Meet the Team

Read more about every Blomeyer & Sanz team Member

Roland Blomeyer
Director and Senior Researcher/Evaluator


Director and Senior Researcher/Evaluator at Blomeyer & Sanz, having established the firm in 2004.


He has an educational background in law, political and administration sciences and economics (LLM, Paris; MA Durham; Diploma, Speyer; PhD Candidate, Bristol).


Before establishing Blomeyer & Sanz in 2004, Roland worked for different private sector consultancies (ECORYS and LRDP, both in Brussels), the German agency for development cooperation (in Frankfurt and Prague) and Strathclyde Regional Council (in Glasgow).


Roland has some 20 years of experience and has worked for a wider range of international, European and national / regional institutions. International organisations include the OSCE and UNDP; European institutions include the Council of Europe, European Parliament, European Commission and a series of different European Union Agencies; national/regional-level experience includes the Swedish International Development Agency and different territorial authorities in Spain and Austria.


Roland is experienced with a series of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods, with specific experience with case study approaches and process tracing.


Roland has delivered research and evaluation assignments in a wide range of policy areas, with a specific interest in integrity and accountability policy, capacity development in the areas of human rights, democracy and the rule of law and the European Union’s Cohesion Policy.


Roland is fluent in English, German, French and Spanish.


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Margarita Sanz
Senior Researcher


Senior Researcher at Blomeyer & Sanz since 2014.


She has an educational background in law and translation (LLM, Alcalá; MA Madrid).


Before working at Blomeyer & Sanz, Margarita worked for the public administration (Regional Ministry of Finances, in Brussels and Toledo) and the private sector (International Road Transport Association – ASTIC, in Madrid). During the period she worked in ASTIC, Margarita was responsible for the department of International relations and relations with the specialised media.


Margarita has 18 years of experience and has worked for the Government of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), the International Road Union, the French Comité National Routier; European institutions include the Council of Europe, European Parliament, European Commission and a series of different European Union Agencies.


Margarita is experienced with qualitative and EU legal research methods, stakeholders’ consultation, online surveys management and human resources management. She deals with the general administration and legal issues of the Blomeyer & Sanz.


Her main research areas are European Union’s Transport Policy and the EU action in the field of gender equality.


She is fluent in Spanish, French, English and Italian.


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Mike Beke
Senior Researcher


Senior Researcher at Blomeyer & Sanz and has been at the firm since 2012.


He has an educational background in political science (MA, Ghent; PhD in Government and Public Administration, Madrid).


Prior to working at Blomeyer & Sanz, Mike worked at the Spanish chapter of the international non-governmental organisation Transparency International (TI). Before that, he worked at the Brussels-based think tank called the Centre for European Policy Studies.


Mike has some 10 years of experience and has worked for various international and European public institutions and non-governmental organisations. International organisations include the OSCE, the Global Fund, and the Global Development Network; European institutions include the Council of Europe, European Parliament, European Commission and the European Fisheries Control Agency; non-governmental organisations include TI, Oxfam, and Club de Madrid. At our firm, Mike also provides pro-bono assistance to the Fundación Carlos de Amberes in Madrid.


Mike has coordinated and executed (policy) research and evaluation assignments across the globe, and adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to research and a proactive approach to result-based management, allowing to address needs and policy thematic focuses of clients.


He has specialised in good governance issues concerning a range of policy areas, such as EU justice and home affairs (focus on organised crime and corruption), EU regional policy (focus on public procurement) and EU fisheries policy (focus on fisheries controls). A key research interest of Mike is collective action between civil society, public and private sector organisations in order enhance transparency, accountability and integrity.


Mike is fluent in English, Dutch, and Spanish.


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Nicolò Franceschelli


Researcher/Evaluator at Blomeyer & Sanz, having joined the firm in January 2014.


He has an educational background in political sciences and a master on evaluation of public programmes and policies (LLM, Bologna; MA Madrid).


Before joining Blomeyer & Sanz in 2014, Nicolò worked in the Italian third sector for almost 10 years in the areas of ageing social services (Bologna).


Nicolò has more than 10 years of experience working with CSOs and local and regional authorities in Italy and Spain. He also worked for various European institutions, including the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe as well as for national and international organisations, such us the United Nations Associations of Sweden and the EEA and Norway Grants.


Nicolò has a good command of both qualitative and quantitative methods including desk and field research, stakeholders’ consultation, focus groups and online surveys management.


Nicolò has conducted / contributed to research and evaluation assignments in a broad range of policy areas, including social inclusion, human rights, capacity developments, democracy, ageing, environment, fishery and the European Union’s Cohesion Policy.


Nicolò is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.


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Antonio Sanz

Antonio Sanz
Associate Senior Consultant

Antonio Sanz has an academic background in Information and Communication Technology (MSc University of Salamanca) and business (MBA University of Cambridge). Following a career as a Software Engineer in the private sector, Antonio then moved to business consultancy with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Spain, then in 2010, as Senior Project Manager for Blomeyer & Sanz, and as an external Associate since 2018.

He has 15 years of professional consulting experience, the last 8 years focused on managing and delivering research studies and evaluations of EU policies, programmes and projects (ERDF/CF, ESF) for the European Parliament, European Commission, EU Agencies, NGOs, and the Council of Europe. Antonio’s current focus lies in the use of ICT to improve the work of EU institutions, and most in particular in the area of Data Science as a key driver for our economy and society.

Antonio is a Spanish native speaker and is fluent in English. He has also good working knowledge of French and basic command of Italian.

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Veronika Kubeková

She has an educational background in international economic relations (BA, Bratislava) and international security (MA, Paris).

She gathered experience at the US Embassy in Bratislava where she interned at the department of public affairs as well as at the Slovak Atlantic Commission where she helped with organisation of the annual Globsec security conference. She also interned at the International Visegrad Fund.

In 2017 Veronika joined Blomeyer & Sanz as intern. She contributed to assignments such as evaluation of the International Code of Conduct Association for the Private Security Providers,transitional allowances in Slovakia and Czech Republic, or ex-ante conditionalities.

After the internship, she continues working at Blomeyer & Sanz. She has worked on issues related to training of maritime fishers and large-scale infrastructure projects of public procurement.

Veronika’s main research interests are security related issues as well as European foreign policies.

Veronika is a native Slovak speaker, understands Czech and speaks fluent English and French. She is currently working on her Russian and Spanish language competencies.

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George Maridis
Research Intern


Research intern at Blomeyer & Sanz, having joined the firm in January 2018.


He has an educational background in Economics and Languages, currently studying at the University of Exeter.


Before joining Blomeyer & Sanz, George had worked in the export and sales industry in KOLIOS S.A. and in real estate in KERAMEUS S.A., both in Greece. He has lived and worked in Greece, the UK, Spain and Germany.


George has experience using both qualitative and quantitative methods including desk research and data analysis.


In his time with us George has contributed to research and evaluation assignments in the policy areas of agriculture and fishing, social cohesion and budget control.


George is fluent in English, Greek, Spanish and also speaks German.

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Associate Experts

Lusine Aleksandriyan

Is the director of the Local Democracy Agency foundation and has over 10 years of experience the fields of human rights, democracy, community development, gender equality, citizen’s participation and civil society. She is based in Gyumri (Armenia) and is fluent in Armenian, English and Russian.

Roderick Ackermann

(BSc) Has approximately 23 years international experience covering 19 countries. He has 18 years evaluation experience, including seven years in Bulgaria and Turkey. His current focus is development and trade. He also has experience in the area of protecting vulnerable groups in an international context, in particular the development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks for organisations working in the field of child protection. He has an interest in the deployment of digital technologies to enhance research and evaluation. He based in the North of England. |

Rolf Bergs

Dr., FeRSA, born in 1961, studied political science and economics at the University of Frankfurt (1988: Ph.D. in political science and research semester at the SOAS London) and further holds a British Diploma in Economics. From 1989-1991, he worked as a consultant with Environ GmbH, Frankfurt. Since 1991 he has been partner and senior researcher at Policy Research & Consultancy (PRAC) Partnership Co., Bad Soden. After several consultancy and research engagements in international development policy during the 1980s and 1990s, Rolf’s thematic focus, since the second half of the 1990s, has been the evaluation of European cohesion and rural policies and pre-accession programmes (ERDF Objectives 1, 2 and INTERREG, ESF, EAGGF/EAFRD and PHARE). Apart from that he has been engaged in empirical research on EU regional policies and economic and monetary integration (including publications in international journals). Furthering that, he carried out empirical analyses on regional innovation, the spatial economy (rural, urban, cross-border), lifelong learning and other topics on behalf of European institutions and German authorities. Rolf is fluent in German and English and can communicate in French.

Rolf Bergs collaborates with us as a representative of a partner company in Germany (PRAC)

Francisco Cardona

Is a renowned international expert focused on designing and assessing civil service and public administration reforms, administrative law and administrative justice, anticorruption policies and state and institution building. His experience stretches from his native Spain, where he developed a career within the civil service, to international organisations such as the OECD, where he spent 15 years as a senior policy analyst in public governance, and as an adviser to a host of some 25 transition and developing countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean region. With a background education as a lawyer and several master degrees in public administration, he is fluent in English and French, apart from in his native Spanish and Catalan.

Juliet Carpenter

(BA, PhD) Is a researcher and evaluator, with an educational background in urban geography. She has over 18 years’ experience of research into European and national policies, in particular those related to urban and regional policy, and sustainable development. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Ecole Normale Superieur de Lyon, France. She is fluent in English and French.

Camille Massey

(MA, International Law and Public Affairs/Development) – Has 15 years experience, including 12 years in monitoring and evaluation. She has worked in 17 countries in wider Europe, including 9 years living in the Balkans, and 2 in the Caucasus. She worked as an international civil servant for Council of Europe and OSCE, and consulted for several other international organisations, especially UN agencies. Her current interest focuses on second-wave reforms in transition countries. She specialises in evaluation of organisational change, institution building, and public administration reform. She has wide experience in security sector reform and human rights. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Serbian. She is based in Vienna, Austria.

Karim Erzini

(PhD in Biological Oceanography) Is the head of the Fisheries, Biodiversity and Conservation Group of the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) at the University of Algarve. He has more than 25 years experience teaching and researching in fisheries, as well as in the evaluation of projects, programmes and institutes. His mother tongue is Arabic and he is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Valeria Kaneva

(MA) Is a human resources management consultant with 20 years of international development experience. She has provided advice on a variety of strategy and operations issues in the areas of human resources policy, organisational development, talent management, recruitment and selection, learning and development, and workforce diversity. She has worked with the international organisations and other public-sector institutions in South and South-East Asia, Africa and Europe. She is also a certified career coach. Valeria is fluent in Bulgarian, English and Spanish and has a conversational command of German.

Andrzej Mierzwicki

(PhD. / Eng.) Has studied mechanical engineering and management information systems. He has 23 years’ experience in administration and financial management of projects in Poland and abroad. He has been working for 10 years as an expert, in monitoring and evaluation of projects focused on SME support programs, education and financial controlling. He has experience in the international procurement. He is fluent in German, English, Russian and Polish. Andrzej is based in Warsaw – PL.

Fernando Nieto

(PhD candidate) Studied Marine Sciences and followed a Master of Sciences on Fisheries Management and Economy. After spending few years in marine research, his experience covers 18 years in policy development on conservation and control/enforcement of the EU Common Fisheries Policy. He is interested in cost-effectiveness of the EU policies and transparency. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Gabriel Pierard

Has studied economics & public policy (Sciences Po Paris), public/EU law (Paris II University) and international relations (SAIS, Washington D.C.). His experience covers 18 years’ public policy evaluation and management consultancy, in France and the UK. Gabriel has practised a wide range of policy areas, and led or contributed to several evaluations and impact assessments of EU policies and projects, for various DGs of the European Commission; the European Parliament; the EIB; EU agencies; and international organisations. Gabriel is based in Paris, where he also teaches policy evaluation at Sciences Po. He is fluent in French and English, and has a command of German and Spanish.

Olha Krasovska

Ph.D. in Economics (‘Innovation Economics and R&D Management’). Is a researcher and evaluator, has approximately 15 years’ experience of designing, implementing, managing and evaluating national and international projects in the fields of decentralisation, local self-government and local democracy, regional economic policy, SME development, R&D and innovation.
Ms. Krasovska has some 10 years of practical experience in the development of policy related documents on the mentioned issues for Ukrainian Government and international organisations.
Olha is a member of Ukrainian Evaluation Association. She has extensive experience in evaluation of programmes and projects, including for the Council of Europe, international projects under EU funded Eurostars program. She is Ukrainian mother tongue and speaks fluently English and Russian.

Halyna Senyk

Founder and Director of DataWatch, s.r.o, a consulting company, established in February 2017. Halyna has an educational background in international relations (Diploma of Specialist, Lviv National University), law (LL.M LSE) and human rights (MA Central European University).

Prior to establishing her own company, Halyna ran an international organization, based in Prague, with a mandate in 47 countries. She also possesses experience in implementing projects with CSOs or on civil society issues in Eastern Partnership countries. She has been working as an expert on monitoring and evaluation for the United Nations Development Programs and the European Commission, and as a researcher for FDIH, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, International Council for Human Rights Policy.

Halyna has 15 years of experience and has worked with a number of organizations, including the European Parliament, the European Commission and the State Department of the United States, the Council of Europe, OSCE, ministries of foreign affairs and ministries of culture from 47 countries.
Halyna is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods, has experience in comparative research and case study approaches and process tracing.

She is an expert in such fields as elections, rule of law, assets recovery, democracy and development assistance, and advocacy at the EU bodies, human rights evaluation, reporting and litigation. Halyna is fluent in Ukrainian (native), English, Russian, proficient in Czech and Polish, and possesses a working level of German.

Kim Stobberup

(PhD) Has studied marine biology and fisheries assessment and has worked together with Blomeyer & Sanz on various fisheries related assignments. Kim has 20 years´ experience including activities in research, the private sector and international development, which he has carried out in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. His primary focus is in fisheries policy and management as well as evaluation of fisheries projects and international agreements.

He is currently based in Chile and is fluent in Danish, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Gligor Stojkov

(BSciEng / MBA / PMP) Is an expert in local and regional (economic) development with additional experience in policy advice and support in implementation of development programs for systematic support of private sector development, SME human resource development and overall competitiveness improvement. He has more than 16 years of relevant experience in Balkan and Middle East countries working in the private sector as well as in international projects supporting the economic development and improvement of the appropriate institutional infrastructure. He is fluent in English, German, Serbian/Montenegrin/Bosnian, Bulgarian and Macedonian.

Manuel Villoria

(PhD in Political Science and Sociology and MPA) Has studied a Degree in Law and another in Philology. As a Professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University, he has written more than one hundred books and articles in leading national and international Journals. His experience covers 20 years’ public sector consultancy in Spain and Latin America. His current research and consultancy focus is on Good Governance and corruption. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

John Winterdyk

John was the founding Director of the Centre of Criminology and Justice Research (CCJR) at Mount Royal University (MRU), Canada, from 2009-2012.

He is the first recipient a MRU to receive the Distinguished Scholarship Award and has published
over 25 textbooks, numerous articles, and presented/attended workshops around the world. His current interests include evaluation research, human trafficking, juvenile justice, transnational crime, and crime prevention. Since 2012 John has been a senior associate of IERS and been involved in over a dozen IERS related projects. |

Katerina Stolyarenko

Katerina graduated from the High School of Finance and Management at the Academy of National Economy under the Government of Russian Federation and the International University Concordia-Audentes (majors in Financial Analysis and International Relations). She is obtaining a Master’s Degree in Law from the Open University with a strong academic and research record. Katerina has certified diploma in the Monitoring & Evaluation from Carleton University and Claremont Graduate University.
Before becoming an independent consultant in 2013, Katerina worked for different international organizations including UN and private sector companies in Ukraine.
She has some 14 years international experience including 9 years of specific experience in M&E in 25+ countries and has worked for a wider range of international, European and national/regional institutions. International organisations include the UN agencies (ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNICEF, UNODC); European institutions include the Council of Europe and European Commission and a series of different European Union Agencies; national/regional-level experience includes the USAID, DfID, Polish Aid, SIDA, CIDA, SDC, DANIDA, NORAD, and the Czech Development Cooperation.
Katerina is experienced with a series of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods, with specific experience with theory of changes, logframes, outcome mapping, cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analysis, case study approaches, and data analysis using SPSS software or MS Excel. She has delivered monitoring and evaluation assignments in a wide range of areas.
Katerina is fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian and has intermediate knowledge of Polish.

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