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

Dan Pescod, Policy Advocate

Dan Pescod is a public affairs professional with 15 years of EU and international experience. Dan was formerly International Campaigns Manager, then Head of Policy and Campaigns, for the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the UK. Dan has a track record of working on open access and social justice issues, most notably on behalf of the World Blind Union in the successful campaign for a copyright treaty for blind people, the so-called “Marrakesh Treaty”.

As Policy Advocate, Dan looks forward to furthering SPARC Europe’s policy aims at this crucial time for the EU’s copyright policy framework.

To contact Dan, email him at

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.

To contact Angela, email her at

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