Team

President

Fabrizio Sala is Lombardy's Minister for Education, University, Research, Innovation and Simplification. Mr Sala was elected Mayor of the Municipality of Misinto (Monza and Brianza - Italy), position that he hold from 1999 to 2009. Afterwards, he was appointed Councillor for the Environment at the Monza and Brianza Provincial Administration, before being elected Vice-President of NEREUS (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies).


Vice-President

Stephan Satijn is Limburg's Regional Minister for Economy, Land Management, and Education.

Mr. Satijn (1972) was born in Maastricht. He studied at Zuyd Hogeschool and then business administration (EMBA) at Nyenrode Business University and the University of Rochester (USA).

As of 2000 he has been active in international business for, amongst others, Nederland Distributieland, where he was responsible for the North and South American market.

In the period 2011 – 2018 he was alderman for the VVD (liberals) at the municipality of Venlo where he held the portfolios of Economic Affairs and Knowledge Infrastructure and from 2014 onwards, he was also the 1st deputy mayor.

In 2017, Satijn was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Dutch Mint, an organisation responsible for the 'minting' of the official euro coin within the Benelux. He also held various supervisory board positions for, among others, MECC and Nederland Distrutieland.


Vice-President

Marcin Wajda is Director of the Department of Regional Development and European Funds, in Marshal’s Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship in Warsaw. Previously, he was part of the Lubuski Regional Operational Programme Monitoring Department, in the Marshal’s Office of the Lubuskie Voivodeship in Zielona Gora. Mr Wajda also holds a PhD in Economic Studies, has several publications and is a Lecturer in the Collegium of Socio-Economics of SGH Warsaw School of Economics.


Executive Director

Being involved in European Affairs for about 20 years, Mr. Ciulli leads the ECRN permanent representative body of the network on behalf of Regione Lombardia. Based in Brussels, he liaises with various EU institutions, network associations and regional representations and supports the strategic development of the network in the long term.


Network and Policy Coordinator

With an open and genuine attitude, Ms. Bańka is the person to manage members’ relations and general communications activities. Working closely with the regions and monitoring EU legislative developments, she supports the Secretariat in connecting the European and regional dimensions of policy making and raising awareness of EU initiatives or funding opportunities.


Junior Policy and Project Officer

As Junior Policy and Project Officer, Saverio provides support to the ECRN Secretariat in building collaboration between members in several priority areas, including industrial policy, bioeconomy, plastics and recycling, and decarbonization. She also contributes to ECRN advocacy and communications activities.