Diversity in Public Affairs: building a more inclusive community

One of the most common motto heard in the EU is “United in Diversity”, the question is: Are we actually living up to this strong statement? 

The EU Public Affairs sector, and more generally the EU Bubble is facing a lack of diversity. We believe that more can be done through raising awareness. As part of this, we wish to host an event to discuss the lack of Diversity in Public Affairs – the challenges and potential solutions. 
To this end, the Society of European Affairs Professionals will bring together a diverse group of people active in the field of Public Affairs for a panel discussion moderated by Emma Brown, Vice President of SEAP followed by a Q&A session with the attendees. REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE


Michaela Moua, European Commission Coordinator on Anti-Racism


In 2020 the Commission adopted a EU Anti-racism Action Plan 2020-2025. Its implementation requires the appointment of a Commission coordinator for anti-racism.

The coordinator liaises closely with people with a minority racial or ethnic background and relay their concerns to the Commission. The coordinator interacts with Member States, the European Parliament, civil society and academia to strengthen policy responses in the field of anti-racism. In addition, the coordinator joins forces with Commission services to implement the Commission’s policy on preventing and combating racism. Michaela Moua is the first ever nominated Coordinator (2021).

Maria Rosa Rotondo, President of the Public Affairs Community (PACE) of Europe


Mari­a Rosa is Managing Partner of the Office of Public Affairs at Political Intelligence, where she has worked since 2001. She has extensive experience in the management and strategic counseling in lobbying campaigns, both in Spain and before Community institutions, as well as in management and direction of sectorial associations. Currently she is also de president of the Spanish Public Affairs and Lobbyist Association APRI.


Anna Koj, Managing Director Brussels Office @ Mavence 


Anna is the Brussels Office Director at Mavence, playing a vital role in growing the company’s business and developing the international team. As a leadership and recruitment consultant, Anna focuses on talent and skills for the future, helping clients to align their personal and professional visions, and identify the best talent. As a go-to coach at Mavence, Anna also guides people back into employment, into their first job or through a career change in public affairs. A passionate advocate for women in business and public affairs. In addition to her roles on boards and in associations, she teaches workshops on authentic leadership and public speaking.

Cianán Russell, viEUw Project at The Brussels Binder 


Cianán Russell is a Senior Policy Officer at ILGA-Europe based in Brussels, Belgium, working on policy and advocacy relating to trans, intersex, health, education, and the anti-gender movement in Europe and Central Asia. They started LGBTI activism in the US in 1996, and have previously worked with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (USA), the Asia Pacific Transgender Network, and Transgender Europe.
Cianán is also the Director of Trans Survivors Network, an international NGO focused on research, advocacy, and awareness-raising related to the needs and care of trans and gender diverse people exposed to sexual violence, sexual assault, and rape. They are a member of the GATE Trans Men and HIV Working Group and are part of the Man.ish Cave Team (Amsterdam).
They have a Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University (2008) and served on the teaching faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology from 2008-2013.


Emma Brown, Vice President of SEAP


Emma is the Director of Public Affairs at CropLife Europe, representing sustainable crop protection solutions. Before joining CropLife Europe, Emma held various positions in Red Flag Consulting, a global campaigns consultancy, and acumen public affairs, a Brussels-based public affairs company working on different policy topics such as environment, agriculture, financial services, digital, consumer safety and healthcare. She also has experience in Toy Industries of Europe and the European Commission. Emma holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and European studies and two masters degrees in International Relations and Law.





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Date / Heure
Date(s) - 19/05/2022
12 h 30 min - 14 h 00 min

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