Former Spanish Prime Minister (1982 - 1996)
Felipe Gonzalez is one of the key political figures in the history of Spain in the second half of the twentieth century. A leading player in the democratic transition, he was the third president of the Spanish government since its reinstatement in the late 1970s and has been the longest-time president (four legislatures in thirteen and a half years).
The modernization of Spain and its complete integration into the European concert took place in its years of government, between 1982 and 1996. Although he is currently retired from the political profession, the former president remains active in various current focuses at European and Latin American level.
Born in Seville in 1942, he is the father of three children and grandfather of eight grandchildren. He was married from 1969 to 2008 to Carmen Romero López and is currently married to Mar García-Vaquero Vela in second marriages since 2012. Fond of the good table, he loves cooking and photography. His devotion to nature and the cultivation of bonsai is known, although not so much another of his passions: the design of jewelry and furniture. He relaxes with a game of billiards, a good book or working and carving stones, as well as being recognized as a hard-working reader and flamenco enthusiast. With curiosity intact, he continues to keep alive his eagerness to know everything.
Jennifer Symonds, D.O.
Fire & Aviation Management Medical Officer
Fire Medical Qualifications Program Manager
USDA Forest Service
Sidney Dekker, PhD
Professor and Director of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia
Cathelijne Stoof, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Creator and leader of PyroLife Innovative Training Network on integrated fire management
Board of Directors International Association of Wildland Fire
Dr. Cathelijne Stoof is specialized in pyrogeography – the interdisciplinary study of the distribution and functioning of wildland fire. She is the national delegate of The Netherlands to the EU Expert Group of Forest Fires, an active science communicator, and founder and leader of the newly funded Innovative Training Network PyroLife, that trains 15 PhD candidates to become the our new generation of integrated fire management experts. PyroLife fosters knowledge transfer from southern Europe to temperate Europe, and from cross-risk approaches including water management to fire. It thereby combines how the North solves community problems with fire knowledge from the European South, with a strong focus on diversity in terms of interdisciplinarity, science-practice links, geography and gender. With this, PyroLife trains early career researchers people to understand fire, deal with uncertainty, communicate risks, and stimulate knowledge exchange to improve awareness and preparedness for current and future fire challenges.
Link to PyroLife: https://pyrolife.lessonsonfire.eu/pyrolife-project/
Dan Cable, PhD
Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
Dan Cable is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. Dan’s research and teaching focus on employee engagement, change, organizational culture, and leadership mindset. Dan is Shortlisted for the 2019 Thinkers50 Talent Award, and selected for the 2018 Thinkers50 Radar List. The Academy of Management has twice honored Dan with “Best article” awards, and The Academy of Management Perspectives ranked Dan in the “Top 25 most influential management scholars.”
Dan’s newest book is Exceptional, published September 2020. Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do appeared in 2018, and his first book was Change to Strange. He also has edited two books and published more than 50 articles in top scientific journals. His most recent research was published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, and Administrative Science Quarterly. This research recently has been featured in the Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, New York Times, and Business Week.
Dan’s clients include Amazon, BMW, Capital One, Deloitte, EY, Estee Lauder, Facebook, HSBC, Ikea, MetLife, NBC Universal, O2, Porsche Consulting, Prudential, PwC, Rabobank, Randstad, Roche, Sanofi, Siemens, and Twitter.
Director General of Emergency Management Australia (EMA)
- National Project Director for Emergency Alert –National Telephone Warning System Project post Black Saturday. $60m nationally led from concept to operationalization in 7 months.
- Development of the road map for the Next Generation National Fire danger Rating System.
Keynote Panel: Recovery and revitalization of Indigenous (wild)fire futures
Moderator: Amy Cardinal Christianson
Brady Highway belongs to the Asinīskāwitiniwak – the people of the rock. He is a father of two children, a Cree translator and life-long student of the land. Having grown up on the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan, Brady learned how to respectfully interact with the environment and has been working in the field of environmental protection for over 25 years. Starting as a wildland firefighter, he moved to Yoho National Park to become the youngest Park Warden in Canada at the age of 18 and continued specialized work in wildfire management. He has held several positions including Initial Attack Crew Leader, Regional Duty Officer, Visitor Safety and Fire Operations Coordinator which offered many unique opportunities to work with Indigenous communities in their own traditional territories. After attending over 250 prescribed, wildland, and structural fires, he now leads a project on behalf of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative developing a national strategy for Indigenous Guardians entering this critical function of resource management. Brady’s passion and commitment to protect the land enters every aspect of his life, instilling values of respect and humility to his children, nieces and nephews who will be left to look after the land into the future.
Margo Robbins is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Cultural Fire Management Council (CFMC). She is one of the key planners and organizers of the Cultural Burn Training Exchange (TREX) that takes place on the Yurok Reservation twice a year. She is also a co-lead and advisor for the Indigenous People’s Burn Network.
Margo comes from the traditional Yurok village of Morek, and is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe. She gathers and prepares traditional food and medicine, is a basket weaver and regalia maker.
She is the Indian Education Director for the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School district, a mom, and a grandma.
Research Associate and PhD Candidate, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University
Bhiamie Williamson is an Indigenous man from the Euahlayi people in north-west New South Wales, Australia. In 2014, Bhiamie graduated from the Australian National University (ANU) and in 2017 from the Masters of Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Bhiamie also holds graduate certificates in Indigenous Governance from the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and Indigenous Trauma Care and Recovery Practice from the University of Wollongong. Bhiamie’s research areas include Indigenous land management, cultural burning, Indigenous peoples and disaster recovery and Indigenous men and masculinities.