Managing Director @ GOPA Com
Antoine RivetManaging Director @ GOPA Com
Antoine Rivet is GOPA Com.’s Managing Director and a communication enthusiast. After working in the development and cooperation world, he embarked on a career change to specialise in public sector communication, and quickly grew from consultant to Managing Director of the cosmopolitan Brussels-based agency today. Antoine and the people at GOPA Com. are passionate about the European project and focus their work with European institutions to develop solutions to build bridges between citizens.
EU institutional anthropologist, interculturalist
Ljiljana SimicEU institutional anthropologist, interculturalist
Phd researcher in the field of international scientific multidisciplinary studies on intercultural EU image and its branding. Organisational Development consultant and trainer for EU institutions, EU Agencies, EU Delegations. Cross cultural and diversity advisers for private, public sector and NGO sector. As a trainers and consultants she has experience from many countries in team development strategies, intercultural communication, change management etc. Long - term experience with EU institutions positioned to advise, anticipate and evaluate working in multicultural teams and diversity issues. Co-author, editor in several academic books on Cross cultural Management, Cultural diversity and Cultural policies.
Daniela CuciureanuFinancial services
Daniela Cuciureanu has over 10 years of experience in Public Affairs and Communication. She has been living and working in Brussels since 2010 and has worked for the Brunswick Group (public affairs consultancy), Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Daniela has designed and implemented complex public affairs strategies in Brussels and in the main capitals of EU Member States, focusing on financial services legislation. She has followed multiple co-decision procedures, briefed senior executives on legislative changes, drafted policy positions and directly engaged with senior representatives of EU institutions. Before coming to Brussels, Daniela worked for the PR firm Golin in Bucharest Romania and as a domestic politics advisor for the President of Romania. Daniela Cuciureanu has a BA in Political Science from the University of Bucharest and an MA in European Public Affairs from the University of Maastricht.
Quentin Galland, Hague Corporate Affairs
Quentin GallandQuentin Galland, Hague Corporate Affairs
Quentin Galland, Hague Corporate Affairs Quentin is Senior Advisor, European Affairs at Hague Corporate Affairs. Trained lobbyist, he has an MA in Political Science (UCL, BE), completed by an EM in Communication and European Affairs (IHECS, BE). Quentin has developed his public affairs and corporate communication skills working for several European trade associations (wine, chemical and railway operators) and operating in several public affairs companies where he advised corporations and associations on agri-tech, health, energy and resource efficiency related issues. At Hague Corporate Affairs, Quentin oversees and implements public affairs strategies on projects pertaining to innovative agri-tech and health, at both European and Washington D.C. levels. Next to his career as a lobbyist, Quentin lectures at IHECS on case studies applied to EU public affairs.
Communications/Media Relations Professional
Martin ToddCommunications/Media Relations Professional
Martin Todd is a professional journalist, with extensive experience in communication and coaching in media relations. He currently works as a communication consultant for the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). His responsibilities include developing and implementing EPSU’s communication strategy. This involves supporting the organisation’s advocacy efforts, developing press material and implementing online and audiovisual campaigns. Martin recently served as secretary of the Brussels branch of the National Union of Journalists (UK & Ireland). He has been employed by several consultancy firms working in communication and for industry associations, helping to create and run strategic communication programmes. Originally trained as a journalist at the London College of Communication, Martin Todd has worked for many business and industry publications specialised in science and aviation.
Speaker on European Affairs
Paul CulleySpeaker on European Affairs
Since 2016 - speaker, lecturer and facilitator for students and specialists in European affairs. 2010 - 2015 - Director of General Policy in the Cabinet of Secretary-General of the Council of the EU. 2005 - 2010 - Director of Trade and International Development in the Secretariat of the Council of the EU. 1986 - 2010 – a range of responsibilities in the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU in the areas of agriculture, public health and the single market.
EU Strategic Communications expert
Patrick VastenaekelsEU Strategic Communications expert
As a communication expert, he has been responsible for over 25 years for the design and implementation of numerous public information campaigns, notably for the European institutions. Mr Vastenaekels was one of the founders of Mostra (now ICF Next), the Brussels-based agency specialising in European communication campaigns, and with around 150 employees from some 20 countries. He was responsible for the agency’s development and later served as its managing director.
Director of Group Corporate Affairs @ Imperial Brands
Alan HardacreDirector of Group Corporate Affairs @ Imperial Brands
Dr Alan Hardacre is the Director of Corporate Affairs with Imperial Brands based in Brussels, Belgium. In this role he is responsible for developing and driving a sustainable global Corporate Affairs strategy. A major element of this is how the company works in the EU. Prior to this he was a lecturer in the ‘European Decision-Making’ Unit at the European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA). Alan holds a BA (Hons) in Modern European Studies from Loughborough University (UK) and a DEA de Science Politique from the Institut d'Études Politiques de Lyon. In 2008, he was awarded his PhD in International Economic and Political Relations from Loughborough University.