Organised by the Centre for European and International Policy Action (CEIPA), this inter-disciplinary event will discuss policy reforms tabled by the European Green Deal initiative. Subsequently, this event will aim at identifying and discussing the main issues and challenges in making the European Green Deal initiative a reality and success.
The CEIPA video conference will bring together policy makers, researchers, government and EU representatives, civil society, press and media, international organisations and public administrators.
Speakers and Panelists
|Peter Mayer, Direktor Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Austria|
|Peter Mayer is the Managing Director of the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW), responsible for the development and implementation of the overall strategy and financial operations of BFW. From 2003 to 2010 he was Executive Director of IUFRO, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. From 1998 to 2003 Peter Mayer was the head of the Liaison Unit of Forest Europe responsible for developing pan-European forest policy. He holds a Masters degree in forestry and political science and a PhD in forest policy.|
|Alejandro Pavón, Former Senior Financial Manager, Toyota Motors Europe|
|Alejandro Pavon is the former Senior Manager in the European Headquarters IS Department at Toyota Motors Europe, where he worked for 18 years. He has worked in Europe, the USA and Latin America in multi-cultural teams, and has acquired experience negotiating difficult and complex relationships in different countries.|
|Bruce Ross, Director, Ross and Gordon Consultants, Brussels|
Bruce Ross manages the independent, Brussels-based, consultancy Ross Gordon Consultants. It specialises in the agriculture, food and forest – and related – industries. It advises on the future development of relevant EU policies/legislation, including trade-related questions, analyses their impact on clients’ businesses, and assists clients in creating strategies to deal with change.
Bruce graduated in Modern History from Oxford University. Having worked on farms, he spent 11 years with the UK National Farmers’ Unions, six years in the Unions’ Brussels office, three as Director. He then worked for five years for a Belgian consultancy as its agri-food expert before going fully independent.
Bruce has wide experience of the EU’s workings and development, and detailed knowledge of the Common Agricultural Policy (notably in the dairy, cereals, sugar and livestock sectors), renewable energy, trade policy and food-related issues.
Bruce is experienced in communications, writing publicity materials for the European Commission and other public and private organisations, drafting reports for the European Parliament and others, and chairing/speaking at conferences. Bruce writes for farming journals, and lectures part-time (e.g. at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Olin Business School at Washington University). He is a past Director of the Oxford Farming Conference.
|Alma Zadic, Federal Minister of Justice, Austria|
Dr. Alma Zadić, is an Austrian lawyer and politician. She is a member of the Green Party in Austria.
A graduate of the University of Vienna, Dr Zadic also spent several years at Columbia University School of Law, New York, USA. Prior to entering the national political scene in Austria she practiced as a lawyer in the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
In 2017 Dr Zadic began her political career as a member of the Austrian national parliament. On 29 January 2020 she became Federal Minister of Justice in Austria.