Gary joined EENA in October 2006. He is responsible for the strategic development of the association and administrator of the EENA Board. Over the years, he led the creation of several successful EENA membership platforms, committees and events. He is in charge of government affairs and he managed a number of advocacy campaigns in Brussels. Gary holds a MA in European Affairs from the Political Science Institute of Strasbourg and a BA in Economics from the University of Orléans and the Abertay University in Dundee. A Europe-trotter, he studied or worked in Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain, Poland and the UK. He is a French national, also fluent in English (spiced up with some little basics of Spanish and Polish).
Jerome is the Managing Director of the organisation. He joined EENA in February 2009. As Managing Director, he is responsible for the smooth running of EENA activities. He also leads the development of EENA networks (Corporate members; Public Safety Officials; Researchers; Mobile Network Operators) and supervises all services provided to EENA members. He is a French national, also fluent in English (the absence of a French accent is not guaranteed). He holds a Master in European Law and Political Sciences as well as a Master in Management of Organisations, both from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University.
Cristina joined EENA in October 2010. She coordinates all of the technical and emergency services’ operations activities of the association. She also represents EENA in the international standardisation development organisations. Prior to joining EENA, Cristina served as IT manager of Madrid’s 112 centre in which she designed the IT components. She was a member of the Spanish delegation in the European Commission’s working groups on 112 and eCall. Cristina holds a MA in Computer Science and an MA in Marketing, both from the Autonomous University of Madrid. As a Spanish national she is naturally very fond of Spanish food, but she has adapted very well to Belgian mussels, chocolate and waffles. She is fluent in English and French, conversant in German.
Director of Digital Communications Policy and Regulation
Freddie joined EENA in January 2021. He works closely with Cristina on topics such as standardisation and NG112. He also supports Benoît on regulatory and advocacy matters, including the fostering of NG112 in Europe.
Freddie is a senior telecoms expert with over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector. Before joining EENA, Freddie was the Deputy Director and Expert in Numbering and Networks at the European Communications Office (ECO). Previously, he worked for 6 years at the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), Ireland’s telecoms regulator, and held engineering roles at Logica CMG, Spectel, Ericsson and ESB.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies, a master’s in Computing and Information Systems and a postgraduate diploma in Regulatory Governance.
Public Affairs Manager
Benoît joined the team in September 2015 and is in charge of EENA’s public affairs work. He is EENA’s liaison with the institutions of the European Union as well as other stakeholders, and works on increasing the awareness of the European emergency number 112 in Europe.
Benoit is also working on dedicated EENA programmes, including leading the file of emergency location and Advanced Mobile Location. Benoît has graduated in European Affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges; before that, he studied in Sciences Po Lille. He also spent one year abroad in Gothenburg (Sweden) as an erasmus student. Benoît is a Belgian national and speaks French, English, Spanish and Swedish.
Taviana joined EENA in October 2014. She is in charge of the organisation of all EENA events and ensures their smooth running with the support of Kasia, EENA Events Manager. She also works closely with the Communication team to promote the EENA events through a variety of communication tools and channels.
Prior to joining EENA, Taviana held the same position during 3 years for another noble European association where she was responsible for planning and coordinating the operations of events such as educational conferences hosting up to 4,000 participants.
Taviana is a Belgian national with French as a mother tongue. She is fluent in English and Italian, but also conversant in Spanish and Dutch. She graduated from Public Relations and Communication from the UCL (Catholic University of Louvain) and completed an MA in Management of Organisations from the Louvain School of Management, Belgium. Her Sicilian origins makes her a solar young woman and a strong tiffosa of the Italy national football team during international competitions.
Kasia joined EENA in January 2019 and is in charge of the organisation of EENA events together with Taviana. Prior to joining EENA, Kasia worked for 4 years at a political foundation where she was responsible for high-level events such as political congresses, conventions and summits. Previously she worked for another 4 years at a postal association, where she started as an intern and was eventually promoted to Project and Events Manager in Regulatory Services.
Kasia is a Polish national living in Belgium for more than 15 years. She speaks Polish (mother tongue), English, French and Dutch. She graduated from Vesalius College (affiliated with VUB) and studied International Relations in concentration of Economics. In addition to this she has a post-graduate degree in Project Management from Boston University of Brussels.
Kasia is also Chief Events & Agenda Officer for her two little boys, until they become NBA stars and can afford their own agent.
Knowledge Officer & DPO
Rose joined the team in March 2018 and her key role at EENA is to translate information into knowledge. In a world of information overload, Rose monitors the news, carries out research and identifies key trends, making them clear and understandable for all the team and our community. A British national, Rose was working in London before moving to Brussels in October 2017. Prior to joining EENA, she gained experience working in communications, editorial and media-related roles. Rose has a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Bristol and has studied or worked in Spain, France and China. Rose speaks English, French and Spanish so feel free to reach out for a “hi”, “bonjour” or “hola”. She also tackled Chinese, although that’s still an uphill battle. In her free time, she volunteers for an organisation providing support to refugees in Brussels.
Marta Azevedo Silva
Communications and Press Manager
Marta joined the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) in January 2018. As Media and Communications Manager, she is responsible for developing strong relationships with the press and relaying information about EENA’s activities via all communications methods. Marta holds an MA in Communications Sciences, specialised in Media and Journalism with a semester abroad in Rome, and a BA in Cultural and Social Communication with a semester held in Lille, France.
Born in a small Portuguese island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Marta is not a nomad but a citizen of the world. She studied and/or worked in Portugal, France, Vietnam, Italy, Malta, and Brussels. She is Portuguese and also speaks English, French, Italian, occasionally improvising in Portuñol.
Drones Activities Manager
Alfonso is an entrepreneur passionate about how to combine technology and public safety to solve global issues. He started working with EENA in different drone projects since 2015. He also contributed to the launch of the EENA Crisis Tech Startup Program, aiming to bring startups closer to first responders. Now, he is the Drones Activities Manager, leading & coordinating all drone-related projects within the EENA framework. Alfonso is also the CEO & Co-founder of Unblur, a startup helping incident commanders in the field cope with real-time data in the field.
Alexis is working as Project Manager at EENA since he joined the team in 2015. He is responsible for planning and coordinating EENA’s participation in different projects. Alexis is involved in projects about social media for emergency management, emergency caller location, eCall and lately piloting new technologies in PSAPs. In the past, Alexis has worked in the ICT sector, since 1999 and has been involved in management, R&D and consulting activities. He is a Greek national, and he holds a Master of Engineering (MEng) from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom and speaks fluent English.