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1 Presentation of interlocutors at the conference "LET'S TALK HAPPINESS" Beyond GDP 10 June 2014 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Jacques Delors building (room JDE 62) JACKI DAVIS, moderator, Meade Davis Communications Jacki Davis is an experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes, and a Senior Adviser to the European Policy Centre think tank. Jacki has been based in Brussels for 22 years, and was previously Communications Director of the European Policy Centre think tank; Editor-in-Chief of E!Sharp magazine and launch editor of European Voice. Having and extensive experience in planning events and moderating conferences, Ms Davis is also an experienced public speaker on EU affairs, and a provider of training courses on everything from how to communicate more effectively in writing to public speaking and working with the media. LUCA JAHIER, President of the "Various Interests" Group, EESC President of Group III "Various Interests" at the European Economic and Social Committee since 2011, Mr. Luca Jahier is journalist, international political analyst, expert in the field of associations for social progress and the third sector. Active in the international cooperation field, establishing networks with associations of national and European NGOs, Mr. Jahier has been particularly involved in fundraising and European campaigns, coordinating NGO's development and cooperation projects, working in the field of the Christian associations and other important organizations. Among the various high-level job positions fulfilled in the field, he ran the European network of the national presidency of the ACLI (Associazioni Cristiane Lavoratori Italiani Christian associations of Italian workers), ( ), the largest Italian associative system in the world, also being vice-president of the International ACLI Federation, based in Brussels ( ) and President of the National ACLI Council ( ). A member of the European Economic and Social Committee since September 2002 and belonging to Group III "Various Interests" and the European social economy category, Mr. Jahier has prepared and collaborated on pinions on the European Union's social and cohesion policies as well as on international matters. 1

2 KARL FALKENBERG, Director-General, DG Environment (ENV) Karl Falkenberg has a long experience as a negotiator in the European Commission. He started his career in the Commission as textiles negotiator, has dealt with international fisheries issues and since 1985 with the GATT. In 1990, he served as foreign policy advisor to EU President Jacques Delors, with particular focus on the German unification process. He was involved in the Uruguay Round negotiations and negotiated the telecommunications and financial services agreements in WTO. From 1997 to December 2000 he was in charge of the coordination of all WTO issues. In 2001 he was appointed Director in charge of sectoral trade policies and bilateral trade relations with North America, Japan, the Mediterranean area and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and in 2002 Director for Free trade agreements, Agricultural trade questions, ACP. From 2005 to 2008 he coordinated all bilateral trade policies as Deputy Director General. In January 2009, he took up the position of Director General of DG Environment, covering the EU's environmental policy in both its domestic and international dimensions. Karl Falkenberg is a trained economist and journalist. ISABELLE CASSIERS, Catholic University of Louvain Isabelle Cassiers is Professor of Economics and Economic History at the Catholic University of Louvain and Researche Associate at the FNRS (Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research). Pr. Cassiers is coordinating a trandisciplinary research group and has edited a book on Redefining prosperity (forthcoming at Routledge in August 2014, first published in French, Editions de l'aube 2011). She is the author of numerous publications on economic history, and on the topic of moving beyond GDP. 2

3 ENRICO GIOVANNINI, economist and statistician Enrico Giovannini was until recently Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies. Previously he was President of the Italian Statistical Institute (ISTAT). He is professor of economic statistics at the Rome University Tor Vergata and member of the Club of Rome Prof. Giovannini has been a key figure in Beyond GDP debates; as Chief Statistician at the OECD from 2001 to 2009, he launched the Global Project on the Measurement of Progress of Societies. He was also a member of the Stiglitz Commission, established by Nikolas Sarkozy, and chaired the World Economic Forum's Global Council on the Evaluation of Societal Progress. For his work on the measurement of societal well-being in 2010 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the President of Italy by the Pio Manzu' International Center. Prof. Giovannini is advisor to the European Commissioner for the Environment, chairs the Statistical Advisory Panel for the UN's Human Development Report and is board member of several foundations. He published more than 90 articles (the last one on Science) and four books. ROMINA BOARINI, OECD, Head of Section, Well-being and Progress Romina Boarini heads the Monitoring Well-Being and Progress Section of the OECD Statistics Directorate. In this role she is responsible for the statistical work behind the OECD Better Life Initiative, including Your Better Life Index and the report How s Life? Measuring Well-Being. She is member of various working groups on measuring the quality of life and well-being, as the Eurostat Expert Group of Quality of Life and the WHO-Euro Well-Being Expert Group. She is also contributes to the OECD project on Inclusive Growth. She previously worked as Economist at the OECD Economics Department. Before this she worked in the OECD Social Affairs and Employment Department, carrying out analysis on well-being and deprivation. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris). Her research interests include well-being, distributive justice, material deprivation and education. 3

4 MARLEEN DE SMEDT (ESTAT) Dr Marleen De Smedt is the Adviser to Walter Radermacher, Director- General of Eurostat, the EU's Statistical Office. She coordinates Eurostat's activities on measuring GDP and beyond in general and on measuring quality of life and wellbeing in particular. In she worked as the EU's Research Fellow at Harvard University. Prior to this position, she was Head of different Units in Eurostat, dealing with a range of social statistics, mainly on health, education, crime and food safety. Before joining the Commission's Health Policy Directorate in 1989, Marleen worked in Brussels as an occupational physician. Marleen holds a Doctor's degree in Medicine (Universiteit Antwerpen) with postgraduate qualifications in Occupational and Public Health (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and in Epidemiology and Statistics (Université Libre de Bruxelles). VILIAM PALENIK, senior researcher, Slovak Academy of Science (SAS), Bratislava Viliam Palenik is an independent scientist, and since 2001 visiting docent at the Faculty of mathematics, physics and informatics of the Comenius University in Bratislava. Since 1991 Prof. Palenik is a scientist at the Institute of Economic Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. In the same year he was appointed head of the department of economic modelling macroeconomic analysis and forecasts of Slovak economy at the Institute of Economic Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Prof. Palenik has been Coordinator of several scientific projects, focused on monetary and fiscal policy, and is also principal consultant of a World Bank research project ( ). Author and co-author of 28 research works focused mainly on application of mathematic and statistic methods and econometrics, Prof. Palenik is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee. 4

5 SAAMAH ABDALLAH, senior researcher, New Economics Foundation, London Saamah is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Well-being, where he has worked since its foundation in His projects have included the Happy Planet Index, National Accounts of Well-being, BRAINPOoL (exploring the barriers to the use of alternative indicators in policy), development of well-being indicators for Eurostat, and a recent report for Eurofound on Quality of Life and Well-being in Europe. Currently Saamah is working with partners at the local level to develop well-being indicators and policy frameworks to help make use of them; as well as being involved in a project where members of the public are engaged in exploring policy implications of evidence well-being. Mr Abdallah studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, Cognitive Science and Language at the University of Barcelona, and Democracy and Democratisation at University College London. Dr. SÉBASTIEN BRUNET, Head of the Walloon Institute for Evaluation, Foresight and Statistics Sébastien Brunet is the general administrator of the Walloon Institute for Evaluation, Foresight and Statistics (Institut Wallon de l'evaluation, de la Prospective et de la Statistique). Prof. Brunet is currently teaching Methodology of risk analysis; Theory and concepts of crisis management and emergency planning; Risk and politics and Methods of foresight and strategic analysis at the University of Liege. ANDRÉ-JEAN GUÉRIN, member of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council Being a civil servant engineer, Mr Guérin is a member of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC), where he is a representative of the Foundation Nicolas Hulot for Nature and Humanity which works for the protection of the environment. 5

6 STEFANO PALMIERI, President of the Steering-Committee Europe 2020, EESC Member of Group II at the European Economic and Social Committee, where he is President of Europe 2020 Steering Committee. He also works for the Department for Economic and Social Cohesion Policies and Southern Italy at the CGIL (Italian General Confederation of Labour). Member of the SOC and ECO sections at the EESC, Mr Palmieri has been rapporteur of a number of opinions in the field of Economic and monetary affairs, Employment and social affairs, Development and Regional policy. JACQUES BONNIN, European Commission, DG Environment, Directorate F (Strategy). Jacques Bonnin is an engineer by training. He started his career in the Shell group of companies. He has been working for the European Commission for the last twenty years where he has been concerned with issues of innovation, energy and research. In particular he has been in charge of coordinating the development of the new innovation indicator. He is currently working in DG Environment after the development of Resource Efficiency indicators and the GDP and Beyond Roadmap. TOM BAULER, Université Libre de Bruxelles Tom Bauler is Assistant Professor at ULB and holds the Chair «Environment & Economy». He teaches Ecological Economics and his research focuses on the governance of alternative indicators for wellbeing, particularly on the dynamics of beyond-gdp indicators and the institutionalization of their policy agenda. Prof. Bauler also conducts a series of research efforts on the governance of transitions from the perspective of grassroots innovations. Prof. Bauler's academic background includes a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, an MA in Economics from the Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg) and a post-graduate degree in STS from Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. In 2013, he was visiting research fellow to Harvard University s Science, Technology & Society program (Sheila Jasanoff). Recent RTD projects include POINT (POlicy INfluence of indicators, FP7), BRAINPOoL (BRinging Alternative INdicators into POLicy, FP7), TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory, FP7). 6

7 ANDREW STIRLING, University of Sussex Andrew Stirling is Research Director for SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex, where he co-directs the ESRC Centre on Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS). With a background in the environment and peace movements and in natural and social science, he is an interdisciplinary policy-focused researcher, working on issues around the governance of science, technology and innovation. He has served on a number of public advisory bodies including EU committees on Energy Policy, Science in Society, Public Engagement, Sustainable Development and Science and Governance. In the UK, he has served on the Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances, GM Science Review Panel, DEFRA Science Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of the BIS Sciencewise Programme as well as working groups for the Royal Society and Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Dr. CHRISTIAN KROLL, Project Manager, Program Shaping Sustainable Economies Dr Christian Kroll has authored numerous articles on happiness and well-being in scientific journals as well as broadsheet media. He held academic positions at the London School of Economics (where he also gained his PhD), as well as at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Today he works for the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) of the Bertelsmann Foundation and is a Research Fellow at Jacobs University in Germany. Previously, Kroll gained work experience with the United Nations in New York (Department of Political Affairs), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Antananarivo / Madagascar and whilst working for an MP in the German Parliament. He holds an M.A. in Sociology from Hamburg University and a B.A in Social Anthropology from the Université de La Réunion (France). 7

8 EVELYNE PICHENOT, EESC (REX, SOC) Member of the European and International Affairs Section of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council, she is also member of the REX and SOC sections at the European Economic and Social Committee, for which she also worked as rapporteur for the opinion on Societal Responsibilities of Enterprises and in the field of international trade. Moreover, Ms Pichenot is a specialist in following European public consultations and the EU2020 strategy. CÉLINA WHITAKER, co-president of "Forum for other indicators of wealth" (FAIR) Célina Whitaker member and co-president of FAIR (Forum for other indicators of wealth) is also member of the SOL movement (Association pour une appropriation citoyenne des monnaies; Association for a citizens' currency). She has been national coordinator for the SOL project on complementary currency in the period Ms Whitaker is member of CEDAL / Banyan (Centre d Etudes pour le Développement de l Amérique Latine; Center of research for the development of Latin America), being involved in the world-wide debate on social economics topics, solidarity issues and social and complementary currency. Ms Whitaker is also among the co-moderators of Collectif Richesses, an association involved in the topic of reviewing richness and wealth indicators. 8

9 LIDIA BRATANOVA, Director of the Statistical division, UN Economic Commission for Europe. Lidia Bratanova is Director of the Statistical Division of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) since Since January 2011 she is also responsible for UNECE work on population activities and manages a Population unit which provides the secretariat for the UNECE Working Group on Aging. Mrs. Bratanova has more than 30 years of experience in official statistics, with focus on economic statistics. She joined the UNECE in From 2003 she was Secretary of the Conference of European Statisticians, an intergovernmental body composed of the Chief Statisticians of the UNECE member countries and a Deputy Director. She was responsible for and involved in a broad range of activities, such as the impact of globalization on economic statistics, measuring sustainable development, and more recently time-use surveys, modernization of statistical production, environment statistics and climate change related statistics. Prior to joining the UNECE, Mrs. Bratanova worked for 3 years with the Statistics Directorate of OECD, specializing in economies in transition in Easter Europe, Caucuses and Central Asia. She is Bulgarian and from 1981 to 1992 worked at the National Statistical Institute of Bulgaria. CONNY REUTER, Secretary General, SOLIDAR Since October 2006, Conny Reuter has been Secretary General of SOLIDAR, a European network of NGOs working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide. In April 2008 Mr Reuter was also elected President of the Social Platform. Mr Reuter lived for 10 years in Paris heading the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) Department for School and Youth Exchanges for the last 2 years before moving back to Berlin to continue working in the same position ( ). Mr Reuter also represented the French Youth Council at the European Youth Forum ( ), then working at La Ligue de l Enseignement in Paris ( ). He also headed the liaison office of La Ligue de l Enseignement in Germany ( ). Throughout his education, which comprises academic studies on Languages and Education Sciences at the universities of Bonn, Cologne and Toulouse, Mr Reuter was involved in youth and political student organisations where his interest in youth work, vocational training and social inclusion started. Mr Reuter's professional career shows his knowledge of EU affairs (and social inclusion topics), also demonstrating his extended experience in networking, managing EU and international events. 9