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Our team

Meet our team of international professionals.

See who is working on which project aspect and get in touch to find out more about our work.

Management

Overall management and strategy including technical assistance budget, programme committee management and regulations requirements, information technologies, administration.

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Erwin Siweris

Erwin Siweris

Programme Director

Erwin is responsible for overall programme management and liaison with the programme's governance institutions (the Partner States, the Hauts-de-France Region as managing authority, the European Commission etc.). Erwin also manages the programme's secretariat and its team.

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Laure Lesec

Senior Administration Officer

Laure supports the management team with human resources, the technical assistance budget and its activities, and coordinates the joint secretariat's administrative support.

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Elodie Courcoul

Senior Administration Assistant

Elodie assists the management team. She is responsible for office logistics, public procurement related to IT & office equipment, travel, and accommodation. She also assists with organising of events and provides secretarial support.

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Alexandre Hryszkiewicz

Senior IT Officer

Alexandre is responsible for developing the programme’s online application and monitoring system and provides IT support.

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Adrien Baelen

IT apprentice (UX/UI designer)

Adrien supports the IT officer with developing the programme’s online application and monitoring system. His work focuses on improving the system’s interface to enhance the user experience.

Finance and audit

The finance and audit team’s responsibilities cover all financial aspects related to the projects, platforms, technical assistance and the programme in general. They range from advising project lead applicants and lead partners during the whole project life cycle, i.e. during application, implementation, payment and closure stage. The finance team also supports the group of auditors and the audit authority in all audit related matters, especially the sample checks on operations. It also contributes to the reporting to the European Commission by preparing the reports on financial, control and audit matters for the Managing Authority and the programme’s Monitoring Committee.

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Petra Geitner

Head of Unit - Finances & Audit

Petra is responsible for both the overall financial management of the programme and project finances. She also supervises the team's financial control and audit tasks.

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Anne-Cécile Renard

Coordinator - Programme Finances

Anne-Cécile coordinates tasks related to programme finances, such as reporting to the EC, programme cash flows, the management and control system description, and state aid. She is also responsible for coordination with the managing, certifying, and audit authorities, especially in relation to the annual closure of programme accounts.

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Ilaria Piazza

Coordinator - Project Finances

Ilaria coordinates the team's project finance tasks throughout application, implementation, and closure stages. She has also been involved in studies related to simplification and state aid matter.

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Aleksandra Niechajowicz Dell'Ambrogio

Senior Finance Officer

Aleksandra's responsibilities include supporting applicants and project partners as well as assessing applications and monitoring project finances. She also provides product-owner input to the development of the Portal, the programme's online application and monitoring system.

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Alexis François

Senior Finance Officer

Alexis' responsibilities include supporting applicants and project partners as well as assessing applications and monitoring project finances.

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Camille Milloir

Finance Officer

Camille's responsibilities include supporting applicants and project partners as well as assessing applications and monitoring project finances.

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Vincenzo Capocasale

Finance Officer

Vincenzo's responsibilities include supporting applicants and project partners as well as assessing applications and monitoring project finances.

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Anne Rocheteau

Finance Officer

Anne's responsibilities include supporting applicants and project partners as well as assessing applications and monitoring project finances.

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Ségolène Jean

Finance Officer

Ségolène's responsibilities include supporting applicants and project partners as well as assessing applications and monitoring project finances.

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Rūta Ročāne

Finance Officer

Rūta's responsibilities include supporting applicants and project partners as well as assessing applications and monitoring project finances.

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Ana Sladic

Finance Control & Audit Officer

Ana supports the Partner States, their project partners, and first level controllers with the implementation of their first level control system. She also assists the members of the group of auditors and the audit authority. Her work focuses on facilitating project audits and assisting project partners with the process.

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Foedora Braconne

Senior Projects & Finance Assistant

Foedora ensures the secretarial and administrative support to the project and finance units. She also assists with organising meetings and events.

Projects and platform

The team’s responsibilities range from advising project lead applicants and lead partners on content related matters, assessing project proposals, and monitoring running projects. The team is also in charge of the overall coordination, development and follow-up of the policy learning platform.

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Nicolas Singer

Head of Unit - Projects & Platform

Nicolas manages the projects unit and oversees the platform development. He is responsible for all programme content-related matters.

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Jason Martinez

Coordinator - Projects

Jason coordinates the tasks of the Policy Officers in relation to project development, project assessment and project implementation. He also contributes to the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Magdalini Anagnostou

Coordinator - Policy Learning Platform

Magda is responsible for the overall coordination and management of implementing the Policy Learning Platform. She coordinates the tasks of the Policy Officers and the work of the external experts commissioned to set up and provide the Platform's services.

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Ana Mihaljevic

Policy Officer

Ana's responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. She also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Kristaps Ročāns

Policy Officer

Kristaps' responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. He also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Laurenţiu David

Senior Policy Officer

Laurenţiu's responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. He also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Ilaria Ramaglioni

Senior Policy Officer

Ilaria's responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. She also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Verena Priem

Senior Policy Officer

Verena's responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications, and monitoring project achievements. She also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work and provides product-owner input to the development of the Portal, the programme's online application and monitoring system.

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Charo Camacho

Senior Policy Officer

Charo's responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. She also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Etienne Rodzinka-Verhelle

Policy Officer

Etienne's responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications, and monitoring project achievements. He also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Mariame Ammour

Policy Officer

Mariame's responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications, and monitoring project achievements. She also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Diane Bulon

Policy Officer

Diane's responsibilities include supporting applicants, assessing applications, and monitoring project achievements. She also monitors the Policy Learning Platform's work.

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Juliette Hazell

Intern

Juliette supports the Policy and Finance Officers and occasionally the communication team. She provides assistance with administrative tasks and monitoring project finance. Her work heavily focuses on Central Europe as it is the subject of her end of study paper.

Communications

The communication unit ensures that the right organisations know how they can benefit from the programme, disseminates good policy practice widely, and provides advice to project partners on communicating their activities.

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Irma Astrauskaitė-Denis

Head of Unit - Communication and Contact Points

Irma coordinates the tasks of the team (5 members), is responsible for the programme's communication strategy and its implementation. In particular, she is responsible for public relations, partnerships, and reporting.

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Petra Polášková

Senior Communication & Evaluation Officer

Petra's responsibilities include implementing the communication strategy and coordinating the activities of the programme's contact points. She also advises project partners on communication issues and provides input for project monitoring procedures.

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Julie Patenaude

Communication Officer

Julie's responsibilities include implementing the communication strategy, particularly the Interreg Europe website. She also advises project partners on communication issues and provides input for project monitoring procedures.

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Hannah Gore

Hannah Gore

Communication Officer

Hannah's responsibilities include implementing the communication strategy, particularly the social media accounts. She also advises project partners on communication issues and provides input for project monitoring procedures.

Marie Soucasse

Communication Officer

Marie's responsibilities include implementing the communication strategy, particularly programme events and advising project applicants and partners on communication issues.

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Amandine Bazin

Amandine Bazin

Communication Intern

Amandine supports the communication team with the implementation of the communication strategy. She provides assistance with social media, the website and administrative tasks.

Policy Learning Platform

Interreg Europe has commissioned a multilingual team of thematic and communication experts to set up and operate the Policy Leaning Platform. They will support the regional practitioners and policymakers around Europe by providing a helpdesk for policy advice and by facilitating peer-learning, good practices and knowledge sharing, networking and partnering.

Policy Learning Platform experts
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Marc Pattinson

Thematic Expert - Smarter Europe

Marc Pattinson has over 25 years' experience in helping regions prepare their regional development and designing research-innovation and S3 strategies, promoting interregional cooperation actions, working with clusters and performing policy analyses.

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Arnault Morisson

Thematic Expert - Smarter Europe and Europe closer to Citizens

Arnault has a PhD in Economic Geography from Utrecht University and the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. He is expert in regional innovation governance and innovation policies. He is responsible for validating good practices and contributes to the production of articles and policy briefs for the knowledge hub. He also answers requests for policy advice via the expert support helpdesk.

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Laura Varisco

Laura Varisco

Thematic Expert - Smarter Europe

Laura has experience in regional economic development and innovation. She supports the management of different EU-funded collaborative projects and has been working in a local public authority to implement cross-border cooperation projects and strategies. She is responsible for validating good practices, providing tailored policy advice and supporting the organisation of platform events.

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Rene Tõnnisson

Thematic Expert - Smarter Europe

Rene has more than 20 years of experience in innovation management and business development. He has held executive management positions in several public and private sector organisations helping SMEs to increase their competitiveness. Recently he has been acting as an investor and board director of different business acceleration programmes and startup investment funds.

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Luc Schmerber

Thematic Expert - Smarter Europe and more Social Europe

Luc has over 20 years of experience in the design of business support ecosystems on behalf of regional public authorities and business support organisations, with a focus on entrepreneurship and cluster organisations. He has also gained experience in working directly with SMEs on improving their competitiveness.

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Mart Veliste

Thematic Expert - Smarter Europe and more Social Europe

Mart has experience from projects related to innovation ecosystems, SME competitiveness, inter-cluster cooperation, and smart cities. He is also a representative for the Estonian contact point for the Enterprise Europe Network. On the platform, Mart is responsible for validating good practices and writing policy briefs and organizing thematic workshops and webinars.

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Erik Gløersen

Erik Gløersen

Thematic Expert - more Social Europe

Erik has over 20 years of experience in regional development policies and holds a PhD in human geography and planning. His work focuses on sustainable development in areas with geographic specificities such as sparsely populated areas, cross-border regions and outermost regions. He has also worked on the design, implementation and evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes.

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Katharina Krell

Thematic Expert - Greener Europe and Connected Europe

Katharina Krell has 20 years of experience in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart cities and circular economy. She is specialised in supporting the uptake of results of EU-funded projects in form of policy recommendations, good practices, technologies for commercialisation or knowledge for further research.

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Simon Hunkin

Thematic Expert - Greener Europe and Connected Europe

Simon Hunkin has eight years' experience in the low-carbon economy sector, working in projects and studies to support uptake of innovative low-carbon technologies and policy instruments. He is specialised in European energy and environment policy, as well as regional policy and funding and co-operation initiatives.

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Astrid Severin

Astrid Severin

Thematic Expert - Greener Europe and Europe closer to Citizens

Astrid is a senior expert with over 25 years of experience in regional development policies. She has a track record in circular economy, renewables, biodiversity, climate adaptation and nature-based solutions. Astrid has authored several studies and policy papers and leads the organisation and implementation of peer reviews, matchmakings and interregional policy learning events.

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Magda Michaliková

Thematic Expert - Greener Europe

Magda has a MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management (University of Liverpool) and an MBA (Copenhagen Business School). Magda has experience in areas related to circular economy, waste management, green strategy development and sustainable food systems. Magda is responsible for validating good practices, producing articles and policy briefs for the knowledge hub and organising thematic workshops and webinars.

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Thorsten Kohlisch

Project Manager

Thorsten leads and manages the overall implementation of the Policy Learning Platform. He holds responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the platform team and supports the personal development of each team member. At the same time, he works closely with the management of the programme, fostering and facilitating the strategic development of the platform services.

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Elena Ferrario

Senior Thematic Manager

Elena is the senior thematic manager for the Policy Learning Platform. She coordinates all activities performed by the thematic experts and is responsible for the Platform quality standards. She supports the project manager in the strategic development of the platform.

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Antoine Duquennoy

Thematic Manager

Antoine is thematic manager for the Platform. He ensures the quality control of the platform services and supports the coordination of all Platform activities. He contributes to the strategic development of the platform.

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Karine Hakobyan Gevorgyan

Platform Administrator

Karine provides administrative support to the team and assists in organisation of meetings. She also supports the Project Manager and the Thematic Manager on quality management issues.

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Lotte van Meijel

Lotte van Meijel

Web and Community Expert

Lotte coordinates web developments withi