The SPARC Europe Team

Daily management and implementation of the strategy are the responsibility of the European team:

Vanessa Proudman, Director

Vanessa has 20 years’ international experience working with many leading university libraries worldwide. She also headed information and IT at a UN-affiliated international research institution in Vienna for 10 years.
She has also been programme and project manager to
As the owner of Proud2Know, a consultancy that supports academic libraries, Vanessa also helps her clients create the skilled and innovative digital libraries of the future.

As Director to SPARC Europe, Vanessa is responsible for developing and implementing SPARC Europe’s Strategic Plan. She is working to make Open the default with Europe’s other Open Science organisations.

To contact Vanessa, email her at

David Ball, Consultant

David Ball is owner of David Ball Consulting, specialising in scholarly communication and Open Science/Open Access. For two years he was Project Officer for SPARC Europe on two European Open Science projects: PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) and FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research). He also created the SPARC Europe checklist How Open is Your Research?
Currently, David serves as Project Officer for OAPEN on the Horizon 2020 HIRMEOS project.
While in Uganda he also worked with the Coalition of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL), funded by EIFL, on Open Access policy development and implementation.

At SPARC Europe, his focus is on OA policy case studies; mapping Open Science & Open Scholarship in Europe; exploring further advocacy tools and developing the SPARC Europe Champions Programme.

Angela Walseng, Communication Adviser

Angela Walseng has a decade-and-a-half experience in communications, and has spent the past several years working in Open Access publishing. She has worked extensively with researchers, universities and research institutes and funding bodies.

At SPARC Europe, her focus is on communication and knowledge exchange activities between SPARC Europe and its partners, networks and stakeholders.

Further worldwide experts and institutions help SPARC Europe carry out its goals and work.