Dr Cary Adams
CEO, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Cary and his team focus on global advocacy, convening the cancer community (through World Cancer Day, the World Cancer Congress and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit) and running significant global capacity building projects that address global cancer issues.
Cary has also served as Chair of the NCD Alliance, a coalition of around 2,000 organisations working on non-communicable diseases, which include cancer, diabetes, heart, respiratory, mental and neurological diseases.
In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in International Relations from the University for Business and International Studies in Geneva and in 2015, an Honorary Doctorate in Health from Bath University in the UK. In May 2015, Cary was awarded ‘CEO of the year’ at the International and European Association conference organised by the Associations Network.
Deputy CEO, Wind Europe
She is directly responsible for all revenue-generating activities, ensuring that WindEurope remains a financially strong association able to deliver its all-important lobbying mandate for the benefit of its members and the international wind industry as a whole. In 2014, magazine Recharge has announced Bartosik as one of the 40 under 40, in acknowledgement of her key contribution in driving WindEurope’s successful operations, and a celebration of the decade of outstanding commitment to the development of the wind industry in Europe.
CEO, European Cancer Organisation (ECCO)
Birgit Beger has more than thirteen years of public affairs experience in Brussels and an impressive track record in European health policy and federation management.
She was Secretary General of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) for over 5 years. Before her post as CPME Secretary General, she was Senior Legal advisor at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) responsible inter alia for Information Technology Law and European Contract Law.
Birgit Beger is a registered lawyer in Berlin and Brussels and holds masters in law and political science from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Executive Director, European Respiratory Society (ERS)
Prior to joining ERS, Werner worked in various senior international positions for a multinational pharmaceutical company before joining the Union for International Cancer Control as Head of Finance and Administration.
Werner is a university graduate in Economics from Bern, Switzerland.
Chief Executive, Accountancy Europe
Secretary General, EuropaBio - The European Association for Bioindustries
Director-General, Cosmetics Europe
Secretary General ETRMA
She joined the Rubber Industry in 1991 where she exercised several functions towards the European Institutions. In 1996, she was appointed Secretary General of BLIC (Bureau de Liaison des Industries du Caoutchouc). In May 2006, ETRMA (European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association) was launched (to replace BLIC) and Mrs. Cinaralp is leading the Association since then.
Mrs. Cinaralp is member of several Expert Groups of the European Commission (Raw Materials Supply Group; Expert Group Label Alignment, GEAR2030 and EIP on Raw Materials).
She chaired the Industry Advisory Panel of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), based in Singapore, from 2011 to 2016; chairs the SNRWG (Sustainable Natural Rubber Working Group), which is promoting SNR-i.
CEO, AmCham EU
Ms Danger joined AmCham EU in 1995 as Communications Manager, becoming Communications & Operations Manager in 2000. In August 2002, she became Managing Director, with full strategic and operational responsibility for a membership organisation supporting over seven hundred and fifty active representatives of corporate member companies and law and consultancy firms in the area of public affairs. In 2003, Ms Danger oversaw the re-branding of AmCham EU and its separation from AmCham Belgium. In 2014, AmCham EU was awarded for the third time, the Trade Association/Professional Body of the Year Award, having previously won the award in 2012 and 2009. In September 2016 Ms Danger became CEO of AmCham EU.
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.
A graduate of the University of Bath, UK, with a BA in European Studies, French and German, Ms Danger’s career developed in London in marketing and communications within the tour operation industry, where prior to coming to Brussels she worked for Thomson Tour Operations. A UK citizen fluent in English, German and French and conversant in Dutch and Spanish, Ms Danger lives in Brussels with her husband and three children.
Director General, Food Drink Europe
Mella Frewen’s previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, dealing with agricultural biotechnology, conventional agriculture, seeds and agri-chemistry.
Prior to that, she was Director, International Relations for Cerestar, then Europe’s biggest starch producer. From this role and her earlier ones in the Ferruzzi and Eridania Bégin-Say Groups stationed in Brussels, she has a wide experience of relations with relevant International institutions, with the Institutions of the European Union and trade associations within the food chain, as well as with the agri-food and non-food, and chemical sectors.
Ms Frewen has represented the Food Industry in the EU Commission’s Advisory Committee on Arable Crops, in the Commission’s Standing Committee on Renewable Energy and in the Commission’s Advisory Committee on Non-Food and Textile crops. She is currently member of the EU Commission’s High Level Steering Board for the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, of the EU Commission’s Scientific Steering Committee for EXPO2015 and, of the EU Commission’s TTIP Advisory group. She is also member of several food industry-related Boards.
At the OECD, Ms Frewen is Vice President of the Advisory Group for Responsible Business Conduct along Agricultural Supply Chains and, at EU level, she is Co-chair of the Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) for fair business practices across the food chain.
She has worked in the Agri-food sector in Europe for 26 years. She has a Master of Science degree from the National University of Ireland, and completed a post-graduate course at the University of Brussels (ULB). She also holds a Harvard certificate on Agribusiness and an INSEAD certificate on International Operations Management.
Wien De Geyter
Secretary General, febelfin
Prior to felbelfin Wien worked for AIA-pool and was a Baliff apprentice at Bailiffs Smeets (Sint-Truiden), Dedroog (Leuven), Buysse (Brussels). Wien has a Master Degree in Law.
Director General, European Aluminium
Gerd looks back to more than 20 years of experience in the electronics industry where he has held different managing roles in public affairs, corporate communications and brand management in Hamburg, Brussels and Amsterdam. He was most recently Vice President and Global Head of Public Affairs with Royal Philips. He has been deputy global director of Philips‘ Corporate Communications department between 2003 and 2008. In parallel, he has promoted competitiveness, sustainability and societal well-being as an associate of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), and was also a founding member of the European Association of Communications Directors.
Gerd started his career in 1980 as a business editor of the by-weekly business magazine „Berliner Wirtschaft“, from 1985 as its deputy editor in chief.
Director General, Orgalime
Before joining Orgalime in 1996, Adrian Harris worked for 20 years for a number of general contractors for the construction of complete plants, essentially in the agro-industrial and beverage area.
Adrian Harris was born in 1952 and graduated with an M.A. in languages from Jesus College, Oxford University and an MBA (finance) from the University of Leuven.
Orgalime is a member of the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI), of which Adrian Harris was Chairman (2012-2013).
In June 2017 Adrian was elected President of the Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium (FAIB).
Secretary General, AEBIOM
Secretary General, CIBP
Andrea has a Doctoral degree in economics and social sciences from the University of Vienna and a Master degree in journalism from Danube University. She has lectured and published various articles and books on cooperative topics. Formerly, she was Head of Communication at the Federation of Austrian Cooperatives (öGV) and Editor in Chief of the “Cooperative” magazine.
Director General, CEPI
Prior to joining CEPI, Sylvain was Vice-president Governmental Affairs and Business Development in the EMEA Region for Alcoa, the aluminium and metals engineering group. He previously directed EU and sustainability affairs for the Borealis Group, in the base chemicals and plastics industry. He also chaired Fleishman Hillard’s Public Affairs practice in Europe and headed its environment department advising major trade associations and industries in the field of sustainability policies and PA strategies.
Sylvain started his career in parliamentary cabinets at the European Parliament and at the French National Assembly. A French national, Sylvain studied political sciences, international law and business administration at Strasbourg and Paris-Sorbonne Universities and post-graduated cum laude in European Administration at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
Libor Lochman, born in 1963 in Czechoslovakia, graduated at the Transport University in Zilina and has a doctorate in electronics from the West-Bohemian University Plzen. He has a strong background in Control-Command and signalling systems.
Prior to his role as CER Deputy Executive Director and leader of technical affairs (2007-2011), he acted as director of the Railway Test Centre, a facility for testing European rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling components, in Prague (2000-2005).
Senior Director, EurActiv Media
Director General, EACA (European Association of Communications Agencies)
Dominic studied International Law at Lausanne University, Switzerland and worked as European Sales & Marketing Manager for a UK food manufacturer based in Frankfurt before moving to London to handle business-to-business PR campaigns for UK companies and industry associations.
In 1994, he moved to Brussels to set up a PR company for Omnicom’s global PR Group Porter Novelli, handling international clients such as Ericsson, BT Europe, WorldCom, HP, GE Plastics, The European Space Agency and Iomega. From 2000 – 2002, he was Chairman of Porter Novelli’s European technology practice, based in Paris.
Since joining EACA, he has co-ordinated major initiatives for the European agencies in areas such as Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, obesity, alcoholic beverages, advertising to children, self-regulation and effective advertising awards.
Director General European Chemical Industry Council - Cefic
A Dutch national, he is a seasoned public affairs professional, who has lived and worked in Brussels since 2006. He has an extensive network of contacts within European institutions and the wider Brussels sphere, and is active in several European Commission High Level Groups. Before joining Cefic, Mr Mensink was Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), representing the sector both at European and global level.
Starting his career at Ernst & Young Management Consulting, he worked for six years in environmental management and due diligence projects. He then worked for six years at the Royal Netherlands’ Paper and Board Association, also representing the Dutch industry in Brussels.
Secretary General of Copa & Cogeca
Chief Executive Officer of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT)
As director of the Society headquarter office, she is responsible, with an internal team, dedicated to the organization of all scientific and education events of the ESOT, as well as to the association management. She holds a position in the Executive Board and in Council of the Association, for which she is consulted for strategic planning, partnership projects with the Pharmaceutical Industry and fund raising activities, marketing and communication developments.
She has a substantial knowledge of the association environment and processes.
Secretary General of Eurogas
Secretary General Union of the Electricity Industry - EURELECTRIC
Prior to this, Ruby worked as a journalist and served seven years as a public servant in the Danish Ministries of Environment, and Climate and Energy and in the European Commission in the cabinet of the former Climate Action chief, Connie Hedegaard.
Kristian holds a master degree in history and international development.
ENTSO-E Secretary General
Laurent worked in Europe, the United States and Asia, first on power generation then on transmission and distribution specialising in smart grids solutions. Laurent is a member of strategic committees in CIGRE, IEC, EPRI and European Smart Cities Platform. He took part in expert task forces of the IEA and the European Commission.
Laurent is a French national. He graduated in Power System Engineering from Supélec in Paris and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD, France.
Secretary General ,FAIB, Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium
Danièle’s know-how is based on a 29 years career as Director Finance & Administration for the European cosmetics industry association (Cosmetics Europe, formerly Colipa) and Management assistant education. Her previous assignments were mainly abroad, hence her multilingual skills (French, English, German, Dutch, some Italian and Spanish for the fun!)
Dr James Watson
Chief Executive Officer, SolarPower Europe