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Ewa Abramiuk-Lété
Secretary-General, European Fuel Oxygenates Association (EFOA)

Ewa Abramiuk-Lété is the secretary-general of the European Fuel Oxygenates Association (EFOA), a Sector Group of Cefic’s Petrochemicals Europe, which represents the voice of European producers of clean and efficient blending components of petrol called fuel ethers. Fuel ethers, including bio-MTBE, bio-ETBE, bio-TAME and bio-TAEE, are key components for producing high octane fuels. They increase petrol’s performance, while reducing the emissions of air pollutants. Before joining EFOA, Ewa was an advisor to a wide range of corporate clients in the energy and transport sectors at renowned public affairs agencies. Ewa also worked for many NGOs and think tanks both in Warsaw and Belgium as well as for the European Commission’s DG Transport and Energy (TRAN) and the Polish Ministry of Economics. A Polish national, Ewa has a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy and a post graduate education in economics and social studies. Ewa studied at Collegium Civitas and Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in Poland, as well as Uppsala University in Sweden.


Dermott Crombie
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Ingersoll Rand

With a life-long interest in environmental matters, Dermott Crombie earned his PhD for work on refrigerants to replace CFCs (following the original Montreal Protocol). Today he chairs Ingersoll Rand’s Global Refrigerants Council. He has worked around the globe in several commercial roles, and is a member of London’s Heavy Goods Vehicles Transport Committee, working on their LoCITY initiative. He is also a member of the ISO 20854 WG on next-generation flammable refrigerants.


Neno Dimov
Minister for Environment and Water, Bulgaria

Neno Dimov has an extensive career in the environmental field, with expertise covering both national and EU environmental issues. He is currently the minister of environment and water of the Republic of Bulgaria. Prior to becoming environment minister, he held managing positions with the Bulgarian Environment Ministry, the Executive Environment Agency and other environment bodies. Mr Dimov has been a member of the Managing Board of the European Environment Agency (1997-2002), as well as the General Assembly of the Regional Environmental Center in Szentendre, Hungary. He has participated in more than 20 international conferences and projects, and has been a guest lecturer at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the European Institute, and the Regional Economic Development Institute, among other organisations. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a PhD in physics.


Danail Danailov
Member of the Board (responsible for strategy and business development), Speedy JSC

Dani Danailov has 24 years of extensive experience in business and finance with an emphasis on equity investment, consulting and privatisation, and stock markets and macroeconomic analysis. In 2012, Dani joined Speedy JSC’s Board of Directors and was actively involved in the development of the strategic relationship with GeoPost, regional partnerships in Romania and Greece, the design of new business segments, the network development of Speedy, and the entrance of the company on the Bulgarian capital market. For 12 years Dani worked for SEAF (a US-based private equity management company) in the Balkan region in the field of private equity and has developed specific experience in a variety of industries including energy (LPG distribution, engineering solutions), paper product production, stationery product distribution, electronics production, waste processing and recycling, food processing, food services, and renewable energy. From 1998 to 2000 Dani worked with Brno Broker Group (a Czech brokerage and investment advisory company) in Bulgaria. Initially he was a broker; later he was involved as a consultant on privatisation projects in energy and media. From 1996 to 1998 Dani was an economist with the Agency for Economic Analysis and Forecasting within the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance. Mr Danailov holds an MSc in Finance from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he studied from 1992 to 1996.


Peter Demeyer
Senior Scientific Advisor, Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO), Government of Flanders

Peter Demeyer started in 2005 at ILVO, as Environmental Technology group leader. He coordinated mainly project oriented research on (1) characterization of emissions from livestock production and (2) testing existing & developing new mitigating technologies at farm level. He is currently active as senior scientific advisor at ILVO on aerial emissions from livestock and sustainable agricultural production techniques. Since 2014 he chairs the Scientific Team that advises the Flemish minister on regulation of low emission animal housing systems. Since 2012 he is founding and core-group member of VEMIS, which is the Flemish consortium for knowledge building on aerial emissions from livestock production. Peter Demeyer has a master and PhD degree in Agricultural Sciences (Ghent University, Belgium).


Yordanka Fandakova
Mayor of Sofia

Yordanka Fandakova was born in the town of Samokov in 1962. She graduated from the Russian language secondary school in Sofia and later obtained a degree in Russian at Sofia University. For 13 years, between 1985 and 1998, she worked as a teacher at the 73rd High School in Sofia and then, for seven years, until 2005, she served as the principal there. In 2005, on the election of incumbent Prime Minister Boyko Borisov as Mayor of Sofia, Ms Fandakova was appointed as Deputy Mayor in charge of education, youth, culture and science. She held the position until July 2009 when Borisov was elected for his first term as Prime Minister. She served for several months as Education Minister in the first Borisov cabinet before running in the by-elections for Mayor of Sofia in November 2009. Fandakova won the elections with 67 % of the vote, becoming the first female Mayor of Sofia; she was re-elected to a second term in 2011. Some of the main priorities of her third four-year term are: mass sporting activity in the neighbourhoods; energy efficiency measures; building new kindergartens; the construction of a new section of the underground; the renovation of public transport vehicles.


Vincenzo Gente
Senior Project Adviser, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), European Commission

In the Horizon 2020 Environment and Resources Unit, Vincenzo Gente is contributing to the management and implementation of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Specifically, he is coordinating and supervising several horizontal activities related to eco-innovation and circular economy. He first joined the European Commission in 2010, where he served as a policy officer in the Eco-innovation Unit of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Vincenzo Gente obtained a PhD in raw material engineering and environmental protection at the University of Rome La Sapienza.


Evangelos Gerasopoulos
Research Director, National Observatory of Athens (NOA)

Mr Gerasopoulos holds a PhD in Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, and his research interests are in the field of aerosol science and air quality. Apart from his research activities, he has served, or is serving, in various positions, including: Member of the Programme Board of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) (2015 – present), Member of the Coordination Group of the EuroGEOSS (2017 – present), Director of the Greek GEO Office (2014 – present), Member of the Sectorial Scientific Council for the Environment and Energy of the National Council for Research and Technology (2014–16), Member of the Board of the Hellenic Quality Assurance & Accreditation Agency (HQA) (2017 – present), Head and Quality Assurance Manager of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry / NOA (2007 – present), Member of the Steering Committee of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (2010 – present). He has participated in, or coordinated, more than 30 European and national projects and he currently coordinates SMURBS–ERA-PLANET (H2020 on smart cities, 19 partners, EUR 9.1m.


Dr. Tunç Görüney
Corporate Energy and Environmental Manager, Şişecam

Dr Görüney currently serves as Şişecam Group’s Energy and Environmental Manager where he is in charge of integrating new energy and emissions technologies with glass melting furnaces. Before joining Şişecam, he led a new offering development for the global glass industry at a US-based, Fortune-500 industrial gas company, Air Products. During his two years with Şişecam, he led a EUR 4.3 million project co-funded by the European Commission’s LIFE 2012 programme in Bulgaria and was recently awarded a LIFE 2016 project there, with a total budget of EUR 2.8 million, to further improve the energy and environmental performance of tableware glass manufacturing. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and has numerous publications in his field, including patents on oxy-fuel combustion.


Mariyana Hamanova
Founder and Managing Partner, Cleantech Bulgaria

Mariyana is Co-Founder and Co-Chairperson of Cleantech Bulgaria. She has wide experience in leading complex international projects in the field of sustainable innovation and tech start up establishment and consulting. Most of the projects are based on collaboration with large cross-national groups of organizations, universities, clusters and innovation networks, as well with business incubators, accelerators and VCs with focus on cleantech. Mariyana graduated University of Konstanz, Germany with focus on sociology and organizational development and holds a MBA degree from FOM Essen, Germany and Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria. Mariyana is also one of the founders of Back2BG – an initiative dedicated to Bulgarian specialists and students abroad. She is a co-organizer of the most important career fair in Bulgaria – “Career in Bulgaria. Why not?” focused on professional development of Bulgarians with international education and experience.


Dolores Hidalgo
R&D Projects Scientific Manager, Fundación CARTIF

Dr. Dolores Hidalgo is currently R&D Projects Scientific Manager at the Environment and Biofuels Area in CARTIF Technology Centre and associated researcher of the ITAP Institute (University of Valladolid). Dr. Hidalgo studied Chemical Engineering at Valladolid University where she received her Doctor degree in 1999. She has a degree in Environmental Technology received in 1993 and a degree in Finances received in 2004. Coordinator of numerous research projects, she is the author of over 50 articles, more than 70 papers at international conferences, organizer of a number of workshops and inventor of 3 patents.


Iravan Hira Chairman
Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Bulgaria and Hewlett Packard Global Delivery Bulgaria Center

Iravan Hira has been the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Bulgaria and Hewlett Packard Global Delivery Bulgaria Center for more than six years. Under his leadership, Hewlett Packard Bulgaria has been positioned among the top leaders in the IT sector in the country and achieves significant business results (taking the Bulgarian branch of the company to the leading position in Central and Eastern Europe). Iravan has worked in Hewlett Packard Bulgaria since the company was established in the country in 1998, and has held various sales and management positions. He has special expertise in the field of new business development, sales management and corporate transformation. He has been honored with membership of the ‘Achievers Club’ of global Hewlett Packard Company twice, in recognition of his professional success. Among Iravan Hira’s priorities are the need to strengthen the hi-tech industry in Bulgaria, the introduction of innovations for sustainable economic growth, the development and promotion of corporate social responsibility as an important public function of companies, and the encouragement of entrepreneurship in IT in the country. Because of his active work in these areas, Iravan Hira was elected as Chairman of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum in 2013. Iravan Hira holds an MA in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia.


Jens Hürdler
Project Manager - Transport and Air Quality, Environmental Action Germany (DUH)

Graduating as a physical geographer, Jens Hürdler worked in several national (German and Swiss) and European projects on freshwater ecology, at Agroscope (Zurich, Switzerland) and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB, Berlin, Germany). The projects focused on the nutrient emission modelling of the land-based emissions of greater river catchments. He then joined DUH to support its work on climate protection, especially in agriculture (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) and air pollution due to residential wood burning. DUH is politically independent, recognised as a non-profit organisation, entitled to initiate legal action, and campaigns mainly at national and European level.


Yavor Kehaiov
Occupational Health and Safety, Environment & Management Systems Director, KCM AD

Yavor Kehaiov started his professional path at KCM AD 17 years ago, at the plant’s ISO 17025-accredited environmental laboratory, dealing with emissions, and water, soil and noise monitoring and reporting. In 2007 he took the role of Laboratory Manager for three years, while also acting as KCM AD’s ISO 14001 Management Representative. In 2010 Yavor’s responsibilities shifted towards a milestone investment project for the company, namely the environmentally-orientated New Lead Plant project, where he managed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning stages of a key project area — the Off Gas Treatment Plant. Following the successful implementation of the project in question, Yavor has recently been appointed as OHS, Environment & Management Systems Director of KCM AD.


Annika Isaksson
CEO, Amminex Emissions Technology

Annika Isaksson joined Amminex Emissions Technology in May 2012, taking over as CEO. Before joining Amminex, Ms. Isaksson worked for 11 years at Swenox AB (a supplier of exhaust systems for commercial vehicles), including six years in the executive management team as a R&D manager, business director and deputy managing director. Ms. Isaksson has an MSc in mechanical engineering from Linköpings Tekniska Högskola and has obtained leadership and financial and training at IHM, Leadership Trust, Ashridge Business School and IMD Switzerland Ms. Isaksson is a Swedish national, born September 1971.


Hannamari Jaakkola
Business Development Manager, Vaisala Oyj

Hannamari Jaakkola works as a Business Development Manager for Air Quality product area at company Vaisala Oyj in Finland. Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement. Building on 80 years of experience, Vaisala provides observations for weather and environmental monitoring in the fields of meteorology, air quality, transportation and industries. Since joining Vaisala in 2009 from machinery company Valmet in Finland Hannamari Jaakkola has worked in various expert positions specializing on environmental measurements. Prior her current role she was managing Vaisala´s meteorology business in Latin America and in China. She holds a M.Sc. (Eng) degree in Material Science from Tampere University of Technology. In her current role she is studying the new paradigm for urban air quality: The possibilities to take the advantage of dense air quality data for various citizen services and applications.


Stijn Janssen
Programme Manager — Environmental Modelling, VITO

Stijn Janssen obtained a degree in Civil Engineering in 1998 and received a PhD in Physics in 2002. He has built up a wealth of experience in statistical air quality forecast modelling and spatial mapping techniques. He joined VITO’s Air Quality Modelling team in 2005. The scope of his air quality modelling activities ranges from the regional to the urban micro-scale, where he uses advanced 3D air quality models. Most of the work has been funded by local, regional or European environment agencies, the European Space Agency, or within the framework of European research projects. He works in close collaboration with VITO’s Chinese joint venture LIBOVITO to bring air quality services to the Chinese market. He is Co-Chair of FAIRMODE, the European Forum for Air Quality Modelling, and Programme Manager of VITO’s Geo and Atmospheric Modelling team.


Joanna Kiersnowska
LIFE Project Specialist, Air Quality Unit in Environmental Department of Marshal Office, Malopolska Region, Poland

Joanna Kiersnowska graduated with a law degree from Jagiellonian University in 2013, with a postgraduate degree in project management in 2015, and took part in energy efficiency and air protection postgraduate studies as a part of the LIFE project in 2017. Since 2015 Joanna has been working on the LIFE IP MALOPOLSKA project called Implementation of Air Quality Plan for Malopolska Region – Malopolska in a healthy atmosphere (first on the LIFE Technical Assistance Project, then the LIFE Integrated Project). Her duties include inter alia: coordinating and monitoring partners and Ecomanagers, financial and technical support, reporting and evaluating, conducting procurement in accordance with public procedures, designing the project budget and monitoring its implementation, taking care of the project in accordance with the schedule, international cooperation, PR and implementation of the communication strategy .


Guido Lanzani
Head of Air Quality Unit, Environmental Monitoring Area, ARPA Lombardia

A university graduate in physics, Guido Lanzani has been the head of the Air Quality Unit of ARPA Lombardia, the Regional Environmental Protection Agency, since 2001. He coordinates the activities concerning air quality monitoring, the emission inventory in atmosphere and the modeling on air quality in Lombardia. He coordinates the technical support to the Regional Government to implement the EU and Italian legislation and to delineate strategies and adopt measures to improve air quality.


Timo Mäkelä
Senior Advisor, Sitra - Finnish Innovation Fund

Timo Mäkelä is a Senior Advisor for Sitra’s thematic area, Resource Wise and Carbon Neutral Society. He has worked in various international roles for over 20 years, most recently as a Director at DG Environment. His responsibilities including International Affairs, LIFE and Eco-innovation. Timo Mäkelä has previously acted as the Head of European Commission Representation in Finland and as Director for Sustainable Development and Integration at DG Environment. He has also been a member of the advisory board on environmental protection for the Chinese Government, and a chair of the Steering Committee of the UN International Resource Panel.


Paul McAleavey
Head of Air & Climate Change Programme, European Environment Agency

Paul McAleavey is responsible for the strategic development of the Agency’s work in the areas of air quality and noise, air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the cross-cutting themes of energy and transport. The work of the Agency covers data flows, indicators, regular reporting and assessment activities and involves intensive collaboration with EU institutions and EEA member countries. Dr McAleavey has a BA honours degree in Political Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (1990) and a PhD from the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence (1995). Having previously worked as a Senior Economic Researcher in the UK civil service, at the Scottish Office Industry Department, he joined the European Commission in Brussels in July 1995. He held several posts in the European Commission before joining the European Environment Agency on 1 January 2005.


Csaba Mezei
Project manager, Expert (Smart Cities and Mobility), Regional Environmental Center (REC), Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

With a BA degree in Education, Csaba Mezei works as an expert in the REC’s Climate, Mobility and Low Emission Development Unit where he manages projects related to smart cities and sustainable urban mobility. He currently manages REC activities for the following projects: CIVITAS SATELLITE (the EC's initiative for sustainable urban transportation) as task leader, and OPTIMUM (research and piloting innovative ITS solutions for more sustainable urban transport) as dissemination manager. His recent project portfolio also included the SEiSMiC project (Societal Engagement in Science and Mutual Learning in Cities) for which he is the national coordinator and deputy project manager; the Traffic Snake Game Network (IEE-financed campaign for developing schoolchildren’s travel behaviour) for which he is national coordinator; and Mobile2020, a capacity-building programme related to cycling inclusive mobility planning. Prior to working at the REC, Mezei was Hungary’s country director for Greenpeace.


Iskra Mihaylova
Chair of the Committee on Regional Development, European Parliament

Iskra Mihaylova has an extensive career in the field of regional policy and environment. Mihaylova was a deputy minister for regional development in Bulgaria from 2005 to 2009. In the period 2009-2013 she was Member of Bulgaria’s 41st National Assembly and Chair of the Parliament’s Committee on Environment and Water. She was also member of the Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of the European Funds. From May 2013 up to June 2014 Iskra Mihaylova acted as a Minister of the Environment and Water of Bulgaria. She has participated in numerous international forums as a lecturer and as an official representative of Bulgaria in her capacity of Deputy Minister, Member of Parliament, and Minister of Environment in Bulgaria. For years, she has worked for the implementation of the European Cohesion Policy in Bulgaria and was actively involved in the Operational Programmes “Regional Development”, “Environment” and in the monitoring committees of cross-border cooperation programmes. Since 01.07.2015 she has become Member of the European Parliament to the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Currently, Iskra Mihaylova is Chair of the Committee on Regional Development at the European Parliament. She is also Substitute at the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In March 2017, Iskra Mihaylova was awarded the Annual MEP Award 2017 for Regional Development.


Teresa Moreno
Senior Researcher, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Teresa Moreno has a PhD in geology from the University of Cardiff (UK, 1999) and has been working on the physio-chemical characterization and health effects of inhalable particulate material for the last 18 years. Currently a senior researcher at the IDAEA institute, she has published more than 130 articles in SCI journals, contributed to 50 other books and informative publications, and co-edited books on the geology of Spain, geology of Chile and geology of Japan published by the Geological Society of London. Teresa has also collaborated and directed several national and international research projects on air quality. Her most recent research projects are related to air quality in the Barcelona metro network, including the coordination of the IMPROVE LIFE project of the European Commission .


Krum Neykov
Gas Cleaning Installation Manager, Aurubis Bulgaria

Kum Neykov is a Gas Cleaning Installation Manager at the Pirdop-based plant of Aurubis Bulgaria, the biggest copper producer in South-Eastern Europe. Neykov has started his career for Aurubis in 2009 as a shift leader and moved to his present position in 2016. He has been also in charge of the EFESO Project for decrease of sulfur dioxide emissions. Before joining Aurubis, Neykov was a process engineer in Montupet, French-owned producer of aluminum cylinder heads and knuckles. Neykov is a PhD student in Physical Metallurgy and Thermal Aggregates at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia.


Pierre Pernot
Head, Partnerships and Digital team, AIRPARIF

Pierre Pernot has been working on air quality since the year 2000. At the beginning, he developed a methodology for measuring pesticides in the ambient air. After ten years of technical work on air quality monitoring at AIRPARIF, he is now working on the innovation, partnership and digital strategy aspects of this subject. He is in charge of coordinating AIRLAB, an accelerator of innovative solutions for air quality. He leads the Partner and Digital team.


Christophe Poillion
Vice President in charge of European Affairs, GRTgaz

In 1988, he started to work for Electricité de France and Gaz de France, where he occupied various positions dealing with gas and electricity distribution. In 1998, he joined the Financial Division of Gaz de France and 4 years later, he started to work for the International Division of Gaz de France, as permanent advisor of SPP (the Slovak gas company) for issues related to regulation. In May 2006, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eustream, the Slovak gas transmission system operator. Since October 2008, Christophe Poillion has been working for GRTgaz, the French gas transmission operator. He is currently in charge of European affairs, after having been responsible for strategy for 4 years. Since June 2014, he has been chairing the Task Force of GIE dedicated to Security of Supply.


Elizabeth Press
Director of Planning and Programme Support, IRENA

Elizabeth Press is the Director of Planning and Programme Support at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). As part of her portfolio, Ms Press has been working extensively on renewable energy in the climate action context, and has been one of the leading members of the UN Global Climate Action team on energy, where IRENA spearheads efforts on renewables. Ms Press joined IRENA in November 2010 as part of the team to lead IRENA’s transition from a Preparatory Commission to a full-fledged Agency in April 2011. Before joining IRENA, Ms Press had some 18 years of international experience, mainly with the United Nations, in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance, and political affairs. She has served in HQ duty stations in New York and Geneva, as well as in different field locations, including Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, the DRC, Cambodia, and Kosovo. Ms Press holds an MA in Public Administration.


Laura Pretto
Technical civil servant, Agenzia provinciale per la protezione dell'ambiente (APPA), Environmental protection agency, Autonomous Province of Trento

Graduated as environmental engineer, after experiences abroad as technical consultant in several projects in developing countries, she currently works for the Air Quality Unit of the Environmental Protection Agency (APPA) of the Autonomous Province of Trento. APPA is an autonomous technical organization, in charge of monitoring, planning, advises and technical controls on the protection of soil, water, air, waste management, etc. Laura Pretto is in charge of the air quality planning for the Agency and of the redaction of the local Air quality plan. She is involved in interregional agreements with the neighbour regions, in intersectorial working groups (on woody biomass and on climate change, among others) and she manages two LIFE projects (BrennerLEC and PREPAIR), both strongly related to air quality issues and where the Agency is associated beneficiary .


Katia Raffaelli
Project Manager LIFE IP-PREPAIR, Emilia-Romagna Region, General Directorate for Territorial and Environmental Care

Katia Raffaelli has been working for Emilia-Romagna Region since 2001, with tasks on mobility, water management, air pollution and climate change. She has been involved in several European projects both as project manager, thematic expert or evaluator and has been coordinating the participation of the Region in some European networks (eg. AIR network, ENCORE). Since 2010 she has been dealing with activities related to the implementation of air quality policies in Emilia-Romagna and she has been in charge of the elaboration of the air quality plan of the Region. She is currently the project manager of the LIFE Integrated Project PREPAIR (Po Regions Engaged to Policies of AIR), co-financed by European Union in 2016 with the aim of improving air quality in the Po Basin .


Marco Rubinato
Project Officer, Unit A2 SME-Instrument, EASME - Executive Agency for SMEs, European Commission

After gaining an MA in Environmental Science and Management from UCL in Louvain-la-Neuve, Marco Rubinato worked with and for SMEs for more than 10 years in fields related to environmental politics, business development and project management. He then joined EASME, where he works on green projects mainly linked with the circular economy. His activities are related to project follow-ups, report evaluations, dissemination and on-site visits.


Zhivko Stefanov
Executive Director, AGNON LTD, Bulgaria

Zhivko Stefanov has more than 15 years in IT industry with expertise from hardware to DB administration and software development. 8 years ago left IT business in order to study sustainable agriculture and natural building. Developing commercially for 4 years, highly efficient wood stove with super low emissions based on the rocket mass heater’s technology.


Tiffanie Stéphani
Agriculture and Environment Manager, Fertilizers Europe

Before joining Fertilizers Europe in March 2016, Tiffanie was a senior policy officer in the European & environmental affairs department of the German Farmers’ Association (Deutscher Bauernverband, DBV) in Brussels. Having worked in European affairs and in the farming sector for about ten years, she has developed a deep insight into public relations as well as a strong network in Brussels with representatives from the EU institutions and relevant stakeholders in the agri-food chain. Tiffanie is passionate about food & cooking for family and friends. She is also fascinated by islands as a travel destination, a great escape to discover places she never knew could exist. She holds a university degree in political science from Sciences Po Lille and a master’s degree in European public management.


Margherita Tolotto
Air and Noise Policy Officer, European Environmental Bureau

Margherita is Air and Noise Policy Officer at the European Environmental Bureau, Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens' organizations. She has a background in European and International Law and has represented NGOs on a broad range of issues from agriculture and environmental democracy to mercury. Before joining the EEB in 2013, she worked in the Veneto Region representation office in Brussels, following environmental-related issues.


Antonino Tripodi
CEO, UNeed.IT / Technical manager, LIFE_SC project

Antonino Tripodi is a civil engineer with specialisation on Transport and Ph.D. in Transport Systems with fifteen years of professional experience in studying transport systems, with focus on road safety, urban planning, sustainable mobility. He has participated and managed multi-partner projects, both national and international: e.g. ESTEEM, for the definition of a roadmap for the research on the transport safety and security in the Maghreb region; SAFERBRAIN, for the transfer of European methodologies in India and Brazil; SAFERAFRICA for the set-up of a Dialogue Platform on road safety between Africa and Europe. He is dealing with the design and implementation of traffic accident databases and information systems on road safety in developing countries (e.g. Cameroon and Pakistan). In 2016 he created a new SME specialised in design and implementation of sustainable mobility solutions: UNeed.IT. Since July 2017, he is the technical manager of the Life for Silver Coast project, dealing with implementation of integrated, electric and shared mobility solutions in touristic areas in Italy.


François Wakenhut
Head of the Clear Air Unit, Directorate-General for the Environment, European Commission

François Wakenhut is Head of the Clean Air Unit since mid-2016. In the same Directorate-General, he was previously Head of the Resource Efficiency & Economic Analysis Unit (2015-1016), Biodiversity Unit (2009-2015) and Head of Unit for International Relations, Governance & Development (2008-2009). He has also served as Assistant to the Director-General of the Directorate-General for the Environment (2007-2008); Political Coordinator for the Marine Environment/Water in Water & Marine Unit of the Directorate-General for the Environment (2004-2007); Administrator in charge of Environmental Integration within the Sustainable Development & Economic Analysis Unit of the Directorate-General for the Environment (2001-2004); and Administrator within the team of the Director-General (2000-2001). François Wakenhut studied at the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg, Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and at the College of Europe in Bruges.