Marie-Elisabeth Rusling


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Based in Brussels for over 20 years, Marie-Elisabeth has coordinated numerous European programmes to support SMEs – from access to finance to internationalisation, from innovation to environment - at Eurochambres and CCI FRANCE.


Leading multinational teams and managing complex expert networks across the EU and beyond, she has built solid management expertise and partnerships while acting as a sherpa for numerous European SMEs eager to engage with EU programmes and decision makers.


She holds Masters Degrees in International Management from ESCP- EUROPE Business School  and in Literature and Languages from La Sorbonne University. She has lived and worked in Austria, Germany, France and the UK.


Jan Debets

Programme Manager

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Jan is a Programme manager at Business Angels Europe. He monitors relevant EU policy surrounding innovation and finance, and  communicates the voice of Business Angels Europe's members  towards Brussels’ stakeholders. Furthermore, Jan manages European Commission funded projects like ESIL and WA4E, and supports the operations of the BAE Club. 


Jan is of Dutch nationality and has studied history and political science at Leiden University, Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne and Oxford University. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French. 


He has previous working experience as a network manager for a Dutch Business Angels network and as a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission.



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