Speakers

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GENEiVAVE AZAM
Professor at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès at GRESOC (Socio-Economic Research Group). Spokesman of ATTAC France, where she participates in the ecology and international areas. Active in the fight against GMOs, in the Asso-ciations Solidaires de l’Yonne and since 2018 in the European Pacte Finance Climat, for pMromoting the sustainable financing of the energy and the environmental transition and to combat climate change at European level. She is also active in the fight against widespread insecurity, labor reforms and other neoliberal nonsense.

GILBERTO CERVINSKI

Member of the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB). He belongs to a peasant family in the Uruguay river in Rio Grande do Sul, region who were affected by dams. He graduated from the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) in Agronomy; has expert diplomas in Political Economy from the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES) and in Energy and Society in Contemporary Capitalism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); and holds a Masters in Energy at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC).

MONICA VARGAS
Doctor on Sustainability, researcher on the project “Corporate Power” with the Transnational Institute (TNI), and organizer (advocate and motivator) of the Global Campaign to Reclaim People’s Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power, and End Impunity.

 

Pedro Prieto (1950)
Technical engineer of telecommunications, he worked in that sector from 1972 to 2002, an export director and the vice president of Alcatel’s radiocommunication division. He is a co-editor and co-founder of Crisis Energética and member of the 15/15\15 magazine’s editorial team. He is member of the International Panel of The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO), and vice president of AEREN, ASPO’s Spanish counterpart (Association for the Study of Energy Resources). He has been a consultant in development, construction, and operation of photovoltaic solar projects and energy adviser for several public and private entities. He’s author of “Spain’s Photovoltaic Revolution: The Energy Return on Investment”. Promoter of the “Last Call” manifest, subscribed by more than seven thousand scientists, academics, economists and activists. Currently active at a family garden project.

Elena Gerebizza
Researcher and energy and climate activist for Re: Common, a non-profit organization established in Rome. Its area of activity focuses on exposing international financial crimes and the environmental and social impacts of public financing of mega infrastructures and extractive projects. In the last 10 years she has participated in field visits to communities affected by the impacts of energy projects in Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Republic of Congo, Ecuador, etc. Her most recent activity includes the critical analysis of energy infrastructures and large-scale corridors for the expansion of the extractivist model. Re: Common conducts investigations and promotes campaigns against the dodgy economy and the devastation of the territories in the North and in the South of the World caused by the indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources and large public and private infrastructure projects.

CLAUDIA ORTIZ
Claudia is a peasant whom lives in the Sogamoso River basin, in Colombia, where the building of a dam changed her life. She is a member of the Coordination of the Colombian Movement for the Defense of Territories and Affected by Dams, Ríos Vivos (Alive Rivers), as well as a member of the regional coordination of the Movement of Affected by Dams in Latin America (MAR).

 

MARICHUY (Tuxpán, Jalisco, Mexico, 1963)

María de Jesús Patricio Martínez is a Nahua traditional healer and defender of human rights. Since the 1994 Zapatista uprising, she has been involved with the National Indigenous Congress, being the candidate for president for the 2018 Federal Elections, and becoming the first woman to do so. She was the spokeswoman for the Earth Color March of 2001 before the Congress of the Union. As a traditional healer, she makes a diagnosis of the health of the Earth: “she has a chronic degenerative disease but this still has a solution: through the organization of people from below and a radical change of habits.”.

 

Daniel Chavez
Research Fellow with the Transnational Institute (TNI). He specializes in public management, citizen participation, state-owned businesses, and public services. He has a degree in Anthropology from the University of the Republic (UdelaR, Montevideo), and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Development Policy from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS, La Haya) at the University of Erasmus. His most recent book, coedited with Susan Spronk, is “Rethinking the Public. State, society and basic services in Latin America” (Icaria, Barcelona, 2018).

 

Emiliano Teran
Sociologist at the Central University of Venezuela. He holds a Masters in Ecological Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology from the same university. Researcher associated with the Center for Development Studies (CENDES). He is a member of the Observatory of Political Ecology of Venezuela, and a member of the Permanent Working Group on Alternatives to Development organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. He is the author of the book El fantasma de la Gran Venezuela (Celarg Foundation, 2014), which received an honorable mention for the 2015 Liberator Award for Critical Thinking. He participates in the CLASCO Working Group for political ecology and collaborated on the project EjAtlas – Justicia Amiental alongside Joan Martínez Alier. He also forms part of the Latin American Oilwatch Network.

 

Elizabeth Peredo
She is a Social Psychologist, author, and ecofeminist activist from Bolivia. She is a researcher with the Bolivian Observatory for Climate Change and Development and a member of the Latin American Alliance against Fracking and the Bolivian Movement against Nuclear Threat. She contributes to different groups and collectives working towards energy transition and social justice in Bolivia and Latin America. She is also part of Trenzando Ilusiones, a space that works towards ecosocial transition from a feminist perspective.

Pablo Fajardo
At the age of 17 he and his friends founded an organization to defend the indigenous and peasant communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon against human rights violations by transnational companies. Soon he became the main lawyer in the case of those communities, organized in the Union of People Affected by Texaco’s Operations (UDAPT), in one of the world’s worst environmental disasters. They have maintained this struggle for three decades. After 20 years of litigation, Pablo and his team won a historic 9.5 billion dollar sentence against Chevron (Texaco). In 2007 he won the CNN Hero Award and in 2008 the Goldman Award, becoming an example of the fight for a binding treaty for transnational corporations at the United Nations.

Tchenna Maso
Activist of the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB). He holds a degree in Law from UFPR, a Masters in Contemporary Integration of Latin America (UNILA), and has an expert diploma in Energy in Contemporary Capitalism (UFRJ).

 

Ercan Ayboga
Environmental engineer and a long-time ecology activist working mainly on North (Turkish occupied) Kurdistan. He is the co-founder of the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive which since 2006 struggles against the Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. He is also part of the “Mesopotamia Ecology Movement”, founded 2012 in North Kurdistan, which as a broad movement is politically active on a different ecology related issues. Furthermore he is the co-author of the book “Revolution in Rojava” which has been published since 2015 in eleven languages and documents the revolutionary process in Rojava/North-Syria.

Renato di Nicola
Both founder and participant of the Italian Forum of Social Movements for Water, placed in 15 Italian regions. Started in 2006, this Forum proposed and won a referendum against the privatization of water in 2011. In 2010 he also founded the European Water Coordination Movement, active in 12 European countries. He helped to organize in Rome a 100,000 national march “For the climate and environmental justice, against large, useless public works”. He coordinates Per il Clima, Fuori dal Fossile!, a network in 15 cities along the Adriatic coast. He is part of the “No Hub del gas” network. He specializes in global politics, fights for the defense of water and common goods as well as against destruction by extraction companies. Since 1980 he has been president of “Kabawil, the other is me”, a solidarity organization with American struggles. He has been active at the World Social Forum and la Red de los Pueblos fom 2000 to 2018.

Lavinia Steinfort
Critical geographer and political activist. As a researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI) she is working on public alternatives such as (re)municipalisation of public services, a just transition towards energy democracy and transforming finance for the 99%. Lavinia is co-implementing the mPOWER project that facilitates peer learning among European cities for a fair, clean and democratic energy and is the coordinator of the international energy democracy alliance, which includes a mailing list, the website http://www.energy-democracy.net and seasonal conference calls.

 

Irene González

Member of Engineering Without Borders (ISF) since 2003, with the Energy and Extractive Industries Group, and is a member of the Alliance Against Energy Poverty. She was a technical expert on a project in Argentina working on access to water and sanitation, food sovereignty, and the impact of intensive agriculture on the territory, as part of the Campesino de Santiago del Estero Movement. She is the author of a study on gender inequality and energy poverty in Barcelona, and is currently analyzing the impact of energy poverty on children.

 

Davide Contini
Member of the Board of Western Sahara Resource Watch, an international NGO whose aim is to advocate for the legal exploitation of Western Sahara natural resources. Based in Barcelona, he holds a Master Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs. He has been in charge of the advocacy of WSRW in Brussels and is currently a Risk & Compliance Research Editor at Dow Jones.

 

Gloria Baigorrotegui
Associate professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Santiago de Chile. Her research areas are related to the socio-technical studies of energy technologies, the environment, and activism. She also works on the relationship between engineers, expertise, and citizen collectives. She belongs to the Science, Technology and Society network of Chile and is a board member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Amongst her publications on local transitions is the book she co-published with Cristian Parker (2018), “Connect or disconnect? Energy Communities and transitions towards sustainability, from the IDEA collection, Santiago-Chile”. She also contributed an analysis of energy communities to the book “Energy Transitions” (2019), edited by Jens Lowitzsch and published by Palgrave. Finally, she also participates in the cooperative initiative, Camino Solar in Chile.

 

Felix Pericola
He is an earth scientist, an eco-activist and a member of the German climate justice alliance named Ende Gelände. He graduated in the faculty of Geosciences at the University Bremen in 2015. While conducting fundamental research in environmental changes and climate dynamics, as well as after his graduation, contributing to soil research in Australia, Felix was engaging in the occupation of the Hambacher Forst near Cologne and the alliance for climate justice named Ende Gelände in 2014. As a member of Ende Gelände he furthermore contributed to the early establishment of the group By2020WeRiseup. Besides his endeavors in climate politics, in the last two years he carried out professorships at schools and a foundation in Germany

 

Alfons Pérez
Engineer with a Master in Sustainability. Between collaborating in the academic world and following the United Nations climate summits, he has dedicated more than 10 years to research activism at the Globalization Debt Observatory (ODG), where he focused on analysing the foreign energy policy of the European Union. For this reason he has carried out field work in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Serbia. The ODG promotes a critical analysis of the global development of natural gas, which culminated in the publication of the book “Global Gas Lock-In: A bridge to Nowhere”. He has also contributed to other books: “We have energy! Challenges for the transition to energy sovereignty”, and “Sovereignty, a proposal against capitalism”. He is currently coordinating with MAB research on energy corporations’ funding in Brazil. He is active at By 2020, We Rise Up, at the fossil fuel divestment campaign, at Catalonia’s Energy Sovereignty Network, as well as in international networks such as Counter Balance, Energy Democracy and Gastivists.

 

Néstor Ruiz (Madrid, 1978)
Engineer in product design and is currently upgrading to BA Social Work with a focus on community work. For more than 20 years, a campaigner, activist, youth worker, and international volunteer in environmental protection and community development. The last 12 years he has worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with the Center for Enviroment (CZZS) and Friends of the Earth, where he is part of the energy and climate change program team. He is currently working on supporting communities in the protection of their local environment and natural resources in the face of unsustainable energy exploitation, and in the development of community energy sustainable projects. He is interested in promoting and advocating for “green social work” and socio-environmental issues related to sustainable community development and the impact of climate change on local communities, in the context of international cooperation and from an intercultural perspective.
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Vanessa Álvarez
Environmentalist and environmental educator, with training in feminisms, participation methodologies and budgets, community
mediation, conflict managemens combined projects as a technical advisor in Protected Natural Areas, in Spain and Mexico, with the branch of communication in the energy sector and the social and solidarity economy. She takes part in Ecologistas en Acción’s ECOFEMINISMS group and is involved with the Women’s Gathering on Gender and Energy.

 

YOLANDA OQUELÍ
Activist and communal leader in the area of ​​San José del Golfo (Guatemala), from the FRENAM (North Front of the Metropolitan Area) organization. FRENAM has opposed the energy model which imposes many hydroelectric power stations in Guatemala. Since 2012 she has been involved in the campaign against the mining project El Tambor of EXMINGUA, a subsidiary of US Kappes, Cassidy & Associates. This campaign established a peaceful camp at the entrance of the jobs, known as La Puya. In 2012, she survived an attack, having the ability to get out of her vehicle when she was shot from a motorcycle. The case was never investigated. In 2013, she was shot in front of their home. It happened shortly after the murder of another colleague, Santos Fidel Ajau. For this reason, she was forced to leave her country. She lives since in the Basque Country.

 

PAULA SEQUEIROS

Researcher at the Center for Social Studies (CES) at the University of Coimbra. Her research interests are focused on culture sociology and particularly on studies of public libraries. She has collaborated on international initiatives in favour of Open Access to scientific documentation. She is a climate justice activist at Climáximo. She also promotes climate awareness within CES’ “Go To School” program, aimed at primary and secondary school students and teachers.

 

Txetx Etcheverry
He began humanitarian work in Burkina Faso as a nurse, resigning after the coup against Thomas Sankara. In the 1980s and 1990s, he participated in numerous political and trade union initiatives, such as the Patxa movement and the Abertzaleen Batasuna movement. He witnessed the killings at the Monbar Hotel in Baiona, committed by GAL’s paramilitary commandos. From Piztu, he participated in the creation of the Euskal Herria Zuzenean (1995) music festival, the civil disobedience movement DEMO (Democracy for the Basque Country, the Manu Robles-Arangiz Foundation in 2004, and Euskal Herriko Laborantza Ganbara (the Basque Farmers’ Chamber Ganbara). In 2007 he was arrested and released two days later. In 2009 he participated in the creation of the alter-globalist group Bizi!, a reference against climate change, for sustainability and alternative economics, etc. In 2016, he was arrested again for his participation in the disarmament of ETA, and released four days later.

Joaquim SEMPERE
Bachelor of Sociology (University of Paris-Nanterre) and Doctor of Philosophy (University of Barcelona). He was a Professor or Sociology at University of Barcelona (UB) from 1992 to 2011, where he specialized in Environmental Sociology. He conducts studies on human needs and socio-ecological conflicts. He is the author of the books, among others: L’explosió de les necessitats (1992), “The end of the era of cheap oil” (coordinated with Enric Tello), “Better with less” (2009), and “The Ashes of Prometheus: Energy transition and socialism” (2018). In 2012 he became a founding member of the Col·lectiu per un Nou Model Energètic i Social Sostenible (CMES), which promotes renewable energy.

 

ITXASO APRAIZ
Doctor in Biology and Biochemistry, specialized in marine and proteomic contamination. After working in the biotechnology industry abroad, he returned to his birthplace to work in agriculture. She participated in the Zornotza Bizirik movement against Amorebieta’s combined cycle power station. She has also participated in the movement against the high-speed train. Currently she participates in the Basque Ecosocialist Space and in Antikapitalistak.

 

CONRAD KUNZE
Conrad Kunze has a PhD in Sociology and works at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität of Berlin. He has been teaching and researching for 10 years on topics related to ecology, especially on the transition to renewable energy and climate policies. He is currently working on the climate impact of the German car industry. He is an activist in the climate justice movement.

 

Yayo Herrero
Anthropologist, Social Educator, and Agricultural Technical Engineer; a professor and collaborator with the Unesco Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainable Development (UNED); a partner and worker with Garúa S. Coop. in Madrid; the co-author of more than twenty books and numerous articles related to social ecology; and an editorial board member of Hegoa. She was the Federal Coordinator for Ecologists in Action between 2005 and 2014.

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