Presidency 2015-2018

Every two and a half years, the Sustainable Development Observatory elects a new president. The current mandate runs from October 2015 to April 2018. The president represents the Observatory and is responsible, together with the two vice-presidents, for organising the Observatory's work, including preparing and chairing meetings.

Brenda King, President of the SDO

Group: Employers (United Kingdom)

Brenda King is a UK representative on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). She is currently President of the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO). As a member of the SDO, she is rapporteur of an EESC report putting forward recommendations for civil society involvement in the implementation, monitoring and review of the sustainable development agenda in the EU. She was also part of the core team of three members who undertook an impact study in six member states on the EU Renewable Energy Directive. From 2010 to 2013, Brenda chaired the EU-African Caribbean Pacific subcommittee where she successfully campaigned for 2015 to be the European Year for Development and Cooperation. Between 2006 and 2008, she was President of the EESC’s specialized section in employment focusing on job growth and quality employment. For over 10 years, Brenda has overseen the successful delivery of a youth development programme that has been recognised and awarded in the UK.


Isabel Caño Aguilar, Vice-president of the SDO | Group: Workers (Spain)

A teacher by profession and a member of the education section of the General Workers Union (UGT), her areas of interest are: employment, adaptation to climate change, new skills for new jobs, 'fair transition', renewable energies and, most significantly, the involvement of civil society in designing and monitoring agreements that are to be reached. Read more about Isabel Caño Aguilar

Lutz Ribbe, Vice-president of the SDO | Group: Various interests (Germany)

Lutz Ribbe has been active in the European Economic and Social Committee since 1998. He was one of the main drivers of the EESC's work on environmental issues and sustainable development areas , contributing as a rapporteur of opinions on the EU action programmes in the field of the environment, biodiversity, resource efficiency, to name but a few. Read more about Lutz Ribbe

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