Time & Place Consulting

I’m working with Time & Place consulting, a network of experts and consultants which offers Public Affairs and Public Relations strategies, tools and representation.

The idea of this platform is simple: to offer our respective clients and partners, if they wish, a more complete, integrated and personalised service in the field of European public affairs, representation of their interests and management of European projects, while keeping our statutory independence and our respective client portfolios.

In practice, this platform is an excellent tool to deepen existing and future relationships with my clients and partners, provide the best tailor-made solutions, and will open up new development opportunities. Me joining this network will not change anything for my clients if they are not interested, but I may be able to offer extra services and recommend additional trusted experts for alternative assignments.

Read my thoughts on the importance of teaming up here.

 

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COST ENGAGER – Energy Poverty Research Network

European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation (ENGAGER 2017-2021) is a research network funded via the European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) scheme. It is aimed at developing and strengthening an international community of researchers and practitioners focused on combating energy poverty – a condition typically manifested by the inability to secure adequate levels of domestic energy services (such as heating, lighting, cooling, appliances).

ENGAGER draws together scholars and practitioners based both within and outside Europe who focus on various aspects of complex energy poverty challenges, using the full suite of COST networking instruments. It is chaired by Professor Stefan Bouzarovski (University of Manchester).

I am part of Working group 1: Integration – Transforming the state of the art, led by Dr Ute Dubois and Professor Margarita Niki Assimakopoulos.

International Summer School on the Regulation of Local Public Services by the Turin Local School on Regulation

The International Summer School on the Regulation of Local Public Services is held each year in Turin, Italy, since 1997, and organised by the Turin School of Local Regulation.

The Turin School of Local Regulation (TSLR) is a network school focusing on local aspects of regulation and governance of public services and bridging the gap between the academic research and the local decision-makers.

The Summer School is designed to offer two weeks of lectures, workshops and on-site visits on the regulation of (local) public services (e.g. waste, water, public transport, district heating, sport facilities). It is addressed to PhD and graduate students and officials from the Public Administration (municipalities, counties, regional bodies) and regulatory agencies, from all over the world.

In 2018, the Summer School attracted more than 30 students coming from 23 countries.

In September 2018, I had the chance to deliver a lecture on European energy consumer rights for the students of the 21st edition of the International Summer School. This was a very fulfilling experience for me and I hope that the students will bring many of the best practices back to their respective countries.

 

 

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Results of the qualitative questionnaire filled by the students after the course

 

Secretary-General of NEON

 

From 2012 to 2018, I was the Secretary-General of NEON, the European network of energy dispute-resolution services and ombudsmen. I launched the network and was leading the association in its advocacy, lobbying, and European public affairs activities.

NEON focuses on Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the Energy sector at EU-level.

With the support from the members, I set up the work programme and I led the organisation in the following activities:

  • Advocacy and Policy: I wrote and presented reports, policy, consultation papers and press releases about ADR mechanisms, the retail energy market, consumer protection and price monitoring;
  • Public Affairs: I ensured external and public representation of NEON; organised stakeholders events and conferences, managed the communication tools (copywriting) and recruited new members;
  • Analysis and Expertise in Energy, ADR, and Consumer protection: I managed and monitored strategic data on energy, ADR and consumer protection and, identified best practices.

From an informal network of like-minded people, NEON became a respected stakeholder in the Brussels landscape, in particular during the negotiations leading to the adoption of the Clean Energy Package. During these years, I advocated for the rights of consumers, the defence of the most vulnerable, and the access to free energy dispute resolution services.

I was part of the European Commission working group on Vulnerable Consumers (2013-2016), the PEER network, and several work groups set up by the European Commission and stakeholders.

Thanks to my expertise and experience, I have been regularly invited to speak at external events, such as the Energy Poverty Observatory launch event; and advise organisations and governments on strategies to adopt to improve consumer protection in the energy sector.

 

Evaluations for European Commission funding programmes

Since 2016, I am an external expert-evaluator for the European Commission EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020.

My tasks are to evaluate independently funding proposals and provide extensive feedback and recommendations on future iterations of the funding programme.

I am also asked to assess the business innovation concepts and projects proposed under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020.

ESRC Just Energy

The policy overview on the development of energy policy & vulnerability at EU level I wrote was published on the website in December 2018. Read it here.