Advisory board

Javier Valls Prieto

Javier Valls Prieto is a Permanent Professor at the Inter-University Andalusian Institute of Criminology and at the Department of Criminal Law at the University of Granada, Spain. In this period of time he has participated in 6R+D projects. He was Head of the Master program on Criminality and Social work with young people from 2008-2010, in which he was in charge of the privacy and data protection system. He also worked in the design of the Privacy Impact Assessment in the use of Data Mining in the ePOOLICE project, COPKIT project and in this project. He is member of the Research Unit “Digital Society: Security and Fundamental Rights” of the University of Granada.

Natallia Andreyenka

After graduating from the International Sakharov Ecological University in Minsk, Natallia Andreyenka worked as environmentalist and contributed to establishing EMS at enterprises. Since 2007 is engaged in the NGO “Ecopartnership”, implementing projects aimed at cross-sector cooperation for environment protection in Belarus. Personal spheres of interest include energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change adaptation. Most remarkable projects include creation of national school network promoting education on EE and CC, complex analysis and cross-sector dialogue for promotion of EE in construction and refurbishment (e.g. energy performance certification of buildings), implementation of more than 20 various local pilot projects.

Currently, Natallia Andreyenka leads the EU project “Strengthening the Covenant of Mayors Movement in Belarus” that assists municipalities in adhesion to the international initiative for reducing carbon emissions by at least 30% by 2030 and adapting to climate change. Over 3 years of implementation, more than 50 events were organized, 37 new cities joined the initiative, 10 local Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans were developed, more than 20 CSOs actively support local authorities in Covenant activities.

Andjelka Mihajlov

United Nations expert, consultant and scientist, full professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences at the University of Novi Sad, retired from 2015. She has more than 300 references (of which significant number is in reference world scientific journals) in environment and climate change, chemical engineering thermodynamics and materials science, as well as consulting references in various countries, including projects supported by the EU and the World bank. On invitation, she teaches at various universities in the country and the world. Acknowledged by UNEP in 2006 as the women environmental leader of Western Balkan. She was the Minister for the Protection of Natural Resources and Environment from (2002–2004), the member of National Committee for UNESCO (2008-2015) and the member of the Advisory Board for Environmental and Social Issues of the EBRD (2005-2010) in London. She is honorable president of Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development. Since August 2015 she has been a member in Negotiating Team for Negotiating the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, in charge of the environment and climate change.

Eric Kennedy

Eric Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Administrative Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. His current research focuses on disaster and emergency management, with an emphasis on how communities can prepare for and respond to wildfire risk. He has previously worked on topics in science policy, responsible innovation, and citizen science (including as editor of a volume on the subject). He is the Director of the Forum on Science, Policy, and Society, which trains the next generation of science policy leaders through an initiative called Science Outside the Lab. He can be found online via @ericbkennedy.

Piotr Matczak

Piotr Matczak is the head of the Department of Local and Regional Communities Research at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan. He also worked at the Institute of Agricultural and Forest Environment of the Polish Academy of Sciences, lectured at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He has worked in several research projects under the EU Framework Programs, on: climate change, rural development, security, and flood risk management. His interests focus on the institutional aspects of public policies related to local management, natural disasters, water management, climate change and environmental protection. He was the secretary of the Committee for Research on Water Risks at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2011-13). He is a member of the Research Network of Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty and a member of the Research Network of Society and Environment of the European Sociological Association, the Chairman of the Environmental Sociology Section of Polish Sociological Association. Currently, he is principal investigator of projects: “Video monitoring as a tool to counteract crime” and “The impact of institutional changes on the provision of ecosystems provided to local communities by trees and shrubs” and and a member of the team in the project LAND4FLOOD Natural Flood Retention on Private Land. He is Editorial Board Member of the Journal: Society and Natural Resources.

Arnau Queralt

Arnau Queralt holds a B.A in Environmental Sciences and a Master in Public Management. He also holds a Diploma in European Studies from the Diplomatic School of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is director of the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia since October 2011 and secretary of the Interministerial Commission in charge of the plan for the 2030 Agenda Implementation in Catalonia since February 2017. Arnau chairs the EEAC network as of January 2015 and co-chairs its WG Sustainable Development. On behalf of the EEAC he has been an observer member to the EC High-Level Multi-stakeholder Platform for the Implementation of the SDGs in the EU and also member of the GUNI Expert Group on SDGs and High Education.

Arnau is member of the Steering Committee of MedECC (network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change). In July 2019 he was appointed to the Catalan Government Railways Social Responsibility Committee. In the past he was director of Patronat Català ProEuropa, member of the board of the University Institute of European Studies (Autonomous University of Barcelona), and president of the Catalan Association of Environmental Professionals.