Speakers, 29.05

Marc Castellnou

Marc Castellnou is a strategic fire analyst with the Regional Fire Services, Catalonia, Spain and the head of the GRAF units. He has 30 years of practical experience of working as a firefighter and a fire analyst. He teaches various courses and is actively involved in events aimed both for the forestry and fire professionals as well as the general public. He is associated professor at the University of Lleida, Spain. Since 2010 he has also served as the president of the Pau Costa Foundation.

Inazio Martínez de Arano
Inazio Martínez de Arano is Head of Office at EFIMED since June 2013. He holds a degree in Ecology (Basque Country University), a post-degree in Landscape management (Polytechnic University of Valencia) and a M.Sc. in Forestry (Universidad Austral de Chile). Previously he has been coordinator of forest research at NEIKER and has served as Executive President at the Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE), where he was involved in the analysis of forest-related policy developments at European and global levels, and the evaluation of the potential effects of policies and regulations on Mediterranean and South Atlantic forests and forestry. His current focus is in understanding the challenges and opportunities for innovating in the Mediterranean bioeconomy.


Tiego Oliveira

Tiago Oliveira is the Head of the Special Unit for Portuguese Wildfire Management, superintended by the Prime Minister of Portugal.  He is the Former Head of Dept. of Innovation and Forestry Development (2016-2017) and Forest Protection (2008-2016) at The Navigator Company, covering fire prevention and suppression operational programs and R&D project, including a FireEngine under the scope of MIT-Portugal program. He holds a PhD in forestry, consolidated by 25 years of wildfire management experience in national and international activities from the topics of risk governance to suppression operation management. His operation and research experience is grounded on 20 wildfire seasons as incident commander, aerial coordinator, hotshot crew or regular wildland firefighter.

Marc Palahí
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
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.
Gavriil Xanthopoulos
Gavriil Xanthopoulos is a forest fires researcher and head of the Forest Fires Laboratory at the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization "Demeter". He holds a B.Sc., degree in Forestry from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Forestry with specialization in Forest Fires from the University of Montana, U.S.A. He has been active in European forest fire research for more than 25 years, with a parallel involvement in many areas of operational fire management as advisor to the General Secretary of Forests and Natural Environment, to the Minister of Public Order and to the General Secretary of Civil Protection in Greece. He also has extensive experience in forest fire management training and post-graduate university teaching. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire and of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group.