publishing for Apple UK and later joined Adobe as their Marketing Director, Europe. She went on to establish the Business Software Alliance in Europe to combat software piracy and protect intellectual property.

Dana Stoica

Digital Communication and Events Consultant

Dana Stoica has been working with the Rațiu foundations since 2013. She has a background in Journalism, Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, and a passion for sustainability projects. More recently, she has coordinated communication activities for various CSR initiatives in the fields of vocational education, digital education, environment protection, corporate volunteering and employee engagement. 

Megan Palmer

Program Manager Ratiu Forum

Megan holds an MA in the history of Central and Eastern Europe from University College London and a BA from the University of Bristol. She has a particular interest in modern Romanian history and has travelled extensively in the region. Prior to joining the Raţiu Forum, Megan worked for a number of years in communications and publishing. 

Vladd Coker


Vladd’s job description:
Meet and Greet (sometimes over enthusiastically).
Oversees activities in the courtyard.
Chases all cats.
Exercise visiting professors who spend far too much time at their computers.
His favorite book? The “Iliad”, of course.

Vlad Zigarov

Associate LSE Ideas

Vlad Zigarov, LSE Ideas, holds an MSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics and an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. He previously studied Philosophy, History and International Affairs at the University of Bucharest and worked in a number of state and private organisations in Romania and the United Kingdom.

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