ENIL now has a working office at 10 Rue de L’Industrie, 1000 Brussels. This is a result of a board decision taken last year. Being closer to the decision-making apparatus was the reason for the move from Dublin to Brussels. MEPs are now around the corner.
The Dublin office will continue existing as a virtual office with the same address. The plan was that the total move would be for 2016, but plans changed.
The two posts in Brussels will be the Office Manager and the Advocacy Officer. Marco Carnesecchi has been hired in July as the ENIL Office Manager and Frank Sioen – as the ENIL Advocacy Officer. Frank will start on 1st September. Below we present you with some background information about them.
Marco Carnesecchi was born in Italy. He is proficient in English and French and holds a Ph.D. in Human Telematics and Information society at the University of Florence and Siena. Before joining ENIL he has worked in the filed of disability studies since 2012 when he joined the University of Aosta Valley as a postdoc researcher.
He studied the role of technologies in support of play for disabled children and he also contributed to the creation of LUDI (www.ludi-network.eu), an interdisciplinary network of over 80 researchers from 27 countries on the same topic. In this project he has acted both as a researcher and as an administrative officer and he strongly believes he can develop those skills in his work at ENIL. In his spare time Marco likes reading, cycling and most of all he enjoys playing.
Frank Sioen was born on 15thJuly, 1990, in Perpignan (France). Dutch is his mother language and he has a good working knowledge in both English and French. The subject of disability rights has always interested him both personally and during his studies. In 2012 he finished his masters in European politics with a thesis on the European policy concerning disabled people. The following year he wrote a master paper about the impact of the European equal treatment directive on the working conditions of disabled people to obtain a Masters in European law.
Frank has worked as a volunteer at the Flemish Centre of Expertise on Accessibility where he helped in developing the website www.meermobiel.be. He has also been a volunteer for the GRIP advisory committee on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In his spare time he likes reading and playing board games.