Public Affairs Awards Europe Judges 

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Russell Patten

CEO and Chairman of European Public Affairs

Russell is the CEO of Grayling Belgium since 2003 when he joined the consultancy and the Chairman of Grayling’s PA network across Europe.

He has 30 years of Brussels/European/international governmental relations/GR, public affairs (PA) and Public Relations/PR experience and has worked for both private & public organizations such as DHL, AbbVie, Nissan, PepsiCo, Roche, the WHO, several patient associations including the European  Parkinson’s Disease Association, the European Commission and the Japanese Government & Ministries.

Christian Hierholzer

Hanover Communications

Christian Hierholzer, Managing Director, Brussels. Christian leads Hanover’s Brussels team. He provides high-level, strategic advice to clients across a variety of business sectors and policy areas on advocacy, communications and campaigns targeting both EU policymakers and stakeholder audiences.

David Geary


David serves as Head of Communications for Ireland’s largest education trade union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. A board member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, David has held a variety of senior EU-wide positions in a number of high-profile organisations, including the UK’s Federation of Small Businesses, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and European Movement. In a voluntary capacity, David delivered the political engagement function for Pride in London, one of the world’s leading equality events.

Quentin Galland

Hague Corporate Affairs

Quentin is Senior Advisor, European Affairs at Hague Corporate Affairs. He oversees and implements public affairs strategies for companies and coalitions on projects pertaining to innovative agri-tech and health. Overall, Quentin helps clients navigating through policy-making processes while identifying and tapping into opportunities. Next to his career as a lobbyist, Quentin lectures at IHECS on case studies applied to EU public affairs.

Patrick Gibbels

Gibbels Public Affairs

Patrick has a background in Law and European Studies at the University of Maastricht (NL). He started his career as the Secretary General of a large pan-European business
organisation, a position which he held for more than a decade.
In April 2011 Patrick launched his Public Affairs company, Gibbels Public Affairs (GPA). Recently, his firm joined forced with a Brussels based PR agency. PA has increasingly become a communications game. By bundling their expertise the two
firms will be able to offer their clients and even broader service.
Patrick has won several European Public Affairs Awards, amongst which in-house professional of the year (2016) and consultant of the year (2017).

Dr. Markus Broich

VP EU Affairs, Airbus

Markus graduated from the London School of Economics and holds a PhD from the University of Duisburg. For more than 20 years, he is working in EU affairs in the public as well as the private sector. Currently, he co-chairs a BDI working group on EU Research and Innovation. 

Prof. Dr. Raphael von Heereman

Raphael graduated at the University of Muenster, Germany in law and holds a PhD from the same University. For more than 30 years, he is working in the Transport sector with focus on aeropolitical affairs. He has long-lasting experience in the public affairs area both, abroad as well as in the Europe. Besides his current job as a senior advisor for Qatar Airways he teaches as a Guest Professor “ Business in Europe” at the Antwerp Management School as well at the University of Antwerp.

Christopher Morris

Director of Public Affairs, Chelgate

Chris has spent a decade working within the political and policy fields of the European Institutions. Beginning his career within the European Parliament – and after several roles in Brussels and Westminster – Chris now specialises in representing clients in environmental, energy and transport regulatory fields in Brussels.

Viviana Spaghetti

Head of EU Affairs, The Whitehouse Consultancy

Viviana runs The Whitehouse Consultancy EU affairs practice, providing regulatory and strategic counsel and support for clients on their engagement with the European institutions, national and local authorities to shape and influence policy, and help them navigate the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Christophe Lécureuil

Director, The European Centre for Public Affairs

Christophe Lécureuil is the founder of CLC Consultant, a consultancy specialized in advocacy and reputation management. His corporate career includes heading up European Government Relations for McDonald’s and managing International Public Affairs for Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) across 100 countries.

Jamie Fortescue

Managing Director, Starch Europe

Since 2012 Jamie has been the Managing Director of Starch Europe, the EU association representing starch producers. With over 25 years experience in EU public affairs, Jamie previously worked as Director General of Spirits Europe, the association representing spirits drinks, as international corporate affairs director for the employment agency Randstad in Amsterdam, and as an account director at European Public Policy Advisors (EPPA) in both their Brussels and London offices.

Eric Schell

Managing Partner, Cabinet Schell

Eric Schell is a specialist in public affairs and institutional relations with a sound knowledge of public authorities in France and in the European Union: local authorities and administrations, ministerial offices, ministerial administrations, as well as French and European parliamentarians.

Eric also knows the decision-making process that is followed in professional associations, organisations and federations, political parties and by mainstream decision makers.

Eric was part of the first wave of decentralising professional services provided to local authorities in Saint Etienne, Orleans, Caen and Tours. He served as head of cabinet to a chairman of a departemental (county) council, the deputy chairman of the Senate, two senators who were also mayors of large cities, and an advisor to the President of a Region

Through his work with parliamentarians and executives, Eric Schell has acquired solid experience of the public sector for activities relating to economic development and international promotion for local authorities. He has been in regular contact with private companies, and is knowledgeable about problems relating to competition and competitiveness.

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