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.
Arnolds joined Bureau Brussels as an Account Executive in February 2018. Prior to that, he gained hands-on experience in EU politics through traineeships at the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia and at the European Parliament. Arnolds obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Master’s degree in Political Economy of Europe from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a keen interest in European affairs and has, for many years, actively participated in various international projects, including the European Youth Parliament.
Kim started as a trainee at Bureau Brussels in February 2018. She graduated from the University of Utrecht with an LLB in Dutch Law. During her studies she spent a semester at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in the United States and focused on international law. In July 2017 she received her LLM in Public International Law and in January 2018 she received her LLM in International Economic and Business Law, both at the University of Groningen.
Siem has started to work as a trainee at Bureau Brussels in February 2018. He studied Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and spent a semester abroad in the United States where he participated in multiple political courses. In 2017 he obtained his Master’s degree in International Management and Public Policy at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. This programme strongly focussed on European Union decision-making and global governance.
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