Juan Manuel Banez is currently working as European Manager of Government Relations at Mars Inc., with key responsibilities in the area of sustainability and environmental policies at the EU level.
Juan Manuel is responsible for the Circular Economy and Clean Energy Packages, and the EU Plastics Strategy.
He is also an Advisory Board Member of the New Plastics Economy Initiative (NPEC) of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, as well as Chairman of the Climate Change Expert Group at FoodDrinkEurope, the food industry confederation in the European Union, since 2015. Prior to joining Mars Inc., he worked at the European Commission, dealing with Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Water and international development in the Latin American region.
Before joining the Commission, he worked for the Spanish Government in Public Service and Work & Emigration Department.
He holds a Diploma in International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) & Univ. of London, a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and a second one in European Studies, a postgraduate study in neuroscience from the Univ. of Seville and Madrid and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the Univ. of Granada.