Katrin Sturm

Secretary General

mob: +32 476 91 37 24

Katrin has been working in Brussels since 2001. At AECM since November 2013, Katrin has worked for the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), for the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV) as well as for the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses (ZDH) being at the same time the EU Representative of the Association of German Guarantee Banks (VDB).

She graduated from the University of Passau (Germany) in Law, was at the University of Angers (France) for the Erasmus project, then passed the second state exam in law in Potsdam (Germany), and finally acquired a Master of Law from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

Next to her mother tongue German Katrin speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish, understands Dutch and reads Portuguese. Katrin is Honorary Consultant of Taiwan SMEG, a credit guarantee institution specialized in supporting SMEs in Taiwan in getting access to finance. She is married and has three children.

Arnella Doslic

Events and Communications Manager

mob: +32 479 86 83 24

Arnella is the head of AECM Events and Communication Management. She brings an enthusiastic, hard-working discipline with great member service skills. A natural linguist, she speaks English, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Croatian fluently. Previously, Arnella has delivered communications and event management for business across continents and sectors including healthcare, automotive and logistics.

Felicia Covalciuc

Senior Policy Officer
Agriculture, State Aid, Structural Funds

mob: +32 472 13 71 51

Felicia, who has the Moldavian and Romanian nationality, studied European Law at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania, as well as Political Science at Bologna University, Italy. She complemented her professional profile with a traineeship at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, and used to work for the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova. At AECM, Felicia is responsible for Agriculture, State Aid and Structural Funds policy dossiers including the responsibilities for the corresponding AECM working groups. Next to her mother tongue Romanian, Felicia also speaks English, French, Italian and Russian.

Felix Haas Vinçon

EU Financial Instruments – Regulatory Affairs – Studies

mob: +32 476 90 61 94

Felix holds a master’s degree of Strasbourg University in Economics and European Policies. He has been working in project finance and in the EU political representation of small and medium-sized enterprises. Before joining AECM, he was working for the German AECM-member VDB as a permanent representative to the EU.  At AECM, Felix is responsible for EU Financial Instruments, SME Policy, Regulatory issues, Sustainability Policies as well as Statistics and Impact. Besides his mother tongue German, he speaks English, French and Italian.

Jean-Louis Leloir

Special Adviser to the Board of Directors

Jean-Louis Leloir graduated from the French High Business School ESCP in 1975.

He has filled over a period of 40 years various management responsibilities, mostly in the field of loan guarantee schemes, in the French public development institution supporting SME financing, called Bpifrance (formerly OSEO), which is a leading benchmark in the area of public guarantee schemes.Formerly Area Manager, then Credit Department Manager and Chief Auditor, he was for 12 years Head of Technical Assistance and Consulting, addressing acquired expertise to foreign guarantee institutions, in assignments from Donors and International Institutions (World Bank Group, AFD, OECD, and European Commission). His missions took place in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, Djibouti, Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Belgium, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Latvia.

Since 2015 he is Special Adviser to the Board of Directors of the European Association of Guarantee Institutions.

Giuseppe Gramigna

Senior Adviser to the Board of Directors

Giuseppe’s academic research focused on how changes in the financial markets affect small business lending, and labor migration during periods of economic transition. He later worked in the Equity Research Department of a major investment bank, where he focused on natural resource industries.

At the SBA, Giuseppe advises the Agency on economic trends affecting small businesses, and leads research on economic impact evaluations and strategic planning. He serves as the Chair of the interagency Subcommittee on Evaluating Business Technical Assistance Programs (E-BTAP), a group responsible for developing best practices for implementing economic impact evaluations within the U.S. Federal government. He served as the U.S. Permanent Delegate and Vice Chair to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship. Giuseppe works with international organizations such as APEC and ASEAN. He severs on the scientific committees of several academic institutions and publications, and is a frequent speaker on the domestic and international arena.

Before joining the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe headed the consulting firm, DASSI Corp.  His other areas of interest include the construction industries, tourism, information services, and regional economic development.  Giuseppe earned a graduate degree in economics from The New School For Social Research.

Since 2021 he is Senior Adviser to the Board of Directors of the European Association of Guarantee Institutions.