Our team

Alexandre
Alaphilippe

Executive Director

Alexandre is Executive Director of EU DisinfoLab. During his career, he gained 15 years of experience in digital communications, planning and implementing campaigns for clients in both the public and private sector. Since 2017, he has specialized in researching and analyzing disinformation campaigns across the European Union, using methodologies such as social network analysis and open source investigation. As EU DisinfoLab’s co-founder and Executive Director, he coordinates the research of a team of five experts. Alexandre’s expertise has been requested by major European and international media, including BBC World, Le Monde, CNN, Vice, CBC-Radio Canada, The Next Web, CBC, Le Temps, etc.

Gary
Machado

Managing Director

Gary is our co-founder, with over a decade of EU affairs experience under his belt. He brings his vast EU bubble expertise to EU DisinfoLab. Gary holds an MA in European Affairs and BA in Economics from universities in France and Scotland.

Thomas
Grandjouan

Advocacy Coordinator

Thomas coordinates the organisation’s relations with policy-makers and press. He joined EU DisinfoLab from NOVE, an EU public affairs and communications consultancy in Brussels, where he managed the consultancy’s technology team and provided advice on lobbying strategies, communications and tech policy for global platforms, hardware & software providers, telcos, trade associations and a NGO. Prior to this, Thomas worked in London at a global PR agency specialised in supporting companies with a social mission. He holds a MA in European Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, and a BA in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester.  

Roman
Adamczyk

Research Coordinator

Roman holds a Master’s in Geoeconomics and Strategic Intelligence from the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs in Paris (IRIS sup’) and a Master’s in Management from Grenoble School of Management (GEM). After an experience as intern for the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service of the French Embassy in Armenia, he worked two years as Strategy analyst for TOTAL in Brussels. Thereafter, he joined EU DisinfoLab in July 2019 as Researcher for the French project, before taking the position of Research Coordinator a few months later. In addition, he also works extensively on OSINT investigations.

Our board

Tony
O'brien

President

Tony is PayPal’s Senior Director of Customer Solutions in EMEA. He is responsible for overseeing world class sales and service delivery to PayPal customers and leading Paypal teams all over Europe. Prior to Paypal, Tony worked as Deputy Executive Director of the European Emergency Number Association and as Director for CCMA Ireland.

DianA
Wallis

Board Member

From 1999 to 2012, Diana served as a member of the European Parliament, and particularly, as a leading member of the Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee. In 2007, she was elected to serve as Vice President of the European Parliament with specific responsibility for Transparency and Access to Documents. Diana played a key role in negotiating with the European Commission for the joint Transparency Register for lobbyists and others. Since resigning as an MEP, Diana has continued her activities in the European legal field and practices as a mediator and arbitrator. 

Gregory
Rohde

Board Advisor

Gregory has more than 25 years of proven accomplishments in the technology industry as an entrepreneur and a leader in the field of emergency communications.  He is the founder of e-Copernicus, which helps technology companies enter new markets, grow their businesses, and secure funding. Prior to e-Copernicus, Gregory worked as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under President Bill Clinton. He was also a senior aide to U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan handling all matters under the jurisdiction of the Senate Commerce Committee, working on several pieces of landmark legislation including the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the Internet Tax Freedom Act.