UCL European Institute


Welcoming our new Advisory Board members

25 March 2021

Sabina Ciofu, Elke Kristoffersen, and Sir David Lidington joined the EI Advisory Board in March 2021.

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The European Institute is pleased to welcome three new members of our Advisory Board, chaired by David Lord Anderson of Ipswich KBE QC. You can read profiles of all members of the board here.

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Sabina Ciofu

Sabina Ciofu leads techUK's international policy and engagement. Based in Brussels, she manages techUK’s engagement with the European Union institutions, as well as the EU Member States. Outside of the EU, her work is focused on key trade partners, such as the USA and Japan, as well as key international organisations, such as the WTO and the OECD. Previously, she worked as Policy Advisor in the European Parliament for almost a decade, where she specialised in tech regulation, international trade and EU-US relations.

Sabina is the founder of the Gentlewomen’s Club, co-organiser of the Young Professionals in Digital Policy and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, where she has led several youth civic engagement and gender equality projects.

She holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge.

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Elke Kristoffersen

Elke Kristoffersen leads the Partnerships & Philanthropy team at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels, a landmark in the capital of Europe’s cultural landscape, representing all artistic disciplines and welcoming over 1 million visitors per year. As a Federal cultural institution BOZAR has a resolute European positioning that offers a platform for intercultural dialogue, cultural diplomacy, diversity and inclusion.

BOZAR’s strategic location in Brussels ensures excellent visibility of our cultural activities vis-à-vis the European institutions and enables the development of fruitful collaborations with International and European partners.

As Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy, Elke is passionate about creating meaningful relations and innovative partnerships with impact. The understanding of stakeholder needs, flexibility and building long-term relationships have been her dedicated approach throughout the years.

Previously, she worked in the media and advertising sector where she specialised in pan-European partnerships.

Elke has a Double Major B.A. in Sociology and Mass Communications from York University, Toronto, Canada and is involved in various roundtables on Diversity & Inclusion practices, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Partnerships. She is also a Board Member of The Pond and the Waterfalls, supporting emerging collaborations as (a) key to social change.

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Sir David Lidington

David Lidington served in the House of Commons for nearly 28 years, including more than nine years as a Minister in the governments led by David Cameron and Theresa May.

In government he was successively Minister for Europe at the Foreign Office, Leader of the House of Commons, Justice Secretary, and Minister for the Cabinet Office, in which role he was also deputy to Prime Minister May, including taking her place at Prime Minister’s Questions when she was absent. He was a member of the UK’s National Security Council and has represented the UK at the EU, NATO, the UN Security Council and other international gatherings.

David is now Chair of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the UK’s leading security and defence policy. He is the UK chair-designate of the Koenigswinter Conference (UK/Germany) and the Aurora Forum (UK/Nordics and Baltics).