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Meet the core team

Rennie Schafer

CEO

Rennie Schafer - CEO

Rennie is the current CEO of the Self Storage Association UK, having previously been the CEO of the Australasian Self Storage Association for over 9 years.  Rennie has extensive knowledge of the self storage industry across the world, from the developing Asian markets through to the birthplace of self storage in the USA.

While with the Australasian Self Storage Association he introduced a range of simplified standard licence agreements for the different types of storage arrangements used by the industry, developed an industry marketing guide, customised self storage staff training, a workplace safety manual and demand study for the industry.  He was also part of the judging panel for the self storage industry awards across Australia, NZ and Asia and has spoken at numerous self storage events around the world.

Rennie has an MBA from Deakin University as well as a Masters of Applied Science (Environmental Health).  He has over 15 years experience working in industry associations, and enjoys riding his mountain bike, listening to music and swimming.

Paola Barraza

Membership Services Officer

Paola Barraza - Membership Services Officer

Paola joined FEDESSA in April 2016 in the key role of membership servcies officer.  She is fluent in Spanish, Dutch, German, Swedish and English and has previously worked in the marketing division of Shurgard Self Storage in Europe. With both industry knowledge, marketing training and linguistic talents she is a valuable addition to the FEDESSA team

Board Members

Cesare Carcano (Italy)

President

Cesare Carcano (Italy) - President

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Frederic de Ryckman de Betz (UK)

Vice-President

Frederic de Ryckman de Betz (UK) - Vice-President

Frederic qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 2001, having previously worked for Arthur Andersen.  Following a stint in Leveraged Finance at The Royal Bank of Scotland, Frederic left the City of London and the finance profession for life as an entrepreneur in 2007.  He set up Attic Self Storage in 2008, opening his first store in East London, overlooking the Olympic Park. Frederic is also a board member of the UK self-storage association.

Michael Fogelberg (Sweden)

Executive Council

Michael Fogelberg (Sweden) - Executive Council

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Martin Brunkhorst (Germany)

Executive Council

Martin Brunkhorst (Germany) - Executive Council

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Marc Oursin (Belgium)

Executive Council

Marc Oursin (Belgium) - Executive Council

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Nicolas Petit De Mirbeck (France)

Executive Council

Nicolas Petit De Mirbeck (France) - Executive Council

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Christian Schmutz (Switzerland)

Treasurer

Christian Schmutz (Switzerland) - Treasurer

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Allan Agerskov (DK)

General Council Member

Allan Agerskov (DK) - General Council Member

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Alberto Borregon (ES)

General Council Member

Alberto Borregon (ES) - General Council Member

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Per Hauge (NO)

General Council Member

Per Hauge (NO) - General Council Member

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Mathieu Knipping (NL)

General Council Member

Mathieu Knipping (NL) - General Council Member

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Jude O'Meara (IE)

General Council Member

Jude O'Meara (IE) - General Council Member

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Jussi Tolvanen

General Council Member

Jussi Tolvanen - General Council Member

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