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A new Board of Directors was elected on October 3rd, 2016, in Bragança, Portugal. The Board will serve for four years.




Pays Basque (Spain), Department of agriculture of the Basque Country


Geographer, with studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, DEA in Geography, ecology and development of mountain areas at the University of Grenoble and Interuniversity Degree in cartography and teledetection at the Universities of Louvaine-La-Neuve, Liège and the Free University of Brussels. Professional experience in spatial teledetection at the laboratory “Surfaces” of the University of Liège. Since 1989 works at IKT (public participation enterprise by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Basque Government), where he is currently in charge of the Department for Agricultural Analysis and Studies at IKT. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the World Rural Forum (NGO working in the field of cooperation) and Naturgintza (private environmental foundation). Juanan Gutierrez is President of Euromontana since 2012.


Croatia, Local Development Agency PINS


Danijel Bertovic has 15 years of work experience with different institutions and SME’s from mountain areas in Croatia. For the last 5 years he has been president of the board of PINS. He is working on different EU projects and has 10 years of experience in preparation and implementation of EU financed projects. PINS hopes, with a presence on the board, to be more involved in the work and the promotion of the Euromontana network, especially in South East Europe.


Scotland (United Kingdom), Perth College of the University of the Highlands and Islands

Martin PRICE

Professor Martin Price has been working on issues relating to sustainable development in mountain areas for over 25 years, particularly in relation to biodiversity/protected areas, forests, and tourism, and also using integrated approaches.  He has been involved in the coordination of three major Europe-wide studies on mountain areas, for DG Regio, the European Environment Agency, and ESPON, and is also active at the global level, with strong links to international organizations (including acting on behalf of Euromontana on the Steering Committee of the Mountain Partnership).  He has been vice-president of Euromontana from 2008 to 2016, and has participated in a number of EU-funded projects initiated and/or led by Euromontana

Member: Rob Clarke

Scotland (United Kingdom), Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Rob Clarke

Rob Clarke is the Head of Policy of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), an organisation with a unique remit from the Scottish Government that integrates economic and community development.


France, FNSEA

Dominique FAYEL
Dominique FAYEL

Dominique Fayel is a farmer and president of a mountainous departmental federation of FNSEA in Aveyron.  He is a member of the FNSEA board and president of the Mountain Commission and Less Favoured Areas. He is also a member of the national Mountain Council and president of the working group « Agriculture, agri-food, forest, wood ». He is also president of the section suckler cows of the bovine national federation and he regularly takes part in the projects of COPA. Finally, he is a member of SIDAM, an organisation focusing on projects of the Massif Central. Dominique Fayel would like to stand for the position of vice-president, to focus on agricultural issues and to bring his expertise to Euromontana. He believes that agriculture is not represented well at the national level and that is important to be more involved in Euromontana and work at the European level. Working on the Euromontana Board will allow for more exchanges with other European countries and greater involvement in important decisions at the European level, especially regarding the CAP.  The idea is to have a territorial and global approach in order to promote agricultural development that considers economic, social and environmental factors.

MEMBER: Christophe LEGER

France, APCA, National Network of the Agricultural Chambers

Christophe LEGER
Christophe LEGER

Because of his detailed knowledge of French mountain farms, Christophe Léger, who is a farmer in Haute-Savoie, will be able to be the spokesman for French mountain farmers in Euromontana and to be the link between Euromontana  and the APCA Mountain Group. Beyond his ability to bring the diversity of French mountain agriculture, Christophe Léger is particularly sensitive to the European dimension of mountain farming. He wishes to develop through his participation to Euromontana his European network and partnerships with different countries. He has already forged links with Italy, Switzerland or Romania and wants to continue on this path.


France, Region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes


Vice-president of the Mountain Commission of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region  and elected official of a mountain territory at the local level, the activity of Fabrice Pannekoucke is directly linked with the activities of Euromontana. Tourism, pastoralism, spatial planning, environment and habitat are some of the activities implied in Fabrice Pannekoucke’s every day job.


France, ARPE, Regional Sustainable development agency of Region Midi-Pyrénées


Thierry Percie du Sert is responsible for research and development on parks and mountains for the Regional Agency for Sustainable Development of the Midi-Pyrénées (ARPE). He animated the Pyrenean Antenna of ARPE for ten years and, from 2005 to 2014, he was Deputy Director of the Agency. He is responsible for monitoring relations with parks (regional and national) of the Midi-Pyrénées region and projects on mountain areas. He has monitored for many years developments in sustainable tourism in refuges across the Region. In 2015, he was co-leader from ARPE on a joint project with the Rhône Alpes Energy and Environment agency. The project examined the current state of knowledge of climate change impacts and adaptation practices in the Massif Central and proposed an information network to track the effects of climate change on the mountain range


Romania, FAMD (Mountain Farmers Association of Vatra Dornei)


Ioan Agapi has been CEO at “Dorna” Mountain Farmers’ Federation since 1995. Graduate of the North University of Baia Mare, with a major in Mining, and of the university of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Iasi, with a major in Rural Development, Ioan Agapi has worked for 10 years in mining construction and for 17 years in mountain rural development. The projects he manages are financed by the World Bank, the Government of Romania, the EU and Heifer International. He was Vice-President of Euromontana from 2012-2016.


Romania, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (CEFIDEC), Vatra Dornei


Director of Training and Innovation Centre for the development of the Carpathians – CEFIDEC Vatra Dornei and former vice-president of Euromontana. Specialized on agricultural mechanics and agri-food economy, with more than 20 years of work experience, Danut Gitan has participated in implementing rural projects in the mountain area of Romania, financed by the EU, the World Bank and the Romanian Government.


Macedonia, MAKMONTANA – Association for the Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions


Vlatko Andonovski is associate professor at the University in Skopje, where he teaches Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement and Landscape Design and is a research associate in biodiversity, forestry, sustainable development of natural resources, management planning on nature protection, protected areas and international and trans-boundary cooperation. Vlatko Andonovski is executive Director of MAKMONTANA- Association for the sustainable development of mountain regions in the Republic of Macedonia, where his main duties include work and lobby for sustainable development of mountain regions in the Republic of Macedonia and South-Eastern Europe and the financial management of the organization.   He is also the President of the Balkan Foundation for Sustainable Development – BFSD.


Switzerland, SAB, multisectoral national mountain organisation

Thomas EGGER

Geographer, he was from 1996 to 2001 Head of the regional office of the Swiss Centre for mountain regions (SAB) in Brig. Since 2002 he is the Director of the Swiss Centre for mountain regions in Berne.  He is also the Secretary of the Parliamentary Group Mountains. Furthermore, he is Member of the Federal Council on spatial development in Switzerland and President of Schweizerische Beratungsgruppe für Regionen und Gemeinden, Finally, he is the Secretary of the Conference of Heads of Municipalities from tourism villages in mountain areas. On the international level, Thomas Egger is Member of the advisory group on municipal development of the Bundesland Rheinland Pfalz and Member of the advisory group on rural development of South Tyrol. He is also Co-leadeer of an Action Group in the Macroregional strategy for the Alps (EUSALP) and responsible for several projects in the Alpine Space Program as well as projects in the cooperation with countries in Eastern and Southeastern Europe.


Italy, Province of Torino


Elena Di Bella has a degree in agricultural economics from the Turin University, and has worked as an agricultural extension officer at the Italian Farmers’ Federation of Piedmont and as a free-lance adviser to farmers and industries on analysis and control costs and fund raising, as well as on the reorganisation of the dairy cooperatives of the Pinerolese area. She has also occupied the function of interim director of Euromontana before joining the province of Torino where she has been working since 2001 as a director for Rural and Mountain Development. Her main field of activities are the agricultural and rural and mountain development sectors and quality products. She works on local development projects planning and coordination in the framework of the strategic political lines of the Città Metropolitana di Torino, European projects planning for rural and mountain development, coordination of studies and feasibility studies. She represents Euromontana in the Civil Dialogue Group on Quality and Promotion.



Italy, CIA, Confederation of Italian farmers


Mario Grillo has a degree in economy. He has direct experience with economic activities in mountain areas running a livestock breeding and cheese production farm in the Sila area in Calabria. Beyond producing food, the farm is an agritourism and contributes to attracting people in the area. Mario Grillo is vice president of the association of Cia-Calabria agritourisms and is very active at the regional level. For the last 10 years, he has organized organizing the Sila farm open day. He actively coordinates the CIA mountain of farmers operating in mountain areas from almost all over Italy. At the international level, Mario Grillo is involved in a project on national mountains parks. Mario Grillo will be supported by his staff members within CIA headquarters in Rome and in the CIA office in Brussels.


Italy, ERSAF, Regional Agency for Development of Agriculture and Forestry


Alessandro Fede Pellone has a technical-legal background, is a journalist and has held the position of Lombardy Regional Councilor and member of the VII Trade Commission and in the VI Environment Commission and President of the Groane Park. He has collaborated with ARPA Lombardia – Regional Agency for environmental protection and is currently in charge of the Union of Commerce, Tourism, Services of the Province of Milan with management and coordination tasks. He currently holds the position of ERSAF President (since 2018).
In ERSAF, he works to strengthen the role of the Authority as a technical instrumental body supporting the Lombardy Region in the development of the Lombard agricultural, forestry and agri-food system with regard to issues of competitiveness on national and international markets, rural development, environmental sustainability, multifunctionality and protection of the rural landscape, research – also in relation to Italian and European universities – and the transfer of technological innovation as well as the quality and healthiness of products.
With reference to the forestry sector and the rural area, it also works to promote the development and cohesion of the ecosystem in the management and enhancement of the regional forestry property, the economic enhancement of timber, nursery and biodiversity support activities, support to fight against forest fires.


Slovenia, Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Maribor

Andreja BOREC

Prof. Andreja Borec is member of the department of Agricultural economics and Rural development of the University of Maribor in Slovenia. Her professional work is dedicated mostly to environmental issues, rural development and agricultural land management. She has work experiences on land abandonment in mountain regions and on the implementation of RDP in mountainous regions. Recently she has been working on the promotion, development and marketing of traditional and local mountain food.


Spain, Province of Teruel


Laura Gascón Herrero is European project officer in the Provincial Government of Teruel since 2009. She joined the entity for leading the PADIMA project about depopulation in Mountain Areas, which was the first step for her career in rural development, territorial planning and “smart” management in mountain areas. The Province of Teruel has been a member of Euromontana since 2008 after a frequent and fruitful cooperation and, since 2017, is member of the Board of Directors. The Province has been Lead Partner in several INTERREG EUROPE projects such as PADIMA, MOG and SILVER SMEs with Euromontana as communication responsible partner. Teruel is a province especially worried about depopulation and demographic change, and because of this involved in several projects aiming at reversing the trend.



Portugal, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) – Mountain Research Centre (CIMO)

João Carlos AZEVEDO
João Carlos AZEVEDO

João Carlos Azevedo is a Professor at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the School of Agriculture of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, and Více-coordinator and researcher at CIMO – Mountain Research Centre. He is also Deputy Coordinator and Regional Representative for Europe of the IUFRO – Landscape Ecology Working Group. As a researcher, his interests are related to forestry and landscape ecology, in particular the study of the effects of change in ecological processes and ecosystem services. João Azevedo’s motivations result directly from the work done in the previous CIMO mandate, together with and after replacing Dr. Miguel Vilas Boas as representative of CIMO in the Board. João Azevedo has been involved directly in Euromontana’s initiatives, namely the “New CAP Mountains of Opportunities” project and the “X European Mountain Convention”, and has also represented EUROMONTANA in research events. João Azevedo intends to maintain a high level of participation in the EUROMONTANA board and initiatives as well as to maintain a strong interaction with Portuguese Euromontana members that he represents in the board.



Norway, Hedmark fylkeskommune

Arnfinn Nergård

Arnfinn Nergård is the mayor of Hedmark county council, where he has been a member since 2007. For all this period he has also been the leader of the regional committee for management of carnivores. Arnfinn Nergård is educated as and has worked as a teacher. He has also been a farmer and a bureaucrat. As a politician he was mayor in his municipality for 16 years. He holds several positions, and he is member of the board of the Norwegian Mountain Network.
Mr. Nergård is living in the mountain area in Hedmark, like he has done all his life. He wants to focus on the resources the mountain areas have, especially the great possibilities for grazing. He will remind us that the mountain areas are important also for the people living in urban areas, especially because of the possibilities they give for tourism an outdoor activities.


Norway, Eastern Norway Research Institute


Tor Arnesen has an expertise and a well-developed CV in social economy and environmental policy research with a special focus on mountain areas and communities. He has for several years been a board member at Eastern Norway Research Institute. Between February 2014 and October 2015, Tor Arnesen had a temporary appointment as managing director at the institute. He is currently a senior research scientist at the institute.


Norway, Viken County Council


Steinar Berthelsen was educated in regional planning at NMBU-Norway’s Environment and Life Sciences University.  He has been a teacher at a Norwegian folk high school since 1979; was mayor in Rollag municipality from 2003 to 2011; and a Member of the Viken County Council. Steinar Berthelsen will be the Chair of the Norwegian Mountain Network in the period 2016-2019. He would like to take part in European policies regarding development of mountain regions to compile them with the development of corresponding areas in Norway.


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