Paul Brannen

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Paul Brannen is a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England, a full member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and a substitute member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. A graduate of Leeds University, Paul worked for the Anti-Apartheid Movement in London, then as a press officer for the Labour Party. After the 1992 General Election he became Christian Aid's first ever Head of Campaigns, leading their work on fair trade. He later worked for Christian Aid as Head of Advocacy. He was elected as an MEP in 2014. His main areas of interests include climate change mitigation and adaptation, forestry and rural development.


Humberto Delgado Rosa

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Humberto Delgado Rosa is the Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission. Previously he was Director for Mainstreaming Adaptation and Low Carbon Technology, DG Climate Action. He has experience in European and international environmental policy, particularly in biodiversity and climate change issues. He served as Secretary of State for the Environment of the Portuguese Government from March 2005-June 2011. Between 1995-2002 he was an advisor for environmental matters to the Prime-Minister of Portugal. He received his PhD in Evolutionary Biology (1995) and his undergraduate degree in Biology (1983) from the University of Lisbon, where he was assistant professor and researcher.

Marie Donnelly

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Marie Donnelly currently works with the European Commission in the Directorate General for Energy as Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency. Previously, Ms. Donnelly worked with the EC in the Employment and Social Affairs Directorate General as Director for Resources and Communication and in the Directorate General for Enterprise in the area of Industrial policy in Pharmaceuticals - Human and veterinary medicinal products. She also served as Head of unit for European Social Fund Policy, Coordination in the EQUAL Community Initiative, and was Head of the unit Equality for women and men. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Donnelly worked as Industry Group Director with the Federation of Irish Chemical Industries.

Lauri Hetemäki

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Lauri Hetemäki is the Assistant Director at the European Forest Institute and a part-time Professor in Forest Sector Foresight at the Faculty of Science and Forestry, University of Eastern Finland. He is responsible for EFI's policy support activities. His research interests are foresight studies, forest sector outlook studies, and forest products and bioenergy markets. He has extensive experience in coordinating forest sector outlook studies and policy support work, and is the author of over 180 scientific and popular publications.


Elisabeth Köstinger

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Elisabeth Köstinger has been a Member of the European Parliament for Austria since 2009. She is a full member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, and a substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In 2014-2015 she was rapporteur on the EU Forest Strategy. Ms Köstinger is also vice-chair of the parliamentary Intergroup ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’.


Marc Palahí

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Marc Palahí
is the Director of the European Forest Institute and responsible for leading the organisation towards an acknowledged Pan-European science-policy platform. Previously he led EFI’s policy support activities and during this time was instrumental in launching ThinkForest, a European high-level science forum on the future of forests. He has also worked as Head of EFI’s Mediterranean Regional Office, EFIMED. He has a PhD in forestry and economics and an MSc in forestry engineering.


Göran Persson

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Göran Persson served as Prime Minister of Sweden from 1996 to 2006 and was the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1996 to 2007. Since leaving office, Mr. Persson has been a consultant for the Stockholm-based PR firm JKL. He is also a Member of the Board of the World Resources Institute, and the President of the European high-level forum on the future of forests, ThinkForest, facilitated by EFI.


Lucia Perugini

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Lucia Perugini is a senior scientist manager at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (Italy). For almost 10 years she has been involved in the negotiating process under the UNFCCC as part of the Italian delegation on issues related to the land use sector (LULUCF, Agriculture), including REDD+. Between 2013 and 2014 she co-chaired the negotiation on LULUCF agenda item under Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice of the UNFCCC. She is the Italian representative in Working Group 5 of the EU Climate Change Committee on "Implementation of the LULUCF Decision and policy development of the land use, land use change and forestry sector(529/2013)".


Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza

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Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza is professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecophysiology and director of the Department of Biotechnology, Agrofood, and Forest Innovation at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy. He is the author of over 200 scientific papers and books; his research themes include trees and forest response to climate changes and increasing CO2 concentrations. He is coordinator of the EU Large Infrastructure POP/EUROFACE and partner of several EU research projects, national delegate and vice-chair of the ESF-COST Domain “Forests, their Products and Services”, and Chair of the Board of the European Forest Institute.


Kimmo Tiilikainen

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Kimmo Tiilikainen is the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and the Environment in Finland. He has been a member of the Finnish Parliament since 2003, and was Minister of the Environment 2007-2008. Mr Tiilikainen holds a Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry, and is an organic entrepreneur.

Photos: Simon Pugh (GP), Saku Ruusila (MP), Johanna Kokkola (GS-M), Sakari Piippo (KT), BigShot1 (EK)