Speakers

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

Amjad Abdulla

Water officer at FAO

Amani Alfarra

CEO - Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Ben Backwell

President of INSULEUR (the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union)

Joseph Borg

Project Officer - Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)

Nidaa Botmi

Executive Director - Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown

Director & Founder - GTI

Gianni Chianetta

Project director, Clean energy for EU islands secretariat

Jan Cornille

President Regulatory Authority for Energy, Greece

Athanasios Dagoumas

General Director, UNEF (Spanish Solar PV Association)

Jose Donoso

Responsible for coordination of the Clean Energy for the EU Islands Initiative in the Directorate General for Energy, European Commission

Edita Dranseikaite

Deputy Director of the Wholesale Markets and Environmental Sustainability Department, Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (ARERA)

Andrea Galliani

Senior Energy Specialist, Energy Division, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Jaimes Kolantharaj

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

George Kremlis

Lead Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist for the Water Global Practice, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank

Midori Makino

Caribbean Desalination Association's (CaribDA)

Shawn Meyer-Steele

Chief, SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

President - SMILO

Maxime Prodromidès

Executive Director, Long Duration Energy Storage Council (LDES)

Julia Souder

Steering committee member, Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C)

Trevor Thompson

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

Amjad Abdulla

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.

Water officer at 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.

CEO - Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Ben Backwell

Ben Backwell is a leading commentator and strategist in the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining GWEC, he was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, one of the world’s largest advisory firms, advising companies in the clean energy sector on strategy, communications, and government affairs, including work on a number of major M&A transactions.

Previously, Ben worked as a journalist and analyst for 20 years, covering energy policy and markets around the world. He helped design the SolutionWind campaign for the European Wind Energy Association (now WindEurope) ahead of COP21 in 2015, before joining FTI Consulting. He has taken part in the work of a number of industry organizations, including the board of GWEC, the IRENA Business and Investor Group, the IEA’s Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board, Solar Power Europe, and others.

Ben is the author of two books on the wind industry as well as a number of reports and white papers on power markets and policy frameworks. His book Wind Power, the struggle for control of a new global industry,” has been described as the “definitive” story of the global wind industry.

He holds an MSc in Political Science from the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London and speaks Spanish and Portuguese as well as his native English.

About the Global Wind Energy Council

GWEC is a member-based organisation that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organisations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

GWEC works at the highest international political level to create a better policy environment for wind power. GWEC and its members are active all over the world, educating local and national governments and international agencies about the benefits of wind power.
Learn more at www.gwec.net.

President of INSULEUR (the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union)

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.

Project Officer - Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)

Nidaa Botmi

Nidaa Botmi joined the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) in February 2020 to coordinate the REGIN Project, a European Project funded by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, that involved 6 CPMR member regions (Azores, Campania, Catalonia, Murcia, Puglia and Skåne). She joined the CPMR Islands Commission in March 2022 as Project Officer, focusing on project follow-up and partnerships.

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.

Director & Founder - GTI

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).

Project director, Clean energy for EU islands secretariat

Jan Cornille

Jan Cornillie is an environmental economist, trained in London and Oxford. After two years at OXERA, he pursued a career in government, serving as chief of cabinet for various Belgian
ministers of Transport, Energy and Economy. Jan is a research associate at the School for Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, specialising in climate policy, energy markets and sustainable finance. Jan currently heads the Strategy & Policy team at 3E, a Brussels-based renewable energy technology company, helping customers to align their actions with 10-year developments in renewable energy. He leads the Clean energy for EU island secretariat, for which 3E is consortium leader, since 2021.

President Regulatory Authority for Energy, Greece

Athanasios Dagoumas

Dr. Athanasios Dagoumas is President of the Regulatory Authority of Energy in Greece. He is an Associate Professor in Energy and Resource Economics and Director of the Energy & Environmental Policy laboratory at the University of Piraeus. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, where he elaborated his PhD. He has more than 15 years of work and research experience in energy related issues, including working as a Senior Researcher at the University of Cambridge, as a Senior Energy Analyst at the Transmission System Operator and at the Electricity Market Operator in Greece, as well as a Member of the Board of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics. His extensive experience builds his capacity for an in-depth understanding of multidisciplinary aspects of the energy sector: economic, engineering and policy. He is keen on developing models for the energy system and the real energy markets.

General Director, UNEF (Spanish Solar PV Association)

Jose Donoso

Jose Donoso has been working in the Renewable Sector for more than 30 years.

He is currently the General Director of UNEF (the Spanish PV Union which is the main association of photovoltaic solar energy in Spain, with a representation of more than 95% of the activity of the sector). He is also president of the Spanish Photovoltaic Technology Platform (Fotoplat) and member of the Advisory Board of the Electricity Market Organization (OMEL).

At an international level, he is President of the Global Solar Council (GSC), the world photovoltaic energy association, member of Task 1 of the International Energy Agency (IEA), member of the Steering Committee of the European Platform for Photovoltaic Technology and Innovation (ETIP PV) and member of the Steering Committee of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Besides, he is professor in the post grade course in Wind Energy of the University Polytechnic of Madrid.

Responsible for coordination of the Clean Energy for the EU Islands Initiative in the Directorate General for Energy, 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.

Deputy Director of the Wholesale Markets and Environmental Sustainability Department, Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (ARERA)

Andrea Galliani

Andrea Galliani earned a degree in mechanical engineering, course of study in energy, at Politecnico university of Milan.
Since 2002 he works with the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy Networks and Environment (ARERA); in the period May 2010 – February 2018 he has been Head of the Sustainable Energy, Efficiency and Renewable Sources Unit of the ARERA Wholesale Energy Markets and Environmental Sustainability Directorate. Since March 2018 he is Deputy Director in the same Directorate. He’s involved in the innovation of regulation to allow integration of renewable sources and distributed generation in the electricity system in Italy. He also teaches exergetic analysis, State energy balances and fundamentals of electricity regulation in the “General Energetics” course at Politecnico university of Milan.

Senior Energy Specialist, Energy Division, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Jaimes Kolantharaj

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.

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

George 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).”

Lead Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist for the Water Global Practice, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank

Midori Makino

Midori Makino is the focal point for the Caribbean and Lead Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist for the Water Global Practice in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region at the World Bank. She has over 20 years of experience, working across water and infrastructure sectors in multiple regions including Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where she has managed investment operations and analytical work in a number of countries. Prior to taking on the current assignment, Midori was Manager for Sustainable Development in the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. Over the years, she has led and coordinated multiple global and regional initiatives in the World Bank’s water sector, including the knowledge management of the Financial Innovation Team, Rural and Small Town Water and Sanitation thematic group, and Regional Analytics working group. She holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master of Science in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics.

Caribbean Desalination Association's (CaribDA)

Shawn Meyer-Steele

Shawn has been Managing Director of H2OPROFESSIONALS since 2013 where he supports those responsible for water treatment and energy infrastructure and services with an emphasis on water re-use, sustainable water development and renewable energy. H2OProfessionals supports its clients with the experience of hundreds of successful projects by working with a global team of proven industry experts in finance, market analysis, business development, go to market strategies, and operations. He is an established water treatment industry expert with hundreds of successful projects completed in over 60 countries.

Shawn is an advisor, board member and investor in a number of disruptive sustainable energy and water treatment companies and is an external advisor to Texas A&M’s sustainable urban water security initiative.

Shawn is also the President of the Board of Caribbean Desalination A and a board member of the International Desalination Association.

Chief, SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

Mr. Navoti is the Chief, SIDS Unit, UNDESA. The Unit monitors and report on the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the SDG in SIDS, facilitate and service inter-governmental negotiations. Sai served as Lead Negotiator for the G77 & China (2013) and Lead Climate Negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in 2012. He was also the Senior Legal Advisor with the International Seabed Authority. Sai served Fiji as a Military Officer, State Solicitor and a Diplomat; he held various international appointments including President of the Assembly (12th Session) of the ISA, Vice President (1st & 2nd) Review Conference of the UN Fish-stock Agreement and Rapporteur of the UNCITRAL’s Working Group on International Arbitration. Represented Fiji in international negotiations; drafted the national report and presented Fiji’s first UPR – Human Rights Council, 2010. Sai holds a BA(Politic), LLB and MSc degrees and 2 post graduate diplomas.

President - SMILO

Maxime Prodromidès

Living in the island of Porquerolles were his family is established for one century.
Writer, scrip writer, art historian, winemaker.
President of the economic council of the national park of Port-Cros (2013-2019), cofounder and president of Smilo since 2017.

Executive Director, Long Duration Energy Storage Council (LDES)

Julia Souder

Julia has over 22 years of experience in the energy and environmental sectors. She has been a longtime advocate of clean energy technology, working extensively to support environmentally friendly technologies and equitable policies. Previously she held senior positions at the LDES Association of California, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Clean Line Energy Partners, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and as an entrepreneur at JAS Energies LLC.

Steering committee member, Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C)

Trevor Thompson

Trevor Thompson was the Acting Chief Agriculture Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Forestry. He is a member of Grenada National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) and Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee the Chair of the GEF-SGP National Steering Committee and former Chair of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C). He is the Nation Focal point for the UNCCD, and is the Chair of the World Bank DVRP PPCR Project, Technical Working Group. He has also represented Grenada as a Climate Change Negotiator at the COP meeting. He has a wealth of experience in agriculture, particularly in the areas of land, water and irrigation. Through his work with the Ministry of Agriculture was actively involved in the development and preparation of a National Water Policy for Grenada in 2008and the Review of the National Water Policy and Integrated Water Resources Plan for Grenada in 2019-2022.

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