Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, consisting of the President and Vice-Presidents, provides direction in between the Board meetings.

Mikael KARLSSON

EEB President

Jouni NISSINEN

EEB President

Ana BARREIRA

EEB Vice President


Ana Barreira is a lawyer and Director and founding member of Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA). She is also the attorney for Oceana Europe, an international NGO specialising in the protection of the marine environment. She has worked on environmental law, drafting and law implementation projects in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, México, Portugal, Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Serbia and Slovakia. Ana is a member of the IUCN Environmental Law Commission.

Attracta UI BHROIN

EEB Vice President


Attracta Uí Bhroin works with the Irish Environmental Network, a network of environmental non-government organisations (NGOs). Attracta is the facilitator for the Environmental Law Implementation Group - a joint initiative with the Irish Government, whose objectives are to support the proper transposition and implementation of environmental law, including the further development of eNGOs’ capacity to leverage the law to support their missions.

Bernhard ZLANABITNIG

EEB Vice President


Bernhard Zlanabitnig is the Director of the EU-Umweltbüro in Vienna, a service-, information- and coordination office for EU environmental law and policy hosted by EEB member Umweltdachverband. The EU-Umweltbüro aims to facilitate the work of Austrian environmental organisations and to inform an interested public. Bernhard’s work mainly focuses on biodiversity, EU nature laws and energy as well as the national/European implementation of the SDGs and the Circular Economy Package.

Bjela VOSSEN

EEB Vice President


Bjela Vossen is the Head of the European Policy Department at the Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR) - a German umbrella organisation consisting of 90 member organisations active in the field of nature conservation, animal and environmental protection.Together, DNR’s members represent more than five million individual members. Bjela and her team coordinate the EU activities of German environmental organisations in close collaboration with Brussels-based environmental organisations to influence EU policy – both in Brussels and Berlin.

Siim VAHTRUS

EEB Vice President


Siim Vahtrus is the Chairman of the Board of Justice & Environment (J&E), a European network of public interest environmental law organisations. The network consists of 13 members from different countries that work for better environmental laws and their proper implementation all over Europe. Estonian by nationality and a lawyer by education, Siim currently lives and works in Tallinn, where he also leads J&E’s member the Estonian Environmental Law Center.