BOARD DIRECTOR & MANAGING PARTNER
Pascal is a founder of EU Focus. He has a 20+ years of expertise in advising clients on complex regulatory issues, having built a strong practice on pesticides, biocides, fertilisers and chemicals at a Brussels-based consultancy.
An EU insider, Pascal developed an in-depth expertise in advising clients on scientific matters challenged by societal and political developments. He specialises on giving innovative interpretations to existing regulatory principles such as sustainable use, negligible exposure, or hazard vs risk. He is a knowledgeable Comitology expert, enjoying a strong network of contacts in Brussels and Member States.
Prior to founding EU Focus and settling in Brussels, Pascal worked at the European Institute for Asian Affairs and at a leading Bangkok-based law firm.
Pascal holds Masters degrees in Law from the Louvain Catholic University and in Intercultural Management from the ICHEC Brussels Business & Management School. A native French speaker, he is fluent in English, Italian, Dutch and has a passive knowledge of Spanish.
PARTNER (EU & RUSSIA)
Pavel has over 15 years of experience in EU regulation and advocacy. Throughout his career, reinforced by an MBA degree at INSEAD, Pavel advised clients from Europe and Asia on environmental, health and tech legislations. In addition to leading client work at EU Focus, he develops relations with business schools and other learning organisations.
With a triangular educational background in politics, business, and law, Pavel provides a valuable analytical breadth to the interlinkages between EU policies, companies’ immediate business impacts and their short- and long-term corporate strategies.
Pavel advises clients in negotiations with the EU and Member States’ competent authorities during complex legislative and regulatory reviews, including, more recently, Russian, Chinese and Japanese clients. He guides them through best possible compromise solutions while defending and upgrading clients’ reputation at all levels of EU decision-making process.
Pavel holds an INSEAD MBA, a College of Europe Masters’ degree in Political and Administrative Studies and a MGIMO University degree in European Law. He is fluent in English, French, Russian and has a good working command of German and Latvian.
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADVISER
“Building synergies and forming partnerships between business, government and society are one of the necessary actions for successful win-win solutions which can benefit all stakeholders.”
Claudia has worked in the European Parliament (office of Gianni Pittella – President of the S&D Group), NGOs, multinational and medium-sized companies as well as startups, bringing an unparalleled expertise from business and European institutions to the EU Focus team.
With a background in Law, Governance Affairs and Modern Diplomacy, Claudia joined the EU Focus team as EU Affairs Consultant, mainly providing political and regulatory advice, developing and executing public affairs strategies, helping clients to grow and nurture contacts within the EU institutions, with particular focus on the European Parliament that she knows particularly well.
She has a Law degree from “Luiss Guido Carli” in Rome, an advanced Master in Governance Affairs from the “University of Roma Tre” and studied Modern Diplomacy at the “United Nations UNU-CRIS University” in Bruges.
She is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Peter has over 30 years’ experience in scientific R&D in the Agri food and feed sector with 20+ years leading regulatory compliance, QA, IP at a Director/VP and board level for large multinational and SME’s.
His technical knowledge and application process skills have delivered multiple new products into worldwide markets, transcending regulatory hurdles through skilful understanding of the approval processes and government relations environments.
He continues to be known and accepted as an Expert Scientific Advisor for the UK Government DEFRA and a Senior Advisor to Primordial Genetics providing modern, innovative and up to date solutions.
Peter holds a PhD from the University of London, having studied at Cornell, Reading, Guelph and Bath Universities prior to joining Dow Chemical/DowElanco and embarking on a high level scientific and regulatory compliance career with Danisco, Syngenta, and Anitox.
He is the author of over 30 scientific publications and fluent in English with some French.
“Building a tailor-made strategy to reconcile the needs of our clients is the most fascinating part of our job.”
Tiago is a seasoned communications consultant with a proven track record in managing reputational risks, crisis response, and government relations. His major area of expertise is protecting the most important, yet fragile, organisational asset: institutional reputation.
Tiago reinforces EU Focus’ outreach with a wealth of connections with media, business intelligence and public affairs experts, skilled litigators, both from his native Portugal and from across the globe.
Throughout his career, he worked as director in “Euronews Portugal” and a journalist and further editor in major Portuguese newspapers (“Semanário”, “O Independente”, “Euronews”, “V”,), as well as a political communications consultant in several mayoral election campaigns. An experienced consultant, he advised a range of clients from the agriculture, tech, food, transport, and banking sectors.
Tiago holds an Graduation in Business from the Universidade Lusíada in Lisbon and a degree in Law from Universidade Lusíada . He also as a graduation degree in Competitive Intelligence and Happiness Economy is fluent in English and Portuguese, and Spanish.
Outside EU Focus, he works as an editor of the Greek edition of Neweurope – a pan-European media outlet, and acted as a special adviser to the EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs.
Dr. Calogeropoulos-Stratis has a strong academic background, having authored studies and articles on international law, human rights and European policies. His diplomatic and academic achievements are recognised by the national orders of France, Belgium and Israel. Earlier in his career, he held various high-level government positions dealing with health, security, social and European affairs.
He holds a PhD in political sciences and International Law from the University of Geneva, as well as a Master’s degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. A native Greek speaker, he is fluent in English and French.
Mehmet reinforces EU Focus’ reach in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East with his 35-year strong professional experience in energy, finance, investment and communications.
Throughout his career, Mehmet held numerous high-level positions in the government, international organisations, business and public diplomacy sectors. He led engagement programmes for the OECD and the International Energy Agency (IEA) with a specific focus on Asia (China, India, Central Asia). In addition to this, he advised several governments and sat on the boards of top energy and FTSE 100 companies.
Thanks to his extensive professional experience, Mehmet is a regular contributor to newspapers and TV channels from the UK, US, France, Turkey, Russia and Israel. He also teaches at the Harvard University, London School of Economics, the Universities of Dundee and Reading. He chairs The London Energy Club and the Bosphorus Energy Club.
Mehmet holds two Master’s degrees from the College of Europe and the London School of Economics, and is a graduate from the political science faculty of the Ankara University. He is fluent in Turkish, English and French and speaks conversational Mandarin.
PARTNER (MIDDLE EAST)
Daniel enriches EU Focus’ expertise with the deep knowledge of the Greater Middle East and the North Africa regions.
A self-starter and successful entrepreneur, Daniel founded and led a range of businesses in the technology, energy and petro-chemical industries.
In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit, Daniel also served as a public official and advised the Romanian President and Parliament on strategic affairs. Prior to this, Daniel did a stint as a foreign relations journalist. His professional achievements are recognised by the national orders of Belgium and Romania.
Daniel comes from an engineering background and holds an MBA from the IEDC-Bled School of Management in Slovenia, as well as a NATO leadership programme diploma. A native Romanian speaker, Daniel is fluent in English and basic in French.
PARTNER (NORTH & WEST AFRICA)
Edwin debuted his career at Procter & Gamble in Belgium in the early 90’s, with a strong focus for FMCG‘s marketing and distribution activities.
Edwin moved with his family to Morocco / Casablanca in 2001 to revamp the local branch of Beiersdorf (NIVEA) as General Manager with an extended scope of responsibilities. After this successful first experience in a North African country, he decided to settle down in this country for 2 decades where he developed several successful initiatives in advertising and media. Edwin is the co-founder and CEO of Greenberry, the multi-channel digital media company offering innovative solutions for brands and agencies since 2010, acquired by the Pikasso Group / Beyrouth in 2019 and introduced breakthrough chemical processes in Morocco, like the launch of biodegradable plastics in partnership with Symphony Environmental Plc, a technology that has been endorsed by local regulations in 2010.
Edwin is the President of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Morocco since 2017.
As independent consultant on EU / Africa affairs, Edwin established strong relations with local business organizations, consulting firms and finance, telecom, energy leading companies in North and West Africa.
Edwin holds a degree in Marketing from the EPHEC business school in Brussels. A native French speaker, he is fluent in English and has an active knowledge of Dutch.
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