Dr. Pippa Hackett

Senator and Minister of State for Land Use & Biodiversity, Ireland.

Dr. Pippa Hackett is an Irish Green Party politician who has been serving as Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity since June 2020 and a spokesperson for Agriculture, Food, Forestry, Heritage, and Animal Welfare. She has been a Senator in Seanad Éireann at Houses of the Oireachtas for the Agricultural Panel since November 2019.

Dr. Hackett holds a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Essex, a postgraduate diploma from University College Dublin, and a PhD in Sports Biomechanics from the University of Limerick. She has been activity involved in many community-based and schools projects. Her roles include youth club secretary and leader, local newsletter editor, Mountlucas parkrun director, and board member of local sports committees. She is passionate about healthy living, environmental issues and animal welfare.

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Mr. Frans Timmermans

European Commission, Belgium (TBC).

Mr. Frans Timmermans has been European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal since 2019.  He has led the Commission’s work on the first European Climate Law in order to enshrine the 2050 climate-neutrality target into EU law.  He has been leading international negotiations to strengthen the ambition of other major greenhouse gas emitters by 2021, by when a comprehensive plan will be presented to increase the EU’s reduction target for 2030 towards 55%. 

Mr. Timmermans is committed to ensuring proper enforcement and implementation of EU laws and instruments on climate, energy, environment and related policies and to instilling a new climate culture in Europe under a European Climate Pact.

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Prof. Rattan Lal,

The Ohio State University, USA.



Dr. Rattan Lal is a distinguished university Professor of Soil Science at the Ohio State University. His work focuses on  regenerative agriculture , through which soil can help resolve global issues, such as climate change, food security  and  water quality . His research led to a better understanding of how farming practices can restore degraded soils, increase soil organic matter by sequestering atmospheric carbon, and help combat rising CO2 levels in the air. He is highly respected in his field and has written or edited 151 books and made over 650 keynote speeches.

Prof. Lal was awarded the 2019 Japan Prize ‘for the sustainable management of soil for global food security and mitigation of climate change’. In June 2020, Professor Lal was the recipient of the prestigious World Food Prize.                

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