Judges

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, Wind Europe

Bio

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

Birgit Beger

CEO, European Cancer Organisation (ECCO)

Bio

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 Bill

Werner Bill

Executive Director, European Respiratory Society (ERS)

Bio

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.

Olivier Boutellis-Taft

Olivier Boutellis-Taft

Chief Executive, 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 thirteen 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.
Fazilet Cinaralp

Fazilet Cinaralp

Secretary General ETRMA

Bio

Born and educated partially in Turkey, Fazilet Cinaralp graduated from the University of Mons E.I.I. (Belgium). In 1984, she joined the American Group “Champion Spark Plugs Inc”, where she worked for 2 years, in the European Technical Centre and joined in 1987 the European Headquarters’Engineering Dept., until 1991.

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.

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.

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 Frewen

Mella Frewen

Director General, Food Drink Europe

Bio

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.

Wien De Geyter

Wien De Geyter

Secretary General, febelfin

Bio

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 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.

Adrian Harris

Adrian Harris

Director General, Orgalime

Bio

Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 41 trade federations representing the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking & metal articles industries of 23 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.

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).

 Jean-Marc Jossart

Jean-Marc Jossart

Secretary General, AEBIOM

Bio

With over 20 years of experience, Jean-Marc Jossart has diversified expertise on bioenergy technologies, energy crops, transport biofuels, biomass production, environmental impacts, policies, economics, and support schemes. As AEBIOM’s Secretary-General, he is responsible for the general management of the organisation including the public representation of positions defended by AEBIOM. Jean-Marc Jossart is agronomist (UCL, 1989, Belgium) starting his career almost directly in the bioenergy sector.
Andrea Karner

Andrea Karner

Secretary General, CIBP

Bio

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.

Sylvain Lhôte

Sylvain Lhôte

Director General, CEPI

Bio

Appointed by CEPI’s Board in June 2016, Sylvain 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).

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. 
Dominic Lyle

Dominic Lyle

Director General, EACA (European Association of Communications Agencies)

Bio

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.

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.

Pekka Pesonen

Pekka Pesonen

Secretary General of Copa & Cogeca

Bio

Mr Pekka Pesonen is the Secretary General of Copa, representing European farmers, and Cogeca, representing European agri-cooperatives, which together count more than 70 national farming organisations from across Europe. Previously, he worked as State Secretary for the Finnish Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry. In addition, Mr Pesonen has extensive professional experience in lobbying at EU level on behalf of Finnish farmers, forest owners (MTK and SLC) and agri-forestry cooperatives (Pellervo). In the 1990s, he worked in the sales and marketing department of Valio, a Finnish dairy company. Mr Pesonen has also been a member of several high level advisory groups concerning EU policy preparation. He is a qualified agronomist and is married with three teenage children. 
Annalisa Ponchia

Annalisa Ponchia

Chief Executive Officer of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT)

Bio

30 years of experience in the event management field, specialized in global congress organization and association management services with particular emphasis on the scientific and medical fields. As Association Executive is managing a fully independent core structure she founded for ESOT, 10 years ago. Annalisa has deep roots in the event industry and a career as entrepreneur running her own PCO company specialized in medical meetings. Annalisa is a certified professional with CMP and CMM designations and a speaker at association and meeting industry events.

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.

Beate Raabe

Beate Raabe

Secretary General of Eurogas

Bio

Beate Raabe, 53, German, was appointed in 2011 to the post of Secretary General of Eurogas, the association of companies and associations engaged in the wholesale, retail and distribution of gas in Europe. In 1998 she joined the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP), where she became Director EU Affairs and Head of the EU office in 2005. She came to Brussels in 1993, working in EU Affairs at the International Association of Combined Road-Rail Transport (UIRR) and later at the German and Swedish railways (DB and SJ). She started her professional career as a teacher and lecturer of German in the UK, following a master’s degree in technical translation. She lives in Brussels with her husband.

Kristian Ruby

Kristian Ruby

Secretary General Union of the Electricity Industry - EURELECTRIC

Bio

Kristian Ruby is a widely recognised expert with a strong communication profile and extensive experience in political affairs. He joined EURELECTRIC from Wind Europe, where he served as Chief Policy Officer and was in charge of development and implementation of the political strategy.

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. 

Laurent Schmitt

Laurent Schmitt

ENTSO-E Secretary General

Bio

Laurent Schmitt is ENTSO-E’s Secretary General since January 2017. Before joining ENTSO-E, he was Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader at General Electric Grid Solutions.

 

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.

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.