Meet the #EURESFO19 Speakers

Edgars Augustins

Energy Manager, Municipality of Saldus, Latvia

Edgars Augustins
Energy Manager, Municipality of Saldus, Latvia

Since 2016 Edgars works in Municipality of Saldus, (Latvia) as Energy Manager. Has established energy management system according to ISO 50001 and developed several energy efficiency project in public buildings, public street lightning, renewable energy sources. Additionally works as project manager in RENESCO (energy service company), responsible for energy audits and project management in the multi apartment buildings dealing with the implementation of energy efficiency measures and the installation of energy efficiency technologies. Key qualifications are related to management of renovation projects (including deep retrofit), implementation of energy services (ESCO) including awareness rising and consultancy.

Hear him speak in Session 2C

Emma Halliday

Programme Manager, Greenspace Scotland

Emma Halliday
Programme Manager, Greenspace Scotland

Emma is a Programme Manager at greenspace Scotland, working with Glasgow City Council on the Horizon 2020 Connecting Nature, managing Tesco Bags of Help funding and supporting the development of local Food Growing Strategies in Scotland. Previously she was Exhibition Director at Architecture and Design Scotland. Trained as an architect, Emma has been involved with many projects, festivals and exhibitions that promote the value of architecture, design and place-making. Emma was Programme Director at The Lighthouse and directed Scotland’s Six Cities Design Festival’s public programme in 2007. Also active in her neighbourhood, she lead the development of Hayburn Park and is working to make the area cycle friendly.

Her her speak in Session 2A

Stephanie Haury

Federal Insitute for Research on Bulding, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)

Stephanie Haury
Federal Insitute for Research on Bulding, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)

Stephanie Haury studied Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Karlsruhe and Barcelona. She has planning practice in Architectural Offices in Amsterdam (NL) and teaching and research practice in urban design at the University of Siegen. Since 2009 Stephanie has worked as a researcher at the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) in Bonn. She also worked as a project manager for several projects in the research programme Experimental Housing and Urban Development (ExWoSt) and the programme Social City (Soziale Stadt). Her area of expertise covers green spaces, interim uses, strategic planning processes and social urban development. Currently she is in charge of the green and white paper process “Green Spaces in the City” and the ExWoSt research field “Green urban Labs”. She does also research about co-productive processes in urban development, the consolidation of “city makers” and social welfare.

Meet her in Session 1B

Helen Hinds

Head of Resilience Planning, Newcastle City Council

Helen Hinds
Head of Resilience Planning, Newcastle City Council

Helen lives in the beautiful North East of England and has worked in the field of Resilience since 1996. She has worked at both a local, regional and national level.  Helen left the profession for two years to work in the British Civil Service as a Partnership Manager where she managed the relationship between the central department and nine regional offices in England. Helen enjoys working with a variety of colleagues and her career is marked by a successful collaborative working style.  A skill she draws on daily in her role as the Head of Resilience Planning in Newcastle.

Meet her in Session 1A

Ib Jespresgaard

Center Manager - Videnscenter for Integration, Vejle, Denmark

Ib Jespresgaard
Center Manager - Videnscenter for Integration, Vejle, Denmark

Hear him speak in Session 1B

Joanna Kiernicka-Allavena

Coordinator for Climate Resilience, Wroclaw, Poland

Joanna Kiernicka-Allavena
Coordinator for Climate Resilience, Wroclaw, Poland

Former UNFCCC national expert and UNEP/MEDPOL liaison, involved in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.Initiator and coordinator of various projects, programmes and strategies in the field of sustainable development, mostly focusing on low carbon transition, adaptation to climate change and cities resilience. Coordinator of the Urban Adaptation Plan for the City of Wroclaw, local Coordinator of the Grow Green project - Green Cities for Climate and Water Resilience, Sustainable Economic Growth, Healthy Citizens and Environments / funded under Horizon2020: Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities. Liaison to international organisations and networks in the field of climate, energy and nature.

Meet her in Session 2A

Lina Liakou

Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, 100 Resilient Cities

Lina Liakou
Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, 100 Resilient Cities

Lina Liakou is Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East overseeing the “100 Resilient Cities” partnership with the 21 cities across the region in developing their resilience thinking through long term City Resilience Strategies and actionable initiatives.  Before joining 100RC, Lina was Deputy Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Thessaloniki, Greece. In this role, she led the development of the city’s Resilience Strategy in 2017. As a Deputy Mayor, Lina Liakou initiated collaborations with the European Commission, the EIB and the World Bank. Lina Liakou is an architect and urban designer.

Peter B. Meyer

President and Chief Economist, The E.P. Systems Group, Inc.

Peter B. Meyer
President and Chief Economist, The E.P. Systems Group, Inc.

Dr. Meyer is President and Chief Economist of The E.P. Systems Group, Inc., a firm that has done work on contaminated land risk management and regeneration and on renewable energy and energy efficiency finance. He is Professor Emeritus of Urban Policy and Economics and Director Emeritus of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville, and was previously Director of the Local Economic Development Assistance Center at The Pennsylvania State University. He currently also serves as an elected member of his municipal council, enhancing his understanding of the limits of the feasible.

Meet him in Session 1C

Gabriela Michalek

Researcher at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Gabriela Michalek
Researcher at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Gabriela completed her PhD in the field of environmental economics in 2015 in Germany.  During her doctoral studies she was enrolled in the Visiting Student Researcher Program at UC Berkeley, US. Currently, Gabriela holds a post-doc position at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, where she works at the interface of environmental economics, psychology and sociology. As part of the EU PLACARD project, she is exploring the potential of narratives/  frames (and other behavioural  measures) to trigger certain thought patterns and behaviours in relation to climate adaptation and disaster preparedness measures.

Hear her speak in Session 3B

María Jesus Muñoz

Climate Change Technician, Bilbao, Spain

MarIa Jesus MuNoz
Climate change technician, Bilbao, Spain

María Jesus Muñoz is PhD in Biological Sciences by the University of the Basque Country and has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Climate Change. Initially, she began working in the field of mitigation by calculating GHG emissions and developing mitigation policies. Subsequently, she specialised in adaptation to climate change, developing projects mainly at municipal level.

Hear her speak in Session 2C

Virginia Murray

Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England

Virginia Murray
Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England

Virginia is a medical doctor working on knowledge, partnerships, capacity development and implementation of the 2015 UN Landmark agreements, and in particular, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and other UN and WHO agreements. She is currently  co-chair of the recently developed WHO Thematic Platform Health and Disaster Risk Management Research Group, member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) scientific committee and on the Advisory Board of European Commission PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction (PLACARD). She is a Visiting Professor at several universities including University College London (2013), and has published widely.

Meet her in Session 3B

Daniel Morchain

Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation Associate - IISD

Daniel Morchain
Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation Associate - IISD

Daniel supports the design and implementation of initiatives that address adaptation to climate change impacts in the context of development. He  leads the National Adaptation Planning (NAP) processes in Colombia and Peru. Prior to joining IISD, Daniel was a senior adviser in Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience at Oxfam. One of his key roles there was as co-investigator for CARIAA’s Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project.

Hear him speak in Session 1B

 

 

Giorgia Rambelli

Coordinator Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI European Secretariat

Giorgia Rambelli
Coordinator Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI European Secretariat

Giorgia is currently the Head of the Coordination Unit of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme, which enables cities to link up and share solutions to urban development challenges. She is additionally part of the European Covenant of Mayors Office, and works with the Secretariat of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in particular on fostering global coherence within the initiative, while respecting Regional specificities and priorities.

She is involved in the development and implementation of several European projects. Giorgia drafted positioning documents on climate and energy policy, as well as provided expert contributions to Opinions for institutions such as the Committee of the Regions, and the European Economic and Social Committee.

Meet her in Session 2C

Johannes Langemeyer

Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Johannes Langemeyer
Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Johannes holds a doctorate degree in Sustainability Science from the Stockholm University (Stockholm Resilience Centre) and in Environmental Science and Technology from ICTA UAB. He is a transdisciplinary researcher focused on urban social-ecological systems and their complexities, such as the pluralism of values people hold in relation to green spaces. His research aims at better understanding the relationship between urban green infrastructure and human health and well-being. His current research examines the distribution of social effects related to urban green infrastructure and innovative nature-based solutions for urban challenges, and addresses participatory approaches and bottom-up initiatives for urban green regeneration.

Hear him speak in Session 1B

Magnus Rothman

Project Manager, strategic green space, Stockholm, Sweden

Magnus Rothman
Project Manager, strategic green space, Stockholm, Sweden

Magnus Rothman is a green space project manager at the City of Stockholm, with an interest in the social and technical components of urban greenery. He is especially devoted to analyze and bridge the gap between man-made and nature-based solutions, focusing on utilizing multifunctional ecosystem services while sustaining biodiversity in metropolitan settings: A professional area for 25 years, mostly carried out in interdisciplinary urban planning projects. Magnus has worked with numerous municipalities and agencies, both around his native Sweden as well as internationally, and is often engaged as an appreciated guest speaker. His creed: “Without greenery, no resilience!”

Meet him in Session 1A

Prof. Reimund Schwarze

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Prof. Reimund Schwarze
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Head of the research group on ‘climate change and extreme events’ at UFZ and Professor for Environmental Economics at the University of Frankfurt/Oder, Prof. Reimund Schwarze coordinated the EU FP 7 project ‘Cost of Natural Hazards’ and is an executive board member of the German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction (DKKV). He was lead author of the chapter "Urban resilience finance and economics" in the 2nd Assessment Report "Climate Change in Cities" (ARC3.2) of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN).

Meet him in Session 1C

Valeria Stacchini

Project Manager, City of Bologna

Valeria Stacchini
Project Manager, City of Bologna

Since 2006 Mrs. Stacchini has been based in the Service Research, Innovation and European project management of the Metropolitan City of Bologna, where she participated in studies and research on territorial development, territorial marketing, eco-industrial parks, energy efficiency in SMEs and retail sector, circular economy, innovative procurement, nature-based solutions, urban agriculture, developing planning and programming tools. Mrs. Stacchini works on different inter-regional cooperation and research projects, funded by Interreg Europe, Interreg Med, Interreg Central Europe, Urbact, Horizon2020, IUC.

Meet her in Session 3A

Katarzyna Szymczak-Pomianowska

Director of the Sustainable Development Department, Municipality of Wroclaw

Katarzyna Szymczak-Pomianowska
Director of the Sustainable Development Department, Municipality of Wroclaw

Director of the so-called Green Department, responsible for the implementation of policies and projects aimed at an effective adaptation of the city to climate change, including the development of easily accessible green and blue areas. For several years involved in the dialogue with residents as part of the Wroclaw Participatory Budget and public consultations, currently active supporter of stakeholder engagement and co-design of policies and measures, leading to a green, healthy and happy city, offering citizens well-being and a high quality of life. As a woman - a privately and professionally active lover of nature, cycling the city she lives in.

Oleksandr Sushchenko

Research Associate, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Oleksandr Sushchenko
Research Associate, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Research Associate at UFZ and Associate Professor at Kyiv National Economic University (Ukraine). Also, heading the Center for Blended Value Studies, based at KNEU. Co-author of the KAS Policy Papers for establishing the sustainable and green financial system in Ukraine.

Meet him in Session 1C

Marc Velasco

RESCCUE Project Manager, SUEZ

Marc Velasco
RESCCUE Project Manager, SuEz

Marc Velasco (MSc in Civil Engineering) has 10 years of experience in water-related projects, particularly modelling floods, sewer networks and water resources. He has been involved in several H2020 and FP7 projects related to climate change, water and resilience and has experience on climate change impact studies, statistical analysis of climate modelling data, implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures and urban resilience. He has also experience with projects related to the telemetering of water distribution networks, linking the commercial, asset management and metering systems of the SUEZ group companies. He is project manager of H2020-RESCCUE, a multi-sectoral approach to urban resilience that is coordinated by Aquatec.

Eleanor Chapman

Officer, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe

Eleanor ChapmaN
Officer, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe

Eleanor Chapman joined ICLEI’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team in 2017 after seven years as a practicing architect. In her current role she supports local government staff to develop and implement strategies to prepare for the effects of a changing climate. Eleanor has also pursued a concern for socially and environmentally just urban development, through involvement in civil society organisation Architects for Peace for over ten years. 

Her her speak in Session 1B

Margaretha Breil

Senior Researcher on urban sustainability and climate change adaptation, CMCC

Margaretha Breil
Senior Researcher on urban sustainability and climate change adaptation, CMCC

CMCC is a network of Italian climate change research.  It supports, inter alia, the EEA with scientific advice on climate change and adaptation. Within CMCC, Margaretha focuses on the assessment and design of urban sustainable adaptation policies. Supporting the EEA, she coordinates scientific input activities with regards to urban adaptation, including the redaction of the recent EEA report on urban adaptation (2016), work on NBS and on social issues of climate change adaptation in cities, and the organization of the European Urban Resilience Forum (former Open European Day) at the Resilient Cities conference. Since 2019, she is coordinating the INTERREG Italy-Croatia Project ADRIADAPT – a Resilience Information platform for cities in the Adriatic area.