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Meet FAIB Members - Get to know AVERE, The European Association for Electromobility, and meet its Secretary General, Philippe Vangeel

At AVERE, the European Association for Electromobility, they have a vision towards a zero-emission transport available to everyone. AVERE was founded in 1978 and promotes electromobility and sustainable transport across Europe.

Throughout its existence, it has faced challenges and has gone through different processes since the start, and AVERE has now a clear view that electromobility is the way forward to decarbonize transport.

It is also this view that drives Philippe Vangeel, AVERE’s Secretary General, who has been leading the organisation since 2017.

“I am working with a very interesting technology, electric mobility, but on top of that, it is also the bigger picture that interests me. We try to make changes that are very valuable for society, linked to the fight against climate change. Sometimes, that bigger picture is forgotten but it is truly essential.”

Of course, besides the technological aspect, he also very much appreciates the international environment where he gets to work with and meet a very committed network.

AVERE became a member of the FAIB at the end of 2018, originally to take advantage of one of the offers provided by FAIB for its members, the Association Management Course at Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management. However, besides that initial motivation, which is also how they became acquainted with FAIB, it also felt obvious that AVERE, as an international association established in Belgium, should be part of the federation.

For them, FAIB offers a broad range of services from which each association can pick the one benefitting them the most. He particularly appreciates the information sessions; the FAIB lunch-debates that allow people to meet and network as well, and the webinars which cover relevant topics for associations.

Finally, as a Flemish person who ended up in Brussels, Philippe Vangeel particularly enjoys the international character of Brussels and how nice it is to be able to work, meet and greet people from over 100 different nationalities. In his opinion, this is what makes the city so rich and interesting.

Philippe Vangeel, Secretary General


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