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Ulrike Rabmer-Koller (AT)


Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Vice-President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ), was re-elected for a second two-year mandate as President by the UEAPME General Assembly in Brussels on Wednesday 6th December 2017. She is the owner and General Manager of the family business “Rabmer Group” - an internationally operating SME active in the area of construction and environmental technology.

From 2003 until 2015, she held the position of Vice-President of the Economic Chamber of Upper Austria. From 2005 until 2015, she was Member of the Board and from 2011 until 2015 she served as Vice-President of the Crafts section of the Economic Chamber of Austria. Furthermore, in March 2010, she was elected President of the “Women in Business” organisation of Upper Austria.

In June 2015, she was nominated Vice-President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. In December 2015, Ms Ulrike Rabmer-Koller was elected as President of UEAPME for the period 2016-2017.

Policy Vice Presidents

Gunilla Almgren (SE)

Vice President, Företagarna
Chairwoman, UEAPME Sustainable Development Committee


Gunilla Almgren is an entrepreneur in the sanitary fittings industry, with business contacts all over Europe. From 2012 to 2015, she held the position of UEAPME President. She served as Vice-President of the Board of Företagarna, the Swedish Federation of Private Enterprises. She also sits in the Board of several Swedish business-related organisations as well as private companies.

On top of her professional engagements, Ms Almgren has also actively participated in several committees and working groups set up by the European Commission in the past years on issues such as better regulation. Ms Almgren holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the IHM Business School and speaks five official EU languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) in addition to her mother tongue.


Luca Crosetto (IT)

Member of the National Presidency Committee, Confartigianato
Chairman, UEAPME Enterprise Policy Committee


Luca Crosetto is a member of the National Presidency Committee of our Italian member Confartigianato since 2008. He is also a member of the Confartigianato National Executive Committee since 2000, and a Delegate of the Confartigianato National Presidency for Training since 2005.

An entrepreneur in the sector of production, trading and maintenance of agricultural machines, Mr Crosetto is currently in charge of treasury and responsible for the planning and management of corporate finance of the company AGRIMEC Snc. He holds a Bachelor Degree in “Systems of production” from the University of Torino.


Helena de Felipe Lehtonen (ES)

Vice-President, CEPYME
Chairwoman, UEAPME Legal Affairs Committee

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Helena de Felipe is the Vice-President of the Confederation of SMEs in Spain (CEPYME) and the President of the Federation of SME’s in Catalonia (FEPIME-CATALUNYA). As a lawyer, specialised in Corporate Labor Law, she has always been dedicated to promoting female entrepreneurship and gender equality. Helena de Felipe is the founder and president of the Association of Federations and Associations of Women Entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean (AFAEMME), a powerful women’s network and a platform for international projects that promote gender equality in the marketplace. Since 2008 she is also a Member of the European Commission in its Network of Gender Equality in Decision Making positions in economy and politics.

Since 2014 Ms de Felipe is Member of the Board of the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE). Furthermore, she is the Vice-President of the Confederation of Employers in Catalonia (FOMENT DEL TREBALL) and Member of the EESC Board (Groups SOC and REX, and Committee EUROMED). In the past she was President of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs from Catalonia (ACEE) and Treasurer of the Association for Business Investment in the Mediterranean Area (ANIMA) and of the Federation of Latin-American Businesswomen (FIDE).


Alban Maggiar (FR)

Vice-chair of the international committee, in charge of the European affairs, CGPME
Chairman, UEAPME Economic & Fiscal Committee

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Alban Maggiar is in charge of the European public affairs. As such, he is Vice-chair of the international committee of CGPME, the French Confederation of small and medium-sized enterprises, since March 2015 and the chairman of EHPM (European federation of associations of Health Product Manufacturers) since March 2013.

Prior to that, he was President of SYNADIET, the French organisation that united the French food supplement industry from 2005 to February 2015. For 25 years, Alban Maggiar has been the head of the French company CARRARE Laboratory that specialises in yeasts, probiotics and botanical based food supplements.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Law, an Advanced Master’s degree in Tax Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. He also holds a qualification in the field of political science.


Pierre Martin (FR)

Vice President, UPA
Chairman, UEAPME Social Affairs Committee


Pierre Martin is a hairdresser in Tonnerre (in the Yonne region) since 1973. He started his career in the crafts associations’ movement in 1982, when he became President of the local and later of the regional Hairdressers’ Federation.

Mr Martin then moved on to work at national and cross-profession level: he became President of the Hairdressers’ Training Association, President of the Council of Regional Hairdressers’ Federations, Vice President and then since 2002 President of the National Hairdressers’ Federation, FNC.

He subsequently served as Member of the Council of CNAMS, the National Confederation of Arts and Crafts, one of the founding members of UPA. CNAMS appointed Mr Martin to the UPA National Council and later as UPA President until January 2010. Mr Martin is Bureau Secretary at the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council. He is also Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.


Hans Peter Wollseifer (DE)

President, ZDH
Chairman, UEAPME Vocational Training Committee


Hans Peter Wollseifer is the President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses (ZDH) since January 2014. He is also the President of the Cologne Chamber of Skilled Crafts since 2010.

In 1976 Mr Wollseifer completed his Master craftsman’s examination as painter and lacquerer. At the age of 21, he took over his parents’ building protection and design company which he successfully led for 33 years. After leaving the company in 2009, Mr Wollseifer became Managing Partner of a property management and real estate company.


Vice Presidents

Dimitris Asimakopoulos (GR)

President, GSEVEE


Dimitris Asimakopoulos (Athens, 1952) is the President of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (GSEVEE) since 2003, as well as of the GSEVEE Small Enterprises Institute (IME GSEVEE).

He is also a member of the General Council of the Bank of Greece, of the Administrative Council of the Athens Chamber of Small and Medium-sized Industries (ACSMI) and of the Economic and Social Committee of Greece.

He holds a Diploma in rural and surveying engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1974), and an MSc in Hydraulics and Coastal Engineering from Strathclyde University, Great Britain (1978). Since 1980, he runs his own confectionery family business in Athens, founded in 1915.


Jan Gogolewski (PL)

President, ZRP

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Jan Gogolewski is President of the Polish Craft Association (ZRP) since June 2017 and beforehand, as from 2013, he was Vice-President.

He has been operating a food processing enterprise for almost 50 years and is the owner of JAGO confectionery production enterprise in Bydgoszcz. He started his career as an guild elder, and went on to be Vice-President and then President of the Chamber of Crafts in Bydgoszcz while chairing as President of the National Services Systems Centre providing certified advisory services to enterpreneurs.


Josep González (ES)

President, PYMEC (Merger Group)


Josep González I Sala is the current president of the business confederation PIMEC, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of Catalonia. He studied economics and holds a diploma in high management from IESE (Barcelona). In the private sector, Mr González founded and was linked to several companies related to telecommunications, industry and international trade. As well as his role as UEAPME Vice-President, Mr González is the 2nd Vice-President of the Barcelona Chamber of Trade, Industry and Shipping, a member of the Board of Directors of the Multisectoral Platform against Late Payments (PMcM) and of the Board of Trustees of the Rinaldi Foundation (Salesian University School of Sarrià - EUSS) and that of the Barcelona Professional Training Foundation, last but not least he is also the President of the Association for the Promotion of El Pallars Jussà.


Bernard Stalter (FR)

President, APCMA


Bernard Stalter, a hairdresser and owner of salons in Alsace, was elected president of the Permanent Assembly of Chambers of Trades and Crafts in 2016. He served his apprenticeship at age fourteen and opened his first hair salon in 1993. Today, he owns three salons, in Brumath and Strasbourg. While deeply committed to the development of his hairdressing business, Barnard Stalter has chosen also to represent the collective interest. He is president of the National Union of Hairdressing Companies (UNEC) and president of the Alsace Chamber of Trades and Crafts. He likewise heads the Crafts Interprofessional Investment Guarantee Company (SIAGI). Since October 2016 he has chaired the National Fund for Promotion and Communication (FNPCA), that has the mission to contribute to the economic development of the crafts sector by enhancing its image and that of its professionals at national level.


Florin Jianu (RO)

President, CNIPMMR)


Florin Jianu was born in Slatina (Romania) on 30 December 1976. He graduated from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Mathematics and attended the National School of Political and Administrative Studies Masters. Mr Jianu is the president of Romanian national council of SMEs (CNIPMMR). He is one of the most successful Romanian entrepreneur and the biggest supporter of business environment at national and European level, focused on innovative approaches and opportunities given to young people. His current activity concerns the non-governmental sector dedicated to support the business environment and the policies and instruments development in order to support all the entrepreneurial activities. In 2014, for 10 months he was appointed as the minister for SMEs, business environment and tourism. The main results of his activity concern the most innovative law for SMEs, a business strategy for 2014-2020, a program dedicated to support young graduates to become employees. In the non-governmental sector, he was the President Young Entrepreneurs of the European Union (JEUNE) and the President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association from Romania (YEAR).


Vassilis Korkidis (GR)

President, ESEE


Since 2009, Vassilis Korkidis has been the President of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE) and since 2013 the President of Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Previously, he held various positions such as President of the Traders Association of Piraeus, Vice-Chairman of the Hellenic Institute for Health and Safety at Work, member of the Piraeus Port Authority Board of Administrators and more. During his studies, he specialised in shipbuilding and ship management as well as maritime law and international commerce and transport. He is the manager of two family-owned commercial enterprises active in import-export of electological material and procurements for shipping and manufacturing, and has set up a company supplying marine electric and electronics equipment.


Tom Wirion (LU)

Director General, Chambre des Métiers du Luxembourg

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Tom Wirion is the Director General of Luxembourg’s Chamber of Crafts (CDM) and has been defending the interests of the sector for 19 years. He was a member of the Luxembourg Bar before joining the CDM as a legal advisor. In touch with business leaders and skilled workers, he has strived to maintain a SME-friendly legislative and regulatory framework. Since he became Director General in 2014, Mr Wirion has been keen to change the image of the sector, to make it more appealing to children, parents and teachers alike, while reforming from the ground up the curriculum of the «Brevet de Maîtrise». He has also focused on encouraging businesses to think forward and implement the digital tools that will allow them to keep their competitive edge.

Mr Wirion also sits at the Board of the Union of Luxembourgish Businesses (UEL) and of structures financing SMEs, including the Mutualité des PME, the Fiduciaire des PME and the Société Nationale de Crédit.


Jyrki Mäkynen (FI)

President, Federation of Finnish Enterprises


Born in 1964, Jyrki Mäkynen is the owner of a company called OY HM Profiili Ab which designs and supplies interior solutions for working environments and public spaces. He is the President of the Federation of Finnish Enterprises. Previously, he had served as one of the four Vice-Presidents for the association. Furthermore, he has served several years as the President for one of the biggest regional associations of FFE.


Giuseppe Oliviero (IT)

Member of the Presidency Board, CNA


Giuseppe Oliviero has a degree in architecture and is a technical consultant for the City Court of Naples. He began his career as an entrepreneur in 1997 in wood craft design, conveying his interests on green architecture and sustainable techniques. Mr Oliviero is currently involved in research and innovation prototyping of sustainable construction system and passive houses.

Since 2007, he holds the position of Chairman of CNA Naples and he was elected Vice President by the national CNA Presidency Board in 2013.


Michaël van Straalen (NL)

President, MKB/VNO-Nederland


Michaël van Straalen is a self-made entrepreneur and has been, over the years, an owner/employer of several companies in the metal industry. He was the Vice-President of the Royal Association MKB-Nederland for six years before becoming the President end of 2013, and was previously the President of the Royal Metaalunie, the Dutch employer’s organisation for SMEs active in the metal industry.

He also has a long and distinguished record and President/Board Member of various organisations, especially in the field of vocational education. Alongside his role as UEAPME Vice-President, he is duo-President of Stichting Samenwerking Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven, President of Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA i.o., member of the Executive Board of the Dutch Social and Economic Council, of the Nederlands Normalisatie Instituut (NEN) and of the Labour Foundation, Vice-President of PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, and President of Adviesraad Berichtgevers Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS).


Niels Techen (DK)

Chairman, Håndværksrådet


Niels Techen is a civil engineer and owns a carpentry and joinery company of which he is also the Director. In the past, he has taught civil engineering at the Technical University of Denmark and currently holds various roles in associations such as Board member of Danish Carpentry and Joinery Enterprises, of the Pension Fund for Self-Employed, of the Danish Technological Institute, Chairman of the Danish Handcraft Association and of the Danish Federation of SMEs, and member of the Economic Council.


Danny Van Assche (BE)

Managing Director, UNIZO

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Danny Van Assche has a degree in economics (KuLeuven) and a PhD in political sciences (University of Antwerp). He started his professional career as an advisor at the cabinet of the Flemish minister of economy in 1997. Mr Van Assche then went back to the university of Antwerp as an assistant in the political sciences department. In 2005, he joined UNIZO as a social advisor in the study unit, and left in 2010 to become the managing director of Horeca Vlaanderen. In 2017, Mr Van Assche was appointed Managing Director of UNIZO as the successor of Karel Van Eetvelt. Mr Van Assche is very familiar with social dialogue, both in Europe and in Belgium, and as the son of an SME owner he has a very strong connection with the everyday issues of small and medium-sized businesses.