2018 Judges

Arnaldo Abruzzini

Arnaldo Abruzzini

CEO, EUROCHAMBRES

Bio

Arnaldo Abruzzini has been the CEO of EUROCHAMBRES, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, since 1999. He is a senior lobbyist in Brussels and represents the voice of over 20 million companies through members in 43 countries and a network of 1.700 regional and local Chambers.

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

Dr Cary Adams

CEO, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Bio

In 2009, Cary moved from the management of international businesses in the banking sector to become CEO of UICC based in Geneva.  UICC unites the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. Its rapidly increasing membership base of over 1000 organisations in more than 160 countries features the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health and patient groups and includes influential policy makers, researchers and experts in cancer prevention and control. UICC also boasts more than 55 strategic partners.

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.

Malgosia Bartosik

Malgosia Bartosik

Deputy CEO, WindEurope

Bio

Malgosia joined WindEurope in 2004, working her way up from intern to deputy CEO. She is responsible for all business operations, PR and membership strategy.

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.

Edwin Basson

Edwin Basson

World Steel Association, Director General

Bio

After a few years in the banking industry, he joined the steel industry in 1994 as Chief Economist at Iscor Ltd. in South Africa. In 1996 he became Business Unit Manager for coated steel products and flat steel products. He later headed Strategic Initiatives at the company.

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.

Florence Bindelle

Florence Bindelle

Secretary General, EuropeanIssuers

Bio

Florence leads the Brussels team of EuropeanIssuers, the only pan-European organisation representing the interests of publicly quoted companies across Europe to the EU Institutions. She brings strategic and operational know-how from her work at the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA), where she was responsible for the management of relations with the European Commission and other European organisations, as well as communication and the organisation of events. Previously, she worked in the Brussels office of Mapfre Re on liability portfolio management and treaty analysis. She holds a degree in law, an executive MBA and a post-graduate degree in law and economics as well as a certificate in risk management. She speaks fluent French, Spanish and English and good Dutch.

http://www.europeanissuers.eu/our-team

Lucas Boudet

Lucas Boudet

Director General , European Advertising Standards Alliance

Bio

The European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) is the single authoritative voice on advertising self-regulation issues in Europe. Effective advertising self-regulation helps ensure responsible advertising and thus helps secure consumer trust in advertising and in brands.

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.

Olivier Boutellis-Taft

Olivier Boutellis-Taft

CEO, Accountancy Europe

Bio

As CEO since 2006, Olivier provides leadership and vision to Accountancy Europe. He benefits from a diversified professional experience, having been a public prosecutor in France, a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a board member of the European Policy Centre, a director of XBRL international and a business and policy consultant. He regularly speaks and lectures on a broad range of topics related to corporate governance and European affairs. A lawyer and economist by training, Olivier started his professional career in equestrian sports (jumping).
John Brennan

John Brennan

Secretary General, EuropaBio - The European Association for Bioindustries

Bio

Secretary General of EuropaBio. John has nearly 30 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, the last fourteen of which being spent in the policy environment in Brussels, both working at the European Commission and in European trade associations for the healthcare industry. Prior to coming to Brussels he worked in the Irish National Standards Authority. Born in Ireland, John is a science graduate from Dublin, with added post-graduate studies in quality management and environmental engineering.

 John Chave

John Chave

Director-General, Cosmetics Europe

Bio

John Chave was educated at the Universities of Sheffield and Exeter in the UK. He is a lawyer by training and he has worked in the health field in London and Brussels. He was Secretary General of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), a post he had held from 2006 to 2015. Since then, he has been Director General of Cosmetics Europe.

Nik Claesen

Nik Claesen

Managing Director, European Association of Research Managers and Administrators, EARMA

Bio

Nik Claesen is the Managing Director of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA). With EARMA he works to improve the quality of research support throughout Europe by creating a network for professional development, best practice exchange and information exchange. He is a Belgian national living in the greater Brussels area and passionate about research support. He has a background in research administration and more specifically in EU funded research for Brussels University (VUB) and bid consulting for Imperial College London. He holds master’s degrees in management and history.

Tamara Daltroff

Tamara Daltroff

Director General, European Association of Communications Agencies

Bio

Susan Danger

Susan Danger

CEO, AmCham EU

Bio

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.  She has full strategic and operational responsibility for the association and represents it externally. AmCham EU is a membership organisation supporting over 150 US corporate companies, international business, and law and consultancy firms in the area of public affairs.

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.

Nicole Denjoy

Nicole Denjoy

Secretary General, COCIR

Bio

Nicole Denjoy is the COCIR Secretary General since 2005 and is based in Brussels. Nicole has gathered more than 30 years of experience in the medical technology industry, working for companies including L’air Liquide, Ohmeda, Boston Scientific and Baxter. Nicole has a Masters in Organisation and Change Management.

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.

Jean-Paul Gauzès

Jean-Paul Gauzès

Board President, EFRAG

Bio

Jean-Paul Gauzès has on 1 July 2016 been appointed as EFRAG Board President, nominated by the EC. Jean-Paul was from 2004 till 2014 member of the European Parliament. During the whole of this period he was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON). From 2008 till 2014 Jean-Paul Gauzès was the Coordinator of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in ECON. He has been the rapporteur on various important dossiers including the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (2010); the Regulation on the supervision of Credit Rating Agencies (2010); and the Regulation on the strengthening of economic and budgetary surveillance of Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability in the euro area (2012).

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.

Gerd Gotz

Gerd Gotz

Director General, European Aluminium

Bio

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.

Jacob Hansen

Jacob Hansen

Director General, Fertlizers Europe

Bio

Jacob Hansen has been Director General at Fertilizers Europe since 2011. The association represents the majority fertilizer producers in Europe and is recognized as the dedicated industry source of information on mineral fertilizers. He started his career working for the Danish agricultural sector in Copenhagen before moving to Brussels, where he worked for more than 10 years as Director at the Danish Agriculture and Food Council. Mr. Hansen has a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and an INSEAD certificate on Executive Management.

Sylvain Lhôte

Sylvain Lhôte

Director General, CEPI

Bio

Slyvain is the Director General of CEPI since 2016 and brings 25 years of government and public affairs expertise working with leading material technology and manufacturing industries on climate and energy policies, sustainability and industrial affairs, as well as competition and international trade issues.

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.

Libor Lochman

Libor Lochman

Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)

Bio

 Libor Lochman has been Executive Director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) since January 1st 2012.

 

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).

Malte Lohan

Malte Lohan

Director General, ORGALIME

Bio

Malte joined Orgalime from Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s leading brewer, where most recently he was Head of Corporate Affairs for AB InBev’s European region. He also represented AB InBev on the Executive Committee of the Brewers of Europe, the beer industry’s European association, and served as Vice Chair of the Brewers of Europe Alcohol Policy Committee.

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.

Wouter Lox

Wouter Lox

Secretary General, Eusalt

Bio

Since 2007, Wouter Lox is Managing Director of EUsalt, the association of European and global crystallised salt producers.

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.

Dan Luca

Dan Luca

Senior Director, EurActiv Media

Bio

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. 

Giuseppe Marletta

Giuseppe Marletta

General Manager of AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers

Bio

Giuseppe Marletta is the General Manager of AIJA, the International Association of Young Lawyers. He is the head of the Secretariat, facilitating good governance, supporting AIJA membership and communication strategies, over-seeing AIJA events.

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.

Marco Mensink

Marco Mensink

Director General European Chemical Industry Council - Cefic

Bio

Marco Mensink is Director General of Cefic, the European chemical industry, since May 2016. With members adding over 550 billion Euro to the EU economy annually, Cefic is the largest industry sector representation of its kind in Brussels. As part of this role, Mr. Mensink shapes the strategy and direction of the European chemical industry, uniting more than 22 national federations, 8 associate federations and 650 members and affiliates from all over Europe.

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.

Thomas Nowak

Thomas Nowak

Secretary General, EHPA

Bio

Thomas is a long term (renewable) energy aficionado. Apart from closely following the energy transition both in the electricity and heating sectors, he is the owner of a heat pump, a PV power plant and a building, in which, both cooperate peacefully.

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.

Jethro Schiansky

Jethro Schiansky

Executive Director, EUnited AISBL

Bio

Executive Director of EUnited since 2017, Jethro has spent the last 12 years working in the Brussels Policy environment. During that time he moved between law firms, European trade associations in the industrial sector and private industry. Prior to that, Jethro studied law and German in the UK. He now lives in Brussels with his wife and 2 children.

Jan te Bos

Jan te Bos

Director General, Eurima

Bio

Jan te Bos is the Director General of Eurima (the European Insulation Manufacturers Association). He is an Executive Board Member of Construction Products Europe and was the founding chair of the European Coalition for Energy Savings

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.

Danièle Vranken

Danièle Vranken

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

Bio

Danièle VRANKEN is the Secretary General of the FAIB, the Federation of European & international associations based in Belgium, helping its 280 member associations – representing some 40.000 members of their respective sectors – to establish and operate 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

Dr James Watson

Chief Executive Officer, SolarPower Europe

Bio

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. He is currently a visiting Professor in the Vrije Universitat Brussel.

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