7th edition of the

Greening the Islands e_Convention

International Conference and Exhibition

24-27 November 2020

The GTI e_Convention has been a global event dedicated to the innovative solutions for the self-sufficiency and sustainability of islands and has included also the International Conference, now in its 7th edition, and the exhibition. The event, entirely digital, represented an opportunity for islands around the world to connect with governments, corporates and academia with the intent to share their common experiences through a digital platform and match island needs and innovative solutions.

The 7th edition of the International Conference and Exhibition went 100% digital for the first time and involved 90 international speakers and 700+ attendees in 15 technical workshops over 4 days.

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Opening | Islands as laboratories of innovation and climate change mitigation

6th edition of the Greening the Islands

AWARDS

Winner projects 2020

Winner mobility 2020

Winner mobility 2020

Civitas Destination project Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Sustainable mobility General information: Island (Region,

Winner energy 2020

Winner energy 2020

Seychelles Energy Commission Initiative Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Renewable energy and energy efficiency General

Winner water 2020

Winner water 2020

ADAPTaRES Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Water General information: Island (Region, Province, Country): Gran Canaria,

Winner agriculture 2020

Winner agriculture 2020

IAT Climate Smart Greenhouse Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Agriculture General information: Island (Region, Province

Winner waste 2020

Winner waste 2020

Soneva Namoona project Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Waste General information: Island (Region, Province, Country):

Winner tourism 2020

Winner tourism 2020

IntelliReefs – coral reef restoration and preservation Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Sustainable tourism Gener

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MEET THE JURY AND ALL THE SPEAKERS OF THE E_CONVENTION

Speakers

Jury

Water officer at FAO

Amani Alfarra

Professor, University of Malta

Godfrey Baldacchino

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

Joseph Borg

Executive director - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Manuel Butler

Executive Director - Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown

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

Edita Dranseikaite

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

Amjad Abdulla

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

George Kremlis

Deputy Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) -

Michela Miletto

Chief, SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

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

Eddy Paris

President - Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)

Giovanni Ruggeri

Executive secretary CPMR Islands Commission

Giuseppe Sciacca

Senior Programme Officer in the Global Water Partnership

Konstantina Toli

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).”

Deputy Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (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. 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.

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.

President - Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)

Giovanni Ruggeri

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 in the Global Water Partnership

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.

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