As senior director, I counsel and/or head the trade associations hosted by Grayling in the field of energy and construction.
Secretary-general of various trade associations in the food sector at international, European and Belgian level; noteworthy the International Special Dietary Foods federation (ISDI), the European Bakery Ingredients Suppliers’ federation (FEDIMA) and Belgian Millers Association (KVBM-ARMB).
Started my career as political advisor to a Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) where I helped my MEP drafting the annual report on Turkey’s accession to the European Union.
My Proudest Achievements
I can point a few highlights and meetings high-level elected policy makers and officials, but my proudest achievement is to ensure that the associations I had the privilege to serve “solidified” during my time and be recognised. I feel the greatest recognition is that officials and elected people call you.
College of Europe, Bruges, Master of Arts in European Public and Administrative Studies
- Université Libre de Bruxelles, DEC2 en études européennes
- Licence in History, KU Leuven
French, Dutch, English.
My Interests outside work
Family time, the Mediterranean heritage, the construction of the European Union, wine. I’m also a beekeeper.
My Favourite Brussels anecdote
Remembering 2004: the EP welcomed “observers” of the Central and Eastern European Countries during a few months bridging the accession of these countries and the first elections in May 2004. The future MEPs seemed lost. They have come a long way…