Meet the team

Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.
Aida Bakri
Managing Director

Aida is a global citizen and social entrepreneur ardently working for better regulation and higher sustainability standards. Since 2001, she is the founder and managing director of ADS Insight, which she positions as a competent, unique, and friendly boutique consultancy that supports organisations in their EU government relations, sustainability strategies, and in the organisation of scientific congresses.

Dedicated to using business as a force for good, she proudly led ADS Insight through to BCorp certification in 2022, making it one of the first public affairs consultancies to qualify as a B-Corporation.

With a degree in environmental science, Aida combines her scientific proficiency with 25 years’ experience in various EU legislative domains, including, health, food safety, climate, energy, maritime transport and education. Prior to ADS Insight, her work experience includes a traineeship at the European Commission (DG Research/Biotechnology) and EFTA.

Aida is a strong advocate for the empowerment of women in business and their access to finance. In 2018, she co-founded the LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub, a not-for-profit organisation to support female agri-business entrepreneurs. With and through ADS Insight, she has undertaken to support many social enterprises through charitable and volunteering efforts over the years. In her 2019 TEDx talk she hopes to inspire women and youth to embrace social entrepreneurship.

Aida is an active member of the women empowering network, Vital Voices Global Partnership, both as a Global Ambassadors Programme mentee, and as an expert judge and trainer for the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge.

Before moving to Belgium, she lived in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, and Switzerland. She speaks English, French and (Swiss) German.

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
Timo Schubert
Associate Director

Timo’s expertise lies in political communications, and as such, he is involved in most of our policy areas, at strategic and operational level. He has profound experience in developing and delivering highly effective advocacy campaigns and knows the EU’s and Germany’s decision-making processes inside out.

In his dual role as Associate Director of ADS Insight Belgium and Managing Director of ADS Insight Germany he extends our clients’ reach to the German federal and regional political level, in addition to the activities at EU-level.

Prior to joining ADS Insight Timo worked in the European Parliament and the Parliament of Lower Saxony. This has enabled him to gain extensive experience in party politics, a clear asset when delivering campaigns and dealing with political decision-makers.

Having grown up in Germany, the US and Ireland, Timo speaks German and English fluently. Timo has a master’s degree from University College Dublin in European Economic and Public Affairs. He has served in public office as an alderman in the City Council of Langenhagen, Germany.

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.
Mikaela Nordenfelt
Associate Director

Mikaela has been active in EU consulting and project management since 1995, in Brussels and in Washington DC.

She has worked for specialist EU business consultancies, the Swedish Trade Council, the Skåne European Office, and as director of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC.

She has a comprehensive understanding of European public affairs – she has an expert understanding of how policy and legislative issues impact businesses and organisations across many fields.

She enjoys finding links, synergies, opportunities and connecting people. Mikaela has been using these skills to provide companies and organisations with insightful advice for over 25 years.

As Associate Director, Mikaela principally divides her time between health policy advisory services, and building coalition partnerships for theEuropean Scientific Working group on Influenza and other respiratory viruses (ESWI) and the Global One Health Community (GOHC) producing studies and supporting the organisation of events.She also fulfills the role of supporting ADS Insight on HR and Admin issues within the Management Team.

Rachel Carson wrote ‘In nature nothing exists alone.' - That also is true for society at large, and for policy making in particular.
Lotten Kronudd
Senior Adviser

Lotten is a self-declared environmentalist with expertise in renewable energy, sustainable transport and circular economy. She has a proven track record of successfully leading campaigns to influence policies in these areas. Her vision is to create a more sustainable future through informed and impactful EU law-making.

Her first job in the “EU bubble” was with the European Commission, where she worked in DG Environment on clean air and transport, focusing on shipping. Her desire to ensure that policy is both sustainable and workable is what brought her to ADS Insight shortly thereafter.

In her dual role as Senior Adviser with ADS Insight in Brussels and Managing Director of ADS Insight Scandinavia she extends our clients’ reach to national political level in particular in Sweden, in addition to the activities at EU level.

Lotten has a master’s degree in science Environmental Engineering, from Lund University in Sweden and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Lotten is fluent in Swedish and English. She also speaks Portuguese and German.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Rhiannon Ducas-Chevalier
Senior Adviser

In her role as Senior Advisor at ADS Insight Rhiannon guides clients through the “Brussels maze”. This involves keeping them up to date with upcoming EU policies that will affect their business and help them engage with relevant policy makers to influence and improve these policies.

Her field of expertise is maritime transport, a niche policy area that ADS Insight has been active in for many years and one that she is particularly passionate about.

Before joining ADS Insight, she worked in the field of intermodal transport for a short period of time and also had some experience in the maritime transport domain.

Having graduated from the Universities of Rennes I and Exeter with a master's degree in European Law, her LLB degree included the study of both the French and the English legal systems.

Rhiannon speaks English and French fluently, having grown up in a bilingual environment.

Simplicity is a difficult thing to achieve.
Goretti Cortina
Senior Adviser

Goretti joined ADS Insight in February 2011 after having worked as a journalist in Madrid and in the European Commission in Brussels. For more than 14 years, she has developed a sound expertise in the European media landscape combined with a thorough understanding of the EU political system and decision-making in a wide range of topics such as corporate sustainability, education, one health and EU-Africa relations.

She is also part of the ADS Insight team running the secretariats of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) and the Global One Health Community (GOHC). Her responsibilities include communications, content for (e.g. websites, publications, press releases), social media campaigns, relations with journalists, EU Public Affairs and Government Relations.

Previous projects she was involved involved with include: media relations at the Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony 2016 (laureate was the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement) and 2017 (laureate was the European Union); building partnerships around the theme of impact investing; including having undertaken several missions on education, food safety/sustainable agriculture and education to Africa (African Union Commission and Africa Day 2018 in Ethiopia, Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa conference in Senegal, and Trade Mission to Nigeria).

A native Spanish speaker, Goretti is fluent in English and French, and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese. She aims at learning Dutch some time soon (hopefully!).

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago …the second best time is today.
Kevin Hamon
Senior Analyst

Kevin is Senior Analyst at ADS Insight, with a strong expertise in the energy, climate and digital policy space. In his position, he accompanies stakeholders driving the ’twin transition’ (green and digital) and delivering on the European Green Deal, and is also in charge of coordinating research work, providing guidance to junior staff and supporting service delivery to clients.

With a background in political sciences and EU public affairs, Kevin is passionate about nature, sustainability and geopolitics, and is constantly on the hunt for music records, pictures and art.

Kevin grew up by the ocean in Brittany (France), yet maintains that he is down-to-earth - and somewhat solastalgic, too. He speaks fluent English and German, and has some basic knowledge of Spanish.

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
Zofia Łabno
Senior Adviser

Zofia joined ADS Insight in February 2014, following a path of first gaining work experience in EU institutions: the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment and the European Parliament. Her earlier professional experience also extends to the private sector, having worked in law firms in Spain and Poland.

Inspired by the nexus between the green and digital transformations of the economy, Zofia developed expertise in EU energy and digital policies. As Senior Adviser, she is directly responsible for building and maintaining trusted relationships with clients, delivering tailor-made policy and client positioning services.

In addition to her function as Senior Adviser, Zofia also heads ADS Insight’s Poland office in Warsaw, where she resides.

Zofia is a graduate of the College of Europe in Bruges, from where she holds a master's degree in EU International Relations and Diplomacy. Prior to that, she completed two master’s degrees in law and in political science at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan. A native Polish speaker, Zofia is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Life is what you make it.
Pierre Sevestre
Senior Analyst

Pierre joined ADS Insight in November 2015 and has strong expertise in the fields of energy and maritime transport policy. Together with his colleagues, he supports clients in their compliance with and shaping of EU legislation and policies on renewable energy and fuels, energy efficiency, electricity market design, climate change, among others.

As Senior Analyst, Pierre plays a leading role in ADS Insight’s research team. He regularly coordinates studies on topics as diverse as offshore wind, hydrogen, carbon-emission reporting, and autonomous shipping. Being a trained political scientist, he takes a keen interest in current affairs.

In his free time, Pierre likes doing outdoor activities and playing music. He is at ease in a multinational and multilingual environment and uses English, German and French on a daily basis both at work and at home. Thanks to his move to Flanders, he is enthusiastic about perfecting his Dutch.

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.
Tom Van Valckenborgh
Adviser for Finance and Administration

Tom provides finance and administrative support to ADS Insight since 2019. He has been instrumental in supporting ADS Insight’s strategic and financial decision-making and was responsible for the legal and administrative procedures to host the Secretariats of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) and the Global One Health Community (GOHC) at ADS.. Today he provides finance and admin support also to those organisations.

With over 25 years of experience, he holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the Hogeschool Gent.

Tom is a native Dutch speaker and is fluent in French and English.

Curiouser, and curiouser.
Annick Mannaerts
Programme Director

Annick joined ADS Insight in February 2021 bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in office and event coordination. She is Head of Programmes for all the scientific conferences and scientific events at ADS Insight, mainly those organised for the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) and the Global One Health Community (GOHC).

Her role includes setting-up and management of scientific programme committees, calls for abstracts, speakers’ search, networking, and liaising with communications and logistical teams of conference partners. Finding new inspirational ways to reach and educate targeted audiences is also a part of her responsibilities. She is also responsible for wider educational programmes that include summits, webinars and some podcasts.

Furthermore she assists with the day-to-day management of the ESWI and GOHC Secretariats hosted by ADS Insight.

Annick is fluent in Dutch and English and has a good knowledge of French. In her free time she enjoys activities around her passion for art and history, and she is a certified guide in her hometown, Antwerp.

The kids who ask WHY are the ones who are going to change the world.
Dagmar de Graef
Senior Operations Manager

With over 35 years of experience in office and event management Dagmar’s work at ADS involves operations, administration and finance for ADS Insight, European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) and the Global One Health Community (GOHC).

For the ESWI and GOHC Secretariats, she handles budgets, administration, event coordination and planning, supplier contracting, fundraising and sponsor contracting.

Dagmar holds a master’s degree in Translation and has a passion for languages, coordination and organisation. She is fluent in Dutch, English and French and has good knowledge of German and Spanish.

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Elina Martin
Senior Events manager

Elina has 18 years of experience in project management, including the organisation of small and large-scale meetings and events.

She joined ADS in 2022, having supported the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) since 2013. She has also worked with One Health projects since 2019.

Elina is based in the United States and coordinates logistic and practical arrangements for meetings and events, facilitates promotional efforts, supports partners and donors, and maximises conference participant experience.

Elina holds an MBA degree specialising in Strategic Tourism Management and is fluent in Latvian, English, and is conversational in Russian.

Teamwork makes the dream work.
Eric Le Nail

Eric joined ADS Insight in 2019, following a master’s degree in Political Communication at the University of Glasgow.

Eric is a member of the ADS Insight Circular Economy team, and helps clients understand and engage in the legislative process around files such as the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation. He also closely follows the European framework on Corporate Sustainability, and has developed an expertise on files such as the EU Sustainable Taxonomy or the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive.

Eric is also the official B-Keeper of ADS Insight, and was instrumental in the application audit that resulted in successfully obtaining our B-CORP certification. Coordinating with other B-Corporations in the Benelux, he participates in several initiatives that aim to weigh in on European legislation.

Eric is French, speaks fluent English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

The coast is not the place where land ends, it’s the place where the world begins.
Floris Hoffmann

As a real people person, Floris enjoys bringing together policy makers, civil society and industry stakeholders to create robust science based policies that work for people and the planet at large. As a consultant, Floris helps clients navigate EU policies on various topics including circular economy and health.

Floris is also involved with the activities of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) and Global One Health Community (GOHC), and leads the programmes dedicated to Early Career Scientists. He is also actively supporting the team on social media and communications campaigns and on the organisation of scientific congresses.

Before joining ADS-Insight, he worked at the European Commission. Floris holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Business Management.

Floris speaks fluent Dutch and English and has a working knowledge of French.

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Ingeborg Tveter Lunde

Ingeborg holds a bachelor’s degree in European Studies with political science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is currently working part-time from Norway while writing her master’s thesis on EU-Norwegian cooperation in the energy field.

Having joined ADS Insight in January 2022 for a six month traineeship, she took an active part in all ADS Insight activities, spanning across all covered topic areas and clients. The traineeship allowed her to find the topics that interested her the most, namely health and energy related topics.

As a Norwegian citizen, having spent several years living abroad she takes a special interest in the EU’s unique relationships with states outside the Union through the EEA, EFTA and other bilateral agreements. Being from a small country, she enjoys learning more about Norway’s role on the international arena. As such, she often handles the ‘Norwegian’ aspects of ADS work, particularly related to researching and drafting studies related to Norway.

Ingeborg speaks English fluently and has a working knowledge of the languages of her Scandinavian neighbors, Denmark and Sweden. She is also hoping to develop her French and Spanish skills in the years to come.

Dream big and never forget to make your five-year-old self proud!
Lena Takvorian

Lena is a part of the policy team mainly monitoring issues dealing with the circular economy, sustainability and the maritime sector.

She also works within an internal committee at ADS Insight developing our engagement with the B-Corp community and promoting this global movement.

Lena joined ADS Insight in September 2022, after finishing her studies at Maastricht University where she obtained a Master’s degree in Sustainability Science and Policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in European Law.

Having lived in different countries, Lena enjoys working in an international environment. She is Greek, and has also lived in Switzerland, Brazil, Indonesia and the Netherlands. She is fluent in Greek, Portuguese, and English, and is currently improving her French.

There’s treasure everywhere!
Chief Happiness Officer

At the wise age of 10, Bonnie has been a source of happiness for the ADS team since her arrival. Her main duties involve wagging her tail around the office, offering to receive pats from her colleagues whenever possible. As Chief Happiness Officer, she promotes mindfulness, empathy, and kindness, and is a great advocate of work-walk balance. Prior to moving to Brussels and joining the ADS Insight team in 2013, Bonnie spent her first eight weeks in the Netherlands. See the link HERE for cute puppy videos.

Of Welsh origin and a native Dutch speaker, Bonnie is fluent in Bark and English, and is currently improving her French. Bonnie holds an Honorary Doctorate in TLC. In her free time, she loves to run in the Forêt de Soignes and her favourite park, le Parc du Cinquantenaire.

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