UIPI Secretariat

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Our team

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.




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.

Ana Veronica



Ana Veronica joined the UIPI team as a project and Technical Officer. She manages and provides technical expertise in UIPI´s activities in EU funded projects. She will also assist the policy team by providing technical expertise.

Her professional journey encompasses diverse roles in the construction sector in Panama, including the design of architectural and urban projects, administrative roles responsible for the coordination and following of public construction bids, as well as management of projects on-site.

Ana holds a master’s degree of Urbanism, Landscape and Planning from KU Leuven in Belgium, where she specialized in social housing and informal settlements. She has a bachelor´s degree in Structural Architecture from the Catholic University of Panama.

Next to Spanish as her native language, she speaks English and French.




Ander joined the UIPI team to take charge of the communication, promotion and dissemination of the UIPI brand. He also contributes managing EU-funded projects in which the UIPI participates.

Having previous experience with communications in EU agencies, Ander’s career is tightly related to institutional and organizational communication, specifically in the digital media and in pan-European environments.

Ander holds a master’s degree in Strategic Communication by the Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain) and a bachelor’s in Advertising and Public Relationships by the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain).

His mother tongues are Spanish and Basque and speaks English and a bit of French.




Kevin joined the UIPI team as a Policy and Communications assistant. He works on providing multidimensional support throughout internal and external projects. His tasks include analysing EU policy and helping with internal communications.

Kevin has a particular interest in all things European Union and is, through his role in the UIPI, completing his master’s in international public policy and diplomacy. He has extensive policy experience, working with the Shared Island Youth Forum ran by the Government of Ireland, and the Irish National Economic and Social Council. He also has experience in advocacy work, working as a Political Affairs lobbyist in London.

Kevin’s mother tongue is English and is proficient in Irish and German.



Since the seat of UIPI office has been transferred to Brussels, Yolande has been providing administrative support. Her tasks include accounting, logistic and administrative support.

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