Executive Committee

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


EEB President

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.


EEB Vice President

Bjela Vossen is the head of the European Policy Department of Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR), for which she has been working since 2004. DNR is the umbrella organisation of German nature conservation, animal and environmental protection organizations. It currently has 90 member organisations which together represent more than ten million individual members. Bjela and her team coordinate the EU activities of German environmental organizations closely with Brussels based environmental organisations and influence EU policy – in Brussels and Berlin. The team informs German environmental protection and conservation organizations about current developments at the EU level through numerous meetings, visitors programs, and publications like a weekly newsletter. Before this the biologist was self-employed, owning an office for landscape planning with a focus on environmental impact assessments, maintenance and development planning as well as free range biological expert reports.


EEB Vice President

Johanna Sandahl is the President of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Sweden’s largest ENGO. SSNC has local groups in almost all Swedish municipalities and around 50 partner organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The organisation works with issues ranging from climate and energy to chemicals, oceans, agriculture, forests and biodiversity. Johanna is an agronomist and has more than 20 years of experience of work in different civil society organisations.


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.


EEB Vice President

João Branco is the president of the National Directorate of Quercus, the National Association for Nature Conservation. Quercus is the largest environmental association in Portugal, and its scope of action covers a wide number of thematic areas of environmental relevance. João is also vice-president of the Portuguese Confederation of Environmental Defense Associations. He was a teacher in secondary and higher education and in parallel to the teaching profession, he worked as a Forestry Engineer, collaborating in the elaboration of various land planning plans and advising several private companies and associations. He was founder and President of the Direction of the National Association of Engineers and technicians of the Forest Sector. During this period, he carried out several works related to nature conservation, including cartography and forest management plans for protected areas.