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 Finance (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:

  • Deputy Head of Administration and Corporate Management, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Staff Relations and Support, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Corporate Governance, European Medicines Agency (2016)
  • Head of Infrastructure Services, European Medicines Agency (2013-2016)
  • Head of Administration (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2015-2016)
  • Managing Director, Tjänstecentrum i Örnsköldsvik AB, Sweden (2004-2013)
  • Managing Director, Övik Parkering AB, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden (2007-2013)
  • Property Developer, National Property Board, Stockholm, Sweden (2004)
  • Property Management Director, Svenska Bostäder AB, Vällingby, Sweden (2001-2004)
  • Head of Information Technology Department, National Property Board, Stockholm, Sweden (2000-2001)
  • Property Economist, National Property Board, Stockholm, Sweden (1995-2000)
  • Property Portfolio Consultant, American Continental Property, New York, United States (1993-1994)
  • Lecturer, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (1992-1993)
  • Property Analyst, NCC Representative Office, London, United Kingdom (1990-1992)

Education:

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Strategic Planning and Governance

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Head of Strategic Planning and Governance

Michael Lenihan's portraitMichael Lenihan

Nationality: Irish

Career to date:

  • Head of Strategic Planning and Governance, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Finance and Budget, European Medicines Agency (2011-2016)
  • 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 Strategic Planning and Budget

To be decided.

Head of Portfolio Office

To be decided.

Head of Competency Development

Karen RoskillyKaren Roskilly

Nationality: British

Career to date:

  • Head of Competency Development, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Learning and Development, European Medicines Agency (2013-2016)
  • 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 Quality and Risk Management (ad interim)

Mario Benetti

Nationality: Italian

Career to date:

  • Head of Quality and Risk Management service (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Quality and Risk management Officer, European Medicines Agency (2008-2016)
  • Area Veterinary Manager, Food Standard Agency, London, United Kingdom (2003-2008)
  • Official Veterinary Surgeon, Food Standard Agency, London, United Kingdom (1997-2003).
  • Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary surgery ‘San Biagio’, Pisa Italy (1995-1997)                          

Education:

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Finance

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Head of Finance (ad interim)

Nerimantas SteikūnasNerimantas Steikunas

Nationality: Lithuanian

Career to date:

  • Head of Finance (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • 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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Head of Procurement Compliance and Support

Nigel GomezeNigel Gomeze

Nationality: British

Career to date:

Education:

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Head of Financial Support

Ulrike Nagl

Nationality: German

Career to date:

  • Head of Financial Support, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Budget, European Medicines Agency (2010-2016)
  • 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 Staff Payments

Daniela Lührs

Nationality: German

Career to date:

  • Head of Staff Payments, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Staff Payments Office, European Medicines Agency (2009-2016)
  • 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 Central Sourcing

Sebastian AsprellaSebastian Asprella

Nationality: Italian

Career to date:

  • Head of Central Sourcing, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Central Sourcing Office, European Medicines Agency (2014-2016)
  • Head of Information Technology Sourcing Office, European Medicines Agency (2014)
  • Head of Information Technology Office, European Medicines Agency (2013-2014)

  • Head of Information Technology Office (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2012–2013)
  • Head of Budget and Finance Services (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2012)
  • Administrative assistant, Information and Communications Technology Division, European Medicines Agency (2006-2012)
  • Administrative assistant, Administration Unit, European Medicines Agency (2001-2006)

Education:

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Head of Verification Office

Yannis Hagiyannakis

Nationality: Belgian / Greek

Career to date:

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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Staff Relations and Support

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Head of Staff Relations and Support

Agneta BrandtAgneta Brandt

Nationality: Swedish

Career to date:

  • Head of Staff Relations and Support, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Deputy Head of Administration and Corporate Management, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Corporate Governance, European Medicines Agency (2016)
  • Head of Infrastructure Services, European Medicines Agency (2013-2016)
  • Head of Administration (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2015-2016)
  • Managing Director, Tjänstecentrum i Örnsköldsvik AB, Sweden (2004-2013)
  • Managing Director, Övik Parkering AB, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden (2007-2013)
  • Property Developer, National Property Board, Stockholm, Sweden (2004)
  • Property Management Director, Svenska Bostäder AB, Vällingby, Sweden (2001-2004)
  • Head of Information Technology Department, National Property Board, Stockholm, Sweden (2000-2001)
  • Property Economist, National Property Board, Stockholm, Sweden (1995-2000)
  • Property Portfolio Consultant, American Continental Property, New York, United States (1993-1994)
  • Lecturer, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (1992-1993)
  • Property Analyst, NCC Representative Office, London, United Kingdom (1990-1992)

Education:

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Head of Talent Acquisition

Birgit BreenBirgit_Breen

Nationality: Austrian

Career to date:

  • Head of Talent Acquisition, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Recruitment and Staffing Office (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2015-2016)
  • 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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Human Capital Support

Amanda JohanssonAmanda Johannson

Nationality: British

Career to date:

  • Head of Human Capital Support, European Medicines Agency (2009-2016)
  • Head of Personnel, European Medicines Agency (2009-2016)
  • 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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Facilities Support

Tiago FreitasTiago Freitas

Nationality: Portuguese

Career to date:

  • Head of Facilities Support, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Building Services, European Medicines Agency (2010-2016)
  • 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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Meetings Support

Olivier DuquesneOlivier Duquesne

Nationality: Belgian

Career to date:

  • Head of Meetings Support, European Medicines Agency (2016-present)
  • Head of Meetings Management, European Medicines Agency (2016)
  • Head of Financial Support Services, European Medicines Agency (2012-2016)
  • 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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Internal Corporate Relations

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