Our Pool of Experts

As a regional intelligence hub based in Brussels, FEDRA will identify the concrete needs of European regional actors, bring them together and give the opportunity to its members and partners to communicate towards the right actor in the right region at the right moment. Synergies between EU programmes and local, regional, national and even international initiatives will develop new challenges focused on innovation and creativity as well as opening a wide range of exploration of regional potentialities and new business opportunities. This is only possible with a team of experts from different sectors and with different professional experience.

Our Pool of regional experts constitutes a distinguished network of regional and thematic knowledge. The core expertise of its members is directly or indirectly linked to the 6 main FEDRA’s growth ecosystems. FEDRA is able to quickly mobilize its expert’s network around various regional matters, recognized specialists in Europe. They initiate and conduct programmes and business activities in their respective fields of competences for the benefit of the entire regional community.

Current Pool of Experts

Philippe housiaux - sport at local and regional level


• Philippe Housiaux is the current President of the Panathlon Wallonie-Brussels, a non-profit organization focused on promoting the true values of sport.

• For 30 years he has been the CEO of Dialogic, a Brussels based communication agency, and during this time he has built his experience in elaborating national and international communications strategies, and in lobbying in the field of sports values and ethics. 

• A former athlete in the Olympic Games of 1968, the Vice President of the Belgian Olympic Committee from 1996 to 2001, Mr Housiaux was also one of the founding members of the Belgian Olympians Association in 2003. 

• He is the author of three books focused on the topic of sports: “25 years of athletics” , “Sport, Enjeu ou hors jeu?” (2001), and “Communes et sport, ambitions communes” (2007) which proposes him as a strong believer in the interdependence between “sport & local authorities.


Claire NAUWELAERS - Technology & Innovation policy

Claire Nauwelaers

• Independent Policy Analyst and Governmental Adviser, Claire Nauwelaers is specialised in research and innovation policy. She has 30 years of experience in this field and a wide network of contacts with experts, academics and policy-makers. Her main areas of research and expertise revolve around the analysis and policy advice about the functioning of research and innovation systems, notably at the regional level.

• Until 2011 she was working on innovation as a policy analyst in the Regional Development Policy Division at OECD. Previously, she was Research Director at UNU-MERIT, the University of Maastricht and United Nations University, in charge of the research team: “Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation”.

• She is currently one of the leading experts in Europe on Smart Specialisation Strategies. She is also a member of Scientific Steering Committees of several Research Networks, involve in policy review teams, and is regularly invited as expert in High-Level Expert groups for the European Commission or Member States.



RG1• For more than 35 years, Roland Gueuble was involved in the development of space projects and their applications.

• He was a founding member and CEO of the regional space cluster Bruspace and created the space working group of the ERRIN network.

• He is coordinating the humanitarian programme B-LiFE (« Biological Light Fieldable laboratory for Emergencies »).



 Marc Thoulen - Regional Governance and capacity building


• After an academic career focused on regional economic analysis, Marc Thoulen joined the Union of Belgian Cities and was Director of the regional office in Brussels. He has been Federal Secretary of the Union twice, and Secretary of the Belgian delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

• As an expert in multi-level governance, he has endeavoured to go beyond the assistance provided to local authorities, focusing on strengthening their own capacities through continuous training and advocacy activities.



 Stephane Somssich - International projects Director

Somssich 1• Stephane E. Somssich is an international economist from UCL/LSM specialized in EU programmes and project management. He has over 25 years of experience in international trade, reform programmes, competitiveness, change management and economic development.

• He has managed EU projects/programmes at a worldwide scale and now advises public authorities and the private sector. His key areas of expertise are export promotion, investment attraction, innovation, private sector development, industrial modernization, business intelligence and Public sector reform. He has a worldwide network of expertise in the EU, former CIS, Africa, Caribbean & the Pacific regions, as well as in Asia, BRICS and ASEAN countries.

• He has completed an EU study on the internationalisation of EU companies, regional trends and companies’ needs with face-to-face interviews of 155 CEOs in 28 countries. (Large, SMEs and start-up companies)


Julia Brethenoux - Project manager

BRETHENOUX JULIA• Interested in the potential of entrepreneurship and innovation to contribute to local economic, environmental and social development, Julia Brethenoux has spent the past 8 years connecting these fields as project manager first in Europe working for the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), before extending to the developing world when she joined the World Bank Group.

• For 5 years, she has worked to strengthen infoDev’s expertise in private sector development, including through the design and implementation of innovative business incubation and early-stage financing services.

• She recently joined the Triple Jump team as Advisor to the Seed Capital and Business Development facility of the Dutch Good Growth Fund, an initiative from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that aims to improve financing for the "missing middle", entrepreneurs who have outgrown micro-financing but do not yet have access to conventional capital markets. Be sure to visit the site for gambling http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com speel gratis


Pascal Goergen - Regional policy & structural funds

Pascal expert• From 2001 to 2011, Pascal Goergen was the diplomatic Representative of the Brussels-Capital Region to the European Union involved in the research and structural funds working groups of the EU Council. He also established excellent relations with the 243 regional representations offices in Brussels.

• For more than ten years, he strongly contributed to the creation of regional thematic networks such as ERRIN, NEREUS. He also acquired deep knowledge in regional matters through institutional networks such as REGLEG and CALRE. He has always been a strong supporter of the regional dimension and believes in a Europe with the regions. With FEDRA he now supports a Europe with the regional actors from the private and public sectors.

Caroline de Meester - Sustainable Development & Digital Revolution

carode• Founder of EBPA consulting; advises and assists companies & organizations in their economic transition to sustainable development & digital economy.

• Previously, she managed the European Department at the Chamber of Commerce of Brussels and the EEN (ex-EIC). She piloted Framework contracts for PHARE countries at the European Commission and business projects in the international trade.

• She has an experience of more than 20 years in business strategy, projects management, European affairs, competitiveness, innovation, sustainable development (LCA, eco-design, environmental communication …) and digital economy.

ANTONIO BUSCARDINI - Regional Press Expert

antoniooforgood• António Buscardini is the Editor-in-chief of the Press Club Brussels Europe. He is also producing the TV series “Itinéris”, broadcasted in TV5 Monde.

• M. Buscardini signs a permanent column within the New Europe newspaper as well as a monthly article, “Tales from the Regions” as Senior Editor for the Brussels Times magazine.

• From 2010 to 2015, he was the press and communications coordinator at the Assembly of European Regions (AER). This Assembly is bringing together more than 200 regions from 25 countries. He also provides communications advice to the baseEUcities network.

 • M. Buscardini holds a degree in Political sciences from the Catholic University of Lisbon and a Master degree in Geopolitics and International Affairs from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Toulouse.


Stephanie raffo - International Bid and Project Manager

Stephanie Raffo• As a freelance, Stephanie Raffo supports companies in 3 different fields of expertise: Bid & Project management, Marketing & Communication and Integrated Management Systems (Quality & Environment: ISO 9001 & 14001).

• For more than 15 years, she worked in the challenging sector of public transport. As bid and project manager, she dealt with international projects (Europe, Asia and Africa), covering development, supply, installation and commissioning of ticketing systems.

• Aside her project management tasks, Stephanie developed commercial skills and acted as marketing manager, attending and representing the company (and demonstrating its portfolio) at dedicated fairs. Work on market intelligence and attended dedicated work groups. She also acted as IMS manager.


Florence Steenackers - Digital marketing & communications advisor

Florence Steenackers150x150• 12 years experience in the communication and media sector. Passionate about people and digital challenges & opportunities.

• Former Director of Marketing & Communication of finance.brussels, in charge of internal and external communication for the Group.

• Currently Head of Marcom & Strategy for a Video & multimedia digital Agency, working for EU Institutions as well as the private sector.

• Consultant, Dircom ad interim in the finance and IT sectors.
• Acted for years as Senior advisor & keynote speaker for Belga National Press Agency, hosting national and international events such as the 14th international Minds Network conference in Brussels.


GiorGio MAGISTRELLI - Corporate & Project Manager - Additive Manufacturing/3DPrinting Project Manager

FOTO Giorgio Magistrelli• Admitted lawyer, during his European professional experience and two decades in Asia-Pacific, Mr Magistrelli worked as a project manager, lawyer, advisor for Investment funds, banker, lobbyist and management consultant for Corporations, Governments and NGOs in emerging and mature markets.
• He advises companies and associations in the implementation of Additive Manufacturing (AM) projects, on the evaluation of AM markets developments along all the value chain, and on technological/regulatory aspects.
• Former Secretary General of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, he has deep knowledge of EC/US/Asia policy issues and public affairs, proven understanding of the structure and political functions of European/American Government Departments (USPTO, US FDA,EC DG Grow/R&I etc.)
• Giorgio Magistrelli also holds a Master Degree in Far Eastern languages (Chinese and Hindi), has 25 years in Project Management, strategy and operations, advocacy, business development, government affairs, corporate, legal and financial management in more than 20 countries in EMEA/APAC/AC.

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