Partner at Bureau Brussels
Friso is our expert on managing relationships with the EU institutions and stakeholders. His career in European Public Affairs stretches well into its second decade. Prior to the creation of Bureau Brussels, Friso was VP Corporate Affairs for Royal Ahold in Brussels. During his work in Brussels, from 1994 on, he refined his value-chain approach to driving the issues. This goes hand in hand with improving the professional image of the company and its executives. The leitmotiv of Friso’s career can best be described as issue-driven liaison management contributing to the ‘licence to operate’ of the organisation.
Rinus van Schendelen
Partner at Bureau Brussels
Rinus is a partner at Bureau Brussels. Thereby, he is also a professor in political science at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is specialised in European public affairs and has published over 200 articles and 30 books on this topic. His most recent book concerning public affairs is named ‘the Art of Lobbying in the EU’. As a visiting professor, Rinus lectures at universities in the US, China, the Middle East and Europe. Rinus is also experienced in training organisation, companies and governments on public affairs. Amongst others, Rinus has advised Glaxo, 3M, Philips, Shell, Siemens and ministries of China, Finland, Hungary, Oman and the Netherlands.
Welmoed has been working for Bureau Brussels since 2013. She has obtained her Master´s degree in International and European Law and in European Law School at the University of Groningen. She has also studied in Ireland at the National University of Ireland in Galway.
Welmoed has experience in the following areas: payments, taxation, disability rights and healthcare.
Jochem van Stiphout
Jochem has recently rejoined Bureau Brussels as Director. Jochem started his career as Account Executive with Bureau Brussels. Between January and July 2017 Jochem has worked as senior business advisor at the Economic Affairs department of the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union where he gained experience in stakeholder management and the functioning of the Council of the EU. Jochem holds a Master’s degree in European Policy from the University of Amsterdam.
Thijs van Wonderen
Thijs is Account Executive at Bureau Brussels since September 2017. Between February and August 2017, he worked as Trainee at Bureau Brussels. He obtained an LLB degree in International and European Law in Groningen with a minor in Middle Eastern languages. Furthermore, Thijs obtained a certification in Entrepreneurship from the Linnaeus University in Sweden. At the moment, Thijs is finishing the LLM International Business Law. Thijs specializes in Energy Policy and the Circular Economy Package.
Kerstin joined Bureau Brussels as Trainee in September 2017. She holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Southampton and is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in International Public Administration and Politics at the University of Roskilde. Kerstin has previously worked in organisational management and training in Southern Africa and Denmark on different public-private and third sector partnerships and projects. Her studies have focused on policy areas within public health, development, climate, and economics.
Bob has been a trainee at Bureau Brussels since November 2017. He studies International and European law in Groningen and spent a year at Durham Law School (UK), where he focussed on EU competition and internal market law. In Durham, he was selected as a student representative at the European Law Institute. Additionally, he studied political science and Islam studies besides attending the CLEER summer school on European External Relations Law in Brussels, 2016. Bob currently also works as a teaching and research assistant at the Department of European and Economic Law in Groningen.
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