Véronique Willems is the Secretary General of UEAPME, a position she has held since December 2016. Previously, she was the Head of European affairs at UNIZO from 2009 to 2016, and was responsible for advocacy on policies affecting SMEs at the EU-level. In January 2016, she was nominated deputy to the SME-representative for Belgium at the European Economic and Social Committee.  Willems started her career at UNIZO in 1999 as Policy Officer in charge of SME education and counselling and later became responsible for regional level advocacy, mentorship programs and individual counselling for entrepreneurs. She holds a Law degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussels and an MA in Commercial sciences and Business management from VLEKHO Brussels.