An Italian-Swedish national, Antonio Perlot is Secretary general of ACEM since 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading and coordinating the work of the association and representing the motorcycle industry at European and international level. Prior to this, Mr Perlot served as ACEM Public affairs manager since 2006, advising the motorcycle industry on public and regulatory affairs.
Between 2001 and 2006, Mr Perlot worked for the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA), first as Campaigns officer, then as Secretary General. Prior to that he worked at EPRO as a public affairs consultant representing clients from different industry sectors and, before that, in the NGO sector.
Mr Perlot holds a BA in political science (specialisation in European integration) from La Sapienza University and a MA in Diplomatic studies from Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI).
Public Affairs Manager
A French-Belgian national, Ludovic Basset joined ACEM in 2014 as Public Affairs Manager. Ludovic’s main role is to anticipate, monitor and assess the motorcycle’s industry regulatory and policy-related challenges and opportunities.
Prior to joining ACEM, Ludovic worked for a Brussels-based European Affairs consultancy first as Deputy Director and then as Director, managing a portfolio of international clients in the Transport and Energy sectors. In Brussels since 2006, Ludovic started his EU affairs expert’s career within FIGIEFA (European Automotive Aftermarket Distributors Federation) as Advocacy and Communications’ Officer and European Campaign Coordinator.
Having obtained his first and master degrees in law and international relations in France, Ludovic pursued his academic studies in the University of Nottingham (LL.M - Law) before joining the Faculty of Law of the University of Wales (Cardiff) for a PhD in the area of private international law.
Dr. Veneta Vassileva
Dr Veneta Vassileva is responsible for coordinating the road safety activities of ACEM and its members. She also acts as ACEM representative within several bodies including the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association’s (IMMA) Road Safety Working Group, the Vulnerable Road Users Working Group of the iMobility Forum, and the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) platform created by the European Commission.
Dr Vassileva has coordinated several European research projects including eSUM (European Safer Urban Motorcycling) and prepared IMMA’s policy document ‘The Shared Road to Safety – A global approach for safer motorcycling’.
Prior to joining ACEM, Dr Vassileva worked as a Project Manager at the European Red Cross Office, where she was in charge of coordinating the IV European Red Cross Road Safety Campaign and for the Bulgarian Red Cross as an expert on health promotion and prevention.
Ms Vassileva holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Sofia Medical University (Bulgaria).
A Belgian national, Thomas Vercammen joined ACEM in 2013 as Technical Officer. His main role is to monitor EU and worldwide regulatory developments and to coordinate related challenges and opportunities for the motorcycle’s industry.
Before joining ACEM, Mr Vercammen Thomas worked for Honda Motor Europe, an ACEM member, as homologation and regulation expert for both motorcycles and cars. He specialises in combustion engine emissions development for small and large bore engines, and has worked in the past for FEV Motorentechnik as a diesel calibration engineer and for the Anglo Belgian Corporation as a R&D engineer.
Mr Vercammen obtained a degree in automotive engineering from the HTS- Autotechniek (HAN) in the Netherlands.
A Belgian national, Sébastien Paternotte joined ACEM in 2017 as Technical Consultant. His main role is to monitor new legislative developments, set-up common positions with expert members and to represent the motorcycle industry in technical meetings at European and international levels. In parallel, he is runs his own business as Homologation Consultant in the automotive industry.
Mr Paternotte started his career in 2000 as Homologation Engineer for a technical service and managed, until 2010, type approval projects for automotive manufacturers, mainly in Japan. He also performed numerous COP audits in factories worldwide.
He then joined, for 2 years, AW Europe as Project Engineer for Land Rover. Until early 2017, he was Sales Manager in the truck business for Hiab (loader cranes) and the Volvo Group.
Mr Paternotte holds a Master’s degree in Electromechanical Engineering from ECAM in Brussels.