ESP Advisory Council

JA Europe and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) announce the establishment of the ESP Advisory Council in support of the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass. The members of the ESP Advisory Council will jointly undertake actions to increase endorsement and link the ESP to other relevant initiatives. 

Press Release - Letters of Endorsement

The following people have agreed to be members of the ESP Advisory Council:


CSR Europe - Stefan Crets, Executive Director

Stefan Crets is Executive Director of CSR Europe, the European platform for companies and stakeholders to exchange and cooperate to become European leaders in sustainable competitiveness and societal wellbeing. From 2002 onwards, Stefan worked as the CSR leader at Toyota Europe where he developed and implemented a new strategy which informed Toyota’s worldwide approach. In 2008, Stefan was appointed General Manager for Corporate Planning and CSR, Toyota Europe.


ibw Austria - Thomas Mayr, Member of the European Qualification Framework Advisory Group (representing UEAPME)

Thomas Mayr is Managing Director of ibw Austria, a research and development institute affiliated to the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Federation of Industry. ibw Austria supports vocational education and training policy making and implementation, notably in the field of apprenticeship training. At European level he is a member in the European Qualification Framework Advisory Group and of the Advisory Council on Vocational Training (ACVT) and of the training board of UEAPME, the European Association of Craft and SMEs.


EUROCHAMBRESArnaldo Abruzzini, Chief Executive Officer

Arnaldo Abruzzini is Chief Executive Officer of EUROCHAMBRES, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is a senior lobbyist in Brussels and represents the voice of over 20 million companies through members in 43 countries and a network of 1.700 regional and local Chambers. He is also an active entrepreneur, having founded several companies. 


European Commission, DG Employment Social Affairs and InclusionAlison Crabb, Head of Unit “Skills and Qualifications"

Alison Crabb, working in the European Commission since 1999, currently heads the Skills and Qualifications Unit in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. The team is working with Member States, social partners and other stakeholders to improve skills development and skills intelligence for better career choices, and to make skills and qualifications more visible and comparable. This includes developing common European competence frameworks for digital and entrepreneurial skills. Before joining the Commission, she was employed by the UK Department of Trade and Industry. 


European Commission, DG Education and Culture - Georgi Dimitrov, Deputy Head of Unit "Innovation and EIT" 

Georgi Dimitrov joined the European Commission, Directorate General Education and Culture, as a Policy Officer in 2008. Today he is Deputy Head of the Unit “Innovation and EIT” where his responsibilities include the EIT; leading the development of policy initiatives related to innovation and higher education; and entrepreneurship and education. Before joining the Commission, Georgi worked for a leading multinational telecommunication company in Düsseldorf, Germany. Prior to that, he worked in a start-up for four years in different functions (Erlangen, Germany). Georgi studied at the University of Bonn (European Studies); the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (PhD); and the Open University UK (towards MBA in Technology Management).”


European Parents Association - Eszter Salamon, President

Eszter Salamon is a working mother and she was an active member of the EPA Board for more than a year before being elected president in 2013. Former teacher and economist specialised in Public Relations, she has participated in the work of different NGO’s for nearly 30 years mainly dealing with the rights of the child, students’ rights and parents’ rights, education and culture, but has work experience in the public and private sectors, too. Her publications are mainly for and on children. Vice President of the Lifelong Learning Platform and also of the Social Platform.


European Training Foundation - Madlen Serban, Director

Madlen Serban has been Director of the European Training Foundation since 1 July 2009. Dr. Serban has spent most of her career working in the field of vocational education and training. Before joining the ETF, she was Director of the National Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Romania. She also has substantial experience as an advisor and expert for EU and international organisations including the European Council of Ministers, European Commission, European Parliament, CEDEFOP, OECD, UNESCO, USAID the World Bank.


UNESCO - Shyamal Majumdar, Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre For Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Shyamal Majumdar was appointed as the Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in May 2011. Prior to taking up the position at UNESCO-UNEVOC, he served as the Director General of the Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC), an inter-governmental organization for human resources development in the Asia-Pacific Region based in Manila, Philippines. Mr. Majumdar has worked as a TVET expert in various capacities. 


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