Elaine Cruikshanks

Elaine Cruikshanks

Belgium, Brussels
Founding Partner at Acumen Public Affairs
Profession: Co-Founder
Industry: Consulting, Life Sciences


Elaine Cruikshanks is one of the founding partners of Acumen Public Affairs, which has quickly grown from promising start up to one of Brussels' leading agencies in public affairs. After years spent in network agencies, including as CEO of Hill & Knowlton Brussels and Global Head of Public Affairs, she co-founded Acumen to offer clients more hands-on senior counsel with the highest quality execution. Elaine provides support across many policy areas.


English, French, German


Strategic CommunicationsAdvocacyEU LawPublic Relations


Acumen Public Affairs

Founding Partner at Acumen Public Affairs

September 2010 - Present • Brussels, Belgium

Acumen Public Affairs aims to meet an identified need for hands-on senior support, combining both strategic counsel and high quality execution. The new consultancy offers a range of services from traditional lobbying support to communications strategy development, coalition-building, messaging and positioning, crisis communications and spokesperson training. This approach is founded in the Acumen team’s belief that an integrated approach to public affairs and communications is the most effective way for organisations to achieve tangible and sustainable results. Although operating out of Brussels and specialised in EU affairs, acumen public affairs’ partners are equally experienced in working on assignments involving different international institutions in other major decision-making centres. As testament to this, the company’s initial clients are Brussels and Geneva based.

Hill & Knowlton

CEO at Hill & Knowlton

21 years 10 mth • January 1989 - November 2010 • Bruxelles, Belgium

Global Public Affairs, CEO and Chairman Western Continental Europe


University of Glasgow

2:1, French and German Language and Literature

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