Senior Management Team
Sigfús Bjarnason is Head of Operational Services (OSE) at the EEA. He is responsible for the Agency's publications programme, the internal IT infrastructure and the IT developments and maintenance of public web services and networking, as well as the Agency's facilities management and the Environmental Management System. He is the Agency's quality manager with overall responsibility for developing the EEA's Quality Management System.
He has a BSc in Biology from the University of Iceland (1980) and a PhD in Soil Science from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden (1988). He worked for the Icelandic Soil Conservation Service and the Agricultural Research Institute in Iceland while studying. In 1988, he was appointed a Head of Department at the Nordic Gene Bank for Agricultural and Horticultural Plants (NGB), with responsibility for IT and data management, and became NGB's Executive Director in 1992. He was recruited to EEA in 1995 as a Project Manager for Information Systems. He was appointed a Head of Programme in 2001.
Peder Jensen is Head of Governance and Networks (GAN) at the European Environment Agency (EEA). He is responsible for the strategic development of relations with EEA member and cooperating countries as well as EU neighbourhood countries. The activities of the GAN Programme includes the secretariat for the scientific committee and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) network as well as coordination of European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet), national focal points (NFPs), national references centres (NRCs) and European topic centres (ETCs).
He has a Ph.D. in transport planning and economics from the Technical University of Denmark. He has been involved in traffic control systems development (Danish Road Data Laboratory, Danish Road Administration, Technical University of Denmark, 1993-2000), then in transport policy development support (European Commission DG JRC/IPTS, 2000-2003), then with the EEA since 2003. He has led on the development of indicator based environmental reporting in the transport area as well as been involved in reporting on renewables and energy issues.
Jock Martin is Head of Integrated Environmental Assessments (IEA) at the EEA. He is responsible for the strategic development of integrated environmental assessment methods and products. The activities of IEA Programme include the five year European state of the environment and outlook (SOER) report and the annual EEA indicator report. The work of the programme covers indicators, scenarios, environmental accounting, sustainable consumption and production, waste, environmental economics, resource efficiency, environment and health and chemicals.
He has a BA honours degree in pure mathematics, economics and statistics from Queens University Belfast (1985). From 1986 to 1991, he worked for the UK Government on statistics for industrial production, GDP and overseas trade. He has been involved in environmental statistics, indicators and assessments since 1991 initially for six years at the Department for the Environment in the UK where he was an author of the first national indicator report on sustainable development.
He was EEA National Focal Point (NFP) for the UK from 1991-1997. Since joining the EEA in 1997 he has been strongly involved in building capacities in the Eionet, has designed EEA priority data flows and core indicators and has authored several integrated assessment reports.
Paul McAleavey is Head of Air and Climate Change (ACC) at EEA. He is responsible for the strategic development of the Agency's work in the areas of air quality and noise, air pollutant emissions, climate change mitigation and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the cross-cutting themes on energy and transport. The work of the ACC programme covers data flows, indicators, regular reporting and assessment activities.
He has a BA honours degree in Political Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (1990) and a PhD from the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence (1995). Having previously worked as a Senior Economic Researcher in the UK civil service, at the Scottish Office Industry Department, he joined the European Commission in Brussels in July 1995. He held several posts in the European Commission dealing with employment policies, Structural Funds and environment policies, before joining the European Environment Agency on 1 January 2005. He was detached from the European Commission to the EEA until 31 December 2009 and since 1 January 2010 has taken leave from the European Commission to continue working at the Agency.
Søren Brostrup Nielsen
Søren Brostrup Nielsen is Head of Administrative Services (ADS) at EEA. He is responsible for human resource management, budgeting and finance and resource management, accounting and legal matters (including procurement and grants). He participates in the network of Heads of administration of EU Agencies and other inter-agency networks relevant to the ADS Programme.
He has an M.Sc. in Economics and Business administration (Cand. Merc. Human Resource Management) from Copenhagen Business School. He took up duties in the EEA in 2000 and has worked as resource manager and later as Head of Group Finance, Budget and Resources. Prior to being employed at the EEA, he was head of section at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) at the Ministry of Environment and Energy in Copenhagen.
Katja Rosenbohm is Head of Communications (COM) at the EEA and is responsible for the EEA communication strategy and its implementation. She coordinates EEA strategic messages in order to contribute to political and public agendas.
Katja is the lead liaison with the EU Institutions and ensures that EEA communication initiatives are fully integrated into the agendas of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and public interests. She was appointed Head of Programme in 2009.
Katja holds a university degree in geophysics and has worked for almost 15 years within the Environment and Energy sectors on Communications and Public Relations.
Before joining the EEA, she worked at the German Emissions Trading Authority – part of the German Environment Agency – where she built up and headed the Communications and Customer Services Section. Before that she worked for many years as a PR consultant on environment and energy issues focusing on Eastern European Markets.
Chris Steenmans is Head of SEIS Support (SES) at the EEA. He is responsible for the development of environmental thematic information services and data management. He coordinates the EEA activities related to the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), the European Spatial Data Infrastructure (Inspire), the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). He is actively involved in the coordination of the GMES in-situ component and the initial operations on land monitoring.
He graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in 1981 as Msc Physical Geography and was research assistant at the Department of Cartography KUL until 1985. During the past 25 years, he has been involved in several activities related to the Corine project for producing and providing access to European environmental datasets.
Before joining the EEA in 1997, he worked for 12 years in the private sector providing remote sensing, data management, Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping services. From 1985 until 1993 he worked with Eurosense in Belgium as head of the remote sensing and image processing department. Afterwards he worked as a consultant for Unisfere at the University of Besançon in France. From 1995 until 1997, he was project manager for remote sensing and GIS activities with Geographic Information Management in Belgium.
Ronan Uhel is Head of Natural System and Vulnerabilities (NSV) at the EEA. He is responsible for the strategic and operational activities on inter-connected topics covering ecosystems and biodiversity, inland waters and marine environment, land and territorial issues and adaptation to climate change, including the agriculture and forest sectors. He has responsibilities for several ETCs.
He joined the EEA in October 1995 as project manager for state of environment (SoE) reporting and was appointed Head of Group Land Use in 2003. With a background in Geography, Physical planning and Oceanography, and a European Commission traineeship in EU environmental legislation and regional policies, he has 25 years of professional experience in environmental and sustainable development, analysis and assessments at European and international level.
Before joining the EEA, he worked for the French Institute for the Environment (1993-1995) where he was in charge of the Co-ordination of Information on the Environment (Corine) land cover programme. Prior to this, he worked for EC Directorate General for Environment and Civil protection for several years on EU state of the environment reports and the Corine programme.
Jeff Huntington is Senior Adviser at the European Environment Agency (EEA) placed in the Governance and Networks Programme (GAN).
He has an MA honours degree in Engineering from Cambridge University (UK), and, following a move to Denmark in 1973, a Masters degree in Environmental Planning from Roskilde University (DK). He has worked in the Danish Ministry of the Environment (1979-88) and for Scandinavian Airlines System as an environment consultant (1988-1993). From 1993-96 he was Counsellor for the Environment at the Danish Permanent Representation to the EU. This was followed by three years as Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for the Environment.
Since 2000 he has been employed at the EEA in a broad range of functions. From 2004-2009 he was Head of Programme: initially of the Corporate Affairs Programme, and subsequently of the Environmental Assessment Programme and the Air and Climate Change Programme. 2010-11 he headed the Eye on Earth Group in the SEIS Support Programme.
David Stanners is Head of International Cooperation at the European Environment Agency (EEA). He is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the Agency's engagement and cooperation internationally, with international and regional organisations (especially UN bodies) and with regions/countries beyond the EEA membership and EU neighbouring countries.
He has a BSc honours degree in Environmental Sciences from Lancaster University (UK) and holds a PhD from the same university on the fate and redistribution of artificial radionuclides in marine and coastal environments. He worked for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy (1982-1990) on environmental radioactivity issues connected to the Euratom treaty especially concerning high-level waste disposal and the environmental impacts of the Chernobyl accident. In 1990 he was assigned to the European Commission's Task-Force in Brussels charged with preparing the setting up of the EEA during which period he lead the development of the first report on the state of the pan-European environment (The Dobris Assessment, 1995).
Moving to Copenhagen in 1994 he joined the EEA staff in 1996 focusing on the developing of EEA's regular state of environment reports and contributions to global and regional assessments. Before taking up his current position in January 2009, he was head of three different programmes at the EEA in the fields of integrated environmental assessment and reporting, and strategic knowledge and innovation.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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