Examples of assignments

 

" I had the pleasure to work with Katinka on the 4th edition of the EU Vocational Skills Week taking place in Helsinki. Special guests included Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility and Li Andersson, Finnish Minister of Education, among many others. Katinka was in charge of all the protocol aspects, and she took her role with great professionalism and attention to detail. I would recommend her services without hesitation."

Eva Stasiak, Project Manager, Cecoforma Events and Communications

Virtual and hybrid events VIP support from 2020 to present

Since 2020, I am preparing VIPs for their online speaking engagements. With Composite, we manage and produce high-level meetings for the European Commission through tender contracts. In the frame of those contracts, I am supporting EU and government officials to best prepare their online participation via tech checks before the events, and specific briefings in advance. In preparation for hybrid events, I am getting the studio ready with the European Commission's responsible DG and technicians by visiting the venue in advance and arranging all logistical details of the cabinet of the high-level speaker.

European Innovation Council Summit, 2021, Brussels, Belgium

I was the Protocol Officer of the very first European Innovation Council Summit in 2021. My role was to manage VIPs, who were Members of the European Parliament, the Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, and several  European Commissioners and Award winners. I welcomed them and ensured the perfect preparation of the logistical readiness for their speech on stage, and provided support for the preparation of bilateral meetings.

EU - India Study Tour, 2020, Brussels, Belgium

I organized all the logistics around meetings with EU Institutions for around 20 diplomates, all ambassadors of India positioned in various EU countries. I organized the official meetings, social activities, and travel for some of them. I accompanied them to all their meetings and activities over 3 days in Brussels and Brugge.

Katinka Estrade

European Vocational Skills Week 2019, Helsinki, Finland

I was the Protocol Officer of the one week-long event, where my main role was preparing the VIP and delegation briefings in advance, preparing seating plans for the conference and for the gala dinner, coordinating VIPs (Ministers from different countries, Commissioner, different EU representatives, and
government officials) and arranging logistics needs for VIPs (security preparation, badges, delegate packs/gifts, VIP room). I was the link between the event organizers and the VIPs, and I was in charge of coordinating with between them and VIPs' delegations all last-minute changes, so they could focus on the content and the event preparation itself.

EU - India Experts Day 2019, Brussels, Belgium

I helped the event organizer with all logistics related matters of a high-level meeting at the Council of Europe to ensure the participants had an excellent event experience and all their needs were catered for which allowed the main organizer to focus on the content of the meeting and build the important relations between participants. 

VIP Management

 

A few examples of high-level persons I worked with since 2011:


President Emeritus of the European Council: Herman Van Rompuy


European Parliament: MEP Jutta Paulus, MEP Cristian Busoi, MEP Philippe Lamberts, MEP Virginie Rozière

European Commission: 

  • Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age; 

  • Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission leading on the European Green Deal

  • Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner Thierry Breton, Commissioner Pierre Moscovici,  Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, and more...

 

Ambassador: H.E. MS. Gaitri Issar Kumar, Ambassador of India to the Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European
Union


NATO:

  • 2014 Ted Whiteside, Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy,

  • 2013 Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, Former ASG for NATO Public Diplomacy and current President of Croatia

  • 2013 Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen,

  • 2013-2014 Commander Kurt Engelen Vice President of Euro Atlantic Association of Belgium and Counsellor at the Representation of Belgium to the NATO Military Committee.

 

Government officials:

  • Pascal Smet in his capacity as Minister of Brussels Mobility and Public Works; Bruxelles-Region

  • Christos Doulkeridis, current Mayor of Ixelles, Brussels,

  • Els Ampe, Alderman of the City of Brussels,

  • Several Finance Ministers of various countries.

  • And many more, just to name a few examples...

 
My clients said about me

 
I am humbled to be part of this incredible event as protocol expert to assist our VIPs ✨ #