digital and transport policy advisor in the European Parliament
My name is Jordan, I'm senior policy advisor to MEP Karen Melchior, specialised in the EU's Digital, Transport, and Research policies. I speak English, French and German.
I have two years of practical experience working on policy in the European Parliament, with in-depth knowledge of Parliament's procedures, people and practices, backed up by a further 5 years studying European Affairs, and a year in the College of Europe's post-graduate Political and Governance Studies programme.
I have over two years of preparing speeches, social media, and press releases to promote the work of my MEP, and specialise in explaining complex EU decision making in simple terms. I studied European Communication during my masters, and at the College of Europe, including with Jean-Claude Junker's former speech writer.
As advisor to MEP Karen Melchior, I represented the Renew group in negotiations in the Legal Affairs Committee on many major digital policy files, including the AI Act, European Digital Identity, Data Act, Product Liability Directive and the AI Liability Directive. I also drafted and led negotiations on reports on Digitalisation and Administrative law of the EU and on Geoblocking. My interest in digital policy stretches back to the digital rights movements of the early 2010s.
I lead MEP Karen Melchior's work on transport in Europe, with a focus on rail transport and cross-border services. I also helped prepare MEP Melchior's position on the Women in Transport Report in the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee.
My Internship at the Research Executive Agency, as well as my work on the EU's Research Framework Programmes has given me a unique look into how the programmes are governed, operate, what they do, their past, present and future.
Having followed a High School diploma specialised in Sustainable development and renewable energy, I take a particular interest in the EU's energy policy, particularly with regard to Hydrogen, Innovative Nuclear, and Grid Interconnectivity.
My Interest in Cities, their designs, and more particularly their street layout and transit policies, is longstanding. I follow major developments in city architecture and design, as well as European Initiatives such as URBACT.
My native language is English.
My International experience, coupled my bachelors degree in European and Intercultural Studies, has allowed me to develop strong intercultural communication skills, meaning I am at ease in international, multi-lingual environments.
My Experience with presentations, as well as at Model European Union and Model United Nations events has allowed me to develop my skills as a public speaker.
During my two years on the Board of the Young Europeans Federalists Paris, first as Secretary General, then as President, I learnt how to moderate conflict, and work with and lead a team to complete a number of projects, including colaborations with the Seine-Saint-Denis department and the European Commission.
Years of experience programming have given me a deep technical understanding of emerging technologies such as AI, the blockchain and others, as well as an understanding of when and where these technologies can be appropriate or useful.
I have administrated a UK politics group, and ran social media accounts for the French Federation for UNESCO, Eurosorbonne and the Young European Federalists. Additionally, during my time at the European Commission's Research Executive Agency I prepared numerous tweets for the agency's twitter account. Hence, I have an extensive experience in using Social media and managing communities.
I have considerable experience with Microsoft office, particularly with powerpoint and excel, which i used extensively during my internship at Goodyear Dunlop.
I have significant experience preparing and editing both Rastor and Vector Images in Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator and their open source equivalents, G.I.M.P and Inkscape.
I have years of experience in web development and server administration, in fact, I designed and built this website from scratch, and it is hosted on a server that I operate.
As Digital policy advisor, I was responsible for the AI act and European Digital Identity proposals. My work involved meeting with stakeholders, preparing Ms Melchior's position and amendments, and defending Ms Melchior's position in negotiations on both files.
Keen to put into practice the knowledge I have gained throughout my wider life with regard to technology, and more recently with regard to the EU's digital policy, I am currently working with MEP Patrick Breyer on topics such as the DSA, DMA, Chat Control and the ePrivacy Regulation.
In June, I graduated from a Master's degree in Poltiical & Governance Studies, at the College of Europe in Bruges. I specialised in Digital Policy, writing my thesis on the upcoming ePrivacy Regulation.
As a participant on the Telecare and Patient-centric care Committee, I shared my views on the privacy and intercompatibility aspects of telecare.
The Research Executive Agency is a body of the European Commission responsible for implementing research policy. During my Internship, I communicated with stakeholders through the COVID-19 crisis, prepared a new mission statement and brochure for the agency, and worked with the social media team to prepare more engaging content and increase their visibility.
Under my presidency, we deepened our partnership with the Seine-Saint-Denis department, and continued educational actions despite the COVID crisis, conferences with EU officials, including Commissioner Sinkevičius, and millitant actions during the local elections, encouraging candidates to commit to pro-European policy in the form of the Label Ville Européenne.
I oversaw the administration of the association, and organised meetings of the administrative council and general assemblies. I actively partook in the work of the association, teaching young people about European Democracy and Fundamental Rights.
Eurosorbonne is a Student Association at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle. I helped prepare events (conferences with EU officials, Euractiv, social events), and wrote articles for their magazine.
I took classes on European Law (Legal Order, Competition, Internal Market, Environment), European Communication, Negotiation, and Political Sciences. I wrote a two thesis, one on the influence of the media on Brexit, and a second on EU research policy.
As part of the French Ministry of Education's CIEP programme, I spent a year teaching French in a German Secondary School.
I worked in communication and fund raising in Paris, France. I also completely reworked the logo, design language, and website of the Federation.
I facilitated communication between French and German teams, organised tours for partners and employees, and developed IT systems to facilitate plant optimisation.
The degree consisted of two years at the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France and one year at the Universität Regensburg, Germany, studying themes such as the History of the EU, European Policy and Law.
In 2011, I Integrated Paul-Constans, and studied Sustainable Development and I.T. Throughout my time here, I strengthened my French Skills, and excelled in I.T, Architecture, Energy and German. In my final year, I served as student representative on the board of administrators, as well as the boards of health and discipline.
I arrived in France in April 2008. Prior to arrival I spoke no French. I reached fluency in French in my final year at middle school, and graduated with honours.
Having finished primary school in the UK, I spent two years at the award winning Bishop Stopford School.