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About CPSL: Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

CISL's EU office, based in Brussels, was opened in 2009. It is led by the Director, Sandrine Dixson-Declève.


Our EU office, based in Brussels, supports CISL programmes by bringing European expertise to our European and international projects. Sandrine and her team also work on bringing CISL's expertise and network of leaders to European policy makers. In addition, the EU office supports CISL by contributing to a range of customised programmes.

The Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change

The Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (EU CLG) is run from the EU office and brings together business leaders from a cross-section of EU and international businesses who believe there is an urgent need to develop new and longer term policies for tackling climate change.

Read more about our international Communiqués and visit our Climate Communiqués website.

The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

Each year CISL holds a senior executive seminar of The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme in Brussels. 

Clean Energy Finance Solutions: Central & Eastern Europe

In 2012, CISL carried out an analysis in co-operation with the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK) and set up a group of experts to focus on unlocking private finance for low carbon investments in the Central and Eastern European countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania).

Since September, the project has moved into a second phase, with a series of launches in the chosen countries and high-level meetings with Ministers and investors, the latest of which was a roundtable on 'Long-Term Investment Perspectives for Clean Energy in Bulgaria', held in February 2013.

Schools: The Atlas Project

A group of corporate leaders working with CISL has come together to address decarbonisation in school systems including buildings, mobility, food and product procurement through CISL’s collaboratory approach. This collaboratory has enabled the creation of a unique 'living laboratory': The Atlas Project.

Please visit The Atlas Project website for more information.

Biofuels Done Well

The EU office is looking at the establishment of a global biofuels done well network with major stakeholders, focusing on the characteristics of sustainable biofuels and drawing on best practice from companies and NGOs. If agreed, the project will be run by CISL, and will bring together a network of global academics, companies and NGOs coordinated by the University of Cambridge’s multi-disciplinary expertise on the land–water–energy nexus. Future work may also focus on advanced biofuels.

FP7 (TRANS-FORM) project

The Towards Sustainable Zero Carbon Transport through Innovation Procurement project is a grant agreement between the European Union represented by the European Commission and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (the co-ordinator of the project). CISL is one of the beneficiaries of the grant agreement who together form the consortium. The project comes under the umbrella of the EU CLG and the EU Office. The EU CLG’s core tasks will be high level meeting facilitation and the inclusion of business leaders into the project.

Photograph of Sandrine Dixson-DeclèveSandrine Dixson-Declève, Director, EU Office

Sandrine Dixson-Declève is the Director of CISL's EU office in Brussels and The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group, and is a faculty member of our Executive Programmes. Sandrine is an international expert with over 25 years' experience in environmental, sustainability, climate, and energy policy and implementation, She ran the EMEA office of a leading energy consultancy and has been the personal advisor to major chemical and energy companies, Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and international organisations including OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, and USAID. She sits on the advisory board of a large African oil company, is the Vice Chair of the European Biofuels Technology Platform, a member of the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board, and a member of CISL’s Right Value for Externalities Advisory Committee.

Read an article by Sandrine for the Guardian Professional Network: 'Concentrating on building efficiency is Europe’s new climate-change mantra'.

Cécile Bélivent photoCecile Belivent, Project Manager

Cécile joined CISL in October 2010. She works on The Prince of Wales's EU Corporate Leaders Group (EU CLG) and also supports the Director of the EU office on various CISL programmes. She has previously worked at the European Climate Foundation’s Energy Strategy Center and for the Public Affairs department of Ferrero. Cécile holds a Master's in Public Law and Political Sciences from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. 

Mara CaboaraMara Caboara, Programme Adviser

Mara Caboara's role includes managing programmes in the pharmaceutical, biofuels, waste and health sectors. She joined CISL in 2012 to help set up and manage collaboratories between industry, governments and academic institutions. Mara is a lawyer by training, specialising in EU and international environmental law. She has worked for more than ten years for the European Commission and the European Chemical Industry Association, where she headed the international affairs department, and later the chemical industry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) signature programme, Responsible Care. She is based in CISL's EU office.

Helen Spence-JacksonHelen Spence-Jackson, Programme Adviser

Helen Spence-Jackson joined CISL in April 2012 as a Programme Adviser in the EU office (based in Brussels). She manages the Atlas Schools project and the Professional Services Sustainability Initiative. In addition, Helen works with colleagues in Brussels on The Prince of Wales’s EU Corporate Leaders Group. Helen’s background is in EU affairs, local and regional government policy, climate change and sustainability issues. She has over ten years’ experience of working in Brussels for a variety of organisations, lobbying the European Commission and working with MEPs. Most recently Helen worked for the Local Government Association (LGA) for England and Wales, where she managed the Brussels team and was responsible for leading the energy, climate change and sustainability policy portfolios. Helen holds an MSc in European & International Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Anais VastersaegherAnaïs Vastersaegher

Anaïs joined CISL in March 2014 as PA to the Director of the EU Office. Before working for CISL, she spent four years working in the Customer Service Department of two multinational companies based in Dublin and on her return to Belgium, worked for a recruitment agency. She holds a diploma in Law and a degree in Communication from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve.

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