The InfluenceSpain team is made up of an extensive team of dedicated professionals led in Spain by Sebastián Mariz, with 24 years of experience in Government Relations, Public Affairs and Lobbying in Europe and Spain.
Trilingual lobbyist, with experience in Spain and Brussels. Degree in economics and a master's degree in political science.
Before setting up his own government relations consultancy in Spain in 2000, Sebastián began his career in Brussels working for six years with some of the world’s leading agencies in the government relations and communication sector, including Hill & Knowlton PR / PA. During the last 25 years, Sebastián has advised companies, associations and organizations in almost all sectors of the economy. With a degree in economics and a master’s degree in European Policy and Environmental Management, Sebastián is Canadian and Spanish and has two children, Alexandra and Rodrigo. He is trilingual in English, French and Spanish. Currently he is the Managing Director at InFluenceSpain.
Account Executive. Public Affairs and government relations professional.
With more than 15 years of professional experience before joining Influence Spain in 2021, Bernardo has worked as a legal adviser to companies (Siemens, Ernst & Young and Cear); as an Associate Director of Admissions and Business Development with Spain’s top business schools (IE Business School, Deusto Business School and Eude); and as a Headhunter in 360 Talent; while running his family asset management business. He holds a Law Degree from Deusto University, an MBA from IE, a Master in International Law from ISDE and a Master in European Politics and Governance from LSE, with a research thesis on Spanish-Cuban relations.
He holds a Law Degree from Deusto, an MBA from IE, a Master in International Law from ISDE and a Master in European Politics and Governance from LSE, with a research thesis on Spanish-Cuban relations.
Account Executive & Social Media Manager. Journalist specialized in Public Affairs.
Journalist specializing in multimedia content, new technologies and event organization. Natalia began her work experience in media, subsequently focusing on public affairs. She worked in the office of the Secretary of State for Communication, in the Prime Minister’s office. After that, she continued her work development in the Communication Directorate of the State holding company, SEPI, prior to joining InFluence / FIPRA Spain in May 2020.
Natalia provides policy and media research support for all of InFluence / Fipra Spain’s clients. She is also the Social Media Manager of Influence Spain.
Account Manager. Public Affairs and government relations professional.
More than 15 years of experience in the fields of corporate diplomacy, investments, and government relations, 9 of them in Latin America with Spanish PR and PA firms, Llorente y Cuenca and Ostos y Sola. He started his career in 2006 in the Spanish region of Valencia, working on political communications as a communications consultant with ACH & Asociados. He holds an Executive MBA at IE Business School and Bachelor of Information Sciences from the University of Alicante. Complementary studies at Westminster University and LSE (London, UK), University of Miami (USA).
Since 2015 he reconciles his work in government relations with university teaching and is currently a professor of BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) at the prestigious BARNA Management School.
Editor. National and international markets specialist.
More than 15 years of experience in project management in the fields of magazines, graphic design and advertising agencies with knowledge of national and international markets. Management of print purchases for large corporations, both by the client and the agency. Freelance writer. 15 years of teaching experience in a boutique company specialized in business classes.
Research Executive. International Trade specialist.
Prior to joining InFluence Spain, Emily spent more than nine years in the field of international trade as a Regulatory Compliance Analyst, beginning her experience with two large aerospace corporations before working for the U.S. Department of State.
Emily holds a Masters in International Trade and Economic Policy from the George Washington University (DC) and Bachelors degrees in Economics and International Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently pursuing a dual law degree (JD/LLM) from the American University in DC and Carlos III in Madrid.