Leo Portal

Leo Portal – Chief Operating Officer

His current research focuses on the links between technological revolutions and public administrations, more specifically on the development of European smart cities and their consequences on social issues. Léo Portal is also a strategy and communication consultant for politicians and think tanks (



Gwendal Combot – Director of Operation and Big Data Expert

Gwendal Combot is a graduate of X, Université de Montréal and Paris Saclay. Specialist in Economic and Financial Big Data, he works on complementary mathematical analyses, as well as differential and integral calculations applied to economic issues. In this capacity, he does fundamental research at the Business School of the University of News South Wales (UNSW) . He currently works in a major French bank.

Due to his extensive knowledge of Russian and Lithuanian, he is required to supervise the review committees/work carried out by Blue Europe on the Baltic countries and Ukraine.

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Pawel de la Bassetière –  Human Resource & Politics expert

A specialist in business cycles and entrepreneurial and participatory economics, Paweł de la Bassetière is an alumnus of the University of Poznan and the Poznań University of Economics and Business. His work brings him to exchange in Polish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian and Russian almost daily. He heads the Blue Europe expert committee on Poland.

Grzegorz Wiśniewski – EU policies

Grzegorz Wiśniewski has a doctorate in Economy from the Uniwersytet Jagielloński. He specializes in the effects of public policies in the primary and secondary sector. Grzegorz is above all a successful entrepreneur in  events organisation.

He is in charge of the  Observatory of Public Policies of the European Union.


Christopher Cockshaw 

Christopher Cockshaw is a graduate of King’s College (London) and Sciences Po (Paris) with experience in policy-making, digital innovation strategies and think tank research.

A specialist in public affairs advocacy and intra-EU relations, his work on the economic and diplomatic ties binding Central European countries with East and West is informed by a background in German regional power as well as further studies in corporate communication.

Christopher Cockshaw – Central Europe and PR Analyst

Henrique Horta  – Ukraine & EU relations expert

Henrique Horta, graduated from Lisbon’s ISCTE-IUL university with a masters in International Relations, the thesis focusing on Ukraine’s accession to the EU.

With knowledge of demography, political science and history through his bachelors, Horta also knows Portuguese, Spanish, French and English, giving as well a more Atlanticist view of Central Europe. He is also starting to master German at a discrete level.



Paul Sapriel

Paul Sapriel is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and HEC. He has experience in private equity funds and corporate finance consulting firms. He currently works in a corporate strategy consulting firm specializing in long-term growth. His clients are the C-level of major European and international groups, as well as managers of small, mid and large cap private equity firms. He is treasurer of the association and is in charge of relations with institutional investors.


Andrea Bogoni 

Andrea Bogoni is a student of Business and Economics at the University of Bergamo, specializing in finance and international markets.
His interests in geopolitics have led him to deepen his knowledge of the matter, cooperating with various Italian based study centres and think tanks. He has won the 2021 Blue Europe “Konrad Adenauer & Alcide de Gasperi” contest, on an article about the tensions in Ukraine.
He is currently writing an essay about the compared thought of Carlo Terracciano, Mackinder and Mahan.