Andrzej Malinowski, EESC member, Employers' Group (Group I)
Member of the European Economic and Social Committee since 2004, joining the Committee as the President of Employers of Poland (since 2001). He studied economics at Poznan Economic University and holds a PhD in economics. After his studies, he worked in government administration and in 1996 the Prime Minister entrusted him with organizing the Ministry of Economy, where he was later appointed Secretary of State. Andrzej's passion is to promote the idea of entrepreneurship and free market principles. Since the COP 24 held in Katowice, as the President of the Employers of Poland, is holding the Presidency of Marrakesh Business Action for Climate (MBA4Climate), the initiative that aims to create synergy and permanent exchange of knowledge and experiences between private sectors in order to achieve their climate commitments. Andrzej has been honoured with numerous distinctions, including the Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Peter Schmidt, EESC member, Workers' Group (Group II)
President of the EESC Sustainable Development Observatory since 2018 and a member of the EESC's since 2014 for Group II (Workers). From 2015 to March 2018, he was the president of the EESC's Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems. Peter is one of the three EESC members steering the work of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, a joint initiative by the EESC and the European Commission. His first occupation was cheesemaker. Later on he was a regional officer of the NGG trade union (Food and Catering Union, affiliated to the DGB) for 27 years, in charge of dairy industries and bakeries.
Cillian Lohan, EESC member, Diversity Europe (Group III)
Member of the EESC since March of 2014, currently serving as Vice President of the NAT section and appointed through the Irish Environmental Pillar. Cillian is CEO of an internationally active Irish NGO, Green Economy Foundation. He is the former chair of Irish Environmental Network (2015 -2018) Cillian is an Environmental Scientist but with a background in business, specifically working as a Business Development Director in the retail sector. He has expertise in Circular Economy, as a founding Chair of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (2017/2018) and as Rapporteur for multiple EESC opinions on the topic. As a member of the Sustainable development Observatory he works on SDG's and is currently Rapporteur for the "Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe 2030" for EESC. Cillian is an active advocate for climate action through mechanisms such as climate finance, circular economy, in the context of both climate justice and sustainable development.