13th Nov 2023 | 11.00 to 11.30 CET


Prominent international figures will present their initial opinions regarding the issues addressed by Cassandra.


  • DR. RICHARD ELELMAN, Head of Politics, Eurecat and Leader of Cassandra

Speakers in this session:

  • DANIEL ALTIMIRAS, President, Eurecat

  • DAVID MASCORT, Minister of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, Government of Catalonia

  • ANDREA HINWOOD, Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme

  • MICHELA MILETTO, Coordinator of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UNESCO



Head of Politics, Eurecat and Leader of Cassandra

Dr. Richard Elelman studied Politics in the UK before living in France, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, Sudan, Afghanistan and India. He is currently the Head of Politics at EURECAT in Barcelona, the co-leader of the RENAISSANCE Science-Art-Sustainability programme with the European Commission and has just completed an eight-month assignment as the Acting Coordinator of the United Nations’ World Water Quality Alliance based at the UN in Nairobi. The former Deputy Mayor of Figueres in Spain, he is a political analyst who has, in recent years, specialised in Environmental and Scientific Policy and the links between Politics, the world of Research and Development and Citizen Engagement. He works in collaboration with many supranational organisations such as the UN Environment Programme, UNESCO, the World Bank and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as an External Expert. His latest publication, ‘The Gateway to the Future of the Mediterranean’ addresses the issue of the WEFE NEXUS. His principal activities at present, include defining the socio-political consequences of Climate Change on Migration, Health, Conflict and Gender Equality. He is a regular speaker at numerous international conferences in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.



President, Eurecat

Commercial Director of the Dicomol company.
Continuing businessman in a family business linked to the plastic injection mold sector, among other technologies.
Directly involved with the industrial sector for more than 25 years as a driver of innovation and facilitator of the application of new technologies in the industry.
Vice President of ASCAMM (Catalan Association of Mold Companies) and previously President of the entity for 8 years.
Vice President of FEAMM (Spanish Federation of Mold Associations).
Member of the Governing Board of the UPM (Union of Metallurgical Employers) and linked to the Board of Directors of AMEC (Association of Internationalized Industrial Companies) as an expert advisor.
He has participated in the Boards of Directors of companies in diverse sectors such as food, professional cosmetics and commerce, among others.


Minister of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, Government of Catalonia

Born in Barcelona in 1969.
Degree in Economic and Business Sciences from the University of Girona (UdG).
He has been mayor of Vilablareix for 11 years, from 2011 to July 2022 and from 2016 to the present he has held the position of general secretary of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda.
He previously worked as director of the Girona Territorial Services of the University and Business Innovation Department (2007-2011) and as vice-president of the Gironès Regional Council (2003-2007).
He has a master’s degree in Management and Business Administration and has worked as an economist and secondary school teacher.


Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme

Dr Andrea Hinwood serves as the Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme. She is an environmental scientist with expertise in environmental exposures and impacts on human health. Dr. Hinwood has a PhD in environmental epidemiology and served as the first Chief Environmental Scientist at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria. She was Head of School, Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University and held appointments as Deputy Chair of the EPA and as sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia. Dr. Hinwood’s career has included provision of advice to international fora on a wide variety of environmental matters.


Coordinator of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UNESCO

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 producing the UN flagship report on water resources, the UN World Water Development Report, and in supporting Member States to develop sustainable water management and evidence-based water policies, strategies and programs through capacity development and publications. She also leads the gender portfolio of UNESCO WWAP since 2014, with the creation of innovative tools, methodologies and gender sensitive indicators, which have been endorsed with two resolutions (2018, 2021) by the Member States of the Council of the Intergovernamental Hydrological Programme of UNESCO. She has recently launched the Call for Action initiative to accelerate gender equality in the water sector, with the creation of an international Multi-stakeholder Coalition. 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.