The European Commission has decided on September 7, 2022 to appoint Alessandra Zampieri as Director ‘Sustainable Resources’ and Guy Van den Eede as Director ‘Health, Consumers and Reference Materials’ at the Joint Research Centre (JRC).
As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the JRC’s mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The date of effect of their appointments is to be determined later.
Alessandra Zampieri, an Italian national, brings with her advanced leadership and negotiation skills, as well as rich experience in evidence based policy making. Being an experienced communicator, she also has an excellent track record of presenting complex technical or scientific files to non-specialised public.
Alessandra Zampieri is currently Deputy Director and Head of the Disaster Risk Management Unit of the JRC, in charge of strengthening the EU’s capacity to cope with natural hazards and human-made disasters. She notably supervises research activities in support of the Green Deal, Digital Transformation, and a Stronger Europe in the World.
Prior to that, she was responsible for the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography providing EU migration policymakers with policy-relevant knowledge and evidence-based analysis. She joined the JRC in 2009 as Head of the Maritime Affairs Unit in charge of developing scientific and technological methodologies for EU policies related to the sea.
Earlier in her career, she worked on maritime and aviation policies, also as Deputy and acting Head of the Unit ‘Air safety’ in the former Directorate-General for energy and transport and as a Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Loyola de Palacio. She joined the European Commission in 1993 after graduating in Economics, at the University of Genoa.
Guy Van den Eede, a Belgian national, will draw on his recognised expertise in life sciences as an Engineer in Chemical and Agronomical Sciences and as an author of over one hundred scientific papers. In this role, he will benefit from his 22 years of managerial experience in the JRC as a specialist of public health, food and feed safety.
Guy Van den Eede has been the acting Director of the Directorate for ‘Health, Consumers & Reference Materials’ and for the management of the Geel Site since 2019. He has provided independent scientific evidence for the development, implementation and evaluation of EU policies in the areas of public health, medical devices, consumer products, nanomaterials, food and feed safety and authenticity, standardisation and reference materials. Previously, he headed the Units ‘Knowledge for Health and Consumer Safety’ and ‘Biotechnology and GMOs’, covering life science-related files in the field of public health, food safety and security, toxicology, molecular biology and GMOs. Before joining the JRC in 1990 to provide technical support to the implementation of the EU policies on GMOs, he was a Professor Assistant at the University of Ghent, specialising in plant molecular biology and in bacterial molecular biology.