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
Senior Consultant, 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.
Paolo MONTINI
Senior Consultant
Paolo is Italian. He supports clients with the implementation of funding strategies and assists other members of the team in policy analysis and event monitoring. Before joining Schuman Associates, Paolo was a trainee at the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry.
Malgorzata STEPNIAK
Senior Consultant, 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.
Orsolya Küttel
Account Executive
Orsolya is Hungarian. She supports the other members of team in the implementation of clients’ funding strategies, with a special focus on Hungary.
Archana BRANDENBURG
Trainee
Archana is Dutch. She supports the other members of team in the implementation of clients’ funding strategies, with a special focus on Public Affairs and ESIF 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. Before joining Schuman she worked in Access EU monitoring and analysis of EU affairs, especially in the areas of transport, research and innovation, education and agriculture. She studied Political science and IR at the Charles University in Prague and Economics at the University of Economics in Prague.
Françoise GRANDJEAN
Finance and Administration Manager
Françoise is Belgian and Schuman's finance and administration manager. Françoise manages Schuman's finances, both for clients and internally. She also oversees general office administration.

Associates

Wayne Dignam
Associate
Wayne Dignam is an experienced bid manager with over over fifteen years experience as a consultant in procurement in a diverse range of organisations. He works on individual tenders and also implements processes for bid management within companies.
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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