Valérie Plainemaison started as FEAD new General Secretary in January 2020. She was previously the French waste management association’s permanent representative at EU level. She is familiar with circular economy related issues for more than 25 years. She holds a degree of Sciences-Po Paris and a Master in EU Law from the University of Paris. Valérie is a French native speaker who has a command on English, German, Greek, and has basic Italian.
Direct Tel.: + 32 2 732 32 13
Orla Kerrigan joined FEAD in October 2019 as an Office Manager. She has worked in similar positions for the past 20 years in Brussels; working for the European Commission, various European Federations and NGO’s, and for the private sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social and Organisational Psychology form the Free University of Brussels (VUB); a diploma in Business Studies from Dublin Business School and awarded the Belgian National Diploma in Business Management (Gestion). Orla speaks English and French, basic Spanish and notions of Greek.
Direct Tel.: + 32 2 732 32 13
Elisabetta Tonin joined FEAD in 2019. Before joining FEAD, she worked in Italy as Environmental Sector Supervisor for a Consortium of Social Cooperatives dealing with circular economy and reuse in close collaboration with Municipalities, service companies and other stakeholders and previously as Desk Officer and Project Manager in Italy and Africa for an Italian NGO dealing with waste and water projects. Elisabetta speaks Italian and English, has a good knowledge of Portuguese and Swahili and has a basic knowledge of French. She holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Padua.
Direct Tel.: +32 2 737 51 44
Senior Legal & Policy Officer
Jennifer Pickering joined FEAD in October 2019 as Senior Legal & Policy Officer. Jennifer is a Solicitor who drafted and negotiated EU legislation as a Lawyer Linguist, in coordination with the Member States, at the Council of the EU. Prior to that, she worked at the European Parliament, where she followed the Plenary work and prepared the provisional English version of all the relevant draft legislation adopted by the European Parliament. She has experience of working in private legal practice at law firms in London and Bangkok and is also a qualified lecturer in The Netherlands (HBO). Jennifer is an English native speaker who has a command of several languages, including Dutch.
Direct Tel.: + 32 2 737 51 41
Junior Policy Officer
Federica Pozzi joined FEAD in September 2019 as a Junior Policy Officer. Before joining FEAD, she worked at the European Parliament and several NGOs, in Brussels as well as abroad. Federica holds a master’s degree in public policy, with a specialization in EU environmental and energy issues from SciencesPo Paris. Federica also completed a bachelor’s degree in international relations and international law jointly from the University of Geneva and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She speaks Italian, English and French.
Direct Tel.: + 32 2 737 51 43
Policy & Communications Trainee
Charoula Melliou joined FEAD in March 2020 as a Policy & Communications Trainee. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MSc in Sustainable Development from the International Hellenic University, and an LL.M. in Environmental Law and Policy from the University of California – Los Angeles. She has worked with various NGOs and private entities in Greece and the U.S. and she interned for the European Commission, while as an Attorney in Greece, she worked in the civil and commercial law field, working closely with both the public and private sectors. She speaks Greek, English, French, and some basic Spanish.
Direct Tel.: + 32 2 737 51 42