Brigitte Dero

Dr. Brigitte Dero holds a PhD in Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the University of Brussels (ULB) in Belgium. Early in her career she worked for a special programme of the World Health Organisation on tropical diseases before moving to the metals industry to work in the occupational health, safety and environment arenas and, subsequently, on waste management and recycling.  

In June 1999 she joined the European Chemical Industry Council as a sector group manager and was appointed director of the plastic additives department in December 2001. At this position Brigitte managed a team of Technical managers and Communication counsellors and developed in-depth knowledge of PVC stabilisers, plasticisers, flame retardants, antioxidants and food contact additives.

In December 2011 Brigitte became general manager of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) and developed knowledge of resin manufacturing. ECVM operates in Brussels under the umbrella of PlasticsEurope and consists of 5 companies in the PVC business. In 2011, she also became deputy-general manager of VinylPlus, the legal body in charge of the implementation of the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry.  

In January 2014 she became general manager of VinylPlus the umbrella under which 200 companies from the PVC value chain (resin, chemical additives, and plastic converters) work together to increase the sustainability performance of PVC.  

In 2012 she registers VinylPlus in the UN Registry of Commitments and engaged VinylPlus with UNEP/UNIDO. IN 2013, VinylPLus became a member of the UNIDO/UNEP Green industry platform, a global high-level, multi-stakeholder partnership to mobilise action on Green Industry around the world.  

Since 2012 she is the chairperson of the Global Vinyl Council composed of worldwide Regional Vinyl Associations (Asia-Pacific, US, Japan, India, South Africa, South America, Europe).  

She is Belgian, born in 1960, she is married and has two sons. Brigitte is passionate by science & sustainability, women in chemistry & education. She supports the ‘Women in Green industry chapter’ of UNIDO/UNEP.