Schuman Associates has a dedicated team of consultants with extensive experience in designing and deploying successful business strategies for our public and private clients.

Partners

Gerard McNamara
Founder and CEO
Gerard is Irish. He is founder and CEO of Schuman Associates. He has overall responsibility for business and client development in Schuman Associates. Gerard has pioneered innovative strategies for Schuman's clients growing their EU funding.
Ruth ESTRADA DORRONSORO
Head of Management and Planning
Ruth is Spanish. She has overall responsibility in the firm for the management of the supply chain of services to the client, contributing to the overall business strategy of the company and supporting practice areas.
Jan DRÖGE
Head of Operations
Jan is German. He is a partner with Schuman Associates and heads up operations. He has assisted clients for over 15 years in developing strategies and building their presence in Brussels. Notable achievements include successful implementation of numerous advocacy campaigns at the highest EU levels.
Danai TSAPIKIDOU
Business Strategies and Market Entry
Danai is Greek. Her main focus in Schuman is to advise and coach leading US and EU corporations to set up successful techniques for winning EU projects. She heads up the External Aid practice and in this capacity works.

Team

Isane APARICIO
Manager
Isane is Spanish. She supports clients in their early positioning in the EU arena, through both visibility and project pipeline related activities. She assists clients to develop business strategies and in positive partner positioning in Brussels.
Mike SAVARESE
Senior Consultant
Mike is half Italian and half American. He works on EU External Aid Funding and Advocacy. Prior to joining Schuman Associates he worked in the international division of a large Italian IT company managing international projects as well as developing new partnerships.
Irati HERRERO
Head of Madrid Office
Irati is Spanish. She supports clients in their early positioning in the EU and Spanish arena, through both visibility and project pipeline related activities. She organizes events for clients and helps them to target stakeholders.
Malgorzata STEPNIAK
Head of Warsaw Office
Margo is Polish. She is an EU public affairs expert who supports clients in effectively engaging in the EU decision making process. Drawing on her extensive network of contacts in Polish industry, Government and NGO circles, Margo also manages Schuman's Polish market strategy for EU funding in Poland.
Ewelina ZIEDALSKA
Consultant
Ewelina is Polish. She assists clients with the implementation of funding strategies and preparation of project applications to be funded under EU Structural Funds with a special focus on Poland. She also supports in monitoring, organizing and attending events relevant for clients.
Carlos CORTS
Senior Consultant
Carlos is Spanish. He works on EU External Aid funding instruments helping clients to build their project pipelines and to flag relevant business opportunities. He also deals with EU IT Central Systems projects supporting clients in their entry into the EU market.
Laura HEUVINCK
Senior Consultant
Laura is Belgian. She supports clients with the implementation of advocacy strategies, policy analysis and the preparation of funding strategies. Since May 2014, Laura is based in Athens, Greece.
Irina PAPUC
CEE Independent Business Consultant, Bucharest office
Irina is Romanian. She assists our clients with the implementation of their funding strategies and supports them with the preparation of project applications to be funded under EU Structural Funds, with a special focus on Romania. Prior to joining Schuman Associates, Irina worked in the NGO sector.
Anca ANDREEA CALUGARU
CEE Independent Business Consultant, Bucharest office
Anca is Romanian. She assists her clients with the implementation of their funding strategies in Romania and other EU member states. With a special focus on the EU Structural and Cohesion funding.
Tanya PETROVA
Consultant, Sofia office
Tanya is Bulgarian. She joined Schuman in 2008. For the clients in Bulgaria she is doing Strategic reviews of EU programmes and market assessment. She assists them in public sector strategy development and identification of partners.
Katarina MUSE
Consultant
Katarina is Croatian. She supports the team in the implementation of clients’ funding strategies in External Aid Practice and Structural Funds Practice.
Gosia STELMACH
Consultant, Warsaw office
Gosia is Polish. She supports our clients in Poland in the area of European Structural and Investment Funds.
Hana MARTINKOVA
Consultant, Prague office
Hana is Czech. She supports our clients in Czech Republic and Slovakia in the area of European Structural and Investment Funds.
Kalliroi PAPPA
Journalist
Kalliroi is Greek. She is a journalist with educational background in Communication as well as in Management.
Ashya LANE-SPOLLEN
Digital communications
Ashya is Irish. She is a communications and public relations consultant supporting Schuman Associates in the areas of campaign planning, stakeholder engagement, brand building, relationship management and digital communications.
Jan PYCHA
Communications and Event Manager
Jan is Czech. He supports our communication and public affairs activities, mainly for the European Commission.
Gary ZWEERS
Graphic and Video Specialist
Gary is Dutch.He is a film and graphics expert with 20 years of international experience.
Dimitrios DAGDEVERENIS
Trainee
Dimitrios is Greek. He offers overall support in other members of the team in the implementation of the clients’ funding strategies.
Ramona CHIRITESCU
Consultant, Romania office
Ramona is Romanian. She supports Schuman clients with the implementation of their funding strategies
Domenico PAPISCA
Trainee
Domenico is Italian. With a background in development cooperation and European funds, he supports the external aid team and works with Italian clients.
Dominique VERWAEST
Finance Manager
Dominique manages Schuman's finances, both for clients and internally.

Associates

Tony Merrigan
Associate
Tony Merrigan has over 40 years experience in the aviation sector, having worked with the Irish Aviation Authority in many roles, starting out as an air traffic controller through to a Global Business Development Manger and also handling Customer Relations with Air Operators.
Thierno SEYDOU DIOP
Associate
Based in Brussels with more than 13 years’ experience in development issues and public affairs including 8 years’ lobbying experience in Brussels (EU funding and policy in Africa).
Patrick Colgan
Associate
From 2004 to 2015, Pat Colgan served as Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), which was set up by the British and Irish Governments to manage the PEACE Programmes and INTERREG Programmes in Northern Ireland, Ireland and parts of Western Scotland.

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About us

Schuman Associates is a Brussels-based, independent, consultancy with more than 30 years’ experience in European funding and public affairs.

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