SEAP’s Structure

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.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is held annually. It is the governing body of the Association, chaired by the President and open to all members.

Board

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 2017-2018.

Malte Lohan – President

Malte is Director General of Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association. Prior to this role, Malte was Head of Corporate Affairs Europe at AB InBev, the leading global brewer, and worked as Director of Public Affairs at the World Federation of Advertisers.

 

Ulrich Adam

Ulrich has been Secretary General of CEMA, the association representing the agricultural machinery industryin Europe
since 2013. Prior to this, he worked for nine years at the Brussels office of international consultancy firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies, focusing on public affairs and corporate communications assignments.

Jean-Louis Bosteels

Jean-Louis is a lawyer at the Brussels bar specialising in European law. He is a founder member of SEAP and a former Vice President.

Susanna Di Feliciantonio – Treasurer

Susanna Di Feliciantonio is Head of EU Public Affairs at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Previously she worked in European public affairs for a legal services organisation (Brussels), in public sector management consultancy (London) and as a freelance consultant at a United Nations agency (Rome).

Anna Drozd

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.

Kasper Ernest

Kasper has been in Brussels since 2009. Kasper is currently Director of the department for EU and international affairs at Dansk Erhverv – the Danish Chamber of Commerce. The department has offices in Copenhagen and Brussels. Kasper is on the management board of Dansk Erhverv.

Renatte Georgescu – Vice President – Institutional Affairs

Renatte began her career at the European Parliament’s DG Communications. After working in the Public Opinion Monitoring Unit, she took a role as Consultant at a Brussels-based agri-food consultancy where she managed food and sustainability-related communications and public affairs projects. In 2013 she joined Unilever as European External Affairs Manager.

Lucyna Gutman-Grauer

Lucyna has been working in the EU arena in Brussels as advocacy professional, training provider and lecturer on the EU Institutions and lobbying for the last 25 years. Via her own consultancy, Concept & Research, she provides advice, supports businesses and runs training events in her specialty areas.

Wes Himes – Vice President – Communications

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.

Dani Kolb – Vice President – Partnerships & Events

Dani is Manager at Kellen Europe and has over 10 years of experience working in Brussels with European and international associations. Dani studied European Business and Management, has a Masters in European Studies and European Integration and holds a MBA. Dani has been member of the SEAP board since 2009.

Miglė Niauraitė

Miglé Niauraité is a Legal and Public Affairs professional at Interel. A lawyer by training, she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. She also gained experience at various levels of government having worked in the European Commission, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Law Department under the Ministry of Justice of Lithuania.

Nicolas Robin

Nicolas has been working as a public affairs professional for 22 years and is currently the Public Affairs Director of O-I in Brussels. He was previously a Director at Interel and also worked as a Principle Consultant at Webber Shandwick. Nicolas served as the convenor of SEAP’s Development Committee and is now responsibe for overseeing new membership applications.

Philip Sheppard

Philip is Managing Partner of Brussels-based public affairs consultancy Zaparazzi sprl which specialises in association management, intellectual property rights, arts development and coaching. Zaparazzi’s clients include the International Public Relations Association with whom SEAP co-operates on matters such as the Transparency Register.

Kajsa Stenström

Kajsa Stenström has worked with EU affairs in Brussels for almost 20 years. She previously served as Head of EU Public Affairs and Director Continental Europe of the international law firm DLA Piper. In 2006, she founded Stenström Consulting which offers strategic advice in EU affairs. She is a lecturer in EU decision making processes and effective engagement strategies and has contributed to several books on the topic.

Catherine Stewart

Catherine is one of the SEAP founders and is a former Vice President. She is currently a Senior Advisor at Interel European Affairs and a member of Jericho Chambers in London. Catherine is a Member of Council and former Vice President of the British Chamber of Commerce.

Lyn Trytsman-Gray

Lyn has 25 years of experience in EU Public Affairs working in an EU institution, trade associations, consultancies and for corporates. She is currently Senior Vice President European Affairs for RTL Group – the leading European entertainment network. Lyn is a founder member of SEAP and served as President 2006-2012.

Committees

There are two committees within SEAP, each with its own terms of reference and programme of work.

Each committee is chaired by a convenor:

Philip Sheppard – Policy and Codes committee – see terms of reference

Dani Kolb – Programme committee – see terms of reference