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Nickel Institute Appoints New Director, Global Government Affairs & Advocacy


09 Dec 2011


Public Affairs

Toronto, 7th December 2011. The Nickel Institute today announced the appointment of Dr. Veronique Steukers as Director, Global Government Affairs and Advocacy. 

Dr. Steukers, a Belgian national, will take up her post officially on the 9th of January 2012. Dr. Steukers has more than 18 years professional experience in the area of regulatory affairs, government affairs and advocacy with a number of corporate metal and chemicals companies.

Prior to joining the Nickel Institute Dr. Steukers was Advocacy Director at the Corporate Sustainability Department of Albemarle. Here she was responsible for Management of the European, China and US advocacy team. She was involved in formulating strategic policy recommendations relevant for Albemarle business as well as providing information & advice to company executives.

Dr. Steukers brings to the Nickel Institute a deep understanding of chemicals management globally gained through her involvement in EU and global chemicals policy processes and negotiations. She was also extremely active on issues within the chemicals industry sector, being Chair & Vice-Chair of the European industry organisations EBFRIP & EFRA. During her early career she was responsible for product liability for the Umicore Group – the Belgian specialty metals group.

A graduate in chemistry of Université Notre Dame de la Paix, Namur, Dr. Steukers has a postgraduate qualification in industrial chemistry from the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven and a Ph.D in chemistry from the University of Exeter. She has also pursed continuing professional development on the areas of environmental sustainability and business as well as courses in environmental law. 

In announcing the appointment of Dr. Steukers, the Nickel Institute President, Dr. Kevin Bradley said “I am delighted to welcome Veronique to the Institute. She brings with her significant professional experience in the areas of governmental affairs and advocacy which will enhance the Institute’s capacity in these areas”. 

About the Nickel Institute

The Nickel Institute is a non-profit organization representing 26 companies that produce around 75% of the world’s annual nickel output.  More information regarding the various applications of nickel as well as verified scientific data related to health, safety and the environment is available at

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