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Guy Thiran

Director General

thiran@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 10

Guy has a Business and Chemical engineering background, starting his career as a research engineer in the petrochemical industry. He then accumulated experiences in the Chemical (CEFIC) and Metal Industry associations (Eurometaux and International Council on Mining and Metals) in Europe and worldwide to defend the interest of industry.

He has held leading positions in environment and product policy, and chaired the Coordination Group of all metals and mining associations member of ICMM.

Anne Heymans-Cornelissen

Office Manager

heymans@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 11

Anne is responsible for organizing and coordinating the office administration and procedures that facilitate the smooth running of the office.

She is the contact person for all HR and administrative topics, and also assists the Director General.

Anne joined Eurometaux at the end of 2003 after working for two other international associations (Eureka Technology and Audio visual Eureka).

Violaine Verougstraete

Environment, Health and Safety Director

verougstraete@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 27

Violaine coordinates Eurometaux's EHS and REACH activities, since 2012.

She studied medicine and industrial toxicology at the Catholic University of Louvain,  and obtained her PhD in Public Health in 2005. She worked as a researcher at the University's Industrial Toxicology and Occupational Medicine Unit  for 8 years before joining Eurometaux in 2005, to manage all scientific activities and projects.

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Elena Vyboldina

International Trade & Economy Director

vyboldina@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 15

Elena Vyboldina leads Eurometaux's International Trade department. 

Before Eurometaux, she worked in CEFIC, the European Council of Chemical Industry (Cefic), DG Trade at the European Commission, and a leading Brussels-based law firm. She holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Economics, as well as two Bachelor’s degrees in law and economics.

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Chris Heron

Communications & Public Affairs Manager

heron@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 21

Chris is in charge of all Eurometaux communication activities, including media relations, digital outreach and events. He also provides public affairs support across Eurometaux departments.

Chris joined Eurometaux in 2014, after 3 years working at Kellen, a global Association Management consultancy. He holds a BA in English Literature from University College London, and an MA in European Politics from Leiden University.

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Cillian O'Donoghue

Energy & Climate Change Manager

odonoghue@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 12

Cillian O’Donoghue leads Eurometaux's Climate and Energy activities, mainly dealing with the EU Emissions Trading System, electricity power market design and the EU’s Energy Union agenda.

Prior to this, he worked for five years at FleishmanHillard, where he specialised in EU Climate & Energy legislation. He spent time at the European Commission DG Energy, where he focused on gas security of supply in Central Europe and beforehand as a journalist. He holds MAs in both Economics and International Relations & European Studies

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Kamila Slupek

Sustainability Manager

slupek@eurometaux.be

+32 2 77563 25

Annalisa Bortoluzzi

Environment, Health & Safety Manager

bortoluzzi@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 84

Within the EHS Committee, Annalisa is responsible for the Regulatory Forum corporate activities and strategies related to Water and Industrial Emissions issues.

Annalisa joined Eurometaux at the end of 2014, after 15 years’ professional experience leading units and programmes in associations and NGOs devoted to international cooperation and development. She holds an MSc in Civil Hydraulic Engineering from the University of Padua, along with other post-graduate work including an MA in International Cooperation and Development.

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Lorenzo Zullo

REACH Manager

zullo@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 14

Lorenzo joined the Eurometaux EHS Team in 2016 to provide support on REACH-related activities.

He previously spent 9 years in the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association, where he coordinated and managed chemicals and health & safety industry actions; besides supporting the enhancement of supply chain interactions and relations with European authorities, he contributed to the development and implementation of an industry programme to monitor and prioritise more than one thousand rubber chemicals. Lorenzo is also the Founder and Managing Director of Chemycal.com, a pioneering web-based tool that he personally designed in 2011 to monitor chemical regulatory systems around the world.

Lorenzo holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy), a MSc in Chemical Engineering and a MA in Sustainable Infrastructures from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden).

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Hugo Waeterschoot

REACH Consultant

waeterschoot@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 13

Hugo works on REACH activities at Eurometaux. He has been closely involved in REACH and CLP discussions since 2002, and now represents the metals sector as an observer in ECHA-REACH committees. 

Hugo has an educational background in ecotoxicology and environmental management and economics from Ghent University, as well as a degree from Vlerick management school. He had more than 15 years of experience in industry amongst others on chemicals management aspects before joining Eurometaux.

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Federica Iaccino

REACH Consultant

iaccino@eurometaux.be

Nathalie Kinga Kowalski

Environment, Health and Safety Officer

kowalski@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 14

With joining Eurometaux in March 2017 Nathalie is responsible for issues in Industrial Emissions and Nanos.

Previously she worked at the VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH with responsibilities in policy consultation and public relations in sustainability and environmental matters for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Nathalie holds a double Master degree in Environmental Science from the University of Copenhagen and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (BOKU). Along a broad education on political, legal and ecological factors a specific knowledge on EU level work/aspects complements her education.

Elena Antonakopoulou

Communication & Sustainability Assistant

antonakopoulou@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 28

Elena Antonakopoulou joined Eurometaux in January 2015 and supports the Communications and Sustainability departments.

Prior to this she worked as a trainee at the European Parliament in DG COMM and at the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the EU. Elena holds a BA in Political Sciences and a MA in International Cooperation and Development. French and Greek native, she is also fluent in English and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.

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Giulia Cancian

Trade & Energy Assistant

cancian@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 30

Giulia Cancian supports Eurometaux's Energy and Trade departments.

Prior to joining Eurometaux in 2016, she worked as policy officer for the Hydro Equipment Association and the European Biodiesel Board in Brussels. Giulia holds a MA in International Relations from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and an Advanced MSc. in European Integration and Development from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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Ailsa Lee

REACH Assistant

lee@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 16

Ailsa is the second EHS Assistant. She assists the EHS Department’s Managers and Directors.

She is also responsible for REACH general administration and accounting and the edition of the monthly Reach News.

Ailsa joined Eurometaux in June 2011 after working for 12 years in a Business Centre in Brussels.

Sofiana Ntokou

Environment, Health & Safety Assistant

ehsassistant@eurometaux.be

+32 775 63 16

Sofiana supports Eurometaux’s Environment, Health and Safety departments since February 2017.

Prior to this she worked for the World Health Organization in Brussels.

Sofiana holds a BA in French Language and Literature, and a MA in European Studies.

Greek native, she is also fluent in English, French, Spanish and has basic knowledge of German and Dutch.

Virginie van der Steeg

Receptionist & General Support

vandersteeg@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 22

Virginie joined Eurometaux in January 2017 and is responsible for the general support of Eurometaux’s team, the reception of visitors & guests and the organization of the logistics (travel, supplies, meeting conference center).

Prior to this she worked for Euroheat & Power in Brussels as an Office Assistant.

Virginie holds a Personal Assistant BA,  she is French native and also fluent in English with a basic knowledge of Dutch.

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