Corporate Support Department
Danny Janssen, Head of Department
Danny Janssen is Head of the Corporate Support Department and EIOPA's Internal Control Coordinator. He is responsible for finance, procurement, human resources, information technology, corporate services and security.
Prior to joining EIOPA in 2012, Danny worked at the European Union Police Office EUROPOL, occupying functions in the areas of organisational development and support. From 1994 to 2002, Danny served at the Belgian Federal Police as a Commissioned Officer dealing with law enforcement cooperation at a national and international level.
Danny studied at the Belgian Military academy and subsequently graduated from the University of Ghent with a master degree in Criminology.
Manuela Zweimueller, Head of Department
Dr Manuela Zweimueller is Head of the Policy Department. She is responsible for EIOPA’s regulatory and policy tasks in insurance and pensions. Manuela represents EIOPA in international affairs. She is a member of the Financial Stability and Technical Committee (FSTC) of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and EIOPA’s alternate representative on the IAIS Executive Committee (ExCo).
Prior to joining EIOPA in 2011, Manuela worked for more than 15 years in the (re)insurance industry, in various senior management positions and international assignments, such as Managing Director of Munich RE’s branch office in Paris, overseeing the Solvency II implementation at ERGO International and chairing the Risk Management Forum of Munch RE’s London entities. At Allianz, she focussed on industrial business, including innovative technologies.
Manuela holds a PhD in biochemistry and a Certificate in Economics for Scientists from the University of Hagen.
Justin Wray, Deputy Head of Department
Justin Wray is Deputy Head of the Policy Department and Head of the Insurance Policy Unit. At EIOPA Justin has been responsible for the provision of advice on the IORP II directive, EIOPA's technical standards and guidelines required under the Solvency II directive, and the production by EIOPA of risk free rate curves.
Before joining EIOPA in May 2011, Justin worked at the UK Pensions Regulator in a number of operational and policy roles including as Head of Pensions Administration and Governance. Prior to this, Justin worked at the UK Treasury on financial services regulation and international debt issues, and at the UK Department for International Development.
Justin holds bachelors and masters degrees in economics (Universities of Southampton and Warwick), and an MBA from Cranfield University.
Supervisory Processes Department
Dimitris Zafeiris, Head of Department (interim)
Oversight and Supervisory Convergence
Patrick Hoedjes, Head of Department
Patrick Hoedjes is Head of the Oversight and Supervisory Convergence Department.
Prior to joining EIOPA, Patrick worked at the Dutch national central bank spending more than 10 years in various positions in pension supervision, cash operations and statistics and as the Head of Unit for Supervision Statistics for Financial Institutions.
From 2006 - 2008, Patrick was seconded as Head of the Statistical Department at the Bank Nederlandse Antillen in Curaçao.
Patrick holds a master's degree in economics and international relations from the University of Amsterdam.
Andrew Candland, Deputy Head of Department
Andrew Candland is Deputy Head of the Oversight & Supervisory Convergence Department and Head of the Oversight Unit. Prior to this, Andrew set up EIOPA's center of expertise in internal models. Before joining EIOPA, Andrew held roles at the UK Financial Services Authority, where he lead an internal model assessment team, before taking on a wider role on technical standards and analytics.
Andrew started his career at Prudential plc, where he qualified as an actuary, working in marketing and then finance. Andrew managed the modelling team in the Prudential's UK business, before joining Group Head Office to lead work on financial reporting regulatory and economic capital modelling, and risk oversight.
Andrew read maths at the University of Cambridge.
Consumer Protection Department
Katja Wuertz, Head of Department
Katja Würtz is Head of the Consumer Protection Department and is responsible for EIOPA's activities related to consumer protection covering both conduct of business policy and oversight.
Prior to joining EIOPA in 2011, Katja worked for more than 10 years at the European Central Bank, gaining extensive experience as Principal Legal Counsel and team leader in the area of financial law and legal oversight. Katja began her career at the European Commission and then joined the national central bank of Denmark.
Katja is the author and co-author of academic articles related to financial legislation, legal oversight and the ECB's advisory competence in its fields of competence.
Katja studied EU law at the University of Copenhagen and is a fully qualified lawyer under Danish law.
Risk and Financial Stability Department
Dimitris Zafeiris, Head of Department
Dimitris Zafeiris is Head of the Risks and Financial Stability Department and is responsible for EIOPA's activities in the areas of financial stability, crisis management and studies and statistics. On an interim basis he is currently also heading the Supervisory Processes Department.
Before joining EIOPA, Dimitris ran the risk management unit in a commercial bank where he was responsible for the management of projects such as the implementation of Basel II and external asset quality reviews. Prior to this, Dimitris held roles as investment director, portfolio manager and analyst in a number of firms in the asset management industry.
Dimitris holds a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.