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Helen Spence-Jackson

Executive Director, Europe


Areas of expertise:

EU policy, EU political affairs, hydrogen, energy transition (energy demand/energy efficiency), circular economy, fisheries and oceans, innovation, Eastern Europe


Helen leads our Brussels office and EDF’s European Strategy and engagement agenda. She works on growing EDF’s work in Europe drawing on a strong science and economics base, through expanding relationships with the European institutions and EU member states and building partnerships with other key EU stakeholders.


Helen is an expert in EU policy and public affairs and began her career working on EU affairs in Brussels in 1999.   She holds dual Belgian and British nationality. Prior to joining EDF Europe in December 2021, Helen was Head of EU Affairs at the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, Climate-KIC. Before that she worked for the Brussels office of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) where she managed the EU activity of the EU Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG) and the EU Green Growth Platform, which brought together Environment, Climate and Energy Ministers from 16 European countries, in addition to a cross-party group of MEPs and a group of 40 leading businesses.  Earlier in her career she worked for the Brussels offices of a variety of organizations representing UK regional and local governments' interests to the EU.


Helen gained her Masters with Distinction in European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in European Studies and French from the University of Kent, Canterbury.

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