Head of Unit: "Climate finance, mainstreaming, Montreal Protocol" DG Climate Action | European Commission
Mr. Philip Owen joined the European Commission in 1990 having spent 12 years in the private sector. He spent a number of years in DG Competition, followed by three years in DG Regional Policy. He was in DG Environment from 2002 to 2010 having been in charge of the DG's financial management as well as its project funding initiative. Philip Owen moved to DG Climate Action, in mid-February 2010, to deal with climate action policy for road vehicles and fuels as well as dealing with ozone and fluorinated gas issues and the UN's Montreal Protocol. From 1 January 2016, his work encompasses climate finance, mainstreaming climate action into the Commission's spending as well as the Montreal Protocol.
Head of Financing Growth | European Banking Federation
With over 15 years of experience in the field of European financial sector policy, Burçak joined the European Banking Federation, which represents the European banking industry, in 2017 to create a new unit focusing on financing growth, including business finance, financial markets and sustainable finance. Prior to this post, she was the Deputy Secretary General of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges, for which she worked for nine years. Her work in Brussels has covered many different aspects of financial markets law and policy. In her last years at FESE, she progressively focused on economic growth, spearheading the European IPO Task Force and the Small and Mid-cap Awards of the Year. She was also a member of the EU Commission’s Steering Committee on SME Growth and Crowdfunding Stakeholder Group. Her first post in Brussels was as the Financial Markets Advisor of the EBF. In 2003, Burçak received the “Lobbyist of the Year” award in a global competition organized by Euromoney for a campaign she led on primary markets. Before moving to Europe, she worked for five years for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on developing financial markets in transition economies. A Belgian and Turkish national, Burçak holds a Political Science B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Master degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, both in Massachusetts. Prior to moving to the US, she completed her secondary school studies at the American Robert College of Istanbul. She speaks English, French, German and Turkish. She has two children.