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Chief Executive


Bernard Uyttendaele


Bernard Uyttendaele joined EVPA as new Chief Executive in August 2016. Uyttendaele knows both the non-profit and business worlds. He started his career as Credit Manager and Treasurer at Otis Elevator Company in Belgium and France, before becoming CFO and Deputy Director in the Netherlands. In 2001 he moved to telecom company Orange, sitting on the Board of the company until it sold to T-Mobile. From 2007, Uyttendaele was Director of his own company, Azure, focused on the redevelopment of organisations and optimisation of their business model.Most recently Bernard worked as Managing Director of War Child in the Netherlands. Under his three-year leadership, the organisation grew by fifty per cent, attracted more private and SME donors, and became more firmly established internationally.Bernard also co-founded War Child’s Business Friends Network; a network of business owners supporting War Child’s projects. He sits on the Board of two philanthropic organisations: the Sint Antonius and Dioraphte Foundation.

Policy Team


Elinor de Pret

- Public Affairs Manager

Elinor joined EVPA in March 2014 as Public Affairs Manager. Elinor has almost 10 years of public affairs experience, including her work for the European Commission (in China) and for an EU public affairs consultancy in Brussels (focusing on telecom, ICT and competition). Her experience is coupled with a strong interest and an extensive network in the social investment space. Elinor is involved in SI2 Fund, a Belgian impact fund providing growth capital to European for-profit social enterprises, as well as in the first Belgian social impact bond (SIB) and she’s a member of the Belgian Ashoka Support Network (ASN) since 2010. She holds a Master degree in Business Engineering, a Master of Arts in European Economics from the College of Europe, attended the Oxford Impact Investing Executive Programme and completed the Certificate in Management of Social Enterprises at the ULg. Elinor is a Belgian national and speaks French, English, Dutch and Spanish.

Simon Ott

Simon Ott

- Policy Analyst

Simon joined the EVPA team as an intern in January 2016. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Socio-Economics from Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Nürnberg, Germany and a Master's in European Studies and International Relations from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He previously worked as a project assistant intern at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva as well as in the project management of different international NGOs based in Ramallah and Rabat. He speaks German, French and English.

Knowledge Centre Team


Priscilla Boiardi

- Knowledge Centre Director

Priscilla Boiardi joined EVPA in April 2014 as Research Manager and became EVPA's Knowledge Centre Director in April 2016. Priscilla has more than 8 years of research experience, first as a Research Associate at the Vlerick Business School and then as a PhD candidate at the Catholic University of Leuven. She has a strong expertise in research for business and public bodies, both qualitative and quantitative, and was responsible for the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum for Belgium. During her years as a researcher, Priscilla had the opportunity to present her work to policy makers, fellow academics and practitioners. Priscilla holds a MSc (Hons) in Economics and Management of Public Administrations and International Institutions from the Bocconi University in Milan. She is an Italian national and speaks Italian, English and Spanish.


Caroline Cornil

- Dissemination Manager

Caroline is EVPA's Dissemination Manager since June 2016. She previously worked as a Communication Intern at EVPA in 2013-2014. She has also worked in other membership organisations in Brussels and as a freelance translator. She holds an MSc in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Multilingual Communication from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She is Belgian and speaks French, English and Spanish.


Alessia Gianoncelli

- Research Associate

Alessia is EVPA’s Research Associate since August 2016. She has previously worked at EVPA, from June 2014 until December 2015, as Research and Policy Analyst and as Project Analyst. From March until July 2016, she was blue book trainee at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, Unit L2: Financing of innovation, competitiveness and employment policies. Alessia formerly worked as an intern for the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Paris as well as for Unioncamere Piemonte in Brussels. She has ten years’ volunteering experience in the NGOs’ field and a strong interest in managing for societal impact. Alessia holds a bachelor degree in Economics Environment and Territory, and a master’s degree in Economics, Institutions and Territory from the University of Turin. She also holds a French Master in International Administration and Management of Territories from the Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). She speaks Italian, English, French, and some Spanish.


Margherita Winter

- Research Intern

Margherita joined EVPA Knowledge Centre as an intern in July 2016. She holds a Master Degree in International Studies of Development and Cooperation with a thesis on Microfinance. After University she followed a Specialisation Course in “Social and Civil Economy; Culture and Governance of Social Enterprises” at the Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca. She has different working experiences in the associative and non-profit sector and had previously worked for the European Foundation Centre, in Brussels.

Community & Market Development Team

Daniel Rostrup

Daniel Rostrup

- Business Development Director

Daniel joined EVPA in January 2016 and is based in London. Previously, he helped launch and manage Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal service, TrustLaw. The service quickly grew to become the biggest of its kind in the world and now includes over 500 top law firms assisting some 2,500 social enterprises in 170 countries. Daniel is Norwegian-Iranian and studied in Spain through his dual BA in International Affairs & Spanish. He also lived briefly in Shanghai, Kobe, and Boston during his MBA programme. He speaks Norwegian, Spanish, some Farsi and has experience in the US and the UK in working directly with social enterprises to scale their ventures. In his free time, he writes music for film.


Christina Wu

- Community Manager

Christina joined EVPA in May 2016. Previously she worked in Canada in marketing communications at the British Columbia Council for International Education and prior to that at Nokia in their mobile gaming business. In 2006, she co-founded a charity, Global Agents that invests in early stage social enterprises globally. More recently, she worked in South Africa as the Business Operations Manager intern for SPARK Schools, a portfolio company of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund. She completed her MBA at ESADE in Spain and obtained her BBA in Canada. She is Canadian and speaks English, Cantonese, and some Spanish and French.


Ewa Konczal

- Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager

Ewa joined EVPA in May 2014 as the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager. She is responsible for increasing the knowledge about venture philanthropy, social investment and relevant EU policies in Central and Eastern Europe. Ewa is Polish and has over 15 years of experience in social entrepreneurship field as Country Representative of Ashoka in Poland and in the past few years as Director for Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to her work with Ashoka, Ewa worked in India with Global March Against Child Labor and in Egypt with AIESEC and Egyptian-Polish Businessman Association that she co-founded. Together with her partner, she has set up the Magic Mountain Foundation, an organisation using mountain sports as a tool for change for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and other disadvantages. Ewa is the recipient of the AIESEC Alumni Entrepreneurship & Leadership Award. Ewa has a master degree in marketing and management.

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Dr. Martin Vogelsang

- Germany Country Representative

Martin joined in February 2016 and is based in Berlin, where he is working for EVPA part-time. Martin is also the Managing Director of Good Roots, a Berlin- and India-based impact investment and consulting firm. With its Indian partners Good Roots invests patient capital and on-the-ground technical advisory into social enterprises, supporting them in developing and streamlining their business models. Before that, Martin spent several years in India setting up an incubator for start-up social enterprises. He has worked 10 years in the banking and strategic consulting business. Martin has a PhD in Business Ethics, Department of Economics from Universität Eichstätt in Germany. He is a German national and speaks English and French.


Sophie Faujour Le Bon

- France Country Representative

Sophie is a French national and joined EVPA in April 2016. She brings over 25 years’ experience in banking industry, acquired in Europe (Paris and Geneva), North (NY), South Americas (Brazil) and Asia (Shanghai and Seoul). She has acquired extensive knowledge of capital markets products, fund raising, merger & acquisition, credit structuring transactions for strategic institutional, corporates and family offices clients of BNP PARIBAS group and previously INDOSUEZ and CREDIT LYONNAIS. In her last assignment, she conducted, for BNP PARIBAS Wealth Management, a specific project outlining the strategy and offer of services in philanthropy and social responsible investments for UHNWI and family offices. Through her different senior positions, Sophie has developed strong skills in building partnerships with internal teams and Clients. She speaks French, English, Portuguese & Russian and received a Master degree from Nancy Business School.

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Claudia Tromboni

- Community Analyst

Claudia joined the EVPA team as Community & Market Development intern in October 2015. She holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration and an MA in International Management – specializing in Economics, Institutions and Territory- from the University of Turin. She previously worked as an intern for the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO) in Turin. She speaks Italian, English and Spanish.

Communications Team


Linde Wolters

- Communication Manager

Linde is a Dutch national and joined EVPA in May 2014. She has over six years of experience in communications in both the private and not-for-profit sector. For three years she worked in communications and public affairs for an Australian not-for-profit member association representing communications agencies. Most recently she was a corporate communications consultant in Hong Kong. Linde speaks fluent English, French and Dutch.

Bogdan Selaru

Bogdan Selaru

- Communications Analyst

Bogdan joined the EVPA team as an intern in February 2016. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Public Relations from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania. In the past, he has worked in the Communication departments of a Human Rights NGO, based in Brussels and for the Prefecture of Bacău County. He worked also as a Junior It Analyst for an SME, based in Bucharest, Romania. Currently, he is following a Master in Management Information Systems at University Of Hasselt, Belgium.  Bogdan is a Romanian national and speaks English, French and Romanian.

Operations Team


Els Depoortere

- Operations Director

Els is a Belgian national who joined EVPA in May 2013 as Office Manager. She has a master's degree in Economics from the University in Leuven (KUL) as well as a post graduate in French Language and Literature from the Pascal Blaise university in Clermond-Ferrand, France. She has done several jobs in Office and Event Management in the cultural sector. During the last 5 years she was Human Resources Manager in a fast growing Belgian marketing company (Square Melon).


Natasha Medvedeva

- Finance & Reporting Manager

Natasha joined the EVPA team as a Community intern in March 2014. She has an MSc in International Business Economics and Management from the KU Leuven-Hogeschool Universiteit Brussels. Natasha has three years of experience in account management in the educational sector in Russia. She speaks Russian, English and some French.

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