Deputy Director for Trade & Environment at BIR

The Bureau of International Recycling welcomes a new member of its team, Alev Somer, as of 16 May 2022.

In her capacity as Deputy Director for Trade & Environment, Somer (pictured left) will be working closely with Ross Bartley, BIR Director for Trade & Environment, on all ongoing trade issues and environmental matters impacting the recycling industry worldwide.

A French and Turkish national, Somer studied in the UK and continued her career in Brussels. She studied political science and holds an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Birmingham. She speaks French, English and Turkish fluently and can communicate in Spanish and Italian.

“With Alev, BIR is gaining a highly competent and promising colleague who will certainly be an asset for our legislative and policy work,” says Arnaud Brunet, Director General, BIR. “Her experience and also her international background are the perfect fit for our organisation and I am certain that our members will benefit greatly from her expertise, drive and vision.”

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