About Me

A New Yorker by birth and a Londoner and Dubliner by upbringing, I am a communications and public policy professional now living in Paris. I am a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, and also studied at Charles University in Prague.

I currently work at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) as Communication/Lobbying Officer for the preparatory phase of AnaEE, a major European research infrastructure project on climate, agriculture and biodiversity.

Prior to INRA, I spent several years working for Aspect Consulting, a Brussels-based PR and lobbying firm. I have also worked in policy, communications and editing roles for a US Congressman, for the Botswana Ministry of Health, for a major publishing house in the Netherlands and at a business intelligence firm.

I’m passionate about politics and policy on both sides of the Atlantic, am a member of both Democrats Abroad and various member parties of the Party of European Socialists (the French Socialist Party and the British and Irish Labour Parties, specifically), and still believe that it’s not too late to make the world a better place – though I’m just as fascinated with the worst of politics as I am with the best.

I’m also particularly interested in the past, present and future of Central and Eastern Europe. I am a member of a couple of NGOs in Paris – Russie-Libertés and Ukraine Action – and have been involved on and off in EuroMaidan France.

My blog used to be quite active, but now is mainly a place where I post the very occasional musing or article I’ve written and had published elsewhere. It’s not to be taken too seriously, nor is much time or effort invested in it, alas, though I hope that there are one or two pieces that you might be interested in reading.

For more info on my professional background, please check out my LinkedIn.

You can also visit my Twitter feed for more of my thoughts on anything and everything.

 

– Evan O’Connell