D&D Consulting Services is a dynamic Belgian public affairs and communication firm based in Brussels and Wallonia. It was founded in 2008 following an intensive screening of the existing companies on the EU market. Who better than an experienced Belgian firm to understand and navigate through the complexity of the EU or at national level? In other words, D&D is not the ultimate cabinet in Brussels but the one with the right answers:
D&D works with several highly qualified and experienced consultants for specifics projects.
Dimitri graduated in Political Science and International Relations (MA) from the Universities of Liège and Brussels and holds a specialisation in Middle-East studies. Dimitri Dombret lived and worked in the Middle-East where he began his career for the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Back in Brussels in 2002, he started to work at the European Parliament for a Belgian Member. He then joined the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the State Secretary for European and Foreign Affairs requested his services. His experience continued at the Belgian Permanent Representation to the United Nations in New-York. From 2006 until 2009 he ran a lobbying organisation that gathered several hundreds of Members of Parliament from all over Europe as well as Members of the European Parliament.
He speaks French, English and Italian.
Ilaria holds a Master Degree in Political Sciences from the Free University of Brussels and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste, Italy. Specialised in Politics and Society in Eastern Europe, Russia and the Caucasus and passionate about energy and geopolitics, she has lived in Lithuania for one year and she has spent a semester studying at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
Italian native, she speaks fluent English and French, and intermediate Russian and Spanish.
Arnaud Vandenhauten is the newest member in the team; he is in his final year of a Master Degree in Multilingual Communication and International Relations at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He graduated at the University of Saint-Louis in Brussels in Translation and has worked as an intern at the Mexican Embassy in Brussels in the department of cooperation and foreign affairs.
Native in French, Fluent in English and Spanish.
Sorina holds a Master in International Relations from the University of Brussels, a Bachelor in Political Science from University of Bucharest and a Bachelor in Theatre. She began her career in Bucharest, at the National Romanian Parliament, where she worked at the Chamber of Deputies. Then, she came to study to Brussels and started working in European Affairs. Sorina built up experience with the research centre CEVIPOL (Centre d’étude de la vie politique) and as an Intern at the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU. Before joining D&D Consulting Services, Sorina worked at the European Commission.
She speaks Romanian, English, French and Dutch
Marcel Daniëls, a Belgian national, is currently Managing Director of In Essence Consulting – focusing on EU and government affairs, advocacy and corporate communications
He has more than 35 years’ experience in international corporate and public affairs, advocacy, lobbying and corporate communications. He has worked as senior director and/or Vice-President in various industries ranging from hi-tech to petrochemicals, non-ferrous metals and for the last twelve years the pharmaceutical industry. His territory included Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Australia and the CIS countries.
Companies that he worked for included Tyco (previously Raychem), Exxon Chemical, Alcan Aluminium, MSD, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Merck KGaA, from which he retired earlier this year. For several of these companies (Alcan, Teva and Merck KGaA) he opened the Brussels representation office and was also the managing director.
He organised Exxon Corporation’s first participation at major industrial fairs in the CIS; was co-founder of the Canada-EU Round Table for Business and its first Chairman; and was an active member of several management committees in various industry associations such as Plastics Europe, CEFIC, the European Aluminium Industry, Eurometaux, Medicines for Europe, EuropaBio and Efpia. He successfully lobbied on various dossiers with the EU institutions over the years.
Marcel Daniëls, who speaks six languages, is a graduate from the Catholic University of Leuven and has a post-graduate from the Lomonosov University in Moscow. He worked in Belgium, the UK and the USA.
Gregoriana is an economist, specialized in Finances (Banks, Insurances, Investments), Management and Bankruptcy/Insolvency. She’s a graduate of University Al I Cuza, Iasi, Romania, a former senior lecturer and adviser in Finances for 14 years; she also acted as the Chief Public Relations Officer for the Petre Andrei University, Iasi.
She’s earned an MBA in European Laws as well as a PHD in the Management of Financial Institutions within the University Dunarea De Jos (Romania).
She’s qualified as a Bankruptcy Administrator appointed by the Court, has a good reputation as a trustee, also with an important experience on the Belgium Financial Market. She is also certified as a Prince2 Practitioner.
She speaks fluently English and French.
D&D Consulting Services is registered with the EU Transparency Register.
D&D consists of a multilingual, dynamic team of experienced consultants in European, international and national affairs.
We form a highway to the EU institutions, with expertise on regions such as the Middle-East, Asia and America. Our company provides unmatchable cost efficiency, quality results and return on investment.
D&D assures you that the highest level of confidentiality will be guaranteed at all times.
Dimitri is a perfect organizer, and a competent team leaderFrançois Roelants du Vivier, Former Belgian Senator
Experienced and dedicated team of consultants, led by Dimitri Dombret. A pleasure to work with, highly recommended.Frédérique Ries, Member of the European Parliament
Efficient, rapid, accurate… What else can we expect?Dr. Christophe Germay, Managing Director, EPSLOG
Dimitri Dombret has worked for The Israel Project in Brussels and throughout Europe successfully getting messages that work into media and our speakers in front of European policy makers.Laura Kam, Executive Director, Global Affairs, TIP
Diplomacy, determination and commitment.Marcel Daniëls, Vice President European Government Affairs, Teva Pharmaceuticals
D&D provided a highly professional service and working with them was both an enjoyable and positive experience.Paulo Casaca, Executive Director of SADF - Former MEP
Dimitri Dombret is very reliable and professionnal. He is client driven. A pleasure to work with him.Benoit Fontaine, King Baudouin Foundation
Dimitri Dombret is very reliable and professionnal. He is client driven. A pleasure to work with him.
D&D provided a highly professional service and working with them was both an enjoyable and positive experience
Diplomacy, determination and commitment.
Dimitri Dombret has worked for The Israel Project in Brussels and throughout Europe successfully getting messages that work into media and our speakers in front of European policy makers.
Efficient, rapid, accurate… What else can we expect?
Experienced and dedicated team of consultants, led by Dimitri Dombret. A pleasure to work with, highly recommended.
Dimitri is a perfect organizer, and a competent team leader