Thomas BRAUN studied Business Management in Cologne, Germany. He's been successfully lobbying for the recycling sector for 30 years. Thomas is Managing Director of bvse, the German Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management, located in Bonn, Germany. Apart from his committment to the recycling industry at national level, he also advocates for the industry with his experience through relevant positions at international (for instance, in BIR) and European level. Thomas Braun is a member of EuRIC's Paper Recycling Branch ERPA (European Recycling Paper Association) since its creation and was ERPA's Vice President from 2014 until 2019. Thomas Braun is a Board Member of EuRIC since 2014 and Vice President of EuRIC since March 2019.