Speakers

YLP Mediterranean 2020


Sarah Adams is a communications expert at EFI Mediterranean Facility. She leads communication and dissemination activities in H2020 projects and for EFI’s Mediterranean Network. She is currently focussing on developing new techniques and tools for science-communication, collaborating on EFI’s science-media initiatives and giving training on communication and presentation skills. She has broad experience managing international projects for NGOs in education, medicine and marine conservation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in French and Hispanic Studies and a postgraduate degree in Secondary Education.

 

Ricard Armengol is a Pharmacist by training and CEO of Provital Group, a company specialised in developing active ingredients for the cosmetics industry, mainly derived from botanical sources. Currently, he is President of Unitis (European Organisation of Cosmetic Ingredients Industries and Services). He was President of the Spanish Society of Cosmetic Chemists (2005-2008) and member of the Scientific Committee of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) (1998 to 2004). Provital has a long tradition in working with natural products and developing supply chains in different countries of the world. In 2017, Provital was the first cosmetic ingredients supplier worldwide to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol for a specific R&D project. This project has been recently recognised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an example for sustainable development. 

 

Christine Farcy is a senior researcher, invited lecturer, and international forest policy advisor. Her expertise are in forestry, national and international forest policy, forest planning, remote sensing, information systems, bridge between social and natural sciences, and science and policy cross-fertilisation. She is currently, among others, the chair of the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the vice chair of the board of the European Forest Institute (EFI). She holds an MSc in agricultural engineering (forest and water) at University of Louvain (UCL) (1994) and a PhD in agricultural sciences and biological engineering at UCL (2005). 

 

Mireia Gascon is a biologist specialised in environmental epidemiology working for the Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) in Barcelona. She is currently focused on improving scientific understanding of the health impacts of the built environment and transport planning. Since January 2016 she is working on the EC-funded project BlueHealth, which is aimed at evaluating the potential for health promotion and disease prevention of ‘blue and green infrastructure’ in European countries.Since January 2019 she is also coordinating the postnatal follow-up of the Barcelona Life Study Cohort (BiSC), with the aim to study the impacts of prenatal exposure to air pollution on children’s neurodevelopment and other health outcomes.

 

Vicente Guallart is the former chief architect of the city of Barcelona (2011-2015), and founder of Guallart Architects, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and ValldauraLabs, a research centre for the self-sufficient habitat. Guallart is a pioneer of the interaction between nature, technology, urban planning and architecture by proposing new paradigms based in urban, social and cultural conditions emerging from information society. He crosses boundaries through collaborations in geology, sociology, engineering, fabrication, economics, and software design. His projects follow a "natural" logic, referring to components originating in nature, as well as to environmental systems. 

 

Xavier Marcet is the President of Lead to Change a consultancy focused on strategic innovation for businesses, public administrations and universities based in Barcelona, Boston and Santiago de Chile. As a consultant he has worked on projects of strategy, innovation and corporate entrepreneurship in companies, universities and institutions around the world. His academic background has been developed in UAB, ESADE, IESE and HAAS Business School (UC Berkeley). Currently teaches as part-time professor in different universities and business schools in Barcelona. He gives an annual average of 30-35 lectures and presentations at international conferences, usually on innovation and entrepreneurship. He founded the Barcelona Drucker Society and is its current President. He is also author of several books. 

 

Inazio Martinez de Arano is Head of Office at EFI Mediterranean Facility since June 2013. He was previously Executive President at the Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE), where he was involved in the analysis of forest-related policy developments at European and global levels, and the evaluation of the potential effects of policies and regulations on Mediterranean and South Atlantic forests and forestry. Mr. Martinez has wide experience working in a network organisation and with various stakeholders. He was the coordinator of forest research and a researcher at the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research (NEIKER) as well as a university lecturer in the University of Concepción, Chile. As President of the European Institute for Cultivated Forests (IEFC), he was involved in the establishment of the EFI Atlantic Regional Office. 

 

Bart Muys a full professor of forest ecology and management at KU Leuven (elected Europe’s most innovative university by Reuters in the last three years), where he is leading the forest nature and landscape division. His work of the last two decades focused on sustainability evaluation of forests and bioenergy systems. Recently he worked on climate change mitigation by forests and wood products, the role of biodiversity for ecosystem services, and the restoration of tropical dryland and montane forests. He published over 300 scientific journal articles, and is mentioned as an essential science indicator (1% most cited scientists) in the domains of environment, agriculture and multidisciplinary research. He holds a PhD in forest science from the University of Gent, 1993. 

 

Sven Wunder is Principal Scientist with the European Forest Institute, (EFI); Senior Associate with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); and Honorary Professor at University of Copenhagen. His work over the last three decades has centred around forests and natural resource management, development economics, incentive policies for forest conservation (such as payments for environmental services), deforestation, and forest-poverty linkages. Has published 10 books and over 100 academic articles and book chapters. He has appeared each year between 2014 and 2017 in Thomsen-Reuters/ Clarivate’s “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” list of most cited scientists. He has advised both small-scale NGO initiatives and government programmes, especially in Latin America, on development and design of forest incentive instruments.