In order to ensure a thorough and complete analysis in each case, the profile of our consultants is deliberately diversified, but with one common point: having worked at high-level roles in large enterprises or EU and national institutions. In the context of its actions at the level of Belgian regional institutions, specifically Flanders, Action Europe benefits from a network of Dutch-speaking consultants.
Gérard BALLY, Founder of Action Europe, Counsellor. Pioneer of institutional relations at the European level, Gérard Bally created, in 1989, one of the first offices specialised in this field in Brussels. Emblematic figure in the defence of the professionals’ interests of the French Overseas Regions in Brussels for over 30 years, Gérard Bally has become an expert on European issues. The network he has developed in Paris and Brussels has enabled him to extend the reach of Action Europe’s activities, beyond the Overseas Regions’ issues. Action Europe has opened an office in Paris and has a broad range of clients involved in both national and European public policy. Gérard Bally was awarded in France the Order of Agricultural Merit, the National Order of Merit and the Legion of Honour.
Robert SENGEL, Financial director, Senior consultant. After graduating from the National School of Agricultural Engineering of Dijon, specialised in farming, Robert started his career at the Chamber of agriculture of the Lower Rhine as deputy director at the regional farming institution (where he was interim director at a very young age). He was then director of Reunion's farming institution for six years, in charge of developing the animal sector. He was then hired as Secretary General at both interprofessional organisations (ARIBEV and ARIV), position which he occupied for 18 years (1996-2013). As such, he carried out numerous audits concerning the revamp of industries in various territories. Robert joined Action Europe in 2019, bringing along with him his operational experience as manager, as specialist in the structure of food industries and in the setting up of joint development projects, skills he coupled with his knowledge of institutions and local challenges. He was awarded in France the National Order of Merit.
Benoît LOMBRIERE, Associate, Senior consultant. Graduated at the ESSEC and IEP of Bordeaux, Benoît has been involved in a number of ministry duties for almost ten years, after having been assigned as a parliamentary co-worker to the National Assembly. Prior to joining Action Europe, he served as the special advisor of the French President in charge of the French Overseas Regions. Benoît specialises in government and administrative decision-making processes, an area where he has first-rate practical experience. His analysis of power issues often proves to be the best strategy for achieving the goals of our customers.
Emmanuel DETTER, Associate, Senior consultant. Graduated at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Lyon and specializing in sociology, Emmanuel began his career at the Ministry of the French Overseas Regions, in charge of industrial restructuring as CIRI correspondent. He also served as Secretary General of the Labeyrie Group, and then as Chief Financial Officer of the Tracing Server Group (acquired by Sage). Emmanuel joined Action Europe in 2007, enriching the firm with his operational experience in financial management of industrial companies, as well as with an in-depth knowledge of the institutions and issues of Overseas Regions.
Catherine ULLENS de SCHOOTEN, Counselor. Holding a degree in psychology, Catherine has over 35 years of experience in the areas of communications, advertisement and marketing. She started her career as the Director of Orient Express Belgium. She then started her own public and press relations company with a diverse portfolio of clients: Paribas, British Tourist Authority, Income, Armani, Diners Club, Levi’s Jean, etc. Following this experience, she was the Director of communications and marketing for FNAC Belgium for over 10 years. After 5 years at De Boeck Group as its Director of communications, Catherine joined the Catella Group for 6 years as Senior consultant in the Transaction and Invest departments. She then carried out communication and lobbying missions for an international clientele with her own company C.C.F.G.
Philippe RUELLE, Senior consultant. After graduating from ESSEC, IAE of Caen and from a master's degree in agricultural and food sciences and techniques, Philippe has worked for more than 35 years as Chief Executive Officer of companies, cooperatives and professional organizations in the areas of agriculture and agribusiness, in continental France, outermost regions and internationally. He ran Urcoopa in the Island of La Reunion, the Animal Nutrition and Health Division of In Vivo cooperative group, as well as the companies UGPBAN and Fruidor in the banana sector of Guadeloupe and Martinique. He has been a board-member of the Cooperative Research Farm in Animal Feed, a Chairman of the International Arbitration Chamber of Fruits and Vegetables and the co-manager of the Association of European Banana Producers (APEB). He joined Action Europe in September 2019 to bring his business expertise and experience in the agricultural and agri-food sectors to the firm. Philippe Ruelle was awarded in France the Order of Agricultural Merit and the National Order of Merit.
Kathleen FIGUEIREDO LAISSY, Senior consultant in charge of relations with the European Parliament and Belgian institutions. Graduated with a Master of Science (MSc) in Development Management at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a double degree in International Relations and Development Studies at Sussex University, Kathleen speaks French, English, Portuguese and Spanish. She was in charge of European Affairs at DANFOSS in Brussels, Denmark's leading provider of energy-efficient solutions, and the Executive Director of the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD), where she developed a solid network in European institutions and international organizations.
Thomas LEDWIDGE, Senior consultant. Graduated in European Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Kent, Great Britain, and with a Masters in International Relations at Science Po Lille, Thomas has several years of experience in local and decentralised government. Prior to joining Action Europe in January 2012, he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture. His technical experience is an essential asset for the company's daily work.
Maeva BRUNFAUT, Consultant in charge of relations with the French parliament. Holding Masters in international relations and criminology, Maeva developed in-depth knowledge of law and legislative processes thanks to her four-year experience as a court clerk and then as parliamentary collaborator for three years, specifically on Outermost regions and Europe. Specialised in the workings of the French parliament and in relations with ministries, Maeva joined Action Europe in November 2019.
Julie BEAUFILS, Consultant. Holding a Masters of Science in Public Affairs at Sciences Po Paris with a year abroad at King's College in London, Julie worked at the Ministry of Culture and Communications in relation to the French Parliament. She also gained extensive experience as an independent consultant with missions in French, English and Spanish. Passionate about European issues and seeking the right term, she joined Action Europe in June 2016.
Arthur Daemers, Junior consultant. Graduated with a Masters degree in European Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Bachelor degree in History, Politics and Economics from University College London (UCL), Arthur has followed British and European politics very closely, writing for an independent London media. He then specialised in political communication, dealing with French, British and European actors. Interested in the interactions between public institutions and private companies, he started his collaboration with Action Europe in September 2019.
Dorian DURAL, Junior consultant. After graduating with a Masters 2 in EU Law from the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Aix-en-Provence and with a university diploma in common law, Dorian was born in Martinique and was expatriated for several years in Africa. He started his collaboration with Action Europe in March 2019.
David PASCUAL-COLLETTE, Junior consultant. A graduate with a Master's degree in European Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), David was first involved in European diplomacy in India (at the Delegation of the EU and the Belgian Embassy in New Delhi), before gaining experience in the management of EU policies at the local level for the Grand Paris Metropolitan Authority (Est Ensemble). A genuine believer in the European project, David grew up in Barcelona and speaks Spanish, French and English. He started his collaboration with Action Europe in February 2018.
Ugo ROSTAING, Junior consultant. Holding a Masters of European studies from Sciences Po Strasbourg, Ugo has deep knowledge of the national and European decision-making processes. He worked on the application of European policies at the local level as an assistant to a Pember of Parliament of Bas-Rhin. Specialised in Outermost regions and on the workings of the European Parliament thanks to his work in a European electoral campaign, he started his collaboration with Action Europe in July 2019.