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 2018.
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 programmes 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.
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.
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 with 4 children
Erszébet Nagy – Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA)
Experienced executive advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the SME internationalisation, export promotion and innovation for over thirty years. Consul of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with post in Rumania and Serbia. Skilled in International relations, strategic planning, business promotion responsible for priority institutional relations of HEPA (Hungarian Export Promotion Agency) .
Alberto Cerdán – ICEX
Alberto Cerdán is General Director at ICEX Spain Trade and Investment since September 2018. Previously he was the Senior Trade Commissioner of the Embassy of Spain in Australia. Before arriving in Sydney he worked at the Spanish National Authority for Markets and Competition (CNMC) where he directed the Chairman’s office. Alberto has significant experience in project finance as Deputy Director for export and investment financing at the Ministry of Economy and member of the board of CESCE, the Spanish Export Credit Agency and member of the FIEX and FONPYME committees, both funds managed by COFIDES, a development finance institution. He has also been Deputy Director for Commercial Policy with Africa and MENA countries at the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. He also worked at the Interamerican Development Bank (IADB) where he was responsible for project analysis and appraisal. Since joining the civil service in 1998 Alberto has worked as Trade Commissioner in the Czech Republic, Vietnam and Australia. An economist, he holds a MSc in development finance from the University of London.
Head of Secretariat
Christos Skouras – Enterprise Greece
Currently in Enterprise Greece in the International and Institutional Affairs Directorate, mandated to maintain and further strengthen strategic alliances with national and international stakeholders. Representing Enterprise Greece in OECD-EU joint project for investment in the Mediterranean, the WGIP and EURADA among others. Long experience in diverse policy areas and experience in EU funded projects. Various roles including being a national coordinator for Erasmus Mundus, a national representative in the ET2020 Technical Working Group of the European Commission on Higher Education and a national representative in the Education Committee of the Council of the EU. Consistently worked on policy documents for Ministers at EU Councils and drafted policy briefings, strategy papers and reports. Currently a PhD candidate on how growth clusters can lead to development as well further EU integration.
Francisco Ruivo – AICEP
Currently doing a six-month AICEP internship at ETPOA Secretariat in Athens, Greece. Lisbon native, studied Economics at Complutense University in Madrid, Political Science in ISCSP in Lisbon and an MSc in International Relations at the University of Essex. Previous experience in the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an intern in the Department of the Americas, as well as several roles in the Tourism industry.