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Mercedes Sanchez Varela

EU Office Partner

KPMG in Belgium

Mercedes Sanchez Varela is the Partner and Head of the EU Office and an experienced EU insider. She is responsible for developing KPMG business with the EU and heads the EU Office team which facilitates the efforts of the KPMG network in their pursuit of EU tenders. In her function, she manages daily our strategic relationships with the EU institutions and voices KPMG expertise on key EU policies. Mercedes has more than 18 years of working experience with European institutions, completing missions as an expert and managing large EU-funded projects. She has previously worked for other international institutions such as the World Bank, African Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) whilst having begun her career in Africa as an Economist at the UN development program (UNDP). Bilingual in Spanish and French, Mercedes is fluent in English, speaks Portuguese and some Dutch.

More about me

Passionate about Europe, politics and people, and to commit for a better sustainable planet now.

A lot better can be done in enabling others to get engaged, committed, bringing on board other views and ways to work,  while being unite in achieving the best goal that serves well all sides. 

Areas of expertise

Public Policy and Regulatory Change
Mercedes Sanchez Varela

Education and qualifications

  • Master in International and European Law, Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris

  • DESS, International law - Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I)

  • Post graduated studies in International Comparative Constitutional Law, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales, Madrid

Accreditation

  • Chairman of the EU Group - FEACO European Federations of European Consultancies

How I can help

  • Providing first hand approach to the EU institutions and how they work and interact with businesses and citizens

  • Guiding you to the procurement and Business development steps to work in EU funded jobs

  • We interact regularly with the EU and work with them on a wide variety of topics : Energy and Climate Change, Audit and evaluations, Taxation, Transport and infrastructure, Financial services, EU studies but also in topics as diverse as circular economy, transition to digital and decarbonized economy, industrialization, citizenship, inclusive societies, migration, mobility..

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