Our thanks goes out to our distinguished panel of judges who had the difficult task of choosing the winners of the Parliament MEP Awards 2023.
Dr. László Andor
Secretary General of FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels)
László Andor is Secretary General of FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels).
He was EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-14), and subsequently Head of Department of Economic Policy at Corvinus University (Budapest). He has also been lecturing at Hertie School (Berlin), ULB (Brussels) and Sciences Po (Paris) and is member in various think tanks (EPC, RAND Europe, Friends of Europe).
Between 2005-10, he was member of the Board of Directors at the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London). He is Doctor Honoris Causa at Sofia University of National and World Economy and has the Legion of Honour (awarded by the French President in 2014). The title of his latest book is Europe’s Social Integration.
Secretary General, European Movement International
Petros has been the Secretary General of the European Movement International since July 2015.
Previously, Petros worked for the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions, as well as the British Parliament and the UK’s Financial Services Authority.
He holds a BSc (Econ) on International Politics and Europe from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and an MSc on European Economics, Politics and Law from the London School of Economics.
Economist and Diplomat, Visiting fellow, Bruegel
Paweł Karbownik, economist and diplomat, visiting fellow at Bruegel think tank in Brussels, in 2014-2019 advisor to the president of the European Council responsible for strategic agenda (e.g. Greek debt crisis, migration crisis, Brexit, Trump presidency), the Group of Seven (EU Sherpa assistant for the G7) and G20.
He has experience of around 80 leaders’ summits (EU, Eurozone, G7, G20, EU-China, EU-Japan, EU-Canada, and others).
Paweł is currently working on a book ‘Lost in Paradise’ about a clash between different value systems (autocracy vs. democracy) that will ultimately lead to the AI controlled world.
Paweł has also worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland (deputy director of the EU Economic Department) and at the European Parliament in 2004-2009. He has gained experience at Procter & Gamble and McKinsey &Co.
Associate Director and Head of the Social Europe and Well-being programme, European Policy Centre
Elizabeth’s focus is on Social Europe, EU health policy and further developing the concept of the economy of well-being, linking up the EPC’s research on health care, gender issues, social equality, sustainability and economic governance.
Before joining the EPC, Elizabeth was Executive Director Public Affairs at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), where she was leading the organisation’s external engagement. Amongst others, she led the industry’s Brexit Task Force and created the Brexit4Patients multistakeholder coalition.
Previously she worked as attaché at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU in the field of health.
Prior to this, Elizabeth worked amongst others as political adviser to the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports in the Dutch cabinet Balkenende-IV.
A Dutch national, she is fluent in English, French, and German.
Secretary General, the Brussels Binder
Ana Mingo is a seasoned government affairs professional with almost a decade of experience in energy, environment, and climate policy.
Currently, she serves as the Senior EU Affairs Manager at Norsk Hydro. In addition to her full-time job, Ana is also the Secretary General of the Brussels Binder, a database of women experts designed to improve gender diversity in policy and media debates.
As a feminist advocate, Ana is deeply committed to promoting gender diversity and empowering women to take on leadership roles in traditionally male-dominated fields.
Head of the Brussels office, Centre for European Reform
Camino Mortera-Martinez is head of the Brussels office, for th Centre for European Reform.
She is a qualified lawyer with over 15 years of experience in EU law and politics. She specialises in security, rule of law, migration and EU law and institutions. She also covers Spain’s European policy.
Camino is a regular contributor to media in Europe and the US and has given evidence to the British, Spanish and European Parliaments.
María Rodríguez Alcázar
President, European Youth Forum
María became an activist and advocate for human rights at 14, when she joined the secondary school union in her village in Spain.
Since then, she has been representing young people in various capacities, including the Vice President of the Spanish Youth Council (CJE).
She is now a PhD student at Ghent University and the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Masters in African Studies.
André Sobczak, Secretary General of Eurocities since August 2022, has worked for 20 years as a manager and impact-oriented academic, as well as serving two terms as Vice-President of the Nantes Metropolitan Area.
He has worked tirelessly to help business be a force for good, both by assisting companies in tackling social and ecological challenges, and by spearheading initiatives like ‘Fairwork,’ a monitor for working conditions in the platform economy.
He leads with an approach of multi-level cooperation between the public sector, businesses and civil society for tangible positive impact
Gardenia Trezzini is Editor-in-Chief for European Affairs at Euronews and the Head of Brussels bureau since 2019.
Previously Editor-in-chief News at Euronews’ HQ in Lyon, when she was responsible for overall editorial policy and coverage of events for the 24/7 news coverage in 12 languages.