João Oliveira Soares has graduated in Business Management at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG) and has a postgraduate degree in Management Control from ISTE – University Institute of Lisbon and in Financial Analysis from ISEG. Since 2002, he has been the manager of the Casa Agrícola Oliveira Soares, a family business dedicated to agriculture, livestock, and forestry.
Felipe Pérez Martín is, since 2015, head of Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) and Deputy Directorate General for Forest Policy and Desertification Combat, Directorate General of Biodiversity, Forests and Desertification at the Spanish Ministry for The Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. He has been working in this Ministry on issues related to FGR and forest reproductive material since 2008. As a head of FGR and coordinator of the Spanish Network of National Centres for FGR, he has vast experience in national and international projects (EUFORGEN, FAO).
Julio Javier Díez Casero has been a full professor in Forest Pathology at the University of Valladolid since 2010. His research has focused mainly on diagnosing, characterizing, and controlling various forest pathogens. His work has been carried out in numerous international research centers such as (ARC-Long Ashton Research Station (UK), Laurentian Forest Service (Canada), and Davis University (USA). He has edited 13 books, published more than 160 scientific articles in high-impact journals, 17 book chapters, and made more than 200 contributions to scientific conferences.
Conceição Santos Silva is the General Secretary of UNAC (União da Floresta Mediterrânica), she is a forest engineer with an MSc in Forestry Engineering and Natural Resources Management.
She has a deep knowledge of the forestry sector and has two decades of experience in Mediterranean agroforestry associativism. In the last five years, she has led several R&D projects at UNAC, while also maintaining active participation in national and international forestry issues, both in terms of institutional representation and in defending the policies necessary for a more resilient forest.