Marcel Halma is an experienced public affairs professional with a strong background in business, government, European and international affairs. Before joining AkzoNobel as manager public affairs, Marcel worked as deputy director and manager public affairs and communications for Netbeheer Nederland, the association of Dutch energy grid operators. He started his career as a Dutch diplomat, having served for almost 14 years in Brussels (EU), Geneva, New York and The Hague; his last posting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was as Head of Communications for the Dutch minister for European Affairs Frans Timmermans.
In November 2012, Marcel Halma was elected President of the BVPA, the Dutch Association for Public Affairs, the organization of almost 600 full time public affairs professionals and lobbyists from companies, business associations, NGO’s and governments.
Marcel Halma is a regular speaker and lecturer on public affairs, EU-affairs and communications.