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About Interel

Brussels Office Since


Firm Description

Interel is a leading European public affairs consultancy, supported by an unrivalled global public affairs network, the Interel Global Partnership.

We understand the relationships between people, ideas, and organizations. With expert services in government relations, issue management, stakeholder management, advocacy, policy communications and association management, we master the dynamics of government policy, regulation, market disruption and social change across all major industry sectors.

In a complex world of competing stakeholder agendas, we focus on nurturing the essential connections that advance our clients’ interests.

We help our clients to create market opportunity, protect their licence to operate and innovate.

Ownership Structure


International Structure

Our global reach through the Interel Global Partnership, a network of public affairs specialists spanning more than 70 countries, means that we can provide seamless support for the challenges you face anytime, anywhere in the world. We put our team of best-in-class affiliates with local and regional knowledge at your service to identify critical issues and deliver strategies to respond to them wherever they might arise.

Key Strengths

Success is based on deep subject matter expertise across food and health, energy, sustainability, mobility, environment and technology. This knowledge is combined with specialist association management services and an unrivalled global reach through the Interel Global Partnership.

We have a strong team of senior advisors who enable our clients to see the bigger picture: the team includes Claus Sorensen, former Commission Director General; Linda Corugedo Steneberg, former Commission Director (DG Connect), Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome and Catherine Stewart, founder of Cabinet Stewart.

Number of Public Affairs Consultants

60 in Brussels. Together, we are more than 1000 consultants covering 70 markets in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, and Europe.

Key Clients

Interel’s EU practice has been a market leader in Brussels for more than 35 years and counts, amongst others, Asahi, Bristol-Myers Squibb, ChargePoint, the Coca-Cola Company, Eaton, Ecolab, the Expedia Group, GW Pharma, IEEE, IP2Innovate, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pinterest, the Project Management Institute, Reddit, ServiceNow, Sherwin-Williams, Sony Interactive Entertainment, TE Connectivity and Xiaomi.

Thought Leadership

We produce articles on areas within our field of expertise on a monthly basis and these are published on Our in-house parliamentary expert, Richard Steel produces a monthly Postcard from Strasbourg providing his take on events at the Parliament’s plenary session.

We also host a number of policy-focused events throughout the year on subjects of interest to our client portfolio.

Testimonials and why clients like to work with us

“We see Interel as a natural extension of our team. Year after year, our partnership gets stronger, deeply rooted in trust and built upon strategic insights and excellent delivery. Interel is a sounding board and a sparring partner.”
Wouter Vermeulen, Senior Director, Coca-Cola Public Policy Center Europe, Middlen East & Africa

“The Interel team has not only provided us with high quality strategic advice but has also been highly effective in managing all aspects of the coalition and delivering concrete results.”
Kevin Prey, IP Counsel, SAP – Chair of IP2Innovate

“Interel is a valued partner for me. The team combines excellent intelligence and insight with an advisory capacity which really helps me keep the business ahead of developments”
Dr. Kieren Mayers, Director of Environment and Technical Compliance, Sony Interactive Entertainment

“Interel has become our trusted partner for EU public affairs. Their support and advice help us to address the company’s GR priorities properly on an everyday basis. Their professionalism, dedication and tailored services are highly appreciated”

Chris Hess, Vice President, Eaton

“Interel is running the Secretariat of ENSA, the European Plant-based Foods Association of which Alpro is a leading member, covering every aspect of association’s work. Trust and belief are essential to make this work. The Interel team is a leading example of how right insights, strategic guidance and efficient execution further accelerate the objectives of the association and reinforce the trust and belief in the future of plant-based.”
Ann De Jaeger, VP General Counsel & Head of Corporate Affairs, Alpro

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