The Board of Directors is comprised of 5 members, of which one President and one Vice-President. There is also an elected Head of Secretariat (HoS). Board Members and HoS are elected for a period of two years. The last election took place in October 2020.
Tonia Van de Vyver – FIT
With 22 years of experience heading the foreign offices of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles, Tonia has an in-depth understanding of how to assist SMEs in third markets. Based in Brussels since 2016, she represents FIT at the Belgian Permanent Representation to the EU, where she follows Commission programs related to internationalisation of SMEs. She’s been an active participant in the dialogue between the European TPOs and the European Commission. She initiated and managed the setup of ETPOA and now serves as its first President.
Philippe Yvergniaux – Business France
Philippe Yvergniaux was appointed Director of International Cooperation at Business France in January 2015. In this role, he is charged with leading efforts to develop partnerships with, and when relevant provide technical assistance to, trade and investment promotion agencies throughout the world. Prior to that, he worked 10 years for Invest in France Agency as head of operations for North America (2009-2015) and the British Isles (2005-2009). Mr. Yvergniaux served as Chief Executive Officer of NFX, the IFA regional partner representing the Nord-Pas-de-Calais (Northern France) region, from 1998 to 2005. From 1993 to 1998, he was Director for International Projects at Ouest-Atlantique, the IFA partner for Western France (Bretagne, Pays de Loire and Poitou-Charentes). Mr. Yvergniaux received a degree in engineering from the renowned Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, holds a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics from INP Grenoble, and is an alumnus of the IHEDATE-Paris (Higher Institute for Territorial Planning and Regional Development in Europe). He is married and has 4 children.
Vasso Kyrkou – Enterprise Greece
Α communications / stakeholder engagement professional with an extensive track record of designing and implementing international stakeholder engagement and communication strategies, monitoring public opinions, overseeing advertising and marketing projects and building, managing and leveraging stakeholder relationships. Experience in managing media relations, overseeing social media presence, coordinating special events, negotiating cooperation agreements and initiating new projects. She is the Director of Communication, International & Institutional Affairs and the Chairman and CEO Office Head at Enterprise Greece, Greece’s national investment and trade promotion agency. She has been employed at Enterprise Greece for more than 20 years. Before that, she had worked at various communication positions in private companies of the shipping, IT and education sector. She is presently also the Vice President of ANIMA Investment Network. MBA from the University of Indianapolis and BA in marketing from Baldwin Wallace College.
Anne Lanigan- Enterprise Ireland
Anne joined Enterprise Ireland in 2003 and has held a number of management positions, including Director of their Tokyo office and more recently Head of their Brexit Unit. She has been a driver of change within the organisation and a key architect of Enterprise Ireland’s proprietary Client Engagement Model. A mechanical engineer by training, Anne spent 18 years in the private sector before joining Enterprise Ireland. Appointed Regional Director for the Eurozone in June 2018, Anne is responsible for Enterprise Ireland’s activities across the Eurozone which are focused on increasing export growth into these markets.
Anton Buttigieg- TradeMalta
Anton is the Chief Executive Officer at TradeMalta, Malta’s trade promotion organisation. He has held this position since TradeMalta’s inception in 2015 as a public private partnership between the Government of Malta and the Malta Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership the organisation has actively promoted business and internationalisation opportunities extending Malta’s reach beyond what are considered as Malta’s traditional markets to include Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. An economics graduate, Anton has held various senior managerial posts in the private sector before joining TradeMalta.
Head of Secretariat
Christos Skouras – Enterprise Greece
Christos is the Director for International and Institutional Affairs of Enterprise Greece, the National Invest and Trade Agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, and the Head of Secretariat of ETPOA for a second period 2020 – 2022. Already from his previous work field, he has contributed to building a resilient network of institutional partners and international stakeholders. He has a proven track record in drafting policy documents and briefings across an array of policy areas including administrative support to the Greek Ministers at EU Councils. Currently a PhD candidate on the contribution of clusters to regional development and a resilient EU in the post-covid era. He has been closely working for ETPOA right from its first steps and set-up.
Georgios has recently graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in International Relations from institutions in Europe and the United States. In his previous professional posts, gained experience in communication and advocacy and coordinated economic and community development projects in Southeast Europe and the United States. Georgios has worked in various international and non-profit organisations as well as in the private sector before joining ETPOA.
Jon Salegi Martija
Jon Salegi Martija is the new trainee that joins the ETPOA. He comes from the Basque Country, Spain, as part of the BEINT Programme organised by Basque Trade & Investment. He is an International Relations graduate, and holds a master’s degree in International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies. He is highly interested in international affairs and diplomacy.
Carolina Bártolo comes from Portugal, as part of the AICEP’s project agreement with ETPOA. Graduated in Cultural & Media Studies and post-graduated in Marketing management, she is keen to work in different multicultural environments. Moreover, she is passionate about all Marketing matters.
Eva Dewulf joins ETPOA via an internship at the Permanent Representation of Flanders to the EU. She obtained her Master of Laws degree at Ghent University and is currently enrolled in the Specialized Master in European Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is highly interested in European affairs.