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Island Advisory Committee

Composed by island stakeholders, identifies the islands’ challenges and priority needs with a focus on circular economy

Strategy Scientific Committee


Composed by international institutions and organizations expert in sustainability-related sectors, addresses islands’ challenges providing recommendations to the other Committees

Island Advisory Committee

Chair - Sai Navoti

Mr. Sai Navoti is the Chief of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Unit, at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). The SIDS Unit monitors at the Global Level the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Priorities of SIDS, including the SAMOA Pathway, Mauritius Strategy and the Barbados Programme of Action. Prior to his current post, Sai served as the Senior Legal Advisor with the International Seabed Authority. He also served as Lead Negotiator for the G77 & China (2013) and Lead Climate Negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in 2012 and as a Counter Terrorism Officer for UNODC before that. Sai served Fiji as a Military Officer, Government Lawyer, and a Diplomat. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, a Bachelor of Law, two Post Graduate Diplomas and a Master of Science Degree.

“2024 is a very important year for Islands. On 27 to 30 May 2024, the International Community will gather in St. John, Antigua and Barbuda for the 4th International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), where World Leaders, members of the United Nations, are expected to adopt an intergovernmentally agreed, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented political outcome document setting out the Sustainable Development Agenda and priorities of SIDS, for the next decade. I respectfully submit my interest to Chair the GTI Island Advisory Committee. I am convinced that with the support of the Committee, together with my knowledge and understanding of intergovernmental sustainable developmental prioritization, the Committee will, going forward, better identifies islands’ challenges and priority needs and continuously explore innovative solutions and disseminate best practices for islands’ circular economy, into the next decade.”

Vice-Chair - Joseph Borg

Joseph Borg is the president of INSULEUR. He was born in 1960 and studied philosophy and theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Victoria, Gozo, obtaining a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Lateran University in Rome in 1984. Throughout the years Mr Borg has held a number of executive positions, including director with F. X. Borg Furniture Ltd., and managing director of the same firm, the family-owned furniture manufacturing company.

Joseph also served as a director on the board of the MDC from 1989 to 1992. He was involved in the Gozo Committee of the Malta Federation of Industries and the Council of the Malta Federation of Industries. Mr Borg was also a director of Bank of Valletta plc. and chairman of Gozo Channel Co. Ltd. He was also a board member of the Gozo Regional Development Authority and also chaired its’ Audit Committee. Mr Borg has been a council member of the Gozo Business Chamber from its inception. From October 2018 he became President of the Chamber and President of INSULEUR from December 2018. He currently chairs the Gozo Regional Committee and represents this committee on the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD).

“The role of the Island Advisory Committe is to identify islands’ challenges and priority needs with a focus on the circular economy.  Given my involvement within INSULEUR, including as a President of this organisation for the past five years, I believe I have the required competencies and experience to act as Vice Chair of this committee.  On various instances as INSULEUR President I have spoken about the importance of islands becoming more sustainable, and on the difficulties being faced by islands because of the impacts of climate change.  However, I have also highlighted how islands can provide the ideal tests beds where sustainable solutions are tested, providing also a positive impact on the local economy and creating new employment opportunities.  To this end I believe that I can make a significant impact within the role of Vice Chair”.

Island Advisory Committee members

  • Godfrey Baldacchino, Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta
  • Joseph Borg – Chairman INSULEUR (The Network of Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union)
  • Kate Brown – Executive Director, GLISPA (Global Island Partnership)
  • Camille Dressler – Vice Chair ESIN (European Small Islands Federation)
  • Claudia Guzzon – Executive Secretary CPMR (Islands Commission Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions)
  • Dynta Trishana Munardy – Business Development Officer for APAEC Programme, ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
  • Gonzalo Piernavieja – Director, Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC)
  • Maxime Prodromidès – President SMILO (The Small Islands Organization)
  • Arieta Gonelevu Rakai – Programme Officer and Lead for the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA
  • Giovanni Ruggieri – President OTIE (Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands)
  • Sainivalati S. Navoti – Chief of SIDS Unit, UN DESA (United Nations – Department of Economic and Social Affairs Economic Analysis)
  • Colin Young – Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC); and representatives from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

Strategy Scientific Committee

Chair - Marit Brommer

Marit Brommer is the Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association (IGA). She took seat in April 2017 coming from the Oil and Gas sector with a decade of experience in technology deployment and geoscience portfolio management. Marit is a passionate geologist with a Masters from the Free University in Amsterdam and a PhD from TU Delft. She is dedicated to transition the IGA into a professional body renowned for its geothermal expertise, networking opportunities and global presence. In addition, she is keen to strengthen the activities with Clean Energy partners with a commitment to a low-carbon future energy mix.

“I am excited to express my candidacy for the position of Chair of Strategy Scientific Committee . My passion for Science, Research and Technology and my personal dedication to fostering collaboration and excellence make me well-suited for this leadership role. Throughout my professional journey, I have consistently demonstrated strong organizational skills, effective communication, and a proactive approach to problem-solving. Only through collaboration, we can achieve our goals, drive meaningful initiatives, and contribute to the success of the Greening the Islands Organisation.  I am eager to bring my energy, experience, and vision to this role, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with all of you”.

Vice-Chair - Vanessa Toré

Vanessa G. Toré is a distinguished professional in international economic development, currently serving as Director of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Division at the Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao. With expertise in government policy, she has held key positions in various ministries and organizations. Vanessa chairs the Integrated Water Resources Management Committee in Curaçao and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership – Caribbean, emphasizing her commitment to sustainable development. Vanessa’s extensive career and dedication to fostering international partnerships have positively impacted Curaçao’s global position.

“As a candidate, I am motivated to join the Greening The Island Observatory because of its commitment to advancing sustainable transitions for islands worldwide. With my extensive background in international economic development and government policy, I understand the importance of uniting stakeholders and issuing policy recommendations to drive sustainable change. My experience as Chair of the Integrated Water Resources Management Committee and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership – Caribbean highlights my dedication to sustainable development initiatives. I believe that my expertise in fostering international partnerships and promoting economic cooperation aligns closely with the Observatory’s mission to explore innovative solutions and disseminate best practices for islands’ circular economies. I am eager to contribute to the Observatory’s agenda by leveraging my skills and experiences to support its members’ strategies and advance sustainable transitions on islands globally”.

Strategy Scientific Committee members

  • Amani Alfarra – Water Resources Officer, FAO
  • Ursula Annunziata – President, European Desalination Society (EDS)
  • Ben Backwell – CEO, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
  • Ana Brito Melo – Executive Secretary IEA OES & Ocean Energy Europe
  • Marit Brommer – CEO, International Geothermal Association (IGA)
  • Bruce Douglas – CEO, Global Renewables Alliance (GRA)
  • Edita Dranseikaite – Coordinator Clean Energy for the EU Islands, DG Energy European Commission
  • Sonia Dunlop – CEO, Global Solar Council (GSC)
  • Christian Galletta – Green Hysland, FEDARENE (European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment)
  • George Kremlis – Principal Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister
  • Jaimes Kolantharaj – Senior Energy Specialist Energy Division, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Michela Miletto – Coordinator, UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP); Director, UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment
  • Shannon McCarthy – Secretary general, International Desalination & Reuse Association (IDRA)
  • Henk B Rogers – Founder, Blue Planet Alliance
  • Eddie Rich – Chief Executive Officer – International Hydropower Association (IHA)
  • Julia Souder – CEO, Long Duration Storage Council (LDES)
  • Vanessa Toré – Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership – Caribbean (GWP)

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