Wout van Wijk – Executive Director

Wout van Wijk is Executive Director at News Media Europe. Prior to this, Wout held the position of senior EU affairs manager at Huawei Technologies in their Brussels office, where he lead their public outreach on Cyber Security and Data Privacy Protection.

Wout also worked with the European Commission on Trust and Security related policy and research. He started his career as a Government Affairs manager for the trade association of Europe’s direct marketing industry, FEDMA where he worked on data protection and privacy issues.

Wout holds an Msc in Communication Studies from the Twente University, The Netherlands and an MA in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Francesco Vinci – Policy Advisor

Francesco Vinci is a Policy Advisor. He joined News Media Europe after working as a consultant at a renowned Brussels-based public affairs firm with a focus on Copyright, Data protection, Net neutrality and Cyber Security issues.

Prior work experiences include working for AccessNow, an international NGO that defends and extends fundamental rights in the digital environment and a traineeship in the European Parliament where he closely followed policy and legislative developments in the BUDG and CONT committees.

Francesco is fluent in Italian, English, French, Portuguese and has a good understanding of Spanish. He holds a combined BA and Master in law and a BA in international relations from the University of Bologna. He has studied and lived in Italy, Brazil, Belgium and the United States.

Miruna Herovanu – Policy Assistant

Miruna is a Policy Assistant. She joined News Media Europe after working in the European Parliament, both in an MEPs office and in a Political Group in the Legal Affairs Committee. She worked on Copyright, Robotics, The Posting of Workers Directive and The European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Prior working experiences include working for the Romanian Senate where she worked as a legal advisor.

She is fluent in Romanian, English, French and Spanish and has a good understanding of Italian. She has a Masters degree in European Law and International Institutions, studied Law at the University of Bucharest and holds a BA in the Art of the Actor.

Miruna is a declared cinephile and a gourmand and tries to balance things out with running half marathons and travelling as much as possible.