Marius Nicolescu, Secretary General


Marius Nicolescu joined ARC as Secretary General in October 2018. Marius has strategic and operational responsibility at project and EU lobbying level on behalf of the ARC and represents the organisation externally. Before that, Marius worked in Brussels lobbying on issues related to public transport, aviation, environment, trade, security and defence for the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and the International Association of Public Transport. He previously worked for the ARC as Communications Officer between 2012 and 2014.
Marius has two majors in Political Science and International Relations, and Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria.


Sergi Alegre Calero, Director General


Sergi Alegre (PhD) joined ARC as Director General in September 2018. Previously he served for seven years as the President of ARC. At the same time, he was the Vice-Mayor of the City of El Prat where the airport of Barcelona is located. In El Prat, he was responsible for urban planning, mobility and environmental issues for more than twenty years. In his former positions, he has been involved in many European projects, participated in events as a key speaker and dealt with negotiations on airports and aviation issues.



Petra Holm, Administrative Officer


Petra Holm has been working for ARC since May 2014 and is since January 2018 an administrative officer. She is in charge of the day-to-day administration of the ARC secretariat, as well as project administration and reporting. She has previously worked for the European Commission (Secretariat General, EuropeAid, DG Enlargement) and for Clean Sky Joint Undertaking.

She holds an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in human rights and democratisation.


Alexandra Covrig, Project & Communication Officer


Alexandra Covrig has been the ARC Communication Officer since July 2016. She is in charge of digital communication and project communication. She previously worked for a private mass media company and did several communication internships.

Alexandra holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Science and European Studies, being specialised in communication policy and ICTs.


Elena Maximova, Junior Communication Officer


Elena joined the ARC team in December 2017. At the ARC she is mainly responsible for visual communication, the layout of all publications and social media.

She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Elena is fluent in English, French and Russian.


Ana García Sainz-Pardo, Research Associate


Ana is the ARC research associate dedicating her time to the ANIMA project. She is an aviation and airport noise specialist. She has been working throughout her career in airport and air transport noise issues with all stakeholders in this field: from air navigation service providers, national civil aviation authorities, national aviation safety agencies, and national environmental authorities. Ana has also been providing environmental impact assessment training, as well as airport noise management classes in several countries around the world. Ana holds a Master’s degree in civil engineering specializing in urbanism, land planning and environment and she also holds a separate degree in law.

Feel free to address Ana in English or Spanish.