Administration and Corporate Management

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The European Medicines Agency's Administration and Corporate Management Division is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting and human resource management; monitoring activities, recruiting, managing and administering staff and seconded personnel, managing revenue, expenditure and accounts, quality and risk management, internal communication, and providing and running the necessary infrastructure and meeting services for the effective functioning of the Agency.

It cooperates closely with the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (Budgetary Authority), as well as the European Commission, European Court of Auditors and other European agencies on matters relating to administration, the budget, personnel and rules and regulations on finances, audit and accounting.

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Administration and Corporate Management

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Head of Administration and Corporate Management (ad interim)

Nerimantas SteikūnasNerimantas Steikunas

Nationality: Lithuanian

Career to date:

  • Head of Administration and Corporate Management (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Corporate Governance, European Medicines Agency (2014-2016)
  • Head of Corporate Governance (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2013-2014)
  • Head of the Office of the Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (2012-2013)
  • Planning Officer, European Medicines Agency (2004-2012)
  • Acting Director, Department of Pharmacy, Ministry of Health, Vilnius, Lithuania (2001-2003)
  • Deputy Director, Department of Pharmacy, Ministry of Health, Vilnius, Lithuania (2000-2004)
  • Head of the Pharmacoeconomics Unit, Department of Pharmacy, Ministry of Health, Vilnius, Lithuania (2000)
  • Pharmacist Consultant, Schering-Plough, Vilnius, Lithuania (1997-2000)
  • Pharmaceutical Wholesaler, Interfarma, Vilnius, Lithuania (1996)

Education:

  • Certificate in innovation and business development, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (2003)
  • Pharmacy degree, Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuania (1996)

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Deputy Head of Administration and Corporate Management

Agneta BrandtAgneta Brandt

Nationality: Swedish

Career to date:

Education:

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Human Resources

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Head of Human Resources

Manuel OrtigãoManuel Ortigao

Nationality: Portuguese

Career to date:

  • Head of Human Resources, European Medicines Agency (2014-present)
  • Research Manager, Eurofound, Dublin, Ireland (2011–2014)
  • Senior Manager, Convergys, Gijón and Madrid, Spain (2006–2010)
  • Managing Partner, MSL-AIMS Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal, and Norconsult, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2000–2006)
  • Human Resources Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Lisbon, Portugal (1999–2000)
  • Human Resources Director, Unisys, Lisbon, Portugal, and London, United Kingdom (1994–1999)
  • Personnel Manager, Hewlett-Packard, Lisbon, Portugal (1990–1994)
  • Recruitment and training manager, ITT Yellow Pages, Lisbon, Portugal (1989–1990)
  • Recruitment consultant, Cegoc-Tea, Lisbon, Portugal (1988-1989)
  • Psychologist and Educator, Ministry of Justice, Lisbon, Portugal (1982–1988)

Education:

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Head of Personnel

Amanda JohanssonAmanda Johannson

Nationality: British

Career to date:

  • Head of Personnel, European Medicines Agency (2009-present)
  • Personnel Officer, European Medicines Agency (2004-2009)
  • Personal Assistant to Head of Administration, European Medicines Agency (1998-2004)
  • Official, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (1984-1998)
  • Personal Assistant / Office Manager, Howmedica, Brussels, Belgium (1982-1984)

Education:

  • Diploma in french studies (University of Paris-Sorbonne), French Institute, London, United Kingdom (1982)

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Head of Learning and Development

Karen RoskillyKaren Roskilly

Nationality: British

Career to date:

  • Head of Learning and Development, European Medicines Agency (2013-present)
  • Head of Training and Professional Development, European Medicines Agency (2011-2013)
  • Consular, policy, administration, and human resource management roles, Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service, London, United Kingdom / Ghana / the Netherlands / Spain / Gibraltar (1989-2011)

Education:

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Head of Staff Payments Office

Daniela Lührs

Nationality: German

Career to date:

  • Head of Staff Payments Office, European Medicines Agency (2009-present)
  • Senior Administrative Assistant, European Medicines Agency (2004-2009)
  • Administrative Assistant, European Medicines Agency (2003-2004)
  • Various positions in the German Foreign Office, Bonn, Germany / Lyon, France / London, United Kingdom / Shanghai, China (1991-1999)
  • Administrative Officer, Berlin Government, Germany (1983-1991)

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in public administration, Federal University College for Public Administration, Berlin, Germany (1986)

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Head of Recruitment and Staffing Office (ad interim)

Birgit BreenBirgit_Breen

Nationality: Austrian

Career to date:

  • Head of Recruitment and Staffing Office (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2015-present)
  • Personnel Administrator, European Medicines Agency (2010-2015)
  • Training Officer, European Medicines Agency (2005-2010)
  • Assistant, European Space Agency, Paris, France (2002-2005)
  • Assistant, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg (1999-2002)
  • Various administrative positions in the public and private sector, Graz, Austria, Paris, France (1997-1998)

  • Trainee, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (1996)

Education:

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Finance and Budget

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Head of Finance and Budget

Michael Lenihan's portraitMichael Lenihan

Nationality: Irish

Career to date:

  • Head of Finance and Budget, European Medicines Agency (2011-present)
  • Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Hygena Cuisines, Lille, France (2001-2011)
  • European Financial Controller, SRAM Corporation, Waterford, Ireland (1999-2001)
  • Financial Controller, Sensient Technologies, Reims, France (1995-1999)
  • Accountant, BIS/ACT Group, London, United Kingdom (1990-1995)
  • Financial Analyst, Groupe Bull, London, United Kingdom (1989-1990)
  • Assistant Accountant, Dairygold, Cork, Ireland (1979-1989)

Education:

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Head of Accounting

Paola Samassa

Nationality: Italian

Career to date:

  • Head of Accounting, European Medicines Agency (2011-present)
  • Accounting Officer (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2010-2011)
  • Accounting Officer Assistant, European Medicines Agency (2006-2010)
  • Financial Administrative Assistant, European Medicines Agency (2000 -2006)
  • Bookkeeper and Accountant, Colefax and Fowler Ltd and Camberwell Credit Union, London, United Kingdom (2000)
  • Bookkeeper and Accountant, CESCONF and self-employed, Trieste, Italy (1997-1999)
  • Bookkeeper and Accountant, Italesse srl and Talamona Srl, Trieste, Italy (1996-1997)
  • Bookkeeper and Accountant, Studio Associato Ragioneria Mattucci Nassiguerra, Trieste, Italy (1989-1996)
  • Bookkeeper and Accountant, Farmacia alla Borsa and Medicina Integrata, Trieste, Italy (1988-1989)

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in information systems and management, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom (2005)
  • Diploma in accountancy and information technology, G. R. Carli Technical Institute, Trieste, Italy (1987)

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Head of Budget

Ulrike Nagl

Nationality: German

Career to date:

  • Head of Budget, European Medicines Agency (2010-present)
  • Head of Finance and Budget (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2011)
  • Senior Administrator Budget, European Medicines Agency (1999-2009)
  • Section Head Contract Staff, Deutsche Post, Nuremberg, Germany (1998-1999)
  • Administrator Personnel, Deutsche Post, Nuremberg, Germany (1995-1998)
  • Administrative Assistant, Deutsche Post, Nuremberg, Germany (1986-1990)

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in public administration, Federal College for Public Administration, Cologne, Germany (1995)

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Head of Verification Office

Yannis Hagiyannakis

Nationality: Belgian / Greek

Career to date:

Education:

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Corporate Governance Department

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Head of Corporate Governance Department

To be decided.

Meeting and Conference Management

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Head of Meeting and Conference Management

Sylvie Bénéfice

Nationality: French

Career to date:

  • Head of Meeting and Conference Management, European Medicines Agency (1997-present)
  • Scientific Secretary for Science and Technology, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (1993-1997)
  • Chargée de Recherche de Première Classe, National Centre for Scientific Research, Montpellier, France (1986-1993)
  • Office for European Affairs, National Centre for Scientific Research, Montpellier, France (1991-1993)
  • Researcher, University of Montpellier, France (1982-1986)

Education:

  • Doctorate of Sciences, University of Montpellier, France (1986)
  • Qualification in research management, University of Montpellier, France (1986)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in physical organic chemistry, University of Montpellier, France (1982)
  • Master of Research in physical organic chemistry, University of Montpellier, France (1980)
  • Masters degree in chemistry and biochemistry, University of Montpellier, France (1979)
  • Degree in biochemistry, University of Montpellier, France (1978)

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Head of Meeting and Conference Organisation

To be decided.

Head of Financial Support Services

Olivier Duquesne

Nationality: Belgian

Career to date:

  • Head of Financial Support Services, European Medicines Agency (2012-present)
  • Senior Administrative Assistant, European Medicines Agency (2004-2012)
  • Clerical Assistant, European Medicines Agency (1996-2004)
  • Accounts Assistant, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (1993-1996)

Education:

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Infrastructure Services

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Head of Infrastructure Services

Agneta BrandtAgneta Brandt

Nationality: Swedish

Career to date:

Education:

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Head of Building Services

Tiago FreitasTiago Freitas

Nationality: Portuguese

Career to date:

  • Head of Building Services, European Medicines Agency (2010-present)
  • Building Services Manager, European Medicines Agency (2007-2010)
  • Facilities Manager, Grosvenor Casinos, London, United Kingdom (2005-2007)
  • Director, Tugga London Ltd., London, United Kingdom (2004-2005)
  • Conference and Banqueting Assistant Manager, Thistle Hotels, Uxbridge, United Kingdom (2001-2004)
  • Catering Manager, The Cumberland Hotel, London, United Kingdom (2000-2001)
  • Section Manager, Modelo Continente SGPS - Sonae Group, Porto, Portugal (1998-2000)
  • Events Manager, Heitor de Melo Catering Lda., Porto, Portugal (1996-1998)

Education:

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Head of Business Support Services

Nigel GomezeNigel Gomeze

Nationality: British

Career to date:

Education:

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Head of Internal Corporate Relations (ad interim)

Herlinde HerpoelHerlinde Herpoel

Nationality: Belgian

Career to date:

  • Head of Internal Corporate Relations (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2014-present)
  • Internal Corporate Relations Officer, European Medicines Agency (2013-2014)
  • Internal Communications Officer, European Medicines Agency (2012-2013)
  • Head of Communication and Marketing, Birdlife Europe, Brussels, Belgium (2007-2012)
  • Communication Officer, Concertgebouw Brugge, Bruges, Belgium (2004-2007)
  • Communication and Marketing Assistant, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium (2000-2004)
  • Marketing Assistant, Siemens, Oostkamp, Belgium (1999)

Education:

  • Diploma in internal communication, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, London, United Kingdom (2013)
  • Masters degree in communication science, Media and Culture, Free University Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (2006)
  • Bachelor in commercial economics, HONIM, Brussels, Belgium (2002)
  • Bachelor in commercial sciences and business management, KHBO, Bruges, Belgium (1999)

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