For the next three years he will lead, together with President Juan Rodriguez Villa, the re-structuring and expansion of the Chamber.
He said: ‘The Spanish Chamber is one of the eldest and most prestigious trade associations in Brussels. I am very honoured to take this appointment. In the years to come, I look forward to applying my experience to further consolidate the Chamber as a key player, not only in Belgium and Luxembourg but also as an important interlocutor with the EU institutions.
‘Our guiding principle will be to focus on providing real added-value to our members to make sure that the Chamber comes out strengthened of the current economic crisis.’
Established in 1921, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg is a trade arm of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce. Members include Iberia, Telefonica, BBVA, Repsol , Santander and other leading Spanish companies. Its main mission is to act as a facilitator of trade and economic relationships between Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as to develop and promote business and investments between the three countries.
Lopez-Alvarez is an established public affairs professional in Brussels. For over 10 years, he successfully has advised multinationals and business associations on policy, regulatory and strategic matters. Before joining FD Blueprint he founded his own public affairs consultancy and managed the EU office of the Luis Vives Foundation. He also served as a lawyer in a building firm in Spain.
Lopez-Alvarez is also an alternate member of the European Economic and Social Committee and occupies board positions in several trade associations.