Who we are

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.

Our team

Kat Ainger

Editor (freelance)
Contact: katainger(at)gn.apc.org

Belén Balanya

Belén Balanya

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Climate, Energy, Environment
Contact: belen.balanya(at)corporateeurope.org

Vicky Cann

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Lobbying the EU
Contact: vicky.cann(at)corporateeurope.org

Theresa Crysmann

Theresa Crysmann

Media officer
Contact: theresa.crysmann(at)corporateeurope.org

Pia Eberhardt

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: International trade and investment, ISDS
Contact: pia.eberhardt(at)corporateeurope.org

Kenneth Haar

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Finance, Lobbying the EU, Trade
Contact: kenneth.haar(at)corporateeurope.org

Olivier Hoedeman

Research and campaign coordinator
Work areas: Lobbying the EU
Contact: olivier.hoedeman(at)corporateeurope.org

Nina Holland

Nina Holland

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Agribusiness, GMOs, Lobbying the EU, EFSA
Contact: nina.holland(at)corporateeurope.org

Luisa Izuzquiza

Luisa Izuzquiza

Outreach organiser and fundraiser
Contact: luisa.izuzquiza(at)corporateeurope.org

Kees Kimman

Finance manager
Contact: kees.kimman(at)corporateeurope.org

Karin Lotz

Karin Lotz

Office manager
Contact: karin.lotz(at)corporateeurope.org

Martin Pigeon

Martin Pigeon

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Agribusiness, EFSA, Lobbying the EU, Research policies, (Water)
Contact: martin.pigeon(at)corporateeurope.org

Pascoe Sabido

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Lobbying the EU, Expert groups, Climate, Energy, Environment
Contact: pascoe.sabido(at)corporateeurope.org

Margarida Silva

Researcher and campaigner
Work areas: Lobbying the EU, Revolving doors, Lobby transparency
Contact: margarida.silva(at)corporateeurope.org

Erik Wesselius

Erik Wesselius

Web gardener
Contact: erik.wesselius(at)corporateeurope.org

Our board

CEO has an advisory board. Its members are:

Brid Brennan (The Netherlands/Ireland)
Pratap Chatterjee (India/US)
Susan George (France)
Adam Ma’anit (UK/US)
Jakub Patočka (Czech Republic)
Analía Penchaszadeh (The Netherlands/Argentina)
Saskia Ozinga (Belgium)
Thomas Wallgren (Finland)

Who funds us

Corporate Europe Observatory receives donations from individual supporters as well as grants from a number of trusts and grant-making foundations. Our funding policy rejects funding from the EU, governments, political parties and corporations in order to maintain the independence of our research. You can access our CEO accounts 2008-2017. Currently the following trusts and foundations are supporting us financially:

Name of foundation

Activities

Financial year 2018

Isvara Foundation

Investigating corporate influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 191,000.00

Adessium Foundation

-"-

€ 143,250.00

Open Society Initiative for Europe

-"-

€ 94,446.00

Schöpflin Foundation

Investigating corporate influence (EU trade and climate policies)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 72,200.00

Olin Foundation

(not to be confused with the now
defunct John M Olin Foundation)

Investigating corporate influence (EU food and agriculture policies)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 60,000.00

Funders for Fair Trade

Investigating corporate influence (EU trade policy)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 40,000.00

Marisla Foundation

Investigating corporate influence (EU food and agriculture policies)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 26,004.29

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Investigating corporate influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 26,000.00

Fondation pour le progrès de l'Homme

-"-

€ 25,000.00

Plastic Solutions Fund

-"-

€ 10,000.00

Oak Foundation

Investigating corporate influence (EU food and agriculture policies)
& strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 10,000.00

Sigrid Rausing Trust

Investigating corporate influence & strengthening EU lobbying regulation

€ 7,486.46

€ 705,386.75

We also receive private donations from individual supporters. To support CEO’s work, you can donate online or make a bank transfer.

Thanks so much for your contributions, which boost our independence and help us expose and challenge corporate power. We are particularly grateful for the very generous financial backing of Ms Karde-Marie Wirtz, who in 2018 supported our work with a total of €44,120.