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The competence and quality of our trainings are guaranteed through close cooperation with acknowledged experts from the European Commission, national authorities of the Member States, universities, and leading law offices.

Our partners participate in the programme conception and implementation of trainings.


Academic Director at lexxion training:

Phedon A. Nicolaides
Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and University of Maastricht
, Academic Director Lexxion Training
Professor Nicolaides has been educated in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and holds a PhD in Economics and a PhD in Law. He has acted as a consultant to a number of public authorities in various EU Member States, and to international institutions and organisations such as the European Commission, the European Investment Fund, the European Economic and Social Committee, the OECD, and the UN. He has published extensively on competition policy, State aid, and policy implementation. He has carried out training activities on State aid in most EU Member States over the past 15 years. Since 2012, he is the Academic Director at lexxion training.


Experts from the European Administration:

Viorel Cirje
Auditor, European Court of Auditors
Viorel Cirje is a financial auditor in the ERDF, Transport, and Energy unit of the ECA. Previously, he was director in one of the Big Four accounting firms. His work experience includes five years in the United States, where he was a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Viorel Cirje received his BBA in Accounting magna cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago.

Dennis Wernerus
Auditor, European Court of Auditors
Dennis Wernerus is a performance auditor and has conducted audits of ERDF and ESF programmes, mostly in the field of EU financial instruments. Prior to that, he has been working for two and half years at the DG Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission managing SME support programmes implemented by international financial institutions. In his previous working experience as an analyst (ING Barings), a consultant and as a senior manager (ABN-AMRO) he undertook PPP advisory and debt transactions in the European transport and real estate sectors. Dennis Wernerus (CIA, CGAP) holds an MA in Regional Studies (SOAS, London) and a Business degree from ICHEC Brussels Management School.

Principal Auditor – European Court of Auditors

Bernard François is principal auditor at the European Court of Auditors responsible for financial audits in the area of research and other internal policies. He joined the European Court of Auditors in 2003. He is auditing beneficiaries of EU grants as well as the Commission’s Directorates General and Executive Agencies responsible for the implementation of the framework programme for Research (FP7). He participated to various conferences organised by NCPs and OLAF.

Rafal Gorajski
Auditor, ERDF, transport and energy - Financial audit, European Court of Auditors

Mr. Gorajski has been in charge of financial and compliance audits, mainly in Poland, UK and Slovenia. Before joining the Court of Auditors he used to work as a quality manager in the automotive industry. Mr. Goraski holds a Master of Science in Quality Management.

Bernard Witkos
Auditor/team leader, ERDF, transport and energy - Financial audit, European Court of Auditors

Mr.Witkos is in charge of financial and compliance audits, mainly in Germany, Austria and Poland. Before joining the Court of Auditors he used to work as a financial manager in the field of European Territorial Cooperation. Bernard holds a Master in Economics.

Milan Šmíd (CZ)
European Court of Auditors

Milan works at the European Court of Auditors in the area of financial audit of structural funds since 2009. In the past, he participated as a speaker in a number of seminars dealing with public procurement and audit of EU co-financed projects. Before joining the Court, Milan gained his experience in financial sector in the Czech Republic and Luxembourg.

Paolo Cesarini
Head of Unit, R&D, Innovation and risk capital, DG Competition, European Commission
No CV available upon press date

Vanessa Bruynooghe
Unit H2 R&D, Innovation and risk capital, DG Competition, European Commission
CV not available upon press date.

Julia Rapp
DG Competition, European Commission

Julia Rapp has been working in DG Competition, in the unit that provides State aid case support, since 2008. The work of the unit consists in ensuring coherence between the different sectors where state aid is granted and between different aid instruments. It also provides support to the operational units on procedural and substantive issues. Before joining the Commission, Julia worked for 4 years as a lecturer on EU law and EU competition law at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. From 2002 to 2004, she worked in the American law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Julia graduated from Law in Germany and obtained a LLM degree from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, in 2001.

Simone Ritzek-Seidl
DG Competition, European Commission
Simone Ritzek-Seidl has been working at DG Competition since 2008. She started in the unit dealing with rescue and restructuring aid, then in 2013 moved to the unit that provides State aid case support. The work of the unit consists in ensuring coherence between the different sectors where State aid is granted and between different aid instruments. It also provides support to the operational units on procedural and substantive issues. Before joining the Commission, she worked for 4 years in Brussels for the German law firm Gleiss Lutz and in Hamburg for the law firm Heuking. From 2001 to 2003 she worked as a research and teaching assistant for private international law and law comparison at the University of Vienna, Austria, where she had previously graduated in Law.

Valérie Guigue-Koeppen
Policy Officer, State Aid Policy and Scrutiny Unit, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission

Valérie Guigue-Koeppen is part of the team who carried out the revision of the State aid rules applicable to services of General economic Interest (SGEI) and drafted the new texts. She has been working since 2002 for the European Commission, mainly in the State aid field in relation to SGEIs. Previously, she worked for the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, dealing with postal liberalization and regulation. She graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Postes et télécommunications. She also studied economics at Stanford University.

Gereon Thiele
Head of Competition Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Gereon Thiele graduated in Law at the University of Passau (Germany) in 1987. He continued his professional training as a lawyer and was admitted to the profession in 1991. In 1997, he was awarded the degree of a Dr. iur. by the University of Passau on a thesis concerning the law of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). From 1991 to 1994 he held the lectureship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for German and European Law at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (UK). From 1994 until the end of 1998 he worked at the German Federal Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Economics of the State of Saxony Anhalt as an agent representing the German government before the European Court of Justice and vis-à-vis the other European institutions. Since December 1998, Gereon has been working at DG AGRI of the European Commission, where he has held different positions. After three years working as a lawyer within the audit unit of DG AGRI, he moved on to the central legal unit of that same DG. In 2008, he became the Deputy Head of Unit, and in September 2009 the Head of Unit of the DG AGRI internal registry responsible for the procedures of adoption of legal acts. Since March 2012, he has been the head of the DG AGRI Unit responsible for competition issues, in particular State aid.

Ioana Eleonora Rusu
DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Ioana Eleonora RUSU graduated in law and modern languages at the University of Sibiu (Romania) and completed a PhD in law at the University of Marburg (Germany).
She worked as an academic assistant at the European and International Law department of the University of Marburg.
Before joining the European Commission she worked for three years in the state aid field in Maastricht (Netherlands).

Elodie Clerc
Multilateral relations, quality policy– Unit B.5, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Since 2001, Ms. Clerc has been working for the European Commission, in various units of the Directorate General Competition. From 2001-2007, Ms. Clerc worked on Antitrust, afterwards on Enforcement and Procedural Reform of State aid rules. Before joining the unit Promotion within DG Agriculture and Rural Development in 2013, Ms. Clerc worked in the Cartels Unit of DG Competition. She graduated in International and European Economic Law, University of Paris, and in Political Sciences, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Adinda Sinnaeve
Deputy Head of Unit for State Aid Policy and Scrutiny, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission

is currently working at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. She holds a law degree from the University of Ghent (Belgium), a LL.M. degree and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Tübingen (Germany). Her Ph.D. thesis deals with conflicts between EC law and national law arising from the recovery of unlawful State aid. From November 1995 till December 1996, she worked as a research assistant at the European Institute of the University of Ghent. In January 1997 she joined the European Commission and worked for five years in the State Aid Policy Unit, within DG Competition. In 2002 she moved to DG Trade, where she dealt in particular with anti-dumping and anti-subsidy policy, including WTO work in these areas. In 2007 she returned to DG Competition as Deputy Head of the unit in charge of State aid control in the sector of financial services. Since March 2009 she is Deputy Head of the State Aid Policy Unit in DG Competition. Adinda Sinnaeve is the author of many articles on EU State aid control. She is also a member of the editorial board of the European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL, published by Lexxion).

Bernhard Michael von Wendland
Unit for State aid Transports,
DG Competition, European Commission
An experienced case handler in the Directorate General Competition of the European Commission, his duty is to assess State aid measures in the areas of transport. Before joining the transport uni in DG Comp, he worked as a case handler for R&D, innovation and risk capital. Bernhard graduated from the German Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences, Münster. Before joining the European Commission in 2002, he worked for the Regional Tax Offices of Berlin and Cottbus for ten years. Within the European Commission, he worked for the Directorate General Energy and Transport as Financial Manager of the Trans-European Transport Network. In 2004 he changed to DG Competition and dealt with State aid for R&D and Innovation, for risk capital investments and public guarantees. In 2008, he briefly returned to DG Energy and Transport in order to monitor the transposition of the Energy-efficiency Directive and to look at investments and State aids in this field. Since January 2009 he is back at DG Competition. In particular, he has been dealing with large R&D aids in the aeronautics sector, with public funding for universities and research facilities, and with State aid for risk capital investments. He is currently involved in the revision of the R&D&I-Framework.

Nuria Marinas-Rojo
Case Handler, Unit for Regional Aid, DG Competition, European Commission

Ms. Marinas-Rojo is case handler in the Directorate General Competition of the European Commission since 2004, dealing with Regional Aid since 2008. She graduated in Law and Business Administration from the Universidad Pontifica Comillas (ICADE) (1986-1992). She then continued to study as a postgraduate in European Economic Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges (1992-1993). She worked in Madrid and in Brussels in the private sector for 11 years (at KMPG Peat Marwick and ExxonMobil), dealing with legal and financial matters, and became civil servant at the European Commission in 2004. During the last 8 years she has worked for DG Competition in the State aid field.

Yvonne Simon
Legal Officer, Legal Unit of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Ms. Simon is responsible for State aid issues and for cooperation with DG Competition. Yvonne Simon holds a PhD of the University of Bonn and a LL.M of the King's College, London. Before working for the European Commission, she acted for five years as a lawyer in private practice, dealing with competition cases, including State Aid. Before joining DG Regional and Urban Policy in 2011, Yvonne worked for DG Competition in the State aid department (from 2003 to 2006) and then in the merger control (until 2011).

Graham Cope
Senior Head of Region, Northern Europe & CEE Regions, European Investment Fund

Graham Cope is the Senior Head of Region for Northern Europe & CEE within the Regional Business Development Division for the European Investment Fund. This role includes leading the team of EIF professionals implementing Investment programmes across the regions within EU Member states. In 2006 he joined the EIF to lead the first phase of the JEREMIE initiative and has become since then a key member of the implementation process. Graham Cope began his career at Lloyds Bank in the UK, where he was responsible for building a lending portfolio to SMEs in the London region. Later on, after completing a MBA, he joined Standard Chartered Bank and has worked for 4 years on various strategic projects, also including collaboration periods in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has also worked for 8 years at Clearstream - the securities clearing house which is part of Deutsche Börse Group-, the German Stock Exchange and on various strategic group projects. Graham holds a degree in Economics from the University of Portsmouth, a MBA from Bradford Business School and a Master in Banking & Finance from the Luxembourg School of Finance. In 2005 he published the research paper “Issues and Policy Framework for the Development of Self-Sustainable VC Markets in Europe”.

Martin Weber
Head of Audit Unit ERDF/CF, Transport and Energy, European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg

Martin Weber joined the European Court of Auditors in 1999. In January 2012 he has been appointed Head of Unit ERDF/CF, Transport and Energy. His unit is responsible for carrying out financial and compliance audits of Cohesion expenditure in the context of the annual Statement of Assurance. Prior to this position, he worked as Head of the Cabinet for the Members of the Court Henri Grethen (from 2007 to 2010) and François Colling (from 2002 to 2007). Before joining the Court, Mr. Weber worked as a consultant in various consultancy companies and at Rutgers University. He studied at Reims Management School, Lancaster University and ESB Reutlingen and holds a Master in Economics of Rutgers University.

Björn Werner
Holding Funds Officer, Jessica and Investment Funds, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Björn Werner is responsible for the development of new financial and advisory instruments and for the support of Holding Fund Mandates in the JESSICA context. During his four-year experience at the Investment Bank, Björn has worked mainly in advisory roles on EU Financial Instruments and on Corporate Strategic matters for the EIB. During this time, he has gained substantial experience in performance management, strategic planning as well as in the management of JESSICA-type Financial Instruments. Prior to joining the EIB, Mr. Werner has worked in equity sales and research in a Global Market division of an investment bank. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics and the certificate of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA).

Ruth Niland
Senior Counsel, JU – Legal Directorate, Operational Programmes and Technical Assistance Division, European Investment Bank, Luxemburg
Ms. Niland is an Irish qualified solicitor, with 13 years’ experience. For the past 7.5 years, she has been working in the EIB, where she is senior counsel concentrating on structural funds and financial instruments. Ms. Niland has advised on the establishment of the holding funds and funds of funds managed by EIB and in all issues relating to their implementation.

Adrián Tokár
Legal Service - MIME Team, European Commission

Adrián Tokár is member of the Legal Service at the European Commission since 2007 and responsible for public procurement files since 2011. From 2004 to 2007 he worked in the Translation Department of the European Court of Justice. Mr. Tokár started his career as an intern at the European Parliament, then worked as a lawyer in the areas of corporate law with Csekes, Világi, Drgonec and Partners, Attorneys at Law in Bratislava. Furthermore, he collaborated with the Centre for Legal Analyses, Kalligram Foundation in Bratislava from 2000 to 2004, dealing with issues related to human rights and EU law. Mr. Tokár took a Master of Laws at the Comenius University in Bratislava. In 2009 he completed his PhD in theory of law at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava (dissertation topic: “Sovereignty and European integration”).

Mihalis Kekelekis
Officer in the Competition and State Aid Directorate of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, Brussels

Bachelor in law in 1993 from the University of Thrace (Greece), PhD in EC Competition law in 2000 from the University of Essex (UK), Mihalis Kekelekis has been a member of the Athens Bar Association, Greece, since 1996. In the past, he worked as a Senior Lecturer in Maastricht, where he regularly advised public authorities across the EU on State aid issues and participated in EU-funded projects as an international/EU legal expert and project manager. In his current position as Officer in the Competition and State aid Directorate of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, he also gets involved in the assessment of State aid cases and complaints pursuant to the provisions of the EEA Agreement. He is the author of three books – on state aid policy and merger policy respectively – and of numerous articles.

Alejandro Martinez-Godin
Principal Administrator, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Alejandro Martinez-Godin is Principal Administrator in DG Mobility and Transport of the European Commission where he is working in the Legal Unit. Previously he worked on State Aid in Transport for several years. He has also been the infringement coordinator for Transport and Energy and also worked on matters related to legislation on transport liberalisation. He has been educated in the Zaragoza University and in the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Josche Muth
Secretary General, European Renewable Energy Council

He joined EREC as Policy Adviser in June 2009, then becoming EREC’s Deputy Secretary General in January 2011. Besides overall management and representation duties, his policy responsibilities at EREC include working on policy frameworks for 2030 and 2050. In this regard he was responsible for EREC`s 2030 publications (“45% by 2030” and “Hat-trick 2030”). Moreover, he works on issues related to support schemes for renewable energy. Before joining EREC, Muth worked as Energy Policy Adviser to MEP Mechtild Rothe, former Vice-President of the European Parliament. In his function, he was closely involved in the legislative process concerning energy efficiency and renewable energy, in particular the 2009 renewable energy directive.

Pieter Coppens
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Pieter Coppens works in the Municipal and Regional Unit within the Advisory Services Department of the European Investment Bank. He is currently involved in the follow up of JESSICA Evaluation studies in different regions across Europe, development of the ex-ante assessment methodology and drafting of the work programme for a future Technical Assistance Platform. Prior to joining EIB, he worked as an expert in local finance at the public sector division of Dexia Bank Belgium. Pieter has a Masters in Economics from the University of Leuven and an MBA from CEU Business School.

Rares Rusanescu
Audit of ERDF, Transport and Energy, European Court of Auditors

After years of extensive activity in the private sector audit, Rares Rusanescu is now auditor at the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Katarzyna Gueneau de Mussy
Unit for Regional Aid, DG Competition, European Commission
Working in the Regional Aid unit of DG Competition, Katarzyna is responsible for assessment of regional State aid measures. She studied at the Maastricht University and Ecole de Commerce Solvay (ULB), and holds a Master in Economics (2000) and a Master in Laws (2001). Before becoming a civil servant she worked for 7 years in the financial sector: at ING in Brussels and subsequently at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. Katarzyna entered the European Commission in 2007 as case handler in the unit responsible for State aid to financial institutions and other sectors. There she has not only dealt with rescue and recapitalisation measures for the banking sector, but also with State aid issues related to land sales. In 2009 Katarzyna joined the Regional Aid unit, where she was among others responsible for temporary crisis measures for companies. Currently she deals predominantly – as case handler and as case manager – with regional investment aid measures, including for large investment projects.

Niki Naska
EUREKA Network, Brussels Office

Employed by EUREKA since 2008, Niki manages the Communications and Network Support Department, which encompasses all aspects of marketing and communications, network meeting support, international cooperation, innovation policy and data analysis.

Experts from national administration

Ken Cook
Head of Finance and Business, Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), Welsh Government, United Kingdom

Ken Cook manages the regeneration aspect of the 2007- 2013 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales and leads on Financial Engineering Instruments within WEFO, the Managing Authority for Structural Funds in Wales. He has been involved in the establishment and implementation of holding funds for SME investments (JEREMIE) and Urban Development Funds (JESSICA) since 2008. He is leading on developing Financial Instruments for the 2014- 2020 programming period and will head up the SME competitiveness portfolio. Previously, Ken Cook worked on large work based learning ESF projects.

Johanna Schumacher
Senior Legal Advisor, Unit for EU Coordination, Law, Strategy and Legal Affairs, German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
Since 2010, Johanna Schumacher has been working as Senior Legal Advisor in the Unit for EU Coordination and Law, Strategy and Legal Affairs of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Previously, she worked for eight years in the Animal Products Unit and was dealing with the implementation of EU law in the areas of food law and market organisation law. Johanna Schumacher has also worked as Consultant for the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and other organisations in Rome.

Michal Zukowski
Head of Legal Department, National Centre for Research and Development in Poland
Michal Zukowski is legal adviser and specialises in public funding, science and higher education, commercialization and technology transfer, intellectual property rights. Previously, he was responsible for legal support to Innovative Economy Operational Programme in Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2008 to 2011) and was a lawyer in leading polish lawyer’s offices (2005-2008).
He graduated in Law and International Relations from Warsaw University.

Ramojus Reimeris
Head of the innovation policy analysis unit, Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA)

Ramojus Reimeris is an Innovation Policy Analyst in Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Center (MOSTA) in Lithuania. Since 2012, MOSTA is responsible for the coordination of Smart specialization strategy development in Lithuania. Currently he is a chairman of Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers, as well as an expert at the Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, researcher in FP7 project of social innovation (SI-DRIVE), regional coordinator of European Commission project European Workplace Innovation Network (EUWIN), and lecturer at the Kazimieras Simonavicius university.

Leszek Grabarczyk
Deputy Director, National Centre for Research and Development, Poland
Since April 2011 Deputy Director of the National Centre for Research and Development , a reshaped governmental agency playing the main role in funding applied research and supporting commercialisation of research results. He was previously deputy director of the National Centre for Research and Development – NCRD (2007-2008), and Director of the Department for Research Applications and Innovation, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Warsaw (2009-2011), where his area of responsibility comprised funding of projects and infrastructures for R&D within operational programmes Innovative Economy and Human Capital, elaboration and implementation of other programmes supporting innovation, coordination and monitoring of activities of other institutions engaged in support of R&D and innovation. Leszek Grabarczyk graduated from the National School of Public Administration, Warsaw.

Daiga Lagzdina
Ministry of Finance, Latvia

has been serving as Director of the State aid control department of the Latvian Ministry of Finance in Riga since June 2003. Her career in public service spans more than a decade. In the pre-accession period of her country she was involved in the creation of an efficient national State aid control system and the alignment of national State aid legislation with EU requirements. Daiga Lagzdina is currently likewise active in counselling both confirmed and potential EU candidate countries in her fields of specific expertise. In 2007-2008 she spent one year as a national expert in the European Commission, DG Energy and Transport focussing on State aid control cases in these sectors.

Hans Arno Petzold
Ministry for Science, Economics, Transport and Technology, State Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Born in Hamburg, Germany, 1955. Graduation (Abitur) 1974, Volunteer German Armed Forces (presently Lt. Col. [Res.]). Law studies and practical phase in Hamburg, Second Examination 1984. Doctorate of Law Europa-Kolleg/Hamburg University. Career stations: Graduate University Assistant, Attorney-at-law, Legal Adviser Social Health Insurance, Private Secretary to State Prime Minister, Manager Trade and Industry Federation, Visiting Lecturer Police Academy, Director EU Information Office. Since 2007 Desk Officer/Deputy Head of Unit State Aid Control (et. al.), Ministry for Science, Economics, and Transport, State Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel. Numerous Publications in European Law and German Procedural Law.

Tobias Traupel
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Trades of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

is Head of Division in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Trades of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and in charge of economic law and European affairs, including State aid law. He was representative for the second-federal-chamber (Bundesrat) in multilateral sessions with the European Commission in State aid matters. As an expert for State aid law he has been taking part in several twinning-projects for new and potential Member States of the European Union. Additionally, he has been presiding examining bodies for certified accountants for some years. Mr. Traupel started his professional career as regional court judge in Düsseldorf. After three years at the Federal Ministry of Justice he joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as legal advisor in 1993.

Péter Staviczky
Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU
, State Aid Attaché
Péter Staviczky studied law at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law (1996-2001), and Comparative Law at the International Faculty of the University Robert Schuman Strasbourg (1999-2002). He has formal postgraduate training in Banking Law (2000-2002) and took part in the Common European Specialist Course of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French École National d’Administration in Spring 2002. He has been working at the State Aid Monitoring Office in Budapest since 2001. In 2007, he was appointed head of the unit. He is a regular speaker at State aid seminars. He has been the attaché responsible for State aid at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU in Brussels since January 2011.

Catriona Syme
State Aid Unit, Scottish Government

Ms. Syme is currently a senior state aid advisor within the Scottish Government State aid unit. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA degree in History. She then worked within the Insurance Industry, Zurich Commercial, for 2 years, specialising in Employers liability and Public liability claims. In 2002 Ms. Syme joined the Scottish Government and initially worked in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. She then moved to the European Structural Funds Division where she dealt with the European Social Fund. In 2006 she joined the Scottish Government State aid unit. She has dealt with State aid in most sectors including social housing and transport. Since 2013 Ms. Syme has been responsible for advising on State aid in the Agricultural and Fisheries sectors. Their remit extends to all local authorities in Scotland and all public bodies/agencies. Ms. Syme also has responsibility for advising on State aid issues relating to tax.

Laurent Ghekiere
Head of European Affairs and EU office in Brussels, Union sociale pour l'habitat, Belgium
Laurent Ghekiere graduated in economy. He is a representative of the Union sociale pour l'habitat (French Federation of Social Housing Enterprises) and founded the European Housing Forum and the European Social Housing Observatory. Currently he is Vice-Chairman of the Services of General Interest Committee of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP) and Rapporteur for the Internal Market Group of the European Liaison Committee for Social Housing (CECODHAS). As an expert for the Rapporteur of the Committee of the Regions and the Rapporteur of the European Economic and Social Committee, he worked on the so-called “Almunia Package” and in particular on issues regarding defining social housing as a SGEI.

Stephen Blair
Director of the Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly, Waterford, Ireland
Appointed inaugural Director of the Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly when it was established in 2000. Responsible for managing Structural Funds Regional Operational Programmes for successive programming periods 20002006 and 2007-13. Chair of these Programme Monitoring Committees. The Assembly is also the designated Managing & Certification Authorities for a maritime cross-border programme with Wales. Represents Ireland on a number of Monitoring Committees for European Territorial Co-operation Programmes. Prior to taking up his current post, Stephen worked for many years in the Planning Service in Local Government in Ireland, including the 1990’s as Waterford City Planning Officer. A graduate of both Trinity College Dublin, and University College Dublin Stephen holds Masters Degrees in both Planning and Public Management.

Alexander Rose
Lawyer, Treasury Solicitor’s Department, United Kingdom
Alexander has extensive experience advising on State Aid law compliance, at both national authority and European Commission level. As a solicitor in the European Programmes and Local Growth team at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, Alexander’s role involves putting in place appropriate structures to identify and resolve State Aid issues as well as defending projects subject to challenges from DG Competition and the European Court of Auditors. Alexander has advised on the compliance of many complex and high profile projects, successfully notified schemes and written national guidance. Between 2010 and 2013, Alexander was Chairman of the United Kingdom State Aid Technical Group, helping national and local government to cascade information on State aid law compliance. In 2014, Alexander was seconded to the European Commission as a detached national expert, working on State Aid issues at DG Competition and ERDF matters at DG Regional and Urban Policy. Prior to working for the civil service, Alexander was a solicitor for DLA Piper LLP.

Flo Clucas
O.B.E. Advisor to the Mayor of Liverpool on EU Funding, Chair of the Liverpool Mayoral Commission on EU Funding and member of the Management Committee for EU Regional Funds for the NW of England and of the Merseyside Phasing in Sub-Committee, United Kingdom
Flo is advisor to the Mayor of Liverpool on EU Funds and serves on the Regional Management Committee for EU funds, a role she has occupied since 1999. She was Chair of the Financial Engineering Scrutiny Committee for the programme. A member of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) from 2002-2012, Flo was President of the ALDE Group from 2008-2012 and First Vice-President from 2006-2008; and from 2010-2012 Chair of the CoR Ad Hoc Committee on the EU Financial Framework 2014-20. She was also Rapporteur on a number of Opinions, including the MFF 2016-20. She has contributed articles to many publications and is regularly called upon to speak at national and international conferences. Educated at Liverpool Institute for Higher Education and Liverpool University, Flo was a teacher by profession.

Declan Wylde
Finance Director, Railway Procurement Agency, Ireland

In 1984 he graduated from Trinity College Dublin School of Economics and Social Studies. Subsequently in 1999 he obtained a professional accountancy qualification while employed with Grimes O’Connor and Company and studying with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. From 1990 to 1994 he worked in financial audit with Du Pont de Nemours the oil and chemical multinational gaining experience in a broad range of businesses in both project and operational environments. From 1994 he worked with Irish Railway and CIE consult in both passenger services and infrastructure provision. From 1996 he took up a financial and administrative role with the entity charged with bringing a new light rail system to Dublin. This project entity became an independent commercial state Agency in 2002 (The Railway Procurement Agency) with a mandate to procure light rail and metro infrastructure and services for the city of Dublin. Declan has been the finance director of the Agency since 2006.

Steven van Garsse
Head of the PPP Knowledge Centre of the Flemish Government, Belgium

Specialises in administrative law, in particular the field of public procurement, public-private partnerships, government goods, privatisation, semi-governmental organisations and public companies. Steven studied law at the University of Antwerp and the University of Liège. His doctoral dissertation analysed PPPs and concessions. Steven is associate professor at the Antwerp Management School and lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Antwerp. He currently heads the Flemish PPP Knowledge Centre, a taskforce that is part of the Services for the General Government Policy department, in Brussels. Steven is also an expert member of the team of specialists on PPPs, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. He has written many articles on PPPs, government real estate and public procurement and is editor- in -chief of a loose-leaf on the externalisation of public services, board member of the European Public Private Partnerships Law review and a member of several expert and working groups on PPPs.

Olga Simeon
Coordinator of State aid issues at the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia and in the Conference of the Italian Regions and Autonomous Provinces in Rome, national State aid expert at EESC and COR

Olga Simeon graduated in European Law at the University of Trieste in 2002, complementing her study with an academic year at the University of Trier and an internship in Competition Law at ERA. During her ten-year experience as a State aid expert she has collaborated in the management of State aid issues within European Territorial Cooperation programs, in the LeaderSHIP 2020 Strategy initiative and in several EU funded projects, also providing legal advice in the application of State aid law to measures co-financed by structural funds. She is responsible for the State aid area in the Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, being employed in the Regional Department for International and European Affairs in Brussels. Ms Simeon also covers the role of legal adviser to the Regional Government on State aid issues and of coordinator of the Italian Regions for State Aid Issues within the Conference of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces in Rome. Moreover, she has been appointed national State aid expert by the Committee of the Regions and by the European Economic and Social Committee. Conceiver of and responsible for the State aid module within the regional continuous training platform, she provides periodical courses since 2009; she also periodically organizes conferences on State aid which address regional institutions, and participates as a speaker in seminars and conferences.

Marek Szczepanski
Managing Director for EU Funds, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Poland

A graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of Warsaw University, he successfully took a PhD degree in management at Kozminski University in Warsaw. For more than 16 years he has being dealing with EU funds disbursements, particularly in the area of regional development, entrepreneurship and labour market. At present, he holds the position of Managing Director of the European Funds Unit at the BGK. The subordinated departments are responsible for the following operations: the JESSICA initiative being implemented in three regions (Wielkopolskie, Pomorskie and Mazowieckie); the JEREMIE initiative being implemented in six regions; the pilot project of social enterprises support (financed from ESF resources); and the Technology Credit Fund. Péter Staviczky, Permanent Representation of Hungary

Robert Michalski
Deputy Director of the Strategic Planning Department in Marshal Office of Westpomerania, Poland
For 13 years he has been dealing with EU Funds, currently involved in the programing of the new ROP for Westpomerania where since 2008 he has been actively involved in implementation of JESSICA and JEREMIE initiatives. He has published various articles about the absorption of EU funds in Poland and about financial instruments. He has been involved in JESSICA Horizontal Studies Steering Group lead by DG Regio and JESSICA and JEREMIE Investment Boards since their foundation. Known as an advocate of extended use of repayable instruments instead of grants.

Christina Bauer
Strategy Development Project Manager & Legal Expert, Managing Authority for the Alpine Space Programme, Austria

Christina Bauer graduated in law and economics and holds a master degree in business law. For more than 12 years she has been acting as legal expert in the Managing Authority of the Structural Funds Programme „Alpine Space“. She supports programme bodies and project partners of this and other programmes in legal questions and procurement issues. Christina Bauer has published articles, guidelines and a book about procurement in Structural Funds programmes and regularly holds lectures on this subject.

Constant de Koninck
Senior Auditor, Belgian Court of Audit

Constant de Koninck is Master of Laws, Master in Public Law and Master in Criminology. He works as a senior auditor at the Belgian Court of Audit where he specializes in the audit of the tendering and execution of major public procurement contracts. He has published extensively about the theory and practice of Belgian and European public procurement law and this as well in German, English, French and Dutch. He regularly gives lectures and presentations on the subject of public procurement at home and abroad. Constant De Koninck is editor in chief of the Chronique des Marchés Publics (Yearbook Public Procurement).

Jane Worthington
Senior Solicitor, Department for Communities and Local Government, English Managing Authority, United Kingdom

Jane Worthington is a lawyer acting for the Department for Communities and Local Government (English Managing Authority)and is responsible for providingadvice to policy directors in the context of the existing legal and regulatory framework relating to ERDF.She has advised on the delivery and procurement of major, innovative and flagshipfunds in the North West and Yorkshire based on the JEREMIE and JESSlCA initiatives. The North West regionand Yorkshire and Humber region currently haveboth a JESSICA and JEREMIE fundas well as several smaller loan funds. Jane has participated at the COCOF meetings as a technical expert onfinancial engineering instruments (FEls) on behalf of the UK Government. She has also advised in relation to the Title on Financial Instruments in the Common Provisions Regulation for the forthcoming 2014-2020 Programme.


Carol Sweetenham
Deputy Director, ERDF, Department for Communities and Local Government
Dr. Carol Sweetenham is responsible for ERDF in the Department of Communities and Local Government. Her previous posting was to deliver the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings. During her Civil Service career she has held a wide variety of postings including Team Leader in the Strategy Unit, where she delivered projects on workforce development and reducing the harm caused by alcohol misuse; setting up and running financial systems in the Rough Sleepers Unit, and secondments to the European Commission and to Swindon Borough Council.

Simon Hannah
ERDF Finance and Compliance Manager, ERDF Local Delivery Unit - East of England Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

Simon Hannah is currently responsible for the financial management and programme compliance of the East of England’s 2007-2013 ERDF programme. Since 2007 his main responsibilities have been the development and operation of the East of England’s management and control systems and processes covering contract management, grant payments, irregularity handling, and project monitoring and verification functions. He has over 8 years experience in ERDF policy, programme development and delivery at both Managing Authority and Intermediate Body levels, and actively contributes to the English ERDF programmes national policies and in the establishment and review of national procedures and controls. Prior to the current round of programmes, since 2003 Mr Hannah was involved in the 2000-2006 programmes for the Government Office, conducting on-the-spot verifications and desk based checks on EU funded projects, identifying and coordinating irregularity management information and reports.

Csaba Harsányi
Director, Hungarian Development Bank Plc., Budapest; Hungarian Development Centre, Brussels, Belgium

Csaba Harsányi has 17 years of professional experience in the public sector, most of which concerned with the EU integration field. Having obtained an Executive Master’s degree in International and European Relations at the Amsterdam School of International Relations, he joined the newly established Phare Directorate of the Hungarian Development Bank, the public bank responsible for assisting the restructuring and integration of the Hungarian Economy in light of the access to the EU. Since 2010, both currently and formerly during Hungary’s access negotiations, Mr Harsányi has been working as the Brussels Representative of the Bank. Since Hungary’s access to the European Union he has used his in-depth knowledge of the programming and implementation of pre-accession, structural and cohesion instruments as a consultant. His references include preparation of analyses, evaluations and studies commissioned by the Hungarian government as well as by EU institutions and providing technical assistance for public institutions in candidate and potential candidate countries. He has practical experience in project management, in drafting strategic documents and policy papers as well as in different forms of know-how transfer and lecturing.

Marc Steiner
Judge, Swiss Federal Administrative Court, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Marc Steiner holds a Master of Law from the University of Basel and is admitted to the bars. He has delivered an expertise on Green Public Procurement in Switzerland (2006) and issued a short working paper on how to integrate social aspects in public procurement processes (2009, 2nd version 2010) and has been appointed as a Judge to the Swiss Federal Administrative Court in 2007 (2nd Division, primarily in charge of economic matters including public procurement and competition). His comparative approach has been stimulated especially during two internships at the ECJ (1996 and 2008). He is one of four co-authors of the standard work on the practice of public procurement in Switzerland (“Praxis des öffentlichen Beschaffungsrechts”, 3rd edition 2013). Marc Steiner is also involved as a regular guest of the ILO International Training Centre ITCILO, Torino, in the spreading of knowledge about the legal aspects of Sustainable Public Procurement. Furthermore, Marc Steiner was invited to act as an expert during the public hearing of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament on “Modernisation of Public Procurement” (24 May 2011). He has also contributed to the revised UNEP-Guidelines on the Implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement (2012).

Grzegorz Lang
Director, Department of Improvement of Economic Regulations, Ministry of Economy, Poland
Grzegorz Lang is Director of the Department of Improvement of Economic Regulations at the Ministry of Economy. He deals with various aspects of business-related law, including implementation of the EU law.


Andrea Biondi
Centre for European Law at King’s College, United Kingdom

is Professor of European Union Law and the Co-Director of the Centre for European Law at King’s College London. Professor Biondi is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw and at Georgetown University. He is a Member of the Bar of Florence as well as an Academic Member of Francis Taylor Building Chambers in London. Professor Biondi is on the International Advisory Board of “European Public Law”, “King’s College Law Journal” and the “European Public Private Partnership Law Review – EPPPL”. He is the author of several publications on State aid law and has acted as a consultant in several cases in this area.

Christian Koenig
Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), Germany

has been the Director of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) in Bonn since 1 April 1999. His department is concerned with the political, legal and institutional issues of the European integration. Professor Koenig studied law in Berlin and Mainz from 1980 to 1985 and took a Master of Laws at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1986. He finished his PhD in 1988, took his “Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen” in 1991, and finished his habilitation in 1993. In his publications, research work and seminars, he focuses on the interaction of German economic law with European community law, especially on State aid control, the European law of telecommunications and energy regulation and on the regulation of European health markets. He has published a series of text books covering the different areas of European Union and community law.

Rona Michie
Research Fellow, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow

Has been a researcher within EPRC since 1989. Wide-ranging experience in evolution of the Structural Funds in Europe and the UK, UK regional policy, mainstreaming gender equality and EU RTD policies. Responsible for maintenance of IQ-Net and Nordic-Scottish websites. Editor of IQ-Net Bulletin.

Christopher Bovis
Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull and Managing Editor European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review

Professor, JD, MPhil, LLM, FRSA is H.K. Bevan Chair in Law at the University of Hull. Christopher Bovis is a leading authority in EU public procurement and public-private partnerships. He specializes in European Business Law, antitrust law and policy, with particular emphasis on public sector management. He advises international institutions on public sector reforms and has acted on behalf of government and industry on numerous high profile projects. He has been instrumental in structuring flagship public-private partnerships in the UK, EU and overseas. He has published extensively in international legal and management journals and has produced numerous books, monographs and articles on European and business subjects. His academic work has been translated into different languages, including Chinese, French and German.

Peter James Sant
Lecturer IFS University College, United Kingdom,
Chairperson of the Financial Services Business Section, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry

Mr. Sant represents Maltese financial institutions on pan European trade associations. Over the last six years, Mr Sant has been working on both decentralised and centralised European Structural and Investment Funds with the principle objective of enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs within the Europe 2020 goals. He has implemented various financial instruments including JEREMIE and one SME Guarantee Micro Credit (SMEG). His research activities involve designing and coordination surveys and joint studies with SME organisations including the Malta Business Bureau, the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise and PricewaterhouseCoopers / the European Investment Fund. Due to his profound experience in this field, Mr Sant regularly lectures and consults on financial instruments and capacity building.

Wolf Sauter
Competition Expert at Dutch Healthcare Authority and Professor of Healthcare Regulation at Tilburg University

Professor Sauter holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. With Leigh Hancher he wrote European competition and internal market law in the healthcare sector published in 2012 and has published various works on EU competition law. He has previously worked at the Universities of Bremen and of Groningen, as well as inprivate practice in Brussels and in public service for various bodies, including (on secondment) DG Competition of the European Commission.

Mike Varney
Deputy Director, Institute of European Public Law, University of Hull, United Kingdom

Mike Varney is a lecturer and Deputy Director of the Institute of European Public Law at the University of Hull Law School. His research addresses issues of public law (particularly administrative law), media law, procurement law and the law relating to information and information rights. His recent publications include Government and Information: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation (2011). At present, Mike is working on research on access to procurement information and is also completing a book on electronic procurement in the public sector, both of which are due for publication in the coming year.

Law practitioners:

Malgorzata Darowska
Bird & Bird, Poland

Malgorzata Darowska is a partner in the IT and IP Practices, based Warsaw office. She has been advising clients from a variety of sectors since 2000, including financial services, energy, IT, media and telecommunications, life sciences and food and beverages. She specialises in technology transfer and commercialisation, e-commerce, privacy and data protection, consumer protection and IP, in particular projects related to IP management.
Malgorzata's clients are drawn from the IT, energy, financial institutions, communications, media, life sciences, food and beverage, alcohol, defence, apparel, luxury goods and private equity sectors.
In 2013 she was an exclusive winner in Poland of the Client Choice Awards in cathegory Information Technologies. Malgorzata is a member of INTA, PTMG, ITechLaw Association, and has authored a number of publications in the range of intellectual property and new technologies law. A graduate of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Master of Laws, 2000), she was admitted as a legal adviser in Poland in 2005.

Michal Bernat
SALANS, Poland

is a legal advisor (radca prawny) and tax advisor and specialises in State aid law. He gained practical experience in State aid law dealing with issues such as EU funding, individual investment packages for major investors, advice to undertakings operating in special economic zones, advice relating to public services, support for major infrastructure projects, long-term programmes, restructuring aid and State aid in privatisation projects, corporate restructuring (M&A) and relocation. He successfully represented clients in proceedings concerning unlawfully granted state aid (as in case no. C43/2007 - Change of restructuring plan of Huta Stalowa Wola), as well as in notification proceedings (as in case no. N542/2010 - Construction of an interconnection and cross-border power line between Poland and Lithuania). Micha? also prepared and conducted proceedings before the Commission commenced in response to complaints concerning State aid granted unlawfully to other market players, and was involved in drafting appeals against Commission decisions to the General Court of the European Union. Micha? graduated from Warsaw University (Master of Laws, 2002) and the British Centre for English and European Studies at Warsaw University in association with Cambridge University (2002) as well as continues the Droit français et européen des affaires course at Warsaw University in association with the Université de Poitiers (2011/13). In April 2011 Micha? received his doctoral degree from the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, his thesis being: The Rights of ‘Interested Parties’ (Other than Member States) in Proceedings Concerning Illegally Granted State aid. Micha? became a legal advisor in 2011 and has been a tax advisor since 2004. Micha? is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and has authored numerous publications dealing with State aid issues.

Leigh Hancher
Allen & Overy, the Netherlands
works as Of Counsel for Allen & Overy in Amsterdam. She specialises in European and Dutch law relating to network sectors including gas, electricity, telecoms, transport, post and water. Her expertise is primarily in the field of interconnection between competition law and sector-specific regulation with a particular emphasis on access pricing and conditions, State aid and cross-subsidisation. She regularly writes and lectures on these subjects and is co-author of EC State Aid Law, now in its third edition with a fourth edition due out at the end of 2011. She is a member of the editorial board of the European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL, Lexxion). Leigh has assisted major clients on competition and regulatory issues at national and international level, especially on major cross-border interconnector projects and in the preparation of applications for regulatory and/or competition clearance for such projects at European and national level. She has regularly acted as adviser to the European Commission and the European Parliament on energy law issues. Leigh is also a professor of European law at the University of Tilburg and was a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law, Energy Regulation and Infrastructure Projects, EU Internal Market and Trade, International Arbitration, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, Planning, Public Procurement, EU State Aid.

Michael Schütte
Attorney, Belgium
has been working as an independent attorney in Brussels since 1 May 2009. He had pre­viously worked in Howrey’s Brussels office as a senior partner in the field of antitrust, competition and trade since October 2006 and was co-managing partner of the Brussels office until the end of 2008. In addition to general competition work, Michael Schütte specialises in cartel cases, State aid (i. e., antisubsidy cases within the European Union), as well as antidumping, countervailing duties and WTO trade law. In these areas, he has mainly advised large European and German companies, and has successfully led many complex competition and trade related litigation cases before the European Court of Justice and the European Court of First Instance, some of them being principal precedents in their respective areas. Michael Schütte’s clients come from many sectors including shipbuilding, steel, paper, telecommunications, media, automotive, transport, food/nutrition, energy and the semiconductor industry.

Ulrich Soltész
Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels

is a German qualified lawyer working with the Gleiss Lutz Brussels office since 1997. He studied at the University of Freiburg and obtained a Master of Laws degree from the Free University of Brussels. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Freiburg. He became a partner in 2002. His principal practice areas are EU competition and State aid law. He has published numerous articles on competition and State aid issues and is a contributor to a number of books on these topics. Ulrich’s recent State aid experience includes advising of aid recipients and national authorities in some of the recent major State aid cases at the Commission and the European Courts in Luxemburg; his clients include e.g. Hypo Alpe Adria, General Motors Europe, Commerzbank, Hypo Real Estate, AMD, different shareholders of several major Landesbanken, Qimonda, the German government, Daimler, Nokia, ThyssenKrupp, Free State of Saxony, Deutsche Post, BayernLB, Land Baden-Württemberg, Land Hesse, Land Rheinland-Pfalz, Infineon, DSGV, Deutsche Bahn, Lenzing, and Bank Burgenland. Ulrich has also acted on behalf of complainants in many cases, like WestLB, Bankgesellschaft Berlin, State guarantees for Sparkassen und Landesbanken, German public TV channels, Rover, CD Albrechts, SNIACE, LTU, and the financing of public hospitals. He was involved in many transactions, especially privatisations, where State aid issues play a key role.

Denis Waelbroeck
Partner, Ashurst, Brussels

Professor Denis Waelbroeck is a partner in the Ashurst LLP EU law department in Brussels. For more than 35 years he has advised major clients in EU law matters with a particular focus on competition and State aid. Denis has in particular an unique practice before the EU courts having argued more than 350 cases before them. In addition, he is a professor in both European competition law and Judicial protection in the EU at both the College of Europe (Bruges) and "Institut d'études européennes" of the Free University of Brussels. Denis has published several books and more than 100 articles on EU law. Denis speaks fluently French, English and German.

Dörte Fouquet
Lawyer, BBH

has acted as a consultant to a number of public authorities and clients in various EU Member States and to international institutions such as the European Commission. She is a leading expert in the field of renewable energies. During the past 20 years, she has carried out training activities on energy law in several Member States. She has also published extensively on energy law and policy implementation.

Sven Fischerauer
Lawyer, BBH

is an expert in European law with a strong focus on energy market regulation, competition law and energy efficiency. He has been educated in Germany and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge. In his career, he has acted as legal advisor to several international companies and organisations and published on EU law as well as on energy law and competition law.

Vianney Petetin
Attorney, Carbonnier, Lamaze, Rasle & Associés, Paris, France

Vianney Petetin is an attorney at law at Carbonnier Lamaze rasle et associés, a Paris law firm. He specialises in administrative (public) law, in particular public procurements and project finance schemes for public infrastructure projects. Previously he has worked for several law firms, among which Dechert Price & Rhoad, Rauh Woeste et associés, Salans et associés. Currently he is working on public-private partnerships (PPP) in France.

Private companies/consultancies:

Luigi Amati
CEO of META Group, Rome

Luigi Amati is Vice President of Business Angels Europe, the Confederation of European Angel Investing and a Member of the European Commission Advisory Group on “Access to Risk Finance”. He is responsible for Policy Affairs bringing in an expertise of more than 20 years of work with the European Commission in the fields of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Finance. As an Angel Investor he is one of the founders of Italian Angels for Growth, one of the fastest growing business angels groups in Europe. As an early stage fund manager, he is the President of Zernike Meta Ventures. He is also co-founder and CEO of META Consulting, a company focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and finance; a company working with International Institutions such as the European Commission, the World Bank, the Interamerican Development Bank etc. During the early years of his career he has been a researcher and software engineer in the field of Computational Mechanics working with LUSAS, a spin off of Imperial College in London and has contributed to the start-up of ISRIM, a Research Institute of Advanced Materials.
He holds an Engineering Degree Summa cum Laude from the University of Rome, a Master of Science and a Diplome from Imperial College London.

Christian Eickmann
Modelling Expert, Economics and Policy Department, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG WPG

Christian Eickmann works for PricewaterhouseCoopers AG WPG within the Economics and Policy department. He heads the macroeconomic consulting practice. Within his team he is responsible for Impact Assessments and the development of macroeconomic Input-Output and CGE applications on regional, national and international level. Christian has broad experience in the ex-post and ex-ante evaluation of policy measures and public funding schemes. In the past he worked out numerous Cost-Benefit Analyses for ERDF co-financing of major projects. Projects include industrial and infrastructural projects: Renewable Energy, Healthcare, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Industrial Products, Retail & Consumer, Media, Effects of Research & Development Project (Photovoltaic), Automotive, Science. Christian studied at Humboldt University of Berlin, Delhi School of Economics and King´s College London (University of London) and Free University of Berlin. He holds a Diplom-Volkswirt (MSc Economics) and a M.A. Economics for Competition Law.

Natalia Budzynska
Senior Consultant, German Finance & Regulation Team, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Germany

Natalia is a Senior Consultant in the German Finance & Regulation team of PwC in Berlin. Prior to her work in PwC she took a part in an intensive training for university graduates at the European Commission. She is experienced in advising on State aid and competition issues pertaining to a wide range of projects and industries across Europe (automotive, waste to energy and the public sector). Natalia has been involved in numerous pre- and notifications to the European Commission of State aid measures in support of several large investment projects carried out by stakeholders in Germany, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. She was also involved in the preparation and drafting of a number of expert reports and pieces of opinions on State aid related issues. She studied law at the European University Viadrina, Adam Mickiewicz University and Edinburgh Napier University.

Fabio D'Aversa
Advisory Partner, Public Sector, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Luxembourg

Fabio D’Aversa joined PwC Luxembourg’s public sector practice in 2006. He is a macroeconomics expert and public finance management specialist. Fabio D’Aversa is in charge of managing projects on behalf of European institutions.

Giulia Macagno
Public Sector, Policy Advice Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Luxembourg
(CV not available)

Marc Isabelle
Director, european economics, Paris

Marc Isabelle holds a degree in engineering and a PhD in economics. He is the founder and manager of european economics, an economic consultancy specialised in State aids. Since 2007, he has been in charge of twenty individual notifications to the European Commission for companies in a broad range of industries (microelectronics, automobile, chemistry, biotech, software, energy).
Marc Isabelle worked for more than 15 years in economic departments of large businesses and public agencies. He’s been teaching economics at Université Paris Dauphine since 1996 and has published several research papers on the economics of science and innovation.

Udo Woll
Head of State Aid Unit, Legal Department, Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany

Dr. Udo Woll is Head of State Aid Unit at the Legal Department of German Railways. His career has started in the Brussels Office of a law firm, where he has been employed from 2003 to 2005. State Aid was his main consulting area, but he also dealt with antitrust matters. After a two-year experience as a specialized prosecutor in the field of financial crimes, in 2007 he started working for the Legal Department of German Railways, where - since 2011 - he is holding the position of the Head of State Aid Unit.

James Kavanagh
Head of State Aid Team, OXERA, United Kingdom
James specialises in competition economics. He has worked on economic and finance issues in competition, state aid and damages cases before authorities and courts in the UK and Europe. He has advised companies such as Deutsche Bahn, Royal Bank of Scotland, Ryanair, Total and Vodafone, as well as government bodies such as DG Competition. He has published in competition journals on abuse of dominance, state aid, and other topics. James runs Oxera’s training course Using Economics in Competition Law, and contributes to the Diploma in Economics for Competition Law at King’s College London and the Training Programme for National Judges in EC Competition Law at Oxford University.
James has assisted with expert testimony in the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the European General Court. His cases include Ryanair v Commission, regarding the application of the private investor principle in state aid, BAGS v AMRAC, regarding an alleged infringement of Article 101, and OFT v Abbey National, regarding the fairness of overdraft charges. James is listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers & Economists.

Charles Clarke
LLB, LLM, Gibson Dunn, Brussels
Mr. Charles Clarke is a Trainee lawyer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He graduated from Kings College London, LLB (Hons), LLM (Distinction), with a thesis on the Effects Stemming from the new Concessions Directive. Previously, Mr. Clarke was employed at ICR Global Limited, (Corporate Research Services).

Markus Zürnstein
Legal Counsel, Munich Airport, Germany

Markus professional experience includes, amongst others, tax collection with the finance and tax authorities of the State of Bavaria (taxation of partnerships and businesses, welfare organizations) and the realization of PPP-projects and state budget oversight with the budget department of the Bavarian Ministry of Finance. For two years Markus has been with the law department of Munich Airport where he is in charge of business law (Company Law, Anti-Trust Law, Competition Law, State Aid Law). He was involved in the EU Commission’s “Munich Airport Terminal 2” proceedings.

Ms Marinas-Rojo is case handler in the Directorate General Competition of the European Commission since 2004, dealing with Regional Aid since 2008. She graduated in Law and Business Administration from the Universidad Pontifica Comillas (ICADE) (1986-1992). She then continued to study as a postgraduate in European Economic Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges (1992-1993). She worked in Madrid and in Brussels in the private sector for 11 years (at KMPG Peat Marwick and ExxonMobil), dealing with legal and financial matters, and became civil servant at the European Commission in 2004. During the last 8 years she has worked for DG Competition in the State aid field.


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