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Brazilian Sugarcane Industry appoints new EU Chief Representative


16 May 2011



Brussels, 16 May 2011 - The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) today announced the appointment of Lola Uña Cárdenas as its Chief Representative in the European Union (EU), based in Brussels.


A Spanish national, Ms. Cárdenas will boost UNICA's European public affairs operation in Brussels and help drive forward the interests of the Brazilian sugarcane industry. She brings a decade of transport and energy sector experience to her new position.


"We are delighted that Lola is joining our growing team. She takes over in the vital role of Chief Representative for the European Union, to effectively direct our policy strategy in this important market," said Marcos Jank, President and CEO of UNICA. "Lola is a local veteran and I am confident that her expertise will lead to even stronger links between UNICA and our European stakeholders," he added.


Lola Uña Cárdenas previously worked as EU Affairs Director at ECG - The Association of European Vehicle Logistics, as Project Manager at the European Regeneration Areas Network and as an Account Director at Scania EU Affairs/ Kreab & Gavin Anderson, where she handled a portfolio of transport and environmental clients.


"I am excited to embark on this new journey with the pioneer in alternative energy," said Lola Uña Cárdenas. "I really look forward to supporting UNICA in its course to help Europe reduce its transport emissions, with a viable and sustainable alternative."


Lola speaks five languages and carries a degree in International Relations and Business Studies from the University of Joensuu, Finland.


UNICA's international activities are led from its office in Brussels by the organization's Head for International Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President for International Affairs, Géraldine Kutas.



The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) represents the top producers of sugar and ethanol in the country's South-Central region, especially the state of Sao Paulo, which accounts for about 60% of the country's sugarcane harvest and of total ethanol production. UNICA develops position papers, statistics and specific research in support of Brazil's sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity sectors. In 2010, Brazil produced an estimated 620 million metric tonnes of sugarcane, which yielded 38.1 million tonnes of sugar and 27.4 billion litres of ethanol, making it the number-one sugarcane grower and sugar producer in the world, and the second-largest ethanol producer on the planet, behind the United States.



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Ana Caroline Aguiar

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Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association


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