He is also an active entrepreneur, having founded several companies. He still owns shares in telecommunications (Interactive Media), energy (InRes) and business consulting (Consir) firms. Mr Abruzzini has worked as Managing Director of several companies active in telecommunications (EPTA), marketing and communications (MediaCamere) and business advice (CoFiCom) in Italy and USA.
He has also served in the financial sector, notably in investment banking (MedioBanca) and insurance companies (Bavaria).
He started his carrier as an auditor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1979 (Arthur Andersen)
Born in Rome (Italy) on 5 August 1957, he is a graduate in Economy with a major in Finance from the University of Rome. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish other than his mother tongue.
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, WindEurope
She was announced one of the Wind’s 100 most influential female power-brokers, deal-makers and influencers in A World about Wind 2017 report. In 2015, the Recharge magazine has proclaimed 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.
Bartosik is a regular speaker at various meeting industry events, advising associations executives and events’ planners on creative marketing, crisis management and communication strategies.
World Steel Association, Director General
Edwin was transferred to Europe when Iscor became a part of Mittal Steel (now ArcelorMittal) in 2004 as a General Manager responsible for Marketing Strategy and was part of the Merger & Acquisition team in Mittal steel. From 2006 until he joined worldsteel, he was Vice President, Commercial Co-ordination, Marketing and Trade Policy at ArcelorMittal.
Edwin joined World Steel Association in August 2011 as Director General.
Edwin received his PhD in economics from Pretoria University. He taught economics at the same university from 1984 to 1990.
Secretary General, EuropeanIssuers
Director General , European Advertising Standards Alliance
Its membership is composed of industry associations representing all the components of the advertising ecosystem, from advertisers and agencies to media, as well as 27 self-regulatory organisations across Europe which address consumer complaints and provide advice to marketers.
EASA aims to promote and strengthen its self-regulatory network by providing guidance and high operational standards as well as fostering dialogue at European level to address common challenges and make sure advertising standards are futureproof.
Before joining EASA, Lucas Boudet has been running for the last 10 years self-financed independent membership driven business associations in Belgium, Thailand and South Korea.
He holds a Master’s degrees in entrepreneurial studies from the Paris Institute of Political Science as well as in French and Anglo-American business law from the University of Paris.
CEO, Accountancy Europe
Secretary General, EuropaBio - The European Association for Bioindustries
Director-General, Cosmetics Europe
Managing Director, European Association of Research Managers and Administrators, EARMA
Director General, European Association of Communications Agencies
CEO, AmCham EU
Susan has dedicated her entire career to advancing transatlantic cooperation. She joined AmCham EU in 1995 as Communications Manager, becoming Communications & Operations Manager in 2000. Since 2002 she has been leading the organisation as Managing Director and since 2016 as CEO. In 2003 she oversaw the re-branding of AmCham EU and its separation from AmCham Belgium.
In 2017, AmCham EU was awarded for the fourth time, the Trade Association/Professional Body of the Year Award, having previously won the award in 2009, 2012 and 2014.
Susan was named by POLITICO as one of the top 20 women influencers in Brussels in 2016.
Susan also served as Vice-Chair of AmChams in Europe from 2009 to 2014, prior to which she was a Member of its Executive Committee (2005-2008).
A graduate of the University of Bath, UK, with a BA in European Studies, French and German, Susan’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, Susan Danger lives in Brussels with her husband and three children.
Secretary General, COCIR
Nicole represents COCIR in a variety of influential fora at European Level as well as at international level. Nicole is also Vice-Chair of DITTA, the Global Trade Association representing Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy and Healthcare IT Industry (www.globalditta.org) and leads the DITTA Industry voice in official relationships with WHO since DITTA was granted a NGO status in 2015 and leads the partnership between DITTA and the World Bank since 2016.
In addition, and since May 2010, Nicole is Chair of the Business at OECD Health Committee representing the private business sector in front of the OECD Health Committee.
Board President, EFRAG
He is a honorary member of the Bar at the Conseil d’Etat and the Cour de Cassation. From 1998 till 2007 Jean- Paul Gauzès was member of the Executive Board and Tax and Legal Director of Dexia Crédit Local. From 1973 till 1998 he worked as lawyer and legal counsel in France.
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, Fertlizers Europe
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).
Director General, ORGALIME
Prior to joining AB InBev in 2014, Malte was Public Affairs Director at the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). He has also worked at Interel, one of Brussels’ leading public affairs agencies, and in the European Parliament.
Malte has held numerous voluntary leadership positions, including President of the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP), which represents the interests of the public affairs community in Brussels.
Malte obtained his BA in philosophy and economics at the LSE and went on to complete an MSc in political science at LSE. In 2016, he took part in a corporate MBA programme at AB InBev.
Secretary General, Eusalt
He is also Board member and treasurer at EFLA (European Food Law Association); Board member and Chairman of the Advocacy Committee at ESAE (European Society of Association Executives); Board member of SEAP (Society of European Affairs) and Member of the Advisory Board of the Zero Brine project.
Wouter Lox has more than 22 years extensive experience of lobbying and public affairs for several national as well as international associations and companies. In this role he has always focused on food and nutrition but more specifically on the health and the nutritional aspects of food and dietary choices.
He started his career as Secretary General and food legislation specialist for several national and European food sector associations amongst which the European Potato Starch Association (UFE). For the Belgian Dairy Confederation (BCZ) and the Belgian coffee roaster association he was instrumental in drafting the HACCP-guidelines. He joined Yakult Europe in 2002 as European Regulatory and Public affairs manager looking into the regulatory and health policy aspects of functional foods and probiotics. In 2007 he joined the European headquarters of NuSkinEnterprises/Pharmanex as Manager European regulatory and Public affairs, responsible for the notifications processes of food supplements, the regulatory aspects of European and national health policies as well as providing trainings all over Europe on the health and nutritional aspects of food supplements and dietary choices.
Senior Director, EurActiv Media
General Manager of AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers
Prior to joining AIJA in 2012, Giuseppe Marletta has managed several European and International groups and associations, in the field of intercultural dialogue, policy making, project management as well as in the health sector. He has also worked for an association management company based in Brussels.
Giuseppe holds a Master’s degree in Public Relations. He speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Giuseppe is Vice-President of ESAE, European Society of Association Executives, and a member of ASAE, American Society of Association Executives.
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, EHPA
In his professional live, Thomas represents the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) as Secretary General in Brussels. His main responsibilities are the representation of the industry at the European institutions, networking with other stakeholders in the field of heating and cooling as well as the management of the association and its future development.
Thomas has published several articles on heat pump technology and the integration of heat pumps in the energy system and has spoken on this topic in European and international conferences. He has also been contributing to scientific publications including the IEA energy technology perspectives and the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report. Before working for the EHPA, he has worked in several projects on the economic and social benefits of renewable energy.
Executive Director, EUnited AISBL
Jan te Bos
Director General, Eurima
Prior to this he was the Advocacy Director and member of the Leadership Team of PlasticsEurope, the European Federation of Polymer Producers.
He led the PA and Communications team of the European Aluminium Association (EAA) for 6 years.
Mr. te Bos served as Board member and Chairman of the Policy and Practice Committee of ASSURRE, the European Association for the Sustainable Use and Recovery of Resources.
He began his career in Brussels as head of the European office of the Dutch Federation for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, MKB-Nederland while working, in parallel, for the European Federation for Craft and SMEs, UEAPME.
Mr te Bos is a lawyer with a degree in International Law and International Relations from the State University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
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!)
She took over the management of the FAIB in 2010 on a voluntary basis and puts all aspects of her professional experience, and personality at the service of the Federation.
Dr James Watson
Chief Executive Officer, SolarPower Europe