The team

Team Leader: Stéphanie Horel

Stéphanie Horel is a consultant and trainer with extensive experience in EU Project Management, in particular for ENP and IPA countries. From 2004-2009, she was Lecturer and Coordinator of a MEDA Regional Programme (EuroMed Training of Public Administration Programme) at the European Institute of Public Administration. Previously, she worked as legal advisor in different Institutions (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and European Commission) and in the Mundie e Advogados Law firm in São Paulo (BR). She studied EC law at the University of Aix-Marseille III (FR) and the University of Exeter (UK).
Since 2001, she has been coordinating and participating in EU projects mainly funded through EC External Aid. In addition, she lectures on various topics related to EU external policy and Aid, EU Funds, Project cycle management and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese and a beginner level in Arabic.

Course Manager: Evangelina Blanco González

Evangelina Blanco González has nine years of professional experience in the communications field and project management and has built up expertise in project and event management related to training, communicating and informing EU and non-EU audiences on European Affairs issues. As a Project Manager at the College of Europe’s Development Office since September 2007, Evangelina coordinated the Europe Direct helpdesk team’s activities and as of 2010, she is principally responsible for the academic cooperation projects (Tacis, Tempus and EuropeAid) in Russia.
Previously she worked as EU Communications Manager, managing a Europe Direct Information Centre in Oviedo (Spain), and as EU Affairs advisor for the Government of Asturias (Spain), following EU enlargement among other policies. She holds degrees in European Studies and Spanish Law and is fluent in Spanish, English and French and a beginner level in Russian.

The team is also supported by

Project Manager: Anne Claire Zirnhelt

Anne-Claire manages donor- funded development projects and professional EU training courses, and prepares project proposals for the Development Office of the College of Europe. Previously, she worked at SOFRECO, a French consulting firm, drafting and managing development projects in the field of public administration and institutional reform, as well as governance reform and strengthening civil society. Anne-Claire is French, studied political sciences and holds a Master’s degree in International Development and Cooperation. Her fields of interest and experience include EU integration, EU enlargement and more generally, development, governance reform and the role of civil society.

Project Assistant in Bruges: Bernadette Kerckhove

Bernadette Kerckhove has been working at the College of Europe since 2001, providing general management assistance, co-ordination and administrative management of service contracts for legal and economic research with the European Commission. She alsoprovides project management assistance in the organisation of various professional training seminars and events, involving practical implementation and co-ordination in the roll-out of the programmes such as i.a. accompanying participants on study-tours to the European Institutions; as well as assistance in the management of accounting aspects in co-ordination with the financial department.

Project Assistant in Natolin: Małgorzata Smieszek

Małgorzata Smieszek holds a Master of European Studies from Universität Wien (2007) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (2008). In 2010 she graduated from the College of Europe, Natolin (Charles Darwin Promotion) and currently follows a Ph.D. programme in political science at the Jagiellonian University.
With two-year experience of work in the private sector and after studies at the College of Europe Malgorzata has taken the post of the Student Affairs Officer at the Natolin campus. Presently she is the Development Coordinator at the College of Europe Natolin.