Meet the CEMBUREAU team!
Meet the CEMBUREAU team!
A passion for European law and international politics has driven my career, starting with a strong focus on EU institutional law as a research and teaching assistant at the “Katholieke Universiteit Leuven”. My year abroad for a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School allowed me to study US federalism as a possible blueprint for the further development of the European Union. The three year stint at the European Court of Justice in the cabinet of Judge P.J.G. Kapteyn allowed me to deal with a wide array of cases in all areas of EU law, a perfect preparation for my career as an attorney with Linklaters De Bandt where the focus was also on EU competition law and state aid. As from 2000, I entered the area of government relations where I gained experience on “EU law in the making”, first with General Electric and then for ArcelorMittal. As an energy-intensive industry, the steel industry’s challenges and opportunities are similar to those of the cement industry. So, CEMBUREAU was an obvious next step which allowed me to add management skills to my legal and policy expertise.
I graduated as a Civil Engineer at the University of Brussels in Belgium in 1992.In 1993, I joined SGS Environment as an environmental consultant and auditor. In 1997, I was appointed Manager of the Brussels-Walloon Department of SGS Environment and became Member of the Board of SGS Environment. In 2000, I joined the cement industry as Environmental Engineer in Cimenteries CBR (HeidelbergerCement). In 2003, I was seconded to CEMBUREAU and appointed as CEMBUREAU Technical Director in 2005.
Through my career, I developed a strong knowledge of the EU and international regulatory and legislative processes as well as the cement industry. I contribute to the development of strategies in order to ensure that the cement industry evolves in a sustainable manner within an appropriate framework and through advances in efficiency and technology.
On the private side, I am passionate at outdoor adventures and sport, and spend my free time rowing, sailing, skiing, hiking and cycling.
I had a first glimpse of what my career would finally be like very early as an intern Geology student in the Brazilian Cement Association (“ABCP”) when I was only 19. I hold a Bachelor, MSc and PhD degrees from the Institute of Geosciences of the University of São Paulo, and a Bachelor degree in Italian from the Faculty of Philosophy, Human Sciences and Letters of the same university. Years after the internship I returned to ABCP as a Geologist and worked there until the career jump opportunity showed up to join CEMBUREAU team: a move towards new goals and broader horizons!
A Brazilian national with Italian roots, now a Belgian citizen as well, Vagner enjoys Brussels’ international environment.
Karl Downey is Sustainable Construction Manager at CEMBUREAU (as well as being Secretary General of EUPAVE, the European Concrete Paving Association).
Karl holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University College Dublin (Ireland) and has recently completed a post-graduate course in sustainable value chains at the University of Cambridge (UK). He has worked in CEMBUREAU since 2011 and covers all issues relating to markets & products and sustainable construction, such as energy efficiency in buildings, concrete recycling, responsible sourcing, and standardisation, as well as the European Concrete Platform (ECP) and The Concrete Initiative.
"Linguist by training, communicator by trade" is probably the best way of summing up my professional career. Having successfully completed the European Masters in Conference Interpreting in 2002, my move to Brussels triggered a switch to the communications domain. After a stint in the medical devices sector, I switched to CEMBUREAU, where I have been in charge of communications (and biodiversity) since 2007.
My nationality? Officially British - unofficially Spanish and Belgian
My languages? I am bi-lingual in English and Spanish and have a pretty good knowledge of French and Italian
My real passion in life? Photography, mainly nature - I take any opportunity to go out into the wild
Check out my linkedin profile for a more detailed CV!
Right now I’m focusing on all things communications at CEMBUREAU. This ranges from awareness campaigns, events, writing and editing, graphical identity to any advocacy activities. I joined the team in 2016, after working for the biotechnology sector at Europabio and on research and innovation policy at Science|Business. I hold a master degree in European communication studies from the Vrije University in Brussels, which is also the reason that brought me to this Belgian melting pot over 5 years ago.
What you won’t find on my Linkedin page is that I also I love traveling, being at the sea side and soaking in the amazing variety of life.
I joined CEMBUREAU in March 2008 and provide our members and the Secretariat monitoring and research services.
I previously worked two years at the Secretariat General of the European Commission as an Editor. I hold a Master of European Law from the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires of the Aix Marseille III University, a Master of European Law from the Institute of European Studies of the Catholic University of Louvain and a Bachelor in Public Law from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence.
In addition to English, I speak French and Portuguese and I have a good command of Dutch, having lived in Leuven for almost ten years.
When I am not working, I like to go out running. Hiking is also regularly on the agenda and on the weekends. I take great pleasure in organizing and cooking diners for friends & family. In the time which is left, you will find me reading a (crime) novel.
Frank Brannvoll has worked within the energy, industrial and financial trading sectors since 1982.
In June 2016 , Frank joined CEMBUREAU – Cimeurope in order to head the energy related projects CEMREVIEW and later CEMPROSPECTS, as well as follow the economic developments related to CEMBUREAU and the sector.
Cemreview focusing and forecasting the developments in the energy markets related primarily to the cement sector, as well as representing the views on international conferences.
Cemprospect is the annual conference held by Cimeurope for primarily the cement sector and market participants focusing on energy and freight markets relevant to the sector.
His educational background is from Copenhagen Business school (CBS) and participation in executive management programs, investment and trading experiences from several projects and entrepreneurial set-ups within international Groups, finally he has been chairing several international energy conferences during the last 12 years.
In his spare time, he enjoys long distance running and walking. Once a year he participates in the 'Dodentocht Belgium 100 km walk'.
For more details about his professional career, click on his Linked in profile.