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A graduate in Political Science and European Law, Rob was 14 years long the voice of the European ethanol producers providing political and strategic insight to the membership of the various associations he led. He first was the principal advisor to AFTA (Association for Fair Trade in Alcohol) then the Secretary-General of eBIO (European Bioethanol Fuel Association) to be appointed the first Secretary-General of ePURE (European Renewable Ethanol Association) in 2010. He stepped back from this position in September 2014.
Rob began his professional career as an academic researcher followed by 8 years working experience in the European Parliament. He then moved on to the business environment and became public affairs consultant at Deloitte & Touche. Before Rob started working for the ethanol sector he was the managing director of the consulting ﬁrm European Affairs Management (EAM), which he founded, now called team. Since end of 2014, Rob is providing consultancy services to a number of companies, inside and outside Europe, operating in the bioenergy sector. He is also a European Commission expert in the framework of Horizon 2020 and publishes on a regular basis in the World Ethanol and Biofuels Report.