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Providing independent legal and strategic policy advice to businesses and organisations
How we can help?
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Our experience includes maintaining close working relationships with the European Commission, European Parliament and Public National Investment Banks, and working with multiple stakeholders to manage successful pan-European coalitions and associations.
We support the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of innovators who want to transform their ideas into valuable enterprises: we know that achieving and sustaining success is a shared responsibility effort.
We work with clients who embrace diversity and value social responsibility, prioritising policies and projects that contribute to a vibrant European economy, promote and retain young talent, and create high-value jobs for the next generation.
We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients, working with them to develop more challenging and rewarding partnerships with ambitions that reach beyond short-term gains.
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Analysis, advice, consulting and hands-on support
What makes us different?
Operating across key communities of interest, we work with organisations
and individuals that are actively contributing to innovation. We share their aspirations to help build a more secure and equitable innovation-based society founded on principles of fair play and sustainability.
Europa Insights is set to build and deliver the most effective European ecosystems in critical legislative areas including:
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A proven team
Expert practitioners, counselors and consultants
For over 25 years Francisco advises international firms and governments agencies on European and International policy and regulatory matters. In 1999 he participated in the development of the European Commission policy on the WTO TRIPs and access to patented pharmaceuticals in Africa. Francisco moved back to private sector and developed the representation of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in Brussels where and managed European regulatory affairs for leading international tech corporations for over 10 years.
As founding partner of Europa Insights, Francisco supports several organizations bringing together leading European corporations, SMEs and research institutions, such as IP Europe (coalition for R&D and IP-intensive European-driven innovators) and CISPE (Cloud Infrastructure Providers). He also advocates for the next European budget (“InvestEU”) to include financing mechanisms to finance the intellectual property of R&D-intensive European start-ups. The goal being to make these enterprises more competitive and attractive for growth investors, without diluting entrepreneurs. (Press release here)
Dual Swiss and Spanish citizen, Francisco is a lawyer with an engineering background. He holds masters of the University of Geneva (Law) and of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Technology Management, materials and fuel cells department).
Lieve is former Director, Europe 2020 Social Policies DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission and current senior policy advisor for Royal Philips Health, Plusvalue, Tiburg University, Bozar and European Policy Centre. She’s also been a Public Health Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda and Cape Verde Islands, Task Manager of a research programme on pregnant women and new-borns in Rwanda, and Director of a research programme on sexual and reproductive health in Kenya and in the Tropical Institute in Antwerpen, Belgium. Lieve is a medical doctor and holds a PhD. Her expertise spans health and development, pensions, social protection, gender, employment and social innovation.
Javier has more than 35 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to his former position of BBVA’s Group Head of European Affairs and Representative to the EU, he has served as Senior Director of Corporate Development, Director of BBVA’s Strategic Alliances, Director of Investment Policy, Risks & Financial Controller of the Private Banking Division of BBVA Spain, Regional Head of International Financial Institutions, Head of Wholesale Banking and Treasury of GESBANQUE and Head of BBVA Belgium, among other managing positions within the Group BBVA, BBV and Banco Vizcaya. Besides, he has also participated in the Boards, management committees and policy bodies chairing relevant working groups of relevant European financial associations and fora, such as the EFR, AFME, IBC, ECGI, TABD, ELEC, EPFSF, Ad –Hoc Council. He holds a Executive Master in Business Administration by Insead (EMBA), a Post Graduate degree in International Commerce (Solvay University) and a Master’s degree in Economics.
Simone Casadei Pastorino
Simone is a public affairs and communications specialist, with experience in both private and public sector. Prior to joining Europa Insights, Simone worked as policy advisor to a Member of the European Parliament where he focused on Internal Market and Consumer Protection and on Legal Affairs matters with particular interest in digital policies. Before this, he worked for GS1, the global standards organization, as public policy and PR manager. Simone has an entrepreneurial mindset acquired throughout the years as co-founder of Penrose CDB, a communication agency with offices in Bucharest and Brussels.
Simone holds an MSc in Political Science and European Union from the University of Amsterdam. He is fluent in Italian and English, with knowledge of Spanish, French, Romanian and Polish.
Simona is a highly experienced cross-sector communications specialist with notable expertise in EU public affairs, business intelligence and advertising. She has a decade’s experience advising clients, supporting senior leadership teams, delivering high-quality communications to different stakeholders including internal teams, managing client accounts, improving relationships and developing successful partnerships. With international experience in the Middle East, Africa and South America, Simona is fluent in Italian and English, and has a working knowledge of Spanish and French. Prior to Europa Insights she worked for international politics and policy media company POLITICO Europe
Laura is a policy and communication specialist. She started her career at the European Union Intellectual Property Office in Alicante in the Public Awareness Team of the Observatory, where she focused on grants, and communication activities. Before she joined Europa Insights, she worked at the European Patent Office in Munich in the External Communication Department. Laura worked in media relations and assisted in the preparations for the European Inventor Award.
She holds a Master’s degree in European and International politics from the University of Innsbruck.
In addition to her native German she speaks fluent English and has a good knowledge of French.
Stephen specialises in content, communications, thought leadership and engagement. With a background in tech and communications, he helps organizations to formulate key messages and deliver persuasive content across multiple channels for external and internal audiences. Often working with senior leaders and through periods of transition, Stephen’s expertise spans thought leadership, campaigns, web, events, social media, writing training and coaching. Client work includes QinetiQ, Consultus (The Energy Brokers), Brown Thomas/Arnotts (Selfridges), DLA Piper, BP Lubricants (Castrol), SAS, Symantec and Vodafone. He graduated from the University of Manchester.
Arnaud is in charge of the visual department of Europa Insights. He pilots a team of creative designers to give shape and execute the campaign concepts. He holds a BA in Visual Communication and a MA in 3D animation – which offers him a large spectrum of production techniques. He is the Art director of Old-Continent communication agency since its creation in 2013.
He worked on hundreds of projects, conceiving multiple visual identities (EEB, COHESIFY, EPRC), 360 campaigns (House of European History, Seas at Risk, Flight for Survival) and videos. Arnaud will handle the Art direction of all communication tools, defining its visual impact, the project’s creative mood and supervising the production.
Marijana Butkovic Brcina
Marijana is responsible for organising the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the Europa Insights office. She has an extensive working experience in Office Management, Human Resources, and Accounting in both the private and public sectors at the EU level. Before joining the Europa Insights team, she also worked on various EU projects where she was responsible for Administrative and Financial Project Management in the fields of European integration, Economic Development and Sports. Marijana holds an MA in business informatics and economics. In addition to her native Croatian, she speaks fluent English and has a good knowledge of Italian.
Patricia is a policy and communication specialist with experience in both private and public sector. She started her career in a consultancy company in Portugal, where she developed work on funding, grants and communication activities. Prior to joining Europa Insights, she had a brief experience as Event Manager in Committee of the Regions (CoR). Previously, she worked, for almost 4 years, as Assistant/Advisor to a Member of the European Parliament focusing mainly on Trade and Regional Development.
Patricia also worked in communication affairs in two projects as Head of Communication and Strategy: Portugal – the Tourist Experience and The Portuguese Association of European Studies, where she was a Board and Founding Member.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Coimbra and a Post-Graduation in Strategic Communication from the Institute of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lisbon.
In addition to her native Portuguese she speaks fluent English and has a good knowledge of French and Spanish.
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