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CECILIA THORN

PARTNER UK & SCANDINAVIA

cecilia.thorn@eufocus.be

“In the current age of disruptive innovation and rapid technological change, we must have an innovative mindset and a collaborative approach to regulation and policy.

Cecilia has over seventeen years of experience in international, EU and UK public and regulatory affairs. She has a well-developed international network that includes senior policy-makers, government officials, regulators, standard-setters, investors, firms and other key international/EU/UK organisations.

Prior to joining the EU Focus group, she was the Chief Executive of the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE), representing 36 actuarial member associations in 35 European countries. As the AAE CEO, she provided input on legislation to the various organisations of the European Union (with a focus on pensions/insurance/sustainable finance) and also spoke at high-level conferences and events.

For over eight years she was the Head of International Relations for the Financial Reporting Council, the UK’s financial regulator and standard-setter in the areas of corporate governance, audit, accounting/financial reporting, stewardship and actuarial policy. In this role she was in charge of developing the FRC’s international/EU strategy and influencing legislative, policy and regulatory developments in the EU, US and the wider international community. She was also head of the FRC’s representative office in Brussels.

Cecilia was a representative of the FRC/UK in specific EU Council meetings (together with the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), in the EU Committee of European Audit Oversight Bodies (CEAOB) and in the International Forum for Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR). In 2016-2018 she was also the project manager for the FRC’s joint Brexit project with the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy; in this role she worked closely with the Department for Exiting the EU (DexEU), the Treasury, the FCA, the PRI and other UK regulators, government departments and stakeholders in the framework of UK’s exit from the EU.

She has been a senior policy adviser for ACCA in London, the head of a trade association in Brussels and a senior consultant for Brussels-based, EU public affairs consultancies.

Cecilia holds a Masters degree in European Studies from KU Leuven (Belgium) and a Bachelors degree in International Relations & European Studies from the University of Westminster (UK). She is a member of the UK’s Investor Relations Society and a board member of a London-based fintech startup. She is fluent in English and Swedish and has a working knowledge of French, Norwegian and Danish.

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