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- Secretariat function
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- Jacob Lund Nielsen
- Fiona Wright
- Jacob Lund Nielsen
- Andreas Constantinides
- Jacob Lund Nielsen
- Timme Bertolt Døssing
- Deborah Nash
- Jacob Lund Nielsen
- Lola Uña Cárdenas
- Timme Bertolt Døssing
- Maya Pavlova Doneva
- Jacob Lund Nielsen
- Vinciane Patelou
- Timme Bertolt Døssing
- Vinciane Patelou
Ivan Hodač is the Chairman of the Board at cabinet DN. He is also a founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Aspen Institute Prague. The Financial Times recently listed him among the most influential personalities in the Brussels politics. He was the Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from 2001 until October 2013, where he represented Europe’s foremost automobile manufacturers.
Before joining ACEA, Ivan Hodač was Senior Vice-President and Head of the Time Warner Corporate office for Europe. Previously he was Secretary-General of the trade organization IFMA/IMACE, Senior Economist at Didier & Associates, and Assistant Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. Ivan Hodač was born in Prague, where he studied mechanical engineering. He completed his education at the University of Copenhagen (economics and political science) and the College of Europe in Bruges (European studies).
Timme co-founded cabinet DN in 2004. He has built up his experience with a number of international clients in the ICT, food, pharmaceutical, biotech, internal market law, and environment & energy sectors. He often appears in the media as a commentator on EU affairs and was selected by Danish business weekly “BNY” as one of the ” Biggest Business Talents of 2006″.
Prior to this, Timme worked as an Adviser to the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC) and to the Head of Danish PSE delegation in the European Parliament, he was also a Political Adviser to MEP Torben Lund (PES), former Minister for Public Health. He also worked as an economist in the Danish Consumer Council (NGO) and was a political adviser to members of the Danish Parliament Jeppe Kofoed and Lotte Bundsgaard, former Minister for Housing.
Timme has an MSc in Economics and speaks English and Spanish, in addition to Danish.
Jacob is the Managing Partner of cabinetDN, which he co-founded in 2005, with a subsidiary CabinetChina based in Shanghai since 2012. cabinet DN is today the largest independent public affairs consultancy in Brussels. Jacob provides strategic advice and advocacy support to large multinational clients in the fields of technology, media, financial services, and transport.
He is a co-founder of MediaTrack, a media monitoring business based in Singapore and the Philippines and sits on board of its former subsidiary Retriever Danmark, sold to the Scandinavian media monitoring group Retriever in 2012.
He is the founder and board member to Financial Future, a UK-based non-for- profit group which aims to improve mutual understanding of key issues between legislators and the financial services industry. Members include some of the world’s largest financial institutions.
He is co-founder of the social networking site PapaFootball.com helping thousands of amateur soccer players meet up and play some ball!
Jacob frequently provides comment on European affairs, entrepreneurship, and politics, in various international and Danish media and as a public speaker and panelist. He is an individual member (trustee) of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies since 2011.
He has previously worked as the Executive Director of the European Enterprise Institute, as political advisor in the European Parliament, and interned with the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He was for two terms a visiting lecturer with the Charles University, Prague, teaching postgraduate studies in comparative politics and European integration strategies. He holds an MSc in Political Science from Aarhus University, Denmark,with further studies at Sciences-Po and Sorbonne in Paris, France. He is a former Young Leader with the American Council on Germany and Die Zeit Stiftung.
Mark Cunningham is the COO of cabinet DN.
Prior to cabinet DN worked for over 15 years at Hill+Knowlton Strategies where he was COO/CFO Belgium, CFO Benelux & Mediterranean. During this time H+K became the largest Public Affairs agency in Belgium.
Prior to this he worked for Haines Watts as a Portfolio supervisor after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.
Mark has an MSc in Mathematics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, of which he has been a member for almost 20 years. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He speaks English and has a basic understanding of French and Spanish.
Deborah advises clients on audio-visual and digital issues. Due to her legal background, she also provides horizontal competence on competition law and state-aid issues.
Prior to joining cabinet DN, Deborah gained experience in another Public Affairs consultancy and carried out an internship with a Brussels-based NGO. She also undertook a legal apprenticeship with a firm of solicitors in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Deborah holds an LLM and an LLB in Law, both from Queen’s University, Belfast. She also spent a year at the UCL, Belgium. She is a native English speaker and also speaks fluent French and basic German.
Fiona is Director for Financial Services.
She joins after 8 years at HM Treasury where she was most recently a senior policy adviser on the EU Financial Services strategy and an SNE at the European Commission (EPC EFC Secretariat, DG ECFIN, 2008-11). She has also worked in other Treasury roles included tax strategy, pensions and the economic aspects of energy and climate policy.
Prior to joining Treasury, Fiona was based in the United States where she spent three years working as an Assistant Professor in Political Science, including a year-long secondment as a legislative assistant in the Office of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, where she covered pensions policy and international trade.
Fiona holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida (2000) and was a Brookings Institution Research Fellow (1998-99).
A native English speaker, Fiona also has a basic understanding of French and intermediate-level Dutch.
Lola has many years of experience as a senior public affairs and communications advisor in Brussels. She previously held the position of Chief Representative for the EU of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). In this capacity, she also provided strategic oversight to shape and implement UNICA’s advocacy programmes. Prior to this, Lola worked as the EU affairs Director at ECG, the Association of European Vehicle Logistics, developing the Association’s network of contacts with policymakers and other stakeholders, and as a Consultant at Kreab & Gavin Anderson, where she handled a portfolio of transport, environmental and various other clients.
Her substantial experience in the field of public affairs and strategic communications is complemented by extensive knowledge of policymaking that she has gained after 13 years dealing with issues in the Brussels arena.
She speaks fluent English, Italian, Portuguese, and Dutch, besides Spanish as her mother tongue. She also has a very good command of French and Finnish.
Vinciane Patelou is a Director at Cabinet DN. An experienced public affairs and public relations professional, Vinciane previously worked for Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Brussels, where she was leading the Food and Consumer Practice Group. Before that, she worked for two trade associations based in Brussels : EuroCoop (retail) and UNIFE (rail transport). Vinciane successfully led numerous advocacy campaigns on behalf of clients, demonstrating her expertise in codecision and comitology lobbying, awareness-raising campaigns, crisis communications and association management.
Her area of expertise mainly is food, ranging from agricultural production to nutrition and consumption. Public health and environment are also areas where she has developed an in-depth knowledge as a consultant for a number of consumer goods companies.
Vinciane graduated from the Institute of Political Sciences of Lille (France) with a M.A. in European Affairs. She also studied at the Political Science Institute of the University of Copenhagen in 2006. Vinciane is French mother tongue, fluent in English and has a good knowledge of German.
Works on energy, environment and transport issues. She has developed a good understanding on climate change, traditional and renewable fuels as well as energy security.
Before joining cabinet DN, Maya was a stagiaire with the Royal Dutch Shell Company, in their European Union Liason Office. She supported the team in charge of EU policies on Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
Maya has a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the Institute of European Studies in Brussels, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In addition to her Bulgarian mother tongue, Maya is fluent in English and French.
Aliki works mainly in the field of digital, media, intellectual property rights and telecommunications policy.
Before joining cabinet DN, Aliki worked as a trainee at DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission and the Association of European Radios. Prior to this, she was a trainee lawyer in Athens and she was admitted to the Athens Bar Association in September 2010.
Aliki graduated from the University of Athens, School of Law, with an LL.B. She also holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from University College London (UCL).
A native Greek speaker, she is also fluent in English and French.
Kevin is working on digital issues.
He has experience in EU and Belgium institutions and campaigning.
With a Master in Public Administration and a degree in International Relations, he has worked in the offices of ALDE MEP Marietje Schaake, and of the then Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht.
Besides his native Dutch, Kevin is fluent in English and French.
John Bruton comes to cabinet DN with a wealth of political experience.
From 1994-1997 he was Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) and previously was Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism with key competences in sports. Until October 2009, he was Ambassador and EU Commission Head of Delegation in the United States.
Bruton is a strong supporter of European Integration and served as a leading member of the Convention that drafted the proposed European Constitution. He strongly supported proposals to give the general public a more direct say in the choice of EU leadership by allowing the public of the 27 EU Member States directly to elect a President of the European Commission.
Previously vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP) and EU Ambassador in Washington DC, Bruton is currently Chairman of IFSC Ireland, a body set up to promote Ireland’s international financial services industry. Most recently, he was appointed Chairman of the EU Sports Platform, a non-profit organisation aimed at helping the sports world better understand why and how the EU institutions are becoming more important in influencing sports regulations.
John currently chairs the Financial Future Forum and serves as and Senior Adviser to cabinet DN . A Member of the European Parliament for Scotland from 1979-84 and 1999-2009, he was the Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, where he worked as Draftsman (Rapporteur) or ‚’shadow’ on all major financial services legislation. He was also his Group’s spokesman for energy, research and technology.
Malcolm Harbour served 15 years as Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, and served years as Chairman of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) from 2009 to 2014. He was a key player in shaping policies and legislation for the single market, manufacturing industry, the digital economy, research and consumer protection. As leader of the centre right EPP-ED group on IMCO from 2004 to 2009, he led the successful campaign to adopt the Services Directive in 2006. Since 1999 has been lead MEP (Rapporteur) for 3 cycles of Electronic Communications legislation. For 12 years he was Vice President of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Foresight Panel. He was appointed a CBE for services to the UK economy in 2013.
He did not seek re-election in the 2014 European Elections, and in July 2014, was appointed to the Council of Birmingham University. He is lay Council Member on the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committees and on the Board of Birmingham Science City. He maintains his strong interest in EU policy in a number of advisory roles. He is a Senior Adviser on the Single Market to the European Policy Centre, and a Senior Adviser to Cabinet DN. He has worked on institutional reform with the Centre for European Policy Studies, and delivered the 2015 Birmingham European Law School Annual Lecture. He is a Director of the all party UK Parliamentary Forum, the Digital Policy Alliance, and Chairs their working group on the Digital Single Market.
Before his election to the Parliament in 1999, Malcolm spent 32 years in the motor industry, as an engineer, a senior commercial executive, a consultant and a researcher. After gaining a Cambridge degree, he began his career in 1967 as a Student Engineer at BMC Longbridge.
Poul Skytte Christoffersen brings with him exemplary political credentials. During 1995 to 2003 he was Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the European Union in Brussels. From 2003 to 2005 Poul was Ambassador to the Royal Danish Embassy in Rome and Permanent Representatives to FAO, WFP and IFAD. Subsequently he served as Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Fischer Boel. From 2009 to 2010 he was Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the European Union in Brussels. He then became Special Advisor to High Representative Ashton.
In addition to his Senior advisor role, Poul is also a member of the council of the think tank “Europa”, Copenhagen, and appear as EU expert in various medias.
Alexander de Roo was Member of the European Parliament (1999-2004) for the Dutch Green Party, where he was rapporteur for EU Directives on noise, air pollution, Emission Trading. Prior to that, Alexander was scientific advisor to the Green Group in the European Parliament, active in the Amsterdam City Council and founding father of the Dutch Green party. He studied chemical technology in Delft and political science in Amsterdam.
He has represented the European Parliament in the management board of the European Chemical Agency in Helsinki (2007-2009) and is also the chairman of the Dutch NGO Waddenvereniging, protecting the UNESCO World Heritage of the Waddenzee in the Netherlands.
Mr de Roo is advising clients on issues related to European energy and environmental policies including topics such as energy efficiency, Smart Grid, biodiversity, ecological footprint, chemicals, waste, noise levels, as well as pollution of air and water. He is also leading our Round Table on Clean Tech issues.
David advises clients on media strategies and corporate communication. In 1986 David joined the Guardian, and was European Business Editor of The Guardian newspaper in Brussels. At The Guardian he was, inter alia, a leader writer, education editor, German correspondent, industrial editor and business news editor. In his latest Brussels role David reported on and analysed significant developments in European and global corporate affairs, including mergers & acquisitions, the financial crisis as well as EU issues such as energy/climate change, competition policy, economic and monetary policy, trade, industrial policy and financial regulation. Prior he was working for The Scotsman and London Weekend TV.
David is armed with extensive contacts in major European boardrooms and EU institutions, and was commended for his coverage of the 1984-85 miners’ strike in the British Press Awards and won the Anglo-German Journalism Prize for his coverage of German reunification. He has appeared regularly on French, German and British television and radio and has contributed to leading European newspapers and magazines as well as chairing conferences and speaking at events organised by EU institutions, think tanks and business/union bodies.
David has a BA (Oxford) in French and German and a MA (London) in French. A native English speaker and fluent in German and French.
Jacek is a Commercial and Company Law expert. He brings to cabinet DN his vast experience on the legal and pan-European political scene.
As well as being a partner at Misiewicz, Mosek & Partners Counsellors-At-Law he is also a Councillor at the Regional Parliament of Permerania in Poland.
Previously he was a bureau member of the European Peoples Party and a Councillor at Gdansk City Council.
Dan Wolff is Director for Transport.
He has in-depth experience in EU regulatory affairs of network industries and either establishing or overhauling representative organisations and units.
Since 2005, he has been active in EU transport policy for a number of railway, road and aviation clients. He has also headed the political team of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers and the European Affairs unit of Réseau Ferré de France. In this context, he has dealt with railway and intermodal issues such as the recast of the First Railway Package, the Eurovignette Directive or the “Better Airport” package. He is regularly providing railway expertise to various international organisations.
Prior to that, he took a leading role in the preparation and communication of the French Post Office position on a number of regulatory and policy issues. In particular, he helped developLa Poste’s lobbying strategy vis-à-vis both the revision of the Directive on the liberalisation of the postal sector and the Directives on public procurement.
Dan holds a Masters degree from the College of Europe, and a degree in law and political sciences.
He is a native French speaker and also speaks fluent English and Hebrew and some German.
Patrizio started his career within the Business Development unit of a leading IT company then joined the Associative sector – mainly Wood & Furniture – gaining noteworthy experience in Public & International Affairs Management. Additionally to an in-depth understanding of the EU environment, he praises a thorough knowledge of many International markets (particularly in the ME and the South Mediterranean Region). Patrizio holds a Marketing & Mass Communication Degree and is fully proficient and fluent in English, French and Spanish, in addition to Italian.
Silvia works on media and sports issues. She worked for the offline sports betting operator Stanleybet as Communications executive in Brussels being in charge of the institutional relations with the European Parliament. She has acquired a sound knowledge of Member States gambling legislation. Silvia started her career as a consultant in Public and European Affairs advising a number of clients in the gambling, healthcare and cosmetics fields. Thanks to her past working experience and her academic studies she has an in-depth knowledge of the European and Italian institutions.
Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations and a Master’s Degree in European Studies. She studied in Italy, in the US and in Belgium. Italian national, she speaks fluently English and has a sound knowledge of French and Spanish.
Petra is part of our financial services team. She joined cabinet DN after working as a policy adviser to the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament. She followed the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee and had lead responsibility for several high profile regulatory files with a particular focus on the Money Market Funds dossier and Benchmarks and Indices file.
Petra graduated from University of Economics in Prague with degree in economic policy and development. She also holds Masters of Public Policy in international relations and political economy from KDI School of Public Policy and Management in Seoul. She speaks Czech, her mother tongue, and fluent English. Petra also picked up basic Korean and is working on her French.
Bartosz is responsible for public health, food, agriculture and environment issues. Before joining cabinet DN, he was an advisor at the European Parliament with an Italian Member of the EPP delegation. Prior to that, he worked for a Brussels-based NGO where he was in charge of the EU funding direct programmes.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations and a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the Sapienza University in Rome.
Besides his native Polish, he is also fluent in Italian, English, German and French.
Katya joined cabinet DN in May 2015. She works primarily in the area of health and pharmaceuticals.
She has several years of experience working in EU public affairs, having previously worked at MHP Communications and Diplomat Communications in Brussels. Katya has helped clients articulate and defend their interests across a range of policy areas, including health, financial services and telecommunications. She also has significant experience working on cross-cutting issues such as data protection.
Katya has received her education in Political Science from Syracuse University in the United States and the University of Latvia. A native of Latvia, Katya speaks English, Dutch, Russian and Latvian.
Petra works on energy, environment and health issues. Before joining cabinet DN, she worked with DG Environment at the European Commission on the TEN-E Regulation and on the related energy guidance besides diverse impact assessment issues. Previously to that Petra has gained experience with IBM ISSC and with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the office of the Government Commissioner for the EU Presidency. She also completed a legal internship at Philippe & Partners Law Firm in the Brussels and Paris offices where she supported the environmental and energy law practice.
Petra is a lawyer graduated at Eötvös Loránd University and holds Master’s Degree in International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest. She has also been engaged in postgraduate economic studies. In addition to that, she studied European policy at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle of Paris and spent a semester at the Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis in Brussels.
Petra is fluent in English and French, has a good command in German and speaks basic Spanish in addition to her native Hungarian.
Cécile works in our digital team.
Before joining cabinet DN, she was an intern at the European Parliament with a French Member of the EPP delegation. Prior to that, Cécile gained solid experience in European and Public Affairs as a consultant at Havas Public Affairs in Brussels where she was in charge of a wide range of issues relating to the internal market, consumer protection and the EU industrial policy.
Cécile is a graduate in European and International Affairs from Sciences-Po Rennes and University Paris I.
She is fluent in French and English and has a basic command of Spanish.
Leonor works in our financial services team. Before joining Cabinet DN, she worked in the Financial Markets Committee at the European Banking Federation and in the European Corporate Affairs Department of Banco Santander in Brussels.
Leonor is a graduate in Politics and International Relations from Complutense University of Madrid. Moreover, she studied at University of Geneva a Master’s degree in European Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in European Political and Administrative Studies from College of Europe.
Besides her native Spanish, she is also a fluent French and English speaker.
Jorge is Spanish and covers numerous policy areas, including ICT, telecoms, IPR, audio-visual and data protection. Prior to joining Cabinet DN, he worked as a Policy Analyst in an Brussels based nonprofit organization working towards an open and more competitive ICT market.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, a Master’s Degree in European Studies and an LL.M. in European Law. He is also a qualified lawyer from the Bar Association of Madrid. Besides his mother tongue Spanish, he is fluent in English and German.
Liga supports clients on issues related to data protection, taxation, audiovisual policy, as well as providing horizontal support for the Latvian Presidency of the EU. Prior to joining cabinet DN Liga worked at DG Regional and Urban Policy and gained experience at UNESCO in Paris and the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the UN in New York. She holds a Masters in European Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris and a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her mother-tongue is Latvian and she speaks fluent English and French.
Alberto works in our transport team.
Prior to joining Cabinet DN, he worked in Brussels for a law firm, supporting their competition law practice and subsequently for an association representing railway undertakings’ interests in the European Union.
Alberto holds a Degree in Spanish and European Union Law from CEU San Pablo University, and an LL.M. in European Union Law from the Institut d’Études Européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is also a qualified lawyer, member of the Madrid Bar Association.
His mother tongue is Spanish and his working languages are English and French.
Senior Office Manager
Rhian has overall responsibility for the general office administration, including organising meetings, ensuring the smooth running of the office, HR and provides support with the day-to-day management of the building and its financial and accounts procedures.
Rhian is Welsh and has lived in Brussels for more than 15 years. Her competences lie in office administration and she has worked not only for the European Commission, but progressed within international private and public organisations. She speaks English and French.
cabinet DN has built a strong peer-to-peer network of like-minded and competent independent consultancies across Europe and beyond. We have extensive experience building global public affairs and communications strategies and successfully executed multinational campaigns.
In addition, cabinet DN is a strategic partner of the Waggener-Edstrom Global Alliance with access to a network of more than 120 PR companies in the world.
cabinet DN is independent and our client base includes leading global companies, trade associations and government bodies.
Timme Bertolt Døssing and Jacob Lund Nielsen founded the company in 2005: hence DN. Mark Cunningham joined us in 2012 as the 3rd equity partner.
We are wholly owned by our partners and staff.
We have a Scandinavian management philosophy: we focus on openness, responsibility, competitiveness - and results.
The offices are in our very own 1650 square meters large and distinguished townhouse in the heart of the European quarter. Our extensive team of in-house staff and external advisers represent over 20 nationalities.
We are members of prominent associations such as the American Chamber of Commerce EU, Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS),European Policy Centre (EPC), Danish business group VL76 and Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP).
In line with our commitment to transparency in public affairs, we are listed in the European Commission’s Transparency Register and are accredited with the European Parliament.