Did you hear? EARS is becoming Mavence, a new global agency offering full service solutions.
Visit our new website to find out more.

Did you hear? EARS is becoming Mavence, a new global agency offering full service solutions.
Visit our new website to find out more.

The First Dedicated Recruitment Specialist for the EU Affairs Market

4,000 EU-Related Organisations
Have an Office in Brussels



Thanks to our Position,
We Know where to Find Talents

Recruiting those who
Understand the Institutions


After 7 years of pioneering work in the heart of the EU, we’re launching a new global adventure as MAVENCE, your connected insider guides wherever and whenever you need us.


Come discover what makes our Mavens exceptional and versatile consultants, and explore the comprehensive suite of solutions we offer to tackle any challenge and to help you achieve your goals.


Visit our new website and read more about how we are continuing to connect talent with opportunity in public affairs, and to see if you have what it takes to become a Maven.

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Historically, some characteristics of the EU affairs marketplace have made it a difficult arena for recruiters to access.


This could be due to the perceived preference of employers to recruit via the ‘word of mouth’ approach, not surprising in the village-size EU bubble.

Having discussed the challenging hiring issues experienced in this market, we identified the need for a dedicated service; bringing objectivity, qualified assessment, directly approached candidates and the elimination of potential conflicts of interest.



EARS is the first recruitment firm specialising in International & EU Affairs. We have created a service that offers an executive search approach to recruiting for the roles between entry level and senior executive.

It has been established and anchored in the European quarter of Brussels, at the forefront of European Affairs activity.


Our clients retain our Services and we offer them an unprecedented kind of Commitment.


From the outset of each assignment, we agree with our clients on a Search & Selection strategy which is appropriate to their individual requirements.

As our clients’ retained recruitment service providers, we guarantee that no stone is left unturned in our search and a discrete and confidential approach is applied throughout the hiring process.


All of our clients are engaged with the EU or International Institutions and include the following : 

  • European and National Associations
  • Corporations (Inhouse lobbies)
  • Public Affairs & Project Consultancies
  • Law firms
  • NGOs and Civil Society Organisations
  • Think Tanks & Education Training Providers
  • Intergovernmental Organisations
  • Permanent Representations and Diplomatic Missions
  • Regional Representations



Main Services

Search and selection

Through our Search & Selection process, we identify candidates who not only have the necessary skills and experience to meet your specific needs but who will prove to be an ideal fit for your organisation. The following steps are taken in the process but can be adapted accordingly :

  • Briefing
  • Search
  • Interviews & Assessments
  • Shortlist
  • Completion



Office Setup

For our clients who are wishing to establish a permanent presence in Brussels, we can assist with the identification and supply of the key individuals who will take the challenge to represent you in the European capital for the first time.


Targeted Services

Our in-depth experience and resources allow us to offer our clients a range of additional services, from Interview assistance to reference checking. These additional services can be included as part of the Search & Selection process or offered individually on an ad hoc basis.


Talent Alert

With priviledged access to a broad range of potential talents, EARS is in a position to alert its clients when we encounter a profile that could be an appropriate fit. This match could be made based on skills, experience and personality/character.



To support our interview process, EARS can utilise upon request from its clients a variety of assessments that enable us to further qualify a potential candidate’s suitability. These can include psychometric and/or technical assessments specifically designed for the role in question.


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    Jason Descamps

    Founder & Managing Director

    Jason is an entrepreneur who started his career in recruitment, including with one of the global leaders in Executive Search. He has helped a variety of clients appoint middle to senior management profiles in a wealth of sectors, ranging from Healthcare/Pharma to Financial Services through Industry and Media. He holds two master’s degrees, in Communication and in European Studies.

    Jason earned his black belt in Judo at the age of 15 which obviously required not only a large dose of discipline but also a healthy amount of tenacity and determination. This same tenacity is applied today to ensure that no stone will be left unturned when working on your behalf to find the ideal candidate. He approaches all assignments with professionalism and integrity, enhanced by an enthusiasm to deliver the highest standards of service at all times.

    He is currently looking after the firm’s expansion not only in Brussels but also in other locations where public affairs matter.


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    Anna Koj

    Deputy Director

    Anna has extensive experience in high-profile strategic communications, public affairs, institutional relations and project management in public and private sector.

    She holds an MBA with Communications and Leadership. Throughout her career, working with key EU institutions and high-level international partners, she has developed a particular focus on civil and human rights issues, public diplomacy and business ethics. She conducts trainings in advocacy and healthy leadership practices.

    In her work, Anna brings together entrepreneurial spirit and humane approach. She takes time to understand the client’s needs prior to and throughout the whole recruitment process. At the same time, exploiting her pro-active can-do approach she makes sure to do the utmost while searching for the perfect candidate for her client. Anna attaches great importance to professional integrity, committing to provide the highest quality service.


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    Gabriela Dimitrova

    Senior Consultant

    Gabriela is a former EU affairs professional who has acquired 10 years of experience in Brussels.

    After having graduated from a joint Master in Political Sciences and EU Politics from the University of Bath and Science Po Paris, she started her career working for a Bulgarian MEP.

    After more than 5 years in that role, she became the Head of European Affairs at FEDEMAC, representing the national movers associations in Brussels.

    As an entrepreneur, she now divides her time between her own advisory firm and EARS as a headhunter.

    Gabriela fluently speaks English, French and Bulgarian.


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    Paul Adamson

    Senior Advisor

    Having been present in EU Affairs since the 1970′s, Paul Adamson is chairman of Forum Europe and founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe’s place in the world.

    He is a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board and Rand Europe’s Council of Advisors.

    Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

    In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) « for services to promoting understanding of the European Union”, a part of the Queen’s 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List. In 2016 he was made a Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.


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    Cynthia Fürste

    Senior Consultant

    Cynthia is a multilingual, hands-on professional with more than 25 years of experience, both in a challenging multinational environment and within trade associations, predominantly in the field of regulatory and public affairs. She holds an MBA and has considerable experience engaging with the EU institutions and navigating through the various EU regulatory processes.

    During her career, she was involved in various committees, think tanks and networking groups, such as the AmCham EU (Consumer Affairs Committee), the European Policy Centre, the Kangaroo Group and Business Europe (B-NEP, Legal Affairs Committee, Plain Packaging WG).

    Having founded CF Consulting in 2017, she is currently active as an independent consultant in the area of EU Public Affairs and Executive Search, with a diverse client list that includes among others the cruise and probiotics sectors.


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    Julien Schiettecatte

    Senior Consultant

    Julien joined EARS in 2017 and has successfully recruited for many senior positions both in associations and inhouse. Having developed a great understanding of Trade and Anti-dumping files, he has built an extensive network of professionals in this area. He has also worked extensively with the raw materials industry at international level, advising mining companies on global regulations.

    Julien is a French national with more than 15 years of experience in European public affairs, including four years as a lobbyist for a multinational telecommunication company. During all these years, Julien led several advocacy campaigns on sensitive political issues with the EU institutions and in particular with the European Parliament.

    In 2008, Julien joined the public affairs consultancy world where he developed an extensive expertise and network in sectors such as chemicals, energy, extractive sector. Finally, Julien also advises a French company operating in the field of private security and protection of critical infrastructure. .


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    Sergey Golyshin


    Sergey joined EARS in 2019 after working for the European Commission and the Delegation of the EU to Tajikistan.

    He supports clients with search and selection processes, tapping into his network within the Institutions and in the Public Affairs space. He graduated from a Msc in European Governance from University of Bristol and a Ma in European Studies from University of Edinburgh

    He speaks fluently English, German and Russian.


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    Hans Korteweg

    Senior Advisor, Energy

    Hans brings 15 years of experience in the Energy and Public Affairs domain. His experience spans Association leadership and EMEA Inhouse Public Affairs in the electricity, nuclear and atomic energy areas.

    He brings a vast network of talented Public Affairs professionals in Brussels and beyond. Hans speaks fluently English and French.


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    Thomas Gelin

    Senior Advisor, Health

    Thomas acts as a senior strategic advisor for a wide range of pharmaceutical, biotech and non-profit organizations. He brings over 10 years of experience in health policy and communications and has developed an extensive network of influential, talented professionals in Brussels and across the EMEA region.

    Prior to focusing on European health policy, Thomas worked in international public affairs mostly related to the healthcare sector in the US, Canada and France. Most recently, Thomas worked at Sanofi as a Policy Analyst in Washington, DC where he contributed to the development and implementation of global stakeholder engagement strategies related to access to medicines and product launches activities.

    Thomas graduated from Sciences Po Grenoble and ESCP Business School. He speaks English and French.


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    Sébastien Bechara

    Recruitment Officer

    Sebastien joined EARS in 2019 after having worked for a Public Affairs consultancy in Brussels. He also worked for the Luxembourgish Permanent Mission of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the United Nations in Geneva.

    He supports EARS’ Consultants in their daily activities including Candidate Sourcing and Spontaneous Interviews.

    He holds a Master in Political Science from the Free University of Brussels and speaks fluently English and French.





Estimated presence in Brussels : +/- 1500

Associations is the organisation type that one will most frequently encounter in the EU district of Brussels.

According to our estimation, there are approximately 1500 EU Trade Associat...

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Estimated presence in Brussels : +/- 500

Corporations are private sector companies that have a presence at EU level, either with a dedicated presence in the EU quarter or in their existing Belgian premises.

Largest EU-related t...

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Estimated presence in Brussels : 300  

Brussels is a major location for various consultancy types surrounding the EU Institutions, offering a variety of services : from the regularly encountered Public Affairs/Public Relations to Funding Management and in ...

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Estimated presence in Brussels : +/- 700

Non-Governmental Organisations have a very well-established presence in the capital and form the second most present group of organisations in Brussels.

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Law Firms (EU Law)

Estimated presence in Brussels : +/- 200  

Whilst Brussels is hosting hundreds of Law Firms, EARS only liaises with those that are, either totally or partially, specialist in EU legislation. Most of the time these firms are focused on EU competition matter...

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Estimated presence in Brussels : +/- 100  

Whilst the most common Intergovernmental Organisation in Brussels might be the EU itself, EARS maintains contact with a variety of IOs across a range of areas from Security & Defence and Air Traffic Management...

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Think Tanks

Estimated Presence in Brussels : +/- 150  

Think Tanks have developed different business models over the course of the years in Brussels, from the independents active in Lobbying as a "third voice", to those that are client-oriented and that tend to offer ...

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Estimated presence in Brussels : +/- 160  

Together with Washington, Brussels is one of the most popular locations for diplomatic representation. Within this niche, EARS makes a clear distinction between Foreign Embassies/Missions to the EU and Permanent R...

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Regional Offices

Estimated presence in Brussels : +/- 300  

With an ever-increasing presence, Regional Representations have been continuously building their teams around the EU Institutions, to the extent that many of them have surpassed in terms of staff numbers a series ...

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  • EDFIMC used EARS to find the perfect candidates for several important positions within our growing company. What stood out was how EARS wanted to really understand what we were looking for to fill these positions. They also sought to really know who we are. These answers go beyond what is written down in a job profile or posted on a company website. It proved to be crucial for the matchmaking between a company’s current team and the new colleagues. Thank you, Jason and team.

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      Frederik van de Bosch,

  • EARS consultants have been very professional in completing a successful search for the Secretary General of our association. The profile of the candidates submitted was very adhering to our requests, although requirements were not easy to combine. Particularly appreciated was the ability to focus in short time on the key issues of our needs. The willingness to work together and the support provided at all stages of the research were really excellent.

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      Mario Ge, Secretary General

  • Thanks to its professionalism and good integration into the public affairs network in Brussels, EARS demonstrated its added value as a European Affairs Recruitment Specialist and enabled Cerame-Unie to successfully complete the search for a new Environment & Innovation Manager.

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      Renaud Batier, Director General

  • EARS provided a first class service from start to finish. We were kept well informed at every stage, and all deadlines were met. Feedback from candidates indicated that they also felt that EARS had managed the whole process professionally. We are delighted that the recruitment process managed by EARS has resulted in us appointing someone of Daniella’s quality. She has already established herself as a valued member of our small team

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      Steve Williams, Director

  • Looking for a very specific profile of a candidate, EARS successfully helped us. We were pleased with the friendly and professional service of EARS, finding an exact match for our motivated team.

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      Stefan Deix, EUCAR Director

  • We greatly appreciated EARS’ professionalism and efficiency in helping us recruiting a Communications and Government Affairs Executive. Their research was focused, they have a very good network within the European Affairs environment, and provided us with excellent feedback and follow-up, including after the search was completed. Many thanks to the EARS’ team!

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      Olivia Regnier, Director IFPI European Office

  • I wanted to thank EARS again for the excellent work they delivered and for the valuable exchanges we had. All the time I felt perfectly accompanied by your experience and expert know-how! I am very happy that CIBP was able to attract the perfect candidate to join our team.

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      Andrea Karner, Secretary General

  • In one of our most recent recruitment processes, we worked together with EARS to find a good expert to our organisation in cooperative affairs. We highly appreciated the professional approach of EARS staff and their assistance to conclude the process with excellent outcome for our Copa-Cogeca team!

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      Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General

  • EARS helped us recruit a Principal Consultant with a very specific profile and fitting our corporate culture. We very much appreciated their flexibility, commitment and attention to our real needs and expectations, which led to the successful recruitment of an excellent professional within the agreed timeframe.

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      Monica Pesce, Managing Director

  • For the (identification and) recruitment of a new manager to complete their EHS/REACH team, Eurometaux was very pleased with the support and services provided by EARS in terms of the attention that was paid to the needs of our team, their resilience and careful follow-up.

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      Violaine Verougstraete, EHS Director

  • Eurometaux was very pleased with the services provided by EARS in terms of rigor, timeliness, quality of the candidates proposed and follow-up.

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      Guy Thiran, Director General

  • EARS supported us in finding a senior policy director. The process and handling was excellent. The level of candidates was

    absolutely in line with my expectations. I will go back to EARS should the need arise in the future.

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      Diederik de Stoppelaar, Secretary General

  • EARS was able to source candidates with a very niche profile, helping us to successfully staff a senior function at the European Affairs/business intersection.

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      Diego Pavia, Chief Executive Officer

  • Working with EARS for a top recruitment in our organisation has been a success. They have a sound understanding of the HR needs for these positions and provided us with a highly personalised service, matching our organisation’s culture.

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      Piero Formenti, President

  • EARS helped us recruit a Senior Project Manager with a very specific profile. Their approach was highly adaptable and resourceful and we particularly enjoyed the attention they paid to our unique requirements throughout the whole process.


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      Mihaela Dascultu, Deputy Managing Director

  • Despite the fact that the profile we wanted was very hybrid, EARS was instrumental in implementing a new strategic approach that was in contrast to our previous attempts. Since the successful candidate came on board, EARS has never lost contact with either party.

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      Imelda Vital, Corporate Affairs Area Manager

  • EARS was a very efficient provider, in particular in respect of the very short timing we had to ask them to work with.

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      Sabine Nafziger, Secretary General



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