European Family Businesses - Families in Business for the long term

EFB Team

Secretary General:

Jesús Casado

Jesús Casado is a leading expert in Family Business. In 2006 he was appointed Secretary General of European Family Businesses.

Since May 2014, he is also Deputy Director General of Instituto de la Empresa Familiar, the Spanish Family Business Association where he started working in 2001. IEF represents around 100 family business owners, 17% of the Spanish GDP.

In 2018 Jesús became a Member of the Advisory Group at Llorente y Cuenca, the leading Spanish Public Relations and Communications agency.

Jesús Casado has also been a member of the Board of the Family Firm Institute and a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Business Network (FBN), present in more than 40 countries.
The experience gathered in this field led to his appointment as a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Family Business and of the High-Level Group of Administrative Burdens (reporting directly to the President of the European Commission). Jesús Casado is also an Academic Collaborator at ESADE.

Jesús Casado holds a MBA at ESADE Business School (2006-2007), a degree in Law (1989/1994) at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas ICADE (Madrid) and a Master in Systemic Therapy and Consulting (2007-2008) by Systemic SCT (NLP). He completed his education with post-graduate studies at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany) (1994), at the Spanish Diplomatic School (1995/1998) and at Institut de Sciences Politiques de Paris (1997).

Darius Movaghar

Senior Policy Advisor

Darius Movaghar joined EFB in 2013, and in 2015 became the Senior Policy Advisor. Darius works closely with EFB's committees to ensure that the voice of family business is heard loud and clear in Brussels.

Darius regularly represents EFB at various institutional forums including the European Parliament's SME Intergroup steering committee, as well as the European Commission's Small Business Act follow-up group, and the European Economic Social Committee. He is also a regular speaker at the yearly "Engaging Europe Program" organised by the University of Navarra.

Darius studied at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in London and holds a BA with Honours from Leeds University in European Studies. Previously, he worked for Toyota Motor Europe and the European Landowners' Organisation in Brussels.

Alba Montoto


Alba Montoto joined European Family Businesses in 2010, after having worked as a Management Assistant in several consultancy and investments companies. Her previous experience includes translation and interpreting jobs for different companies and press publications.

Alba received her degree in English Philology at the University of Oviedo (2004), with an Erasmus grant in the School of English at the University of Leeds (2002). She has a Postgraduate Specialist degree in Legal Translation and Interpreting by the University of Alicante (2005).

Matthew Lynes

Junior Policy Advisor

Matthew Lynes joined EFB as our Junior Policy Advisor in April 2020. Matthew monitors legislation and initiatives concerning Family Businesses, as well as writing our policy position papers and responses to consultations and legislation. He helps with the day to day work of EFB, assisting in event organisation, communications management and representing EFB at meetings with various stakeholders.

Prior to joining EFB, Matthew worked for Jane Brophy MEP (Liberal Democrat:Renew Europe, UK) in the European Parliament where he worked as her political advisor on the Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committees whilst also managing her European communications.

Matthew studied at the University of Sheffield where he read BA Hons French and Politics and spent 8 months on an ERASMUS programme working in Chambéry, France as an English Language Assistant. Following his graduation, Matthew worked as a Campaigns and Communications Intern for the Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors in Manchester, where he helped to manage local election campaigns for 2 local political parties.

Outside of work, Matthew is a keen sportsman and has previously run his own tennis podcast and worked as a Football Systems Operator for Hawk-Eye where he ran the goal line technology system on match days. Matthew enjoys playing hockey and tennis as well as running and skiing. He also enjoys art, travel, reading and music.