EU FOCUS ASSOCIATE (ROMANIA)
PARTNER (EU & RUSSIA)
PARTNER (AUSTRIA & SLOVAKIA)
BOARD DIRECTOR & MANAGING PARTNER
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.
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.
ROMANO DE VIVO
“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.
MAGNUS M. MERKLE
“With proven know-how and professional intuition, we intimately feel clients’ needs and goals, helping them to align their corporate strategies with sustainable political agendas in our respective countries of origin.”
With more than 20 years experiences in banking and brokerage and strong commercial background, Magnus heads the EU Focus Berlin office. Magnus has an in-depth expertise in building compromises with the authorities in his native Germany – both at Federal and local levels – after years of negotiating complex deals.
After holding senior management positions in top-tier commercial banks, Magnus applies his fine political acumen by providing clients with tailored compromise solutions adapted to the complex German political environment.
In parallel to his day-to-day activities in EU Focus, Magnus is an accomplished real estate adviser, in his free time advising investors from countries around the world including Israel, Russia and Turkey, guiding them from due diligence to acquisition via his ‘’one-stop-shop” service boutique consulting firm.
Magnus holds a Diploma in Economics and Business Administration, a Diploma in Consultancy from the Business School of St. Gallen and a Diploma in Real Estate Economy form the European Business School of Oestrich-Winkl.
A German native, Magnus is fluent in English, with basic knowledge of French.
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)
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.
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.
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