The British Investment Association (IA) announced the promotion of Johannes Woelfing to the position of Head of European Affairs this Friday. The newly created role is part of the association’s plans to increase its permanent presence in Brussels.
Woelfing’s new position will come into effect on September 1, 2018. As the Head of European Affairs, he will be the main representative for IA in Brussels. He will also be responsible for setting up the policies of the IA’s new office in Brussels.
Woelfing has been a part of the association since June 2014 and has spent the last four years working as a regulatory and legal specialist. During his time with the organisation, he has been the lead for macro-prudential regulation and financial stability. Woelfing is also a member of EFAMA’s ‘Financial Stability & Prudential Requirements Working Group’.
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Commenting on the appointment, Chris Cummings, Chief Executive of the Investment Association, said: “With more than £1.4 trillion of European assets managed in the UK, a figure that is growing every year, it is essential that the IA has a more permanent voice in Brussels that can help represent our industry and the clients they serve at a European level.
I am therefore delighted to promote Johannes to the new role of Head of European Affairs at the IA. Johannes’ industry, legal and policy experience within the European Parliament and the IA will be valuable to ensure the asset management industry’s voice is better understood by policy makers and regulators in Europe.”
Johannes Woelfing’s experience before IA
Before working at IA, Woelfing was a political advisor at the European Parliament in Brussels. He worked in this position from November 2009 until May 2014. Originally, Woelfing trained as a lawyer in Germany.
Between 2000 up until 2006, Woelfing attended the Humboldt University of Berlin. Here he studied state examination law, specialising in banking, corporate, finance and securities law.