Odile Rodriguez De La Fuente – Keynote Speaker

Biologist, Scientist and Lecturer of Sustainability and Environment, Founder of Felix Rodriguez de La Fuente Foundation

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Specialist Subjects

  • Climate Change
  • Biomimicry
  • Rewilding
  • New models of sustainable mobility
  • Nature and education

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Biography

Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente was the vice-president, founder and general director of Fundación Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente in Spain (2004-2016). She went to high school in Spain, England and Switzerland, a worldwide association of schools called RoundSquare.

Odile holds a BS in Biological Sciences (1994) and a BA in Cinema Production (1995) graduating Cum Laude from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She started her career in 1996 at National Geographic Television in Washington DC as an intern, associate producer and producer. Among others, she worked on a film about rain forests in Mexico and a major, worldwide communication campaign on conservation, in collaboration with IUCN.

In 2004, she was the Director of Scientific Film Awards of Ronda, the first initiative of its kind in Spain. In 2005 she worked as a producer at RTVE, doing a production of a two-hour documentary of the life and work of her father Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. In 2006, she became a member of the board of WWF Spain.

In 2004 Odile founded the Fundación Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, an important NGO in Spain, named after her father who was a very famous Spanish nature filmmaker. She has managed very ambitious projects relating environmental awareness. Among them large multimedia exhibitions, a quarterly magazine “Agenda Viva”, online platforms, TV documentaries, books, apps, LIFE communication projects, and developed a quality brand for autochthonous breeds and plant varieties that contribute to nature conservation. She was also been elected as one of the first “Women Visionaries” by the Wild Foundation and cochaired the international WILD10 Congress in Spain, Salamanca 2013.She collaborated over 4 years with a radio show about environmental matters and a tv show, in the spanish public televisión as the environmental expert.

She regularly lectures in different conferences and writes discussion articles for mainstream Newspapers like El País or El Mundo. She is actively involved in several advisory committees and environmental workgroups in Spain like the GCG (Grupo de Campo Grande) centered on wolf-livestock conflict resolution. Odile is currently centering her divulging efforts in climate change and how to tackle it from a positive transformative perspective. She has recently collaborated with Mitsubishi as the main speaker in a spanish country wide campaign designed to raise awareness about climate change. She is a member of the scientific committee on climate change of Madrid´s Autonomous Community.

She has just published a book with one of Spain´s main publisher´s, on her father´s legacy which is now on its 5th edition, and has accepted the publisher´s proposal to write a new book on climate change, to be released early 2022. She is also working on a documentary series on women scientist and conservationist.

For Rewilding Europe, Odile Rodríguez de la Fuente will have a particular role in communication and networking, representing the initiative towards certain external audiences, especially in the Mediterranean parts of Europe. She will also help facilitating to reach certain target groups, such as major land owners/holders in the rewilding areas, national top media, and early adopters within the key government structures in Spain and Portugal.

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