About us

We are seriously creative

We’re dreamers and problem solvers. In everything we do, we combine imagination and outside-the-box thinking with evidence-based approaches and a getting-things-done mindset. Our work bridges strategy, content and delivery. Supported by our in-house strategic, editorial, content, digital and design experts, we deliver tailored communications for public institutions, NGOs and R&I actors on a wide range of sustainable topics.

Our solutions

Our values

Imagining tomorrow

We make the case for sustainability by telling powerful stories. We find out what makes your audience tick and speak their language. We craft narratives that go beyond “consuming less” and “cutting back” to show ways of consuming better, revealing exciting opportunities and creative possibilities.

Thought-provoking design

We want to stop people strolling and scrolling, to make them think, care, and take action. That’s why we are always looking for eye-catching creative angles but never put style before content.

Strategic expertise

Strategy underpins everything we do. We’re experts in audience analytics and draw on behavioural insights to inspire change. Our content team keeps up with the policy context. It can also draw on the extensive expertise of our parent company Technopolis Group.

Global outlook, local solutions

We design and implement communications at the local, national and international levels – across Europe and, increasingly, across the globe. Our diverse audiences deserve diverse approaches with messages that speak to their experience. That’s why, in communicating about global issues, we put the local and specific first.

We’re eager to help, but we won’t do your laundry

We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions and take pride in customising ideas to match our clients’ needs. We offer a wide variety of tailored services, but greenwashing is not one of them. We work with public institutions, NGOs, researchers, SMEs and industry partners that are genuine about creating positive change.

Our team

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Cédric Hananel

Founder and managing director

Growing the company and organic vegetables

Cédric Hananel is the Director of Technopolis Group’s Communication Agency Arctik.

Since 2011, he is pushing forward sound communication strategies and operational excellence. Specialized in institutional communications and sustainability, Cédric is committed to developing solutions for positive stakeholders’ engagement, impact-driven activities, and creativity.

He holds a Master in Sociology from the University of Louvain and a Master in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University (USA). Cédric is the coordinator for Environmental Communication at IHECS Academy. He is the co-author of the book “L’économie circulaire en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale” published in 2020.

Marianne Bribosia

Operations Manager, HR, and Finances

Taking care of my family at work and at home

Marianne joined Arctik as Operations, HR, and Finances Manager in September 2021.

Her previous experience is very diversified as she has been working in the banking sector for 10 years (including 3 years in the City of London), followed by 12 years with an import & export company as Finance & RH Manager and 4 years in the management team of one of the biggest Belgian construction companies as Human Resources & Communication Director.

She studied Business Administration at the University of Liège (Belgium), followed by an MBA in Chicago.

She speaks French and English and has a good working knowledge of Dutch.

Christophe Thévignot

Senior communication consultant

Navigates backpacking trips and sustainable projects

Christophe has a wealth of professional experience in the fields of EU policy, communications and knowledge management.

Between 2010 and 2016, Christophe was responsible for coordinating the EU LIFE Programme’s external communications team. Other high-profile positions in Christophe’s career portfolio include Head of communications within the Brussels-based Publicis Consultants firm, a one-year posting as a Brand Manager at Belgacom (telecom), four years as a consultant for the European Commission’s DG Communication, and two years with the French embassy in Brussels, as their European correspondent.

Christophe holds a master’s degree in linguistics, marketing and communication, as well as a degree in business and law. He speaks French, English and Spanish.

Anya Gregory

Senior communication consultant

Plans projects and dinner parties

Anya is currently leading the communication and project management on EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) and European Open Science Cloud. She is also working Arctik’s business development.

Previously, Anya managed the communications, dissemination and advocacy of EU-funded projects SHERPA, NOVATERRA, Business4Change and EntreCompEdu for the European Business Summit Network.

Anya studied the intersection of migration and urban planning in her master’s degree in Social & Cultural Anthropology at the KU Leuven. Her most recent publication was on the Ethics of Smart Cities. Anya holds a BA degree in Humanistic Studies & Romance languages from McGill University in Montreal.

Hannah Hayes

Senior communication consultant

Rooting for teammates and her club

Hannah manages communication projects with a focus on European public affairs and sustainability.

Having worked in several countries, Hannah has developed an international profile. Before joining Arctik, Hannah has worked for four years as a project manager at ICF Next where her focus was on delivering integrated campaigns. She has also worked in Vietnam.

Hannah received an advanced master’s degree in creativity & marketing from Solvay Brussels School – Economics & Management and a BA in graphic design from the University of Bournemouth. She is fluent in Norwegian and English.

Chloé de Radzitzky

Senior communication consultant

Talks analytics, shouts at litterers

Chloé joined the team in September 2018 as a communication consultant. She is supporting Arctik with projects such as beCircular, PSF and EREK.

Prior to this, she worked for a year as a Communication Assistant at Fluxys. She was involved in both internal and external communication projects. It provided her with experience in event planning and project coordination. She has also been an intern at Le Vif l’Express an at the European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation (MEDEA).

Chloé holds an MSc in middle east politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is fluent in French and has a good command of English.

Camille Differdange

Communication consultant

A head for events, a nose for second-hand finds

Camille joined Arctik in 2019 as a communications consultant. She provides communication expertise for Regional development projects such as Brussels’ Regional Programme in Circular Economy and the Ecodynamic Enterprise Label. Camille is also very active at an EU level with communication and event management for the EU Ecolabel and the H2020 project digital-water.city.

The different projects she works on have led her to specialise in engaging digital communication and events. She has experience in project coordination, content creation, website management, social network management, video creation and event organisation and promotion.

Camille holds a master’s degree in communication and marketing from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her mother tongue is French, but she is fluent in English and has some knowledge of Dutch.

Anna Rita Papio

Business Development Assistant/Communication Consultant

Planting seeds, embracing bids

Having lived in several countries, Anna has developed an international profile. Before joining Arctik in May 2022, Anna gained experience in research analysis, business development, and the sales industry in London and Brussels. She has been a Business Development trainee at Stantec-Belgium, and during her studies, she also collaborated on research projects with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) of Pretoria and the IOI, an NGO in the Galapagos Islands. 

Anna holds an MSc in Environmental Change and International Development from the University of Sheffield, which has equipped her with in-depth knowledge of the complexities of global economic development and how society-environment interactions influence sustainable development policy and practice. She also holds a B.A. in Politics and International Relations, during which she has been focusing on the role of agroecology on the path toward sustainable food systems. 

Anna is an Italian mother tongue, and she is fluent in both English and Spanish. 

Nell Van Den Plas

Communication consultant

Creator of whimsical tweets, creator of music

Nell joined Arctik in October 2021 as an intern. She recently graduated as a biologist from the University of Antwerp, specialising in global change biology.

During her studies, Nell was involved as a project manager in both regional and international projects with a focus on global change, sustainability and human-environment relations.

She speaks Dutch, English and has some knowledge French.

Alexandra Singer

Communication Consultant

Recycles plastic, not ideas

Alexandra joined Arctik as a communication consultant in September 2021.

She has experience as an editor, copywriter and content strategist for public campaigns and initiatives linked to, among other EU policy areas, migration, climate resilience and international cooperation. As a result, she is proficient in treating – and translating – complex policy developments in a way that is accurate, concise and accessible.

Alexandra has a B.A. in politics from Brandeis University (USA), an MSc in philosophy and public policy from LSE (UK) and a research master from KU Leuven (Belgium).

She is fluent in English and French, conversational in Italian, and optimistic about learning Dutch.

Evgenia Lavrinenko

Senior Communication Consultant

Loves writing campaigns and reading great writers

Evgenia has been working as a communications consultant at Arctik since January 2022. She manages various EU projects focusing on environment, climate change and sustainability.

Prior to starting at Arctik, Evgenia has built a solid expertise in communications related to EU institutions and policies. In her previous role, she was an event manager at ICF Next where she had spent 3 years implementing small-, medium- and large-scale multi-channel events and campaigns for EU institutions. In 2016, she joined the Permanent Representation of Malta to assist with preparations for the Malta’s EU Council Presidency.

Evgenia holds a master’s degree in ‘ethnic relations, cultural Diversity and integration’ from the University of Helsinki in Finland, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political Science from the National-Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She speaks Russian, English and French.

Maximilian Engel

Copywriter

Plays in the mountains, likes the play on words.

Maximilian joined Arctik as a copywriter in June 2022.

Prior to that, he gained experience as a translator, digital communication specialist and freelance copywriter for his own company it’s only semantics and the Brussels- based NGO Positive Money Europe. He is also well versed in communication strategies, an area he was able to deepen as the person in charge of communication for a Berlin-based food start-up he co-founded. With more than 10 years of experience as a German-English translator and a background in environmental policy, Max can tailor complex information to a variety of audiences.

Maximilian holds an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University in Sweden and a BA Honours in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Max is a native English and German speaker. He also speaks French and has basic knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese.

Mathilde Bazin-Retours

Communication Consultant

Addicted to fresh news and pastries

Mathilde is currently leading the communication and project management of ORCaSa, a European project focusing on carbon soil sequestration. She is also participating in Arctik’s business development from Paris.

Before joining Arctik, she worked as a freelance journalist based in Madrid for different French-speaking media and mainly wrote about Spanish and climate change topics. Back to France, she gained experience as a communication consultant in sustainable innovation. In addition to creating targeted content and setting up strategic communication plans, she designed websites and outreach materials to promote different European projects.

Mathilde holds a MA in Journalism and Scientific, Technological and Environmental Communication from Carlos III University (Spain). She also studied International Relations at Macquarie University (Australia).

She is a native French speaker and fluent in English and Spanish.

Océane Merchiers

Junior communication consultant

Surfs waves and dives into campaigns

Océane joined Arctik in 2022 as a junior communications consultant. She is assisting on communication projects with a focus on EU affairs on environment and sustainability, including the EU Ecolabel, the EU Green Week 2022 and the H2020 project PolarRES.

She graduated in 2021 with a BSc in marine biology with oceanography from the University of Southampton (UK) and has followed a class in climate change economics with the University of California, Berkeley (USA). Along with her background in research and analysis and science communication, stemming from student-led projects and internships, Océane has experience in digital art and photography. 

Océane is very interested in climate and ecologial change, sustainable development, and environmental sciences. As a Belgian who grew up in the USA, she is fluent in English, French, and Dutch.

Laura Empl

Junior Communications Consultant

Designs outfits and reports

Laura joined Arctik in 2021 as a junior communication consultant. She mainly works on projects with a focus on European public affairs and sustainability.

Prior to joining Arctik, Laura gained professional experience as an intern at the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa) as well as the Club of Rome EU-Chapter. She holds a joint degree BSc in ‘public governance across borders’ from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and the University of Twente. In 2021, she graduated with an MA in European public affairs at Maastricht University.

Laura speaks English, French, and Dutch at a conversational level.

Flora Soyez

Communication consultant

Sings polyphonies and designs multi-partner projects

Flora joined Arctik as a Communication Consultant in September 2022.  

Flora has a wealth of experience in the fields of communications, public relations, EU policy work and project management. In her professional background, she has worked for Belgian NGOs as campaign coordinator including for the Belgian Red Cross as project officer, for the European Parliament as an assistant and as an EU project officer for the NGO ECOS. She has also worked with Arctik on several occasions, providing communication, event planning and general project management support. She started her career as a junior consultant in an EU consultancy specialising in environmental policies. 

Flora holds an MSc in Environmental Management at the University of Sheffield Hallam (UK). She also holds a Master’s degree in European Affairs from the ISMAPP institute and a B.A. in Social Sciences & Economics from the Catholic Institute of Paris.  

Flora is a native French speaker and has a good command of English.   

Melissa Diaz Paniagua

Communication Consultant

Wants to change the world, one project at a time

Melissa works as a Communications Consultant at Arctik since July 2022. She assists various Belgian projects focusing on environment, climate change and sustainability.

Prior to starting at Arctik, Melissa has built a solid expertise in public relations, communication and events related to EU institutions and policies. In her previous role, she evolved from junior event manager to senior event manager and then to project manager in the international consulting company ICF Next. During her 7 years there, she implemented small-, medium- and large-scale multi-channel events and campaigns for EU institutions. Her other professional experience included working for B2B event and PR companies as well as cultural centers.

Melissa holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Communication and Advertising from IHECS School of Communication and Journalism in Brussels, Belgium. She speaks French (her mother tongue), is fluent in English and Dutch and has basic knowledge of Spanish. She is passionate about sports and craft arts, especially sewing. Coming from a multicultural family, she feeds herself by travelling around the world and meeting new cultures.

Andreas Villarreal

Communication Consultant

Telling the story of tomorrow

Andreas is a Communication Analyst at ARCTIK – Communication for Sustainability (part of the Technopolis group), joining the organisation in August 2022.

With a multicultural background and over ten years spent living abroad, Andreas provides a diverse and international profile. Prior to joining ARCTIK, Andreas gained experience in communication and project management in Vienna. His previous role had him working for the Austrian Social Science Data Archive, a social science data infrastructure tied to the University of Vienna, providing coordination and communication on the European Union Open Science project SSHOC, including in the form of a self-recorded, -edited, and -published podcast. In addition, in parallel to his studies and his work, he collaborated with the United Nations Vienna Headquarters as a communications consultant for four years.

Andreas holds an MSc. in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, granting him in-depth and transdisciplinary competence on issues of global sustainability and societal transformation, with specialisations in Environmental Change and Policy as well as Globalisation and Multi-Level Policy. He also holds two B.A.s in Political Science and International Development from the University of Vienna, focusing on multi-level governance, nation branding, political messaging, grassroot movements, intersectionality, and Latin American politics. He is fluent in English, German, and French (mother tongue), as well as conversational in Spanish and Dutch.

Carla Mauricio-Planas

Communication consultant

Mapping stakeholders and the best brocantes

Carla is managing several communication projects with a focus on European public affairs and sustainability. Some examples are the Horizon 2020 projects RECEIPT and Digital Water City.

Before joining Arctik, Carla worked at the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST Association) as a communications officer. There she was in charge of developing publications and audiovisual projects as well as supervising the development and implementation of the COST branding.

Thanks to a couple of internships in international organisations including the United Nations and the European Parliament, Carla realised she loves working in multicultural environments and on projects with a social impact. Carla holds a MA in journalism, media and communications from Cardiff University (Wales) and a BA in humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She is a Catalan and Spanish native speaker and also fluent in English and French.

Morgane Mansion

Junior Communication Consultant

Dancing from project to project

Morgane joined Arctik in March 2022 as an intern. She works mainly on the Brussels projects such as BeCircular, Label Entreprise Ecodynamique and ShiftingEconomy.

She completed a law bachelor and an environmental management master in Brussels and did an at COARE, a nonprofit working in marine conservation in San Francisco. She speaks French (native), English (B2) and basic Spanish.

Elina Emsens

Intern

Creating clothes and posts

Elina joined Arctik as a junior communication consultant in September 2022.

She works on both the EU and the Belgian market. She mainly focusses on EU affairs on environment and sustainability and works on projects such as the EU ecolabel and PolarRES.

Prior to Arctik, Elina gained professional experience in a sustainable development consultancy company in brussels mainly focussing on the scientific and technological dimensions of climate change. Elina graduated from Warwick University with a joined bachelors’ degree, in both sustainable development and philosophy, where she also undertook a research thesis. She therefore has a good knowledge in both the scientific and social science aspects of sustainable development and knows how to handle academic writing and research method.

Growing up in Brussels and England, Elina is fluent in French, English and Dutch (although it might need a little un-dusting).         

Elise Dekoninck

Intern

Thinking global, acting local

Elise Dekoninck joined ARCTIK – Communication for Sustainability (part of the Technopolis group) as a communication consultant intern in August 2022. She is currently assisting her team on various European projects (such as Digital Water City, European Technology Verification, RECEIPT, GoNexus, CircLean and Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform).

Before joining the team, she studied business management for five years. She did a bachelor at ICHEC Brussels Management School, and a master co-delivered by ICHEC, Louvain School of Management and Solvay.  Throughout the course of her studies she did an internship in the advocacy department of CNCD-11.11.11, an umbrella organisation of Belgian NGOs and developed a particular interest in initiatives to create a fairer and more sustainable trade system.

She is fluent in both French and English and has a good knowledge of Spanish.

Laura Dixon

Graphic designer

Revolutionary creative, creative revolutionary

Laura is Arctik’s in-house graphic designer and illustrator. She has brought a creative vibe to Arctik when joining us in 2016.

She is working closely with the creative directors and the rest of our team to design strategic materials in line with the communication objectives. She is in charge of producing visuals for print, web, and animated video.

Laura holds a master in visual and graphic communication (La Cambre). She speaks French and English.

Gilles Van Kan

Senior graphic designer

Let’s do what we love, let’s be creative.

Gilles holds a Masters degree in plastic, visual and spatial arts from ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels. Over the last ten years, he has expressed his graphic and conceptual creativity through various collaborations including corporate, agency and freelance work which have allowed him to work on a wide range of printed and digital media.

He joined the Arctik team in April 2021.

Cédric Chevalier

Web and graphic designer

Respectfully likes your back end

Cédric has over 15 years of experience in the web and printing industry. Continuously balanced between the worlds of print and web, his expertise lies between the roles of graphic designer and web-developer. A bridging expertise that is very much appreciated by Arctik’s team and our clients!

Mariana Cadenas

Documentary director, video producer, content creator

Changing lenses, changing views

Mariana is a visual storyteller, trying to understand the world through human connections. One who truly believes that empathy is running scarce, that we need to create spaces where we listen to each other.

As a video journalist, she worked in broadcast television and in-house production programs for public and cable networks in Latin America. Mariana is specialized in designing production plans, field production and postproduction with knowledge of camera operating and shooting with both film and video equipment (DSLR and HD Video).

She has completed the DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) in documentary filmmaking. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Quentin Ketelaers

Creative director

Quentin is Arctik’s creative director.

He is in charge of all visual production, including print and web design, video production, digital media, apps etc. He has also worked as digital designer for The Royal Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics from the Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard in Namur (Belgium). Quentin speaks French and has a good command of English.

Nathalie François

Senior graphic designer

Nathalie is Arctik’s second creative director. She works in tandem with Quentin. As their creative partner, Nathalie collaborates with designers, copywriters, and the IT team to create a vision for our clients. She oversees the visual process, develops creative concepts and is in charge of visual production, including for print, web design, video production, digital media, apps etc. Nathalie is fluent in French and English and has good command of Italian