Brussels, 19 June 2018
On 15th June 2018 the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) held its Annual General Assembly Meeting in Brussels. ESAE President, Florence Bindelle (European Issuers), presented the report of activities 2017 and the priorities for 2018. She expressed her deepest thank to the fellow Board members for their commitment and support during the year.
She commented that over the years ESAE has become a valuable opportunity for associations to do business, meet friends and colleagues, network and most importantly, expand learnings and professional education. Bindelle also reminded the three priorities of ESAE:
- Education: to help our members become better professionals;
- Membership and growth: to keep those in, in and get those out, in;
- Sustainability and governance: towards continuity through best practices.
“At ESAE, we believe that your association plays an essential role in European society and policy-making. We aim to help you strengthen the important role of the sector and its people. We do this through networking, education, advocacy and community-building activities. Throughout the year, as an ESAE member, you enjoyed varied opportunities to learn and exchange insights with other association executives across the continent through a range of events, seminars, networking initiatives and educational activities.” she said.
She called members to engage more in the ESAE committees:
- The EU Advocacy Committee, which enables members to share lobbying best practices, develop your advocacy skills and is prepared to advocate in favour of association leaders’ interest if ever required at EU level, chaired by Wouter Lox, EUSalt
- The Communication Committee, whose purpose is to create, collect, disseminate, and archive information that is important to the ESAE members, chaired by Chloé Mehinick, International Water Association
- The Event Committee, which provides advice and assistance on planning ESAE’s educational, networking and partner events, chaired by Fanny Senez, AIJA
She stressed the importance of the Master in Associations Executives programme developed with Solvay Business School and commented that the Education task force chaired by Beatrice Richez-Baum, ecoDa was considering further developments in that area.
The AGM recorded the end of mandates or resignations of Benita Lipps (INTEREL), Alec Walker-Love (ESCI), Roberto Zangrandi (EDSO) and Philip Springuel (WLA), and elected Maria Rosa Gibellini (EIF), Stylianos Filopoulos (WIM), Dirk Bochar (FEANI) and Attilio Caligiani (WIA) as new Board members. Florence Bindelle and Pascale Vandenbussche (ECIIA) were elected for another term respectively as president and treasurer. Giuseppe Marletta (AIJA), was elected as Vice President of ESAE. He said "The reason why I joined ESAE is that there are 3.000 associations in Brussels and ESAE should do its best to involve them. I will be pleased to support ESAE President, Florence Bindelle, during her mandate".
The composition of the Board of ESAE is as follows: Florence Bindelle (European Issuers), Giuseppe Marletta (AIJA), Chloe Manhinick (IWA), Pascale Vandenbussche (Meilleurs Conseils Financiers, Wouter Lox (EUSalt), Beatrice Richez-Baum (ecoDA), Tanguy van de Werve (AFME), Dirk Bochar (FEANI), Attilio Caligiani (WIA), Stylianos Filopoulos (WIM), Maria Rosa Gibellini (EIF).