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
Director of EU Policy
Patrick ten Brink
Director for EU PolicyPatrick is responsible for the EEB’s EU Policy Unit as well for a range of horizontal dossiers, including the environmental implementation review & semester, better regulation, economic transitions and fiscal reform. 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, 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.
Policy Manager for Circular Economy, Products & Waste
Policy Manager for 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.
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.
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.
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 has also a Master degree in International Development and Rural Policy from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and she is an agricultural engineer from Institut national polytechnique de Toulouse, France. Before joining the EEB she worked as a researcher at Ghent University and conduct some research at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright-Schuman scholar. Bérénice speaks French and English.
Technical ExpertGoran is technical expert 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 chemical engineering with a Masters specialisation in environmental sustainable process technology in Macedonia and Sweden. He previously worked for the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea for projects promotion in the climate change framework, the Government of R. Macedonia as advisor for energy and environment in Primeminister kabinet and in “Macedonian Power Plants” – the largest energy producer in Macedonia. He originates from Macedonia and speaks Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, English, Swedish and basic Bulgarian.
Senior Technical Officer for Industrial Production
Senior Technical 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 Climate
Senior Policy Officer for ClimateBarbara Mariani is Senior Policy Officer 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.
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.
Senior Policy Officer for Industrial Production
Senior Policy Officer for Industrial ProductionJean-Luc works on emissions from industrial activities to the environment, focussing 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.
Policy Officer for Renewables, Climate and Grids
Policy Officer for Renewables, Climate and GridsJonathan 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.
Legal OfficerFrancesca is Legal Officer at the EEB working on the environmental implementation review and 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 an LLB in Law (UK) with Italian Law as well as an LLM in International Law from University College London, and an LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Oslo. Francesca is passionate about the ocean and speaks English, French, Swedish and Italian.
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 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 Climate and Circular Economy
Policy Officer for Climate and Circular EconomyDavide is Climate and Circular Economy Policy Officer and he 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.
Policy Officer for Circular Economy & Product Policy
Policy Officer on Circular Economy & 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.
Policy Officer for Air and Noise
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.
Project Officer for Chemicals
Project Officer for ChemicalsElise works with both the chemicals teams, focused on detoxifying the emerging circular economy. An environmental law graduate from the University of Strasbourg, 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.
Project Officer for Mercury
Project Officer for MercuryAnita is the Project Officer for the Zero Mercury Campaign. She holds an MA in the Science of Population and Development from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels and a BA in Global Studies from The New School in New York City. Her academic research focused on toxic waste management and environmental justice. She previously worked for Greenpeace USA in New York City, Toxics Link in New Delhi and NGO Shipbreaking Platform in Brussels. She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan, French and Italian.
Project Assistant for Legal Affairs
Project Assistant for Legal AffairsLaura works on legal issues, focusing on biodiversity and the implementation of environmental legislation. 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.
Assistant for Circular Economy
Assistant for Circular EconomyDiego Marin is working with the Circular Economy team. He just finished his master's 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.’
Project Assistant for Agriculture
Agriculture Project assistantAsger works with EEB’s projects on climate change mitigation in the agricultural sector and has previously worked with agroforestry in the Danish organic agriculture organisation, Organic Denmark. He holds a MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden, specialised in social, technical and economic barriers to a widespread adoption of agroforestry practices in Brazil. With a BA in Portuguese and Brazilian studies from Copenhagen University, he lived one year in Brazil and speaks Portuguese, English, Danish and usually manages to communicate with Swedes and Norwegians.
Database Assistant for Industrial Production
Database Assistant for Industrial ProductionAndreea is working as an Industrial Emissions Database assistant. She completed a BSC in Environmental Sciences in Iasi, Romania and a MSC in International Development with a specialisation in Environment, Sustainability and Politics from the University of Birmingham. Andreea speaks English, Romanian and some Spanish.
Database Assistant for Industrial Production
Database Assistant for Industrial ProductionValentina is working as an Industrial Emissions Database Assistant. She holds an MSc in Global Challenges from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability from Birkbeck University London. Valentina speaks English, German, Italian and French.
Intern for Biodiversity and Water
Intern for Biodiversity and WaterSimone is working as project assistant on Biodiversity, Water and Agriculture working areas. He graduated in Political sciences at the University of Cagliari and completed the final dissertation research in Costa Rica upon sustainable tourism and the integration between agriculture and tourist sectors. He previously carried out an Internship in another Environmental Ngo called Estonian Green Movement. He is Italian and speaks English, Italian and Spanish.
Global Policies and Sustainability Team
Director of Global Policies and Sustainability
Director for Global Policies and SustainabilityPatrizia has been working as an advocate for global environmental justice, human rights and development for 15 years, mainly with NGOs in Europe and Asia. At the EEB, she leads the organisation’s work on sustainable development and follows intergovernmental processes at regional and UN level. She is part of the Steering Group of SDG Watch Europe and closely follows the implementation of the SDGs in and by the EU. She supervises projects on environmental justice and environmental racism, on the economic transition and on EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies. 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, Bengali and Hindi, and is most happy on a mountain peak.
Project Coordinator, Make Europe Sustainable for All
Project Coordinator, Make Europe Sustainable for AllNadège coordinates the project Make Europe Sustainable for all, advocating for SDGs implementation by and in the European Union. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Social Change from Sciences Po Grenoble and an MBA from the Sorbonne Business School. Before joining the EEB, she worked on social issues both in NGOs and multinational companies with a strong focus on gender. Nadège is originally from France and speaks French, English and Spanish.
Senior Policy Officer for Environmental and Economic Justice
Senior Policy OfficerNick Meynen is Senior Policy Officer for Environmental and Economic Justice. For 15 years now, he connects grassroots struggles with the bigger system errors that need to change. After his master in geography (2002) he added postgraduates in conflict studies (2003) and investigative journalism (2007). Nick went to and investigated many environmental frontlines, both as journalist and for civil society work. He also loves to ‘walk the talk’, for example by leading a 3-day mass march for the environment of by founding an aid organisation run by volunteers. 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.
Project Officer for Global Policies and Sustainability
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.
Project Officer for Global Policies and Sustainability
Project Officer for Global PoliciesEva is working 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 and Economic Justice
Associate Policy Officer for Environmental and Economic JusticeKaty is Associate Policy Officer for environmental and economic justice policies 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.
Communications and Membership Team
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.
Acting Communications Manager
Acting Communications ManagerKhaled is a senior communications officer, with a particular focus on the sustainable development goals, economic transition and environmental justice. Khaled is a veteran journalist with over 20 years of experience gathered in Europe and the Middle East. He is also the author of two books.
Senior Communications Officer
Senior Communications Officer - Chemicals and WasteJack handles communications around diesel transport, chemicals and plastic topics. 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.
Senior Communications Officer
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 OfficerMauro 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.
Communications OfficerRoberta is responsible for communications on industrial pollution, air quality and coal phase out. 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 OfficerGemma is responsible for the EEB's visual identity and design. She originally studied Ecology and recently finished a masters degree in Illustration. Her special interest is in using visual communication to encourage people to care about the environment. Before moving to Brussels in September 2018 she worked for wildlife conservation groups in the UK and has a side career as a children’s book illustrator.
Communications and Membership OfficerMarie-Amélie is working in the Communications and Membership Team. She holds a masters degree in Environmental Communication and previously worked at the Irish Environmental Network in Dublin, as a communications intern. She is French and speaks English, Spanish and is working on her Portuguese.
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.
Senior Finance Officer
Senior Finance OfficerCarmen is the Senior Finance Officer within the EEB team. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca and previously she worked for different organisations in Ireland and UK. She is Romanian/Irish and speaks Romanian, English, Hungarian and is studying French.
Senior Finance Officer
Senior Finance OfficerAnita 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.
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.
SecretaryAndrea 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, she has always been involved in environmental protection and has volunteered in several humanitarian NGOs around Europe.
Events AssistantAlessia 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.
Finance and Admin Assistant