Keynote speakers

  • Philippe Fonta - Cement Sustainability Initiative - CSI
    Business and Biodiversity in Quarry management
  • Humberto Rosa - European Commission, DG Environment
    The role of restored quarries in the European Green Infrastructure
  • Jordi Cortina - Chair SER Europe, Universidade de Alicante
    Restoring degraded lands: context, strategies & aims
  • Michael Rademacher - Bingen University of Applied Sciences
    Science to Practice

Philippe Fonta
Managing Director Cement Sustainability Initiative - CSI

Philippe Fonta is leader of the WBCSD’s CSI since March 2011, bringing his technical engineer’s background and his 25-year experience with private companies, in cooperation with international institutions, policy-making bodies and non-governmental organizations. to the cement sector. The CSI is a global effort currently led by 23 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries, who believe there is a strong business case for the pursuit of sustainable development (climate change, health and safety, biodiversity, water…) Philippe was previously Head of Sustainable Development for Airbus, when he was also the chairman of the environmental committee of the aerospace manufacturers’ worldwide trade association, being the official observer to the UN aviation-specialized standard- and policy-making agency.

Humberto Rosa
Director at European Commission, DG Environment

Humberto Delgado Rosa is the Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission. 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. Humberto has relevant experience in European and international environmental policy, particularly in biodiversity and climate change issues. He has served as Secretary of State for the Environment and as advisor for environmental matters next to the Prime-Minister of Portugal. He was trained as a biologist and he was an academic in animal biology and environmental issues.

Jordi Cortina
Chair SER Europe, Universidade de Alicante

Jordi Cortina-Segarra is a full Professor at the University of Alicant and current Director of the M.Sc. Program Management and Restoration of Natural Environments. He teaches courses in biogeochemical modelling and restoration ecology and has supervised several Ph.D. and M.Sc. thesis. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from University of Barcelona and developed his Post-doctoral studies at Colorado State University. He has been visiting researcher at several international institutions in the USA, Sweden, Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica. Jordi is the Chair of the European Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. His current research focus on dryland ecology including degradation processes and restoration. He has authored 160+ scientific papers, including 70 in SCI journals.

Michael Rademacher
University of Applied Sciences Bingen

Dr. Michael Rademacher is a Professor for Biodiversity, Ecology and Limnology at the University of Applied Sciences in Bingen, Germany. He also works as an external advisor for HeidelbergCement. He has over 25 years of expertise in biodiversity management in mining sites, from mapping and monitoring to site rehabilitation and public–private partnerships. He managed rehabilitation projects in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Michael is the founder and member of the International Jury of the HeidelbergCement Quarry Life Award contest. Michael holds a PhD in Ecology and is a specialist in plants, birds, grasshoppers, dragonflies, amphibians, butterflies and bats. He has published, edited and authored several books about biodiversity in mining sites.