Emmanuel KatrakisSecretary General
Emmanuel KATRAKIS joined EuRIC in September 2014, at the time the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation was created. Since then, Emmanuel is working on the steady development of the Confederation and its efficient organization to act as the trusted interface between the recycling industry and European institutions. Prior to joining, he worked in an international law firm and two trade associations where he gained an in-depth experience in association management. Owing to his presence in Brussels for over ten years, he has developed a strong knowledge of European affairs and advocacy as well as a proven track-record in defending various industrial sectors. Emmanuel is a regular speaker in international conferences dealing with recycling and a member of different expert groups set up by European institutions aiming at supporting the transition towards a more circular economy.
Julia BleesPolicy Director
Alejandro NavazasScientific and Policy Adviser
Rikarnto BountisTechnical Officer
Rikarnto BOUNTIS joined EuRIC in October 2020. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Patra and a master’s degree in Waste and Resource Management from the University of the West of Scotland. He speaks fluent Greek, Italian and English. After completing his studies, he acted as a consultant in the energy sector for a British consultancy, and then he joined amfori (the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade), as an environmental expert. At EuRIC, Rikarnto is managing technical issues that emerge from the interface between waste, chemicals and product legislations as well as relevant BREFs.
Maria Vera-DuranProject Officer
Maria VERA-DURAN joined EuRIC in July 2021. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Malaga (Spain). She has been working as a project coordinator at the International Relations Office of the University of Malaga for almost 5 years, where she contributed to projects on managerial excellence and internationalization strategy. At EuRIC, she assists EU-funded projects, including project coordination and implementation of tasks, external communications and drafting of reports related to H2020.
Antoine StiloPolicy Officer
Antoine STILO joined EuRIC in early 2022. After completing a French-German double degree program in Law (Cologne/Paris 1), he graduated from the University of Maastricht with a Master in European and International Law (LL.M.). Prior to joining EuRIC, he worked as EU Affairs Advisor at the Brussels Office of the German Waste Management Federation BDE. The policies he covered included the new Circular Economy Action Plan, the EU Batteries Regulation, the End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive and many others. At EuRIC, Antoine will focus on issues of waste shipment, taxonomy and ELVs.
Axelle LegrosAdministrative and Communications Assistant
Axelle LEGROS joined EuRIC in January 2022. After a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Sustainable Development, she pursued a Master’s degree in International Relations. She speaks fluent French and English, and intermediate level of Chinese and Spanish. Prior to joining our team, Axelle had experiences in international business as well as administrative and event organisation. In EuRIC, she will be in charge of administrative and operating tasks such as keeping the website and the membership platform updated, prepare the logistics of the meetings and office management.
Ben KennardCommunication advisor
Ben Kennard joined EuRIC in August 2022 as its Communication Advisor. He graduated with a degree in Economics, Politics and Law from Dublin City University and completed further study at the College of Europe. He has accumulated more than 7 years of experience in communications for a variety of different Brussels-based organisations. As part of implementing EuRIC’s communication strategy, his responsibilities include media relations, drafting newsletters and other material and supporting the communications activities of publicly funded EuRIC projects.