We have a common goal: to safeguard and promote pure authentic natural and organic cosmetics. Based in Brussels, our international Secretariat works passionately to fulfil NATRUE's mission.
Dr Mark Smith - DIRECTOR GENERAL
Mark graduated with a M.Chem (Hons.) degree in chemistry and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. between chemistry and genetics. Before joining NATRUE in June 2014, he extended his research career with two positions covering biotechnology (Leeds, UK) and the biomedical/pharmaceutical sector (Montréal, Canada). Mark is a British national who has more than five years' experience in Scientific Management, and during the last ten years he has been involved in the successful coordination of strategic and collaborative interdisciplinary projects via academic departmental and international research. Mark became Director in July 2016.
Languages: English, French
Francesca Morgante – Label & Communication Manager
Francesca holds a degree in Development and International Cooperation from the Faculty of Political Science of the Bologna University. She joined NATRUE in 2010 with the aim of coordinating the development of the NATRUE Label worldwide. Before joining NATRUE, she was involved in various activities in NGOs in Italy, her home country, and abroad. Her skills include Fundraising, Communications, Public Relations and Event Management.
Languages: Italian, English, French
MENOUCH SOLIMANI - Office Manager
Menouch Solimani joined NATRUE in October 2016. Before working at NATRUE, she gained over 10 years' experience in various international associations. Menouch provides administrative support and is responsible for ensuring legal, financial and employment requirements. In addition, she is involved in Event Organisation, Membership Management, and prepares financial documents describing the office expenditure and budget. To prepare for this role, Menouch attended training on financial management and procedure.
Languages: French, Dutch, English
Krystel van Hoof - Label & Communication Assistant
Krystel joined NATRUE in 2013 as Label & Communication Assistant. Prior to this, she gained experience in communications in international organisations. As a Dutch national with multilingual communication skills, Krystel holds a Master's degree in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University in Liège as well as in Translation from the University in Mons. Within the framework of these studies, she has completed a number of literature and linguistics courses in Scotland and Germany. In addition, she successfully graduated with a third Master's degree in Multilingual Communication and International Relations from the Free University of Brussels in 2012.
Languages: Dutch, French, German, English, Italian
Belén holds a degree in Environmental Sciences and Ph.D. in the fields of Cell Biology and Botany from the University of Huelva (Spain). Before joining NATRUE in April 2016, she worked as a researcher in plant sciences and biotechnology at the University of Leeds (UK) and at the University of Ghent-VIB (Belgium) where she participated in different national and international funded projects and was involved in teaching of graduate and postgraduate students. Belen has a strong interest in nature conservation and science dissemination.