Confirmed judges so far


Teresa BabuscioDr. Teresa Babuscio, Secretary General, COCERAL

Dr. Teresa Babuscio joined COCERAL in 2007 and also served the trade association as Policy Advisor in Food and Feed Safety and managed both the Association of the European Maize Millers and the Association of the European Malting Industry.  Before working in the European Association landscape, Dr Babuscio was a University lecturer in Food Law in Rome and in the USA. She has also worked in Egypt for local fruit and vegetable exporters and has also served the European Commission, DG SANCO (Legal Unit) as blue book trainee.  Teresa holds a Ph.D. in Food, Agriculture and Environmental Law and an Executive Education diploma from the Melbourne Business School. 

Malgosia-BartosikMalgosia Bartosik, Deputy CEO, Wind Europe

Born in Poland in 1978, Malgosia Bartosik moved to Brussels and started working in 2004 at the WindEurope Asbl (former EWEA), working her way up from intern to deputy CEO. Across the decade she spent at WindEurope, she emerged as the true back-bone of WindEurope, of which she is now the longest serving employee. She is the brain behind WindEurope’s high-profile industry events, marketing and communications campaigns and membership services and growth. In addition, Bartosik has been an essential link between WindEurope’s policy department and the rest of the departments, thereby enabling the integration of the various trade body’s activities in one coherent and concerted effort.

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.

Birgit Beger, CEO, European Cancer Organisation (ECCO)

On 1 March 2016, Birgit Beger joined ECCO – the European CanCer Organisation as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing a team of 25 professionals in policy and public advocacy, congress management and communication.

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.

Werner-BillWerner Bill, Executive Director, European Respiratory Society (ERS)

Werner Bill is the Executive Director of the European Respiratory Society, an association of medical professionals and scientists working in the area of respiratory medicine, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and with offices in Brussels, Belgium and Sheffield, UK. He was previously the Deputy Executive Director and prior to that, Director of Finance and Administration, which included IT and Human Resources.

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.

iain-bitranIain Bitran, Executive Director, ISPIM – International Society for Professional Innovation Management

Iain Bitran is the Executive Director of ISPIM – International Society for Professional Innovation Management and has overseen the Society’s growth since 2003. As a business graduate with more than 25 years of experience, Iain has worked with a variety of enterprises and cultures worldwide. Iain is an expert in enterprise modelling and has developed decision-support tools for the management community. He has worked on many projects for national and regional development agencies and for the European Commission and United Nations. Iain is a regular speaker at conferences around the world and has edited and published numerous journal issues and articles in the field of innovation management.

Jean-Charles BocquetJean-Charles Bocquet, Director General, ECPA (European Crop Protection Association)

Jean-Charles Bocquet is Director General of ECPA (European Crop Protection Association) – the Brussels-based trade association representing the manufacturers of plant protection products (pesticides) in Europe – since November 2013. Jean- Charles is French; an agronomist with a specialised degree in Crop Protection. He has spent all of his career in the plant protection sector, at first with Roussel Uclaf (Hoeschst subsidiary) and then at DuPont de Nemours in various assignments from technical development, through registration, marketing, sales and management roles. From 2002 to October 2013, as Director General of the French crop protection association (UIPP) he played a significant role in France in many working groups involving various stakeholders with a strong commitment for promotion and defence of the crop protection industry sector, promoting stewardship, sustainable agriculture and openness in communication.

Maurits BrugginkMaurits Bruggink, Secretary General, The European eCommerce and Omni-Channel Trade Association

In April 2015, Maurits Bruggink was appointed Secretary General of EMOTA, the European Multi-channel and Online Trade Association. His main task is representing the interests of the sector to policymakers at European level and in Member States.

Maurits has been involved in international advocacy, government affairs and trade association management for 25 years in different positions. Maurits started as lawyer at the European Union Office of Arthur Andersen & C°, followed by a long spell as Managing Director at Brussels’s based lobby firm Grayling.

Maurits has great experience in managing European and international trade associations. He has been secretary general of several trade associations, covering sectors as diverse as spirit drinks, toys, metals, gambling and sports.

For the last five years, Maurits has been Executive Director of the European Direct Selling Association, where he dealt with a number of similar issues as faced by the online sector, such as consumer protection, marketing practices, digital agenda, a.o.

Maurits holds a Master in International Trade Law from the University of Leiden, Holland. Maurits is 52 years and is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish.

Peter ButtiensPeter Buttiens, CEO, European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association

Peter Buttiens has a Msc. Industrial engineering & Computer Technology and International executive MBA.

Since 1991, he has been working as different international sales and marketing positions for companies all over the world.

Since2007, he works as CEO at ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association. The association brings together suppliers, printers and consultants with a total over 70 members. This includes all the specialized, functional and industrial printing using screen and digital process for functional, industrial and speciality printing.

Susan-DangerSusan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU

Susan Danger is CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), which speaks for American companies committed to Europe on trade, investment and competitiveness issues.

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.

Mella FrewenMella Frewen, Director General, Food Drink Europe

Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry, since July 2007.

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.

Lise-FuhrLise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO

Lise is ETNO’s Director General. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community. She has recently been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term starting in July 2016.

Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation

Rania GeorgoutsakouRania Georgoutsakou, Director Public Policy, SEMI Europe

Rania (Ourania) Georgoutsakou is Director of Public Policy for Europe with SEMI, the global industry association representing the manufacturing supply chain for the semiconductor and related industries. Her role is to support SEMI’s global membership in evaluating and complying with European policies and legislation and to liaise with decision-makers to promote Europe’s global competitiveness.  Rania’s areas of activity include EU institutional law, innovation, regional policy, health and social policy, Environmental Health & Safety and EU market access rules.

She was previously Director for Lobbying and Thematic Coordination for the Assembly of European Regions, the largest European network of regional politicians, where over 10 years she led the AER’s work on the European Lisbon Treaty, health and social policy and e-innovation.

Rania holds a LL.M in European Law and a MSc.Econ in European policy making. She lives with her family in Brussels.

Wien-De-GeyterWien De Geyter , Secretary General, febelfin

Wien De Geyter is Secretary-General at febelfin. She joined febelfin in 1999 in the Social Department and in 2006 became Head/Director of Corporate Affairs. Wien become Secretary-General in 2009 in charge of Governance (Bureau and Board of Directors, CEO meetings, One-to-one meeting febelfin Chairman, Level I contact with NBB and FSMA), Membership relations, Facility management, Accounting, HR, ICT, Special Projects, Communication. Then in 2013 also became in charge of Social Affairs and Payment Systems. Some of Wein’s achievements as Secretary-General include: care programme Ford Genk, sound banking relationship; process sector position on restoring trust; safe internet banking film: The Amazing Mind Reader; febelfin luncheon and women in financial services; new look for websites and new extranet and SharePoint and a new febelfin visual identity.

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.

Gerd-GotzDr Gerd Götz,  Director General, European Aluminium

Dr Gerd Götz has been Director General of European Aluminium since 2013. Based in Brussels, the association represents more than 80 members with 600 plants across 30 European countries from all parts of the aluminium value chain.

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.

Adrian-HarrisAdrian Harris, Director General, Orgalime (The European Engineering Industries Association)

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, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 42 trade federations representing the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking & metal articles industries of 24 European countries. The industry employs some 10.9 million people in the EU and in 2015 accounted for more than €1,900 billion of annual output. The industry accounts for over a quarter of manufacturing output and a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union

Orgalime is a member of the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI), of which Adrian Harris was Chairman (2012-2013) and at present he is a Board member of the Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium (FAIB).

francis-inghamFrancis Ingham, Chief Executive, International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO)

Francis Ingham is Director General of the PRCA, and Chief Executive of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO). Founded in 1969, the PRCA is a UK-based PR membership body, operating in 45 countries around the world. The PRCA represents over 20,000 individuals working across the industry. ICCO is the voice of public relations consultancies around the world. Its membership comprises national trade associations in 33 countries across the globe: from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Australasia. Collectively, these associations represent over 2,500 PR firms.

Ingham’s background is in politics and public affairs. He is External Examiner to the American University at Richmond; Trustee of The Speakers’ Corner Trust; and the Master of the City of London Company of Public Relations Practitioners. He was educated at Oxford University, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He appears in both the UK and the Global editions of PR Week’s PowerBook.

Andrea_Karner_CIBP_8aAndrea Karner, Secretary General, CIBP

Andrea Karner is the Secretary General of the Brussels based International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP), offering networking opportunities among 1,700 cooperative and popular banks and credit unions on five continents and on a mission to empower customers, members and regional economies. She is also a board member of the cooperative research institute IGA in Austria.

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.

Carlos LeeCarlos Lee, Director General, European Photonics Industry Consortium

Carlos Lee is director general at EPIC, Europe’s photonics industry association. As part of the EPIC mission, Carlos works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure a vibrant and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. He brings with him a strong background in microelectronics which was acquired through several management positions held at the international association SEMI. He has been responsible in Europe for the SEMI International Standards program, managed technical and executive programs, and together with the advisory board advocated for a more competitive semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing industry. Carlos has a BBA in Finance and an MBA in Leadership & Change Management from United Business Institutes.

dan_lucaDr. Dan Luca, Senior Director, EurActiv Media

Dr. Dan Luca is presently the Senior Director of the Brussels based EurActiv Media. He has worked as a European affairs professional for twenty years from which five years in Romania and the last fifteen years in Brussels. In 2008 he obtained a PhD in ‘International Relations and European Studies’ with a specialisation in Communication. He gives lectures on topics related to the European Union and communication techniques at ten European universities. His most recent book, “European Union: Views from Brussels” (2013), shows his vision about EU citizens, Future EU, EU Communication, Business Management, EU Education and Technology.


Dominic-LyleDominic Lyle, Director General, EACA (European Association of Communications Agencies)

Dominic Lyle is the Director-General of EACA, the European Association of Communications Agencies, which represents the interests of commercial communications agencies in Europe. He was appointed to EACA in May 2002, having previously spent 25 years in the communications business.

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.

alexander-mohr2Alexander Mohr, Executive Director, EFFA

Alexander Mohr is the Executive Director of EFFA, the European flavour industry. Before joining EFFA he was Secretary General of APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel Packaging, and a member of the Executive Committee of Metal Packaging in Europe.

Prior he was heading the legal and public affairs practice for the European container glass industry (FEVE) and was working for a German political think tank on global political party consulting issues.

He has been a lecturer on international relations at the ‘Institut d’études Politiques de Paris’ (SciencePo) and holds a law degree from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has published several publications on sustainability in the context of EU regulatory developments.

Ulrich-Paetzold2Ulrich Paetzold, Director General, European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC)

Ulrich Paetzold has been Director General of the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) since 1994. Ulrich joined FIEC 1989 as Director charged with setting up the Brussels office. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of EIC (European International Contractors) and Deputy Director of the international department of the German “Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie”.

Ulrich was a Member of the “Advisory Committee for the Opening-up of Public Procurement” of the European Commission, DG MARKT from April 2000 to September 2011.  He is currently a delegate in the European Economic and Social Committee’s “CCMI”, from February 2007 until December 2020.

Ulrich qualified as a barrister/solicitor in 1985 and is a member of the Chamber of Lawyers Frankfurt/Main.

Zeljko-PazinŽeljko Pazin, Executive Director, EFFRA (European Factories of the Future Research Association)

Željko Pazin is the Executive Director of the European Factories of the Future Research Associations (EFFRA).  As head of the EFFRA Office, Željko Pazin is responsible for the overall management of the association including implementing of decisions taken by the Board of Directors; managing the financial and human resources of the association; governmental, public and media relations; coordinating and liaising with EFFRA members.

He previously worked at the European Commission and the American Chamber of Commerce and holds a German Master’s degree in Business Administration as well as Master degree in European Political Studies from College d’ Europe in Bruges.

Jonah-schouenborg-Jacob Schouenborg, Secretary General, International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)

Jacob Schouenborg has been overall responsible for more than 20 international grassroots sport projects in ISCA, and is presently driving the development of the European Campaign for physical activity NowWeMove. Experience prior to working at ISCA includes working in the Danish Ministry of Culture as well as in the Nordic Youth Associations. He is experienced in the field of development, capacity building, advocacy and leadership development.



caroline-TeugelsCaroline Teugels, Executive Director, International Federation of Podiatrists-Fédération Internationale des Podologues (FIP-IFP)

Caroline is an association management professional. She currently runs the FIP-IFP and works as a consultant for Burson-Marsteller. She was born in Belgium where she graduated law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Caroline then went on to pursue her studies obtaining a Post-Graduate year in European Law at the Université Libre Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium). She has an extensive CV and is fluent in multiple languages.  Caroline was responsible for communication and press for Special Olympics Belgium at the management level. She was also in charge of the Healthy Athletes Program at the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games. She is active in her local community as a volunteer and helps within different charity associations.


Danièle Vranken, Secretary General ,FAIB, Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium

For seven years, Danièle Vranken has been the Secretary General of the FAIB, the Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium for its 280 member associations representing some 40.000 members of their respective sectors. 

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!)


James WatsonDr James Watson, Chief Executive Officer, SolarPower Europe

Dr. James Watson is the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe (formerly EPIA) based in Brussels. He joined SolarPower Europe in July 2014 after 7 years of working in the energy sector in Brussels with the consultancy Weber Shandwick. Prior to this he worked on a European Commission project, posted for 2 years as an expert in Africa working on trade and sustainable development. Earlier in his career James worked for more than five years in London for various UK government bodies and as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.


Erwin WetzelErwin Wetzel, Director General, European Vending Association

Erwin Wetzel, an Austrian and French national, joint the European Vending Association (EVA) in 2011 as Public Affairs Manager and then became Director General in January 2014. He studied Political Science and EU Affairs at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Within the EVA, an association that represents the interests of all the segments of the office coffee service (OCS) & vending industry, he coordinates various Committees.