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


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.
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.
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.
Business Strategies and Market Entry
Danai is Greek. She has more than 15 years of experience in emerging markets business development and has laid the foundations for the company’s External Aid practice.


Senior 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.
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.
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.
Senior 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
Carlos is Spanish. He heads the company’s EU External and development Aid practice helping clients to build their project pipelines and to flag relevant business opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
Consultant, Warsaw office
Gosia is Polish. She supports Schuman clients in Poland in the area of European Structural and Investment Funds.
Kalliroi PAPPA
Kalliroi is Greek. She is a journalist with educational background in Communication as well as in Management.
Communications Consultant
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.
Graphic and Video Specialist
Gary is Dutch.He is a film and graphics expert with 20 years of international experience.
Account Executive
Dimitrios is Greek. He offers overall support in other members of the team in the implementation of the clients’ funding strategies.
Consultant, Romania office
Ramona is Romanian. She supports Schuman clients with the implementation of their funding strategies
Dominique VERWAEST
Finance Manager
Dominique manages Schuman's finances, both for clients and internally.
Nicolas Meier
Account Executive
Nicolas is German. He supports our clients in Germany and Austria in the area of European Structural and Investment Funds.
Marija Dabrisiute
Communications and Events Consultant
Marija is responsible for the delivery of a number of key events within the Schuman Associates portfolio.
Martina Karkulikova
Consultant, Czech Office
Martina supports Schuman clients with the implementation of their funding strategies and assist them in identifying the best financing solutions from EU Structural Funds to ensure a sustainable growth of their business.
May Vanbreemen
May is Dutch. She supports Schuman clients with the tracking and analysing of funding opportunities in the EU External Aid and Development Aid practice and assists in the implementation of funding strategies.
Lucia Grilli
’Lucia is Italian. She gives an overall support to Schuman activities, with Structural Funds in Italy her main duty.


Tony Merrigan
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.
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
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.
Odysseas Cartalos
Odysseas Cartalos provides strategic advice to enterprises, universities, research organisations and other institutions in developing and acquiring European funding for research, innovation and education projects.
Brian Cochrane
Brian is a marketing expert with over 20 years of consulting and project management experience including hundreds of branding and communications strategies, re-branding programmes and digital platform projects for various Irish and European organisations.
Petra Ringrose
Petra is Czech. She has worked for more than 20 years in advocacy and European public affairs.

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

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