At the Dutch multinational Nouryon (the former specialty chemicals business of AkzoNobel) Marcel Halma directs the company's global government relations and public affairs activities. Before joining Nouryon and AkzoNobel, he worked as deputy director-general for a trade association. Marcel started his career as a Dutch diplomat, having served for almost 14 years in Brussels, Geneva and New York and The Hague, and as director of communications for the Dutch minister for European Affairs Frans Timmermans.
From 2013-2015, Marcel was President of the BVPA, the Dutch Association for Public Affairs professionals, and currently is Board Member of the Public Affairs Council in Washington DC. He is a regular speaker and lecturer on public affairs, lobbying, communications, EU-affairs and association management.