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President, Europe

Paolo Compostella is an advisor on public affairs and strategic communication issues with a focus on services to government, crisis communication, technology, competition and health care. He serves as president of the European region and is a member of the Global Executive Team. With APCO since 2006, Paolo has worked in numerous markets including APCO’s offices in Brussels, London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Rome.

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Prior to joining APCO, Paolo worked for the European Commission in Brussels at the Directorates General for Development and for Internal Market. He also was a researcher at the Italian Embassy in Kenya, assessing the effectiveness of international development funding to developing countries. He began his career as a consultant at Ernst & Young in Italy.

Paolo holds a degree in international economics from Bocconi University in Milan and has completed his studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Sorbonne in Paris and the Harvard Business School in Boston. He has lived in eight different countries over the last 20 years and holds a thorough understanding of developing nations as well, especially in Asia, Africa and in the Middle East.

He is fluent in English and Italian and proficient in French and Spanish.