Secretary GeneralJeremy Wates has served as Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Europe's largest network of environmental citizens' organisations, since May 2011. In a career that has included grassroots activism, freelance consultancy, working as an international civil servant and organic farming, respect for the environment has always been a central preoccupation.
Prior to joining the EEB, Jeremy served for more than a decade as Secretary to the Aarhus Convention with the Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The Aarhus Convention is the world’s most far-reaching international treaty on access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters.
During the 1990s, Jeremy led the campaign by the European ECO Forum, an NGO coalition, to persuade governments to start work on a treaty on environmental democracy and then coordinated the input from civil society organizations into the official negotiations over the text of what was to become the Aarhus Convention.
In the 1980s, Jeremy founded the Irish environmental organization Earthwatch, the Irish member of Friends of the Earth International, and led the organization for more than a decade. From 1991 to 1993, he represented the Irish EEB members on the EEB Board.
Jeremy holds an MA Honours Degree in Philosophy and Social & Political Sciences from Cambridge University, UK. His permanent home is in West Cork in the south-west of Ireland where in the ‘80s and ‘90s he combined his environmental activism with small-scale organic farming and where he and his wife brought up their four children in their early years. Hobbies include playing the mandolin (Irish traditional) and piano (mainly classical), singing in a choir, hiking, skiing and yoga.
In 2011, Jeremy was awarded the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award.
EU Policy Team
Pieter DE POUS
EU Policy Director
Pieter DE POUS
EU Policy DirectorPieter oversees and coordinates the EEB’s EU policy team. He has a masters degree in forest and conservation science from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. Before becoming EEB’s EU Policy Director he worked in the EEB’s EU policy team as a policy officer on biodiversity, water and agriculture. He has Dutch nationality and speaks Dutch, German and English.
Policy Manager for Agriculture and Bioenergy
Policy Manager for Agriculture and BioenergyFaustine holds a masters degree in European Union law from the University of Lille, France and a masters degree of EU Politics from the Institute for Political Sciences in Strasbourg, France. Before joining the EEB she worked for the European Commission, in the Directorate General Agriculture and Rural Development. She is a French native speaker, speaks English and some German.
Policy Manager - Industrial Production
Policy Manager - Industrial ProductionChristian is in charge of activities on industrial production, in particular the review of the environmental performance benchmarks (Best Available Techniques Reference Documents) for industry. He studied international law with a Masters specialisation in environmental law in Egypt, Norway and France. He previously worked for the German Federal Environmental Protection Agency, the European Commission's Renewable Energy DG and in a Brussels-based industry group working on the promotion of renewable energy sources. He holds German-French nationality and speaks English, basic Norwegian and some Arabic.
Policy Manager: Circular economy, Products & Waste
Policy Manager: Circular economy, Products & WasteStephane is responsible for Product and Waste policy. Before joining the EEB, Stephane worked as a Quality/Lean consultant for the industry in France and UK. He also collaborated to academic research programs on energy efficiency in building and evaluation of sustainable development policy. Stephane has educational background in philosophy and environmental management. Stephane is French and speaks English and French.
Senior Policy Officer: Air and Noise
Senior Policy Officer: Air and NoiseLouise joined the EEB in 2009 and is now in charge of air quality and noise policies. Her academic background is in political sciences, having studied in Strasbourg and Berlin, and holds a Master in Environmental Law. She previously had roles in the European Commission’s DG Environment, in a Brussels-based consultancy and in the Franco German TV network ARTE. She speaks French, English and German.
Project Coordinator: Zero Mercury Campaign
Project Coordinator: Zero Mercury CampaignElena co-founded the Zero Mercury Working Group - an international coalition of NGOs working on mercury in 2005, and has co-coordinated it ever since. She previously worked for the European Commission (DG ENV) and for consulting firms on environment policy and project management. She holds an Ptychio in Chemistry (Athens), an M.Sc. in Business Strategy and Environmental Management (UK) and an MBA (Belgium). She is Greek and speaks Greek, English and French.
Senior Policy Officer: Biodiversity, Water and Ecosystems
Senior Policy Officer: Biodiversity, Water and EcosystemsLeonardo is responsible for biodiversity, water and ecosystems related issues. He is an environmental economist by training, with a Masters in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the LSE and a double Masters degree in Sustainable Development and International Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and the University of St Gallen (Switzerland). He previously worked as an environmental policy consultant, most recently at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), where he was Senior Policy Analyst. He speaks English, French, German and Italian.
Senior Policy Officer: Chemicals & Nanotechnology
Senior Policy Officer: Chemicals & NanotechnologyTatiana graduated in Chemistry specialized in Environmental and food chemistry from the University of Cádiz (Spain), she also holds a master degree in both Environmental Impact Assessment and occupational health and safety. Previously she worked for the Spanish occupational institute ISTAS and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). She is Spanish and speaks Spanish, English and basic French.
Senior Policy Officer: Product Policy and Resource Conservation
Senior Policy Officer: Product Policy and Resource ConservationCarsten is responsible for EU policies on sustainable consumption and production. He advocates for the EU to match its rhetoric on resource efficiency and circular economy with ambitious measures in eco-design, labelling and the related fields of product policy. Previously, Carsten was deputy head of the department for environmental protection at NABU. He also worked as a consultant in facilitating stakeholder communications, public participation and conflict resolution. He is German and speaks English and German as well as some Swedish and French.
EU Ecolabel Coordinator
EU Ecolabel CoordinatorBlanca studied Environmental Sciences for her undergraduate degree and holds a Research Masters on Environmental Education and a Diploma on Environmental Management Systems. She has recently worked as Pollution Control Officer for ECOS and was previously the EU Ecolabel Coordinator in EEB and the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC) from 2007 till 2010. Before that she was a trainee at the EU Commission in the field of EMAS, worked in the Local Agenda 21 of Granada and was involved in cooperation projects in Mexico and Ukraine.
Policy Officer: Waste
Policy Officer: WastePiotr holds a Masters degree in Geography specialised in Spatial Management and Regional Development. Before joining the EEB, he worked as a surveyor, then for the Polish Ministry of the Environment/Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Presidency), as an intern at Food&Water Europe, and most recently he worked in the field of development aid in Africa (climate smart agriculture). He is Polish and speaks Polish, English, French and German.
Policy Officer: Energy and Climate
Policy Officer: Energy and ClimateRoland has a Masters in social and human ecology form the University of Klagenfurt, worked for the last 7 years on climate and energy policies as an analyst in the Austrian Federal Environmental Agency and as a policy officer and project manager for advocacy and member liaison in one of EEB’s Austrian Members, Umweltdachverband. While there he was an active member of the EEB’s energy working group.
Agriculture Policy Officer
Agriculture Policy OfficerMargherita holds a Masters degree in European and International Law from the University of Trieste, Italy, and the University of Montpellier, France. She covers agriculture related issues, in particular the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) through a shared position between the EEB and CEEweb. Before joining the EEB, she worked in the Veneto Region representation office in Brussels, following environmental-related issues. She is Italian, and she speaks Italian, English and French.
Technical Officer: Industrial Production
Technical Officer: Industrial ProductionAliki is working on pollution prevention and control of industrial activities, in particular the review of the environmental performance benchmarks (Best Available Techniques Reference Documents) for industry. Before joining the EEB, she worked for a Brussels-based European Federation in the area of waste management and environmental services, as an environmental auditor in Greece and at the European Commission's Executive Agency for SMEs. She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology and an MEng in Chemical Engineering. Aliki is Greek and speaks English and some French.
Global Policies and Sustainability Team
Director for Global Policies and Sustainability
Director for Global Policies and SustainabilityPatrizia leads the EEB’s work on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), follows intergovernmental processes at the UN and OECD level, and supports projects on environmental democracy, EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies as well as environmental justice. She was previously Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of 19 environmental, human and labour rights organisations. She speaks English, French, German, some Italian, Bengali and Hindi.
Policy Officer Neighbourhood Policies
Policy Officer Neighbourhood PoliciesRichard works on projects targeting EU accession and Eastern Partnership countries. He studied environmental policy and sociology and has experience as international project coordinator, researcher, university lecturer, and trainer/facilitator. He is particularly interested in social, economic and environmental impacts of development in the transitional countries of the CEE region (within the framework of the EU policies and EU enlargement). He is Slovak and speaks Slovak, English, Czech and Russian.
Project OfficerNick mostly works in European Science in Society projects related to ecological economics and environmental justice (since 2011 on the EJOLT project: www.ejolt.org), combining research with communications. He also does the communications for the Global Policies and Sustainability unit. He has degrees in geography, conflict & development and journalism. Nick publishes in various media and has authored books on globalization in Nepal and on nature education. He is Belgian and speaks Dutch, French, English and some Nepali.
Project OfficerSonia works on the projects in the Global Policies and Sustainability unit. She is experienced with the organization of conferences and is a professional photographer. She worked for Friends of the Earth Europe in Brussels before heading to West Africa, where she worked 8 years with Oxfam. Upon her return, Sonia joined ANPED and has worked in the field of sustainability since 2012. She is Spanish and speaks Basque, Spanish, French, English and Dutch.
Global Policies Project Officer
Global Policies Project OfficerEva is working on the Supply Chainge project. She studied two majors in Political Sciences; International Relations at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She worked for Greenpeace in Spain and Belgium. She organised seminars at European level with the EEB and Ecologistas en Acción. She coordinated the UN ECO Bulletin during COP8 and was the communications officer for Euromontana. She speaks English, French, Spanish and is currently studying Dutch.
Communications and Membership Team
Communications ManagerIan is a media professional from Ireland with ten years experience in public relations and journalism. For the last three years he has worked as Communication Manager for the Irish Environmental Network (IEN). The IEN, an EEB member, is a coalition of 33 national environmental NGOs in Ireland. He previously worked as a news editor and journalist with an Irish daily newspaper for over seven years. He has an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University and a BA in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin.
Senior Communications Officer - Waste
Senior Communications Officer - WasteJack manages communications for the Make Resources Count campaign. He joined EEB in 2013 from Greenpeace, having previously held similar posts in leading UK private, public and NGO sector organisations. He is a qualified senior journalist with four years experience in the UK print media. A typical Brit, he only speaks English.
Communications Officer - Nature and Agriculture
Communications Officer - Nature and AgricultureEmily is responsible for communications on nature protection and agriculture. She previously worked as a press officer for the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group in the European Parliament. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University. She speaks English and French.
Communications Officer - Industrial Production
Communications Officer - Industrial ProductionAnton is responsible for communications on industrial production, emissions and air quality and is a spokesperson for the Europe Beyond Coal campaign. He has experience working for non-profit groups in Belgium, Austria and the UK and holds degrees from the University of Durham and the University of London. Anton speaks English, Dutch and German.
Communications Officer - Resource Conservation
Communications Officer - Resource ConservationMauro is responsible for communications on the circular economy, energy efficiency and resource sustainability. He previously worked at Green Budget Europe as a Communications Officer, and in the press office of Moody’s Investors Service in London as a Communications Associate. He speaks English, Italian and a little bit of Spanish.
Membership and Development Manager
Membership and Development ManagerEmma oversees the EEB membership, welcomes new members and guides them through the application process and supports the organisation of Board meetings and the Annual General Assembly. She is also working on organizational development in the areas of membership engagement and internal communications. She previously worked for several European networks in the cultural sector. She is Swedish and speaks English, French, Dutch, Italian and a bit of Spanish.
Digital Communications Assistant
Digital Communications AssistantKristina is responsible for EEB’s social media and newsletters. She previously carried out a communications traineeship at the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and worked with a landscape approach team at the Center for Development Innovation in Wageningen, the Netherlands. She holds degrees in ecology and nature conservation policy from the University of Edinburgh and Wageningen University. Kristina speaks English and Lithuanian.
Finance and Admin Team
Isabel DE JESUS FONSECA
Head of Finance, Personnel & Administration
Isabel DE JESUS FONSECA
Head of Finance, Personnel & AdministrationIsabel is the Head of Finance, Personnel & Administration within the EEB team. She graduated from E.C.S.S.A.C.in Liège and previously worked for another Brussels based NGO in the field of Art. She is Belgian/Portuguese and speaks French , English, and Portuguese.
Administration and HR Officer
Events CoordinatorAbraham is the Events Coordinator. He graduated in History from Deusto University and holds a masters degree in Political Science. Prior to joining the EEB team, he worked in different public institutions at regional, national and international level. He is Spanish and speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and German.