EU FOCUS ASSOCIATE (ROMANIA)
PARTNER ITALY & SUSTAINABILITY
STRATEGIC ADVISOR ADRIATIC REGION
PARTNER (AUSTRIA & SLOVAKIA)
REGULATORY & POLICY ADVISER
BOARD DIRECTOR & MANAGING PARTNER
PARTNER (MIDDLE EAST)
PARTNER (RUSSIA & UKRAINE)
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADVISER
PARTNER (NORTH & WEST AFRICA)
PARTNER (UK & SCANDINAVIA)
BOARD DIRECTOR & MANAGING PARTNER
Tel: +32 2 741 24 72
Pascal is a founder of EU Focus. He spent 22 years in a Brussels-based consultancy building and leading the Portfolio on Pesticides & Biocides, Fertilisers, Food & Feed, Chemicals & classification and Priority substances.
Pascal developed an in-depth expertise of EU policies where science is being challenged by societal & political developments. He substantially contributed to the drafting of various key Regulations while providing innovative interpretations of existing regulatory principles such as negligible exposure or sustainable use. Pascal is an expert of the Comitology processes having developed with the authorities both in Brussels and in the Member States capitals, a constructive dialogue based on trust & mutual respect.
Pascal taste for Asia led him to previously work as a lawyer in the most prestigious Bangkok-based law firm and as Editor of a website on EU-Asia relations for the European Institute for Asian Studies.
Pascal is also the Secretary General of Safer Phosphate, promoting the use of low contaminants phosphates.
Pascal Michaux holds a Masters degree in Law from the Louvain Catholic University (Belgium) and a M.A. in Intercultural Management from the IcHEC Brussels Business & Management School. He is fluent in French, English, Italian and has conversational Dutch and passive knowledge of Spanish.
Tel: +32 2 741 24 73
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
Tel: +32 2 741 24 74
“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.
PARTNER UK & SCANDINAVIA
“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.
REGULATORY & POLICY ADVISER
Tel: +32 2 741 24 75
“Connecting people across disciplines and cultures is the key to finding novel solutions to unique challenges.”
Daniel is an international communication and project management specialist with experience advocating for environmental technologies, and working in sustainable industrial development and European affairs. His professional path has led him to work for and with the European Commission, United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the private sector among others.
With a sound technical knowledge in environmental technologies and data analysis and a strong passion for industrial development, Daniel reinforces EU Focus’ outreach in connection to pesticides, fertilisers, biocides, energy and ICT, primarily in the German-speaking market and in connection to the EU institutions in Brussels.
Daniel holds a Master of Science degree in environmental technologies and international affairs from the Technical University of Vienna and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. In addition, he has a Magister (equivalent to a Master) in international (trade) history. He is fluent in English and German, and possesses an advanced knowledge of Italian. In addition, he speaks some French and is currently studying Dutch.
ROMANO DE VIVO
PARTNER ITALY & SUSTAINABILITY
“We melt different cultures and approaches, balance efficiency and innovation, bridge science and policy, leverage collaborations and competitive advantage to co-create your next transformation, at scale.”
Romano has over 20 years of successful international career, integrating sustainability into business strategies, leveraging communication, engaging and mobilizing stakeholders, meeting expectations, anticipating trends, advocating for pragmatic and straightforward policy options and solutions.
Romano combines a mature and profound grasp of the life sciences sector (agrifood, ingredients, healthcare) and global experience in sustainability, public and government affairs, and communication with a solid understanding of finance, international governance and law, and advocacy. He has held numerous leadership roles at Givaudan, Syngenta, and Johnson & Johnson. He coordinates sustainable agriculture initiatives at CCRS (Zurich, CH) and OPERA (Piacenza, IT) think tanks.
Romano holds a Masters in Environmental Governance and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva; an MBA from the STOA’ School of Management in Ercolano; a Doctorate Degree in Economics and Trade from the University of Salerno.
As a lead author, he has published a few scientific reviews on environmental governance, sustainable agriculture, financial disclosure of environmental investments, and inclusive economic growth. He collaborates with the UN family of organizations on agrobiodiversity and food system transformation.
He is fluent in Italian and English, intermediate in French and Spanish, conversational in German.
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.
“Smart deployment of communication and advocacy strategies is what makes us excellent in building strong relationships and achieving tangible results”
With almost 28 years of experience in public relations, corporate relations, public affairs & government relations in Poland, Magdalena began her career in communication soon after the Iron Curtain fell and Western corporations began their expansion in Poland. She was one of the first PR specialists in the country providing services to clients such as Boeing, GE, Amoco and AT&T, helping to build relations with media, local authorities and communities as well as government representatives.
She has vast experience in the sectors of agriculture, food, pharmaceuticals, tech, energy and media, among others, having developped an extensive network of contacts in business, media and government in Poland. She has successfully implemented communication strategies for international companies, providing counseling for C-level executives. Magda holds a Master Degree in Economic & Social Geography from the faculty of Geography and Regional Studies as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the Warsaw University.
A Polish native, Magda is fluent in English, with basic knowledge of Spanish and Russian. Magda is a proud Member of the Entrepreneurial Women’s Network in Poland, a teacher of Power Yoga Practice and a loving mother of two boys.
“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)
“Building bridges between North and South of the Mediterranean while respecting cultures and local mindset has been my motto since 20 years.”
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.
“Achieving tangible results in advocacy means acting on both the problem and the solution and requires delicate diplomacy and in-depth political awareness, especially as part of working out and balancing the subtle needs of the many parties involved.”
With over more than 25 years of experience in top management positions, strategic communication and government relations, Dan is able to advocate for pragmatic policy options and solutions, establishing common ground to promote co-operation, consistency and effectiveness.
As a part of the Top Management team of Rompetrol Petromidia, the biggest refinery and petrochemical plant in Romania, he was responsible for elaborating and implementing the restructuring strategy of both the refinery and the petrochemical plant. The professional cooperation with the Romanian Black Sea Title Holders Association, including ExxonMobil, OMV Petrom, LukOil, is another important millstone for Dan.
Dan is part of the EU Focus Group Energy and Chemical expertise team.
He earned a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Bucharest, an eMBA from AsseBuss in cooperation with Keneshaw State University from the US and a diploma in Broadcasting Business from International Academy of Broadcasting Switzerland.
Given Mariana’s educational background, her success in various professional projects has always been reached due the merge of high communication skills with broad legal knowledge.
Mariana started her academic life by studying Law in Romania, but she also graduated the International And Advertising Communications Faculty at the University of Perugia, Italy. Given her diverse international background, from the beginning of her career she has been in charge with the communication strategies of different firms and institutes both in Romania and Italy. Due to her social/communication skills she has become a Commercial Partner at the Professional Institute in Italy where she performed also as a trainer in communication related to different professional fields. In the last two years she worked as public affairs consultant in a Romanian consulting company dealing mainly with energy and chemicals.
Mariana is fluent in Romanian, English and Italian. She is also conversant in Japanese.
PARTNER (AUSTRIA & SLOVAKIA)
“The future depends on innovation, intellectual property and especially on sustainable brands.”
Gerhard started as an international manager and executive director for international brand businesses.
He is the founder and president of the European Brand Institute – Europe´s independent Brand and IP experts – with more than 25 years of experience as a globally recognized independent expert, an international partner network, the UNIDO Partnership and joint program on “Branding for Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth”, the Women Leadership forums and the Brand Global Summits for sustainable brands.
Gerhard is the Chairman of the Austrian Delegation to the ISO Committee for Brand Evaluation, chaired the development of the Austrian Corporate Governance Codex and was Vice President of the Professional Association of Management Consultancy and Information Technology in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In addition, he acts as publicly appointed and sworn expert to Austrian courts, Chairman of the Brand Global Council, Board Member of Austrian Standards and the Austrian Hongkong Society and was acknowledged as “Kommerzialrat” in 2012.
Gerhard holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Vienna University of Technology, graduated with an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Graz. He is fluent in German and English.
“I believe that long-term, fiscally viable and Earth-friendly solutions are possible by harmonizing the goals of market players, regulatory bodies and users as well.”
Márton has over 15 years worth of expertise in the fields of Public Affairs, Corporate Communications, Public Relations. He has got in-depth regulatory and communications know-how in the fields of energy, banking, fintech, IT, ICT, infosecurity, having worked for the largest national system providers both on client and agency sides.
Being embedded in the transportation and food industries, Márton has built an extensive knowledge base regarding the specifics of both sectors.
As a trusted advisor Márton has worked with some of the largest and most well-known national and international brands on a strategic level.
Márton holds a Masters degree in sociology from Eötvös Lórán University, providing him with a solid background in social sciences, an analytical approach as well as social responsibility. A native Hungarian speaker, he is fluent in English.
“To be successful in the EU, no culture or region should be left aside. Do not leave a stone unturned!”
Šarūnas is in the business of representing interests since 2006. He was the President of the Lithuanian Youth Council. Šarūnas gained lobbying experience while representing NGO interests nationally and internationally. Šarūnas represents the interests of highly regulated sectors and is trusted by companies in financial, telecommunications and IT, manufacturing, and other sectors. Šarūnas and the Lithuanian team help organizations engage with their stakeholders, manage their reputations and run campaigns to achieve change. Šarūnas has a perfect knowledge of the Lithuanian political context and operates with all political parties. He is also supporting the EU Focus group in Latvia.
Šarūnas holds a Master’s Degree from the ISM University of Management and Economic, Vilnius.
STRATEGIC ADVISOR ADRIATIC REGION
“There is no issue that cannot be solved through a constructive dialogue discussion among reasonable parties, backed by a strong dossier and a little bit of diplomacy.”
Darko enriches EU Focus’ expertise with a deep understanding of the Southeast European region with stress on Croatia and Slovenia. Thanks to more than 28 years of working experience in the financial industry (banking, asset management) Darko has a comprehensive insight into markets of Southeast Europe. He has worked in several Croatian and foreign financial and investment institutions on various positions. During this journey, he has developed a valuable regional network within business and scientific community, especially in Croatia, Slovenia & Bosnia.
He holds a Master’s Degree in International Trade from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb and a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics, University of Split. Darko is certified Investment Advisor, Pension Fund Manager, and Pension Insurance Company Manager and has furtherly developed his expertise through national and international professional seminars.
Due to his professional and educational background he is guesting lecturer on high business schools and author of several scientific and professional articles related to the capital market and FDI.
A native Croatian speaker, he is fluent in English, German and Slovenian.
PARTNER (RUSSIA & UKRAINE)
“Doing government affairs can be challenging. But is very rewarding. Particularly when improving market conditions to clients on politically complex markets such as Russia & Ukraine.”
Yury has over 15 years of experience in Public Affairs in Russia, Ukraine and the Eurasian Economic Union, advising C-level executives ranging from big multinational firms seeking investment opportunities to big Russian corporates & public authorities.
His core expertise is Regulatory and Political Risk Assessment in Russia, Ukraine and the Eurasian Economic Union, complementing EU Focus expertise with a versatile analytical toolbox allowing him to analyze the impacts of Eurasian regulations on multinational businesses. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in agriculture, chemicals, pesticides, FMCG, healthcare and pharma industry, IT, transport and financial markets.
His track record includes such complex projects as securing a lucrative special investment contract for a major European pharmaceutical company and lifting an import ban on dietary supplements manufactured by a global firm in Russia.
Prior to becoming an accomplished Public Affairs Consultant, Yury was a Senior Analyst for the ‘Centre for Current Politics of Russia’, as well as an expert in various NGOs & think-tanks.
His academic record includes the reputed Lomonosov State University of Moscow and Higher School of Economics. He is also a regular contributor to workshops on Public Affairs in Russia, authoring various publications on Russian politics.
Yury is fluent in English and Russian.
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