List of Platform members

Chairperson

Mr Frans TIMMERMANS

Mr Frans TIMMERMANSMr Frans TIMMERMANS

Since 1 November 2014, Mr Timmermans is the European Commission’s first vice-president. He is responsible for better regulation, inter-institutional relations, the rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Frans Timmermans began his career in 1987 as an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. After taking part in the induction course for diplomats, he worked as a policy officer in the Ministry's European integration department from 1988-1990, before joining the Dutch embassy in Moscow as second embassy secretary.
After a brief period back in The Hague as deputy head of the Ministry for Development Cooperation's European affairs section, Mr Timmermans became a member of the staff of European Commissioner Hans van de Broek. He later became adviser and private secretary to Max van der Stoel, the high commissioner on national minorities for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
From 1998 he was a member of the House of Representatives for the Labour Party (PvdA). In that capacity, he dealt mainly with foreign affairs. He was chair of the Permanent Committee on Economic Affairs and represented the House of Representatives in the European Convention.
In the 4th Balkenende government, from February 2007 to February 2010, Mr Timmermans was minister for European affairs. After the end of that government he returned to the House as the PvdA's spokesperson on foreign policy.
On 5 November 2012 Mr Timmermans served as minister of foreign affairs in the Rutte-Asscher government. He was then appointed in 2014 by the Dutch government to serve at the Commission.

 

Birdlife

Martin Harper

Martin HarperMartin Harper

Martin Harper is the Global Conservation Director of the RSPB. He leads the charity’s strategy for evidence, practical conservation and influence (in the UK, the 14 UK Overseas Territories and, working with the BirdLife International partnership, across the Africa-European flyway and globally where we can make a difference).  He is a member of Defra’s Biodiversity Programme Board and the BirdLife European and Central Asia Committee.

BusinessEurope

Markus Beyrer

Director General

Mr. Markus BeyrerMr. Markus Beyrer

Markus J. Beyrer has been Director General of BusinessEurope since late 2012. Prior to this he held the positions of CEO of the Austrian Industry Holding ÖIAG, Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and Director for Economic Affairs of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Before this Mr Beyrer served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel. Mr Beyrer holds a law degree from the University of Vienna. Later he completed postgraduate studies in European law at the Danube University in Krems (Austria) and the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

CEMR Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Frederic Vallier

Frédéric VallierFrédéric Vallier

Frédéric Vallier has been Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) since 1 February 2010. Expert in European affairs at the local and regional levels and city diplomacy, he has over twenty five years of experience working with local and regional authorities, including within the city and Metropolitan Authority of Nantes (France) where, from 2004 to 2010, he held the position of Deputy-head of the Mayor’s office (Jean-Marc Ayrault), advisor for international and European affairs, and Head of the European Service. Frederic Vallier holds an Executive Master’s Degree in public management from Science Po Paris

COFACE Famillies Europe

Annemie Drieskens

President

Annemie DrieskensAnnemie Drieskens

Annemie Drieskens is Coface President since 2012 and she works in close contact with Coface members in 24 countries . She holds a Law degree from the University of Leuven. She builds expertise in EU matters and especially in social and family policies. She represents the interests and the needs of families in different  fields, (eg  ECEC , gender equality…)  and in different institutions and networks. Since 2012 she worked especially on the roadmap and the Coface actions in the field of worklife balance , starting from the clear needs of parents all over Europe.  
As president she succesfully applied for the consultative status for Coface by the UN, a concrete way for Coface to link up with the UN programmes and actions, especially with UN DESA focusing on the realisation of the SDG’s.  
She is also vice president of Gezinsbond, the Flemish league of families that relies 240.000 families, and daily involved at local, regional and national level to promote actions for families.

Committe of the Regions

Arnoldas Abramavicius

Arnoldas AbramavičiusArnoldas Abramavičius

Graduated from a Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1992 and a Master’s in Public Administration in 2010.

Vicemayor of Zarasai municipality, Lithuania. Former Mayor  from 1997 to 2000 and 2007-2013.

Member of Utena county regional development council.

Vice president of the EU Committee of the Regions (COR).
First Vice president of the COR Commission for Economical Policy (ECON).
Head of the Lithuanian national delegation to the COR.
Joint monitoring committee member on European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (2014-2020 EU Cross Border Cooperation Programme “Lithuania-Latvia-Belarus”).

CONCORD

Johanes Trimmel

President of the Board

Johannes TrimmelJohannes Trimmel

Johannes Trimmel is Director, Policy and Advocacy at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Since June 2014 he is President of CONCORD, the European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs that represent over 2,600 NGOs. He also serves as a member in the advisory group of the civil society engagement mechanism with the Universal Health Coverage 2030 multi-stakeholder platform. During the last 15 years of working in development cooperation he has been focusing on the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as access to eye health and health systems strengthening – amongst others as Director for International Programme Support and Policies at Light for the World and Chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium.

COPA COGECA

Liisa Pietola

Liisa Pietola Liisa Pietola

Liisa Pietola received her Ph.D in soil and crop sciences in 1995 and serves also as an adjunct professor (docent) at the University of Helsinki in Agricultural Chemistry and Physics (1998- ). She has published close to 100 scientific papers and led courses on soil structure, hydrology and plant nutrition over 20 years. She worked 5 years for international fertilizer industry on research and development (2006-2011).  
Currently, she is a Head of Environmental Affairs at the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), and chair of the Working Party on the Environment at Copa-Cogeca.
Her responsibility is focus on environmental externalities and impacts related to agriculture and forestry, such as recycling of nutrients, water quality protection, climate change mitigation, air quality and biodiversity of agro-forestry ecosystems, including landowner’s property rights and legislation proposals both in Finland and EU level.
She is also an active farmer and round wood producer. Her family grows barley and wheat and has pastures and grasses on the family farm in South-Western Finland. Forests include both conservation areas and wood production areas.

CSR Europe

Etienne Davignon

DavignonDavignon

Etienne Davignon is Chairman of the “Advisory Board” of “Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR).

In 1959, Mr. Davignon joined the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was Head of the Cabinets of Ministers Spaak and Harmel. From 1969 he was responsible for the Political Department of the Ministry until his departure in 1977.

In 1977, Mr. Davignon was appointed Vice President of the EEC, in charge of industry, research and energy up until the end of 1984. During this period he was active in the restructuring of European industry (steel, textiles, synthetic fibres) and promoting new research cooperative ventures in Information Technology and Telecommunication (Esprit, Race).

In the beginning of 1985 he joined Société Générale de Belgique, Belgium's leading holding company of which he became Chairman on April 11, 1989 and Vice-Chairman on February 28, 2001.

He was teacher at Université Catholique de Louvain from 1980 to 1983 and is Chairman of the Board of Institut Catholique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Brussels).

EUROCITIES

Silvia Ganzerla

Policy Director

Silvia GanzerlaSilvia Ganzerla

Silvia Ganzerla is a Policy Director in EUROCITIES where she is responsible for social and economic policies, such as poverty and social inclusion, migration and refugees, affordable housing, jobs and skills, inclusive growth, innovation and economic transition. She is strongly committed to ensure prosperity and quality of life to people living in cities by addressing social, economic and environmental issues in an integrated way.
Previously Silvia worked in a consultancy and she conducted several studies related to sustainable development such as: education for sustainable development, gender budgeting, employment and education, green jobs, active citizenship, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Silvia holds a Master in Local Development from the University of Birmingham, with a dissertation on cultural policy in urban development; she also has a Master in European Social Policy Evaluation from Bath University.

ETUC

Liina Carr

Confederal Secretary

Liina CarrLiina Carr

Liina Carr was elected as ETUC Confederal Secretary at the Paris Congress in 2015. Born in Paide, Estonia, Liina was the Confederation of Estonian Trade Unions’ international secretary from 2004 to 2015.
She worked in the private sector in Estonia and Britain, and studied law at Tallinn College of Economics, before going on to secure a first class honours degree in law at the University of Kent in the UK, in 1999. She stayed in England as a university teaching assistant, and then in the management accounts department of a National Health Service trust.
In 2002, she returned to Estonia and was appointed as European integration and training coordinator in the Confederation of Estonian Trade Unions (EAKL).
Liina completed a Master’s degree in European law and institutions at Estonia’s Academy Nord in 2004. She also became an active member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), as Chair of the European Economic Area Consultative Committee, a Vice President of the workers’ group, and on the Single Market Observatory.

EESC European Economic and Social Committe

Brenda King

Chief executive, African & Caribbean Diversity Group

Brenda KingBrenda King

EESC Member of the employers & business group.
Presidents of the Sustainable Development Observatory.
From 2010 to 2013, Brenda chaired the EU-African Caribbean Pacific subcommittee where she successfully campaigned for 2015 to be the European Year for Development and Cooperation.
Between 2006 and 2008, she was President of the EESC’s specialized section in employment focusing on job growth and quality employment.
For over 10 years, Brenda has overseen the successful delivery of a youth development programme that has been recognised and awarded in the UK.

ENEL

Francesco Starace

Francesco StaraceFrancesco Starace

Francesco Starace is Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel S.p.A. since May 2014.
Mr. Starace joined the Enel Group in 2000, holding several top executive positions including Head of Business Power (from July 2002 to October 2005); Managing Director of the Market Division (from November 2005 to September 2008) and Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power (from 2008 to 2017).
Since June 2014, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy 4 All initiative. In May 2015, he joined the Board of Directors of the United Nations’ Global Compact. In January 2016, he was designated co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community and, in October of the same year, he was appointed co-chair of the B20 Climate & Resource Efficiency Task Force. In June 2017, he was elected President of the European electricity industry union Eurelectric.
He graduated in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan. He is married and has two sons, he is a keen cyclist, a supporter of A.S. Roma football club and has a passion for poetry.

EPHA European Public Health Alliance

Sascha Marschang

Sascha MarschangSascha Marschang

Sascha Marschang is the Interim Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), which he joined in 2009. His policy work has mainly focused on issues related to health threats, digitalisation and the social determinants of health. A dual German and Canadian citizen, he obtained a Masters degree at York University in Toronto with a focus on migration. Prior to moving to Brussels in 2007, he worked in the public and private sectors, including at the Government of Ontario.

ESADE Business School

Eva Jane Llopis

Independent Researcher

Dr Eva Jané-LlopisDr Eva Jané-Llopis

Dr Eva Jané-Llopis is Director of Health, Sustainable Development Goals and Social Innovation at ESADE Business School, where she leads research and executive training for the SDGs, building health, well-being & social innovation programmes, studying the impact of future trends, unpacking strategies for public-private sector interface and measuring SDG 17.
Previously she was director of Health Programmes at the World Economic Forum, where she created multi-stakeholder collaborations and supported the positioning of well-being on the global agenda. Through her previous senior positions in academia, government, World Health Organization and World Economic Forum, she has over eighteen years of national and international experience in public health strategy, evidence development, policy making, and alliance building, engaging high-level stakeholders from public and private sectors, creating and evaluating public-private partnerships. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences, a Master in Global Leadership, and continuous executive education on strategy, management and leadership from INSEAD, Wharton, and other leading business schools.

ETUCE

Michelle Olivier

Michelle OlivierMichelle Olivier

Michelle OLIVIER is a teacher, member of the international SNUipp-FSU sector, a union representing pre-primary and elementary school teachers. SNUipp-FSU is a member of ETUCE, which brings together the European affiliates of Education International.

Within this framework, in delegations led by Education International or Coalition Education, she participated in many high-level events which resulted to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

She had the opportunity to present the issues of the post-2015 process and their conclusion in the 2030 Agenda during several meetings, cooperation activities, and workshops with CSFEF (Francophone Trade Union Committee for education and training).

If she is an education specialist, related to the SDG4, she also follows very closely the issues related to poverty.

EUA European University Association

Michael Gaebel

Michael GaebelMichael Gaebel

Michael Gaebel is the director of the Higher Education Policy Unit, which focuses on issues related to higher education learning and teaching, including the Bologna Process, lifelong learning, e-learning and MOOCs, internationalisation and global dialogue.
When he first joined the European University Association (EUA) in 2006, he was in charge of developing EUA’s international strategy and global exchange and cooperation.
Before joining EUA, Michael worked for more than a decade in higher education cooperation and development in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Asia. From 2002 to 2006, he was the European Co-Director of the ASEAN-EU University Network Programme (AUNP) in Bangkok.
 
Michael graduated with a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies and German Literature and Linguistics from the Freie University Berlin, Germany

European Environmental Bureau

Jeremy Wates

Secretary General

Jeremy WatesJeremy Wates

Jeremy Wates is Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Europe's largest network of environmental citizens' organisations, since May 2011. In a career that has included grassroots activism, freelance consultancy, working as an international civil servant and organic farming, respect for the environment has always been a central preoccupation.

Prior to joining the EEB, Jeremy served for more than a decade as Secretary to the Aarhus Convention with the Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

During the 1990s, Jeremy led the campaign by the European ECO Forum, an NGO coalition, to persuade governments to start work on a treaty on environmental democracy.

In the 1980s, Jeremy founded the Irish environmental organization Earthwatch, the Irish member of Friends of the Earth International, and led the organization for more than a decade.
Jeremy holds an MA Honours Degree in Philosophy and Social & Political Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.

In 2011, Jeremy was awarded the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award.

European Youth Forum

Dejan Bojanic

Vice President

Dejan BojanicDejan Bojanic

Dejan Bojanic is Vice President of the European Youth Forum, World’s largest movement of youth organizations working for the rights of young people. With 104 youth organisations in its membership bringing together millions of young people from 45 European countries, European Youth Forum represents interests of young Europeans and amplifies their contribution to achievement of sustainable development.

Dejan has academic background in business and economics from the University of Belgrade, and professional background in human rights and development, globally and in the Nordic region. At the moment, Dejan also works in the international program of Save the Children Sweden youth organisation in Stockholm. From 2012 Dejan was advising the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the 5-year campaign Global Education First Initiative. He currently leads institutional relations of the European Youth Forum with the United Nations.

In 2016 Forbes magazine named Dejan one of the most influential Europeans under the age of 30 for “championing Europeans’ rights and their political movements”.

International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)

Richart Howitt

Richard HowittRichard Howitt

Richard Howitt is Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council. As such he is spearheading the adoption of Integrated Reporting globally and is a major thought-leader in international debates on good corporate governance, shifting investment to the long-term and inclusive capitalism.
Richard is a member of the B20 group of international business leaders who dialogue with G20 governments.
Richard has been involved in the evolution of Integrated Reporting from the outset, as a member of HRH The Prince of Wales Annual Forum on Accounting for Sustainability, and was at the original meeting of the Forum which led to the setting up of the IIRC in 2009.  He subsequently served as an Ambassador for the IIRC representing it at international meetings including the Rio +20 UN Summit for Sustainable Development before taking over as Chief Executive Officer in November 2016.
Prior to being appointed to the IIRC, Richard served as an elected Member of the European Parliament for over twenty years and was rapporteur on corporate responsibility. In this capacity, he was key architect of the EU’s non-financial information directive, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.

   

Social platform

Joanna Hainsworth

President

Jana HainsworthJana Hainsworth

Jana Hainsworth was elected President of Social Platform in May 2015, and re-elected in 2017. She is Secretary General of Eurochild - a European network promoting the rights and well-being of children and young people in Europe.

Prior to joining Eurochild in 2006, Jana worked in a Brussels-based communications consultancy where she focused on social affairs and anti-discrimination issues. She has also managed a network of organisations promoting long-term voluntary service in the youth field and has worked for several years in private research and consultancy.

Jana has a Masters degree in environment, development and policy from Sussex University and an Honours degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University in the UK.

SDG Watch

Leida Rijnhout

Programme Coordinator Resource Justice and Sustainability

Leida Rijnhout Leida Rijnhout

Leida is a national Dutch and has a background in cultural anthropology with more than 30 years of experience in international development cooperation (focus on rural development in Bolivia) and sustainability. For many years, she facilitated and coordinated the global NGO community to realise their active engagement in United Nations processes on Sustainable Development and Environment. For that reason, she was heavily involved at and in the preparations of the Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 (Johannesburg), at Rio+20 in 2012 (Rio de Janeiro) and in the development of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals. She is the European Focal Point for civil society in Europe, in the 10-year Framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production (UNEP). And was the representative for the Environmental NGOs at the OECD, until shortly.

Leida initiated a broad alliance of civil society organisations SDG Watch Europe and is member of the Steering Group.

Transparency International

Carl Dolan

Director

Carl DolanCarl Dolan

Mr Dolan has worked at Transparency International EU since 2011 and became its director in 2013. He has previously worked in UK Research Councils, the European Commission and the European Foundation Centre. He holds degrees in economics and philosophy from University College Dublin (1991-97) and studied and taught political philosophy at the University of Bristol (1999-2002).

Unilever

Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer

Paul PolmanPaul Polman

Paul Polman has been CEO of Unilever since January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has an ambitious vision to fully decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
Paul is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of the B Team and sits on the Board of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the Sustainability Committee.
Paul’s commitment to the SDGs inspired him and others to establish the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.
In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Paul has received numerous awards and accolades including the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2015), the UN Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award (2015), the Singapore Government Public Service Star (2016) and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2016).

WWF

Dr. Andrea Kohl

Director

Dr. Andrea KohlDr. Andrea Kohl

Dr Andrea Kohl took over the leadership of the WWF European Policy Office on November 1st 2017, following the departure of Director Geneviève Pons. Acting as transitional Director, she is responsible for heading the office of around 40 permanent staff representing WWF’s interests towards the European institutions.

Of Germany nationality and an agronomist by training, Andrea Kohl joined WWF Germany in 2001 as head of the conservation department.  She then moved to WWF EU as Programme Director and Deputy Director in 2006.

The newly adopted WWF global network strategy is set to contribute to the delivery of the 2030 Agenda and similarly the European policy strategy is aligned to many of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Dr Kohl has a particular interest in food sustainability and agriculture and the links to the other sustainable development objectives, as in the water-food-energy nexus.  She sees the clear opportunities and positive benefits for Europe and EU policy-making in the SDG agenda.

Vandinika Shukla

Personal capacity

Vandinika ShuklaVandinika Shukla

Vandinika Shukla is the European Commission’s Young Leader (2016). She currently works for the Office of the Director, UN System Coordination, UN Women HQ on accountability for gender equality across 65 UN bodies. She has previously worked on localizing the Sustainable Development Goals in national and state policies as the Youth Focal Point for UN Women’s Multi Country Office in India, and led a social entrepreneurial project on engaging youth for implementation of the Right to Education Act in India. The Indian Ambassador for G(irls)20, Vandinika is serving as the Vice President of the Global Steering Committee, G(irls)20.

Christian Thimann

Personal capacity

Christian ThimannChristian Thimann

Mr Thimann is Chairman of the EU High-level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and Senior Executive of the AXA Group, based in Paris, where he has been in charge of Strategy, Sustainability and Public Affairs. He has also served as Vice-Chair of the Task Force of Climate-related Financial Disclosures of the G20’s Financial Stability Board.

Until 2013, he was Director General and Adviser to the President at the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. Before joining the ECB in 1998, he was a staff member of the International Monetary Fund in the European Department and the Asia and Pacific Department.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Munich and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and has published in academic journals as well as general interest papers on insurance, international money and finance and European integration.

Wiebe Draijer

Personal capacity

Mr. Wiebe DraijerMr. Wiebe Draijer

Wiebe Draijer (1965, born in Enschede, The Netherlands) took over as Chairman of the Rabobank Managing Board on 1 October 2014. He studied mechanical engineering in Delft and in 1992 received an MBA from the Insead Business School. From 1990 to 2003, he was employed as a consultant at the McKinsey consultancy firm. In 2004, he was appointed the company's managing partner for The Netherlands and in 2006 for the Benelux countries. As from 1 September 2012, Wiebe Draijer was appointed president of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands. Wiebe Draijer is married, with four children.

Janez Potocnik

Personal capacity

Janez Potočnik Janez Potočnik

Dr Janez Potočnik was appointed Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development of the Republic of Slovenia in 1994. In April 1998, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed Dr Potočnik Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union. In June 2001, he was appointed a Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister. On 24 January 2002, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed him as the Minister without portfolio responsible for European Affairs.

Dr Potočnik became a Member of the European Commission on 1 May 2004. From 2004-2010 he was responsible for the Science and Research. In 2010 he took on a second mandate as Member of the European Commission responsible for Environment.
Still in 2014 he was appointed for a three-year term as a member and Co-Chair of International Resource Panel hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and a Member of the European Policy Centre's Advisory Council.

Mella Frewen

(Food Drink Europe)

Mella FrewenMella Frewen

Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry, since July 2007.

Mella Frewen’s previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, dealing with agricultural biotechnology, conventional agriculture, seeds and agri-chemistry.

Prior to that, she was Director, International Relations for Cerestar, then Europe’s biggest starch producer. She has a wide experience of relations with International institutions, with the Institutions of the European Union and trade associations within the food chain, as well as with the agri-food and non-food, and chemical sectors.

At the OECD & FAO, Ms Frewen is Vice President of the Advisory Group for Responsible Business Conduct along Agricultural Supply Chains. She is also Co-chair of the European food “Supply Chain Initiative” (SCI) for fair business practices across the food chain.

Sergi Corbalan

(Fair Trade Advocacy Office)

Sergi CorbalanSergi Corbalan

Sergi Corbalán is since 2008 the Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, based in Brussels.

The Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) speaks out on behalf of the Fair Trade movement for Fair Trade and Trade Justice with the aim to improve the livelihoods of marginalised producers and workers in the South. The FTAO is a joint initiative of Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organisation (Europe and Global). Through these three networks the FTAO represents an estimate of 2.5 million Fair Trade producers and workers from 70 countries, 24 labelling initiatives, over 500 specialised Fair Trade importers, 4,000 World Shops and more than 100,000 volunteers. More information under: www.fairtrade-advocacy.org

List of observers

CoR

Peter Bossman

Peter BossmanPeter Bossman

Peter Bossman (SI/PES), Mayor of Piran (Slovenia), is a Member of the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) within the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and rapporteur of the CoR opinion "Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration" (adopted in February 2017).

Roby BIWER

Roby BIWERRoby BIWER

Former Mayor of Bettembourg, Luxembourg
Member of Bettembourg municipal Counseil
Vice-president of the European Committee of the Regions
Rapporteur for the Committee of the Regions to the fitness-check of the Nature Directives  
1 vice-president of the ENVE commission of this Committee of the Regions.

EEAC

Arnau Queralt Bassa

Arnau Queralt BassaArnau Queralt Bassa

Mr. Queralt-Bassa has been serving as chair of the European network of Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) since January 2015 and he is the co-chair of its working group on sustainable development. The EEAC is a network of advisory councils established by national or regional governments. EEAC members offer independent advice to their respective national or regional governments and parliaments related to the environment and sustainable development..

EESC

Lutz Ribbe

Lutz RibbeLutz Ribbe

EESC Member for the various interests' constituency, has been active in the European Economic and Social Committee since 1998. He was one of the main drivers of the EESC's work on environmental issues and sustainable development areas, contributing as a rapporteur of opinions on the EU action programmes in the field of the environment, biodiversity, resource efficiency, to name but a few. He has been the Director of the Environmental Policy Section of EURONATUR and of its office in Bonn for over 20 years and is vice-chair of the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory.

Isabel Caño Aguilar

Isabel Caño AguilarIsabel Caño Aguilar

EESC Member for the trade unions' constituency, vice-chair of the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory and a Member of the EESC since 2010. A teacher by profession, she is a member of the education section of the Spanish General Workers Union (UGT) and head of the UGT office in Brussels.

EIB

Mikołaj Dowgielewicz

Mikołaj DOWGIELEWICZ

Mikołaj DOWGIELEWICZ is the head of the EIB Brussels office and permanent representative to the EU institutions. Mikołaj´s previous experience covers foreign affairs, European policymaking and multilateral development. Mikołaj graduated in law and politics from the University of Hull and in Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe.

ESDN

Wolfram Tertschnig

Wolfram TertschnigWolfram Tertschnig

Wolfram Tertschnig  has been involved in environmental and sustainable development policy  formulation   and implementation since  30 years. His current  responsibilities as  Director in the Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management  include Agenda 2030 implementation,  sustainable production and consumption, and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Mr. Tertschnig is co-chair of  the European Sustainable Development  Network,  an informal peer learning mechanism of public administrators from approx. 40 countries dealing with sustainable development strategies in Europe.

IUCN

Luc Bas

Luc BasLuc Bas

Luc Bas is the Director of the IUCN European Regional Office in Brussels , representing IUCN towards the EU Institutions and providing leadership and guidance for all activities undertaken by IUCN Government and NGO members within the European context. This includes informing decision-making through IUCN’s knowledge on topics such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Red Lists, Protected Area management, Natural Capital and promoting the use of nature-based solutions across different sectors.

OECD

Martine Durand

Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician

Martine DurandMartine Durand

Martine Durand is the Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD. She is responsible for providing strategic orientation for the Organisation's statistical policy and oversees all of OECD's statistical activities. She is in particular responsible for the Organisation’s work on the measurement of people’s well-being and societal progress, promoting the analysis and use of well-being and sustainability indicators for policy-making. This work features regularly in the flagship publication How’s Life? and related reports on well-being, inequalities and sustainable development.

UNITED NATIONS

Barbara Pesce-Monteiro

Director UN/UNDP Office in Brussels

Barbara Pesce-MonteiroBarbara Pesce-Monteiro

Ms. Barbara Pesce-Monteiro was appointed Director of the UN/UNDP Office in Brussels in 2014. Before this appointment, she was the UN Resident Coordinator in Cuba for 4 years. From 1990-2010, she worked with UNDP in Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Angola, and Mexico. In addition, she covered the Sahel with UNCDF. She holds a Master’s degree in Rural Development Planning (UK), and completed her degree in International Political Science at La Sapienza University (IT).

World Bank

Mahmoud Mohieldin,

Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda

Mahmoud MohieldinMahmoud Mohieldin

Dr. Mohieldin is the World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships. He serves as a Board member on the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, as well as an observer to the EU Multi-Stakeholder Platform for the SDGs. Dr. Mohieldin previously served as Corporate Secretary, President’s Special Envoy, and Managing Director for the World Bank Group.