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Land and Water officer - FAO

Amani Alfarra

Professor - University of Malta

Godfrey Baldacchino

President - INSULEUR

Joseph Borg

Executive Director - Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown

Policy officer - Ocean Energy Europe

Rémi Collombet

IRENA

Gonul Gurbuz

Coordinator a.i. - UNESCO WWAP

Michela Miletto

President - Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)

Giovanni Ruggieri

Executive secretary CPMR Islands Commission

Giuseppe Sciacca

Senior Programme Officer - Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Konstantina Toli

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

Georges Kremlis

Executive director - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Manuel Butler

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.

Professor - University of Malta

Godfrey Baldacchino

Professor of Sociology, Founding Editor, Island Studies Journal; President, International Small Islands Studies Association. Researcher and author/editor of many texts dealing with islands and archipelagos.

President - INSULEUR

Joseph Borg

Joseph Borg is the president of INSULEUR (the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union).  He was born on the 3rd December 1960.  He studied philosophy and theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Victoria, Gozo, and obtained a Litentiate from the Lateran University in Rome in 1984.  Throughout the years Mr Borg has held a number of executive positions, including director with Francis X Borg Co. Ltd., and managing director of the same firm, the family owned furniture manufacturing company.

Joseph also served as a director on the board of the Malta Development Corporation from 1989 to 1992. He was involved in the Gozo Committee of the Malta Federation of Industries, from 1988 to 1992 as its secretary, and then as its Chairman from 1992 to 1993. In this post he also served on the Council of the Malta Federation of Industries.  Mr Borg was also a director of Bank of Valletta plc.

Joseph Borg was also chairman of Gozo Channel Co. Ltd. from July 2005 to July 2008, and is presently a board member on the newly set up Gozo Regional Development Authority. He has also been a member of the council and secretary of the Gozo Business Chamber from 1999 to 2005. He was again elected to the Council of the same Chamber in January 2010.  Since January 2012 he has also held the post Vice-President of the same Chamber. From October 2018 be became President of the Gozo Business Chamber and also President of INSULEUR from December 2018. Mr Borg serves in a number of voluntary organisations in Gozo amongst others as director of the OASI Foundation (Foundation for Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation) since its inception. He is also a member of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice since 2009.

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 - Ocean Energy Europe

Rémi Collombet

Rémi Collombet worked at Energy Cities before joining Ocean Energy Europe as a policy officer in 2017. Focusing on energy and innovation policies, Rémi leads the association’s work on the offshore renewables strategy. He is also the lead author of the annual ocean energy statistics and trends publication.

He holds MAs in European Affairs from Sciences Po Lille and the College of Europe.

IRENA

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, He 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 holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Oil & Gas.

Coordinator a.i. - UNESCO WWAP

Michela Miletto

Michela Miletto is the Deputy Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) since 2008. She acted as Coordinator/Director a.i. from 2013 to 2015, and in 2019-2020 (ongoing).

She leads the gender portfolio of UNESCO WWAP, supporting Member States to develop gender-responsive and evidence-based water policies, strategies and programs.

Michela has worked for thirty years in the assessment of water resources and ecosystems, and in the development of renewable resources. Prior to joining UNESCO, she extensively worked for several international organizations in Latin America, Eastern Africa, USA, and Europe.

 

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.

Executive secretary CPMR Islands Commission

Giuseppe Sciacca

Mr Giuseppe Sciacca has been working for the CPMR General Secretariat since 2006. He is an expert in EU policies (notably Energy Transition and climate Change, Transports, Cohesion Policy) and has excellent skills in team management and drafting political and technical reports. In July 2017, Giuseppe was appointed Executive Secretary of the CPMR Islands Geographical Commission.

In this role, he manages the daily activities of a network of 20 island regional governments (advocacy initiatives, communication campaigns, organisation of conferences, webinars, workshops). Giuseppe has a long experience and he is very well versed in designing and implementing EU projects/contracts. He is currently working as CPMR project manager of a H2020 Decarbonising Energy Systems of Geographic Islands project.

 

Senior Programme Officer - Global Water Partnership (GWP)

Konstantina Toli

With background in Environmental Sciences and Strategic Management, Ms. Toli is a Senior Programme Officer in the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) Secretariat. Since 2009, she is leading since 2009 the Non Conventional Water Resources and Urban Water Management Agenda in the Mediterranean.

She has hands-on experience in more than 32 Mediterranean islands, where water scarcity, climate variability and energy challenges jeopardise their sustainable development. Given the current and future challenges due to migration, Konstantina is heavily involved in the development of a multifaced strategy, linking migration with water and employment.

 

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)”.

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.

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