Dr. Juan Jose Potti - President
Ralf Pomp - Vice President
Juan José Potti has been Technical Director at Eurovia(Spain) from1984 to 2006, Manager of the Eurovia Pôle d’Émulsions from its foundation until 2006, and Project Coordinator for several R&D projects funded by the European Commission, such as OPTEL BRITE EURAM IV (1996-2000) and SCORE FP5 (2002-2006), among others.
In April 2006 he became the General Manager of the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Asphalt Mixtures (Asefma); in March 2012 he was elected President and therefore became the Executive President of Asefma @asefma_es, a position he currently holds.
From 2008 to 2013 he was Project Coordinator of the most important R&D Bituminous Mixtures project founded by the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI) (with a budget of more than 28 million euros) entitled Proyecto FENIX, www.proyectofenix.eu
Juan José Potti has been President of the Spanish Technical Association of Bituminous Emulsions (ATEB) @ateb until 2006 and an active member of several standardization CEN Committees, such as TC2227WG1, TC227WG2TG2, and TC336WG1. In 2018 he was named Honorary Member of ATEB.
Since April 2009 he has been the Director of the technical journal “Asfalto y Pavimentación”.
In 2009 he started digital activities on Linked in and in February 2011 on Twitter as @jjpotti; today he has more than 8,000 followers.
Currently, he is Vice-President of the Spanish Road Association (AEC) @AECarretera, and President of the Spanish Road Technology Platform (PTC) @PTCarretera.
Juan José Potti became a member of the EAPA @eapa_org Executive Committee in 2009, he was awarded the EAPA Asphalt Advocate of the year award in 2018 and was elected Vice-President of EAPA in June 2019.
Ralf Pomp, was born 26.07.1962 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
After finishing High School in 1981, Military Service for 18 months, studies for five years at the RWTH Aachen he finished as Civil engineer in 1987.
He had different internships in cement-, concrete- and road paving companies. He grew up in the family business from young years on, so he learned to operate cars, lorries, wheel loaders, mixing plants and repair those. Ralf Pomp entered professionally the Matthias Heyer Asphalt- and Concrete Mixing Group in 1988, first in the building materials laboratory, later in operations management, sales and since 1999 as CEO and shareholder. The Matthias Heyer Group is a family-owned asphalt- and concrete mixing and delivering company operated in the third generation situated in Wegberg in the very West of Germany.
He is a member of the regional board in DAV since 2005 and a Member of the EXCO/ Dir group in EAPA since June 2018.
Ralf Pomp is married for 26 years to Susanne Wenz and has three grown-up daughters in their studies. His hobbies are motorsports, oldtimer cars and aviation.
Dr. Carsten Karcher - Secretary General for EAPA
Carsten Karcher is a civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the highways sector. After graduating he joined the Highway Construction Technology department at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in southwest Germany as a research assistant.
He went on to become head of the department, giving lectures and conducting national and European research projects mainly in the field of asphalt, road construction materials and road pavements.
In 2004 Carsten started his own consultancy, Dr. Carsten Karcher – Asphalt Pavements for Europe, alongside his work at KIT, providing seminars, consultancy, expert reports, moderations and presentations. In July 2013 he left KIT and started to work with his consultancy as Director for EAPA, where his main activities were the development of the association, health, safety and environmental issues, political items, lobbying and organisation of events including the E&E Congress. In January 2019 he took over with his consultancy the post as Secretary-General for EAPA.
Carsten has given many presentations at national and international conferences and is the author of numerous technical papers as well as one of the German standard reference books for road construction and maintenance.
Dr. Breixo Gómez-Meijide - Technical Director
Breixo Gómez-Meijide graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of A Coruña (Spain). After carrying out pre-doctoral stays in different countries, such as Singapore, Italy and UK, he obtained a PhD in 2015 at the University of A Coruña and received the Doctorate Extraordinary Award for his thesis on sustainable asphalt materials. Then, he moved to the UK, where he worked as a Research Fellow at the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (University of Nottingham). There, he was involved in national and European projects (e.g. HEALROAD on self-healing pavements) and supervised four PhD Students on different topics related to sustainable and resilient roads.
Breixo joined EAPA in October 2018 as Technical Director and is the focal point of EAPA for technical issues. He is the secretary of the EAPA Technical Committee and is also involved in Health, Safety and Environment items. He is also in charge of representing the asphalt industry in the CEN Committees related to asphalt and actively contributing in European standardisation processes.