Meet our team

Glyn Ford

Founder, Executive Director

Glyn Ford was a Member of the European Parliament for over 25 years (1984-2009). Serving on both the International Trade and Foreign Affairs Committee, particularly on dossiers related to Asia, his experience gave him unrivalled knowledge and networks in Brussels and across the world.

Alongside Polint, Glyn continues his engagement with the DPRK on a non-profit basis in the framework of the NGO Track2Asia. In a personal capacity, he is a Board Member of the North East Asian Economic Forum.

A published author, Polint’s Executive Director has released several widely acclaimed books, including Talking to North Korea (2018), North Korea on the Brink: Struggle For Survival (2007), and Making European Progress (2002).

Guillermo Gallent

Account Manager

Guillermo is originally from Spain and holds a BA in East Asian Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MA in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies. Guillermo has also spent a year studying at Ryukoku University in Kyoto (Japan) and half a year at Seoul National University (South Korea).

Previous to joining Polint, he interned with the European External Action Service in the Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific unit. Moreover, Guillermo gained experience on EU affairs while working as a trainee at the Catalan Government’s External Action Office.

Marius Risse

Account Assistant

Marius is originally from Germany and holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University. He is currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in European and Asian Affairs at Sciences Po Paris and Fudan University in Shanghai. Marius also spent a semester studying at Seoul National University (South Korea).

Previous to joining Polint, Marius gained professional experience as a trainee in the European Parliament as well as through internships in the German Bundestag and with a political organisation in Mongolia.

Maarit Bezemer

Research Trainee

Maarit is a Finnish and Dutch national who holds a BSSc and MSSc in Political Science from the University of Tampere (Finland) with a minor in environmental policy and regional science. She spent one year studying at Ghent University (Belgium) with a special focus on EU policy and European affairs.

Previous to joining Polint, Maarit interned at the Finnish Delegation to Unesco and the Finnish Parliament’s Brussels office, where she gained further insight into the functioning of the EU as an Assistant Liaison Officer.

Cicely Spence

UK Office Manager

Cicely Spence is a writer and researcher based in Manchester. She has a BA degree from The University of Manchester in History of Art. Before joining Polint she worked at the Whitworth (Manchester) and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice).

At Polint UK, Cicely manages the UK office and provides business administrative support to the Director.