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James Hunt

FOUNDING PARTNER
James@aspectconsulting.eu

James Hunt

James Hunt is a Founding Partner of Aspect. Before launching Aspect in 2004, he held senior positions at three of the major global communications networks, namely BSMG / Weber Shandwick, Ketchum, and Hill & Knowlton, where he was Managing Director, International Corporate Communications.

James has worked on many high profile corporate issues, including Shell and Brent Spar, McDonalds and BSE, and the GM seed companies and ‘Frankenstein foods’. He has devised global media and corporate reputation-raising campaigns for major US and European multinationals, and driven Europe-wide issue-based and political campaigns. He has managed M&A communications internally and externally, and has developed management and employee motivation programmes. James recently acted as advisor to the board of a life sciences and materials sciences multinational undergoing strategic change.

With over 20 years experience, James understands how communications is an essential business discipline that is key to achieving organisational objectives and business growth.

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Martin Light

Martin Light

Martin has over 20 years’ internal and external communications experience in the fields of branding, change management, business transformation, mergers and acquisitions, culture, human resources, employer reputation and employee engagement.

His consulting experience includes senior consulting roles at Burson-Marsteller, Mercer and Watson Wyatt, London. Martin also served as Visa Europe’s Head of Internal Communications where he led the internal communication function within the corporate communications team and worked closely with the Management Board to promote a peak performance culture, activate the new brand and implement Europe wide change initiatives.

Martin is passionate about developing and implementing communication strategies that enable companies to act on thier business priorties with the commitment, speed and agility needed in the current business climate and has helped many leading international brands to achieve this. Martin is also a director of Tactic Communications (Aspect's office in Libya) and holds an MBA from the Vlerick Business School. 

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Eliot Edwards

DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS
eliot@aspectconsulting.eu

Eliot Edwards

Eliot is a senior parliamentary and EC institutional lobbyist responsible for the design and implementation of lobbying strategies aimed at the European institutions. He has particular expertise in overseeing integrated political communication campaigns, coalition building, design of lobbying vehicles and procurement support.

Eliot has over a decade’s experience as a public affairs practitioner both at Westminster and Brussels. Previously a Senior Associate at Interel European Affairs in Brussels (June 2010- December 2013) and the Director of EU Respond (2006 onwards): a campaign vehicle lobbying for the interests of Blue Light Responders and Civil Protection stakeholders in Brussels. From 2006-2008, he was also the Brussels representative of the UK Defence Forum in Westminster.

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Natalia Kurop

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

natalia@aspectconsulting.eu

Natalia Kurop

Natalia is a former BBC (London) broadcast journalist. She also worked as a radio news journalist with the Special Broadcasting Service (Australia).  Natalia held the post of Director of Marketing & Communication at DIGITALEUROPE, Brussels’ largest European digital technology industry association, for three years. She joined Aspect Consulting in April 2013.

Other career highlights include tenures at National ICT Australia (NICTA), a world-leading ICT research and development facility and, the Oscar winning digital production studio, Animal Logic. Natalia is a Board Member of the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD). 

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Alba Xhixha

Alba Xhixha

Alba has seven years of professional experience in corporate and political communications having worked with international companies, governments, trade associations and NGOs. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in International Politics.

Prior to joining Aspect, Alba has worked in organizations in Brussels and Washington D.C. and in various multinational companies in Europe and the Middle East, such as Philips and Vodafone.

At Aspect, Alba consults clients in various sectors including food, health and nutrition, CSR and EU/political affairs. Her current clients include Amway, Kellogg’s, DSM and the Foreign Trade Association. Alba speaks English, French, Italian and Albanian. 

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Omar Mockbil

Omar Mockbil

Omar is working on developing our network and relationships in the growth economies of the MENA region, particularly in Libya and Qatar. His experiences in Europe and the Middle East give him a unique insight into regional intricacies and affairs.

Prior to joining Aspect, Omar worked in the U.A.E as a consultant and as a business development manager. He has considerable experience in sectors including infrastructure, construction, property (architecture, construction & real estate), healthcare and telecommunications. He has also provided strategic assistance on business creation to entrepreneurs as well as investors in the Gulf region.

Omar is a Swedish National with an MBA from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Apart from English, Omar is also fluent in both Swedish and Arabic.
 

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Sybil Collignon

Sybil Collignon

Sybil joined Aspect in September 2008. Before then, working in international trade and product management in the fashion industry, Sybil showed excellent organisational and coordination skills, particularly when managing global import and exports. Sybil has also worked as a press attaché for high end luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Sonia Rykiel.

Making full use of her Belgian nationality and fluent bi-lingual language skills, Sybil's PR expertise lies within the Belgian media market and PR outreach. She also plays a key role in graphic design, event organisation and project management. Working closely with James Hunt, Founding Partner, another role she has is to ensure the smooth running of the office and to keep track and on top of client deadlines.

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Frans Green

FOUNDING PARTNER
frans@aspectconsulting.eu

Frans Green

Frans Green is a Founding Partner of Aspect, with 15 years experience of corporate and political communications.

At Aspect, he is specialised in helping organisations formulate and implement international communication strategies that really deliver against their organisational objectives. He has extensive experience of working for multinational companies, international institutions, trade associations, not-for-profit organisations and government. He currently advises major companies and organisations – including AkzoNobel, Kellogg’s and DSM – operating in the chemicals, life sciences, material sciences, pharmaceuticals and food sectors.

Before Aspect, Frans worked as a lobbyist, for the BBC European Affairs office, and in the international corporate communications practices Ogilvy and Hill & Knowlton.

Frans Green is a corporate and political communications specialist.

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Sylvie Aitken

Sylvie Aitken

Sylvie has significant experience in international corporate branding and communications, both in-house and agency. She brings creative strategic thinking to a host of clients seeking visibility building communications. Her work includes the creation and development of campaigns, speaker bureaus, events and the implementation of digital media tools. Sylvie has experience across a number of industry sectors and the entire marketing mix.

At Aspect, Sylvie has worked on client projects for FoodDrinkEurope, CEEREAL, Kellogg’s, EWEA, Akzo Nobel, BHP Billiton Diamonds and P&G. Prior to Aspect, Sylvie worked in London at the International Herald Tribune, and later for Trademark Design, a branding and communications consultancy in London, where she managed international accounts such as Sony Ericsson and Sasol.

Since her arrival in Brussels in 2003, Sylvie has led projects across a wide range of marketing areas including the brand revision exercise of the EGA (European Generic Medicines Association), the roll-out of the CSR media communications plan for Chiquita, and the sponsorship and media relations development for the Anka Huma asbl Cultural Art Festival.

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Graham Floater

DIRECTOR, CLIMATE ASPECT
graham@climateaspect.eu

Graham Floater

Graham has almost 20 years experience in finance, strategy and sustainability. He was senior advisor to the UK Prime Minister and Cabinet and oversaw the influential Stern Team on the economics of climate change. He was also an EU trade negotiator in the European Commission and WTO.

Graham led the creation of the UK’s £1 billion Low Carbon Industrial Strategy. He has also headed Reviews on global carbon trading, international funding frameworks for reducing deforestation, and reform of the UK’s major energy agencies. Graham has advised Eurostar, Amway and DSM among others.

Graham’s expertise includes sustainability and climate change strategy, policy development, risk management, change management and company reporting.

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Ana Burton Garcia

Ana Burton Garcia

With Spanish and British roots, experience living and working in several European countries, fluency in Spanish, English and Catalan and a solid working knowledge of French, Ana is a true European.

Ana previously worked for the European direct selling association where she was involved in their public affairs outreach programme and organised their largest ever event in the European Parliament. She also has experience in the NGO sector, having worked both for the UNPO and ECMI. She holds a Law degree and a master's in International Relations from the Universities of Southampton and Durham respectively.

At Aspect, Ana mainly works with food, nutrition and personal care clients, developing communication strategies, drafting corporate communications materials and organising and managing events.  She is involved in a number of projects for both companies and trade associations, including Kellogg’s, Mondelez, Amway and CEEREAL.

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Philip Delistoyanov

Philip Delistoyanov

With significant international experience and an employment record spanning a variety of public and private sector institutions - including INTERPOL, the European Parliament, and a trade association – Philip’s key skills include public relations, political communications, and lobbying. He is also a skilled copywriter. He has worked on issues including transport, raw materials and transatlantic trade relations.

Philip has an extensive international background, holding dual Canadian and Bulgarian citizenship, and has worked and studied on three different continents. His academic background encompasses a Bachelor in Politics and two Master’s Degrees in International Relations and European Law, attained at universities in Canada and Europe. He speaks English and Bulgarian.

At Aspect, Philip uses his broad political and public affairs knowledge to work on projects for a number of international companies and trade associations in sectors including natural resources, gambling and food.

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Kevin Doran

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Kevin Doran

Kevin has over 15 years’ experience working in EU affairs. He has advised a range of blue-chip multi-national companies and European trade associations on engaging effectively with EU institutions and on influencing the outcome of policy development. He has delivered highly successful engagement campaigns, integrated communications and issue management advice and support for clients such as Inmarsat, National Grid, PepsiCo, Rolls Royce and Accenture.

Previously Managing Director at Grayling Public Affairs in Brussels and European Director at Bell Pottinger Public Affairs in Brussels and London, Kevin is a seasoned public affairs practitioner with a long record of advising corporate clients on regulatory and political engagement at the highest levels.

As well as his experience in consultancy, Kevin was also the Head of the Brussels Office for the British Medical Association (BMA), which represents over 120,000 doctors in the UK. Prior to that, he was policy advocate for the Alliance of Maritime Regional Interests in Europe (AMRIE), again based in Brussels. Kevin first arrived in Brussels in 1998 when he was appointed by the then Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party to be his parliamentary assistant.

His public policy specialisms include transport, energy, environment, health and telecommunications.

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Dominique Lemort

Dominique Lemort

Dominique is Aspect’s Office Manager. Prior to Aspect, Dominique worked as an administrator for the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Her international experience, combined with a strong commercial background – she has worked extensively in the retail sector – means that she has the dynamism and organisational skills required to manage a very busy and cosmopolitan office.

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