SAFE Team


Floriana Cimmarusti
Secretary General

FlorianaCimmarustiFloriana is an international lawyer with more than fifteen years working experience gained in Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. She is born in Bari, Italy, where she studied law, concluding with an Erasmus program in international law in Salamanca, Spain. Next to her law degree, she obtained a Master in Law, Economy and Politics of the European Union at the European College of Parma in Italy.

She gained experience in EU Law at the Tizzano law firm in Brussels. Furthermore, she worked for more than three years in the International Departement of the National Council of Architects in Rome as legal Counsel expert in EU Affairs. Later she has been a director for three years of Cooperation Bancaire pour l’Europe, a GEIE based in Brussels.

For family reason she has moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where she has attended a Master in Laws LLM at the University of Geneva. In Switzerland, she has worked as legal Counsel in Lausanne at the Banque Cantonale de Vaud and in Cotecna, an international company based in Geneva.

Once back to Brussels, she has worked again as a lobbyist at the European Fund Asset Management Association where she was Regulatory Policy Adviser. She also cooperated with BelgicaNNats, a non-profit organization in charge of protecting the rights of working children in developing countries. She enjoyed working for a non-profit organization where the only objective was to help children in very difficult situations.

Her recent professional objective is to use her EU affairs & lobbying experience in Brussels to protect European consumers from a biased EU Food legislation. By being a passionate reader of books concerning the danger in food and disease coming from unhealthy nutrition and by realizing how the EU Food legislation is really in favour of the agro food industry she has founded SAFE, Safe Food Advocacy Europe.

Her email: floriana.cimmarusti@safefoodadvocacy.eu

Björn Becker
Communications Officer

BBBjörn has 15+ years of experience in EU communications and event management. He’s from Germany and studied Political Science, International Cooperation and EU Public Policy in Aachen (Germany), Paris and London. Björn worked in the European ParliamentEuropean Voice and 6 years for Eurochild, the European children’s rights network.

At SAFE he’s in charge of the website, the newsletter mailings and advising on the Communications strategy.

Inès Boursot 
Communications & EU Affairs Officer

Inès is French and after graduating from a Bachelor’s Degree in International Law at Université Montpellier I (France), she flew to Canada and became passionate about food safety, environment and European Law. She graduated from a Master’s Degree in International Law at Laval University in Quebec (Canada) before starting a two-year experience working in Paris as project coordinator assistant in the NGO field.

At SAFE, Inès uses her skills in networking, communication and drafting articles.

Her email: euaffairs@safefoodadvocacy.eu

Antoine Lebessis
Redactor & Policy Analyst

Antoine has been collaborating with SAFE since 2015, after having studied Political Science and International Relations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, as well as European Integration at the Institute for European Studies in Brussels.

Antoine’s responsibilities include the conduct of researches to inform SAFE’s policy positions, the drafting of position papers exposing said-positions for advocacy purposes, and the redaction of articles to keep members informed of developments in the EU’s food policies via SAFE’s flashes and newsletters. He is also in charge of communications to the press and proofreading.

His email: safe@safefoodadvocacy.eu

Chiara Granieri
Communications & EU Affairs Assistant

Chiara is Italian and has lived and studied in Italy, New Zealand and Spain. After graduating from a Master’s Degree in International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, she moved to Milan and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy from the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. She is passionate about International and European Law, consumer rights and sustainable development. She wishes to work for the promotion of an EU food legislation that is more centred on the protection of civil society.

At SAFE, Chiara uses her competences to perform legislative watch, fulfil lobbying activities and draft articles.

Her email: euaffairs@safefoodadvocacy.eu

 

Marielle Hirwa
Communications & EU Affairs Intern

Marielle is Canadian and is currently pursuing a MSc. in Sustainable Management for Food Quality, an Erasmus Mundus Master Program. After obtaining a BSc. degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph, she joined the work force and gained 3 years of work experience in North American and International Food and Drug regulation, where internal policy implementation was part of her core responsibilities. While working for the private Agri-Food sector, she had the chance to work on both food safety and food security. This work experience exposed her to a lot of different global food initiatives and fostered her interest in food security and advocacy work. She has lived and studied in Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and now Belgium, where she is ready to put her passion and experience to use at SAFE.

Her email: info@safefoodadvocacy.eu

Yasmina Yakimova
Communications & EU Affairs Intern

Yasmina comes from Bulgaria and is currently completing a BA in International Communication and Media at Thomas More University. She has completed her first Bachelor in Political Science at ULB in Belgium and Uppsala University in Sweden. After finishing her MA in European Studies at KU Leuven and completing two internships in the European Parliament, she decided to combine her previous academic and work experience with an intensive Bachelor in Communication. Yasmina has a strong interest in media, EU affairs and sustainability. In the future she hopes to continue working for independent organisations that raise awareness on issues related to sustainability and consumer protection.

Her email: communications@safefoodadvocacy.eu

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