Association Leadership Award

AmCham EU – Susan Danger
The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) speaks for US business committed to and invested in Europe. It comprises about 150 members companies, including the world’s largest and most prestigious corporations across all industry sectors. With a secretariat of 28 professionals, AmCham EU operates 14 sectoral committees, five task forces covering horizontal issues, and an Executive Council comprised of company CEOs.

At the helm of this association is Mrs Susan Danger, who has been Managing Director at AmCham EU since 2002 (now CEO). Ms Danger served as Vice-Chair of AmChams in Europe from 2009 to 2014, prior to which she was a Member of the Executive Committee (2005-2008). AmChams in Europe is an umbrella body and network of 45 AmChams in Europe and wider Europe. In her capacity as Vice-Chair, Ms Danger hosted the secretariat for the AmChams in Europe network, coordinating all Europe-wide activities.  Susan Danger was named by Politico in 2016 as part of the 20 most influential women in Brussels. She is viewed as one of the key stakeholders in Brussels that helps shape European and transatlantic policy

AmCham EU has won several awards over the years but most recently won Best Professional Body of the Year and Best Trade Body Campaign of the Year at the EuropAwards 2017.


EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium – Carlos Lee

Carlos Lee is currently Director General at EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) which he joined in 2013. The association was founded in 2003 and had a stable membership of around 80 members, and a network of just a few hundred industry experts and leaders. Under the leadership of Carlos, the association grew in 4 years to 290 member companies, and a network of more than 15000 photonic professionals. He initiated global initiatives such as DAY OF PHOTONICS motivating hundreds of volunteers across 35 countries on all continents, to organize events to promote the importance of Photonics and its contribution to society. Key to the success of the growth of the association has been a strict focus on maximizing ROI of membership, and making smart and efficient use of contractors and industry professionals.

Using his creativeness, resourcefulness, and enthusiasm, Carlos managed every year to visit more than 50 companies, exhibit at 13 exhibitions, organize 15 events, and many more activities that resulted in the growth of the association, making it financially stable and poised for a bright future. Carlos Lee successfully tackled the challenge of growing an association with limited resources, the association had 2 staff and for the first time could hire additional staff in 2016.


EuroACE “The European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings” – Adrian Joyce
Adrian Joyce, the Secretary General of EuroACE and Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign, is a very knowledgeable, highly experienced and widely recognised personality in the field of energy efficiency. His skills include inspiring public speaking, key analytical thinking, skilful negotiating and smooth inclusive management. The manner in which he has led the work of EuroACE since late 2011 has been highly appreciated by the member companies and has ensured that EuroACE is fully respected as the go-to association for policy issues relating to energy efficiency in buildings. In fact, the reputation of EuroACE has steadily increased during these years and the foundation constructed in this time puts the association on a strong footing for the challenging years ahead. His day-to-day management of the association has been so efficient that on a small budget he has been able to raise the profile and influence of EuroACE. His personal style has been a great asset in the success of the Renovate Europe Campaign, one of the key actions of EuroACE.


Euroheat & Power –  The Euroheat & Power Team
Since 2014, Euroheat & Power has engaged in a new chapter: a team leadership story that has energised the association and the European district energy sector.

Disappointed to find itself left out from previous strategic debates on the future of the energy transition, our entire organisation has worked with passion and a strong sense of purpose to turn these setbacks into a successful vision that guided us “Towards the Centre”. We successfully placed the overall issue of heating and cooling on the European policy agenda and our sector is identified as major contributor to the first ever EU Heating & Cooling strategy published by the European Commission in 2016. Ongoing negotiations on the Clean Energy Package reflect our sector’s new role and have shaped up to be a great success for Euroheat & Power and, more importantly, for our members.

Looking back, it’s clear that the pivotal factor was a change of mind-set, where our association provided the much needed thought leadership and served as a forum to bring our industry together. And of course none of this would have been possible without the talented team that made sure Euroheat & Power is such a great place to work.


European Banking Federation – The Digital Banking Team
The European Banking Federation has successfully taken up a leadership role in the regulatory landscape when it comes to the digital transformation of financial services, specifically the banking sector. In a bank-financed economy like the one we have in Europe is it is impossible to consider a digital single market in which banks have no role. The EBF first identified areas in the banking sector where regulation intersected with the digital revolution in the financial services. Subsequently EBF focused on specific areas where policy measures could help create and support new international opportunities for European companies. As a result of these actions the EBF now holds a guiding role when it comes to the digital transition of the banking sector.


EuropeanIssuers – Florence Bindelle and Team
To deliver your strategy in turbulent times, the political and economic landscapes has an impact association management. Therefore, it is important to voice your industry and represent your sector. To this end aligning your board and members to stay relevant is every leader of a European Associations ‘s ongoing challenge. I joined EuropeanIssuers in October 2015 as Secretary General.

EuropeanIssuers represents the interest of the listed companies across Europe. It is a main stakeholder of the European Institutions on the regulatory developments affecting them such as corporate governance, company law, listing requirements, market abuse and financial matters. When I joined after 16 years with the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) my challenge was to present a new strategy to the Board of Directors and implement it with the very limited existing staff structure (3 employees and 2 interns) for the benefits of our members. I worked through a step by step approach, starting with the analysis of the current situation and the context from the 4 perspectives of the balanced scorecard model: Customers, Internal Processes, Financial and Learning and Growth.As a result, I proposed a three years’ action plan for EuropeanIssuers and started the implementation.


Liechtenstein Bankers Association (LBA) – Liechtenstein Bankers Association (LBA)
Roadmap 2020 is a guideline for all the banks in the association and the other financial centre participants. The strategy paper documents the results of the Roadmap 2015 and analyses the current environment, the market situation and international developments. It has resulted in a catalogue of measures that are supposed to be implemented by 2020. The Roadmap 2020 is primarily dedicated to sustainability and digitalisation as future issues. The strategy paper could only be prepared – and concrete measures could only be developed and implemented – because of the way that the Bankers Association is managed and the usefulness of its organisational structures. In fact, the rigorous implementation of numerous roadmap measures helps explain why Liechtenstein’s financial centre is now considered one of the most innovative in Europe and is highly regarded by the media and politicians alike. This is leadership in the best sense of the word.

The presentation of the Roadmap 2020 triggered a big and very positive echo in the country. And it has already borne fruit. Liechtenstein’s banks enjoy a sterling reputation today and are known for quality and professionalism in wealth management.

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