Adriana has spent the last decade working with European associations. A lawyer by training, Adriana spent two years in the legal profession before leaving her native Poland to move to Brussels.
Adriana is the Secretary General of the European Potato Processors’ Association. She specializes in E.U. regulatory affairs and environmental & sustainability issues for the International Stevia Council along with strategic advisory services.
Adriana, a Polish national, holds a Master’s degree in Law from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. She is fluent in Polish, English, Italian, and has a basic understanding of French and Dutch.
Aline Rutsaert has over ten years of experience working with European associations. She is the Secretary-General for the European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors. She is also responsible for the Brussels office of the European Association of Sweet Corn Processors.
Aline started her career as an economist at the University of Antwerp and specialized further in International Relations at both the University of Antwerp and the University of Bologna.
She obtained a Master’s degree in European Economic Integration and Business from the College of Europe in Bruges where she wrote her thesis on food regulation in the European Union. Aline also holds a Professional Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University College AP in Antwerp. Aline is Belgian national, fluent in Dutch, French, English, Spanish, and Italian.
Jean-Christophe has 15 years of experience with Kellen. He leads two trade associations in the food industry; ISDI, the International Association for Special Dietary Foods Industries, representing infant, medical, and other specialized foods, and FEDIMA, the European Federation of Bakery Ingredients Suppliers.
He most frequently works with members on strategic positioning and contact building with governing bodies such as the European Union, the World Health Organization, and Codex Alimentarius Food Law.
Before joining Kellen, Jean-Christophe was a political advisor to a Member of the European Parliament and worked in public relations. He holds a Master’s in History from KU Leuven and an additional Master’s in European Political Studies from the College of Europe.
At Kellen, Patrick works as the Secretary General for the European Association of Manufacturers and Formulators of Enzyme (AMFEP) and the European Food and Feed Culture Association (EFFCA).
He specializes in the scientific, trade, and health & safety aspects of the food industry, including the REFIT exercise for general E.U. food law.
From 2012 to 2016, Patrick was Manager for Food Policy, Science and R&D with FoodDrinkEurope, the European federation representing the food and drink industries across Europe.
Patrick, an Irish native, has a Bachelor of Commerce from University College in Dublin and a Master of Science from the Smurfit Graduate Business School.
Francesco has over six years of experience in association management and communications. He is the E.U. Affairs Manager of EUROBAT and the Association of Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, as well as a policy officer to the Vacuum Insulation Panel Association.
Francesco specializes in public affairs & advocacy and digital communication in energy and transport markets.
Prior to Kellen, he worked at the European Commission’s DG Environment and as a trainee at Burson-Marsteller, the Portuguese NGO “Doctors of the World”, and the Italian Embassy of Caracas.
Francesco has a B.A. in International Studies and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Florence. He has also a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. Francesco is fluent in Italian, English, and Spanish as well as basic French and Portuguese.1
Dani has 12 years of experience managing international associations and professional societies, particularly those in the healthcare sector. Dani specializes in E.U. affairs, marketing, communications, and strategic advising.
Prior to Kellen, Dani worked for the Union of European Soft Drinks Associations (UNESDA). She was a trainee in the European Commission, the Parliament, and the Permanent Representation of Germany to the E.U.
Dani is Vice President of the Society for European Affairs Professionals (SEAP), and, within the Center of Association Leadership (ASAE), Dani has chaired the International Section Council.
Dani studied European Business and Management, followed by a Master’s program in European Studies & European Integration. She also holds an M.B.A. in Wine & Spirits from the Bordeaux Management School.
René has over 12 years of experience in E.U. regulatory affairs. He is the Executive Director of EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers. He works with leading European and global companies on the positioning of the battery manufacturing industry and advocating the sustainable applications for mobility and energy services.
His expertise centers around policymakers with experience as a policy officer with the European Waste Management Federation FEAD, between 2007 and 2013, and with the European Chemicals Federation (Cefic), the European Parliament, Siemens, and the E.U. delegation in Washington, D.C.
René holds a postgraduate Master’s degree in European studies from the College of Europe as well as a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Rostock.
Nele joined Kellen in 2001 and specializes in marketing and communications. She is involved in strategic advice projects and consulting for trade associations and professional societies on a global level. She has an extensive experience in the management of national, European, and international associations.
Her current assignments include the International Association of Lighting Designers, for which she serves as their European office Manager, and the European Utilities Telecom Council, for which she is the Senior Manager of Operations in Europe. Nele also serves as the Executive Director in Europe for the EU-Russia Industrialists’ Roundtable, a business platform composed of leaders of multinational companies from the EU and Russia. She also leads the Kellen team that serves as the secretariat of the CEC, the Co-ordinating European Council for the Development of Performance Tests for Fuels, Lubricants and other Fluids.
Nele has experience in several industries and sectors and has mainly worked with associations active on an international level, several of them in the healthcare field; such as the International League Against Epilepsy and the American Health Information Management Association. Nele studied Communications at the EGON Hogeschool in Gent, Belgium. She is Belgian of Dutch mother tongue and speaks English, French, and German.
Raquel Ponte Costa
Raquel specializes in EU regulatory affairs and digital communications. She has been responsible for the public relations and communications activities for a number of Kellen clients, including the European Window Film Association, Global Facilities Management Association, Association of European Automotive, and Industrial Battery Manufacturers.
Currently, Raquel acts as the Executive Director of VIPA International, the Vacuum Insulation Panel Association, and as General Manager of EASEE-gas, the European Association for the Streamlining of Energy Exchange – gas. In addition, she is also involved in consulting projects with Kellen clients, including the facilitation of strategic planning sessions, reputation analysis, governance support, review of internal structures, and establishment in Brussels, among others.
Before joining Kellen, Raquel worked as a trainee for both the International Wool Textile Organization and the European Parliament with a Portuguese MEP. After graduating with a degree in European Studies and International Politics in Portugal, Raquel continued her academic career at the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she concluded a Master’s in European Studies. Raquel is a Portuguese native speaker and is fluent in English and French.
Susanne has been working for EU trade associations in the food sector since 2005. She presently serves as Secretary General for EUVEPRO, the European Vegetable Protein Association. Previous positions include 8 years as Secretary General of PROFEL, the European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors, as well as work for UNESDA, OEIT, AEMTD, and CIUS, the Committee of Industrial Sugar Users. Susanne always supports her respective Boards in their strategic thinking.
With over 20 years’ experience following EU food policy, agricultural policy, trade policy, and regulatory affairs, Susanne has a thorough understanding of the EU decision making process, and has a proven track record of successful advocacy. Prior to managing associations she worked as research assistant to Members of the European Parliament in the areas of food safety and consumer legislation. Having lived in the UK and Russia for parts of her studies, Susanne holds a Master’s degree in Modern Languages and Educational Sciences from Leipzig University. A German national, she speaks fluent English and French, Russian, and basic Dutch.