Committees and secretariat

Our committees and working groups address members’ most important business challenges, while the Secretariat team manages Afera’s daily operations

Afera’s mission is carried out by a Steering Committee headed by the President of the Association and supported by 2 additional bodies, the Marketing and Technical Committees. Full-time logistical support is provided by Afera’s Secretariat which resides at Afera’s head office in The Hague, The Netherlands, under the management of Lejeune Association Management.

Complying with Competition Law

Afera and its members adhere to a policy of strict compliance with European Community Competition Law (Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty) in all of its operations.
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Steering Committee

Afera’s Steering Committee (SC) consists of delegates from ‘active’, ‘associated’ and ‘converter’ member companies, as well as the committee chairmen, who serve 3-year terms of office. The representatives of classes of membership and committee chairmen are nominated by members, approved by the current SC and subject to election by the General Assembly with an absolute majority. Chaired by a president and vice-president, the SC generally meets twice a year and is entrusted with decisions concerning the working programme of the Association. The SC may appoint necessary advisory committees in which all members are entitled to be represented. Currently there are 2 such committees, the Marketing Committee and the Technical Committee, and 8 committee working groups.

President Evert Smit’s focus for 2019-2021

Members of the Steering Committee

 Tape Manufacturer                 President Evert Smit    Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) 
 Tape Manufacturer  MKC Chair Rupert Kichler
 Avery Dennison (The Netherlands)
 Tape Manufacturer  TC Chair Reinhard Storbeck  tesa SE (Germany)
 Tape Manufacturer  Jean-Loup Masson  Novacel SAS (France)
 Tape Manufacturer   Dirk Pittoors  Nitto Europe N.V. (Belgium)
 Converter  İbrahim Hatipoğlu  Egebant Zımpara ve Polisaj Malzemeleri San. ve Tic. A.Ş. (Turkey)
 Supplier   Ian Grace  Loparex B.V. (The Netherlands)
 Supplier   Melanie Ott  H.B. Fuller Deutschland GmbH

Marketing Committee

Afera’s Marketing Committee (MKC) is composed of marketing and industry specialists with the mission to 'grow the pie' for all companies in the European adhesive tape value chain, including both commodity and specialty tape producers. The MKC meets at least two times a year and is assisted by the Secretary-General of the Association. Its topic-driven agenda is pursued through working groups (WGs) established on the following: Social Media Programme, Website Management, Education Awareness, Membership Recruitment, General Communications and Annual Conference. Each MKC Member is committed to one or more of the WGs, which meet and work between regular MKC meetings.

Marketing Committee Chairman Jacques Geijsen’s focus for 2019-2020

Members of the Marketing Committee

 Delegate   Member company   Afera working group 
 Giovanni Scognamiglio  3M Italy  Sustainability
 Cheryl Marsh  Advance Tapes International Ltd.  
 Joanna Oleskow  Advance Tapes International Ltd.   Member Recruitment
 Aris Venetis   Atlas Tapes SA   Content Generation & Engagement 
 Rupert Kichler  Avery Dennison Performance Tapes  Content Generation & Engagement
 Industry Promotion
 Izzat Midani  Dow Europe GmbH  Future Workforce
 Gert-Jan van Ruler  DRT - Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques   
 Evert Smit, Afera President   Lohmann GmbH & Co KG  Future Workforce, Leader
 Content Generation & Engagement 
 Florian Heller   Mondi Inncoat GmbH  Future Workforce
 Stefan Neuner   Neenah Performance Materials   Member Recruitment
 Stefan Meirsman   Nitto Europe N.V.   Member Recruitment 
 Deniz Bölükbaşı   Organik Kimya San. Ve TIC. A.Ş.   Future Workforce
 Wolfgang Aufmuth  Sekisui Alveo AG   Future Workforce
 Karsten Krahwinkel  tesa SE   Content Generation & Engagement 

Additional Member delegates of Marketing Committee working groups

 Delegate   Member company   Afera working group  
 Thorsten Petersson   tesa SE   Marketing Communications 

Technical Committee

Afera's Technical Committee (TC) is a working group of technical experts assisted by the Secretary General of the Association that also meets at least two times a year. All technical subjects, such as test methods development, and publication and application of European and GTF standards, are matters for the TC’s agenda. The TC also handles all industry-related regulatory matters, including legislation originating from national or European bodies, as well as private and global initiatives.

Technical Committee Chairman Reinhard Storbeck’s focus for 2019-2021

Members of the Technical Committee  

 Delegate     Member company   Afera working group  
 Chairman Reinhard Storbeck  tesa SE   Technical Events, Leader
 Regulatory Affairs
 Anne-Marie Klink  3M Europe  Content Generation & Engagement
 Karsten Seitz  Afera Standardisation Consultant  
 Teoman Köksal   A&G Ambalaj San. Tic. Ltd. Sti.    Sustainability
 Alan Gilding   Advance Tapes International Ltd.   Regulatory Affairs
 Content Generation & Engagement
 Costas Yiannopoulos   Atlas Tapes SA   
 Paul Schwitter  ATP adhesive systems AG   
 Klaus Menzel   BASF Aktiengesellschaft   Test Methods
 Eric Parois                      Bostik Smart Adhesives                                         Sustainability 
 Thorsten Meier   certoplast Technische Klebebänder GmbH   Content Generation & Engagement, Leader
 Test Methods
 Ralf Roenisch   Coroplast Fritz Müller GmbH & Co. KG   Technical Events
 Test Methods 
 Danny Beekman  DRT  
 Gert-Jan van Ruler   DRT   Technical Events
 Jarno Weemers  Eastman Chemical B.V.   Sustainability
 Jürgen Pomorin   Evonik Industries AG   Test Methods
 Uwe Maurieschat   Fraunhofer Institute IFAM   Test Methods
 Jeff Burrington   H.B. Fuller UK   Regulatory Affairs
 Content Generation & Engagement
 David Vanraes   Henkel AG & Co. KGaA   Test Methods 
 Axel Hessland   IVK/FEICA   Regulatory Affairs 
 Evert Smit, Afera President   Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG   Future Workforce, Leader 
 Martijn Verhagen     Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG    Sustainability, Leader
 Technical Events           
 Ian Grace, Afera SC Member  Loparex B.V.  Sustainability
 Technical Events
 Annette Kelsch  Mondi Group   
 Lucio Trincia   NAR SpA   
 Michael Raidt   Neenah Gessner GmbH   Content Generation & Engagement
 Michel Sabo   Nitto Europe N.V.   Technical Events
 Jean-Loup Masson  Novacel SAS  
 Yasemin Seyren  Organik Kimya San. Ve TIC. A.Ş.  Sustainability
 Satish Palika  Sekisui Alveo AG  Sustainability
 Mikko Rissanen  UPM Specialty Papers Oy  

Additional Member delegates of Technical Committee working groups

 Delegate    Member company   Afera working group 
 Miriam Verbruggen                  Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG                                        Regulatory Affairs                                                                    
 Ingrid Wasbauer  Nitto Europe N.V.
 Regulatory Affairs
 Dirk Lamm   tesa SE   Regulatory Affairs 


Afera’s Secretariat is responsible for the daily management of the Association and operates on behalf of Afera’s SC and the other committees. The Secretariat serves as the co-ordinator and contact point for most of Afera’s events, activities, and publications.

Based in The Hague, the Netherlands, Afera’s Secretariat is operated by Lejeune Association Management, which provides full management and office resources to associations which lack the scope, manpower, and/or financial means to run the administrative and functional structures of their organisations independently. LAM's mission is to provide management services and expertise to industry and professional associations in the broadest sense.

Afera Secretariat staff members

Astrid Lejeune, Secretary General
Elke Verbaarschot, Marketing Communications Manager
Stephanie Feith, Management Assistant
Cora van der Lek, Financial Support
Pablo Englebienne, Afera Regulatory Affairs Manager
Charlotte van der Voort, Afera Regulatory Affairs Assistant

Afera External Support

Bathsheba Fulton, Independent Communications Specialist
Bert van Loon, Independent Strategist
Elisabetta Caminiti, Annual Conference Support