With a career of over 15 years in communications and public affairs, Irene currently joined Cefic from the Dutch chemical industry association (VNCI ) where she worked since 2011 as its Head of Communication and Public Affairs. As part of the VNCI management team, she successfully initiated and developed its public affairs strategy, reinforced the reputation of the Dutch chemical industry and worked closely with important stakeholders. She also worked closely with Cefic during her tenure. Between 2003 and 2011, Irene worked in corporate communications at Shell International PLC, holding a variety of senior positions in the area of communications. She holds an MA in Japanese language and culture with an economic/juridical focus and completed postgraduate training in international and EU law. Irene speaks Dutch, English, German, Japanese, and French.