The management team is in charge of setting up the activities and projects of United Europe and organizing the administration of the association.
James Candon joined United Europe beginning November 2020. In the two years prior to joining us he had founded Idemo.club, a start-up geared to bringing young people together across borders and cultures through the medium of amateur sport, starting with Rugby. The global SARS-COV2 pandemic having forced Idemo into a deep freeze, James is delighted to have the opportunity to work with United Europe in bringing people together to celebrate their diversity and drive forward for a more competitive Europe.
Earlier in his career, James has been an independent legal services provider in the tech and more latterly in the fintech sectors supporting clients such as FleetCor, Joulex, Ivanti and Pemac. Prior to that he worked as in house Counsel for 10 years with companies such as IBM, Internet Security Systems and i2 Technologies. Before his move into the tech sector he was a lawyer with UK law firm Denton Wilde Sapte and an International Trade Advisor with EuroCommerce.
Originally from Ireland, James is based in Brussels since 1996 and will be building United Europe’s presence as trusted and respected interlocutor in the capital of Europe and across our great continent.
Rieke Schües (from 01/09/2020 on parental leave) has been Managing Director of United Europe since November 2018. As a strategic communications consultant, she was previously responsible for corporate communications and public affairs for five years in an international management consultancy. Prior to that, she worked as a PR consultant in London and Sydney. Since 2011 she has lectured on the Political Communications Masters course at Zeppelin University and the University of Applied Science Europe. Rieke Schües has studied economics, communications, and EU law in London, the Netherlands, and southern Germany.