Based in Brussels, at the heart of the European district, our permanent team deals with all EU policy areas that are relevant for our members and their companies, in order to secure and maintain a permanent and constructive dialogue with the European institutions, international organizations and relevant stakeholders, to promote the legitimate interests of EU wine companies.

We occasionally take on interns to support us in our daily work or to assist us on specific projects. Check out this page regularly to know more about internship opportunities.

Dr Ignacio Sánchez Recarte   Secretary General

Ignacio joined CEEV as Secretary General in June 2015. His role is to manage the association, from day-to-day administration to strategic orientation, to facilitate meetings of CEEV’s various bodies and to coordinate the work of the CEEV staff. Ignacio is also the voice of the association in its contacts with external interlocutors, including the press.
A Spanish citizen, Ignacio is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Aurora Abad   Director – External Trade

Part of the CEEV team since 2002, Aurora is now in charge of External Trade issues. In collaboration with the Chair of the External Trade working committee, she monitors relevant developments in third countries’ regulations, international trade agreements and barriers to trade, and coordinates the works of the association in improving market access conditions for EU wines.
In addition to her Spanish mother tongue, Aurora speaks fluent French and English.

Marina Malherbe  Policy Officer – Internal Market, CMO, Environment R&D issues

Joining in October 2019, Marina is the latest addition to our team and is responsible for all horizontal and vertical EU regulatory issues relevant to the wine sector, as well as environment, research and development policies.
Originally from Ukraine, Marina has spent many years in France before moving to Brussels. She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, French and English.

Filippo Valentini   Policy Officer – Wine & Society and Fiscal issues

Filippo joined CEEV in May 2019 and is in charge of taxation issues as well as social and health aspects of wine consumption at both European and international levels. He also deals with the Wine in Moderation programme.
Born in Brussels to Italian and German parents, Filippo is a native Italian and French speaker who also masters English and German.

Julie Bouveret   Office Manager

Julie has been the Office Manager of CEEV since September 2007. She assists the Secretary General in the daily management and administration of the association, coordinates contacts with members, and is also responsible for accounting, HR, communication, IT and logistics.
Julie is Belgian and speaks French, English, Italian and Spanish.