Speakers

Federica Mogherini has been the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission since 1 November 2014.

She was the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs from February to October 2014 and a Member of the Italian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies), where she was elected for the first time in 2008. In her parliamentary capacity, she was the Head of the Italian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-President of its Political Committee (2013-2014); member of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2008-2013); Secretary of the Defence Committee (2008-2013) and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

 

Karmenu Vella is the European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. He was born in Malta in June 1950. Mr Vella graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and later obtained a Master of Science in Tourism Management from the University of Sheffield. He was first elected to Parliament in 1976 and continued to be re-elected in the elections that followed for nine consecutive times. During his political career he has exercised governmental responsibilities as Minister for Public Works, as Minister for Industry and twice as Minister for Tourism. Mr Vella had also held various senior posts in the private sector.

As European Commissioner, he is mandated to engage in shaping international ocean governance in the UN, in other multilateral fora and bilaterally with key global partners of the EU. As a part of his mandate, he has presented in November 2016 – together with the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – the European Commission's strategy "International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans".

 

Dr Joseph Muscat was born on 22 January 1974. He graduated with Honours from the University of Malta in Public Policy and later as Master of European Studies. In 2007 he attained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management Research from the University of Bristol. He successfully contested the first European Parliamentary elections in Malta in 2004. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Person of the Year. In June 2008 he was elected as the Leader of the Partit Laburista.

Dr Muscat took office as Prime Minister of Malta on 11 March 2013 and was re-elected on 3 June 2017.Prime Minister Muscat is currently the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office and in the first half of 2017 led Malta’s Presidency of the European Union. He is married to Michelle and they have twin daughters, Etoile Ella and Soleil Sophie.

 

Sylvia A. Earle is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, Founder of Mission Blue, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc. (DOER), Ocean Elder, and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than 200 publications and leader of more than 100 expeditions with over 7,000 hours underwater, Dr. Earle is a graduate of Florida State University with M.A. and PhD. degrees from Duke University and 29 honorary doctorates. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technologies for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the Emmy Award winning Netflix film, Mission Blue. She is the recipient of more than 100 honors and awards including Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet, a Library of Congress Living Legend, UNEP Champion of the Earth, Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year, the 2009 TED Prize, the Explorers Club Medal, the Royal Geographic Society Patron’s Medal, and the National Geographic Hubbard Medal. Dr. Earle is a tireless advocate for Marine Protected Areas.

 

Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to August 2013.

He was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Pascal Lamy was appointed, in 2015, interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025, and in 2016 President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and chair of the European group of experts in charge of evaluating the impact of EU research funding. He shares his other activities between the Jacques Delors Institute (President emeritus), the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, as well as various mandates or missions related to global, European or French affairs. He was a member of the Global Ocean Commission (2013-2016).