Plenary Speakers

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Humberto Delgato Rosa

Humberto Delgado Rosa is the Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission, since November 2015. His Directorate’s mission is to protect, conserve and enhance the EU’s natural capital in the areas of biodiversity, nature, land and soil, forests and nutrient cycles, as well as overseeing the LIFE Programme for nature and the environment. Prior to this position, he was the director for mainstreaming adaptation and low carbon technology in DG Climate Action, European Commission. He has relevant experience in European and international environmental policy, particularly in climate change issues. He served as Secretary of State for the Environment of Portugal from March 2005 to June 2011. In 2007 he was EU lead negotiator for the UN Climate Change Conference, during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council. Between 1995 and 2002 he was advisor for environmental matters to the Prime Minister of Portugal. H. Delgado Rosa holds a PhD in Evolutionary Biology, and was a professor and researcher at the University of Lisbon, with experience in animal biology, biodiversity and life science ethics. Born in Lisbon in 1960, he is the father of two, and he is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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Prof. Dr. Beate Jessel

Professor Dr. Beate Jessel has been President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation since November 2007. Previously she was appointed Professor of Landscape Planning at the University of Potsdam from 1999 until 2006 and then moved to the Technical University of Munich, where she held the Chair of Strategy and Management in Landscape Development (Allianz Foundation Professorship). From 1992 to 1999, she headed the Department of Environmentally Oriented Planning at the Bavarian Academy of Nature Conservation and Landscape Management. Prior to that and following her studies, she worked at a landscape management consultancy. In 1998 she gained her doctorate at the Technical University of Munich under Professor Wolfgang Haber.


Olaf Lies

Olaf Lies is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and has been appointed to his current position in November 2017. Prior to this, he served as the Minister of Economics, Labor and Transportation in Lower Saxony from 2013 to 2017. Since 2008, he is a member of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony. An electrical engineer by training, his academic career involves projects in software and hardware development and teaching in the fields of informatics and renewable energy technologies. In addition, he worked in international development projects on solar-powered drinking water supply systems in Cameroon.