Who's who

Steering Committee

The TACD Steering Committee are responsible for developing joint strategy and driving forward the network’s advocacy activities.

Monique Goyens

EU Co-Chair

As Director General of BEUC – the European Consumer Organisation, Monique represents 43 independent national consumer associations in 31 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer’ interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts.

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Ed Mierzwinski

US Co-Chair

Ed Mierzwinski has worked in the Washington, DC-based federal lobbying office of the Federation of State Public Interest Research Groups (U.S. PIRG) since 1989. He often lectures or testifies before Congress, state legislatures and agencies on a wide range of consumer issues, from credit card rates and privacy to product safety, airline passenger rights and federalism (anti-preemption).

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Benedicte Federspiel

Benedicte Federspiel has dedicated almost her entire working life to the consumer cause. In 1970 she joined the Danish Consumer Council, and after having been the Executive Director for many years – she now mainly concentrates on legal matters, ministerial committees, standardisation and Nordic, European and international consumer policy work.

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Klaus Müller

Klaus Müller is the Executive Director of The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. – vzbv) since May 2014. As the Executive Director of the Consumer Centre of the Federal State North-Rhine Westphalia from 2006 to 2014, he has been involved in consumer politics for more than 10 years.

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Susan Grant

Susan Grant is Director of Consumer Protection at the Consumer Federation of America. She works specifically in the areas of privacy, identity theft, online safety and security, telemarketing, electronic and mobile commerce, deceptive marketing, fraud, and general consumer protection issues. Ms Grant heads CFA’s Consumer Protection Institute, conducts CFA’s annual Consumer Complaint Survey, and is a recognised authority on combating consumer fraud and deception.

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Robert Weissman

Robert Weissman is President of Public Citizen. He is an expert on economic, health care, trade and globalisation, intellectual property and regulatory policy, and issues related to financial accountability and corporate responsibility.

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David Friedman

David Friedman is Vice President of Advocacy at Consumer Reports. He leads the organization’s efforts to secure consumer safeguards, improved corporate practices, and innovative solutions to realize a fairer, safer, and healthier marketplace.
David previously served as Consumer Report’s Director of Cars and Product Policy and Analysis, where he led their public policy and analytical efforts to ensure that consumers’ interests are protected and that safer, more sustainable vehicles and other products are available in the marketplace.

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Els Bruggeman

Els Bruggeman is Domain Head Policy and Enforcement at Euroconsumers, a collaboration unit of five consumer organisations: Test Achats (Belgium), Altroconsumo (Italy), OCU (Spain), Deco Proteste (Portugal) and Proteste (Brazil). Together they represent almost one and a half million consumers. Els is responsible for the coordination of all policy related issues and the enforcement cases, e.g. the class actions against Volkswagen (Dieselgate) and Facebook that were launched in Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

 

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Information Society Policy Committee

The Information Society (Infosoc) policy committee covers all issues related to protecting and building digital rights and safeguards for EU and US citizens and consumers. The committee focuses on harmonisation and protection, and ensuring that the policies and legislation on digital rights (e.g. the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, the EU-US Privacy Shield, e-Privacy Directive revision) are effectively implemented by the industry and understood by policymakers and the media.

Burcu Kilic

US Co-Chair

Burcu Kilic, Ph.D., is a scholar, lawyer and digital rights advocate. She currently works at Public Citizen as the Director of the Digital Rights Program.

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Maryant Fernandez-Perez

Interim EU Co-Chair

Maryant is a lawyer and a Senior Digital Policy Officer at BEUC – the European Consumer Organisation, an association of 43 national consumer organisations from 32 countries.

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Finn Myrstad

EU Co-Chair. Currently on parental leave

Finn Myrstad is the Head of the Digital Services Section at the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC). The NCC focuses on national and international issues related to net neutrality, data protection, copyright, telecommunication and other issues within the field of digital services.

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Intellectual Property Policy Committee

The Intellectual Property (IP) policy committee focuses on promoting a more balanced IP regime in which consumers’ needs for access are given equal standing to the needs of rights holders.

James Love

US Co-Chair

Mr Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). He is also the US co-chair of the TACD Intellectual Property Policy Committee, and the chair of the Essential Inventions board of directors.

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Agustín Reyna

EU Co-Chair

Agustín is the Chief Competition Advisor at BEUC – the European Consumer Organisation.

BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in all EU policies.

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Food Policy Committee

The Food Policy Committee focuses on a broad range of issues relating to EU and US policies on nutrition, food technologies, information and safety as well as on cross-cutting issues.

Jean Halloran

US Co-Chair

Jean Halloran is Director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumer Reports.

Financial Services Policy Committee

The financial services policy committee focuses on making certain that the necessary and ongoing financial service reforms happening both in the EU and US fundamentally address the needs of consumers. The committee has also explored the issue of digitalisation of financial services and the impact of fintech on consumer protections.

Ira Rheingold

US Co-Chair

Ira Rheingold serves as the co-chair of the Financial Services Committee of the TACD. He is Executive Director of the National Associationof Consumer Advocates (NACA), an organisation dedicated to protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices.

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Farid Aliyev

Interim EU Co-Chair

Farid Aliyev has been working at BEUC – the European Consumer Organisation, since 2008. He is Senior Financial Services Officer and Team Leader.

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TACD Staff

Anna Fielder

Anna has been a consumer and privacy advocate for many years, after having trained as a classics scholar and spending a stint as a travel reporter and editor, working for Which?, the UK consumer organisation.

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Alexandra Graziano

Alexandra coordinates the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). She is responsible for organising the work of the TACD Steering Committee and thematic Policy Committees in developing policy recommendations as consumer input. She further manages key strategic and high-level relationships with a range of stakeholders, including the EU and US governments as well as wider civil society.

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