Patrick ten Brink
Patrick ten Brink
Secretary GeneralPatrick is EEB’s Secretary General from 1 July 2022, and up to that point 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.
EU Policy Team
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.
Policy 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 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 and Nanotechnology
Policy Manager for Chemicals and 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 Circular Economy and Waste
Senior Policy Officer for Circular Economy and 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 Pesticide and Water pollution
Senior Policy officer for Pesticide and Water pollutionEva develops and implements advocacy strategies to tackle pesticide and water pollution at the EEB. Her previous work experience includes working in Africa and Asia as humanitarian, writing and co-writing several studies on agriculture, biodiversity and rural development, and working, at EU level, on wine, organic farming and air pollution. Eva is an agriculture engineer (Polytechnic University of Madrid), holds a Master of Science in Food Production and Marketing by the Imperial College London (Wye College) and has a degree as environmental advisor (Institut Eco-Conseil of Namur). She is originally from Spain and speaks Spanish, English, French and some Portuguese.
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 Agriculture and Food Systems
Senior Policy Officer for Agriculture and Food SystemsCelia leads the EEB's work on agricultural and food policy, covering the CAP, agriculture in the Fit for 55 package, carbon farming, 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.
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 Zero Pollution
Senior Policy Officer for Zero PollutionJoze works on pollution prevention and control of industrial activities within the Zero Pollution policy framework, in particular on revision and implementation of Industrial Emissions Directive and the review of environmental performance standards (Best Available Techniques Reference Documents) for industry. Before joining the EEB, he worked for the European Commission – European IPPC Bureau as BREF author (LVOC, WT, TXT) –, the Slovenian Ministry of Environment and the Spatial Planning as Policy Officer and the Slovenian Environment Agency as Head of the Integrated Permitting Sector. Joze holds a PhD in Materials Science. Joze is Slovene and speaks English and some German and Spanish.
Senior Policy Officer for Air and Noise
Senior Policy Officer for Air and NoiseMargherita 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.
Senior 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 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.
Ana FERNANDEZ AGUDO
Policy Officer for Chemicals
Ana FERNANDEZ AGUDO
Policy Officer for ChemicalsAna works in the Chemicals team. She is a MS Pharmacist and carried out her specialization in chemical and biological toxicology at the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC). Ana worked in research in the areas of nanomaterials and new alternative methods. Before joining EEB, she worked in scientific and regulatory matters at the European Chemicals Agency, and in programme management at the European Food Safety Authority. Ana speaks Spanish, Italian, French, and English.
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 Land and Climate
Policy Officer for Land and ClimateJurij works on issues related to carbon farming and carbon removals. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Political Geography. Before joining the EEB Team, Jurij worked as Jr Attaché for Environment and Climate Change at the Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU, focusing on files relating to climate and international mandates. He speaks English, French, and Slovenian.
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 on Fiscal Reform for Circular Economy and Carbon Neutrality
Policy Officer on Fiscal Reform for Circular Economy and Carbon NeutralityMarco works with the EU policy Team on financial, fiscal and economic instruments for the green transition. He holds a double-degree Master of Science in European Governance from Utrecht University and the University College of Dublin as well as a Bachelor of International studies, Development and Cooperation from the University of Turin. Prior to joining the EEB, he worked on circular economy and environmental policies as EU Public Affairs and Communication Manager for EUROPEN, the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment. Previously, he also worked in the European Parliament as junior policy assistant for a Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and completed an internship with the Association of Italian Joint Stock Companies. Marco speaks Italian and English as well as intermediate French and Spanish.
Policy Officer for Renewable Energy
Policy Officer for Renewable EnergyCosimo works in the Climate and Energy team. He focuses on renewable energy and related EU policies, especially in the framework of the PAC 2.0 project. Prior to joining the EEB, he has worked in the Lombardy Region’s government, focusing on electro-mobility and energy efficiency, and at the University of Milan, where he was in charge of managing research projects in the field of climate, agriculture, and circular economy. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pavia, Italy. He speaks English, Italian, and bits of French and Spanish. Outside of work, he is very keen on jazz music, distance running, and hiking in the mountains.
Campaigner for EU Ecolabel and Sustainable Consumption
Campaigner for EU Ecolabel and Sustainable ConsumptionMiriam works at the EEB as EU Ecolabel and Sustainable Consumption Campaigner and focuses on strengthening the uptake of the EU Ecolabel. She has a Master’s degree in Global Change Ecology and a certificate in environmental law from the University of Bayreuth. Prior to her current position, she worked at an environmental consultancy in Barcelona on stakeholder engagement and workshop development in the field of sustainable water management and circular economy. Being from Germany, Miriam speaks German, English, Spanish and some French and Dutch.
Associate Policy Officer for Sustainable Food Systems
Associate Policy Officer for Sustainable Food SystemsIsabel is part of the Agriculture Team and works on the EU’s transition to a Sustainable Food System. She holds a BA in Economic Development, International Cooperation and Conflict Management from the University of Florence and an MA in International and Diplomatic Affairs from Bologna University. After specialising on the history of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, she expanded her focus on food while interning at the EU Delegation to the UN Organisations in Rome. Before joining EEB she worked with Slow Food Europe and with German consultancy GFA, collaborating with the European Commission and focussing on sustainable agri-food systems in EU partner countries. She speaks English, Italian and French.
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.
Events and Campaign Assistant
Events and Campaign AssistantOrla works both in the Events team and the Circular Economy team. She works mainly on the co-ordination of the Right to Repair campaign, whilst also supporting some events. She has a background in European Studies and is passionate about environmental issues. She speaks French, Irish and some Spanish.
Policy Assistant for Agriculture
Policy Assistant for AgricultureSophia is part of the Agriculture Team and works on the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Leiden University and a M.A. in European Studies on Society, Science and Technology from Maastricht University. Sophia previously completed an internship in the UNEP’s Sustainable Lifestyles team in Paris and has worked for a German public interest think tank, exploring the intersection between society and sustainability. She speaks English, German and is working on her French.
Intern for Climate and Energy
Intern for Climate and EnergyNicoleta supports the Climate and Energy Team. Her work is focused the phasing out fossil fuels in the heating and cooling sector and on the Fit for 55 Package. Nicoleta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Markets and Institutions and a Master’s degree in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development from the University of Bologna. Her final thesis was based on the analysis of the correlation between women’s political status and environmental performance. She speaks French, Romanian and basic Chinese, besides Italian and English. Nicoleta is also keen on photography and art history.
Global Policies and Sustainability Team
Deputy Secretary General and Director of Global Policies and Sustainability
Deputy Secretary General and 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 Sustainable Development and Public Participation
Senior Policy Officer for Sustainable Development and Public ParticipationAs Senior Policy Officer for Sustainable Development & Public Participation, Manuela leads the coordination of REAL DEAL for the EEB, a Horizon2020 project which focuses on stepping up citizens’ participation in the European Green Deal. She is responsible for the EEB’ work on the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Previously, she worked at the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Canada) on the cities and biodiversity work programme and contributed to the UN Habitat Policy Issues Papers supporting the New Urban Agenda. She has experience with networks of cities and regions for environment, climate and energy in Europe and Asia, including a background as a researcher on participatory democracy at local level. Manuela has a master's degree in Environmental Governance awarded by the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Sustainability of the United Nations University in Tokyo and another in Urban Planning and Policy from the Polytechnic of Milan. She speaks Italian, English and Portuguese and is improving her French, Dutch and German.
Senior Policy Officer for Systemic Change
Senior Policy Officer for Systemic ChangeNick Meynen is Senior Policy Officer for Systemic Change. 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.
Policy Officer for Environmental Democracy
Policy Officer for Environmental DemocracyFrederik 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.
SDG Watch Europe Coordinator
SDG Watch Europe CoordinatorJeffrey works in the Global Policies and Sustainability team as the SDG Watch Europe Coordinator. He studied Politics at the University of Leicester and holds an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex. Prior to joining the EEB, he worked as a Research Coordinator in the international cooperative movement. Jeffrey is from the United Kingdom and alongside his native English he is working on his French and German.
Policy Officer for Economic Transition and Gender Equality
Policy Officer for Economic Transition and Gender EqualityKaty is Policy Officer for Economic Transition and Gender Equality. 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 Economic Transition
Associate Policy Officer for Economic TransitionMarguerite is part of the Economic Transition team. She has a master’s in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS (London), and completed the EU Environmental Policies & Law Programme at Université Saint-Louis (Brussels). The main focus of her degree was the link between political economy, environmental issues and gender. Before joining the EEB, she worked for migration and environmental NGOs, both in Europe and internationally. Marguerite is from Belgium and speaks French, English and 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.’
Assistant for Environmental Democracy
Assistant for Environmental DemocracyMargarida works on environmental law and democracy. Her main focus is on the rights guaranteed by the Aarhus Convention: access to environmental information, participation in decision-making, and access to justice. She holds a Masters degree in European Public Law & Governance from Maastricht University and a Bachelors degree in Law from NOVA School of Law, Lisbon. Prior to joining the EEB, she was a policy assistant at UIPI and, before that, a trainee at the Court of Justice of the European Union (General Court). Margarida speaks English, Portuguese, intermediate French, as well as basic Spanish and German.
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 the communications focal point in the Chemicals team. Before joining the EEB she worked for major international organisations, such as the United Nations and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and for a global network of human rights and civil liberties organisations. She holds an MA in English language and literature from the ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary. She 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 covering multimedia work, she is responsible for the videos and podcasts of the EEB. She holds a masters degree in Environmental Communication and International Cooperation. Marie-Amelie is French and speaks English, Spanish and is working on her Portuguese.
Communications OfficerBich works in the Communications team on circular economy. With an MSc in Marketing and a love for visual art, she aims to shape narratives through creative storytelling. In Brussels, she previously worked in multimedia for the European Parliament, and on her part time she is working on art residency projects that integrates public art and political and climate activism. Bich speaks English, Swedish, Vietnamese, and is working on her Dutch 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 OfficerRuby is responsible for communications on environmental justice and democracy. Holding an MA and BA in English literature from the University of Oxford and King’s College London, respectively, she is a passionate writer. Before joining the EEB Ruby was working for FEANTSA, a Brussels based NGO working on homelessness and housing. She is a native English speaker and speaks French.
Communications OfficerAlberto works in the communication team covering climate and energy issues. 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.
Associate Communications Officer
Associate Communications OfficerSarah works on various projects in the Communications team. She has a background in journalism and holds an LL.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Kent. Having worked as a graphic designer before, she also supports the team with her design skills. With a passion for human and environmental rights, she previously worked in Oxfam International’s EU office in Brussels, and was supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s journalism programme for several years before that. Sarah speaks German, English and is working on her 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.
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 Celia Nyssens 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 Events and Membership Teams. She graduated in Local Development at the University of Padua. She previously worked and volunteered in a Brazilian NGO implementing social projects and in an environmental non-profit organisation in Belgium as Education and Campaigning Officer. Martina speaks Italian, Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and she is working on her Dutch.
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 AssistantErvisa supports financial management of projects coordinated by Barbara Mariani on Climate and Stéphane Arditi on Circular Economy, Products & Waste. Ervisa studied Banking and Financial Management for her bachelor’s degree at University of Piraeus, Greece, and did her master’s degree in International Business at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She speaks Greek, Albanian, and English.
Anna AMAYA GARSTKA
HR and Administrative Assistant
Anna AMAYA GARSTKA
HR and Administrative AssistantAnia supports the HR team as an HR and Administration Assistant. She holds a BSc(Hons) in Psychology from The University of Manchester, and an MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of Bath. Previously, Ania worked as a Schuman Trainee in the HR Unit of DG EPRS at the European Parliament as well as in a variety of research positions. Ania is Polish and Belgian, and speaks Polish, French, English, a little Italian and is working on her Dutch.