The voice of the

European aluminium


European Aluminium, founded in 1981 and based in Brussels, is a member-based industry association representing Europe’s most complete and thriving metals value chain.

Our 100+ members include primary aluminium producers; downstream manufacturers of extruded, rolled and cast aluminium; producers of recycled aluminium and national aluminium associations,  representing more than 600 plants in 30 European countries.

Our Team

Our association’s day-to-day work is managed by an international team of policy- and technical experts. We actively engage with decision makers and the wider stakeholder community to promote the outstanding properties of aluminium, secure growth, and optimise our metal's contribution to meeting the EU’s sustainability and industrial leadership ambitions.

Director General

Paul Voss

Director General

Paul joined European Aluminium from Euroheat & Power, the association for the European district energy sector, where he acted as Managing Director for the past eight years. Mr. Voss is a long-term public affairs and governmental relations expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the Brussels and energy sector. Paul Voss has studied in Canada, France, and Belgium and holds a Master’s degree in European Public Policy.


Christian Leroy

Director Innovation

Christian joined European Aluminium in 1999, and has since been in charge of various functions covering education, technology and environmental fields. Today, Christian is responsible for innovation and heads the Innovation Hub. He holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Process Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL).

Chiara Deffendi

Coordinator Innovation

Chiara joined European Aluminium in July 2018. She is the Coordinator of the Innovation Hub. She holds a Master’s Degree in Local and Global Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna.

Francesca Cavezza

Innovation Project Manager

Francesca joined European Aluminium in September 2021 as Innovation Project Manager. Before joining, she worked as a development chemist in a chemical company supplying the automotive sector. She holds a Ph.D. from the Electrochemical and Surface Engineering group (SURF-VUB, Belgium) and an M.Sc. in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering from the Technical Danish University (Denmark).

Konstantinos Kollias

Innovation Project Manager

Konstantinos joined European Aluminium as Innovation Project Officer in January 2021. Konstantinos worked for 8 years as a researcher at the National Technical University of Athens, where he performed project management in European-funded research projects and conducted environmental Life Cycle Assessment in materials and industrial processes. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.

Strategy, Analysis & Market Development

Bernard Gilmont

Director Engineered Products & Business Development

Bernard joined European Aluminium in March 2000 as Mass Transportation Manager and since then became Director Engineered Products, also covering automotive, building and standards. Prior to joining, he spent 6 years in various manager positions in the oil industry for Petrofina-Total. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain, a degree in Energy & Oil Products Engineering from the IFP-School (Paris) and an Executive Master in Management from Solvay Business School (Brussels).

Maarten Labberton

Director Packaging Group

Maarten joined European Aluminium in 1993. He has been in charge of various functions within our association before becoming Director of the Packaging Group in 2005. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Metal Packaging Europe and a member of the European Steering Committee of ‘Every Can Counts’. Maarten holds a Master of Law from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and a certificate in European Law from the University of Leuven (Belgium).

Sandro Starita

Director Sustainability

Sandro joined European Aluminium in 2008 and has held his current position since 2013. In the past, he worked in the technical department of the Italian steel association, after dealing with the evaluation of industrial research projects, safety in the workplace and remediation of polluted sites. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and an Executive MBA degree at MIP, the Business School of the Politecnico di Milano.

Patrik Ragnarsson

Director Mobility & Strategic Projects

Patrik joined European Aluminium in 2010. He is now Head of Mobility, managing the Automotive & Transport group. Before joining, he worked with Vehicle Acoustics as a research fellow at KU Leuven. He holds a Master of Science in Vehicle Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden (KTH)

David Van Heuverswyn

Director Every Can Counts Europe / Manager Packaging Group

David joined European Aluminium in March 2008, initially working on Public Affairs, Communications & Packaging related issues. In 2015 he became Coordinator of the Packaging Group. He was promoted to Manager Packaging Group and appointed Director Every Can Counts  Europe. Before joining European Aluminium, he spent seven years translating scientific literature and invention patents from English and Spanish to French. David holds a European Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Translation from the Institute of Translators and Interpreters  in Brussels.

Benedetta Nucci

Senior Manager Mobility & Life Cycle Assessment

Benedetta joined European Aluminium in January 2018 as Environmental Manager, Building & Mobility. Prior to joining, she worked in Italy as a consultant on Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Footprinting and as a policy officer in DG Environment, European Commission, in the Environmental Footprint team. She holds a Ph.D. in “Management: innovation, sustainability and healthcare” from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa, Italy) and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy).

Guido Sabatini

Senior Manager Standards

Guido joined European Aluminium in 2018 as Technical Manager Building Market Group & Standards. He previously dealt with standardisation issues within the Sustainable Construction Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry (now DG Growth) and at the European Builders Confederation. He studied Environmental Engineering at both the University of Florence (Italy) and Lund University (Sweden).

Mohamed Mortada

Environmental Manager – Building

Mohamed joined European Aluminium in June 2023 as Environmental Manager – Building. Before joining, he worked as LCA analyst in Denmark, as well as building engineer in several construction projects in Egypt. Mohamed holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Building Engineering with specialisation in LCA and Circular Economy from Politecnico di Milano.

Trade & Market Intelligence

Djibril René

Director Industry & Market Intelligence

Djibril joined in 2012 as Senior Manager Sustainability & Economic Data. Prior to joining, he worked as a consultant in Paris and Brussels on environmental footprint and waste management. He holds a Master of Engineering in Agronomy from ENSAIA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires) and a Master of Business Administration from the IAE (Institut d’Administration des Entreprises).

Helin Öcal

Trade Manager

Helin joined European Aluminium in May 2023 as Trade Manager. Prior to joining, she spent three years as an associate at an international law firm. She provided legal advice to governments on their WTO disputes and represented companies, governments and trade associations in their safeguard, anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, and anti-circumvention investigations across wide range of sectors. Early in her career, Helin gained experience at leading law firms in İstanbul, specialising in commercial litigation, corporate law and social security law.  She holds an LLM degree from Leiden University.

Pedro Nogueira

Manager Market Intelligence

Pedro joined European Aluminium as a Data Analyst in 2021. Before joining, Pedro followed up on the work of Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of EU, notably on subjects linked to the annual and long-term budget of the EU. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics.

Sanaa Zinbi

Data officer - Industry & Sustainability

Sanaa joined European Aluminium in March 2023 as Junior Industry & Sustainability Data Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Agro- and Ecosystem Engineering from the KU Leuven University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering from the Free University of Brussels.

Mariateresa Marino

Trade Officer

Mariateresa joined European Aluminium in March 2023 as Trade Assistant and was promoted Trade Officer in April 2024. Before joining, she worked as a Trainee lawyer in an Italian law firm. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Naples “Federico II” and an Advanced Master’s in “European Interdisciplinary Studies” from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Corporate Services

Bilall Bahia

Head of Finance & Administration

Bilall Bahia joined European Aluminum in 2022 as Head of Finance and Administration. He is a chartered tax accountant with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, tax, auditing, and financial management. Through the years, he built a strong expertise in European project management and funding mechanisms while working for start-ups and non-profit organisations/trade associations.

Diana Coseano

Head of Operations

Diana joined European Aluminium in August 2018. Before joining, she worked for more than six years as Administrative & Human Resources Manager for an international NGO in Brussels and two years in Italy as assistant and researcher in the field of international mobility of researchers & students. She holds a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in International and Diplomatic Relations from the University of Trieste (Italy).

Mélina Kotsaridis

Community & Events Manager

Mélina joined European Aluminium in October 2016. She is managing and creating highly successful events, webinars and other projects for the association. She also manages the existing members’ relationships and supports the business development department by building the aluminium network via marketing and sponsorship opportunities. Mélina holds a Master’s degree in Political Science, Management & Consultancy from ULB (Brussels, Belgium). 

Nijole Zaniauskaite

Administrative Officer

Nijole joined European Aluminium in June 2018 as Assistant Recycling, EHS & Sustainability. Before joining, she worked as an Event Organiser for an international consulting company in Brussels and has experience in administrative support, coordination of public relations, and international affairs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Information Management from Vilnius University.

Beatriz Cunha

Events & Membership Officer

Beatriz joined European Aluminium in March 2023 as an Events & Membership Assistant trainee and was promoted Events & Membership Officer in April 2024. Beatriz holds a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing from the University of Portsmouth, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Universidade do Minho.

Public Affairs & Communications

Giulia Forgnone

Director of Public Affairs and Communications

Giulia Forgnone joined European Aluminium in September 2022 as a Senior Public Affairs Manager. In January 2024 she was promoted Director of Public Affairs and Communications. Before, she worked as Policy Manager at Euroheat & Power (EHP), the European district heating and cooling association.

Giulia has a range of experience in the EU climate and energy fields, including positions in a global public affairs consultancy, the European Parliament, the European think tank Friends of Europe, and the European Climate Foundation.

Giulia holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Kent and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & International Relations from Valle d’Aosta University. Giulia is an Italian native speaker who also speaks English, French and Spanish.

Kelly Roegies

Senior Manager Communications

Kelly joined European Aluminium in August 2017 as Manager Communications. Prior to joining, she worked as a Strategic Communications Manager for a non-profit organisation and a Virtual Reality start-up company. She has also worked as a Senior Corporate Communications Consultant for FTI Consulting, a market-leading global business advisory firm. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins (UAL) and a Master’s degree in History of Art from the University of Oxford.

Laura Blažević

Public Affairs & Communications Assistant

Laura joined European Aluminium in October 2023 as a Public Affairs & Communications Assistant. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from University of Zagreb with a specialisation in European Studies and Public Policy Management. Before joining, she worked as a trainee in the European Parliament in Brussels and in a Croatian communications organisation as a Coordinator of In-house training and education.

George Karkampasis

Director – Circular Economy & Raw Materials

George joined European Aluminium in 2020 as Circular Economy & Recycling Manager. Prior to joining, he worked as a Sustainability Manager for Cefic. George holds a Master’s degree in EU Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven.

Emanuele Manigrassi

Director – Climate & Energy

Emanuele joined European Aluminium in June 2019. He is currently leading the regulatory and advocacy work on EU energy and climate policy, with a focus on the EU ETS, CBAM, State Aid, competitiveness and decarbonisation policies affecting the aluminium value chain. He previously worked in Brussels at Weber Shandwick, a global public affairs and communications agency, on climate and energy, circular economy and sustainable finance policies. He started his career in Brussels with an internship at DODS EU Monitoring, followed by the Bluebook traineeship within the Secretariat General at the EU Commission. Emanuele holds a master’s degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and in International Relations from the University of Genoa, Italy.

Lorraine Schröter

Climate & Energy Policy Assistant

Lorraine joined European Aluminium as Climate and Energy Policy Assistant in April 2024. Prior to joining, she worked as Associate in a Public Affairs Consultancy and as Policy Assistant at Water Europe in Brussels. She holds a double Master’s degree in European Law from the University of Bochum, Germany and the University of Tours, France.


Francesca Di Bernardo

Circular Economy & Raw Materials Policy Officer

Francesca joined European Aluminium in July 2021 as a trainee in Public Affairs and Communication. She obtained a Master’s degree in International Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna.

Our Mission & Vision

European Aluminium’s mission is to create the conditions for the European aluminium industry to grow, evolve, and help build a more sustainable world. Together with our members, policy makers and other stakeholders, we want to realise our vision of a competitive, decarbonised and circular European aluminium industry serving a thriving European society.


Our members are the cornerstones of European Aluminium. They steer the association through their participation in Divisions, Task Forces, Committees, and Market Groups, which gather experts from the industry. The Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the direction and management of the association, taking into account the interests of all members. It is presided by a Chair who serves a two-year term.

2023 – 2025

Members of the Executive Committee

Philipp Schlüter


Philipp is the CEO of TRIMET. He joined TRIMET Schweiz AG in 2009, where he held senior positions in the areas of risk management, raw material procurement and energy management as well as in retail trade and aluminium product sales. On 26 November 2018, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Philipp studied business administration in Bern and London, he began his professional career at UBS Investment Bank in London.

Rob van Gils


Rob is the CEO and Managing Partner of HAI Group. Rob has significantly changed the portfolio of HAI Group in recent years which now covers the entire value chain; recycling, billet production, extrusions, and aluminium components for building and construction, industrial applications, and the transportation industry.

Rob held several management positions within HAI and AMAG, providing him with more than 15 years of experience within the aluminium industry. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Deggendorf, Germany, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville.


Paul Warton


Paul has been the Head of Hydro Extrusions since 2021. Previously, he was the President of the Automotive Structures & Industry business unit in Constellium. In this role, he oversaw 18 extrusion and fabrication plants in Europe, North America, and China coupled with an R&T facility at Brunel University, London.

Prior to joining the aluminium industry in 1993, Paul spent 10 years in automotive manufacturing and commercial positions with Federal-Mogul and GKN. Paul holds a BSc in Production Engineering and an MBA from the London Business School.

Amy Abraham

Member of the Executive Committee

Amy joined Rio Tinto, in July 2022 as VP Sales Aluminum. She is based in US Commercial HQ in Chicago, USA.

Amy has spent nearly 30 years in the energy industry, starting off in consulting, followed by 20 years with BP working in the US and Europe, and most recently serving as SVP Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer for a global, Fortune 100 energy and sustainability company supplying the marine, aviation, manufacturing and government sectors.

Amy offers a unique blend of P&L leadership (range of $100m to $3B turnover) and internal consulting experience with expertise in B2B and B2C marketing, strategy development and execution, sales, and business development.

Emilio Braghi

Member of the Executive Committee

Emilio is Senior Vice President and President, Novelis Europe since 2016. He oversees ten European facilities for recycling and manufacturing aluminium for a number of sectors, including automotive, building, packaging and transportation.

Before the formation of Novelis, where he was Vice President, Operations, Novelis North America and Vice President, Sales and Operations Asia, Emilio had been with Alcan since 1999, where he began as Sales Manager, Europe. Emilio graduated in engineering and industrial production technologies from Politecnico di Milano.

Constantin Catsaros

Member of the Executive Committee

Constantin is a member of the Board of Directors for several Elval Group companies. In Elval since 1974, he works mainly with the company’s international development team. He was also chairman of aluminium rolling plants in Europe.

Before joining Elval, Constantinos had worked for Pechiney in France. He also served as chairman and vice-chairman of the Aluminium Association of Greece.

Constantinos is a graduate in mechanical-electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens; aircraft constructor/ engineer of École Nationale Superieure d’ Aeronautique in Paris and holds an engineering Doctorate from Paris University.

Verónica Dolç Vázquez

Member of the Executive Committee

Verónica is the Vice President of Alcoa Operations in Europe. Based in Madrid, Verónica is a key member of the company’s operations leadership team, providing leadership to operations in the European region. She also has accountability for providing operational support to CBG bauxite mine in Guinea.

With more than 20 years of international experience in the mechanical industry, Veronica has held roles in both corporate and business unit organisations where she has led successful teams combining strategy definition and operational execution, overseeing business across America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific Region.

Verónica holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, is a certified Project Director and has her Six Sigma Black Belt.

Einar Glomnes

Member of the Executive Committee

Einar is the  Chief Executive Officer of Speira GmbH. Einar Glomnes was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Speira in June 2022. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President of Rolling business since May 2019.

Previously, he worked at Hydro where he was Senior Vice President of International Smelters, Vice President, Head of the Asia Office and various other positions within Hydro Corporate, Energy and Metals.

Einar holds Master of Law degree from Columbia University, USA and the University of Oslo, Norway.

Ingrid Jörg

Member of the Executive Committee

Ingrid has been President of Constellium’s Aerospace and Transportation business unit since June 2015, overseeing five facilities in France, Switzerland, and the United States for several markets, including commercial aviation, space, transportation, industry, and defence. Previously, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Aleris Rolled Products Europe. And she held leadership positions with Alcoa. Ingrid received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Linz, Austria.

Helmut Kaufmann

Member of the Executive Committee

Helmut is CEO & COO of AMAG Austria Metall AG since the beginning of 2024, which he joined in September 2007 as a Member of the Board & Chief Operating Officer (COO).

From 1997 until 2007 he was Managing Director of the ARC Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen GmbH. Previously he held management positions at UBE Europe GmbH (1994 – 1997) and started his career at the AMAG R&D department (1988-1994).

Helmut studied at Leoben University of Mining (MUL), Austria and graduated as Dipl. Ing. in 1987. He received a doctoral degree in 1992 from MUL as well as a post-doctoral teaching qualification from RWTH Aachen, Germany, in 2005.

Roberta Niboli

Member of the Executive Committee

Roberta is the CEO of Raffmetal. From 2005 to 2009 and from 2015 to 2017, Roberta was President of the Italian Aluminium Refiners Association (Assiral) and a member of the Organisation of European Refiners and Remelters (OEA) Council. On 10 July 2009, she was elected President of OEA, previously European Aluminium’s Recycling Division. She chaired this division until 2015.

Roberta is an economics graduate and has a range of international work experience.

Roman Stiftner

Member of the Executive Committee

Roman has been Managing Director of the Austrian Mining and Steel Association and the Austrian Non Ferrous Metals Federation within the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber since 2008.

He has been Vice President of Euromines since 2016. and in 2011, he became Secretary General of the European Raw Materials platform ‘Eumicon’ and President of the Austrian Logistic Association. Roman studied at the Technical University and at the Economic and Business University of Vienna.

Arnaud de Weert

Member of the Executive Committee

Arnaud is CEO of ALVANCE. In 2020, he was appointed Group COO of GFG Alliance whilst retaining his role of CEO of ALVANCE.

Arnaud has held a number of senior roles in the sector, including CEO of Aludium, Operating Partner at Atlas, North American President for Owens-Illinois, and top posts at Constellium and Novelis.

Arnaud is a Dutch national who graduated in business economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and has spent most of his career in manufacturing; spearheading growth programmes for large international enterprises in sectors including hygiene products, packaging, hand tools and power tools, as well as aluminium.