I am Charlotte Geerdink (1987) and the founder of Charly Speaks. I have been working in Brussels for more than 7 years and built up expertise in European science, research and innovation topics. By coincidence, I started moderating high level events and found out that I loved doing it. Voilà, my own business case was born! Anything really related to the current European research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 and its successor programme FP9 as well as relevant EU research and innovation policy are at the heart of my professional and personal interest. For investments in science and innovation bring prosperity, growth and help to provide evidence-based policymaking! I am a Dutch national, fluent in English, German and I have a good command of French. My style of moderating can best be described as informal, relaxed, and witty. It is my aim to bring across complex material in an understandable way. Making the speakers, panelists and audience feel at ease is what I always strive for. In this sense, proper preparation of an event is already 70% of making an event successful, the other 30% is pure entertainment and showtime! My life motto 'sharing is caring' is well applicable to both my character and moderation style.