Marta BallesterosAssociate Senior Manager

Areas of expertise
  • Project and programme management
  • EU environmental law
  • Legal & policy analysis
  • Negotiation processes
  • Strategy development
  • Management for Conservation Directors, World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF
  • Management skills, Levelheaded, London (GB)
  • Management for newly appointed managers, Management Centre Europe, Brussels (BE)
  • Specialisation degree in European law, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (BE)
  • Masters Degree in the practice of law, Harvard Know How Business College, Madrid (ES)
  • Specialisation in Human Rights, Institute of Human Rights- Faculty of law of the Complutense University of Madrid
  • LLB, Faculty of Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (ES)
  • English, Spanish, French

As Associate Senior Manager for Milieu, Marta’s key responsibilities include supporting public sector clients to develop more effective policies and legal and regulatory frameworks in different areas of EU law including: environmental protection, climate change, sustainable development, fundamental rights, citizens’ rights, and the development of civil society and related fields.

Marta has more than 20 years experience of European law. Before joining Milieu, she worked at ClientEarth where she was responsible for ensuring the proper establishment and management of the Brussels office. As a senior lawyer working on the climate and energy programme, she provided legal advice and analysis on issues related to the Emissions Trading Scheme, state aid for energy, legal options for EU emission reduction and decarbonisation objectives. She was also responsible for the development of the programme on EU law institutional issues regarding enforcement of EU environmental legislation, legislative procedures – including comitology, and the analysis of the Lisbon Treaty. Additionally, based on her previous experience, she initiated the development of ClientEarth’s biodiversity programme.

As Head of Office at Save the Children, she developed the organisation’s strategy and worked closely with the European Commission on the need for new EU legislation on children’s sexual exploitation through digital media. She was also involved the development of the EU strategy on children’s rights.

Prior to that, Marta was in charge of Eurosite’s establishment and representation in Brussels and, as EU Policy Coordinator, she initiated and led a policy group to develop a strategy to be jointly implemented through policy positions and co-ordinated advocacy actions at national and EU level.

As Deputy Director/Programme Director at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) European Policy Office, she was responsible for the direction of policy programmes on biodiversity, structural funds, agriculture and rural development, trade and environment, development aid, and European neighbourhood policy. At WWF, she also initiated the establishment of its European Biodiversity Policy programme – leading an active team with representatives from European national organisations monitoring the implementation of EU nature laws and international conventions. Her entrepreneurial approach helped her advise the network on how to get EU funding for European projects.

Marta holds law degree with specialisation in human rights law and in European law and institutions.