Consultant Network Europe

Consultancy Network – Advising the economic development of the SME’s.

The European Economic Advisory Board consist a set of personalities that deal with the corporate issues of the SME’s in Europe in terms of economic or scientific matters. Next to scientists and personalities in business, individuals in the area of politics, administration and media are part of the network.

The Economic Advisory Board meets once or twice a year in Brussels and assists the IFM and its members in all questions regarding the economic development of the SME’s.

Next to the European Economic Advisory Board are further advisory bodies in all of the IFM members represented German regions and throughout Europe. As a consequence all current affairs tailored to regional and country-specific needs of SME’s are covered.

European Economic Advisory Board Chairman

Belgium: Dr. Dirk Ahner (former General Director of the GD Regio Policy of the EU-Commission)

Vice Chairman:

Germany: Prof. Thomas Paul (CEO paul und collegen Berlin, BiTS Hochschule Berlin)


Austria: Dr. Christof Zernatto, IFM Representative in Austria (former Landeshauptmann – Prime Minister – from Kärnten)

Bulgaria: Eugeniy Ivanov, IFM Representative in Bugaria (General Manager Euroconsultants S.A., AD Bulgaria)

England: Jeremy Summers, IFM Representative in England (IP / Commercial Lawyer, Lewis Silkin LLP)

England: Helen Gammons, IFM – Expert for Strategic planning and business development

Estonia: Dr. William B. Simons, IFM Representative in Estonia (Attorney at Law, Arbitrator, Timmermans & Simons Int’l Business Lawyers)

Germany: Dr. Jens Bücking, Representative and founding member of the IFM Institut für den Mittelstand (Lawyer and specialist for IT law, esb Rechtsanwälte, Stuttgart)

Germany: Prof. Dr. Thomas Henschel, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (Consulting epertise for Risk Management and Business Management systems for sme’s)

Greece: Dr. Paris Kokorotsikos, IFM Representative in Greece (Chairman and CEO of Euroconsultants S.A. Griechenland)

Italy: Dr. Massimo Fontana Ros, IFM Representative in Italy (Lawyer, International business law and commercial law, Studio FONTANA ROS – Legal & Tax Advisors)

Montenegro: Blazo Saban, IFM Representative in Montenegro (Owner ICT Company „Sitexs IT Solution“, Podgorica)

Netherlands: Dr. Wim A. Timmermans, IFM Representative in Netherlands (Lawyer, Specialist for East European Economic-, Investment and Public Procurement law, Timmermans & Simons Int’l Business Lawyers)

Poland: Dr. Marta Ziolkowska, IFM Representative in Poland (Ph.D., Assistent Professor at Warsaw School of Economics, Institute of Management)

Romania: Dr. Birgit Schliewenz, IFM Representative in Romania, Head of Unit IFM Projects with the EU (Management Partner SC MANCOM CENTRU SRL)

Serbia: Jasmina Pavlovic, IFM Representative in Serbia (CEO SR Investment Advisory Group)

Serbia: Prof. Darko B. Vukovic, Banking Academy Belgrade (Expert for Regional economy, Economic and regional geography, Institutional economics)

Sweden: Prof. Dr. Susanne Durst, IFM Representative in Sweden (Senior Lecturer School of Business, University of Skövde)

Switzerland: Patrick Schlessinger, IFM Representative in Switzerland (Expert for Investment Advice, Asset Management and Family Offices, FINAPORT Ltd.)

Western Balkan: Zoran Barac, IFM Representative for the Western Balkan Countries Legal support for investment projects in relation to the countries of the Western Balkan, Langhoff, Dr. Schaarschmidt & Kollegen – RA LSK)

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