The FIM is organising within the framework of the World Environment Day 2020, an Online Conference “How to protect and foster biodiversity in motorcycle sport”.
Five top experts covering Sustainability, Biodiversity and Motorsport will present successful case studies from the field:
Kattia Juárez (El Salvador) – Sustainability Expert and Consultant | Promoter of Sustainability in Motorsport | Environmental Management Specialist
Kattia is an Agricultural Engineer from the University of El Salvador with an MBA and a background in Sustainability Management from Cambridge University. With more than 20 years of experience, Kattia has participated in conferences and training events in more than 25 countries on four continents. She is the Director of Sustainability for the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) since the end of 2010, and she has been FIM’s environmental delegate for more than 20 years. She is the creator of projects such as Ride Green Ambassadors and promotor of KISS Programme. She is the author of the Ride Green 25 anniversary book and other guides. Kattia has extensive experience in both sustainability and the motorsport sector. Recently Kattia has obtained a certificate in environmental standards implementation (ISO 20121) from the British International Standard.
Joan Fontserè (Spain) – Director of the Circuit Barcelona Catalunya
Joan has extensive experience in the motorsport sector, which is put to good use in his current role as Head of Motorsport at Octagon Esedos. His expertise has been instrumental in the Circuit Barcelona Catalunya winning the Environmental Award for a third time last year having previously also achieved this prestigious accolade in 2012 and 2016.
At the heart of their success is the fact they have invested to create an area which is sustainable whilst minimising environmental impact. Visitors to the circuit can enjoy and benefit from the transformation and creation of an amazing natural space which is home to many natural species. Equally the enormous natural area that surrounds the circuit is very important for its biodiversity.
MsC Mikael Norén (Sweden) – Former Motocross Rider
Mikael made the transition from racer to official by becoming a Member of the FIM International Sustainability Commission after he hung up his boots. As well as being a keen off road rider the Swede also has a Master Degree in environmental sciences/business administration, given rise to his work as a sustainability consultant, mainly in the motorsport sector and as the CEO for a sustainability company.
Mikael is also a consultant for the Swedish federation, his specialism is in recognising and refining the potential for biodiversity of motorsport tracks in order to shift the pattern in this area. He has participated in numerous seminars and national clubs, using his knowledge and passion to educate and raise awareness about the importance of promoting and caring about nature.
Dr. Professor Nils Ryrholm (Sweden) – The professor from Gävle University
Professor Ryrholm holds a PhD in entomology at Uppsala University having graduated from the Gothenburg University BSc of Biology, chemistry and others.
In addition to being a member of different Boards, he is a member of the Butterfly Conservation Europe and member on the advisory board for the Swedish national encyclopaedia. Alongside this Professor Ryrholm is a national consultant in environment and biodiversity issues for the Swedish motorcycle association.
Nils has lead different conservation projects and participates in different consultations related to climate in both the private and public sector.
He is an accomplished lecturer, keynote speaker and member of different panels for different European universities. Nils covers in trend topics as sustainable development, global warming, biodiversity, ecosystem services, habitat destruction, species monitoring and red listing of endangered species both on a national and international level. Professor Ryrholm has been awarded and nominated by several associations lately, and is an Honorary Member of the Finnish Lepidopterological society.
Dr. Ing Karl-Friedrich Ziegahn (Germany) – Member of the Board of Directors of KIT
Doctor Ziegahn’s resume is extensive and includes the following points of note: He is a Member of the Board of Directors of KIT, Head of Division “Natural and Build Environment”, is responsible for faculties (schools) on Civil Engineering, Geosciences, Environment Sciences and Architecture as well as for Helmholtz research programmes “Renewable Energies” (RE), “Energy Efficiency” (EMR) and “Atmospheric and Climate Research” (ATMO).
He has also participated in different appointments and honorary duties, the last of these was with the European Physical Society (EPS), plus he participates in the Advisory Board on Science Policy too.
In the sporting arena, Karl has been involved in different areas since he was a co-driver in rallies. His hectic schedule includes being the father of 3 kids who are involved in motorsport, plus being a sport and environmental licence holder and a member of the CID and Instructor of the CID. Currently Doctor Ziegahn is the delegate link for sustainability between the FIA and FIM.