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Presidents & Secretariat

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_esa 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,

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Helga Beuving - Visual Communication

Helga Beuving is a Dutch graphic designer who started freelancing in 2011. She graduated as a visual designer at AMFI (the Amsterdam Fashion Institute), and after this, she graduated as a Graphic Designer at the School of Arts in Utrecht.

She has had her design studio since 2011 and specializes in graphic design and photography @helgabeuving.

Since graduating in 2011, she started working for EAPA as a graphic designer and has been with EAPA ever since. She re-designed the EAPA website, developed the social media strategy, and designed campaigns such as the runners love asphalt campaign, booths for the E&E Congress, EAPA Magazine and papers.

She is a passionate, creative worker and always eager to learn. “Working for EAPA in an international team has been a great experience. Everyone is highly invested and motivated to deliver the best. It is a great team to work with an eye for innovation.”

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Frederica Dias - PR & Communication

Frederica Dias joined the EAPA team on the 1st of October and will take care of EAPA’s communication strategy and campaigns, as well as social media management and content.

Frederica graduated in Film, Video and Communication in Lisbon, Portugal. After having worked in the Audiovisual and Events industry, she has been focusing her career on communication. Before joining us, she participated in two different traineeship programmes, including one in the Council of the European Union.

She lived in Madeira Island and Lisbon (Portugal), Latvia and (since 2018) Brussels.

Frederica describes herself as social, motivated and a fast learner, always eager to learn more about everything, which can explain why she is always reading all the books she can manage. She is passionate about communication, photography, creating visuals, music and travel. She loves to work in an international environment where she can be in contact with different cultures and languages, one of the reasons why she loves Brussels so much.

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