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Speakers

Vice Governor - Region of Crete

George Alexakis

Land and Water officer - FAO

Amani Alfarra

Program Coordinator - GAIA

Miko Aliño

Adviser EU Affairs - INSULEUR

George Assonitis

CEO - Wiseair

Paolo Barbato

Executive director - Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)

Bart Biebuyck

Executive director - International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Marit Brommet

CEO - World Hydrogen Leaders

Nadim Chaudhry

Director - Greening the Islands

Gianni Chianetta

Programme Director, Sustainable Energy - Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission

Judith Ephraim-Schmidt

Scientific Coordinator - Zero Waste europe

Enzo Favoino

Director of operations - YPBB

Fictor Ferdinand

Circular economy specialist - Greening the Islands

Ana Fernandez-Iglesias

Director EU Affairs & Policy - EUROBAT

Francesco Gattiglio

Director of the IRENA’s Country Engagement and Partnerships (CEP)

Gonul Gurbuz

Managing Director - Dutch Cycling Embassy

Lucas Harms

Chief Executive - Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

Nigel Holmes

Emeritus professor - University of the Ryukyus

Hiroshi Kakazu

Senior Energy specialist, South Asia department - Asian Development bank

Jaimes Kolantharaj

External Relations Manager - Grimaldi Group

Paul Kyprianou

GEMM Member - University of strathclyde

Craig Michie

Coordinator a.i. - UNESCO WWAP

Michela Miletto

Director - Islands and Small States Institute – Lecturer, Institute for European Studies, University of Malta

Stefano Moncada

Electrical manager - BMT

Martin Moody

Expert for EU Innovation & Financing

Helmut Morsi

Chief - SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

Policy Officer - Greening the Islands

Veronika Neumeier

Strategy Development Manager - Greening the Islands

Angelo Nogara

Senior Technical Specialist - Greening the Islands

Attilio Piattelli

R&d&I Director - Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC)

Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo

Director of Public Affairs, Wind Europe

Ivan Pineda

President of Small islands organisation (Smilo)

Maxime Prodromidès

Managing Director - Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation

Mohammed Raaidh

Technical secretary - COAG Canarias

Manuel Redondo Zaera

Managing director - Balearic Institute for Energy

Ferran Rosa Gaspar

Head of Consultancy and Training Department - Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon (FHa)

Mercedes Sanz Millan

Major - Helgoland Island | Chairman AquaVentus.org, Germany

Jörg Singer

Editor in Chief - Recharge

Darius Snieckus

Executive Director for EU Programmes, Partnerships, Membership and Geographical Commissions - CPMR

Davide Strangis

President - Eco-Sustainable Development Association of Elafonisos

Enrico Toja

Program Manager - Mother Earth Foundation

Raphaelo James Villavicencio

Operations Director - Marine Renewables Canada

Amanda White

CEO - Ardan GmbH

Amit Yudan

Managing Director - Ocean Finance LTD

Panayotis Zacharioudakis

Vice Governor - Region of Crete

George Alexakis

George Alexakis is currently a Regional Councilor of Crete appointed for European and International Affairs, having held twice the position of the Vice Governor. He elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and in 2019. Previously, he was continuously elected during the four consecutive elections’ periods from 1994-2006, as a Prefectural Councilor of Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Since 2014, he holds the position of the Vice-President of CPMR in charge of Maritime Affairs, being a member of the Political Bureau of CPMR since 2012. On 2020, he was elected as Vice President of EUROMONTANA Network. On May 2021, he has been awarded with the honorary title of “Ambassador of the EU Macro-Regional Strategy ” for his experience in developing macro-regional strategies.
George Alexakis holds a Diploma Degree on Civil Engineering from the Democritus Technical University of Greece, as well as a Master of Science on Planning, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Land and Water officer - FAO

Amani Alfarra

Dr. Amani Alfarra is a water officer at FAO in the Land and Water Division. Dr. Alfarra has more than 20 years of substantive expertise in natural resources management, focused on river basin/ Transboundary River and coastal zone management. My specialized fields include water-based strategies and actions for climate change adaptation, including applying Nature-Based Solutions. During COP24, her NBS publication “NBS for agricultural water management and food security” was successfully launched and recognized by UNDESA. The publication focuses on enhancing the availability and quality of water for productive purposes and human consumption using NBS, an integrated approach for sustainable natural resources management with a focus on investments. NBS has become the third pillar of adaptation to climate change.
Dr. Alfarra has extensive experience in working with managerial and policy issues in the field of natural resources management at the country, regional and global levels.

Program Coordinator - GAIA

Miko Aliño

Miko Aliño is GAIA’s Asia Pacific Regional Program Coordinator and is based in the Asia-Pacific office in Quezon City, Philippines. Previously, he has worked with various development and environmental organizations in the past 15 years, focusing on waste management, urban settlements, project management, and fundraising. Miko studied Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Adviser EU Affairs - INSULEUR

George Assonitis

George Assonitis, Ph.D, is an advisor on European Union Affairs at the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce and Member of the Technical Committee of the Network of Insular Chambers of the EU. He represented the Ministry of Commerce as counsellor on Internal Market, Consumer, and Tourism Affairs at the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU from 2001 to 2009, in Brussels. He was a lecturer for ten years at the Ionian University, the University of the Aegean and the University of Crete and the University of Peloponnese on International Law, European Institutions and International Organizations. His has a number of publications on the Law of the Sea, International Shipping Law, Conflict Resolution and Prevention, Foreign investments and European Integration.

CEO - Wiseair

Paolo Barbato

Paolo Barbato is the 26y old CEO and co-founder of Wiseair, an Italian company that enables municipalities, citizens and companies to monitor air quality. Paolo founded Wiseair during his final year at the Politecnico di Milano, where he studied Energy Engineering, ranking in the top 1% of students at the university. The awareness of wanting to become an entrepreneur materialised during the SEI Pioneer programme, held by the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Alta Scuola Politecnica, where Paolo met many international entrepreneurs and, above all, his fantastic co-founders, very young like him and with no previous entrepreneurial experience, but incredibly smart, committed and motivated. Since the birth of Wiseair, Paolo and his team have developed and launched the product on the market creating a network of over 200 IoT sensors across Europe, worked with tens of Italian municipalities, exhibited at CES 2020 in Las Vegas and raised more than 1M€.

Executive director - Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU)

Bart Biebuyck

Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions. Dissemination of project results, building technology awareness and enhanced basic research became his key focusing points.
His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) program in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle.

Executive director - International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Marit Brommet

CEO - World Hydrogen Leaders

Nadim Chaudhry

I founded Green Power in 2003 after growing concerned about climate change and believing that renewables were coming of age (I was probably 10 years early). We have since successfully run over 450 conferences, exhibitions and training courses in 37 countries, spreading best practice and connecting businesses.
We are now firmly focused on the scaling up the size and impact of our commercially focused event platforms for deal making, due diligence, project best practice, de-risking markets and accelerating the energy transition. Attendees greatly value our highly professional approach to curating our programmes of thought leaders, organising formal/informal networking opportunities and our role in helping de-risking decisions. We pride ourselves on the work of the inhouse research team and their ability to accurately map out the future contract opportunities available in the markets we serve.

Director - Greening the Islands

Gianni Chianetta

Gianni Chianetta is Founder & Director at Greening the Islands, CEO at The Green Consulting Group, Chairman Global Solar Council, Vice President and Head of International Affairs of Italia Solare, member of the Strategy Committee of Solar Power Europe and of the Steering Committee at Irena Coalition for Action.
He has been working the area of energy since 2003. He has been, Head of Comms & External Affairs at BP Italy, Managing Director at BP Solar Italy, founder and chairman of the first Italian Solar PV Industry Association for three consecutive terms when he negotiated the five Photovoltaic Energy Incentive Decrees (feed in-tariff) with the Italian Government, that has brought the installed capacity from about 35 MWp to more than 20 GWp.
He took part in the EU PV Legal Project to identify the gaps of the legislation in the EU countries for the development of solar PV. He has also chaired the National Committee for Solar Energy of the Italian Ministry of the Environment and founded the Global Network of National PV Associations in 2007, which has been the basis for the Global Solar Council.
He has a degree in Mechanical & Management Engineering and masters/seminars at: Middlesex University (London); Kellogg School of Management (Chicago); SDA Bocconi Milano (Milan); Istituto de Empresa (Madrid).

Programme Director, Sustainable Energy - Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission

Judith Ephraim-Schmidt

Judith Ephraim-Schmidt is the Programme Director for the Sustainable Energy Unit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission. Ms Ephraim-Schmidt has been working in the field of sustainable energy for the past 20 years. Prior to joining the OECS Commission, she was the Chief Energy, Science and Technology Officer in the Government of Saint Lucia where she worked on , inter alia, the development and implementation of the Sustainable Energy Plan and Sustainable Energy Policy for Saint Lucia. Ms Ephraim-Schmidt has also worked in the areas of Climate Change, Science and Technology, the Green Economy, and Hazard and Disaster Mitigation. Ms Ephraim-Schmidt holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Bristol UK, and a MSc in Resources Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT,) in Germany.

Scientific Coordinator - Zero Waste europe

Enzo Favoino

Enzo Favoino is with Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza and serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee of Zero Waste Europe
He was a co-founder of ECN – European Compost Network. Since 2004 through 2012 he sat as Chair of the WG on Biological Treatment at ISWA, International Solid Waste Association.
In recent years, he’s been particularly involved in defining policies and strategies, and implementing practices, to trim the overflow of plastics, with specific regards to single-use ones, and reduce their leakage into the environment.

Director of operations - YPBB

Fictor Ferdinand

Fictor Ferdinand joined YPBB in 2009, after completing his master’s degree in Biomanagement at the Bandung Institute of Technology. He assumes the position of Director of Operations at YPBB. His love for research and facilitation naturally attracts him to be part of the research team at YPBB’s Zero Waste Cities Project. The experience of processing organic waste was obtained when he joined as a Bioconversion Manager at Project FORWARD with EAWAG in Sidoarjo in 2015, exploring the use of Black Soldier Fly for processing market waste. From there he also learned that the real problem of waste is not in waste processing technology, but in the management and governance system. In 2017 he learned about the Zero Waste Cities Program in the Philippines and then adapted it into the Indonesian context. Now he works with NGOs and local governments of many regions in Indonesia, bringing experience from Bandung and learning together to wove Zero Waste into their local context.

Circular economy specialist - Greening the Islands

Ana Fernandez-Iglesias

Dr. Ana Fernandez-Iglesias is a chemical engineer specialized in sustainability and circular economy. She has +14 year career in industrial innovation in heavy industries such as mining and steel making, holding different research and corporate positions. Her focus has always been on how to make these industries more sustainable, especially around the fields of waste / water management and circular economy. She also works in different private and public Spanish Universities as associate Professor. Ana is both alumni and mentor of Ellen MacArthur Foundation program, “From Linear to Circular” and collaborates with associations and institutions with seminars and talks about the topics around circular economy.

Director EU Affairs & Policy - EUROBAT

Francesco Gattiglio

Francesco Gattiglio is Director EU Affairs & Policy at EUROBAT, the Association of ‎European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers. He joined EUROBAT in 2014.
‎At EUROBAT, he follows the EU legislation on battery sustainability, energy storage, ‎hybridisation and electrification of transports, and the interactions between energy and ‎transport sectors. He has a background in International Relations (University of Florence) ‎and International Political Economy (University of Warwick).‎

Director of the IRENA’s Country Engagement and Partnerships (CEP)

Gonul Gurbuz

As Director of the IRENA’s Country Engagement and Partnerships (CEP), Gurbuz Gonul oversees the Agency’s work on supporting member countries in the development and implementation of national and regional renewable energy strategies and programmes through IRENA’s regional initiatives, tailored country support as well as partnership initiatives.
Mr. Gonul joined IRENA in 2014 as Head of Regions Unit. Formerly, he worked as Senior Energy Economist of the Islamic Development Bank between 2010 and 2014, where he led the work for the development of an Energy Sector Policy for the Bank as well as the processing of complex loan and technical assistance projects in Africa and Asia. Between 2004 and 2010, Mr. Gonul served as Senior Expert at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, where he spearheaded policy analysis, sectoral in-depth reviews, regional / country reviews concerning energy investments, trade and transportation. He also held positions in the EU Commission’s Delegation inAnkara.

Managing Director - Dutch Cycling Embassy

Lucas Harms

As the Director of the Dutch Cycling Embassy Lucas is responsible for the strategic development of the public private partnership, as well as the operational and financial activities of the organization. Under delegation of the board, he manages the daily office and the team and coordinates, together with the project coordinators, the Embassy’s various projects that result from incoming requests from all over the world. Lucas has a background in urban geography and more than 15 years of research in various roles, focusing on urban planning and sustainable urban transportation. He has previously worked at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. With his experience and extensive network Lucas and his team supports public and private organizations in creating the best conditions and solutions for cycling to flourish in countries and cities around.

Chief Executive - Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

Nigel Holmes

Nigel Holmes is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) since April 2011. Over the past ten years SHFCA membership has grown from under 40 to over 150 members, and SHFCA is recognised as one of the most proactive H&FC industry associations in Europe.
Nigel has over 40 years of experience of working in energy generation, manufacturing, facilitating change, and supporting the development of sustainable and low carbon technology.
In recent years he has been actively involved in public-private initiatives including Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, the Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership, and with policy development including the updated National Transport Strategy for Scotland and the UK Government’s Hydrogen Sector Development Working Group.

Emeritus professor - University of the Ryukyus

Hiroshi Kakazu

Hiroshi KAKAZU was born in Okinawa. He is Professor Emeritus on sustainable island development at UR, President Emeritus of the Japan Society of Island Studies, and Chair of the Okinawa Remote Islands Development Panel. He is one of the originators of Nissology (a study of islands). He has written over ten single-authored books, including an international award-winning book on the Asia-Pacific. His books on Sustainable Development of Small Island Economies (1994), Island Sustainability (2012), An Introduction to Nissology (2017), and Nissology (2019) are books to be read on Nissology. Kakazu studied at UR, the University of Nebraska, and the London School of Economics. He served as an economist of the Asian Development Bank, Professor and Dean at the International University of Japan, Senior Vice President of UR, and Vice President of the International Scientific Council for Island Development (UNESCO-INSULA).

Senior Energy specialist, South Asia department - Asian Development bank

Jaimes Kolantharaj

Senior Energy Specialist, South Asia Department (Energy Division), Asian Development Bank.
Jaimes Kolantharaj is the focal for ADB energy sector operations in Sri Lanka and Maldives and currently working on energy sector projects in India, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. He holds a Master’s degree in Power Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, from Madras University, India. Before joining ADB, he was a Project Manager in Singapore Power Grid (SPPG) for EHV transmission projects (400kV & 230kV voltage class) responsible for implementing EHV transmission projects. He also has experience in the renewable energy industry and worked for state-owned power utility in India.

External Relations Manager - Grimaldi Group

Paul Kyprianou

Paul Kyprianou has studied economics at the L.U.I.S.S. Guido Carlo University (Rome) and holds a Master’s degree in Shipping, Trade & Finance (City University, London).
He entered the Grimaldi Group in 1995 by covering the position of Commercial Executive at the Group’s offices in London.
In 1997 he was transferred to the Group’s Headquarters in Naples as Area Manager for Greece and Cyprus. Since 2000 he also holds the position of External Relations Manager.
From 2005 to 2010 he was Managing Director of Grimaldi & Louis Dreyfus Lines which run a freight & passenger service between Civitavecchia (Italy) and Toulon (France).
He is a Board Member of various companies of the Grimaldi Group among which Scandinavian Auto Logistics (1999-2000), Grimaldi Belgium, Antwerp Euroterminal and Minoan Lines.
Paul Kyprianou represents the Grimaldi Group at various associations such as ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Associations), Interferry and the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.

GEMM Member - University of strathclyde

Craig Michie

Craig Michie MIEE is Professor and Deputy Head of Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He has over 240 publications including 60 Journals and 14 book chapters. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1983 and after a year of working for BBC in Broadcasting House London, he returned to do PhD in Coherent Optical Communications. He joined Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in 1998. He left the department during 2001-2004 when working as a Senior Engineer at Kamelian Limited, a start-up company in the telecommunication area making semiconductor optical amplifiers. He went to Scottish Enterprise to take a post as a Senior Manager. In 2006 he returned to Strathclyde and focussed his research in wireless sensor technology.

Coordinator a.i. - UNESCO WWAP

Michela Miletto

Ms Michela Miletto, is the Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). She joined the organization in 2008 as Deputy Coordinator. In her function, she leads WWAP activities in supporting Member States to develop sustainable water management and evidence-based water policies, strategies and programs. She also leads the gender portfolio of UNESCO WWAP.
Michela has worked for more than thirty years in the assessment of water resources and ecosystems, and in the development of renewable resources. Prior to joining UNESCO she extensively worked in development projects of several international organizations and donors (Organization of American States, GEF, EU, UNDESA, Italian Development Cooperation, etc) in Latin America, Eastern Africa, China, and Europe. In the nineties, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Torino, Italy, and researcher at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA; she authored and co-authored several scientific publications.

 

Director - Islands and Small States Institute – Lecturer, Institute for European Studies, University of Malta

Stefano Moncada

Stefano Moncada was born in Rome in 1976. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Malta, where he lectures and conducts research in the areas of development economics, climate change, island studies, sustainable development, and impact evaluation techniques. Stefano’s recent research includes socio-economic and health assessments, in the face of climate-change, of communities in SIDS. Prior to join academia, Stefano worked in the Italian Parliament as a policy analyst. Stefano is the Director of the Islands and Small States Institute, lecturer with the Institute for European Studies, part of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI), of the Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC), and acts as expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Electrical manager - BMT

Martin Moody

Martin Moody is the Electrical Manger at BMT, based in Vancouver, Canada.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) with honors from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Engineering (Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems) with first class honors from the Technological University Dublin. He has 20 years’ experience as a marine electrical engineer.
Martin has lead the development of a standardized smart gird solution for remote off-grid communities. This solution reduces the development cost and time of integrating renewable energy into remote communities.
Previously he has designed electrical systems for naval submarines and ships, rescue submarines, hovercrafts, ferries and coast guard vessels in Australia, Asia, the UK and Canada.

Expert for EU Innovation & Financing

Helmut Morsi

Dr Morsi holds a doctorate in natural sciences and has broad experience in research and technology, both in the public and private sectors, e.g. at Max-Planck-Institutes, JET Joint Undertaking and European Commission DG-RTD and DG-MOVE.
He was always a close collaborator or right hand of the very top of the EC. Since May 2020 he is now retired.

Chief - SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

Mr. Sai Navoti is the Chief of the SIDS Unit, UN-DESA. Prior to his present role, internationally, Mr Navoti served as Senior Legal Adviser at the International Seabed Authority, Team Leader and Lead Negotiator for the Group of 77 and China and Lead Negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) He served as the Counter-Terrorism Officer for the Pacific with UNODC and senior advisor to the Fiji presidency of COP23. Nationally, Mr Navoti was a senior Fijian diplomat, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, legal officer at the Fiji Public Service Commission, a Captain and Legal Advisor to the Fiji Military Forces.

 

Policy Officer - Greening the Islands

Veronika Neumeier

Veronika Neumeier is the founder of Vision Analytics, she is a Sustainability Professional with over 7 years of work experience in the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, with strong focus on Climate Policy, SDG Implementation and public-private collaboration. Currently, she supports Greening the Islands as Policy Officer, prior Veronika worked under the 11 EDF for Caribbean OCTs, at the World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the “Cities Development Initiative for Asia”(CDIA, by ADB and GIZ). She holds a MSc in Geography, and a MSc in International Management, and worked as Researcher at the Helmholtz Association for Environmental Research (iDiv).

Strategy Development Manager - Greening the Islands

Angelo Nogara

Angelo is Strategy Development Manager at Greening the Islands, Senior BD at Suncity Italia and board advisor of several companies. He has over 15 years of global experience in the renewable energies, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture and cleantech. He has covered several roles for the origination/development/deployment of cleantech projects, including CEO of Solkraft Italia for 6 years and board member at Statkraft AS. He has been board member and International Affair Officer of the first Italian Solar Industry Association, contributing for the foundation of the Global Network of National PV Association (now Global Solar Council).

Senior Technical Specialist - Greening the Islands

Attilio Piattelli

In the energy field since 1993, when he started his cooperation with Ecodeco, developing industrial waste to energy technologies. He has also been member of the European Recovered Fuel Organization and member of Complex Technology Plants committee. He was co-founder and CEO of Ener3, co-founder of 9REN Group, SunCity and EnerCity. Attilio is currently Chairman of Suncity Italia, and VP of Italia Solare, the Italian Solar Industry Association.

R&d&I Director - Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC)

Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo

Degree in Physics by the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (1993) (conversion of solar energy, physico-chemistry) and Post-graduate course on Energy and Environmental Management by the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (1994). His Diploma Thesis in Munich dealt with an experimental 1 kWp PV plant with solar-tracking, one of the first grid connected systems of Germany, installed 30 years ago. During his stay in Germany, Gonzalo Piernavieja worked at SIEMENS and at the Munich energy services company “Stadtwerke München”. From 1996 he is contracted by the Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC). From January 2018 to September 2019 he was Vice-Minister of Energy at the Government of the Canary Islands. He is currently ITC’s R&I Director (CTO), and coordinates 9 technological departments with more than 170 persons.

Director of Public Affairs, Wind Europe

Ivan Pineda

Iván Pineda is the Director of Public Affairs for Windeurope, the European trade association representing wind energy based in Brussels, Belgium. He has worked there for 9 years, holding positions of Head of Policy Analysis and policy officer on wind power integration into electricity grids and markets.

Before joining WindEurope he worked for 6 years as a technical project manager on large-scale mechanical and electrical installations across Europe for Procter & Gamble.
His professional experience includes working as freelance management consultant and as finance manager at French retailer Carrefour. He studied in Mexico and Canada where graduated as BSc. in Industrial Engineering, and in the UK where he obtained his MSc. in Sustainable Energy Technology at Imperial College London as a Chevening Scholar

President of Small islands organisation (Smilo)

Maxime Prodromidès

Family living in the islands of Porquerolles (south France) for one century, originally art historian and writer, involved in biodiversity and SD for almost 20 years, former president of the economic and social council of the national park of Port-Cros (3 islands), co founder and president of SMILO.

Managing Director - Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation

Mohammed Raaidh

Mohammed Raaidh was appointed as the Managing Director of MITDC with the primary goal of contributing to the economic growth of the nation by expanding possible avenues of the tourism sector through the systematic and planned development of integrated tourism in this industry.
Mr. Raaidh has worked directly with the former President, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Waheed, as the Head of the Official Residence. His vast experience in ASEAN region countries make him a strong player within his network of tourism, transportation, and import & export industries.
Furthermore, with an active background in the law enforcement, crime prevention and legal motivation; Mr. Raaidh brings his expertise in community-based tourism & sustainable development for islands, at various international forums.
Mr. Raaidh holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Penang, Malaysia.
His vision is to integrate community-based tourism in the Maldives and to bring local island tourism to new heights.

Technical secretary - COAG Canarias

Manuel Redondo Zaera

Manuel Redondo Zaera, technical Secretary of the entity, has been working there since 2001. He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration and a master’s in business administration and management and another in European Studies. In the last years has directed and coordinated dozens of projects, which cover issues such as training, labour intermediation, integral assistance and technical support to farms, In the field of research, it has participated in initiatives aimed at promoting the use and reuse of waste in agricultural activity.

Managing director - Balearic Institute for Energy

Ferran Rosa Gaspar

Ferran ROSA was born in Palma (Majorca) in 1989. His background in Political Science and European Affairs brought him to Brussels where he long worked on circular economy for Zero Waste Europe. After that he’s been Director General for Energy of the Balearic Islands government where he promoted the first Law on Climate Change of the islands. Since 2019, he’s been in charge of creating the Balearic Institute for Energy.

Head of Consultancy and Training Department - Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon (FHa)

Mercedes Sanz Millan

Industrial Engineer with mention in Materials and Manufacturing Processes. Her professional activity has been focused on renewable energies, working for twelve years in the wind energy department of CENER (National Centre for Renewable Energies) carrying out R&D activities. Her concern for the management of wind resources and their surpluses was the reason for her professional evolution, which has led her to the hydrogen sector. She currently forms part of the Hidrógeno Aragón Foundation, as head of the Consultancy and Training Department, participating, among others, in the S3 Hydrogen Valleys Platform and several national technical committees – CTN of Hydrogen Technologies.

Major - Helgoland Island | Chairman AquaVentus.org, Germany

Jörg Singer

Jörg Singer was born 1966 in Konstanz, spent his childhood on Helgoland. He graduated with a Master in Engineering and Economics in 1995 he gained early experience during a production ramp up of a Windblade factory in Arizona. Back in Germany he worked for Hightech companies, like Lufthansa Systems. In 2003 he started his first business consulting companies to become more competitive and service driven. Becoming Mayor in 2011 he started the project and experiment, to lead the island into the next generation in terms of demography, economy, energy and sustainability. Reelected in 2016 Jörg will continue this Transformation journey.

Editor in Chief - Recharge

Darius Snieckus

Darius Snieckus is Editor-in-Chief at Recharge, the international renewable energy news and intelligence platform launched in 2009. He also hosts the Recharge roundtables and the annual Recharge Energy Transition Summit. From 1994-2008, he covered the oil and gas industry with titles including Offshore Engineer, Oil & Gas Journal and the Petroleum Economist.

Executive Director for EU Programmes, Partnerships, Membership and Geographical Commissions - CPMR

Davide Strangis

Executive Director for EU Programmes, Partnerships, Membership and Geographical Commissions at the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions. Former Executive Secretary of the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission. Expert on multilevel governance, EU external action and territorial/international cooperation. Coordinator of dozens of projects dealing with Blue Economy, Sustainable Tourism, Energy efficiency, Migration, Territorial Integrated development etc. Previous experience in other EU networks of local authorities and NGOs. Master degrees on European Union and on Cooperation & Development. University degree in International Studies (Political Science).

President - Eco-Sustainable Development Association of Elafonisos

Enrico Toja

Mr Toja is Board Member of Centromarca (Italian Association of Branded Products) and in Europe of the AIM (European Brands Association).
Passionate about Greece, he is the President of the Eco-Sustainable Development Association of Elafonisos, which aims to solve some environmental issues, as for example the survival of sea turtles and the protection of cedar trees, two of the many natural treasures of this Peloponnese island as well as insure the sustainable development of the island.

Program Manager - Mother Earth Foundation

Raphaelo James Villavicencio

Raphaelo is one of the Program Managers at Mother Earth Foundation – an NGO that seeks to transform the Philippines into a more sustainable, climate-friendly and Zero
Waste country to live in. He was also the Program Head of Zero Waste Youth Pilipinas – a youth group seeks to empower the Youth and School communities to collaborate and
Implement sustainable environmental programs which support resource recovery and climate justice.
Raphaelo has studied Bachelor of Arts Major in Sociology at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila and has a background of Social Entrepreneurship in Berlin. Recently, he completed his Postgraduate Studies on Circular Economy and Waste Management at the TU Dresden in Germany.
And with almost a decade of environmental campaigns, and community empowerment, Raphaelo hopes to create a bigger impact in the Philippines through their zero waste programs, and climate campaigns, one city at a time.

Operations Director - Marine Renewables Canada

Amanda White

As Operations Director for Marine Renewables Canada, Amanda is responsible for membership development and services, operational and logistical support, trade development & supply chain growth and advancing seminars, missions and conferences. Amanda began her career in the energy industry in 2002 with OTANS (now The Maritimes Energy Association) managing all local events and conferences as well as national and international trade missions. She was also responsible for all member relations and communications. Prior to her time at The Maritimes Energy Association, Amanda worked for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, allowing her the initial experience in working for a member based, not-for-profit association. Amanda is a native Nova Scotian and began her career after graduating from Dalhousie University.

CEO - Ardan GmbH

Amit Yudan

Amit Yudan has more than 25 years of experience in introducing Innovation and New Technologies for mass market deployments, focusing on Green Transport, Electric Vehicles, Smart Grids, and Light Railway projects. Yudan has been involved in initiating and managing numerous EU funded consortiums in the frame works of CEF / TEN-T for synergy between energy and transport across EU.
Since 2008, Yudan is involved in shaping Europe’s shift to sustainable transport by deploying country wide charging infrastructures for Electric Vehicles consisting of thousands of charging stations for e-cars, e-buses, e-trucks along main highways and cities across Europe.
Amit Yudan worked with Better Place, and has later founded Ardan GmbH.
Yudan has a B.Sc. from the Technion – Israel’s institute of Technology, and a MBA from the European University in Munich, which in 2013 awarded him with It’s “Sustainability Award” for his contribution to decarbonisation of transport in Europe.

Managing Director - Ocean Finance LTD

Panayotis Zacharioudakis

Dr Panagiotis G. Zacharioudakis holds a Ph.D in Economics and Financial Markets in Shipping, a MSc in Shipping, Trade & Transportation, a MSc in Marine Science & Technology, and a Diploma in Chemical Engineering. Member of the professional bodies International Association of Maritime Economist, Greek Institute of Marine Technology, Technical Chamber of Greece, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). Maritime Expert, Project/ Team Leader, and Managing Director of OCEAN FINANCE since 2005, he has 19+ year professional experience as Maritime Expert and 15+ year work experience as Team Leader, managing multicultural teams of experts, managing project resources and being responsible for all the deliverables and reports. Author of 6 books 20+ selected articles and publications. Technically outstanding and emphatic Team Leader with focused attitude, he assures the best results and very high benefit for the knowledge exchange and particular advice on any ad-hoc consultations.

Jury

Head of Partnership at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Amjad Abdula

Land and Water officer - FAO

Amani Alfarra

President - INSULEUR

Joseph Borg

Executive director - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Manuel Butler

Executive Director - Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown

Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission

Edita Dranseikaite

Honorary Director - European Commission, in charge for DGENV of circular economy and islands

Georges Kremlis

Representative - Government Aruba to the EU as well as OCTA ExCo President

Eddy Paris

Professor - Department of Social Justice Education - Centre for Leadership and Diversity - OISE, University of Toronto

John Peter Portelli

President - Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)

Giovanni Ruggieri

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Coordinator a.i. - UNESCO WWAP

Michela Miletto

Chief - SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

Head of Partnership at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Amjad Abdula

Mr. Amjad Abdulla is the Head of Partnership at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Prior to his appointment at IRENA, he served as the Director General, Climate Change and multidisciplinary team leader at Ministry of Environment of the Maldives. He has also served in Climate, Renewable Energy and Environment portfolios at the Government of Maldives since1996 as well as other international organizations.

Mr. Abdulla has extensive experience in multilateral negotiations and has been the, Chief Negotiator for Small Islands (SIDS) from 2015-2018, Chair of Least Developed Countries(LDCs) from 2007-2008 and lead negotiator for the Maldives to the UNFCCC since 2001.

Mr. Abdulla has served at various Boards, Committees both locally and internationally, including: Bureau Member and Vice-Chair of Working Group III of IPCC AR6, Vice Chair WG II of IPCC for AR5, Member (Alt) of Green Climate Fund (GCF) board, , Member of Adaptation Committee), Member of CDM Executive Board, Member of the Adaptation Fund Board), Chair and Vice-Chair of SBSTA), a member of Enforcement Branch of Kyoto Compliance Committee under UNFCCC.

Mr. Abdulla is also the author and contributing author to several reports of high international and national significance including the reports of IPCC.

Land and Water officer - FAO

Amani Alfarra

Dr. Amani Alfarra is a water officer at FAO in the Land and Water Division. Dr. Alfarra has more than 20 years of substantive expertise in natural resources management, focused on river basin/ Transboundary River and coastal zone management. My specialized fields include water-based strategies and actions for climate change adaptation, including applying Nature-Based Solutions. During COP24, her NBS publication “NBS for agricultural water management and food security” was successfully launched and recognized by UNDESA. The publication focuses on enhancing the availability and quality of water for productive purposes and human consumption using NBS, an integrated approach for sustainable natural resources management with a focus on investments. NBS has become the third pillar of adaptation to climate change.
Dr. Alfarra has extensive experience in working with managerial and policy issues in the field of natural resources management at the country, regional and global levels.

President - INSULEUR

Joseph Borg

Joseph Borg is presently the President of INSULEUR. He was born on the 3rd December 1960. Throughout the years Mr Borg has held several executive positions, including director with Francis X Borg Co. Ltd., and managing director of the same firm, the family-owned furniture manufacturing company. He also served as a Chairman of Gozo Channel Co. Ltd. and is presently a board member on the newly set up Gozo Regional Development Authority.

Joseph Borg has been actively involved within the Gozo Business Chamber since its inception. From October 2018 he became President of the same Chamber. He is also the Chairman of the Gozo Regional Committee which groups all stakeholders within the island of Gozo and represents the same Committee within the Malta Committee for Economic Social Development.

Mr Borg serves in a number of voluntary organisations in Gozo amongst others as director of the OASI Foundation. He is also a member of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice.

Executive director - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Manuel Butler

Executive Director of UNWTO since June 2018. CEO of TURESPAÑA twice (2012-2013 and 2016-2018). President of the European Travel Commission (ETC) in 2013. PhD in Naval Engineering, Master’s degree in senior management (PADE) by IESE Business School and post-graduate degree in corporate finance (London Business School).

Experience in Western Europe, North and Latin America, working in management positions (public and private sectors). Tourism counsellor at Spanish embassies of the UK and Germany and Consulate in Miami, U.S.A.

Executive Director - Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown

Kate Brown is the Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership, a platform that enables island leaders and their supporters to take action to build resilient and sustainable island communities. Kate is a passionate advocate for islands. She is a valued and trusted international partnership and collaboration leader, with a unique ability to connect dots for issues and people. Kate has extensive experience in all island regions globally, and brings an extensive network of island leaders, blue sky thinkers and people dedicated to supporting islands.

Kate has experience working inside government, non-profits and intergovernmentally as well as a keen sense of the most important elements of the international policy setting space relevant to islands as well as what is needed for implementation to happen. A strategic thinker who is able to present clear ideas and set up the right conditions for collaboration to thrive. Kate is originally from New Zealand.

Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission

Edita Dranseikaite

Edita Dranseikaite joined the European Commission in 2005 and is currently responsible for coordination of the Clean Energy for the EU Islands Initiative in the Directorate General for Energy. Before that, she worked as programme manager in the Directorate General for Regional Policy and Urban Development and a policy officer in the international team of Directorate General for Environment.

Before joining the Commission, Edita Dranseikaite worked as chief adviser in the Government Chancellery of Lithuania, and was a team member of the Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the EU. She also was teaching European integration and politics at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University. She holds a Master of European Studies degree from the Vilnius University, Lithuania.

 

 

Honorary Director - European Commission, in charge for DGENV of circular economy and islands

Georges Kremlis

Georges Kremlis started his career in the European Commission on 1.1.1981, as a Member of the Legal Service.

He is currently Honorary Director and Active Senior in the Directorate-General for the Environment. He has joined DG ENV in 1995 and has served since then as the Head of the Legal, the Governance and the Cohesion Units.
Before joining the Commission, but also during parts of his career he has exercised several high-level functions in Greece.

He is visiting Professor in a number of European Universities and is the author of a very large number of various publications, in English, French and Greek, and in particular of a four volumes Commentary, Article by Article, of the EU and EC Treaties, under the Nice Treaty (in Greek)”.

Representative - Government Aruba to the EU as well as OCTA ExCo President

Eddy Paris

Eddy PARIS is the representative of the Government of Aruba, one of the 6 overseas countries and territories related to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (NL), and to the European Union.

The different Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) are united within their dedicated association: OCTA (Overseas Countries and Territories Association), of which Eddy PARIS is currently the President of the Executive Committee.

With multiple experiences in the hotel industry, Eddy PARIS masters budget forecasting, banking management, business coaching, sales and hotel management and has strong business development skills.

He graduated from the EU Business School, where he obtained a master’s degree in International Business and Finance.

Professor - Department of Social Justice Education - Centre for Leadership and Diversity - OISE, University of Toronto

John Peter Portelli

John P. Portelli was born in Malta where, after completing a B.A. (Philosophy & Maltese, 1975), he taught history and modern languages at a secondary school and philosophy at a sixth form. In 1977 he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and commenced his studies at McGill University from where he obtained an M.A. (1979) and a Ph.D. (1984) in Philosophy.

Currently he is a professor in the Department of Social Justice Education, and the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE, University of Toronto. He is a member of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity and a fellow a St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.

He has published 18 books including four collections of poetry, two collections of short stories and a novel, and over 100 articles and chapters in books. He is frequently invited to give keynote addresses and workshops in his areas of research and teaching which include: continuous professional development, quality assurance, student engagement; students ‘at risk’; democratic education; teaching controversial issues; leadership, equity and diversity; intercultural education and dialogue; educational policy and equity; neoliberalism and education; social justice education; reflective practice; and ethical issues in educational leadership.

 

President - Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)

Giovanni Ruggieri

Giovanni Ruggieri, graduated with honors in Economics from the University of Palermo he spent a semester of study at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. He achieved the title of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Tourism Sciences at the University of Palermo. Adjunct Professor in Applied economics he is adjunct professor of Tourism Economics and Tourism Systems and Hospitality Management. He is the author of several articles on tourism published in international scientific journals and concerning the economic impact issues, the birth and development of tourist destinations and the growth of tourism economies in the island territories. He is member of Unesco Management Plan working Group for Sicily Unesco Foundation. President of the Observatory on Tourism for Islands Economies and chairman of the Scientific Committee made up of professors and international experts. Research topics, with particular attention to island realities, concern: the tourism economy, innovation.

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Coordinator a.i. - UNESCO WWAP

Michela Miletto

Ms Michela Miletto, is the Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). She joined the organization in 2008 as Deputy Coordinator. In her function, she leads WWAP activities in supporting Member States to develop sustainable water management and evidence-based water policies, strategies and programs. She also leads the gender portfolio of UNESCO WWAP.
Michela has worked for more than thirty years in the assessment of water resources and ecosystems, and in the development of renewable resources. Prior to joining UNESCO she extensively worked in development projects of several international organizations and donors (Organization of American States, GEF, EU, UNDESA, Italian Development Cooperation, etc) in Latin America, Eastern Africa, China, and Europe. In the nineties, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Torino, Italy, and researcher at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA; she authored and co-authored several scientific publications.

 

Chief - SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

Mr. Sai Navoti is the Chief of the SIDS Unit, UN-DESA. Prior to his present role, internationally, Mr Navoti served as Senior Legal Adviser at the International Seabed Authority, Team Leader and Lead Negotiator for the Group of 77 and China and Lead Negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) He served as the Counter-Terrorism Officer for the Pacific with UNODC and senior advisor to the Fiji presidency of COP23. Nationally, Mr Navoti was a senior Fijian diplomat, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, legal officer at the Fiji Public Service Commission, a Captain and Legal Advisor to the Fiji Military Forces.

 

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