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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 / Assistant to the Director General

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

Chemicals Management Director

verougstraete@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 27

Violaine coordinates Eurometaux's Chemicals Management 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

Communication & Public Affairs Director

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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Kamila Slupek

Sustainability Director

slupek@eurometaux.be

+32 2 77563 25

Kamila joined Eurometaux in March 2017 and she is in charge of the Sustainability Department.


Her professional experience includes working in an environmental consultancy (eko-net.pl) advising amongst others on the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Later she worked for the household appliance industry and the machine tools sector. Among the topics she followed: energy efficiency, e-waste, ecodesign, standardisation and EU funded projects. 


Kamila studied Environmental Protection and Management in Poland at Gdansk University of Technology (BSc) and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (MSc).

Noam El Mrabet

Chemicals Management Manager

noam@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 84

Noam joined Eurometaux’s Chemicals Management Department in January 2020. Prior to this, he was a public affairs consultant working on product sustainability and chemicals policies.

He holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, alongside another one in Journalism from the University of the Arts London.

Of Moroccan and Belgian nationality, Noam speaks English, French and Arabic, with a touch of Spanish.

 

Lorenzo Marotti

Chemicals Managament Manager

marotti@eurometaux.be

+32 0 775 63 14

Lorenzo joined Eurometaux's Chemicals Management Department in September 2021. Previously, he worked in academia on metals, circularity and sustainability and at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on chemicals regulation.

Lorenzo's educational background includes a bachelor's in Chemistry from the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Italy, a joint master's in Chemical Innovation and Regulation from the University of Barcelona, Spain and the University of Bologna, Italy, and a period of studies at the University of Hokkaido in Sapporo, Japan.

Hugo Waeterschoot

Chemicals Management Advisor

waeterschoot@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 13

Hugo works on activities related to chemicals management 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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Simon Cook

Chemicals Management Advisor

cook@eurometaux.be

Simon joined the Chemicals Management Department in March 2021, to provide support on recent EU flagship regulatory developments such as the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.

Simon is a Materials Scientist with a degree and PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. His 27-year work experience includes 20 years in the mining industry and 2 years in the industry (metal) association space.

During the last years, his focus has been on market access issues for metals, including product stewardship and regulatory affairs.

Federica Iaccino

Chemicals Management Consultant

iaccino@eurometaux.be

Since 2012, Federica supports the Eurometaux Chemicals Management team on all REACH related activities with impact on the non-ferrous metals sector and is involved in the development of adequate scientific methodology for the assessment of complex inorganic substances.

Federica has been working on the application of the EU REACH Regulation, since its very beginning, supporting registrants with their REACH duties, dossier preparation and alternative testing strategy. 

Federica holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering (Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy) and a European MSc in Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis (University of Milan, Italy). 

 

Lorenzo Zullo

Chemicals Management Consultant

zullo@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 14

Lorenzo joined the Eurometaux Chemicals Management 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. 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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Lara Van de Merckt

Chemicals Management Policy Officer

vandemerckt@eurometaux.be

Lara joined Eurometaux in February 2021 as Chemical Management Policy Officer to handle the Water dossiers as well as different projects where data mining and web platform work is needed. As a trainee in Eurometaux, she worked on different projects such as the Metals toolbox and Metals Gateway.

Lara holds a MSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences (Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium) with a master thesis in ecotoxicology.

Born in Belgium, Lara speaks French and English fluently, with a basic knowledge of Dutch.

Laura Fazio Bellacchio

Communication & Sustainability Policy Officer

fazio@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 28

Laura joined Eurometaux in September 2017 and supports Eurometaux’s Communication and Sustainability departments.

She previously worked in a communication agency organising events for the European institutions.

Laura holds a BA in European Languages and Cultures and a MA in Business Communications. An Italian native, she is fluent in English and French and also speaks Spanish and German.

Aida García

Energy & Climate Change Policy Officer

garcia@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 31

Aida supports Eurometaux’s Energy department since May 2018. Previously, she worked for International trade and Digital Marketing consultancies.

She holds a BA in International Trade with a thesis in Iran road transport market access.

A Spanish native, Aida is fluent in English, French and also speaks Portuguese.

Sharon Candela

Trade & Economy Policy Officer

candela@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 30

Sharon joined Eurometaux in January 2020 and supports the International Trade Department. Previously, she worked for Fondation EURACTIV as Communications & Projects Assistant.

She has also experience in governmental agencies and public administration.

Sharon holds a BA in Diplomatic Affairs and a MA in International Relations. An Italian native, she is fluent in English and French.

 

Ailsa Lee

Chemicals Management Assistant & Administrative Support

lee@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 33

Ailsa is the second Chemicals Management Assistant. She assists the Chemicals Management Department’s Managers and Director.

She is also responsible for general administration and accounting and the edition of the monthly Chemicals Management News.

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

Diana Dobre

Chemicals Management Assistant

dobre@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 33

Diana joined Eurometaux in 2021 and supports Eurometaux's Chemical management department.

She covered several professional roles such as office manager, financial and procurement officer, project manager working in different sectors like IT, legal and digital sector and skills for a variety of.

She is fluent in English and French.

Natalya Oksanen

Office Management Assistant & Metals Conference Centre Coordinator

oksanen@eurometaux.be

+32 2 775 63 22

Natalya joined Eurometaux in December 2021, to provide general support to the Team and coordinate the meeting centre.

Previously, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in a company which offers solutions and products for aerospace.

She holds a Bachelor in Law. Russian native, she’s fluent in English and Finnish and also speaks French and Armenian.

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