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Sharon Leclercq-Spooner

In the Global Scenarios to 2025, Shell envisaged three forces at work in today’s world: market centric, society centric and state centric. They drive towards different objectives and require a difficult search for alignment and for compromises.

Sharon Leclercq-Spooner has practiced this art for more than 20 years, for different clients in various settings. She has a widely recognized track record, especially on issues related to agricultural policy, sustainability in the agri-food supply chain and trade negotiations. This led her to be elected to speak for CAP reform on behalf of civil society to the Convention on the Future of Europe, the assembly of Europe’s political leaders responsible for drawing up the Lisbon treaty.

She has outstanding experience in driving progress in trade associations including steering several multi-stakeholder initiatives to deliver results, chairing the trade and external affairs committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU for three mandates and serving on the AmCham EU Board, where she successfully guided a triannual strategic review and integration of a CEO group.

Prior to joining EPPA, Sharon worked 7 years “in house” at Philip Morris Corporate Services for both food (Kraft Jacobs Suchard) and tobacco interests with responsibility for trade, taxation and agricultural issues.

She holds a degree with special honours in European Studies from the University of Hull (UK) and an masters in International Politics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She also followed the INSEAD young managers program. Her interest in the European Union was initiated during a “year abroad” at the Centre Européen Universitaire de Nancy, where she was fortunate to study with students from both Eastern and Western Europe prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

She is fluent in English and French and can get by in German.