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European Innovation Council

Marie-Elisabeth Rusling

EIC Ambassador, EIC Women Leadership Programme Mentor

Marie-Elisabeth Rusling


Public Affairs Manager at EIT Food

Marie-Elisabeth Rusling connects innovators and investors, entrepreneurs and Europe since 1994.

As a public affairs professional, she designed and managed numerous programmes to support and accelerate European ventures.

As a small business specialist & founder, she helps entrepreneurs to access markets and finance, across EU borders and beyond Europe. With diversity at heart, her experience feeds into a hands-on, down-to-earth practice, which also inspires policy makers. She provides expertise to the European institutions and the EIC in particular since its pilot phase.

She has held various board and management positions as business and investors’ representative to the EU and chaired Women in Finance BE’s International Alliances - a platform dedicated to improve gender diversity in the financial sector until 2023. Today she heads Public Affairs at EIT Food.

She is a regular coach of start-ups’ women leaders and a dedicated mentor for students and young professionals.