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
Patrick ten Brink
Deputy Secretary General and Director of EU Policy
Patrick ten Brink
Deputy Secretary General and Director of EU PolicyPatrick is EEB’s Deputy Secretary General, responsible also for the EEB’s EU Policy Unit as well for a range of horizontal dossiers, including EU presidencies, better regulation, EU budget, fiscal reform, the environmental action programmes (EAPs) and oversight on the European Green Deal. He is on Seas at Risks’ Management Committee and ECOS’ Executive Committee, and is a member of the Stakeholder Group of the Fit for Future Platform. Before joining the EEB, Patrick was the Director of IEEP-Brussels and head of its Green Economy Programme. He has worked extensively on circular economy and marine litter, green tax reform, subsidy reform, climate policy, and biodiversity policy. His past work contributed to the Passenger Cars and CO2 regulation, the Industrial Emissions Directive, the Regulation on Invasive Alien Species and the Regulation on Access and Benefits Sharing of genetic resources. He has a Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and a joint honours Physics and Philosophy degree. Patrick is German and speaks English, French, German and Spanish.
Director of Policy Integration and Circular Economy
Director of Policy Integration and Circular EconomyStéphane is responsible for Circular Economy and its integration with other policy dimensions such as Climate, Industry, Chemicals, Bioeconomy and Sustainable Development Goals. 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.
Project Manager for 'Zero Mercury' Campaign
Project Manager for '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.
Policy Manager for Climate
Policy Manager for ClimateBarbara Mariani is Policy Manager for Climate and leads the climate end energy team. Barbara has 20 years of experience in climate, energy and environmental policies and has acquired strong expertise of the challenges faced by industry as Senior Adviser and Advocacy Manager for the Confederation of Italian Industry (Confindustria) in Brussels and, subsequently, as Vice-President in the Energy & Climate practice at FleishmanHillard in Brussels. Barbara is an expert of the carbon market and the wide range of issues relevant to the transition towards a decarbonized economy, including competitiveness, technological, economic and financial aspects. She was involved in the various reforms of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and in the negotiations on the Clean Energy Package, the Circular Economy, the Clean Transport and the Sustainable Finance legislative packages. Before moving to Brussels, Barbara worked for the British Embassy in Rome as Climate, Energy and Environment Adviser where, amongst other, she led a national campaign to raise awareness on the economic impacts of climate change.
Policy Manager for Water and Biodiversity
Policy Manager for Water and BiodiversitySergiy leads the EEB’s work on the Water Framework Directive and coordinates the EEB’s involvement in efforts for a better implementation of the EU Nature Directives and the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. Before joining EEB, Sergiy worked as a Policy Director for the European Water Partnership promoting uptake of water stewardship approaches, as well as for WWF on a range of projects from river restoration to advocacy for ambitious EU laws. Sergiy is originally from Ukraine and speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English, French and Dutch.
Policy Manager for Chemicals & Nanotechnology
Policy Manager for 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.
Policy Manager for Industrial Production
Policy Manager for 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.
Deputy Policy Manager for Chemicals
Deputy Policy Manager for ChemicalsDolores is an agriculture engineer (Polytechnic University of Madrid) and holds a masters degree on occupational health. Before joining the EEB, Dolores was working as a consultant on chemical risk prevention. She worked extensively on chemicals and waste policies for several environmental NGOs (Greenpeace, Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo and Ecologistas en Acción) and for the trade union institute ISTAS in Spain. Dolores is Spanish and speaks Spanish and English.
Deputy Policy Manager for Chemicals/Sustainable Production and Best Available Techniques
Deputy Policy Manager for Chemicals/Sustainable Production and Best Available TechniquesJean-Luc works on emissions from industrial activities to the environment, focusing on up-dating and implementing the Industrial Emissions Directive, and promoting ambition, best practices and techniques. Before he joined EEB, Jean-Luc worked in chemical R&D and marketing, in public affairs and consulting. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University and an MBA from FOM Düsseldorf. Jean-Luc is from Luxembourg and speaks Luxembourgish, German, French, Dutch, and English as well as some Italian and Spanish.
Senior Policy Officer for Waste
Senior Policy Officer for WastePiotr holds a Masters degree in Geography and Regional Development. Before joining the EEB, he worked with the Polish Ministry of the Environment and its International Cooperation Unit. In 2011, he was sent to Brussels to reinforce the Environmental Policy Unit at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU. After a successful Polish Presidency at the Council, he worked with NGOs on issues such as shale gas and landgrabbing in Africa. He is now responsible for waste policy at the EEB, representing the voice of around 150 green NGOs. He loves cycling in h bike-friendly cities, swimming in clean waters and growing his own organic vegetables.
Senior Policy Officer for Agriculture
Senior Policy Officer for AgricultureBérénice holds a phD in agricultural economics from Ghent University in Belgium, she also has a Master degree in International Development and Rural Policy from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and she is an agricultural engineer gratuate from Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France. Before joining the EEB she worked as a researcher at Ghent University and conducted some research at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright-Schuman scholar. Bérénice speaks French and English.
Senior Policy Officer for Industrial Production
Senior Policy Officer for 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.
Senior Policy Officer for Industrial Production
Senior Policy Officer for Industrial ProductionJai is working on pollution prevention and control of industrial activities in particular water- energy nexus. He also co-leads the water working group in Europe Beyond coal campaign, which aims at phasing out coal power plants from Europe by 2030. Prior to joining the EEB, he worked for campaigns at Greenpeace in India, International and Central and East Europe on Sustainable agriculture, Climate change and Energy water nexus. He holds a Masters in Physics. He speaks English apart from Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Telugu.
Senior Policy Officer for Climate and Circular Economy
Senior Policy Officer for Climate and Circular EconomyDavide is Senior Policy Officer for Climate and Circular Economy. Davide tries to bridge the gap between CE policies and Climate policies to decarbonize industry and the heating sector. He is also working on climate sequestration in buildings and on the development of the batteries sector. In the past he has been working for a long time at Legambiente, in the fields of energy efficiency, refrigerant gases and circular economy. He holds a master’s degree in political sciences from the University of Padua, Italy, and he likes to bike his way through Europe on holidays. He’s also interested in trekking, rhymes and trains.
Senior Policy Officer for Circular Economy and Product Policy
Senior Policy Officer for Circular Economy and Product PolicyJean-Pierre works on issues relating to product policy and the circular economy. He has a Masters degree in Environmental Policy from Humboldt University Berlin and in Geography from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the EEB, Jean-Pierre worked for four years at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) in Brussels, within their Green Economy programme he specialised in plastics, market-based instruments and economic indicators. Jean-Pierre speaks English, French and German.
Senior Policy Officer for Air and Noise
Senior Policy Officer for Air and Noise (currently on Maternity leave, contact Emilia Samuelsson)Margherita holds a Masters degree in European and International Law from the University of Trieste, Italy, and the University of Montpellier, France. She covers air and noise related issues. 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.
Coordinator for Energy Generation BREF, Industry and Climate
Coordinator for Energy Generation BREF, Industry and ClimateJonathan is in charge of renewable energy, climate and grid policies. In particular, he is responsible for the development of a Paris-Agreement-compatible Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP), which paves a way of the future European electricity and gas grids. He also collaborates in horizontal issues regarding climate change and renewable energy. Jonathan holds Master’s degrees both in Water and Environmental Engineering and in Business Management. In his previous positions, he has been working as a civil servant for eight years in environment, climate change mitigation and renewable energy. During this period, he has been working for three years as a National Expert in the European Commission (DG ENER), in the renewable energy unit. French native (from Strasbourg), Jonathan speaks French, English and German.
Coordinator for EU Ecolabel
Coordinator for EU EcolabelBlanca 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.
Campaign Coordinator, Coal Combustion and Mines
Campaign Coordinator, Coal Combustion and MinesRiccardo is coordinating the Europe Beyond Coal campaign, which aims at phasing out coal power plants from Europe by 2030. He used to work for WWF Italy on various campaigns about energy generation and energy efficiency; then he joined Eliante, where he worked on Energy Labelling and Ecodesign issues. He holds a master’s degree in Scientific Communication from the University of Milan and likes playing bass guitar, playing basketball and travelling the world.
Policy Officer for Fiscal Reform and Circular Economy
Policy Officer for Fiscal Reform and Circular EconomyBlaine works on issues relating to economic instruments, fiscal reform and the circular economy. He has a Masters degree in Economics and before joining the EEB has worked with a number of public sector entities in Malta, including the Finance and Economy Ministries, the Ministry for Energy and Water Management and the Agency responsible for promoting the transition towards a circular economy. He was also a Fiscal Attache on Indirect Taxation during the Maltese Presidency of the Council and a consultant in the private sector dealing amongst others with clients in the fields of the circular economy, energy and financial services. Blaine is Maltese and speaks Maltese, English, Italian and some French.
Policy Officer for Mercury
Policy Officer for MercuryCharline is Policy Officer for Mercury. She holds an MA in Public Policy and Human Development from the University of Maastricht and the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT), an MA in Comparative and International Politics from the KULeuven and a BA in Political Science from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. Before joining EEB, Charline worked as policy and project officer in international cooperation at SOLIDAR, focusing on issues related to social justice in the MENA and Sub-Saharan regions. She speaks French, English and Dutch.
Policy Officer for Mercury
Policy Officer for MercuryRina is Policy Officer for Mercury. She graduated in Biology at the Padova University and worked several years at Legambiente, focusing on air pollution and pesticide residues and their impact on human health. To make her action more effective she engaged in a doctoral research at the Paris VII University, where she obtained a PhD in Toxicology. Before joining EEB she has been working at Pesticide Action Network UK focussing on pesticide exposure of vulnerable groups in countries with an economy in transition. She’s Italian and speaks French, English and Spanish.
Policy Officer for Biodiversity and EU Affairs
Policy Officer for Biodiversity and EU AffairsLaura focuses on the follow-up and implementation of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, ecological restoration and the implementation of the Nature Directives, while also working on the Council Presidencies. She holds an LLM in Public International Law with a specialisation in Environmental Law from Utrecht University and a Law Degree from the University of Cambridge. Laura speaks English, German and some French.
Policy and Researcher for Industrial Production
Policy and Researcher for Industrial ProductionSara is doing research on water-related impacts of coal mining and supports the Industrial Production team on their work on air pollution and decarbonization of the energy-intensive industry. Prior to the EEB Sara has been working in various research and development projects in the field of innovative treatment of organic waste and wastewater with Veolia, Lund University and AnoxKaldnes. She holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from Lund University, Sweden, a PhD in Water Science & Technology from the University of Girona, Spain and has completed a program of International Journalism at Thomas More Hogeschool, Belgium. Sara speaks Swedish, English, Spanish and French.
Policy Officer for Textiles
Policy Officer for TextilesEmily works on issues relating to the textile industry. She has worked at the EEB since 2015, previously as a member of the communications team. Before joining the EEB, Emily 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.
Policy Officer for Agriculture
Policy Officer for AgricultureCelia works on agricultural policy, in particular CAP reform and food system governance. She holds a B.Sc. in Political Sciences from KULeuven and an M.Sc. in Global Environmental Politics from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining the EEB, she worked on food, agriculture, and climate change policy in Scotland for 3 years. Celia is originally from Belgium and speaks French, English, Spanish, and Dutch.
Policy Officer for Agriculture
Policy Officer for AgricultureMorgan works with the agriculture team, focusing on trade, climate, and Farm to Fork Strategy. He holds a master’s degree on “European Economic and Regulatory Law” from Sciences Po Strasbourg and a master’s degree on “Environmental Law” from the Universities Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Before joining the EEB, he had several experiences on the agricultural sector, including at the European Office of the French Agriculture, French Embassy in Argentina and Eurogroup for Animals – the pan-European animal advocacy organisation. He speaks French, English and Spanish.
Policy Officer for Circular economy and Carbon neutrality in the Building sector
Policy Officer for Circular economy and Carbon neutrality in the Building sectorGonzalo is an architect, urban planner and holds a Master's degree in Territorial and Urban Planning. Before joining the EEB, he worked in International Development and sustainable municipal development for public administrations, NGOs, and international organizations such as GIZ or IOM in several countries in Africa, Europe, and South America. He has worked on fields such as urban metabolism, circular economy in buildings, infrastructure management, capacity building, institutional strengthening, knowledge management, land tenure policy and social inclusion. He is now responsible for Circular Economy and carbon neutrality in the building sector at the EEB. Gonzalo is a melomaniac and speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Policy Officer for Air Quality and Noise
Policy Officer for Air Quality and NoiseEmilia studied Environmental and Social Sciences for her dual undergraduate degree as well as a Master in Global Studies with focus on sustainability. She has recently worked as Energy Expert for the Air Pollution and Climate Secretariat and was previously a Project manager at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Before that she was an intern at the Swedish Climate Policy Council.
Policy Officer for Chemicals
Policy Officer for ChemicalsElise works with the chemicals teams, and focuses on detoxifying the emerging circular economy. She is an environmental law graduate from the University of Strasbourg and she specialised in international and European law. Her academic research focused on endocrine disruptors in relation to biocides and pesticides regulations and was published online by the Société Française de Droit de l’Environnement. She previously worked in Geneva on environmental health legal issues at the Center for International Environmental Law. She speaks French, English, Italian and basic Spanish.
Policy Assistant for Chemicals
Policy Assistant for ChemicalsGeraldine works with the chemicals team, ensuring transparency on chemicals. She graduated with a Master of Sustainable Development at KU Leuven. During her master, she did an internship at Natuurpunt, focusing on ecological restoration evaluation. She studied biology in Peru and worked on plant-pollinator interactions. She has also volunteered in environmental initiatives and enjoyed hiking in the Andes. Currently, she volunteers at CATAPA, helping the organisation with campaigns that denounce the dangers of mining. She speaks Spanish, English, French and basic Dutch.
Circular Economy Intern
Circular Economy InternMary is supporting the Circular Economy Team, during her internship, by researching in the field of the bioeconomy. She is pursuing a MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability Sciences at Aalborg University, where she practiced problem-based learning and LCA. She holds a First-Class honour bachelor’s in biology from the University of Lille specialized in Ecology during which she studied one year in Iceland. Mary speaks French and English.
Climate and Energy Intern
Climate and Energy InternCaroline is doing a six-months internship in the Climate and Energy Team and works mainly on the “Fit-for-55” legislative package. She is currently in the last stages of completing a French-German political sciences Master's degree at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg and Sciences Po Aix, with a special focus on European politics and advocacy activities. Caroline speaks German, French and English.”
Global Policies and Sustainability Team
Director of Global Policies and Sustainability
Director for Global Policies and SustainabilityAs the Director for Global Policies and Sustainability, Patrizia leads the organisation’s work on sustainable development and follows intergovernmental processes at regional and global level including the UN Environment Assembly. Together with SDG Watch Europe, she closely follows the implementation of the SDGs in and by the EU. She supervises the EEB’s clusters on environmental law and justice and on the economic transition, and has initiated projects addressing environmental racism and advocating for gender-mainstreaming in environmental policies. As part of the EEB’s Senior Management Team, she also serves at the EEB’s Diversity Manager. She represents the EEB on the board of European Movement International and holds the only seat taken by an environmental NGO in the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Patrizia has been working as an advocate for environmental justice, human rights and sustainable development for 15 years, mainly with NGOs in Europe and Asia. She was previously Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and has worked as a parliamentary advisor for the Greens in Germany and in development cooperation in South Asia. Patrizia has graduated with an M.A. in Comparative Literature and Political Science and holds an LL.M in International Human Rights Law. She speaks English, French and German, a bit of Italian and Bengali, and is learning Hindi. She is most happy on a mountain peak.
Senior Legal Officer and Lead on Trade and Due Diligence
Senior Legal Officer and Lead on Trade and Due DiligenceFrancesca is Senior Legal Officer and is in charge of the EEB’s work on environmental law and governance. Francesca leads on trade and due diligence, and was leading the Implement for LIFE project where she worked on the implementation of EU laws in the member states and other broader horizontal legal issues, such as participatory rights and access to justice. Before joining the EEB, Francesca worked for the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and for a Brussels-based sustainability consultancy, Lumina Consult. She also did a traineeship at the European Commission’s Legal Service in 2012 where she worked in the External Relations and CFSP unit. Francesca has a legal background, having obtained an LLB in Law (UK) with Italian Law and an LLM in International Law from University College London, as well as another LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Oslo. Francesca is passionate about the ocean and speaks English, French, Swedish and Italian and is learning Arabic.
Senior Policy Officer for Economic Transition
Senior Policy Officer for Economic TransitionNick Meynen is Senior Policy Officer for Economic Transition. For 15 years now, he connects grassroots struggles for justice with the bigger economic system errors that need to change. After his master in geography (2002) he added postgraduates in conflict studies (2003) and investigative journalism (2007). Nick is involved in European projects around ecological economic and environmental justice since 2008 and investigated environmental frontlines all over the world, both as journalist and for civil society. In the EEB, Nick created and leads the economic transition cluster. His opinion pieces appear in mainstream media and his third book, “Frontlines. Stories of Global Environmental Justice” was praised by influential thinkers and voted in the top ten climate books by climate activists globally. Nick is Belgian and speaks Dutch, French and English. He loves hiking, especially in snowy mountains.
Civil Society Engagement Officer
Civil Society Engagement 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.
Environmental Democracy Policy Officer
Environmental Democracy Policy OfficerFrederik works on environmental law and democracy. He focusses on the rights guaranteed by the Aarhus Convention; access to environmental information, participation in decision-making, and access to justice. He holds a Masters degree in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University and a Bachelors degree in European and international Law from the University of Groningen. Prior to joining the EEB, he was the policy adviser in the Cabinet of the European Ombudsman, focused on relations with the European Parliament and the coordination of policy briefings and speeches. Frederik speaks English, German, intermediate Dutch, as well as basic French.
Policy Officer for Economic Transition
Policy Officer for Economic TransitionKaty is Policy Officer for Economic Transition advocating for beyond GDP, low carbon and more transformative policies on EU and international level. She completed a Master of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Science in Lund, Sweden. Previously, she has been working for different renewable energy development projects in West and East Africa and as technical consultant for a social impact consulting firm in Berlin, Germany. She has also been investigating gendered impacts of environmental policies in the Global South and Europe, publishing scientific articles on that nexus. Coming from Germany she speaks German, English, a little bit of Swedish and is working on her French and Dutch.
Policy Officer for Global Climate Justice
Policy Officer for Global Climate JusticeEva works on the DEAR 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 to combat desertification and was the communications officer for Euromontana. She speaks English, French, Spanish and is currently studying Dutch.
Associate Policy Officer for Environmental Justice
Associate Policy Officer for Environmental JusticeDiego Marin works with the Global Policy team. He hold a master in international development with a specialization in political strategy and communication from the University of Kent, Brussels School of Internation Studies. During his academic career, Diego mainly focused on environmental issues, indigenous rights, and poverty alleviation. He previously interned for the Red Cross EU Office working on development projects. Diego spent some time in Cajamarca, Peru where he completed his thesis on the impact of extractivism and its link to poverty exacerbation in the region. Diego speaks Spanish, English, and French.’
Communications and Membership Team
Director of Membership and Development
Director of Membership and DevelopmentEmma 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.
Director of Communications
Director of CommunicationsDenise is responsible for the broader communications area of the EEB - encompassing institutional, external and press communications - and works to ensure that the organisation's communications objectives are met. Prior to joining the EEB, Denise worked for over 15 years in communications roles within the international NGO sector. She holds an MPhil in Contemporary Critical Theory from the University of Birmingham (Birmingham, UK) and completed an MBA course in Marketing and Business Administration (Porto, Portugal). Denise speaks Portuguese, English, German and French.
Communications OfficerAndreea is responsible for communications on Agriculture and on EEB's work on the Aarhus Convention. Andreea has worked for major international organisations, such as the United Nations and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and NGOs in the humanitarian and human rights areas for over a decade. She holds an MA in English language and literature from the ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary. After finishing her studies, Andreea worked as a photographer, journalist, and editor for English language media forums in Hungary, Romania, Ireland, and the UK. Andreea speaks Romanian, Hungarian, English, some Russian and is currently working on her French.
Communications OfficerRoberta is responsible for communications on circular economy and for the EEB's social media strategy. She previously worked as a Communications Officer at Zero Waste Europe, and led the communications of the Rethink Plastic alliance. She has a background in development cooperation and human rights, and holds a degree in International Affairs from the University of Turin. Roberta speaks Italian, English, French, and is working on her Spanish.
Communications OfficerMarie-Amélie works in the Communications Team. She holds a masters degree in Environmental Communication and previously worked at the Irish Environmental Network in Dublin, as a communications intern. Marie-Amélie is responsible for the videos and podcasts of the EEB. She is French and speaks English, Spanish and is working on her Portuguese.
Communications OfficerAymori works in Communications on issues relating to chemicals and mercury policy. He has a Master’s degree in International Business law LLM from BPP University, London and a Diploma in Regulatory Compliance from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining the EEB, Aymori worked 4 years in Bermuda as a Paralegal and worked in Communications in Brussels on policy matters involving Sustainability, Gender Rights, Human Rights, Electricity and Philanthropy. Aymori speaks English and French.
Membership OfficerAndrea is Membership Officer. She graduated in business and management from Vigo University and holds a Master of teaching in economic and social science. Coming from the green landscapes of Northwest Spain, Andrea has always been involved in environmental protection and has volunteered in several NGOs around Europe. Andrea speaks Spanish, Galician, English and French.
Communications OfficerSamuel works in the Communications team on the topics of industrial production and air quality. He has previously worked in scientific and political communication, including for a European-level political foundation, the European Parliament, and in television production. Samuel holds an MA in EU Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a BSc in Zoology from the University of Bristol. A native English speaker, he also speaks French, with Spanish a work in progress.
Development OfficerTessa is responsible for supporting the implementation of the EEB's fundraising strategies, researching new funding opportunities and supporting the EEB membership development. Tessa holds a master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp. Before joining the EEB, she worked for the WWF European Policy Office in the areas of EU funding and project management, after having worked for UNICEF and UN Environment. She is a Flemish-speaking Belgian national and also speaks English, French and Portuguese.
Communications OfficerAlberto works in the Communications Team. He is a journalist specialized in climate and EU affairs, with experience in different media, NGOs and institutions. In Brussels, he worked for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, the European Cycling Federation and the European Civic Forum. Since he holds a MA in Documentary, he has a particular interest in audio-visual narratives. Alberto is Spanish and he speaks English, Italian and is working on his French.
Finance and Admin Team
Isabel DE JESUS FONSECA
Finance, Personnel & Administration Director
Isabel DE JESUS FONSECA
Finance, Personnel & Administration DirectorIsabel is the Finance, Personnel & Administration Director 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.
Finance ManagerAnita is responsible for financial management of projects and sub-contracting. Anita holds a master’s degree in International Economics and Political Relations from Cracow University of Economics in Poland. She is AgilePM® Practitioner and holds an accreditation in Public Performance Auditing from Institut Universitaire International Luxembourg. Anita’s professional experience focuses on management of complex multi-sectoral programmes and projects funded by national and international donors and institutions and implemented based on their operational policies and procedures as well as audit, financial management and control. She is Polish and speaks English, French some Spanish and Russian.
HR ManagerAleksandra is responsible for the day to day HR operations and activities. Aleksandra graduated in Marketing and Management from Poznan University of Economics and previously worked for two communication agencies in Brussels. She is Polish and speaks Polish, English and French.
Events CoordinatorAlessia is responsible for the coordination of internal working group meetings and external EEB events. Alessia graduated in international economics at the University of Padova. She previously worked for a German healthcare start-up and for an Italian educational centre on human rights. She is Italian and also speaks English, Spanish, German and some French.
SecretaryAlina is the Secretary of the EEB. She also supports the Office Management operations and assists the Secretary General. Alina studied linguistics in her native Saint-Petersburg, and before moving to Belgium she worked in administrative services. She speaks Russian, English and Dutch, and uses every opportunity to improve her French. In her spare time, she enjoys walking in the fields and taking care of her horses.
Associate HR Officer
Associate HR OfficerSandra supports the day to day HR operations and activities. She studied Law at the University of Sassari and she previously did internships in the Italian Chamber of Commerce in France and in the European Parliament. She’s passionate about the universe and planets. Sandra is Italian and she speaks English and French.
Associate Finance Officer
Associate Finance OfficerEline is responsible for the financial management of the projects coordinated by Patrizia Heidegger on Global Policies and Sustainability and by Bérénice Dupeux on Agriculture, as well as sub-contracting. She holds a MSc in Economic Development from Lund University. Prior to joining the EEB, she worked in the banking sector and has experience from voluntary work for NGOs. Eline is Finnish and Swedish and speaks both languages as well as English, and is working on her French.
Associate Events and Membership Officer
Associate Events and Membership OfficerMartina supports the organisation of internal working group meetings and external EEB events. Martina graduated in Local Development at Padua University. She previously worked and volunteered in a Brazilian NGO implementing social projects and in an environmental non-profit organisation in Belgium. Martina is Italian and she speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and she is working on her French.
Finance AssistantGuillermo supports the financial management of projects coordinated by Elena Lymberidiny on Zero Mercury Campaign and Tatiana Santos on Chemicals and Nanotechnology. Guillermo holds a MSc in Sustainable Development and Growth from the University of Castilla-La Mancha. He previously worked in the banking and insurance sectors and gained experience as coordinator in a youth organization. He is from Spain and speaks Spanish and English.
Finance AssistantElena supports the financial management of projects on Industrial Production, on Air and Noise and on Water and Biodiversity. Elena holds a double degree in Economics and international policies from Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) and Graduate School ASERI (Milan, Italy) with a thesis on a comparative analysis of emission trading schemes implemented worldwide. Previously to joining EEB, Elena worked as a consultant for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (Bonn, Germany) and as a ESG Expert in a start-up (Milan, Italy). She is originally from Italy but loves learning about different cultures: she volunteered in Nepal as a Social sciences teacher, was an exchange student for a year in the USA and has spent another year in Australia, besides having travelled in many countries. She speaks English and French and like swimming, travelling, trying new experiences, and enjoying life.