meet the team

Multicultural, multilingual, multi-talented: it's our friendly team of 40-plus experts and business support staff that really make Cullen International what it is. We come from 21 countries and speak 22 languages, but we all share the same passion for regulation and a commitment to making our expertise easily accessible to clients. Get to know the team below - or, if you’d like to join us, why not visit our Careers page?

    Chandan Agarwal Web & Java Developer
    Web & Java Developer

    Chandan is a web and Java developer working on Cullen International’s website and authoring platform. He worked as consultant for the company in 2012-2013 and joined the IT Team in April 2015. Chandan has international experience as a Java developer in India, France, Netherlands and Belgium.

    Virginie Alloo Senior Analyst
    Senior Analyst

    Virginie follows regulatory developments in the postal sector, with a focus on national developments in Belgium and France. Since joining Cullen International in 2008, Virginie has reported on e-commerce issues, after previously working as a regulatory advisor at Belgacom.

    Nathalie Berrettoni Administrative Manager
    Administrative Manager

    Nathalie leads the administration and human resources departments. She joined Cullen International in 1997.

    Vira Bigot Business Analyst
    Business Analyst

    Vira is responsible for business development in new markets in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Before joining Cullen International in 2018, Vira worked as a business developer for a Belgian tech start-up. She has a LLM degree in international and European law with a specialisation in business law from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

    Veronica Bocarova Principal Analyst
    Principal Analyst

    Veronica is responsible for developing Cullen International’s regulatory training portfolio. She has been actively engaged in capacity building initiatives for policymakers and regulators across a wide range of European countries. She also worked extensively on expanding Cullen International’s service coverage into the CEE countries and led the European Commission’s monitoring of telecom markets in the EU enlargement countries from 2008 to 2014.

    Hannah Bracken Analyst
    Analyst

    Hannah follows EU regulation in cybersecurity as part of the digital economy practice. Before joining Cullen, Hannah worked in the publishing industry for four years and received a Master’s in intellectual property law from the French university Sciences Po.

    Sébastien Breyne Finance Manager
    Finance Manager

    Sébastien is in charge of finance. He is responsible for the budget process and financial data analysis. He joined Cullen International in 2013.

    Naijen Caro Jara Marketing & Communications Assistant
    Marketing & Communications Assistant

    Naijen joined Cullen International in 2018 to support the Marketing & Communication team. She includes among her responsibilities the Helpdesk, contributing to Cullen’s social media presence, updating the website, and managing client access. Naijen holds a masters degree in advertising and commercial communication from the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS) of Brussels.

    Carlos Castellanos Analyst Americas
    Analyst Americas

    Carlos works as an Americas regulatory analyst specializing in regulation of Media, Telecommunication and the Digital economy sectors. Carlos joins Cullen International from Baker McKenzie, where he was a senior associate for the TMT practice group. He also worked as a senior advisor for the Board of Commissioners of the Colombian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC). Carlos is a qualified lawyer with an LLM degree in European Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law from the Stockholm University.

    Jan Cisar Senior Analyst
    Senior Analyst

    Jan follows telecoms regulation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey. Before joining Cullen International in 2013, Jan was a regulatory economist at Telefónica Czech Republic.

    Alexandra Contreras Flores Analyst Americas
    Analyst Americas

    Alexandra works as an Americas regulatory analyst, following telecoms regulation in Ecuador and Peru and the specific rules for spectrum licences and awards in Latin America. Alexandra’s previous employment experience includes working for Vodafone Turkey and for the Ecuadorian telecoms regulator Arcotel. She is an economist and financial engineer, with a masters degree in industrial economics, and is currently pursuing a PHD in telecommunications economics.

    Stefano De Luca Analyst
    Analyst

    Stefano follows telecom regulation in Italy and Macedonia. Before joining Cullen International in 2016, Stefano worked as an associate in an international law firm and at the European Commission’s think tank on various topics related to the EU telecom framework review and the digital economy.

    Philippe Defraigne Founding Director
    Founding Director

    A founding director of Cullen International in 1988, Philippe has worked extensively on EU regulation affecting the telecoms and internet sectors and the implementation at national level across Europe. He is widely regarded in the industry as one of the leading experts in the field. Philippe pioneered the practice of cross-country benchmarking of national regulation – the core methodology used across all of Cullen International's intelligence services. He leads business development activities for the company – focussing on building Cullen International's business outside of Europe, in particular in Latin America, the Middle East & North Africa. Philippe frequently presents Cullen International research at industry conferences, client briefings and training courses.

    Hugues Dehaut Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant

    Hugues is a trained translator and recently joined Cullen International to bring support to the Administration Team. He speaks French, English and Spanish as well as a some Brazilian and Italian.

    Delphine Demanet IT Support & Infrastructure Specialist
    IT Support & Infrastructure Specialist

    Delphine manages a large part of Cullen International infrastructure assets, from small laptops to large printers, from operating systems to mails and applications, including acquisition, delivery and support. She is also a certified Scrum Business Owner, participating in the life-cycle of internal applications and acting as release manager for our web publishing system. Delphine joined Cullen International in 2000.

    Charlotte Dercq Client Data Administrator
    Client Data Administrator

    Charlotte ensures the smooth processing of customer contracts and renewals, and maintains the internal financial accounts. She worked for Cullen International on an interim basis, before joining full-time in 2017. She previously worked as a financial controller in the banking sector.

    Jérôme Dheur Principal Analyst
    Principal Analyst

    Jérôme follows EU regulation affecting the internet and media sectors. He also follows the television market in France. Jérôme is lead author of the Media Cross-Country Analysis report covering Western Europe. He is leading the development of a similar report covering Latin America. Jérôme joined the company in 1999. In 2012 he took a sabbatical to work nine months for Cable Europe.

    Sofia Dilinos Senior Analyst
    Senior Analyst

    Sofia follows EU regulation shaping the digital economy, specialising in privacy and data protection. Before joining Cullen International in 2016, she worked as EU affairs manager at the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Europe) and as journalist for various media.

    Ezequiel Dominguez Head of Business Development
    Head of Business Development

    Ezequiel heads Cullen International’s business development in Europe and Americas. Until end 2015, Ezequiel lead the coverage of the fast-growing telecoms and television sectors in Latin America (now Americas), having co-founded the service in 2010. Based in Brussels, he travels frequently across Europe and Americas to meet telecoms and television providers, regulators and government ministries. Prior to his collaboration with Cullen International, Ezequiel was a senior researcher at Informa Telecoms & Media in London.

    Peter Dunn Director of European Relations
    Director of European Relations

    Peter is responsible for developing and maintaining close relations with Cullen’s clients and other contacts in Europe. He regularly presents Cullen’s research in industry conferences and training courses. Peter also leads the postal regulatory intelligence service. Peter has developed new lines of business for the company – including the launch of a successful training business in 2011 and the postal service in 2013. Before joining Cullen International in 2010, he worked in the UK and continental Europe for Orange and for Colt; and for Digicel Group in the Caribbean.

    Jonathan Eloot Front-End Developer
    Front-End Developer

    Jonathan works as a front-end developer for Cullen International’s website and client portal. He brings a diverse set of skills from his previous professional experience as a graphic designer and marketer, including at Sii Belgium & Actito.

    Armen Ghalumyan Senior Analyst
    Senior Analyst

    Armen covers postal and telecoms regulation, including managing the postal cross-country tables and following telecoms developments in Estonia and Romania. Prior to working with Cullen International in 2015, Armen was involved as a consultant in a number of ICT-related assignments for the World Bank and the EBRD.

    Valentina Grasso Senior Administrator
    Senior Administrator

    Valentina prepares subsidy applications, contracts, tenders and other administrative services to support clients. Before joining Cullen International, Valentina worked for 12 years in the Public Affairs office of Telecom Italia in Brussels. Valentina has a degree in translation, speaking Italian, French and English, as well as some Spanish and Dutch.

    Olha Hruba Analyst
    Analyst

    Olha follows EU regulation affecting the digital economy and audiovisual media sectors, with a focus on national developments in the Netherlands. Olha holds an advanced master degree in intellectual property and information and communications technology law from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She joined the company in 2017.

    Javier Huerta Bravo Head of Digital Economy
    Head of Digital Economy

    Javier leads the digital economy regulatory intelligence service for Europe. Before joining Cullen International in 2014, Javier worked at the European Commission on copyright, e-commerce and other topics related to online services. He is a qualified lawyer.

    Dries Indesteege Head of Telecoms
    Head of Telecoms

    Dries leads our research on telecoms regulation in Europe, pulling in contributions from our analysts and correspondents across the continent. Prior to his collaboration with Cullen International, Dries worked at Belgacom/Proximus on local loop unbundling and the company's launch of IPTV.

    Suzanne Jude Competition Law Principal Analyst
    Competition Law Principal Analyst

    Suzanne tracks and analyses competition law developments at both EU and national level in all sectors covered by Cullen International (telecoms, media, digital economy and postal). Prior to her collaboration with Cullen International, Suzanne was a competition lawyer in international law firms for seven years. She received a PhD in European competition law in 2006.

    Janne Kalliala Head of Competition Law
    Head of Competition Law

    Janne is responsible for the Competition Law service of Cullen International that tracks and analyses competition law developments at both EU and national level. He also follows telecoms regulation in Finland. Prior to his collaboration with Cullen International, Janne was a competition lawyer in Helsinki.

    Muatasem Khair Ad-Deen Senior Analyst
    Senior Analyst

    Muatasem traces telecoms regulation in Middle East & North Africa. He follows the regulation in Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Before joining Cullen International in 2016, he worked at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and the Competition Authority of Jordan.

    Miklós Kozma Competition Law Analyst
    Competition Law Analyst

    Miklós tracks and analyses competition law developments at both EU and national level in all sectors covered by Cullen International (telecoms, media, digital economy and postal). Miklós holds a master’s degree in law from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He first joined the company as an intern in 2016.

    Dieter Kronegger

    Dieter follows telecoms regulation in Germany and Austria and is the lead author of the Spectrum Service. Before the start of his collaboration with Cullen International in 2005, Dieter worked at the Austrian telecoms and media regulator RTR.

    Michèle Ledger Head of Media
    Head of Media

    Michèle leads Cullen International’s Media regulatory intelligence service. She also works in the digital economy practice and has extensive knowledge on the implementation of the frameworks at national level across Europe. She is an assistant lecturer in comparative law and English legal terminology and a researcher at the CRIDS and NADI research centres of the University of Namur. She joined Cullen International in 1998, previously working as a researcher at the University of Namur and as a lawyer in Brussels.

    Susanne Lesschaeve Head of Marketing & Communication
    Head of Marketing & Communication

    Susanne is in charge of marketing and communications, including event management. She joined Cullen International in 2012, bringing 16 years of marketing experience in the ICT and medical sectors.

    Carolina Limbatto Head of Americas
    Head of Americas

    Carolina leads Cullen International Americas services covering the Telecoms, Media and Digital Economy sectors. She has been responsible for enlarging Cullen´s portfolio in the Americas, most recently developing the new Spectrum service for the region. Before joining Cullen in 2014, Carolina worked at the Argentine telecoms policy-maker, SeCom, for five years as an advisor on regulatory and economic issues. Carolina is an economist specialized in regulation and competition, she has significant presence in Latin America regional events, providing a neutral perspective of the key regulatory issues in the ICT and digital sectors.

    Serge Margoulies Chief Information Officer
    Chief Information Officer

    Serge leads Cullen International’s IT team, managing the company’s infrastructure, information systems, business applications and web sites. Serge joined Cullen International in 2010, previously working as Product Manager, CTO or CEO for multiple companies in Europe, USA and Canada.

    Marianna Mattera Analyst
    Analyst

    Marianna is a qualified lawyer and she follows telecoms regulation at EU level, in Hungary and in Greece. Before joining Cullen International in 2016, Marianna worked at the European Commission (DG Justice) on various topics related to national justice reforms in the context of the European Semester and as project coordinator for a Brussels-based NGO.

    Albert Mehana Accountant
    Accountant

    Albert handles the day-to-day accounting tasks of the company. He joined Cullen International in 2016.

    Andre Moura Gomes Senior Analyst, Americas
    Senior Analyst, Americas

    André is a lawyer specialized in public policy issues. He works at Cullen since 2016 and is lead author of digital economy reports in the Americas. André follows telecoms regulation in Brazil and Chile and digital economy issues in Brazil and the United States. Prior to his collaboration with Cullen, he worked as a policy advisor at the Brazilian Ministry of Communications coordinating policies for expanding broadband services.

    Laurence Nivot Senior Analyst
    Senior Analyst

    Laurence follows telecoms regulation in Belgium, France and Lithuania. Laurence is also lead author of the Consumer Protection Cross-Country Analysis report, covering ten European countries. Laurence joined Cullen International in 2012, previously working as a journalist for the European Commission's news website.

    Matej Podbevsek Principal Analyst
    Principal Analyst

    Matej follows telecoms regulation in Latvia, Slovenia and the UK, and is the lead author of the monthly Europe Telecom Update. Before joining Cullen International in 2014, Matej was a senior advisor in the telecommunications department of the Slovenian regulator for communication networks and services (AKOS).

    Pierre-Yves Potelle Head of Client Services Europe & MENA
    Head of Client Services Europe & MENA

    Pierre-Yves is responsible for our portfolio of regulatory intelligence services covering Europe and MENA, ensuring that our services meet clients’ current and future needs. He coordinates development of all major Cullen services with our IT team. He is one of the authors of the Cullen Legislation Navigator. Pierre-Yves also follows telecoms regulation in France, Switzerland and visits clients to brief them on regulatory topics. Pierre-Yves has worked for Cullen International in Brussels for 16 years.

    Kyrylo Prymak Analyst
    Analyst

    Kyrylo follows regulation of the telecoms sector and the wider digital economy in the UK. He also covers the telecoms sector in Portugal. Before joining Cullen International in 2018, Kyrylo worked in Ukraine for an international law firm on telecoms regulation, intellectual property and data protection law. He has also worked as a legal advisor at one of the biggest Ukrainian telecom operators. Kyrylo holds a master’s degree in Information and Communications Technology Law from the University of Oslo.

    Visiola Pula Analyst
    Analyst

    Visiola follows telecoms regulation in Ireland, Bulgaria, and Cyprus as well as consumer protection developments in Germany. She joined Cullen International in July 2015, after graduating from the University of Hamburg in EU Law and Affairs.

    Laura Sboarina Principal Analyst
    Principal Analyst

    Laura follows EU regulation affecting the media sector, specialising on television and online video services. She also follows the television markets in Italy and in the US. Laura joined Cullen International in 2011, previously representing in Brussels the European association of television and radio advertising sales houses (EGTA). She also worked at the Italian public service broadcaster, RAI.

    Elena Scaramuzzi Head of Global Research
    Head of Global Research

    Elena leads regulatory services and research activities with a global reach. At Cullen International since 2009, Elena co-designed, and is now leading the launch in early 2020 of the new Global Trends service. Prior to that, Elena has led and contributed to new service developments serving clients in the Americas and Europe. With over 25 years’ work experience in the sector, before joining Cullen International Elena worked for Telecom Italia and the World Bank.

    Martin Schraa Principal Analyst
    Principal Analyst

    Martin follows telecoms regulation at EU level, covering the European Commission, Parliament, Council and BEREC. He also follows postal and telecoms regulation in the Netherlands. Martin joined Cullen International in 2007 after an internship at the European Telecommunications Network Operators' association (ETNO).

    Sufian Shunnaq Principal Analyst
    Principal Analyst

    Sufian leads Cullen International's Middle East & North Africa Telecoms regulatory intelligence service. He follows regulation in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Sufian started his collaboration with Cullen International in 2011. He was previously working at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Jordan.

    James Thomson Editor in Chief, Global Tech Trends
    Editor in Chief, Global Tech Trends

    James is co-leading the research and launch in early 2020 of Cullen International’s new Global Trends service. The service identifies key regulatory challenges in the tech sector – in areas such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence and 5G mobile – and compares how policy makers and regulators are setting the rules across the world. The service has a strong emphasis on comparing regulatory approaches in major economies across Asia, Europe and the US. James has a 20-year career as a digital economy and telecoms regulatory analyst in Cullen International.

    Nathalie Vereecke Website Editor & Access Manager
    Website Editor & Access Manager

    Nathalie is responsible for quality control of the publications on our website and supporting analysts. She also manages our Customer Relationship Management database and access rights to our website. Nathalie joined Cullen International in 2001.

    Sarah Vergote Events & Communication Coordinator
    Events & Communication Coordinator

    Sarah is responsible for event organisation and coordination, providing comprehensive support for participants. With a graduate degree in tourism, Sarah joined Cullen International in 2013, using her experience to run our events, which include training courses and conferences.

    Ioana Voicu Business Analyst
    Business Analyst

    Ioana is responsible for business development in new markets in Africa and Asia. Before joining Cullen International, Ioana worked at the ministry of economy of the Brussels regional government on digital business strategy for entrepreneurs. She received a master’s degree in business law and entrepreneurship from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.