Impact Agency 89up continues growth as former MEP Claude Moraes joins Public Affairs team
- Moraes appointed Director of European Affairs to build impact agency’s offering for NGO clients looking to shape the agenda in Brussels
- Move comes as part of planned expansion of agency’s public affairs team following campaigns around climate change, technology and free speech
- Agency team has grown from 25 to 36 in just under two years
Former Labour MEP Claude Moraes OBE has joined London-based impact agency 89up as Director of European Affairs as the organisation grows its public affairs arm in both Westminster and Brussels.
Moraes will work alongside 89up CEO and founder Mike Harris, and Director of Campaigns Tom Mauchline to lead public affairs and advocacy campaigns on behalf of the agency’s roster of civil society clients.
Claude Moraes was MEP for London between 1999 and 2020. With his election to the European Parliament in 1999, Moraes became London’s first BAME MEP. During his time in Europe, Moraes was elected as Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and was Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) where he played a key role in shaping GDPR legislation. Following the Edward Snowden revelations about NSA surveillance, Moraes was appointed Rapporteur for the Parliament Inquiry into Mass Surveillance and led the European Parliament Inquiry into Facebook in 2018.
Mike Harris, founder and CEO of 89up said:
“I’m delighted that Claude is joining 89up as the Director of European Affairs. There are very few people anywhere in Europe with such a knowledge of the EU, how it works and how civil society groups can influence the agenda. His insights into the inner workings of the Parliament and Commission will be invaluable to our clients - so we can help tackle some of the big issues we face as Europeans. Increasingly the EU is setting the agenda for our clients, wherever they are in the world, so we’re delighted to have someone of Claude’s experience and calibre join the team.”
89up’s rapid growth has seen the agency grow from 25 team members to 36 in the last two years despite the challenges caused by lockdown. In the last year, the agency has worked to protect end-to-end encryption with the Internet Society, built multiple websites for the anti-racism advocacy group Hope Not Hate, promoted eye health with international eye health charity IAPB and worked with Oxfam to ensure that the voices of climate activists from the Global South were heard as part of the COP26 climate conference.