Speakers in this session:
XAVIER TORRA, President, Eurecat
HARTWIG KREMER, Senior Programme Officer. Head of the Global Environment Monitoring Unit, United Nations Environment Programme
GRAMMENOS MASTROJENI, Senior Deputy, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean in Charge of the Energy and Climate Action
MICHELA MILETTO, Director, Unesco Programme Office on Global Water Assessment of Unesco
TERESA JORDÀ, Minister of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, Government of Catalonia
Representative of the Government of Spain (to be named)
Industrial engineer degree from the Universitat Politècnica of Barcelona and master’s degree in marketing management from ESADE Business School.
CEO of AltBath Company and Advisor to several family management companies (Encofrats Alsina, Borges, Girbau, Metalogenia, Roquet, SECE, Grupo Giró, Simon).
Member of the BBVA Advisory Board in Catalonia and member of the Board of Trustees of the Ship2B Foundation (impact economy).
Former President of the ESADE Business School Board of Trustees as well as former Vice-President of the Ramon Llull University Board of Trustees (2019-2021).
He has been member of CAREC – Economic Advisory Council of the Government of Catalonia- and member of both Industry and Tax Commissions at the Cercle d’Economia Association.
From 2010 to 2018, he has held the presidency of the Board of Trustees of the OXFAM-Intermón Spain Foundation.
For 23 years he has been CEO at SIMON HOLDING, a group of companies manufacturing small electrical equipment and lighting, with presence in more than 20 countries.
He previously held several executive positions at Dupont de Nemours, British Petroleum, and Union Carbide (Argon).
Hartwig Kremer heads UNEP’s Global Environment Monitoring Systems and launched and convened the World Water Quality Alliance with 50+ partners. He represents UNEP on the Steering Committee of the Global Climate Observing System, GCOS, the Global Ocean Observing System, GOOS and also serves on the Governing Council of “Future Earth”. Hartwig holds a doctorate in marine sciences with a focus on zoology and pollution. Before joining UNEP, he was CEO of Earth System Sciences (LOICZ, today Future Earth Coast) and directed ODA global capacity building. He also supported the Climate Technology Centre and Network, CTCN, of UNFCCC on collaborative research, development and demonstration in climate mitigation and adaptation technologies.
Diplomat, Professor and writer, has pioneered research and action on societal, geo-strategic and economic impacts of environmental degradation. Until August 2019, Coordinator for the Environment and Head of the Science-Policy Interface with Italian Development Cooperation; MFA head negotiator on water, lands, and oceans, and member of the Delegations to UNFCCC, UNCBD. Co Chair of the G7 Group on Climate and Fragility, Chair of the Global Mountains Alliance – Mountain Partnership, Co-Chair of the Global Islands Partnership. Currently, Senior Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, in charge of Energy and Climate Action. Professor of Environment and Geo-strategy at various think-tanks and universities, and member of various scientific boards, Grammenos authored numerous articles, official reports, and six books about human impacts of environmental degradation.
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.
She holds a degree in Modern and Contemporary History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has worked in municipal politics for 19 years as a city councillor becoming the mayor of Ripoll between 2003 and 2011. She was a member of the Spanish Parliament from 2011 to 2016 acting as spokesperson of the Development Committee and Second Secretary of the Equality Committee, among others. In June 2018, she was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the Government of Catalunya. Since May 2021, she is the Minister of Climate Action, Food and the Rural Agenda of the Generalitat de Catalunya.