Acumen hires Nikos Manaras as Account Manager
19 JANUARY 2017
Nikos Manaras joined acumen public affairs on January 9th 2017 as Account Manager, where he will be mostly working with the agency’s healthcare clients.
Nikos said: “I am extremely happy to be joining Acumen. The agency has a wide array of healthcare clients and I look forward to working with them. The decision to join the team was an easy one, mostly because of the Partners’ expertise and experience.”
Nikos has 8 years’ experience in public policy, EU public affairs and communications as well as an in-depth knowledge of health policy. Prior to joining acumen public affairs, he worked at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) as the Senior EU Affairs and Media Coordinator, where he set up the EU Affairs and Media department. He provided strategic advice on public awareness campaigns, public policy issues, media and communication strategies and the organisation’s interactions with the EU institutions.
While at EADV, he set up and managed a number of partnerships on key policy issues (occupational skin cancer, the risks of sunbeds, psoriasis) with other non-profit stakeholders, pharmaceutical companies and other medical associations. Nikos has also worked extensively with key EU health journalists and media outlets pitching stories, providing comments, op-eds and articles.
Prior to coming to Brussels, Nikos worked in academia for six years as a researcher and lecturer on negotiation techniques and policy coordination. In addition, he was a campaign manager for an election campaign in Greece and an external consultant specializing on EU social policy issues. Nikos is a native Greek speaker, is fluent in English and an intermediate level French speaker.
Acumen founding partner Elaine Cruikshanks said: “We are delighted to have Nikos on board. 2017 looks set to be an exciting year for Acumen and we are confident that Nikos will be a valuable asset to our growing client base in the healthcare sector”.
Acumen public affairs was launched in September 2010 and its growing client portfolio has included Cargill Europe, Cembureau, DuPont, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Eli Lilly, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA), LEO Pharma, MasterCard, Merial, Mitsubishi, Merck Sharpe & Dohme (MSD), Nominet, Novartis, PublicLibraries 2020, Sandoz, Syngenta and TIE.