Director General's Office

Christel Delberghe

Director General

Christel Delberghe has been Director General of EuroCommerce since November 2021. She acts in this role as the chief advocate for the retail and wholesale sector with the EU institutions, stakeholders and the media. Full biography

Elen Guedes

Personal Assistant to the Director General

Elen joined in 2004 and has been P.A. to the Director General since 2011. She provides support to the Director General in her daily activities, and coordinates the activities of the President, the Board of Directors and the General Assembly. Elen is French and has a university degree in languages (German and English).

Product Policy & Sustainability

Els Bedert

Director, Product Policy & Sustainability

Els works on food, non food and sustainability policies. She focuses on farm to fork and has led the sectors positioning on official controls, food safety, organic production, market surveillance, chemical regulation and more. Els is a Belgian national and alumna of Ghent University. She speaks Dutch, English and French.

Nick Dornheim

Adviser, Sustainability & Environment

Nick advises the EuroCommerce Environment Committee and is working on files related to circular economy, performance of products and responsible business conduct. He supports the Working Groups on waste, eco-design and energy labelling and responsible supply chain management at EuroCommerce. Nick is a German expat and has a background in political science.

Marilena Papaeti

Adviser, Product policy & Sustainability

Marilena focuses on analysing information and drafting documents on Product policy (Food and Non-Food) and Sustainability. She is a qualified lawyer in Cyprus and a graduate of the University of Manchester and LSE. Before joining EuroCommerce, she was a blue book trainee at DG COMP. She speaks Greek, English and French.

Carla Valeiras Álvarez

Adviser Product Policy and Sustainability

Carla advises and works with EuroCommerce members on files related to product policy and sustainability, including textiles. She has gained wide experience from the private sector, both in consultancy and trade association, as well from civil society. Carla holds a LL.M. in European Law from Leiden University. She speaks Spanish and English.

Andreas Tarp

Junior Adviser, Product & Sustainability

Andreas advises the EuroCommerce members on product policy & sustainability. He is a Danish expat and holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Aarhus with a specialisation in EU and international politics. Previously, he gained experience at the EU-office of the Danish Chamber of Commerce. He is fluent in Danish and English.

Digital, Single Market, & Consumer Policy

Ilya Bruggeman

Director, Digital, Single Market, and Consumer Policy

Ilya and his team deal with digital, payments, single market and consumer policy. They run the IMCO and Payments committees. He worked previously for the Dutch Retail Association and as a public affairs consultant. Ilya is a Dutch national and studied Public Administration at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Atze Faas

Adviser, Payments

Atze advises EuroCommerce and its members on Payments. Working with members, regulators, legislators and other merchant organisations, he strives to reduce costs of payments, coordinate influence on legislation (e.g. PSD2) and innovation (e.g. digital euro). He has a degree in Business Economics, worked 30+ years for bp, is Dutch and speaks several languages.

Fabiola Valentini

Adviser, Digital & Consumer Policy

Fabiola is our Adviser on Digital and Consumer Policy. Before joining Eurocommerce, she gained experience in both public and private sector where she focused on digital markets and emerging technologies. Fabiola studied in six different universities across the EU and holds a master’s degree in law as well as in European Studies. Of Italian nationality, she is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish.

Competitiveness and Commercial Relations

Leena Whittaker

Director, Competitiveness

Leena is EuroCommerce’s Director of Competitiveness coordinating advocacy on retail and wholesale ecosystem competitiveness. She is British and has a practical knowledge of EU policy-making from her experience as a legal and policy officer in the European Commission (DG GROW) and is a qualified UK lawyer.

Niccolo Ciulli

Adviser, Competitiveness and Commercial relations

Niccolo is advisor for competitiveness and commercial relations and coordinates the work of the EuroCommerce Supply Chain Committee on competition policy and business-to business trading practices. Niccolo is Italian and previously worked and studied in the United Kingdom.

Valeryia Despaihne

Adviser, Jobs & Skills

Valeryia brings extensive knowledge and expertise in industrial relations. She has 8 years of experience at one of the Brussels-based European Trade Union Federations (ETUCE) where among other things, she supported collective bargaining processes between national trade unions in the education sector and their respective counterparts in EU, non-EU countries on the European continent, as well as in Central Asia. Valeryia speaks English, Russian, and French.

International Trade and Taxation

Harald Past

Head, International trade & Taxation

Harald heads the EuroCommerce activities on international trade and taxation matters. His mission is to facilitate trade for importing and exporting companies and to simplify the tax systems. Harald is Austrian and holds degrees from the University of Vienna.

Coletta Huda

Adviser, International Trade & Taxation

Coletta focuses on international trade and taxation files. Previously she gained experience at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and studied European and International Law at Maastricht University.


Daniela Haiduc

Head of Communications

Daniela coordinates EuroCommerce’s Communication activities. She has launched vibrant campaign sites, published rich reports, organised interactive events and prepared insightful video stories for organisations in Brussels for almost 20 years. Daniela is a German expat and an alumna of Maastricht University.

Bastien Gruau

Communications Assistant

Bastien is our communications specialist, who handles our databases, mass mailing, graphic design or events. He holds a master's degree in digital marketing and communication. He speaks French and English.


Joanna Inglis

Director, Advocacy and Political Affairs

As Director for Advocacy and Political Affairs, Joanna works across all policy sectors. She has over 20 years experience working in Brussels in Public Affairs and Strategic Communications for a wide variety of sectors involved in sustainable development, agriculture, energy, key enabling technologies, food and pharma. Joanna has worked for Industry associations, in corporate affairs, for the European Commission and in consultancy. She is a British/Irish national and in addition to English Joanna speaks French.


Rafaella Bezerra

Manager, Advocacy and Political Affairs

Rafaella assists EuroCommerce's advocacy activities, supporting all policy areas. She is Brazilian-Italian and holds a M.S in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University. She combines her technical knowledge with her extensive experience working in various European countries. Rafaella is fluent in Portuguese, Italian, English, and Spanish, and she can communicate in German.

Chief Economist

Administration & Operations

Fabienne Bastings

Office Manager

Fabienne has been working for more than 20 years within EuroCommerce. She negotiates all the contracts with suppliers related to the technical installations. She is in charge of the well-being at work and is also IT coordinator. Fabienne is a Belgian national and speaks French and English.