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 is a partner in Schuman Associates and 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. 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.

Team

Anca ANDREEA CALUGARU
Business Director
Anca is Romanian. She is our Business Director in charge of designing, implementing, and overseeing strategies for increased productivity and growth within Schuman. Anca heads the Structural and Recovery Funds Practice.
Dominique VERWAEST
Finance Manager
Dominique manages Schuman's finances, both for clients and internally.
Brian Cochrane
Senior Manager
Brian is Irish. He is a marketing expert with over 20 years of consulting and project management experience.
Irina PAPUC
Manager
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 WLIZŁO
Senior Investment Consultant
Anca is Romanian. With more than 13 years of experience in accessing public funding, Anca helps clients in the private sector investing in greenfield or brownfield projects identify the right funding opportunities for their projects.
Ashya LANE-SPOLLEN
Senior Communications Consultant
Ashya is Irish. She leads Schuman Associates' Strategic Communications practice and is Deputy Lead of the EU project, "the European Broadband Competence Offices Network" (BCO Network).
Dimitra VASILIA
Senior Consultant
Dimitra is Greek. She is a Public Affairs and Communications professional with 13 years of international experience in the private sector, EU Institutions, trade associations and the public sector. 
Mike SAVARESE
Country Lead - Italy
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.
Ewelina ZIEDALSKA
Country Lead - Poland
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.
Ramona CHIRITESCU
Country Lead - Romania
Ramona is Romanian. Building on more than 14 years of experience with EU Structural and Investment Funding, she supports Schuman clients in implementing their funding strategies.
Amir CAMPOS REVIRIEGO
Country Lead - Iberia
Amir is Spanish. He supports clients in accessing EU funds in the Iberia market. He has over 13 years of experience in international policy and EU funding consulting, as well as in fundraising and advocacy, for both public and private sector in Europe, the MENA Region and ASEAN.
Floortje de Vink
Country Lead - France
Floortje is Dutch. She assists clients in accessing EU funds in the French market. She has over 12 years of experience in EU funding consulting and project coordination. She speaks Dutch, French and English. 
Dimitrios DAGDEVERENIS
Country Lead - Greece
Dimitrios is Greek. He offers overall support in other members of the team in the implementation of the clients’ funding strategies.
Nicolas MEIER
Country Lead - Germany and Austria
Nicolas is German. He supports our clients in Germany and Austria in the area of European Structural and Investment Funds.
Martina KŘEČEK KARKULIKOVA
Country Lead - Czech Republic and Slovakia
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.
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.
Gosia STELMACH
Consultant, Warsaw office
Gosia is Polish. She supports Schuman clients in Poland in the area of European Structural and Investment Funds.
Kalliroi PAPPA
Journalist and Video Producer
Kalliroi is Greek. She is a journalist with educational background in Communication as well as in Management.
Gary ZWEERS
Graphic and Video Specialist
Gary is Dutch.He is a film and graphics expert with 20 years of international experience.
Lucia GRILLI
Account Executive
Lucia is Italian. She gives an overall support to Schuman activities, with European Structural and Investment Funds in Italy her main duty.
Gabriele FIGÀ
Account Executive
Gabriele is Italian. He supports clients with the implementation of their financing strategies and in the field of public affairs.
Giselle KEENAN
Researcher
Giselle is Irish. She supports the Public Affairs and Funding teams in particular.
Angelo CERQUETI
Trainee
Angelo is Italian. He supports the public affairs and communications teams.
Kim SCHIERKE
Trainee
Kim is French-German and principally supports the EU funding team for Germany.
Davide LOBINA
Trainee
Davide is Italian. He supports the EU funding team.
Ibone Alegre Arrieta
Trainee
Ibone is Spanish. She supports the EU funding team.

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.
Odysseas Cartalos
Associate
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.
Petra Ringrose
Associate
Petra is Czech. She has worked for more than 20 years in advocacy and European public affairs.
Niamh Kenny
Associate
Niamh is Irish. She specialises in renewable energy, offshore wind, the hydrogen economy and the Green Deal. Niamh supports Schuman Associates clients who are interested in participating in a just energy transition, to position themselves strategically to avail of European Union supports in this area.
Dana Höller-Lipkova
Associate
Dana is Austrian. She supports clients in the area of smart city concepts and strategies, as well as public subsidies, especially in Germany and Austria. She speaks German, Slovak, Czech, English, French and a little Russian.
Andreas WESER
Associate
Andreas is German. He has over 25 years' experience in ICT, applied research and project and innovation management. His focus is on telemedicine / eHealth, management of funding opportunities and business development.

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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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