The ANEC Secretariat ensures the daily operation of the association and co-ordinates the work and activities of the standing working groups in defined areas of priority. It keeps in close contact with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Standards Bodies, NGOs and relevant actors. The Secretariat has a full time staff of ten people.


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Stephen Russell holds a Masters degree in Politics & Applied Economics and, after careers with BSI and CEN, has an expertise in standardisation of more than 20 years. Stephen leads the association under the strategic direction of the President and the General Assembly.


Executive Manager

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Christiane Frans is the financial and personnel manager, supporting the Secretary-General in ensuring the association meets its legal obligations in Belgium.




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Tania Vandenberghe is a bio-chemical engineer and manages activities in the sectors of Child Safety and Domestic Appliances, including electrical appliances, gas and machinery. She was made Senior Programme Manager in January 2009 to mark her 15th year with ANEC.


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Chiara Giovannini holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in law. She is Senior Manager responsible for Policy & Innovation. Chiara supports the Secretary-General on policy development and on relations with ISO/COPOLCO. She also manages the Accessibility and Digital Society Working Groups and supervises the Smart Meter & Smart Grid Project Team.


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Ayse Sümer holds a Bachelors degree in English literature. She is the Programme Manager responsible for the Traffic and Mobility Working Group and technical studies. She is also responsible for the ANEC website.


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Michela Vuerich holds a Masters degree in International Communication and an Associate Certificate in Environmental Management. She is the Programme Manager for the Services and Sustainability Working Groups and respective Project Teams: Health, Care & Support Services PT, Postal Services PT, Sustainability Project Team on Chemicals.



Ecodesign Project Coordinator

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Aline Maigret holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University Sweden and is the coordinator of the ANEC/BEUC Joint Project on Ecodesign.



Programme Officers

Katrin Behnke holds a Masters degree in Environmental and Resource Economics. She is Programme Officer for the area of Sustainability and Services. Katrin coordinates the activities of the Smart Meter & Smart Grid Project Team.


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David Bruno holds a licence degree in the translation of English and Italian. David is Facility Manager and Senior Programme Officer in the areas of Child Safety and Domestic Appliances. He is responsible for the management of particular contracts and ICT issues and also assumes the first preparation of the Interim and Final Activity Reports.


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Kristina Aleksandrova holds a Masters degree in European Public Administration. She is Programme Officer, Policy & Innovation. Kristina provides support for the collaboration with Consumers International and ISO/COPOLCO. She is also commissioning editor of the ANEC newsletter and assists the work on e-Accessibility.


Stella Reschke holds a Masters degree in European Studies. Before joining the Secretariat as maternity leave cover in September 2016, she gained experience within UNEP and an Environmental NGO in Burundi. She is the Programme Officer for Sustainability and Services and coordinates the activities of the Smart Meter & Smart Grid Project Team.


Communications Officer

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Natalia Giorgi holds a Masters degree in Public Administration with a Major in International Management, and she is the Communications Officer.