Phrenos

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein

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Phrenos

 

Phrenos

[ancient greek: phreno: heart, mind]

 

Working with you

The advice we give you is based on standards which we believe are the key to success; we listen carefully to understand your objectives, delve deep into the matter at hand, and brainstorm with you to reach a shared vision. Grounded in insight and expertise, we deliver creative strategies that work, turning policy into practice, and changing hearts and minds – otherwise known as phreno in Ancient Greek.

Values and results driven

We are driven by passion and belief, and partner with organisations committed to making the world a better place. From Europe’s central hub in Brussels, we specialise in managing international projects with a results-driven, multicultural approach. Our bright and dynamic team prides itself in offering high-quality, personalised services to each and every client.

Quality Control & Risk Analysis 

Phrenos has been awarded the ISO 9001 2015 certificate. To achieve this, Phrenos introduced a quality management system to ensure the highest working standards and to meet client expectations.

 

SERVICES

 

Integrated management

Phrenos manages a variety of projects, ranging from PR and social media focused strategies, event implementation to public affairs and stakeholder campaigns. We balance creativity and innovation with robust project management to guarantee client satisfaction and deliver campaigns with measurable impact. We are with you every step of the way, from conceptualisation and planning, to partner coordination and delivery.

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Creative content

Our diverse team is skilled in transforming complex policies into simple, effective messages. We develop creative content that resonates with your specific target audiences and use storytelling to make any topic accessible and relatable. We also work with your partners to create and fine-tune messages, build relationships, and secure broad consensus for our advocacy and communication campaigns.

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Social and digital

We embrace today’s 24/7 digital and social landscape, ensuring you reach audiences wherever and whenever you want. From digital strategies, web development and community management, to video production and shareable graphics, we can meet all of your digital needs under one roof. Our international and multilingual team will identify influencers and engage and empower digital communities, nurturing campaign advocates to support your objectives.

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Events

We infuse creativity into all our events, conveying and capturing ideas in new and imaginative ways, engaging visionary art directors to create inspirational spaces. We also use the latest technology to boost engagement, discussion and interactivity. We offer end-to-end event management services, from concept and programme development, to logistics and delivery. Our extensive experience spans forums, seminars, summits, exhibitions, public events, and expos.

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“To lead people, walk beside them.”

Lao Tzu

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”

William Butler Yeats

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”

Anton Chekhov

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Managing Director
Nicolas Esgain

"You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results." Mahatma Gandhi

Managing Director
Nicolas Esgain

Nicolas founded Phrenos in 2010 to offer insights-led, full-spectrum communication and event services. He has 20 years of experience in exhibition and event management and has led numerous high-profile events and summits on behalf of the European Commission (DG Regio, DV DEVCO, DG ENV), including the European Development Days (EDDs), the European Union Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, and many more. Before founding Phrenos Nicolas also worked in the cultural sector. Nicolas holds a master’s in History from UCL, a Management Certificate from ICHEC-Entreprises, and has three daughters with his life partner Anne Sophie.

Languages: French, English, Dutch

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Senior Project Manager
Caterina Giuliano

"It always seems impossible, until it’s done." Nelson Mandela

Senior Project Manager
Caterina Giuliano

Caterina has 15 years of Event Management experience organising forums, conferences, trainings, and missions to and in Europe, Africa (East, West and Southern Africa) and Asia (India). She is passionate about international development and has travelled extensively in Africa, where she worked with governments, international organisations, and civil society to promote inclusiveness and cross-sectorial dialogue. Caterina heads the European Development Days programme team, responsible for content and stakeholders. She has previously worked for the international non-profit EMRC International, and for the Brussels’ Liaison Office of the Italian Confederation of SMEs. Caterina has a master’s degree in International and EU law from the University of Bologna, and has two daughters with her husband Mathieu.

Languages: Italian, English, French and Spanish.

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Senior Project Manager
Vincent De Coninck

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

Senior Project Manager
Vincent De Coninck

Vincent has a solid experience in event coordination, including for the Belgian Presidency of the European Council in 2010, where he organised 10 high-level events with a total budget of over EUR 5 million. He has also served as Director of Research for a public body in Brussels which promotes scientific research, where he managed a large team responsible for dozens of events each year. Vincent is in charge of Audience for the European Development Days and holds a BA in Social and Military Science from Belgian Royal Military Academy.

Languages: French, English, Dutch

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Administration and Finance Manager
Fanny Latour

"Winners are not those who never fail but those who never quit" Banksy

Administration and Finance Manager
Fanny Latour

Fanny is responsible for Office Administration, Accounting, Finance and Human Resources at Phrenos. Prior to joining Phrenos, she worked for a well-known French accounting consultancy for four years (in both accounting and auditing services), and has worked in New York as an office manager. Fanny holds a master’s degree in Accounting, Auditing and Management Control from the University of Paris X. She has two sons and is married to Vincent.

Languages: French, English, Spanish

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Communication Manager
Jessica Frommer

“Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently.” Shimon Peres

Communication Manager
Jessica Frommer

Jessica has over 10 years of experience in communications and media, with a focus on international affairs, global development issues and finance. Jessica honed her professional skills in Cambodia, initially as a freelance journalist and then as a communication expert for different local and regional organisations. Having spent 8 years in Cambodia, she also found the time to help set up an award-winning breakdancing school for street children. Since coming back to Brussels, Jessica has spent the last five years focusing on Africa and establishing media and communication strategies for international forums in Africa and Europe and working closely with the international community and the private sector. Jessica is passionate about global affairs, with a special interest in Asia and the Middle East. She graduated from King’s College London having studied War Studies & History for her BA and went on to read International Journalism at City University, London for her MA.

Languages: English, French, Khmer and Hebrew

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Associate Art Director
Mariusz Dabek

"The details are not the details. They make the design." Charles Eames

Associate Art Director
Mariusz Dabek

Mariusz has over a decade of experience working as a graphic designer for a wide-range of clients. He started his career by working in communication and advertising agencies in Paris, before creating in 2011 his own company mgraphic design. In addition to specialising in design for institutional clients, Mariusz also has an extensive portfolio from working with leading commercial clients (Moët-Henessy, Cartier, Chanel, Guerlain, GDF-Suez, Veolia, Crédit Agricole…). At Phrenos, he is credited for revamping the EDD website and designing a range of graphic illustrations and products for the EU’s leading development conference. Mariusz has worked about different subjects: luxury, institutions, industry, bio-energy, ecology, politic of the cities or education. His qualities: curious, liking the new challenges, he is creative and dynamic. Mariusz holds a MA in Communication from the University of Paris 8, and a BA in Graphic Design from the École Supérieure des Arts Graphiques, Paris.

Languages: French, Polish and English

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Project Coordinator
Emmanuel Viatour

"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." Ernest Hemingway

Project Coordinator
Emmanuel Viatour

Emmanuel is responsible for the European Development Days Village and Cultural programme at Phrenos in addition to coordinating the 59th European Judicial Network Meeting. Before joining Phrenos, he previously worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Belgian Senator and also worked in Nigeria as an intern for an NGO specialised in malaria prevention and control. Emmanuel holds a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Development Studies from the Non-Denominational University of Brussels. For his master’s degree, his thesis focused on relief agencies and complex emergency interventions.

Languages: French, English, Spanish, Dutch

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Senior Media Strategist
Emmanuelle Pros-Dawson

"A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front page ad.” Richard Branson

Senior Media Strategist
Emmanuelle Pros-Dawson

Emmanuelle has over 20 years’ experience handling a variety of clients for leading communication agencies, including Grayling, Mostra, and Hill & Knowlton as well as UNICEF and CEPS (Center for European Policy Studies) . She has led multilingual teams to deliver pan-EU projects for DG ENV, DG Enlargement, DG Mare, DG EMPL, DG Regio, DG Research, and has worked for private clients ranging from the Hilton, Vins de Bordeaux, BT, Mattel and trade associations Eurofer, Unesda, Apeal, and the European Osteoporosis Association. She began her career as a radio journalist, working for France 2 and the European Council of Ministers. Emmanuelle graduated with a ‘Maîtrise’ in Aesthetics (philosophy of art) with a focus on communication and linguistics from the University Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris.

Languages: English, French and a smattering of Italian, Spanish

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Policy Adviser
Yalchin Mammadov

"To create is to live twice." Albert Camus

Policy Adviser
Yalchin Mammadov

Yalchin has experience working in Event Management for international organisations and the private sector, including the Council of Europe and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank. Yalchin studied political science, European studies and European law in Baku, Strasbourg, Nancy and Bruges. He is currently studying for a PhD in political science and nationalism at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).

Languages: French, English, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Azeri

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Project Officer
Daniele Brunetto

"It’s a mistake only if you do it again – otherwise, it’s a lesson learned."

Project Officer
Daniele Brunetto

Daniele coordinates EDD Young Leaders – a programme for young people from across the world to have their say at the European Development Days. Prior to joining Phrenos, Daniele worked for several think tanks and international organisations on projects funded by the EU focusing on international development, EU-Asia relations and democracy. He has also participated in campaigns on ending extreme poverty by 2030 and making the EU more democratic. Daniele studied International Relations in Italy and holds a master degree in Afro-Asian Studies (International Relations), University of Pavia (Italy), 2010.

Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Chinese

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Junior Project Officer
Laura Señán

Junior Project Officer
Laura Señán

Laura works as Programme Officer within the EDD programme team. Graduated in Political Science, she holds a Master in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam (2015), Laura has focused her academic career in development issues in Latin American region. Working experiences at different diplomatic Spanish and EU institutions has allowed her to develop a strong expertise on external politics’ field. She thinks that working and leaving abroad is the only way to get familiarise with local policies and dynamics on the ground.

Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese and French

Discover our work

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Event / European Commission

European Development Days 2013, 2015 and 2016

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NETWORK MEETING / European Union

59th European Judicial Network 2016

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SUMMIT / European Commission

RIO + 20 SUMMIT 2012

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Summit / European Commission

EU Sustainable Energy for All Summit 2012

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Expo / European Commission

European Commission Visitor Centre 2011

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Expo / European Union

European Union Pavilion – Shanghai Universal Exhibition 2010

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