• Summary

    Experienced project manager with a passion for digital innovation and business development. I have led many projects for EU institutions, think tanks, NGOs and consultancies, have a broad portfolio as a front-end designer, developer and webmaster, and have a long track-record of expanding organisations' reach and client base. Most recently I oversaw outreach & communication for the European Commission's #Digital4EU Stakeholder Forum 2016 and developed the infrastructure for social corporate communications at Venstre, the Liberal Party of Norway. I'm also a co-founder of the Association for Safer Drug Policies, one of Scandinavia's fastest growing membership organisations, responsible for managing the website, social media and advertising.

     

    Previously Outreach & Communication Adviser at the European Commission's European Political Strategy Centre. Online Editor of Bruegel. Social Media Manager at LOGOS Public Affairs. CEO Assistant to Mr. Paal Frisvold. PG and BA in European Integration and European Politics. Writer on Contract for State & Governance. Executive Committee Member of the European Youth. Contributor in the Guardian. Board Member of the European Youth, the Young Liberals of Hordaland, Bergen Museum, and Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Bergen.

  • Experience

    Communication Adviser

    Venstre Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

    *Temporary position for colleague on maternity leave while relocating to Norway

     

    Developed an infrastructure for social corporate communication to scale across hierarchies and roles in the organisation, in preparation for Norway's general election in 2017.

    Outreach & Communication

    European Political Strategy Centre European Commission 2015 - 2016

    The internal think tank to the President of the European Commission, responsible for strategic analysis, policy advice and communication.

     

    • Oversaw planning, coordination and implementation of outreach and communication activities for DG CNECT's #Digital4EU Stakeholder Forum
    • Developed and launched the President's newly established think tank online with a unique identity within a strict institutional framework
    • Managed promotional strategies and material for key research on sensitive topics including EU army, migration and banking union

    Online Editor

    Bruegel Apr 2014 - Nov 2014

    Europe's leading think tank for international economics, with the mission to improve policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate.

     

    • Expanded editorial policy to substantially broaden the potential reach of owned media, doubling report readership and tripling blog readership
    • Developed and managed targeted social media strategies, multiplying key influencer engagement and quintupling (sic) followers across channels
    • Built and maintained essential media and blogger relationships, substantially increasing referrals from important external sites
    • Redesigned newsletters and implemented innovative list building, significantly increasing click-to-open rates and tripling subscriptions
    • Introduced key performance indicators designed for website and social media, delivering actionable metrics and ex post facto evaluations
    • Segmented audiences and produced personalised editorial content, solidifying reader loyalty and advocacy
    • Managed intermediate website development and new web agency selection, preparing the organisation for the future

    Writer on Contract

    State & Governance Nov 2008 - Jan 2014

    • Regular columnist on current European affairs targeted at the Norwegian civil service

    Consultant (trainee)

    LOGOS Public Affairs Jun 2012 - Oct 2012

    • Developed and implemented a roadmap for digital marketing, designed to establish consistent, original and positive communications on European Union policies for business clients, from an organization without an existing online presence
    • Wrote reports and memos on policy issues and institutional affairs, focusing on the role of the Presidency, transport policy, and European Union research funding schemes, to simplify and provide insight into complex topics for outsiders
    • Mapped and segmented corporate stakeholders, research funding schemes and policy influential individuals for targeted business proposals and consulting, bringing in new businesses clients

    Executive Committee Member

    Europeisk Ungdom Mar 2010 - Mar 2012

    • Contributed to all major events within the 1500 member strong organization
    • Developed the organization's public outreach with a dual-focus on new and traditional media
    • Wrote project applications for public funding schemes, information material for the general public, and reports for the various boards and institutions within the organization
  • Erik was brilliant in his job and his strategy very successful in considerably boosting my readership and visibility. I would certainly recommend him.

    - Silvia Merler, Affiliate Fellow, Bruegel

     

    Erik Dale is a great leader with a special talent in convincing and motivating people around him.

    - Anne Dubrau, President of the European Youth of Oslo

     

    We consider Mr. Dale's organizational and political skills to be of great quality and would like to extend of best recommendations.

    - Bård Skaar Viken, Secretary-General of the European Youth

    Erik is imaginative, fast and dedicated to changing the world - around him at the very least. After he was hired it took him about a day to start asking questions about why we were doing things the way we were doing them. We listened and improved.

    - Jean Pisani-Ferry, Former Director, Bruegel

  • Education

    University of Essex

    European Integration and European Politics, Postgraduate Diploma 2011 - 2012

    Activities: European Society, Politics Society, Debating Society, Squash Club, Liberal Democrats

    Universitetet i Bergen (UiB)

    European Studies, Bachelor of Arts 2008 - 2011

    Activities: European Youth, Liberal Youth, Liberal Students, Liberal Party, European Movement, Museum of Bergen, Centre for Gender Studies

    University of Wales, Aberystwyth

    English Literature with Creative Writing, BA 2007 - 2008

    Activities: Literature, Language,

    Cathedral School of Bergen

    Economics and administration, High School Diploma 2003 - 2007

    Describe your study experience in a few sentences

  • Mr. Dale stood out as one of the best students of his class. He was always well prepared for class and his contributions to the discussions were extremely thoughtful, reflecting a firm grasp of the relevant literature.
    - Emil Kirchner, Professor of European Studies

     

    Influential, Intelligent and Inspiring. Erik's knowledge of European Politics as well as the active role he has taken in participating and shaping youth politics shows the character and spirit he can provide to society.

    - James Fowler, Fellow student at the University of Essex

     

    I remember Erik as a very dedicated student... [His] knowledge of the European Union, it's institutional framework and current policies is one of Erik's strongest assets.

    - Terje Gravdal, Fellow student at the University of Bergen

    Mr. Dale has taken two of my courses on European Union history and politics and graduated as one of the very best in class... [His] working capacity is outstanding. Besides his brilliant results, active participation in class and many good discussions outside class in the university... [he] is outspoken and friendly with a strong interest in politics and political science. I have no hesitation giving Erik Dale my very best recommendations.

    - Jan Erik Grindheim, President of the European Movement Norway

  • Skills and knowledge

    Digital Strategy, Online Communication 

    Blockchain, Virtual Currencies

    International Relations, European Union

    Organisation and Societal Transformation

    Privacy, Cybersecurity

    Copyright, Patents

  • Campaign

    #EU2DO 2015-2019: Memos to the new EU leadership

     

    With the new European Commission in place in September 2014, Bruegel produced a series of Memos addressed to individual Commissioners. To provide a premium product to policy makers as well as a solid starting point for public debate, we designed a multi-channel campaign with the reader in mind.

    Print publication

    Swiss binding with coated paper, the printed Memos give off a feel of exclusive policy advise. Unlike common research papers and articles, this is a beautiful object for the mantle piece.

    Online campaign

    A true recreation of the print publication for the web, using spacious typography, innovative navigation, and slick responsiveness, the online campaign let readers discuss the Memos through the #EU2DO hashtag in all channels.

    Launch event

    Held at inspiring the Hotel in Brussels, the launch event featured prominent keynote speakers, research exhibitions, and a networking lunch, connected to the outside through an #EU2DO twitterwall on big screens in the venue.

  • Let's Chat!

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