About Us

Ridens combines many decades of experience in consultancy and EU Public Affairs. 

Ridens Public Affairs is an EU public affairs and business consultancy practice which takes pride in providing personalised, high-level counsel. Our consultants have extensive experience in a wide range of sectors, such as natural resources and environment, international trade, information technology, and retail and consumer goods, as well as in strongly regulated markets like alcohol, gaming and chemicals. Our offices are located in Brussels, the home of the European institutions, and just a stone’s throw away from the European Parliament and other EU buildings. We also operate internationally when needed, with local partners in relevant markets overseas.

Meet the team

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Maurits Bruggink is a seasoned Public Affairs consultant with over 30 years experience in Brussels and internationally. He established Ridens Public Affairs in 2009 to offer tailor made services and provide clients with a sense of having their own office in Brussels. Over the years, Maurits has gained knowledge and experience in a wide range of sectors and policy areas. These include the toys sector, gambling, e-commerce, alcoholic beverages, metals and minerals, postal delivery, information technology, sports and others.  Policy areas include consumer protection, VAT, data protection, standardisation, internal market, and several others. Maurits is a Dutch national and holds a Master degree in International Trade from the University of Leiden.  He has working proficiency in five languages – Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish. Maurits also holds a ski-instructor licence.

Maurits Bruggink

Founding Partner

+32 471 064786

mb@ridenspa.com

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Salvatore joined Ridens as a Consultant in November 2020. He is responsible for political and policy monitoring on international trade, digitalisation and chemicals policies. Prior to joining RPA, he gained experience at Eurojust as a legal intern. He also worked as an EU Career Ambassador for EPSO. Salvatore holds a Master’s degree in European Affairs from the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne and studied at the College of Europe. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the Università di Bologna. Salvatore is an Italian national. He is fluent in English, Italian, and French and has working knowledge of Spanish. 

Salvatore Ricci

Account Manager

+32 2 786 3111

sr@ridenspa.com

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Elisabeth joined Ridens as an Account Executive in March 2021. She is responsible for event coordination and policy monitoring on European raw materials, sustainability and trade policy. Prior to joining RPA, she gained experience as a trainee for the EPP at the European Committee of the Regions. She has also worked as an intern assisting an MEP at the European Parliament. Elisabeth holds a Master’s Degree in European Studies from Maastricht University, with a specialisation in European Public Policy and Administration. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations by IE University in Madrid. Elisabeth is a Spanish and Austrian national. She is fluent in Spanish, German and English and has an advanced level of French. 

Elisabeth Prieto Strobl

Account Executive

+32 2 786 3111

es@ridenspa.com

Piero joined Ridens as an Account Executive in March 2021. He is responsible for political and policy monitoring of raw materials and international trade. Prior to joining RPA, he gained experience at Blaustein Lawyers, working closely with EU policies and following EU trade relations. Piero holds a LL.B. in International and European Law and completed a Master's degree in European and International Business Law at the University of Vienna. Piero is an American national. He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of Italian and Spanish, and has basic knowledge of German and Hungarian. 

Piero Papp

Account Executive

+32 2 786 3111

pp@ridenspa.com

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Nikoleta Tedosieva

Marketing Consultant

+32 2 213 4720

info@ridenspa.com

Nikoleta joined Ridens as an associate in 2015. She is responsible for all design and branding activities, including the creation of brand (association) names; logo designs and visual identity; creation of info-charts, banners and annual reports; and other corporate material. 

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Daniel Paterson

Associate Director

+44 751 131 7144

dp@ridenspa.com

Daniel is an experienced government relations professional with more than a decade of experience working in EU and member state policy development.  In addition to consultancy work, Daniel has had various roles in political campaigning. He was campaign manager and political advisor to then UK Minister Richard Harrington MP in the 2017 General Election and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve in the 2019 General Election. At an EU level, Daniel was advisor in Brussels to Vicky Ford MEP.  In his role with Ridens Public Affairs, Daniel focuses on EU-UK relations.  Daniel holds a a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in International Studies.

International Partner Agencies

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Life at Ridens

At Ridens we strive to use strategy, tactics, execution and persuasion to provide top-tier service to our members and clients. 

As a boutique consultancy, we are able to offer individualised service with a personal connection. 

Our team works closely together to foster a culture of excellence, prioritising teamwork, fairness, creativity and communication. Staff are offered many opportunities for personal development and are supported in learning and thinking outside the box. 

Careers

We do not have any specific vacancies at the moment, but we are always interested in hearing from candidates who wish to work on a full-time or part-time basis in EU Public Affairs. 

Candidates will need a relevant academic degree and experience in EU decision-making. 

If you would be interested in joining us, please send a short message and CV here