European conference of defence and the environment

Host Nation Support / International Operations

Speaker information


Bettina Schwager, Germany

Mrs Bettina Schwager is a qualified agricultural engineer. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Bonn (Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität). She has many years of professional experience in environmental conservation, nature conservation and treatment of waste.

Among others, one of her tasks in the German Federal Office of Defence Administration was to find solutions to environmental needs on military missions such as KFOR and ISAF.

">Since 2011, she gives regular lectures within the course “Environmental Management for Military Forces” at the NATO School in Oberammergau/ Germany.

Between 2012 and 2015, she worked in the Operation Center of the Defence Administration of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) as central point of contact for all questions concerning the redeployment of the German troops from Afghanistan. She frequently visited Camp Marmal/ Afghanistan as well as the logistic area at the harbor in Trabzon/ Turkey.

Since 2016, she develops new concepts for field accommodation within the department of Infrastructure at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services. Her tasks include water issues as well as energy efficiency in missions abroad.

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Daina Galaktionova, Latvia

Daina Galaktionova, MSc in Biology (2000), MA in Political Science (2004). Started to work at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia in 1999 (International relations department, mostly dealing with development of joint Baltic States’ military projects, such as Baltic Battalion (BALTBAT), Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) and Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) in co-operation with the Baltic States and other countries). In August 2003, started to work in Environment division of State Agency for Defency Properties (the agency was established in 2003, supervised by the MoD Latvia). Since June 2017, D.Galaktionova is working as a Head of Environment Division of the State Centre for Defence Military Sites and Procurement (the agency was reorganised at the end of 2009 into the centre).

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Gaël Pradelle, France

Mr. Pradelle has spent the first part of his career as an engineer in the private sector. After graduating from ESIEE in 1999, he has worked in different companies for eleven years, in the field of mobile phone microchips design. After this experience, he has decided to move towards public affairs. He graduated from the Institute of political science of Paris (master of European Affairs) in 2013. He has then worked at the General Secretariat of European Affairs – an administrative service coming under the French Prime Minister – and has specialized in the field of environment, climate and energy issues. In February 2014, he joined the Legal Affairs Department of the French Ministry of Defence. Since then, he is in charge of environment, energy and climate issues at the European Law Section. In this respect, he develops in support of his head of office the activities of the French Presidency of the DEFNET. This is a European network of Ministries of Defence focusing on sustainable development issues.

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Försvarshögskolan /
Swedish Defence University

Stockholm, Sweden