PRRI Secretariat

The secretariat of PRRI is hosted by the Working Group Biotechnology and Society at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The Executive Secretary of the PRRI is Dr. Lucia de Souza. Support on regulatory, scientific an technical topics is provided by Piet van der Meer.

Dr. Lucia de Souza is a Brazilian national who obtained her Ph.D in plant biochemistry at the Friedriech Miescher Institut in Switzerland. She gained experience in biotechnology product launch and consumer perception research in Mexico and in Brazil. Lúcia de Souza has extensive experience in teaching and has been actively involved in biosafety in the last 10 years. Since 2005 she is the vice-president of the Brazilian National Biosafety Association(ANBio), which is a group of academic professionals active in capacity building and in communication in the field of Biosafety and its interfaces with society, regulators and other stakeholders. She is directing the Switzerland based Cutting Edge Solutions, which offers consulting in biosafety and biotechnology. Lúcia de Souza has been actively involved in PRRI´s activities since 2006.

Piet van der Meer is a Dutch national who is trained as a biologist and a legislative lawyer. From 1989 to 2000, he was in charge of biosafety regulation in the Netherlands during which he was also actively involved in many international and EU fora. From 1999 to 2002, he managed the project “Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks of the pre-accession countries in Central and Eastern Europe”, and from December 2002 to May 2004 he was the programme manager of the UNEP-GEF projects on Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks. Since August 2004 Piet van der Meer is the principle of the Belgium based consultancy Horizons, which offers consulting and management services in the fields of international and national environmental policies an regulations. Since 2006 he is a guest professor at the Faculty of Sciences at the Ghent University, and from 2012 to 2015 also at the Faculty of Law of the Ghent University. Since 2014 he is also a guest professor at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, where he teaches Biotechnology Regulation.