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Olalla Trénor Michelena, Partner


My Job

I joined DGA as a partner in the sustainability and mobility team a year ago. Working with a group of talented, funny and great professionals is a real pleasure.

My Experience

Having a background as a Spanish Lawyer has helped me in my career. I started in a Spanish Lawfirm Cuatrecasas , then worked in different sectors including a tech start up and an African NGO AMREF. Then, I moved to Brussels to become a consultant in public affairs where I worked for 8 years in the environmental and social issues in Burson (formerly known as Bruson Marsteller). When I became the secretary general of a global NGO Make Mothers Matter in the Brussels office, I worked to defend the rights of mothers in the workplace and in an EU research project CIRC4Life in the circular economy. Then, I became an independent consultant on circular economy and in particular on packaging and on digital issues working for Lighthouse Europe for a year.

My Proudest Achievements

My proudest achievement was to advocate to have the right to request flexible working conditions in the work life balance Directive which was adopted in 2019. Being a mother of 3 children, it was very important to me to have the flexibility to do telework and adjust my working hours to my family needs.

My Education

I studied Law in Spain in the Autonoma University and then in San Pablo CEU University in Madrid. Then a Masters in EU law at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles with a specialisation in EU Competition Law.

My Languages

Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Portuguese.

My Interests outside work

I like outdoor sports: skiing, padel, cycling, and I have just started playing field Hockey. I also enjoy travelling specially in SouthEast Asia, zero waste cooking and jazz and baroque music.

My Favourite Brussels anecdote

When I tell people that I work in EU affairs they think I work in the Commission or the Parliament. Then, I tell them “I work the Commission and the Parliament but not for them”.

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