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Gurpreet manages the Brussels office and Edelman’s European Public Affairs offering. He previously led London’s Public Affairs practice, where he built out offers for purpose advocacy, government affairs and campaigning.
Before joining Edelman in 2014, Gurpreet was Chief of Staff to Lord Turner at the Financial Services Authority and has worked in many different roles across Westminster.
Alongside running the Brussels team, Gurpreet advises clients on how best to manage issues and put their best foot forward through creative grassroots campaigning.
Kajsa leads the European Health Public Affairs and Market Access Practice and is part of Edelman’s Global Health Executive Team. Kajsa has more than 20 years experience in shaping opinions in political, media and corporate environments. Before joining Edelman, Kajsa was Vice President, External Affairs for the Health Consumer Powerhouse, helping the organisation grow from a small Swedish start-up to a global leader in health consumer information.
George brings over 25 years of corporate communications, ad agency, consulting and NGO leadership experience to the Brussels team. He has advised commercial clients in sectors ranging from tech to media and healthcare. He has also worked with numerous NGOs and foundation on issues relating to public health, safety, the environment and community engagement. In his prior roles as EVP at the Advertising Council, the leading producer of public service communications campaigns in the U.S., and as principal of a boutique consultancy, he has honed his skills in marketing, communications, market research, strategic planning and program evaluation. George also served three years as inaugural adjunct professor of marketing for the new MBA in Sustainability program at Bard College (New York).
Kristin has a joint role between the Brussels and London offices. She designs and delivers multi-market advocacy and engagement strategies, and advises clients on business-critical issues. She brings with her a background supporting clients in a range of sectors including food, consumer products, infrastructure and technology.
Prior to joining Edelman, Kristin worked for an international agency where she focused on issues and crisis counsel as well as managing multi-market campaigns. Previously, Kristin worked at a digital and management consultancy in Los Angeles and at public affairs consultancy in Berlin. She started her career in corporate affairs serving in the European headquarters of American food ingredients company in Brussels.
Kristin holds a double master degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies and Economics from the University of Osnabrück, Germany. She is fluent in English and German, speaks conversational Spanish and has a basic understanding of Danish, Dutch, French and Norwegian.
Valeria works with clients from the food, agriculture, environment and energy sectors, focusing particularly on sustainability issues. Valeria came to Edelman from the Mission of Switzerland to the EU. Being Italian and Swiss, Valeria is a polyglot – aside from her native Italian, she speaks English, French, German and Spanish. She is a true coffee lover and enjoys travelling and hiking in her spare time.
Joao Carmona is an Account Executive at Edelman’s Public Affairs practice in Brussels. Previously, he worked at the European Commission on Horizon 2020 and Research & Innovation policy-making.
Joao has over 3 years’ experience at leading global communication consultancies, where he successfully assisted international brands, trade associations, NGOs, academics and the media achieving common policy and reputation goals across the Tech, Agri-food and Environment industries.
With a background in Communication and Political Science, Joao volunteered as a journalist in Macedonia and studied in the United States, Germany, Poland and Portugal. Joao was born in Lisbon and is passionate about hiking and swimming at the beach.
Sunniva supports clients in food and beverages, as well as financial services. Her academic background in EU law, competition matters and economics has given her a strong insight into the consumer perspective. Sunniva has in-depth experience of the operations of EU institutions: she has been assistant to the S&D Group President at the European Parliament, and worked at both the Council of the EU and the European Free Trade Association. Sunniva considers herself a ‘true child of Europe’ – an Italian-Norwegian, born and raised in Brussels, a native French speaker, fluent in English and Italian.
After having earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as well as a MA in International Relations (peace, security and conflict) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Anne studied abroad for a year and earned a MSc in Crisis and Security Management at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. During her five-year studies in Brussels, she worked at the Brussels Opera House (La Monnaie/De Munt). She did an internship at the European Parliament and an internship at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She speaks French, English, Dutch, and German.
Timea joined Edelman after returning from Vietnam where she was volunteering in the field of sustainable development. Before that, she completed a Bluebook Traineeship at the European Commission and has gained further work experience in several public affairs and research positions in different capitals of Europe. She holds two MA degrees, in international relations from the Central European University and in European studies from the University of Pavol Jozef Safarik. She is enthusiastic about travelling and likes to attend cultural events in her free time.
Gabrielle is a young professional who recently graduated from a master degree in international relations. Before that, she studied communications in Paris and worked in public relations for various entities, notably at the French Ministry of Defence and in communications agencies.
A lawyer by background, Markus joined Edelman from the global law firm DLA Piper. Previously, he ran his family owned import-export business out of Vancouver. He also has experience working on trade related issues with the Canadian Mission to the EU – where he facilitated engagement with EU stakeholders – and with the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht, where he focused on the training of EU officials and public affairs professionals.
Chiara provides policy advice and public affairs support for a variety of clients within the health and food sectors. Prior to joining Edelman, Chiara worked for the European Advertising Standards Alliance where she oversaw all legislative dossiers and policy areas related to advertising practice ranging from responsible marketing to consumer protection and unfair commercial practices. Chiara arrived in Brussels in 2011 when she was selected for a traineeship at the United Nations Regional Information Centre. She studied Linguistic and Cultural Mediation at the Università degli Studi of Milan and holds a Master Degree in International Relations from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. A native Italian, she speaks English, French and Spanish fluently. Raised in a little village in the north of Italy, she is a true coffee lover.
Giovanni joined Edelman after a traineeship at the European Parliament’s DG Research Services where he prepared policy briefings and analysis to MEPs and Committees. Prior to that, he worked for an NGO in London, conducting research on financial inclusion and microfinance. He also worked for an independent environmental consulting working on climate change adaptation projects for the UNDP. Giovanni holds a master’s degree in philosophy and public policy from the London School of Economics.
Karen is passionate about her work in PR and is a ‘storyteller’, bringing relevant and interesting stories out in a meaningful way to the right audiences. She has agency experience in both B2C and B2B, developing fully integrated 360 PR campaigns, working closely with journalists and bloggers for on- and off-line coverage. From Antwerp, Belgium, Karen started her career in PR as an intern at the European Youth Film Festival of Flanders.
Adam joined Edelman after having worked as a journalist in Barcelona, his hometown, and in Brussels. He provides EU advocacy and communications support to energy, food and technology clients and has a real zeal for Digital Public Affairs. He has worked in communications at the European Parliament and spent time with a Brussels-based think tank. Adam is a devoted ‘cinephile’ and an aspiring chef.
Charlotte joined the Brussels team in 2017 and works primarily on B2B and B2C clients. Passionate about PR, she started her career at a Belgian agency and also gained international experience during an internship at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris. She holds a Master Degree in Corporate Communications. From Belgium, Charlotte loves to escape the country to travel and discover the world. Besides her native Dutch, she also speaks English, French and Spanish.
Sarah joined the Brussels’ technology team in August 2016 after completing her Master’s degree at the College of Europe and Sciences Po Bordeaux and a stint in public affairs in Paris. Sarah’s studies were steeped in technology policy: she was a member of the College’s Digital Student Group ‘CoEnnect’, wrote her thesis on Geo‐blocking of Digital Content, and took part in a competition organised by the Lisbon Council assessing the Open Data Strategy of the Spanish government. Born in Saint-Etienne, France, she plays tennis at competition-level since the age of 10.
Having joined Edelman from an international law firm in Brussels, Federica has extensive experience in EU Regulatory and Government Affairs. She has been involved in the management of a European Association as well as in the development of Public Affairs activities in different areas, particularly in the field of data protection and digital technologies. She is experienced in coordinating multi-stakeholder engagement with policy-makers and has supported foreign governments and diplomatic missions in the field of media communication and public affairs. Federica’s understanding of the EU public policy landscape is rooted in her studies in international relations. An Italian national who grew up close to the Alps, she is an outdoor lover and keen traveler.
Aleksandra (Ola) works with the Brussels Public Affairs team and the broader Edelman network. She has ample experience managing projects within integrated public affairs and policy campaigns for multinationals, medium-sized trade associations and start-ups. Her experience was built in Brussels and London working in consultancy, at a global policy think tank (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), in a government advocacy network to Westminster, and at a law firm. Ola’s work in public affairs in Brussels was highlighted when she received the “European Public Affairs Award” in 2011. A Polish national, Ola is a keen traveller and a licensed diver fascinated by South East Asia.
Rowan works across our teams advising on digital and social media strategy. His previously worked with a variety of start-ups, NGOs and foundations all over the world. He joined the Brussels team from Berlin and has lived and worked in the UK, Uganda and Kenya. He has a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance and a BSc from the University of Bath. When he isn’t doing something online, he’s probably cooking or writing.
Xavier leads Edelman’s IT operations for Europe, Middle-East and Africa, focusing particularly on service delivery and infrastructure. A true IT all-rounder, Xavier has been an IT business partner at Edelman for over a decade. He has vast experience in IT integrations and standardisation during M&As. Xavier also has a keen interest in data privacy. Belgian of origin but European in terms of languages, colleagues and travel, Xavier is a sports junkie, especially addicted to golf, cycling and running.
Thierry is responsible for accounting and financial reporting. Before joining Edelman, he was financial controller for an international bank and for an insurance company. Thierry has worked in the media sector and has taught economics. Thierry has a degree in Applied Economic Sciences with a Major in Finance and Accounting from UCL in Louvain-la-Neuve. With roots in his native Belgium’s cycling and Tour de France history, Thierry is a devoted football supporter and office foosball player.
Catherine takes care of Finance, HR and Administration for Edelman’s Brussels office. With twenty years of sector experience, she works closely with the Brussels team and with colleagues worldwide to ensure all operations run smoothly. Catherine previously worked for The Centre and has also worked for another global agency. With her origins in the U.K., Catherine has been in Brussels for two decades but when the opportunity arises she escapes to the peace of the mountains.
Stéphane has 15 years of experience in corporate and political communications and a deep knowledge of the French political landscape and decision-making processes. Stéphane’s consulting experience has spanned across numerous sectors, including energy, health and IT services. Prior to joining ElanEdelman, Stéphane worked with a former French Minister of Transport and Foreign Trade as well as for a Member of the French National Assembly.
Lucy was Deputy Director of Britain Stronger In Europe, the campaign to remain in the EU in the recent referendum where she was one of the campaign’s main spokespeople. Lucy is a former BBC journalist, covering EU politics in Brussels. She is part of Edelman’s Brexit team.
Will leads Edelman UK’s Public Affairs practice – a 20 strong team of policy, campaigns, communications and government relations specialists with unparalleled experience and insight across the UK’s political landscape. Before joining Edelman, Will spent five years as Director of Communications for Foreign Secretary and former Mayor of London Boris Johnson. He is part of Edelman’s Brexit team.
Amaia leads the energy, industrials and sustainability work in Brussels. Her long experience in advising a broad portfolio of clients on their communications strategies towards EU and national decision-makers and influencers has included several award winning campaigns. Before her consulting career, Amaia was a member of the EU’s Economic and Social Committee (EESC) for six years representing a trade union. Proud of her Basque heritage, Amaia is passionate about women’s rights and particularly girls’ access to education. She loves reading and travelling as well as spending time in San Sebastian with her family and friends
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