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Jury

Karl Falkenberg

Director General of DG Environment, European Commission

Karl Falkenberg

Karl Falkenberg has significant experience as a negotiator in the European Commission. He started his career in the Commission as textiles negotiator, has dealt with international fisheries issues and since 1985 with the GATT. In 1990, he served as foreign policy advisor to EU President Jacques Delors, with particular focus on the German unification process. He was involved in the Uruguay Round negotiations and negotiated the telecommunications and financial services agreements in the World Trade Organization.

From 1997 to December 2000, he was in charge of the coordination of all WTO issues. In 2001, he was appointed Director in charge of sectoral trade policies and bilateral trade relations with North America, Japan, the Mediterranean area and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, and in 2002 Director for Free Trade Agreements, agricultural trade questions, ACP. From 2005 to 2008, he coordinated all bilateral trade policies as Deputy Director General. In January 2009, he took up the position of Director General of the Environment, covering the EU’s environmental policy in both its domestic and international dimensions. Karl Falkenberg is a trained economist and journalist.

Giovanni La Via

Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament

Giovanni La Via

Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament

Mr. Giovanni La Via has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. He was Rapporteur for the new Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 and General Rapporteur for the EU budget 2013. Since July 2014, he has been serving as Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament. He has served as Regional Minister for Agriculture and Forest in Sicily (2006-2009).

Mr. La Via also has a strong research background. He is full Professor at the University of Catania. As a delegate of the Rector of the University of Catania, he started and co-ordinated the “European Office” working on European projects planning and management between 1994 and 2000. He was responsible for several research projects (Sprint, Rittz, Fair). He has been named as expert evaluator of the 5th RTD Framework Programme. He is additionally, the author of many scientific papers and articles published in referred national and international journals.

Hubert de Schorlemer

President of the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF)

Hubert de Schorlemer

Hubert de Schorlemer is an agricultural engineer from the University of Kiel.  He is also a farmer and forest owner in Luxembourg. He is currently President of the Luxembourg (Lëtzebuerger Privatbësch asbl) and European Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF). The CEPF is the umbrella association of national forest owner organisations in Europe. It works as the representative of family forestry in Europe, by promoting the values of sustainable forest management, private property ownership and the economic viability of the forest holding.
 
Hubert de Schorlemer's own forests are managed in a sustainable way, and on his farm he has an extensive Angus breeding project for biodiversity with the Ministry of Environment. His farm has a premium meat label in Luxembourg, where the meat is sold in cooperation with a supermarket.

Angelo Caserta

Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia at BirdLife

Angelo Caserta

Angelo Caserta is the BirdLife Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia since July 2009. He is responsible for overall regional operations and in particular for strengthening the BirdLife Partners in the region, 48 grassroots organisations representing around 2 million citizens. A special focus of his work is to develop collaborative initiatives to protect biodiversity and birds across the continent. He represents Birdlife to European institutions and is a member of the Green 10, the group of leading environmental NGOs in Brussels. As part of the BirdLife Management Team he is also in charge of the implementation of the 2020 Global Strategy.

He worked previously at CONCORD, the network of Development NGOs, and with the World Fair Trade Organisation. He brings to this jury 25 years experience in nature protection, development cooperation and education.

Sirpa Hertell

Vice-Chair of the Committee of the Regions Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy

Sirpa Hertell

Ms Sirpa Hertell has been a member of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) since 2010. Currently she is Vice-Chair of the CoR Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy and a member of the Commission for Natural Resources She is also Chair of the Committee of the Sustainable Development of the City of Espoo, Finland. The City of Espoo’s development operations are focused on five programmes, one of which is sustainable development. The purpose of the programme is to develop and improve new sustainable solutions for the city in terms of economic, social, climate and energy issues.

Ms Hertell also serves as Chair of the global RCE (UN University's Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development) Espoo network. She is a Horticulturist, Secretary General and a Bachelor of Science.