Zeger Vercouteren is Vice-President Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Global Supply Chain. Zeger partners directly with J&J EMEA Business Segment Presidents to foster policy change which delivers robust and sustainable business and societal impact. Zeger also serves on J&J’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board for the EMEA region.
He is currently member of the J&J Foundation Board as well as Chair of the Brexit Task Force at AmCham EU.
Prior to J&J, Zeger headed Baxter’s European GA&P practice (covering devices/biotech/pharma/vaccines) and was Deputy Director General Eucomed, having joined from a business services background.
He holds an honors law degree from the FNDP-Namur/KU Leuven/UC-Barcelona Universities; honors Business Administration Master's Degree from the Solvay Business School/ULB.
Zeger is a Belgian, speaking Dutch, French, English, Spanish, Catalan & understanding German.
Kaarli H. Eichhorn is a Partner at Jones Day. He was elected Vice-Chair and Member of the Board in July 2020.
Kaarli is a member of Jones Day’s Antitrust & Competition Law Practice. He is also affiliated with the Firm’s Government Regulation Practice and is one of Jones Day’s Nordic Practice leaders. Prior to joining Jones Day he served as Global Executive Counsel – Competition Law & Policy at General Electric Company. Kaarli has worked on a significant number of high-profile and politically sensitive merger and antitrust matters globally for almost 20 years. He has substantial experience in competition law, international regulation and government affairs, including legislative advocacy, foreign investment screening and sanctions.
Kaarli has held prior leadership roles at AmCham EU for many years, including as chair of the Legal Affairs Task Force and as vice-chair of the Competition Committee. He is a prior member of the board of European Justice Forum, a former vice chair of the In-House Competition Counsel Association and member of the BusinessEurope competition committee. He is a non-governmental advisor at the International Competition Network.
Kaarli is a Swedish Advokat (member of the Swedish Bar) and a member of the Brussels Bar.
Nikolaas Baeckelmans has been with ExxonMobil since 1991 in a variety of legal, business and public and government affairs assignments across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 2014, he was appointed to lead the Brussels EU Liaison office and to coordinate all public and government affairs activities for ExxonMobil in Europe.
He has engaged extensively in policy developments and advocacy campaigns across Europe in the fields of trade, competition law, environment, climate, energy, IP and data privacy.
Mr. Baeckelmans holds a Law Degree from Leuven University and a European History Masters from Strasbourg University.
He’s a Belgian national from Antwerp, now living in Brussels, with his wife and 3 daughters.
Leah Charpentier is the Head of European Regulatory and Government Affairs at First Solar, a leading and innovative provider of global photovoltaic energy solutions.
At First Solar, she is responsible for developing and implementing EU and national advocacy strategies. She is also actively involved in the company’s sustainability and European business development efforts.
With over 10 years’ experience in the Brussels advocacy environment, Leah Charpentier has an expertise in EU climate, chemical and waste legislation. Before joining First Solar, she worked for Goodyear, and in this role represented the tire industry on a number of EU expert groups.
She is Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Communications and Marketing Group and Vice-Chair of SolarPower Europe’s Strategy Committee.
Susan Danger is CEO of AmCham EU. She joined the organisation in 1995 as Communications Manager, going onto become Communications and Operations Manager, and then finally Managing Director in 2002. Susan was elected as Chair of AmChams in Europe (ACE) for the period 2020-2022. AmChams in Europe (ACE) serves as the umbrella organisation for 45 American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) in 43 countries throughout Europe and Eurasia. She has also served as Vice-Chair (2009 -2014) and was a Member of its Executive Committee (2005-2008). Born and educated in the UK, she began her career in London in various marketing and communication roles for Thomson Tour Operations. She is a dual UK and Belgian citizen and has worked in the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain and Australia.
Claudia Selli is the Vice President for European Union Government Affairs and the Head of the Brussels’ office of AT&T International External & Regulatory Affairs. Her main task is to advocate AT&T positions in Brussels towards the European institutions as well as in other European Member States, in particular France and Benelux. Claudia is also active in International organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers where she Chairs the Business Constituency (BC) as well as in Brussels Associations and think tanks, including current service as Board Member and Chair of the Digital Economy Committee in AmCham EU and Board Member of the European Internet Foundation (EIF).
Claudia is also Chair of the Digital Economy Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU.
Prior to joining AT&T, Claudia Selli worked at the European Commission, DG Information Society where she was responsible for the relations with the European Parliament. In the past she also worked in the European Parliament.
Claudia holds a master in International Politics from the ULB University and graduated at 'La Tuscia University' in Viterbo, Italy.
Joris Pollet is currently Vice-President, Global Government Relations and Public Policy Europe for the Procter & Gamble Company. He has been leading Government Relations for P&G in Asia based in Singapore in 2008-2013 and India, Middle, East & Africa in 2013-2017. Joris has extensive experience on a broad range of policy areas and represents P&G in various industry associations. Currently he serves on the boards of the World Federation of Advertisers, AmCham EU and the European Advertising Standards Alliance. He is also Vice Chair of the Consumer Committee at the European Branded Goods Association and member of Partner Advisory Group at World Economic Forum.
Cristina Falcone is Vice President of Public Affairs for UPS Europe. During her tenure at UPS, Cristina has held several management roles in the areas of Product Management, Customer Loyalty and Public Relations prior to her work in Public Affairs. In her current role, she leads the strategy and execution of UPS Public Affairs activities across Europe, advocating for effective policy that benefits European businesses, communities and consumers. She is an Executive Sponsor for the UPS Millennials Business Resource Group and sits on the steering committee for the Brussels Women in Trade Network. Cristina mentors aspiring young professionals from a number of countries across Europe and gives back to the community by volunteering with non-profit organizations that provide aid to the homeless in Brussels.
Cristina is also the Chair of Policy Group at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU.
Prior to her current role, Cristina held the role of Vice President, Public Affairs, at UPS Canada where she actively advocated on a range of issues, including the advancement and conclusion of the comprehensive trade and facilitation agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA).
Victoria Main is CEO at Brussels-based advocacy and communications consultancy SEC Newgate EU (formerly Cambre Associates). She is a policy communications expert with an international mindset and a far-reaching network in Brussels and beyond. She launched SEC Newgate EU’s thriving technology practice as well as the award-winning Brussels Calling debates with leading journalists covering the EU. She supports corporates, governments and trade associations across sectors.
She joined the AmCham EU board as Member-at-Large (Lawyer/Consultant) in June 2021. She is also a member of the Marketing and Communications Group.
Previously head of global media relations at Nokia, Victoria has extensive international experience both in communications and journalism. She had a prior role as head of media at FTI Consulting in Brussels.
Victoria began her career as a journalist, most recently with Reuters in London, but also in Brussels, Hong Kong, Milan, Paris and Wellington. She grew up on a back-country sheep station in New Zealand and also holds French nationality.