In 2014 a new Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership was officially launched in Brussels. Its mission is to inspire people working in and with European Union (EU) organisations to awareness, understanding and application of servant-leadership. It is part of the international network of Greenleaf Centers for Servant-Leadership with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. The Greenleaf Center in Brussels aims specifically at translating the servant-leadership philosophy to the multi-faceted and international EU environment.


The Brussels Center was founded by a dedicated team with extensive experience with 21st century leadership in both the EU Institutions and the private sector, as well as public-private partnerships.

Dr Ronald de Bruin is a 21st Century leader with over 20 years of verifiable experience in the European multi-stakeholder innovation arena obtained in business, public-private partnerships and EU organisations. He is Director at COST Association - European Cooperation in Science and Technology. Before joining the Association, Dr. De Bruin was Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Head of Department of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). For almost eight years, he played a key role in and managing and setting up these European Union agencies from scratch. He is Ambassador to Brussels for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Europe and Founding Director of the Greenleaf Center in Brussels. Dr. De Bruin has also authored several books on servant-leadership, digital television, online consumer trust and computer security. He holds a Ph.D.in Law and Computer Science, an M.Sc. in Technology Management and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.

Eszter Batta is the Policy Assistant of a Director with the European Commission DG Growth. Prior to that she served in different roles in DG Enterprise and DG Research. Before joining the Commission, she worked as the Assistant to a Member of European Parliament. As an Art of Hosting practitioner, she is a strong believer in using participative methods for decision making and stakeholder engagement.

Katrin Dürkoop is working as Human Resources Management Assistant with the European Commission DG Communication. She is a Facilitator & Host of the Participatory Leadership Practice, a Circle Practitioner and a certified Life and Career Coach.

Erik van Roon is Business Controller and Transition Coach at Arnhem Museum, the Netherlands. He is a member of the Governing Council of Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) and Chairman of the Board of Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) Netherlands.

Matthijs Schüssler is working as policy advisor to a Member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party (mother party of the Dutch political party CDA). In this capacity he deals with International Trade, Aviation, European Budget and China. Matthijs started his career as an attorney at law at Loyens&Loeff in Amsterdam and was admitted to the Dutch bar association. Before his current job he worked as legal advisor to the Dutch Christian Democratic party (CDA) in which capacity he also was the secretary of the management board of the party.

Dr Derek Pelland is the Director of the Leadership Academy at College du Leman, in Switzerland. He has more than ten years of teaching experience working with schools in the United States and Europe, along with partnership projects in Nepal and India. Before coming to Geneva, Dr. Pelland has been supporting the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership in Brussels, tailoring custom learning objectives for European leaders and students. As an experiential learner, Dr. Pelland has sought out international culture by embracing diversity and promoting the sharing of ideas. His personal learning experiences have led him to share lessons and best practices from his journey to promote the next generation of international leaders. His formal education includes a Bachelor degree in education psychology and teaching certification from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a Master's degree in social entrepreneurship and change, together with a Doctorate degree in Organisational Leadership from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Sebastian Prieto Tovar  is a graduate from VU University in the Master of Business Administration in the Human Resources specialisation. He received his Bachelor in Psychology and minor in Business from IE Business School, Spain in 2014. In 2015 he pursued the opportunity to join a project in the entrepreneurial world located in Paris, for a Rocket Internet startup where he developed his knowledge in international recruitment, as well as working in the development and expansion of the Spanish market. In 2016, he started working for Nike in the HR department and more recently, he joined Uber’s recruitment team.

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Email: ronald.de-bruin@europe.com