Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann has headed the office of the Council for Sustainable Development since its inauguration in 2001. After studying landscape planning, Dr. Ing. Bachmann in the Federal Environment Agency responsible for the Federal Soil Protection Act. He is chairman of the jury of the German Sustainability Award and the Next Economy Award. His honorary professorship has been awarded to him by Leuphana University Lüneburg. In scientific advisory councils, foundations and international networks, as well as Secretary General of the Sustainability Council, he uses impulses and initiatives to promote sustainability thinking in business, politics and society and coordinates the work of the Sustainability Council.
Jan-Thorsten Gräsner was born on August 10, 1971 in Kirchohsen and studied human medicine at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. His professional career began in 2001 as assistant physician at the Klinikum Dortmund. He received his doctorate in 2002 as Dr. med. med. After his acceptance as an anaesthesiologist in 2005. After transferring to the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, in 2010 he was appointed Medical Director Emergency Medicine of the UKSH Campus Kiel, for Anaesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine. In 2012, he completed his habilitation at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel and was Chief Medical Officer, UKSH Campus Kiel until 2015. Since 2015 he has been a lecturer and director of the newly founded Institute for Rescue and Emergency Medicine of the UKSH in Kiel.
Since June 28, 2017, Dr. Thilo Rohlfs State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy, Transport, Labor, Technology and Tourism of Schleswig-Holstein. He is a doctor of law. After starting his career in a law firm in Kiel in 2012, he will be working as the head of the Department of the Environment, Local and Regulatory Affairs in the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde. In 2016, he is appointed judge at the Schleswig-Holstein Administrative Court and works in the areas of police and regulatory law as well as traffic law. He was born on September 18, 1979 in Eckernförde, is married and has two children.
Andreas Breitner has graduated in Public Administration. For ten years he worked in various police departments, most recently as head of the kriminalpolizeilichen counseling center in Kiel. From 2000 to 2003 Breitner worked as a personal speaker of the Schleswig-Holstein Minister of the Interior Klaus Buß. In October 2002, he was elected by the citizens of the city of Rendsburg in direct election to the mayor and took office on April 1, 2003. In the mayoral election in 2010, he was confirmed with 87%. In 2012, Andreas Breitner became Minister of the Interior in the Cabinet of the state government. Since 2015 he is director of the VNW Verband Norddeutscher Wohnungsunternehmen e.V.
Director - Greening the Islands, CEO - The Green Consulting Group.
Dr. Gianni Chianetta is Director at Greening the Islands and CEO at The Green Consulting Group. He holds a degree in Mechanical & Management Engineering and masters and studied in London, Chicago, Milan and Madrid. Gianni Chianetta has been elected by the board to be Chair Elect in 2019 and Chairman of the Global Solar Council in 2020. After spending some years in the area of sales and project management for companies such as Parke-Davis, Capsugel, Wilkinson Sword, Warner Lambert, Tetra and others, since 2002 he has been working in the area of energy, first as External Affairs Director at BP Italia and then as Managing Director at BP Solar Italy. He has also chaired the coordination of the group of enterprises in the framework of the Ministry of the Environment (National Committee for Solar Energy) and he has been one of the founders of the Global Network of National PV Associations (NNPVA) in 2007, which has been the basis for the Global Solar Council.
Managing Director CIST - Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Tourism e.V.
Prof. Dr. Ines Lolo Britta Carstensen is the scientific director of the national research alliance for the tourism industry (CIST e.V., Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Tourism). Previously, she was Managing Director of Futouris e.V., the sustainability industry initiative founded in 2009 by seven TUI Group companies. Since 2011 she teaches as a professor for sustainability and innovation management and has her chair at the SRH-Hochschule Berlin. Previously, she carried out and led various research projects on the topics of climate, sustainable tourism, destination management and mobility at the universities in Lüneburg, Potsdam and at universities in Berlin. Sustainable tourism, tourism logistics, climate change in tourism as well as destination and innovation management are the focal points of her teaching and scientific publications. The positioning of German islands as part of the Europe-wide Smart Island Initiative flanked Prof. Carstensen with the initiation of transdisciplinary research collaborative projects and “Science to Destination Dialogues” in CIST.
Jörg Kuhbier, former Senator, is Senior partner of the law firm KUHBIER Lawyers with offices in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Brussels, Athens, Prague and Paris. He founded the OFFSHORE Foundation for the use and research of wind energy at sea and, as Chairman of the Board of Management, developed the Alpha Ventus project and significantly promoted the expansion of renewable energy at sea. He is, among other things, a member of the board of directors of the Association for the Promotion of Environmental Research and Chairman of the International Environmental Day Hamburg e.V.
Knut Schäfer, 42 years old, born on Rügen, is managing director of Weiße Flotte GmbH, based in Stralsund and heads the shipping company Hiddensee GmbH, and the North German Inland Shipor. He is a volunteer as chairman of the Rügen Tourist Board.
Within the FRS Group, a leading international Shipping company in sea tourism, he is at the forefront of future technologies, including green drives and traffic concepts.
Since November 22, 2017, Frank Doods has been State Secretary in the Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection. Previously, he worked for 10 years in the Ministry of Finance, most recently as Secretary of State. Frank Doods is a lawyer specializing in finance and administrative sciences. He was born on November 15, 1961 in Holzminden, is married, and has two children.
Conseiller & Cordinator of Innovation, EU Commission
Dr. Helmut Morsi studied Physics and received a PhD (Dr rer.nat.) in 1985. His career started being as researcher in different institutes of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. In 1988 he began working o an European level, working with patent lawyers, participating in Euratom’s Joint European Torus.
Since 1994 he has managed various funding programmes for research and transport at the European Commission in Brussels (Training & Mobility of Researchers Networks – all fields of research, High-Level Scientific Conferences. After implementing and managing the Marco Polo programm, he became the deputy head of MOVE-B1 “Trans-European Network” and also the Head of Sector for the TENtec & Innovation on transport infrastructure. In 2006 on he has initiated TENtec. Since 2015 he is advisor to the director of “European Mobility Networks” (DG MOVE-B), which includes the coordination of innovation. In 2017 the Directorate was modified and enlarged. It has been thus renamed “Investments, Innovative & Sustainable Transport”.
Professor of Geography at the University of Hamburg and Head of the Department of Socioeconomics of the Coastal Space at the Institute for Coastal Research, Helmholtz Center Geesthacht.
Beate Ratter is professor of integrative geography and coastal studies. Her research focusses on human/nature-interaction, place attachment and sustainable regional development in European coastal areas and small islands. Special interest lies in the analysis of nature perception and awareness of environment, extreme events and risks in different regional cultures. For her, sustainable coastal management is about participation of lay people and the integration of transformative governance structure in multi-hazard and multi-stakeholder environments. B. Ratter gained regional experiences in industrialised and non-industrialised nations, i.a. Canada, Columbia, Caribbean islands, Guyana, Taiwan, Maldives and the European Wadden Sea.
Her current work specialises in climate change adaptation, strategies and barriers, and deals with questions on resilience, vulnerability and adaptation capacity in coastal and island societies. She is Vice-president of the International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA) and currently Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere, which will be published in September 2019.
In 2011 she studied the ecological footprint of Helgoland (Ratter/Petzold 2012: From Ecological Footprint to Ecological Fingerprint. Sustainable development on Helgoland. In: Karin Topsø Larsen (Hg.): From one island to another. A Celebration of Island Connections. Bornholm: Centre For Regional And Tourism Research, pp. 191-203). Her recent book is about small islands in a globalised world: Ratter 2018: Geography of Small Islands – Outposts of Globalisation. Springer Nature, Cham Switzerland, DOI.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63869-0
Program Director KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Christian lives on a small island in the Baltic Sea, the size of Manhattan but with only 250 inhabitants, and works as Director at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm where he is responsible for leadership and change.
Since 2008 he is Vice President of ESIN, European Small Islands Federation
2015 he published a book called “How to Read an Island” followed by a Swedish version: “Hur man läser av en ö”. His motivation has been to show how people can be creative together, addressing real, actual challenges.
In 2018 he became Chairmen of the archipelago cooperation which gathers 50.000 islanders on 250 islands from 8 landscapes in 3 countries across the Baltic Sea