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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 the overall programme management and relation to the programme governance institutions (the Partner States, the Hauts-de-France Region as managing authority, the European Commission etc.). Erwin is also in charge of managing the secretariat's team of 28 members.

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Laure Lesec

Senior Administration Officer

Laure supports the management in the fields of human resources, technical assistance budget and activities, and ensures the coordination of the assistance of the JS.

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Elodie Courcoul

Administration Assistant

Elodie assists the management unit. She takes care of the logistics of the office, public procurement related to IT & Office, travel & accommodation, assists in the organisation of events and ensures secretarial support.

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Alexandre Hryszkiewicz

IT Officer

Alexandre is responsible for further development of the programme’s online application and monitoring system and for IT support to the JS.

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 head of the unit that deals with all financial matters related to projects as well as programme finances. She also manages the tasks of the team related to financial control and audits.

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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 the coordination with the managing authority, the certifying authority and the audit authority, in particular for the annual closure of the programme accounts.

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Ilaria Piazza

Coordinator - Project Finances

Ilaria coordinates the tasks of the team with regard to project finances, this includes the application, implementation and closure stage of the projects. She is also involved in studies related to simplification and state aid matter.

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Antoine Duquennoy

Finance Control & Audit Officer

Antoine supports the Partner States, their project partners and first level controllers with the implementation of their first level control system. He also assists the group of auditors members and audit authority. His focus is on facilitating the audits on operations and offering assistance to the project partners during the process.

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Aleksandra Niechajowicz Dell'Ambrogio

Senior Finance Officer

Aleksandra is responsible for support to applicants and project partners as well as for the assessment of applications and the finance monitoring. She also provides product-owner input to the development of the iOLF/ iDB monitoring system for finance-related matters.

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Alexis François

Senior Finance Officer (Sabbatical leave)

Alexis is responsible for support to applicants and project partners as well as for the assessment of applications and finance monitoring.

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Camille Milloir

Finance Officer

Camille is responsible for support to applicants and project partners as well as for the assessment of applications and finance monitoring.

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Vicenzo Capocasale

Finance Officer

Vincenzo is responsible for support to applicants and project partners as well as for the assessment of applications and finance monitoring.

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Anne Rocheteau

Finance Officer

Anne is responsible for support to applicants and project partners as well as for the assessment of applications and finance monitoring.

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Ségolène Jean

Finance Officer

Ségolène is responsible for support to applicants and project partners as well as for the assessment of applications and finance monitoring.

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Ramona Tanasa

Finance Officer (temporary)

Ramona is responsible for support to applicants and project partners as well as for the assessment of applications and finance monitoring.

Ruta Rocane

Finance Officer (temporary)

Ruta is responsible for support to applicants and project partners as well as for the assessment of applications and finance monitoring.

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Feodora Braconne

Projects & Finance Assistant

Foedora ensures the secretarial and administrative support of the projects and finance units. She also assists the team in meetings and events organisation.

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 team in charge of projects and platform development. He is in charge of all content related matters of the programme.

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Jason Martinez

Coordinator - Projects

Jason coordinates the tasks of the policy officers related to project development, assessment and implementation. He also contributes to the work of the Policy Learning Platform related to Research and innovation.

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Magdalini Anagnostou

Coordinator - Policy Learning Platform

Magda is responsible for the overall coordination and management for implementing the Policy Learning Platform; in particular she coordinates the tasks of the policy officers and the work of the external experts assigned for setting up and providing the platform's services.

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Ana Mihaljevic

Policy officer

Ana is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. She is also responsible for the Policy Learning Platform related to Research and innovation.

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Kristaps Rocans

Policy Officer

Kristaps is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. He is also responsible for the Policy Learning Platform related to Research and innovation.

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Laurenţiu David

Senior Policy Officer

Laurenţiu is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. He is also responsible for the Policy Learning Platform related to SME competitiveness.

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Ilaria Ramaglioni

Policy Officer

Ilaria is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. She is also responsible for the Policy Learning Platform related to SME competitiveness.

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Verena Priem

Senior Policy Officer

Verena is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. She is also involved in the Policy Learning Platform related to Low-carbon economy. She provides product-owner input to the development of the iOLF/ iDB monitoring system for content-related matters too.

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Charo Camacho

Senior Policy Officer

Charo is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. She is also responsible for the Policy Learning Platform related to Low-carbon economy.

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Etienne Verhelle

Policy Officer

Etienne is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements. He is also involved in the Policy Learning Platform related to Environment and resource efficiency.

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Eilish O'Loughlin

Senior Policy Officer

Eilish is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects' achievements. She is also involved in the Policy Learning Platform related to Environment and resource efficiency.

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Mariame Ammour

Policy Officer (temporary)

Mariame is in charge of supporting applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects achievements.

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 Astrauskaité-Denis

Coordinator - Communication and Contact Points

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

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Petra Polášková

Senior Communication Officer

Petra is responsible for implementing the communication strategy, in particular coordinating the activities of the programme's contact points. She advises project partners on communication issues and provides input for project monitoring procedures.

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Julie Patenaude

Communication Officer

Julie is responsible for implementing the communication strategy, particularly the digital strategy. She manages developments for the Interreg Europe website as well as social media accounts.

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Miia Itänen

Senior Communication Officer

Miia is responsible for implementing the communication strategy, particularly the programme events, and advising project applicants and partners on communication issues.

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Joséphine Mazy

Communication Assistant

Joséphine provides the secretarial and administrative support to the unit. She takes care of public procurement related to the unit's tasks and assists in organisation of meetings and events.

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 - Research and innovation

Marc Pattinson has over 25 years of 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 - Research and innovation

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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Rene Tõnnisson

Thematic Expert - SME competitiveness

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 - SME competitiveness

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 - SME competitiveness

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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Katharina Krell

Thematic Expert - Low-carbon economy

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 - Low-carbon economy

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

Thematic Expert - Low-carbon economy and Environment and resource efficiency

Astrid is a senior expert with over 25 years of experience in regional and innovation policy. She has a track record in renewable energy, energy efficiency, the circular and low carbon economy and authored several studies and policy papers.
Astrid is an accomplished communication professional. She developed corporate identities, moderated international conferences and workshops on sustainability issues.

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Magda Michaliková

Thematic Expert Environment and resource efficiency

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

Thematic Manager

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

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Raluca Toma

Communication Manager (Maternity leave)

Raluca leads the overall communication and promotion of the Platform. She works closely with the Project and Thematic managers and takes care of the management of the communication team and activities.

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Karine Hakobyan Gevorgyan

Office Manager

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

Web Expert

Lotte coordinates web developments within the Policy Learning Platform and acts as a helpdesk for the platform users. She is also in charge of community management of the Policy Learning Platform.

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Eugénie Suplisson

Events Expert

Eugénie is in charge of the Policy Learning Platform's onsite and online events. She also contributes to other communication and promotion actions.