Our Team

Emmanuel Desplechin


Emmanuel leads the ePURE team, which he first joined in 2013 as Director of Government Affairs responsible for energy and environmental affairs. Before coming to ePURE, Emmanuel was Senior Manager for Public Affairs with Novozymes. His career in public affairs and advocacy also includes positions with UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, and the Industrial Ethanol Association. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux and an LL.M in European Law from the University Carlos III of Madrid. A French citizen, Emmanuel also speaks English and Spanish.

Simona Vackeová

Director of Government Affairs

Simona joined ePURE in October 2020 and is responsible for energy, environment and trade issues. She spent nearly a decade working on horizontal trade issues affecting the European ceramic industry and assumed the role of Trade Policy Director at the European Ceramic Industry Association (Cerame-Unie). From 2017 to 2020, she also represented the refractory sector as Secretary-General of the European Refractory Producers Federation (PRE) and the World Refractories Association (WRA). Simona holds a Master’s degree in Politics & International Relations from the University of Aberdeen and in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe. She speaks English, French, Slovak and Spanish.

Craig Winneker

Director of Communications

Craig has worked as a communications professional and journalist for more than 25 years in Brussels and Washington. He joined ePURE in December 2016 after having been news editor at Politico. Before that, he was Director of Public Affairs at the European Crop Protection Association and has also worked as Director of Political Communications for the European Photovoltaic Industry Association. His journalism career included top editorial positions with the Wall Street Journal Europe and European Voice in Brussels. He was also managing editor of Roll Call in Washington. He holds a BA in political science from Texas Christian University. A U.S. citizen whose mother tongue is English, Craig also speaks French.

Maya Halaoui

Office Manager

Maya is responsible for the office management of ePURE, focusing particularly on accounting, financials and administrative issues. She joined the ePURE office in Brussels in February 2015. Prior to that, she was an EU Affairs Associate with Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and also worked for DG Research & Innovation at the European Commission as well as at the International Law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel (GLN). Maya is Belgian and Lebanese. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management/Secretarial Studies and has 8 years’ experience in that field.

Fabiola De Simone

Government Affairs Manager

Fabiola joined ePURE in February 2020 to assist the work of the Government Affairs team in the field of energy and climate, transport, environment policies, trade and customs. Previously, Fabiola worked as an intern at the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD in Paris and at the DG Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Naples L’Orientale and a Master’s degree in Public Policies from LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome. Fabiola speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Maxime Vion

Technical & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Maxime joined ePURE in February 2020 to assist the work of Technical & Regulatory Affairs. He is tasked with reviewing scientific studies and assessing technical aspects underpinning EU energy, transport and environment policies. Maxime graduated with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and General Chemistry from Chimie ParisTech and a Master’s Degree in Energy from Mines ParisTech – Paris Sciences & Lettres University. He speaks English and French is his mother tongue.

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