The SPARC Europe Core Team

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

Vanessa Proudman, Director

Vanessa has over 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

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 specific communication and knowledge exchange activities between SPARC Europe and its partners, networks and stakeholders.

To contact Angela, email her at

Further worldwide experts (consultants) help SPARC Europe carry out its goals and work in the areas of copyright, funders, intelligence and news on OA and Open Science for example. Vanessa Proudman is the only employee, and works closely with consultants to get things done.