Floriana Cimmarusti
Secretary General

FlorianaCimmarustiFloriana is an international lawyer with more than fifteen years of working experience gained in Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. She was 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 in the International Departement of the National Council of Architects in Rome as legal Counsel expert in EU Affairs. Later she was a director of Cooperation Bancaire pour l’Europe, a GEIE based in Brussels.

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

Once back in Brussels, she 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.

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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.

Antoine D’haese
Office and Communication Manager

Antoine is Belgian and holds and Advanced Master in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European integration (Institute of European Studies, Belgium) and a Master in History (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium). Before joining SAFE, he worked for a French Environmental Foundation and for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris. He joined SAFE in June 2018 and has been taking on the role of Office and Communication Manager since January 2019.

At SAFE, Antoine is in charge of managing SAFE’s communication channels and campaigns. He also coordinates several EU projects, among which the Perma+ Module project.

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Federica Dolce
EU Policy Manager

Federica is Italian and owns a Bachelor in Sustainable Development Economics and an LLM in European Law, with specialization in Environmental Law from Tilburg University. She joined SAFE as a Policy Officer and Project Coordinator in August 2020. She previously worked as a consultant in EPPA and in KREAB where she focused on EU agrifood policies and regulatory affairs, gaining expertise in REACH, RoHS and EU agrochemical legislation. Prior to that, she managed several campaigns for platforms of NGOs, specifically in the field of agriculture and environment. Furthermore, she contributed to the research of a book published by the Oxford Press University on the economy of cartels.

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Julia Virtanen
Junior Project Coordinator and Communication Officer

Julia is Finnish and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpretation from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and is finishing two Master’s degree programs at the same university, in International Relations for Globalization and Public Policy and in Multilingual Communication.

She has been vegan for more than 5 years and believes independent information is crucial in giving consumers the possibility to make sustainable and healthy food choices.

Julia is a Project Coordinator and Communication Officer at SAFE. She coordinates the Dual Quality Project among others.

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Louise Pilot
Junior Project coordinator and Communication Officer

Louise is French and holds a Bachelor’s in Law and Political Science from Lyon III University. She studied at the University of the British Columbia (Canada) for a year before specializing in European Policy and completing a master’s in European Studies at the Institute for European Studies. Over the years, Louise grew increasingly interested in EU health policy and agricultural policy. She joined SAFE in June 2021 as a Communication and EU affairs intern.

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Nicola Liverani
EU Affairs & Communication Intern

Nicola is Italian and holds a Master in International Public Management (Sciences Po, Paris), with a specialization in Diplomacy, and a Master in International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK). Throughout his study, he became increasingly passionate about EU affairs and Communication. He joined SAFE in 2021 as an EU Affairs and Communication intern.

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Rebecca Biraschi
EU Affairs & Communication Intern

Rebecca is Italian and holds a Bachelor in Global Governance from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and a MSc in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen. Before joining SAFE, she worked as a Project Manager Assistant at the Garbage Patch State (NGO) in Rome. Moreover, she conducted three research projects in Denmark, Nepal and Italy in the areas of agriculture, social inclusion, gender and migration. At SAFE, Rebecca is an EU Affairs and Communications intern.

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