Welcome to HLC!

The core HLC team is comprised of smart, dedicated, fun and ‘outside-the-box’ thinkers with a talent in creative communications and putting strategy into context. We come from highly diverse backgrounds but all have a love of problem solving.

We closely collaborate with a team of special advisers and graphic designers who are very much a part of the wider HLC family.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any member of our team to find out more about what we do! (yes, even Arthur will reply).

Our Team

Partner

Simon Levitt

Founder and Partner of Harwood Levitt Consulting, Simon has designed global and European strategy for the world’s leading organisations, and has shown the corporate world how to bui(…)

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Partner

Simon Levitt

Founder and Partner of Harwood Levitt Consulting, Simon has designed global and European strategy for the world’s leading organisations, and has shown the corporate world how to build commercial strategy based on public policy. Simon’s clients range from global Fortune 500 companies, to the trade associations of most commercial sectors, and global foundations and non-profit groups.  They include Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Oxfam, and the Oak Foundation. He is now one of Europe’s leading thinkers on how global companies and other organisations can profit from and interact with public policy: working on the shifts from lobbying to 360o campaigning, using the disciplines of marketing and logframe planning to build public affairs competitively, and helping commercial organisations monetize first mover advantage beyond CSR.  Simon trains senior management on how to bring this effectively into their organisations, and his experience spans New York, London and Brussels. He holds a Masters from Oxford University, and speaks regularly about public affairs and business strategy at Solvay Business School in Brussels.

Simon.Levitt@harwoodlevitt.com

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Partner

Margot Lotz

Margot Lotz, HLC founding Partner, has over 15 years experience in political communications, strategy and stakeholder mobilisation. She’s advised Fortune 500 companies in Europe a(…)

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Partner

Margot Lotz

Margot Lotz, HLC founding Partner, has over 15 years experience in political communications, strategy and stakeholder mobilisation. She’s advised Fortune 500 companies in Europe and in the US, created lasting partnerships and campaigns with NGOs, and coordinated legislative and communication strategies for politicians.  A proud generalist, Margot’s work has spanned a wide variety of industries and organisations.  She has specifically worked on the political implications of consumer healthcare, alternative energy, smoking cessation, fisheries, alcohol policy, public health prevention schemes, corporate social responsibility, nutrition, local community engagement, and political reform. Margot is especially interested in European voting behavior and its impacts on public policy and business. Margot is half Dutch, half American with a BA from the University of Rochester and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Margot.Lotz@harwoodlevitt.com

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Chairman

Simon Bryceson, MBE

Simon has spent the last thirty years thinking about public opinion on the major issues affecting our daily lives, businesses and politics. He has worked with a wide range of global(…)

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Chairman

Simon Bryceson, MBE

Simon has spent the last thirty years thinking about public opinion on the major issues affecting our daily lives, businesses and politics. He has worked with a wide range of global environmental groups devising campaigns, was deputy general secretary of the British Liberal Party with special responsibility for dealing with television and radio. He later advised other European political parties during key elections, he has been advising companies on business critical issues for twenty years. His is an almost unique mix of pressure group, political and commercial experience. He speaks frequently at conferences around the world on public opinion and decision making.

Simon.Bryceson@harwoodlevitt.com

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Director

Joseph Elborn

Joe helps with much of the creative content and commercial strategy at HLC. After launching one of the first legal blogs in the UK, he remains at the forefront of digital and creati(…)

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Director

Joseph Elborn

Joe helps with much of the creative content and commercial strategy at HLC. After launching one of the first legal blogs in the UK, he remains at the forefront of digital and creative communications across a wide range of issues – from fish to pharma. During his time at one of Australia’s largest finance outfits, he designed and executed a wide range of 50+ person projects. This gave him an understanding of commercial realties, as well as the underlying motives behind them. Joe also became a qualified financial planner during this time, and has developed an acute understanding of the global marketplace. His background in sales, neuro-linguistics, professional training and psychology, means that he is well equipped to deliver an in-depth viewpoint on content creation. Joe holds a BSc in Psychology and Business from the University of Liverpool, and a MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.

Joseph.Elborn@harwoodlevitt.com

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Director

Frederick van Mierlo

Frederick works closely with a wide range of organisations, including NGOs, foundations, and patient / scientific societies, focusing on political messaging, stakeholder outreach, a(…)

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Director

Frederick van Mierlo

Frederick works closely with a wide range of organisations, including NGOs, foundations, and patient / scientific societies, focusing on political messaging, stakeholder outreach, and communications strategy. In May 2015 Frederick stood as a candidate for the UK House of Commons for the Liberal Democrat Party and runs campaigns for Liberal Democrats abroad. In 2016 he spent a month at the campaign headquarters of Hillary for America supporting teams in New York and Philadelphia. Previously, he helped coordinate a network of EU environmental experts, and assisted a Member of the UK Parliament. Frederick holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Leiden University, and a degree in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol. He speaks English, French and intermediate Dutch.

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Consultant

Giacomo Borgo

Giacomo specialises in EU healthcare and environmental policy, focusing on stakeholder outreach and creative communications. Maintaining his interest in public policy advocacy, his(…)

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Consultant

Giacomo Borgo

Giacomo specialises in EU healthcare and environmental policy, focusing on stakeholder outreach and creative communications. Maintaining his interest in public policy advocacy, his previous work experience includes the industry associations BusinessEurope and PlasticsEurope. He also served as a research assistant in the Commercial Service of the U.S. Mission to the EU, where he provided regulatory advice to U.S. companies. Giacomo holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Padova and a MA in European Studies/Economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. An Italian native, in addition to his mother tongue he speaks English and French.

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Consultant

Lisa Schaefer

Prior to joining HLC in April 2018, Lisa worked with BCG in London and the European Commission in Seoul (South-Korea). She previously worked on a long-term BCG study about the Europ(…)

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Consultant

Lisa Schaefer

Prior to joining HLC in April 2018, Lisa worked with BCG in London and the European Commission in Seoul (South-Korea). She previously worked on a long-term BCG study about the European Capital Markets Union and was seconded as a researcher to the BCG Centre for Public Impact in their quest to make public policy more effective. Lisa holds two M.A. degrees in European Union Studies and Asian Studies (Politics, Economy and Society of Asia) from the University of Leiden. She is fluent in German, English, Dutch and Spanish, and has a basic command of Korean.

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Consultant

Kamilla Solieva

Kamilla joined the HLC team as a junior consultant in September 2017.  She previously worked at the British Council on an EU-funded project focusing on strengthening resilience in Mi(…)

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Consultant

Kamilla Solieva

Kamilla joined the HLC team as a junior consultant in September 2017.  She previously worked at the British Council on an EU-funded project focusing on strengthening resilience in Middle East and North Africa. Kamilla also has an experience working at the European Parliament and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, where she conducted research and analysis on political, military, and human rights situations in Russia, Eurasia, and Afghanistan. Kamilla holds a Master’s degree in International Peace and Security from King’s College London and a degree in International Relations from Vesalius College. She speaks English, Russian and Persian, and intermediate French.

Kamilla.Solieva@harwoodlevitt.com

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Consultant

Rachel Dixon

Rachel joined the HLC team as a junior consultant in the autumn of 2017. She previously worked at the European Parliament, conducting research on ongoing legislative procedures an(…)

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Rachel Dixon

Rachel joined the HLC team as a junior consultant in the autumn of 2017. She previously worked at the European Parliament, conducting research on ongoing legislative procedures and helping to facilitate the co-decision process, and has worked at the European University Institute in Florence where she had a focus on project management and Institutional and stakeholder relations. Rachel enjoys working to make complex law and policy areas more accessible and understandable for a range of stakeholders. Rachel holds a MA in European Studies from KU Leuven, Belgium, and a LLB in Law from Northumbria University, UK. Rachel is fluent in English and has a basic command of French and Italian.

Rachel.Dixon@harwoodlevitt.com

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Junior Consultant

Yaxin Zhang

Yaxin joined the HLC team as a junior consultant in January 2018. She previously worked on EU-funded project management, focusing on funding opportunities, stakeholder engagement,(…)

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Junior Consultant

Yaxin Zhang

Yaxin joined the HLC team as a junior consultant in January 2018. She previously worked on EU-funded project management, focusing on funding opportunities, stakeholder engagement, communications and dissemination. In her spare time, Yaxin writes analysis about European politics and policy, and she translates articles between English and Chinese. Yaxin is studying towards a Master’s degree at Sciences Po Paris. She is fluent in English and Chinese, and has an intermediate command of French and Japanese.

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Junior Consultant

Jacob Cloo

Jacob joined the HLC team in January 2018. He previously worked at the Benelux Union, conducting research on the status of access to cross-border healthcare for patients within(…)

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Junior Consultant

Jacob Cloo

Jacob joined the HLC team in January 2018. He previously worked at the Benelux Union, conducting research on the status of access to cross-border healthcare for patients within the Benelux countries and neighboring countries. Jacob also has experience working at Leiden University and with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Athens, Greece, where he conducted research on entrepreneurship among Dutch and Greek entrepreneurs. Jacob holds a Master’s degree in European Union Studies from Leiden University and a bachelor’s in European Studies. Jacob speaks English, Dutch and Frisian, and has a basic command of French and German.

Jacob.Cloo@harwoodlevitt.com

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Head of finance

Thierry Renard

Over the past few years, Thierry has been in charge of HLC’s finances. Thierry also advises the team on governance, Belgian organisational matters, and recruitment.

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Head of finance

Thierry Renard

Over the past few years, Thierry has been in charge of HLC’s finances. Thierry also advises the team on governance, Belgian organisational matters, and recruitment.

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Office support

Arthur

Arthur provides office support and entertainment.  He looks after much of our filing, bookeeping, travel, and sometimes answers the phone. His experience in natural wooded habitat(…)

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Office support

Arthur

Arthur provides office support and entertainment.  He looks after much of our filing, bookeeping, travel, and sometimes answers the phone. His experience in natural wooded habitats and sandy coastal areas help him understand the value of protecting our environment.

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Special Advisors

Advisor

Steffen Moller

Steffen runs Thejll+Moller, an agency that advises organisations on how best to use digital and social media in public affairs, corporate and internal communications, and campaignin(…)

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Advisor

Steffen Moller

Steffen runs Thejll+Moller, an agency that advises organisations on how best to use digital and social media in public affairs, corporate and internal communications, and campaigning. He has worked across an array of industries, including pharma, tech, food, transport and energy, and frequently advises and trains politicians and government officials. Steffen appreciates that the internet is a game-changer, but he remembers the analogue age, is allergic to shiny new toy syndrome, and loathes being termed a guru (or ninja). He advocates a sensible use of digital and social media to help communicators understand, reach, and influence target audiences, built on solid (non-digital) foundations, like deep audience understanding, and integrated and measurable communications strategy. A dual Danish and Italian citizen, Steffen Thejll-Moller is a graduate of Oxford University.

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Advisor

Mike Walker

Mike is a campaign consultant with over 15 years’ experience working with civil society groups. He is good at, and enjoys, developing and implementing winning strategies. The evid(…)

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Mike Walker

Mike is a campaign consultant with over 15 years’ experience working with civil society groups. He is good at, and enjoys, developing and implementing winning strategies. The evidence of this is that: he was a member of the small team which designed and implemented a targeted strategy in support of the historic reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy; contributed to the #NatureAlert campaign to protect the EU’s Birds & Habitat Directives; and more recently was director of the lead Southern Ocean campaign successfully advocated for the designation of the Ross Sea marine protected area (now the biggest in the world). He has keen sense of how a campaign strategy should be developed, and executed, including team management and coalition recruitment and building. He has a broad skills base which has contributed to his campaigning ability, and in an earlier time he would have been known as a high effective, “agitator”.

mike@odcommunications.com

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Special advisor

Vouw

Vouw integrates data with design to deliver creative data-driven design services that can adapt to your users. We help you get a better grip on your data through clear visualisation(…)

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Vouw

Vouw integrates data with design to deliver creative data-driven design services that can adapt to your users. We help you get a better grip on your data through clear visualisations and interactive tools. Read more on www.vouw.co

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Advisor

Louise Fox

Louise Fox is an EU policy, advocacy and communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. After working in the European Parliament as advisor t(…)

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Advisor

Louise Fox

Louise Fox is an EU policy, advocacy and communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. After working in the European Parliament as advisor to a Conservative MEP, Louise spent 6 years with Burson-Marsteller, including as Director of Brussels Healthcare Practice and Deputy Chair of EMEA Healthcare Practice. Louise has worked for a range of clients across the healthcare sector, including pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, patient and health professional advocacy groups and EU agencies. Specialized in disease-related policy advocacy, Louise has designed and led influential pan-European campaigns on diabetes, CVD, cancer, liver and kidney disease, and premature birth.

l.fox@greenfoxconsulting.com

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Cultural specialist

Berwyn Davies

Berwyn is Managing Director of Syncretica Limited, a management consulting company that draws on his 30 plus years of business experience. He has lived what he advises. He is best k(…)

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Cultural specialist

Berwyn Davies

Berwyn is Managing Director of Syncretica Limited, a management consulting company that draws on his 30 plus years of business experience. He has lived what he advises. He is best known to HLC clients through his work on Intercultural Management. First-hand, he has seen the challenges of working effectively across borders, and this has especially important applications in the Public Affairs space. Berwyn delivers workshops and corporate consulting using an evolution of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory. Mastering this method is sure to increase the efficacy and impact of Public Affairs teams working in Brussels – and beyond. Berwyn designed and deployed a suite of management training courses that trained over 10,000 people worldwide, so he is highly skilled at workshop design and delivery. He has worked in the UK, Australia, Europe, Asia and North America.

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Financial advisor

Jeannette Baxter

Jeannette has worked with Simon & Margot and the HLC team since the company’s  formation, responsible for managing the accounts side of the business and implementing many of(…)

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Financial advisor

Jeannette Baxter

Jeannette has worked with Simon & Margot and the HLC team since the company’s  formation, responsible for managing the accounts side of the business and implementing many of the early systems (many times having to wrench the filing away from Arthur).  As the organisation has grown the workload has changed, so that now she manages the client ledger, working alongside the team, which she considers to be the best bit of the business.

Over the years she has felt privileged to have worked alongside so many inspirational people and their innovative thinking has informed her approach to many environmental issues, which have and always will be of great importance to her.

Jeannette.Baxter@harwoodlevitt.com

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Graphic Designers

Graphic designer

Zsofi Lang

Zsofi is an illustrator based in Brussels. She draws for annual reports, publications, book jackets, creates hand-drawn infographics and does live graphic recording and digital sket(…)

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Graphic designer

Zsofi Lang

Zsofi is an illustrator based in Brussels. She draws for annual reports, publications, book jackets, creates hand-drawn infographics and does live graphic recording and digital sketchnotes at events. With a background in international relations and NGO work, she in in tune with the needs of a wide range of clients, from foundations to large international organisations, small NGOs, lobbies, but also tech companies and other corporate clients. To see her work, go to www.zldrawings.com

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Graphic designer

Krump

Krump is a young Brussels-based graphic studio working in various fields. Illustrator Julien Kremer provides hand-drawn designs to all kinds of clients including, Civil Society Orga(…)

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Graphic designer

Krump

Krump is a young Brussels-based graphic studio working in various fields. Illustrator Julien Kremer provides hand-drawn designs to all kinds of clients including, Civil Society Organisations, Unions, and companies. From illustration to animation, Krump works on a wide range of projects including, music videos, branding, corporate short videos, editorial cartooning and more. For more from Krump, go to krumpkrumpkrump.com

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Graphic Designer

Miam Miam Creative Lab

In 2010, Miam Miam creative lab was born in the heart of the Flagey neighborhood in Brussels. Miam Miam creative lab materializes quality projects, striving to combine expertise and(…)

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Graphic Designer

Miam Miam Creative Lab

In 2010, Miam Miam creative lab was born in the heart of the Flagey neighborhood in Brussels. Miam Miam creative lab materializes quality projects, striving to combine expertise and passion in each and every one of its creations. All kinds of work are done: from cinema to corporate, from advertisement to reports and documentaries. Our skills versatility ensures rigorous and detailed achievements. An innovative and creative touch will be added to your projects so that they are the most original and relevant possible!

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