Wytze Russchen

Russchen Wytze Picture

Wytze Russchen worked in the European Parliament as political adviser to Minister Willy De Clercq, former Deputy Prime Minister and European Commissioner. In 1999 Wytze became Press & Parliamentary Officer at BUSINESSEUROPE, the voice of European business. He performed similar functions for Dutch employers’ association VNO-NCW as of 2001. As Senior Adviser European Affairs, he returned to Brussels in 2004, charged with the Dutch EU Presidency. In 2005 Wytze founded Russchen Consultants, a PR/PA firm providing advice on government relations, communication and events. Wytze has served for seven years as the Director of the European Business Summit. Wytze has been in-house consultant to BUSINESSEUROPE for ten years, as Manager of the AS Group, which grew from 18 members (2005) to 69 in 2015. Wytze was the Director of three EC-funded civil society pre-accession projects (BOSMIP II/III/IV). Wytze is Chairman of Access2Europe, candidate for the European Parliament (1999 and 2004), author of ‘Het Oliemannetje' (2014), '#Post uit Brussel' (2015), ‘The Fixer’ (2016), international speaker and trainer and driving force behind many professional & societal networks. Wytze has been elected (2015) one of the ten most influential Dutch people in Brussels. In 2016 he was Knighted by H.M. King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands.