Founding Partner

Clients get far more than consultants with Acumen. We become an extension of your team in the very best sense.

When Giles Keane co-founded Acumen in 2010, he brought his bespoke approach to the business of public affairs. With insatiable intellectual curiosity, finely-tuned political instinct and an eagle eye for detail, Giles cracks policy challenges with solutions that reflect the unique culture and vision of clients. With a dose of Irish storytelling tradition, he crafts strategies and arguments that resonate with decision-makers and influencers of all kinds.

Transport. Digital policy. Agriculture and food. Environment and energy. Giles offers his senior counsel across a vast range of policy areas. In 2019, he was included in the “Best in Brussels”, an annual ranking of the top 50 public affairs professionals in the capital of Europe. His proudest professional achievement is taking the plunge to help launch Acumen 10 years ago and fuelling its rise.

Prior to Acumen, Gilles was a Director of International Corporate Communications at Hill & Knowlton in Brussels. Like many others, he first came to Brussels for a traineeship in the European Commission and was so smitten he never left. 


  • MA, Political Administration, College of Europe (2002)
  • BA, European Studies, Trinity College Dublin (2000)


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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