Kolfinna Baldvinsdottir is a journalist from Iceland and the Editor in Chief of the magazine Jewels of the North Atlantic. She holds a Master Degree in History and a Master in International Law. Before joining Jewels of the North Atlantic, she worked for the Information Office of the European Commission, was Deputy Director at EurActiv.com, Managing director of the IPKO institute, and vice-president of the Brussels Press Club. She speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Icelandic.
Hughes Belin is a freelance journalist and has worked for more than ten years as a specialised energy and climate journalist for a wide range of energy-related publications both in Brussels and internationally. He was awarded the 2007 Louise Weiss Prize for European Journalism. He lectured on media relations, moderates debates and conferences, hosted interviews and gave media training for the internet-based TV channel viEUws.eu.
Graham Bishop is a Leading Expert in EU economic, financial and government affairs. He was recently appointed as a Professorial Research Fellow at London Metropolitan University’s Global Policy Institute and re-elected to the National Executive of the UK branch of the European Movement. Due to his influence at the meeting point of politics, economics and finance, in 2013, he was invited to be a member of the Commission’s Expert Group looking into initiatives for the joint issuance of debt in the form of a redemption fund and eurobills. A dedicated Europhile and a long-standing advisor for both EU and UK institutions, Graham Bishop has built up his influence since the early 1990s, when he pointed out to the Maastricht Treaty negotiators that government debt would have a fundamentally different quality in a common currency.
Poppy Bullock has been reporting for MLex since 2008, providing the latest coverage and analysis on regulation in the field of energy and the reduction of CO2 emissions. An award-winning reporter, she trained at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, and since then has freelanced for a variety of publications. Since autumn 2012 she has also been reporting on Trade Defence Instruments for MLex.
Chris Burns is a longtime journalist and has worked for several mainstream media such as Euronews, CNN, Bloomberg TV, France24 TV and Associated Press both in Europe and all over the world. He has moderated panels for the World Economic Forum, the OECD, the World Bank, the UN, the European Union, the Women’s Forum, as well as for the corporate world. Chris was host of the Euronews talk show “The Network” and is co-director of Burnstorm Communications.
Professor Dermot Cahill is Chair in Commercial Law, Dean of Bangor University and Research Director of the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies. He is a graduate of the College of Europe, the Law Society and the National University of Ireland. He is widely consulted by Governments and major political parties interested in assessing procurement reform initiatives. Professor Cahill currently serves as a Member of the House of Commons Inquiry into E-Invoicing , at the invitation of the UK Conservative Party, and also has been invited by the Opposition UK Labour Party’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury to undertake a review of UK Government Procurement practices and policies. The Canadian Government has recently adopted the Bangor Tender Review Methodology in order to help Canadian SMEs to improve their tender success rates in Canada. The “Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Report”, coauthored by Professor Cahill in 2009, has been adopted as Government policy by the Welsh Government, heralding major changes to public procurement practices in Wales. Co-author of “European Law” (Oxford University Press, 5th ed.), Professor Cahill takes up appointment as Research Director of the Government Procurement Research Centre at China University of Politics & Law, Beijing, China’s largest Law Faculty, with effect from September 2014.
Leo Cendrowicz was born in London and has spent much of the past decade in Brussels as a journalist. He was the Brussels correspondent for TIME magazine. His freelance work includes The Independent, The Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman, Prospect, European Voice and E!Sharp. He has also been a contributing editor for The Economist Guide to the European Union and the Time Out Guide to Brussels.
Joshua Chaffin has been the FT’s EU Correspondent since 2008. During his time in Brussels, Mr Chaffin has written about EU trade, energy, environment and agriculture policy, as well as the euro crisis and foreign affairs. Prior to this posting, Mr Chaffin worked for the FT in New York and Washington.
Dominique de Crayencour
Dominique de Crayencour is the Secretary General of the European Long Term Investors Association (ELTI) and EIB Sherpa in the Club of Long Term Investors, as well as member of the board of the MicroFinance Centre. He had worked for the European investment bank (EIB) since 1980 in various capacities until 2012 when he retired as honorary Director General. He was also EIB alternate Director at the EBRD Board and EIB representative in the EU Economic and Financial Committee. Dominique de Crayencour holds a Master of Economics and Bachelor of philosophy from the “Université Catholique de Louvain”, as well as a Master in Business Administration from the Cornell University (USA). He started his career at the World Bank before moving to commercial and investment banking with Morgan Guarantee Trust Company of New York.
James Crisp is deputy news editor at EurActiv.com and cover EU financial services and telecoms regulation, innovation and enterprise, business and the euro crisis. Previously, he was media manager at the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, as well as financial services Reporter for MLex Market Intelligence. James Crisp also worked for national newspapers in the UK such as the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. He often moderates high-level events for both the private sector and public institutions.
Lewis Crofts leads MLex’ coverage on competition policy and enforcement in Europe, writing extensively on issues such as cartels, regulation and state aid. He has also written for several years on litigation before courts in Luxembourg, London, Germany and the U.S. A graduate of Oxford University, Lewis worked in academia at the Charles University, Prague, before becoming a journalist.
Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs. She is an experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes, and a Senior Adviser to the European Policy Centre think tank. Jacki has been based in Brussels for 22 years, and was previously Communications Director of the European Policy Centre; editor-in-chief of E!Sharp, a magazine on the EU launched in 2001; and launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based weekly newspaper on EU affairs owned by The Economist Group, from 1995-2000.
Pierre Defraigne has been Executive Director of the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation since April 2008. An economist and European civil servant from 1970 to 2005, he retired as Deputy Director-General in DG Trade in March 2005 after having been Head of Cabinet for Pascal Lamy, European Commissioner for Trade (1999-2002). Previously, he was Director for North-South Relations, and Head of Cabinet for Etienne Davignon, Vice-President of the European Commission (1977-1983). He has set up the Brussels branch of the French Institute for International Relations (Eur-Ifri), which he managed from 2005 to 2008. Pierre Defraigne is a lecturer in economics at the College of Europe, Bruges and at the Institute for European Studies, UCL and FUSL. He is also a visiting professor at Zhejiang University, China.
Jacques Derenne heads the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice in Hogan Lovells’ Brussels office. He also leads their State aid practice. Since 1988, he has advised on all areas of competition law (cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers and State aid) and EU law (particularly in regulated industries). He often appears in cases before the European Commission and EU Courts, national courts and competition authorities, and regulatory bodies. He publishes widely on EU constitutional, competition and regulatory issues. He co-authors the State aid quarterly in Concurrences since 2004, has published the State Aid Thesaurus in e-Competitions (www.concurrences.com) and has co-edited a book on the Enforcement of EU State aid law at national level – 2010 – Reports from the 27 Member States (Lexxion, October 2010). This book is based on the 2009 update of the 2006 Commission study on Enforcement of State aid law at national level, which he both directed and co-authored. In 2013, he co-edited Competition Law in times of Economic Crisis In Need of Adjustment?, GCLC Annual Conference Series n° 4, Bruylant, 2013, pp. 700 (coordinating and chairing the chapter on State aid in the financial crisis). He is a founding member of the Global Competition Law Centre (College of Europe, Scientific Council and Executive Committee). He studied in Liège and at the College of Europe and is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars. He teaches competition law (State aid aspects) at the University of Liège (LL.M on Competition Law and IP) and at the Brussels School of Competition.
Natalia Drozdiak is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal’s Brussels bureau and covers EU technology and telecoms regulation in addition to Belgium. She was previously with the Journal in Frankfurt, writing about German business, utilities and airlines.
Magnus joined MLex in 2008. He was previously an analyst and reporter on Informa Telecom and Media’s newsletters. He provides comprehensive coverage of EU regulatory and legal developments in the telecoms, media and IT sectors both in Brussels and across Europe. Magnus studied journalism and economics in London, and works in English, Spanish, French, Swedish and Norwegian.
Ruth Grant is a Partner in Hogan Lovells’ London office. She was former a London Managing Partner from 2005 to 2009 and a firm People Development Partner from 2009 to 2014 and is currently co-Chair of Hogan Lovells Global Diversity Committee and Chair of the London Committee. Ruth Grant is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the City of London Law Society Training Committee.
Rikard Jozwiak is the Brussels Correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). He is responsible for daily reporting from the EU institutions and NATO, covering issues related to the Eastern Partnership, Russia and the Western Balkans. Prior to joining RFE/RL, he worked as the press officer at EU office of Amnesty International and as a reporter for European Voice covering EU affairs. He speaks English, French, Polish and Swedish.
Siobhan Hall started reporting on the European energy industry in 1999 in London, first for Financial Times Energy and then from 2001 for Platts, where she edited UK Gas Report for three years. In 2004 she became Platts’ first full-time EU energy policy editor based in Brussels, covering all aspects of EU gas, power and emissions policies. Her work appears regularly in many Platts titles, including European Power Daily, European Gas Daily, Power in Europe, International Gas Report and Oilgram News, as well as Platts’ real-time services and on www.platts.com. She is also an experienced moderator and presenter.
Stephanie C. Hofmann is Associate Professor in Political Science at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies and Deputy Director of the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding. She has worked and published on issues such as European security, international organisations, especially EU and NATO, international norms and networks. Her current research focuses on the politics of overlapping international institutions and dynamics of burden sharing between international organisations.
Gavin Hewitt is the BBC’s Chief Correspondent. From 2009-2015 he was the BBC’s Europe Editor based in Brussels. He wrote a book about the crisis in the euro-zone called ‘ the Lost Continent.’ In 2008 he covered the Obama campaign in the United States and specialised in North American politics. He has won a BAFTA and Royal Television Society
Mark Lichtenhein is the Chairman of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC), a forum of some 50 international and national sports bodies and competition organisers with a particular focus on rights issues. He has worked in the sports industry for over 20 years, when he started to pioneer the transition of golf and other sports into the digital era. A software engineer by education, Mark Lichtenhein previously held a number of positions in the European software industry with Siemens and the Cap Gemini Group before becoming the first Director of Business Development for the industry-led European Software Institute in Bilbao, Spain, co-funded by the European Commission.
Suzanne Lynch is the European Correspondent for the Irish Times. She was educated at University College Dublin before completing a doctorate at Cambridge University. Prior to her posting to Brussels, she worked as a financial journalist for the Irish Times, covering both domestic and international business news. An award-winning journalist, she currently covers EU affairs in Brussels, focusing particularly on economic news and foreign policy.
Matthew Newman is a senior correspondent for MLex and writes about mergers, antitrust and cartel investigations. Matthew began covering competition at the Luxembourg courts in 2004 and then moved to Brussels. After working as a spokesman for the European Commission until April 2012, he spent several months in Washington, DC writing about mergers for MLex. He spent a year studying French, history and communications in Grenoble, France and is a graduate of Boston University with degrees in history and journalism.
Katelijne De Nys
Katelijne De Nys is a radiation oncologist with a PhD in pharmacology. She also obtained a diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine. Katelijne De Nys is Head of the Clinical Trial Center of the University Hospitals of Leuven, President of the reimbursement commission of Belgium, and Professor of pharmacology at the university of Leuven.
Peter O’Donnell is an EU-accredited journalist, who has been working in the media on European and international affairs for over twenty years. He graduated at the University of Manchester, and worked for the European Report before becoming Associate Editor at European Voice. He has also been writing on politics as a freelance, publishing various articles with The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Reuters and others.
Hugo Paemen served, from 1995 to 1999, as Head of the European Commission’s Washington Delegation. From 1987 until 1995 he occupied the function of Deputy Director-General for External Relations at the European Commission, and, in that capacity, that of its chief negotiator during the Uruguay Round, which resulted in a number of international trade agreements and eventually led to the creation of the World Trade Organisation. From 1985 to 1987 he was the official spokesman of the European Commission, headed by Jaques Delors, and, from 1978 to 1985, ‘chef de cabinet’ of Vice-president Viscount Davignon. He is currently co-Chairman of the TransAtlantic Business Council. Hugo Paemen has held a number of lecturing positions on European Policy and Integration Problems, including at Georgetown University, the College of Europe in Natolin and the Catholic University of Leuven . He authored “From the GATT to the WTO: the European Community in the Uruguay Round”, and has contributed to several publications writing articles relating to current diplomatic and trade issues, including the TTIP. He co-authored: “A New Era for Transatlantic Leadership, A Report from the Transatlantic Task Force on Trade and Investment” (2012).
Valentina Pop writes about European politics, international courts, migration and other related topics for The Wall Street Journal in Brussels. Previously, Valentina Pop was a reporter with EUobserver, a Brussels-based online news service, and a contributor to The Economist. She has been reporting on the EU since 2005.
John Rega is Chief Correspondent, Financial Services and has reported on European financial services and other policy matters from Brussels since 2003. Previously he reported for Bloomberg for 12 years, the last half in Brussels following financial and internal-market policy. During the preceding six years in Washington, DC, he covered banking, insurance and tax policy, as well as corporate news and market developments. Before that he edited and reported for tax publications at the Bureau of National Affairs Inc. in Washington. A native of the state of Massachusetts, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1995 from The George Washington University, in DC.
Frances Robinson is a freelance journalist who previously spent four years covering EU technology and telecoms regulation for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones in Brussels. This involved everything from testing waterproof phones at Mobile World Congress to breaking news on Europe’s cybersecurity strategy. She has interviewed Prime Ministers and CEOs. She now writes about tech and telecoms, expat living and food and wine. Her radio and TV appearances include Sky News, RTBF, CNBC, BBC News Channel and BBC World Service, and has moderated panels for clients including Google, Microsoft and the OECD. She also has a fortnightly column on disruptive online competition for the DisCo project. She now lives in London and is a regular contributor to the Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary.
Gabriele Steinhauser writes about the European economy, financial regulation, international courts and life in Europe more generally for The Wall Street Journal in Brussels. Previously, she was a business writer for the Associated Press and an editor on the Journal’s Europe desk in Brussels and London. Gabriele Steinhauserholds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Editor of Netopia.eu – a web publication and idea forum based in Brussels, Per Stromback is also spokesperson for the Swedish Games Industry. With a background as a games developer and publisher, he has worked in the industry since 1996. Prior to that and pre-Napster, he worked in various capacities in the music industry both with record companies and as a festival organiser, tour PR- and artist manager. Per Stromback is author of ‘The Dream of Alexandria – the Dilemma of Digital Distribution’ and ’21 Digital Myths – Reality Distortion Antidote’ and editor of ‘The Myth of the Internet’ and ‘Free? On Quality, Money and Conditions for Creativity’.
Bruno Waterfield has been the Brussels correspondent for the Daily Telegraph since December 2006. He has been reporting on European affairs for 14 years, first from Westminster and then from Brussels since January 2003. Bruno is a frequent contributor to “spiked” debates. You can find him on Twitter @BrunoBrussels.
Emily Waterfield has more than a decade experience reporting on emissions trading, environmental policy and energy markets for leading EU publications including ENDS Europe and the European Voice newspaper. She now works as Chief Energy Correspondent for MLex, an independent news organisation covering regulatory developments in Europe and the US. Emily moved to Brussels in 2002 with degrees from Cambridge and New York University.
Peter Zapfel heads the European Commission’s unit “Emissions Trading System – Policy Development and Auctioning” in DG Climate Action. After joining the Commission in 1998 he worked for the DG for Economic and Financial Affairs and DG Environment. He has represented the Commission as a delegation member in several UN climate negotiation sessions. For several years he was responsible for the economic assessment of climate policy. He has been involved in the Commission’s work on emissions trading since 1998. In DG Environment he has coordinated a DG-internal task force for the Commission’s assessment of national allocation plans for phase 2 of the EU Emission Trading System. He also served as assistant to the Deputy Director-General of DG Environment and as assistant to the Director-General in DG Climate Action. Prior to his current assignment he was Head of Unit of the Economic Analysis and Strategy Unit in DG Climate Action. He holds academic degrees from the University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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