Let us introduce our new Policy Director, Laurent Briel

We are very pleased to introduce our new Policy Director, Laurent Briel, who will start in his new position in January 2021. Laurent will be working in the European Olympic Committees’ EU Office, where the post of the ENGSO Policy Director is based.

Laurent is a Belgian national living in Schaerbeek. He has a vast experience in the Belgian non-profit and public sectors, as well as in international university sports. He earned his Master’s degree in Political Science and his complementary certification in Political Sociology at the Free University of Brussels. In the past two years, he acted as the Head of the Non-Compulsory Education Service at the City of Schaerbeek. In this position, he developed and coordinated environmental and sustainability projects for schools and had numerous human resources-related duties.

From 2012 to 2017, he served as Director of Development & National Federations’ Relations and additionally as Accreditation Coordinator at the International Foundation for the Development of University Sports (FIDSU). In this role, he gained experience in various fields of sport management, including programme development, multi-sectorial relationship-building and financial planning.

From 2006 to 2012, he was involved with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) as Director of the World University Championships. In this position, he earned invaluable experience in international sport event organisation and grant application writing.

Laurent’s sporting background is in rugby and hockey. He has both played these sports and has taken up refereeing duties in them.

“I am so happy that we have been able to tie Laurent Briel to ENGSO. Laurent has an extensive experience in working with international sport. He has served in FISU for more than twenty years and has a broad competence in all matters related to sport development and sport policy” – says ENGSO President, Stefan Bergh.

In September we learnt that our Policy Director, Kaisa Larjomaa, had decided to leave her position and move back to Finland. Kaisa has performed excellent in her role and because of her efforts, ENGSO has strengthened its position in the sport policy field. I am pleased that Kaisa will continue working with us and lead our new Erasmus+ Sport collaborative partnership, the EQUIP project – he adds.

The whole ENGSO family wishes Laurent and Kaisa all the best in their new roles!