Martin Watson designs and delivers multi-stakeholder and communication strategies for government, business and civil society alike. He is a professional facilitator and moderates public eventsfor clients including a number of Directorate Generals at the European Commission (DG EAC – Education & Culture, DG EMPL – Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, DG MOVE – Mobility & Transport, DG RTD – Research & Innovation etc.).
Martin has worked with a variety of public and non-profit organisations in the international arena. These include the European Commission’s external economic relations with South-East Asia and support for the African Group at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the Doha Round negotiations. He has held senior management positions with various non-governmental organisations responsible for grants, partnerships, organisational development, fundraising and communicating key messages to constituents including donors, governments and the media.
Specialised in fields such as public policies on trade, international development and human rights, Martin has a strong academic background with social science degrees from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany and Nottingham University in the United Kingdom. Currently based in Brussels, he has lived in Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America and worked in Asia, Caucasus, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In addition to his native English, Martin speaks German and French.