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Based in Brussels, the UIPI Secretariat is the executive body of UIPI in charge of public affairs, policy research, communication activities and administrative work of the association.
Emmanuelle has been Director of UIPI since 2009, when she settled the UIPI Representation in Brussels. Her role is to lead the Brussels office, act as a representative toward EU institutions and prepare as well as defend the positions of the organisation on all EU topics relevant for private property owners. In February 2020, she was also elected Secretary General.
Emmanuelle started her career in EU Affairs in 2001, working for different organisations, including the European Parliament, a well-known European think tank, the Ile-de-France region representation in Brussels and a wide European umbrella association. She was also a researcher on EU policy at the Austrian Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS).
She graduated in Public Administration from ‘Sciences Po’ Toulouse (Institute of Political Sciences), and has a Law Degree from the University of Toulouse, France. She also holds a Master Degree in EU Affairs from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.
A French national, she is also fluent in English and German.
Nataša acts as Policy Director at UIPI. Her tasks include monitoring EU policy developments and representing the voice of property owners towards EU institutions and other stakeholders. She also works on EU funded projects to which UIPI is a partner.
Nataša has professional background both in private and public sectors, as she worked as a Senior Consultant for a Public Affairs and Public Relations consultancy in Brussels, as well as a Policy Officer at the European Parliament, and most recently the European Commission, where she has gained extensive knowledge of the EU legislative system and the functioning of the European institutions.
Throughout most of her career, Energy and Environment have been the core of her work. She has developed this expertise primarily during her experience at the European Parliament serving as a policy advisor for a Member of the European Parliament, whom she advised on European affairs and public policies mainly related to ITRE and ENVI Committees.
Nataša holds two master’s degrees from Brussels based ULB in Multilingual Communication, where she specialised both in international relations and human resources. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from UNIGE in Geneva.
Besides her native Croatian, she is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has a solid knowledge of Italian.
POLICY & LEGAL
Emil‘s role at UIPI is to contribute to the representation of UIPI members’ interests at EU level and to conduct legal analyses. His tasks include scanning European legislative dossiers, writing briefings and comparative analyses about various housing and real estate related policies. Emil also works on several UIPI Projects.
Before joining UIPI, Emil gained first professional experience at the Legal Service of the European Parliament as a trainee. During his studies, he joined the ELSA (European Law Students’ Association) with an active role in Trento’s Local Board.
Emil graduated in Law from University of Trento (Trento, Italy) and holds a Master degree in European Union law from College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). He also enriched his studies at University of Paris 13 (Paris, France).
An Italian national, he is also fluent in English and French.
PROJECT & OUTREACH
Maria took up the role of Project and Outreach Officer to coordinate UIPI projects. Her tasks include the undertaking and management of EU projects, as well as the organisation of seminars and events. She also contributes to all UIPI outreach and communication activities.
Maria started her career working for communication consultancy agencies in Portugal and later worked in the real estate and tourism industries.
She was also an assistant researcher at ISCTE’s Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL) on gentrification trends in Lisbon.
She graduated in Sociology from ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and holds a Master degree in Urban Geography from Utrecht University in The Netherlands.
She is currently a PhD candidate in Urban Studies at ISCTE-IUL and at the NOVA University of Lisbon (UNL), specialising in condominium management challenges and informal power structures.
A Portuguese national, Maria speaks fluently English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Belén is communication assistant at UIPI. Her tasks are to manage internal and external communication as well as to contribute to the organisation of events. She is also in charge of social media and dissemination activities. Belén is supporting the developments of additional services to members and follow up on dissemination activities for various UIPI Projects.
Belén started her professional experience at several Spanish media. She has published her written and audiovisual work in newspapers like El Mundo and La Vanguardia and in news agencies like EFE and Europa Press. During her studies, she also joined the San Pablo CEU University design department as a pre-graduate researcher.
Belén graduated in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication from CEU San Pablo University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain) and holds a Master degree in International Journalism from Blanquerna-Ramón Llull University (Barcelona, Spain).
A Spanish national, she is also fluent in English and has a basic knowledge of French.
POLICY & COMMUNICATION
Ioanna joined UIPI as Policy and Communication Assistant. Her tasks include the monitoring of policy developments and the preparation of policy analyses. She also contributes to internal and external communication activities, the organisation of events and the management of the website. She is also working on collecting members’ best practices.
Ioanna started her career in the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a trainee in the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, where she gained a solid knowledge on issues related to Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax purposes. During her bachelor studies, she was an Intern at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and she was involved in journalism by being an Assistant Editor in a well-established publishing house in Athens.
Prior to joining UIPI, Ioanna participated as a Communications and External Relations Volunteer at a UN Project in order to help the achievement of SDGs and the contribution towards social and economic development through the promotion of domestic, regional and global tourism.
Ioanna graduated in Political Science and Public Administration from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (“SciencesPo Paris”).
A Greek national, she is also fluent in English and French, and has a basic knowledge of Italian.
POLICY & RESEARCH
Andrea‘s role at UIPI is to provide support for the research and policy activities conducted by the organisation, including policy monitoring, preparation of reports and briefings to members. She also collaborates to some of the projects UIPI is involved in, including EU funded projects and internal projects aiming at imporving services to members.
Andrea started her professional experience in EU affairs as project specialist at the European Commission, focusing on promotion of democratic engagement of the EU citizens. Besides, she worked as a communication officer at the Europe Direct Contact Centre where she provided expert advices on EU policy and grants related questions. She also worked as policy analyst in a Strategic Policy Institute in Slovakia.
Andrea holds a master’s degree in international relations from Coventry University (Coventry, UK) where she specialised for international policy and security. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Matej Bel University in Slovakia.
A Slovak national, she is fluent in Czech and English, currently working towards her French language proficiency.
Yolande took up the role of UIPI Office Manager in 2007 when the UIPI Head Office was transferred to Brussels. She has been working for the Belgian association of property owners for the past 15 years.