Andreas Constantinides

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Andreas, a Cypriot national, has extensive experience advising clients on a broad range of ICT issues including telecommunications, privacy, cyber security and intellectual property. As a senior leader in the public affairs space, he creates public affairs strategies for technology usage and risk, as well as helping clients execute campaigns geared toward their policy and business goals.

Prior to founding AK Public Affairs, Andreas worked for two different public affairs consultancies in Brussels, in one of which he was heading the European Technology Practice. Previously Andreas served with the Cyprus Permanent Representation to the EU, where he was the single market and industrial policy attaché. Prior to this, he chaired the telecommunications and information society, space, and postal services working parties during the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2012. Andreas has a doctorate in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York.

Kevin Vindevogel

Co-Founder & Partner

Kevin, a Belgian national, has vast experience in advising global technology clients on EU and member states’ public policy on cloud computing, privacy, security and emerging technologies. He has a deep understanding of both European and Belgian politics. Over the years he also launched and managed several trade associations, including on consumer electronics and blockchain technology.

Prior to founding AK Public Affairs, Kevin worked for two other public affairs consultancies in Brussels. He also has political experience and networks, working in the offices of Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht and Dutch Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake. Kevin has degrees in international affairs, public management, and China business development from the Free University of Brussels (VUB).

Leonardo Lucarno

Associate Director

Leonardo, an Italian national, is a public affairs and communications professional specialized in technology and transport policy. Before joining AK Public Affairs in May 2022, he worked in Brussels and in Rome for APCO Worldwide. He supports leading organisations including cloud software providers, cybersecurity companies, and mobility providers with their EU public affairs engagement. Leonardo has also been involved in several EU-wide advocacy campaigns across multiple industries and has also supported companies on industrial policy and trade issues. He has previous experience at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York where he focused on peacekeeping and disarmament issues. He holds a double master’s degree in European and International Studies from the University of Trento and the Prague Metropolitan University. 

Emilie Steinert

Senior Consultant

Emilie, a French national, joined AK Public Affairs in September 2022, where, among other things, she focuses on telecommunications, competition, sustainability, and consumer policy. Prior to that, she worked as an EU public affairs consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Brussels for two years, where she advised technology and mobility organisations. During this time, Emilie worked extensively on Competition and the Digital Markets Act. Prior to settling in Brussels, Emilie worked for the French Ministry of Defence, with a focus on the naval defence industry. She also worked as an Attaché within the French Permanent Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Emilie holds a master’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in military history and geopolitics from Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence, France.

Marta Gonçalves

Consultant

Marta, a Portuguese national, joined AK Public Affairs in September 2022 where she focuses mostly on policy issues related to data, AI and privacy. Prior to that, she worked as a public affairs consultant at Political Intelligence in Lisbon for two years, where she focused on technology policy, including data privacy. She was also dealing with health, energy and agri-food topics. Before, she worked as an intern at the Consulate General of Portugal in Newark the United States and was working at a fashion start-up. Marta holds an LLM in Law of the Sea and a Bachelor’s degree in Law, both from Nova University in Lisbon.

Shivona Fernandes-Köhler

Junior consultant

Shivona, a German national, joined AK in October 2023, where she has been supporting the team on topics related to telecommunications, cybersecurity, AI and sustainability. Prior to that she was working at the OECD Development Centre, as an Intern within the Networks of Foundations Working for Development, whilst completing her master’s in politics and policy analysis at Bocconi University in Milan. As part of her studies, she drafted a research thesis on GenAI’s potential to create public value in Germany. Additionally, she worked at the strategy consultancy Elephantlogic GmbH in Berlin, primarily focusing on regional tech policy including topics such as the DMA, CSAM, sustainability, and cloud.

Jacopo Venturi

Trainee

Jacopo, an Italian national, joined AK Public Affairs in March 2024. He currently focuses on cybersecurity, AI, and sustainability. Prior to that he was working at the European Commission, as a trainee at DG International Partnerships (INTPA), where he dealt with a variety of topics in the digital domain, most notably digital skills and AI. Additionally, Jacopo has working experience in Rome at one of the leading Italian foreign policy think-tank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and in New York at the consultancy Oxford Analytica. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Sapienza University of Rome, and a master’s degree in international relations from Central European University in Vienna.

Michal Boni

Senior Advisor

Michal was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2014-2019, with the European People’s Party and was active in the LIBE and ITRE Committees. He took particular interest in various aspects of digital policy, from privacy to content regulation, internet infrastructure, AI and algorithms. Prior to becoming an MEP, he served as the first Minister of Administration and Digitisation of Poland (2011-2013). He also served as the Secretary of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in Poland. Michal is a University of Warsaw graduate, involved in the “Solidarity” movement since 1980. Currently he is also serving as research associate at the Wilfried Martens Centre, the think-thank of the centre-right European People’s Party.

Francisco Medeiros

Senior Advisor

Francisco joined the European Commission, Information Society and Media Directorate-General (DG INFSO) in early 2000. He worked on the development of EU radio spectrum policy and on R&D in the field of Mobile and Satellite Communications. In January 2012, he was appointed Deputy Head of Unit, Networked Media Systems. When DG INFSO became DG CONNECT in July 2012, he was appointed Deputy Head of Unit, Software & Services, Cloud Computing. Here he was involved in the implementation of the Commission Communication “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud Computing in Europe” and oversaw research and innovation initiatives on software and cloud computing in the context of Horizon 2020. He is currently the Belgian representative to European standardisation organisation CEN-CENELEC.