How We Work
SEAP works via a Board and two operational committees, all overseen by a General Assembly and co-ordinated by a Director-General.
The General Assembly is held annually. It is the governing body of the Association, chaired by the President and open to all members.
The Association is run by the Board who are appointed by the General Assembly for a three-year term. The term of the current Board is 2018-2021.
Wes Himes – President
Wes is the Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners Brussels office. Prior to joining Instinctif Partners, Wes was Founder and Managing Partner of Policy Action from 2000 until 2011 when it was merged with Instinctif Partners. Wes has been involved in EU public affairs since 1994, working at first in the European Parliament.
Wouter Lox – Vice-President and Treasurer
Wouter Lox has been Secretary-General of the AIJN, European Fruit Juice Association, since January 2019. He obtained his masters’ degree in Bioscience-Engineering at the University of Ghent and worked for several years in Libreville (Gabon). On his return in 1994, Wouter joined DVI-SIA as Secretary-General for different European and national food associations and acted as food regulatory expert. He obtained an additional degree as Packaging Manager at the VUB, University Brussels and was the author of several European legislation courses, HACCP guidelines for the dairy industry and a packaging manual. Since 1997, he has held several positions in international companies( Yakult and NuskinEnterprises) and for 12 years was the Secretary-General of EUsalt. As an active member of the lobby-community and world of associations, Wouter Lox holds several Board positions in Brussels based associations.
Nele Devolder joined Kellen Europe in 2001 and is an Association Director. Nele has over 15 years of experience in the management of national, European and international associations and is involved in strategic advice projects and consulting for trade associations and professional societies on a global level. Her current assignments include the IALD, the International Association of Lighting Designers, for which she serves as their European office Manager. Nele also serves as the Executive Director in Europe of the EU-Russia Industrialists’ Roundtable.
Rui Faria da Cunha
Base in Brussels since 2003, Rui Faria da Cunha is an international lawyer and public affairs professional with 25 years of work experience. As a lawyer, Rui is a partner at EU-Legal – European Lawyers and is registered both with the Brussels and Lisbon Bars. As a public affairs professional, Rui was public affairs manager of the Brussels office of Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion. Rui is also the current President of the Belgian-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.
Anna is the EU Professional Practice Policy Advisor at Law Societies Joint Brussels Office. She has been working in European Affairs since 2004. Prior to her current position, she worked as Policy Advisor in EUROCITIES and a consultant in ECORYS UK.
Since April 2018, Kasper Ernest is the Secretary-General of EAEPC, the European Association for Euro-Pharmaceutical Companies. Prior to that, he was the Director of the department for EU and international affairs at Dansk Erhverv.
Since joining EPPA in 1995, Renato Addis has specialised in highly regulated and complex industry sectors, bridging specific client interests with broader political and socio-economic imperatives. He has much experience with steering dedicated client-consultant teams in pan-European operations which have delivered solutions for clients active in diverse sectors. He is also EPPA’s partner for the European Transparency Register.
Paul Wujek is Director General of ECMA representing the interests of European cigar manufacturers. Before joining ECMA, Paul worked as an Account Director at Red Flag, where he ran communications, regulatory and government campaigns for a number of clients across Europe.
Alisdair Gray is part of the team representing the interests of CECCM, the largest European cigarette manufacturers association. With over 15 years experience in the Brussels public affairs environment, Alisdair has managed pan European lobbying campaigns for consumer goods companies, with a particular emphasis on trade defence and payment cards systems. He joined CECCM as Secretary-General in September 2017.