My Background

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My career consists of twenty years of professional experience and academic background in the fields of security and defence policy as well as geopolitics.


Currently, I am the Director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) and the Founder of FACE For A Conscious Experience e.U. in Vienna, Austria. I conduct Strategic Foresight and Trends Analysis for the Austrian Ministry of Defence and I am an instructor at the Real World Risk Institute (RWRI) led by best-selling author Nassim Taleb.


My work includes research, consulting, lectures, and publications on global and regional trends, future scenarios and geopolitical topics for clients from the public and private sector. I organise closed-door and public workshops, webinars, expert meetings and round tables as well as conferences.


I am currently writing a book on the Dragonbear's (modus vivendi between China and Russia) impact on global affairs based on systems thinking, strategic foresight, geopolitics, and geoeconomics. I am also finishing PhD dissertation on the Role of External Actors in Eastern Europe (the case of Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan) at the University of Vienna.





FACE For A Conscious Experience e.U.

Velina Tchakarova (Founder), MA, BA 

Hauptstr. 13 G,

2371 Hinterbrühl,


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