Professor Ugo Bardi
Lecturer in physical chemistry, University of Florence
Ugo Bardi is a lecturer in physical chemistry at the University of Florence, in Italy, where he is engaged in research on sustainability and energy with a special view on the depletion of mineral resources. This research is at present supported by the European Union under the Horizon project “MEDEAS”
Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome and of the international scientific committee of ASPO (Association for the study of peak oil). He is active in the dissemination of scientific results in sustainability and climate science on the blog “Cassandra' Legacy” (www.cassandralegacy.blogspot.com). He is the author of numerous papers on sustainability and of the recent books “The Limts to Growth Revisited” (Springer 2011) and “Extracted – how the quest for mineral wealth is plundering the planet” (Chelsea Green, 2014). A new book titled “The Seneca Effect: why growth is slow but collapse is rapid” will be published by Springer in 2017.
Ugo Bardi is an Italian citizen, born in 1952. He lives in the town of Fiesole, near Florence, in Italy, with his wife, Grazia. His son, Francesco, is a petroleum geologist working in Holland, his daughter (Donata) is completing her studies in neuropsychology. Ugo normally drives an electric motorcycle to his office and his home is fitted with PV panels on the roof and other sustainable tricks
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Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz
BHP Billiton Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, University College London
Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at University College London (UCL), and Deputy Director at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR). He is currently Principal Investigator of an international collaborative project on the circular economy in China (SINCERE), and participates in a number of EU projects on eco-innovation and raw minerals (Green.EU/Inno4SD, RECREATE, POLFREE, Minatura, Mica).
He had previous positions at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany, at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), at a Max Planck Institute, at the Institute for European Environmental Policy and in the German Budestag; and fellowships at the Transatlantic Academy (TA) in Washington DC, at Johns Hopkins University (AICGS JHU) and in Japan (JSPS).
Raimund has a PhD and a ‘Habilitation’ in economics. His research interests cover sustainable development, resource efficiency, the resource nexus, conflict minerals, international governance, the interface of policy and industry, and resulted in more than 200 publications. His recent book written with five international co-authors is “Want, Waste, or War? The Global Resource Nexus and the Struggle for Land, Energy, Food, Water and Minerals“, Routledge/Earthscan Publisher 2015, see: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138784468/.
Founding Partner, Circularity Capital
Jamie Butterworth is one of the Founding Partners of Circularity Capital, a specialist investment firm supporting the growth and innovation of businesses operating in the circular economy. He was the former Chief Executive, and part of the team who founded the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a global hub for circular economy innovation. Jamie has developed a deep understanding of how the circular economy drives value, working with a number of the world’s leading brands to support them in successfully deploying circular business models. Jamie has also been instrumental in developing and launching the Circular Economy 100, a platform for multinationals, SMEs, academic institutions and municipalities to capture the commercial opportunities of the circular economy. Jamie is a visiting business fellow of Oxford University’s Smith School for Enterprise and Environment and an expert advisor to the Global CleanTech 100.
Director, Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
Ben Caldecott is Director of the Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. The Sustainable Finance Programme aims to be the world's leading centre for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. He is concurrently an Adviser to The Prince of Wales's Accounting for Sustainability Project, an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Ben specialises in environment, energy, and sustainability issues and works at the intersection between finance, government, civil society, and academe, having held senior roles in each domain. Prior to joining the University of Oxford he was Head of Policy at investment bank Climate Change Capital, where he ran the company's research centre and advised clients and funds on the development of policy-driven markets.
Sustainability Manager for Engineering & Design, Rolls-Royce
Andy Clifton is the Sustainability Manager for Engineering & Design at Rolls-Royce. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2005 as the Design for Environment Capability Owner after completing a research PhD at the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University. His primary role at Rolls-Royce is to lead the development of the company's engineering and design capabilities so that sustainability forms an integral part of all decision-making processes across all businesses and functions. He chairs various industry and collaborative working groups on the topic of sustainable design, which are leading the definition of new standards for best practice and sustainable business performance for the aerospace sector.
Professor Paul Ekins OBE
Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London
Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. His academic work, published in numerous books, articles and scientific papers, focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. His book Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth appeared in 2000. He was a Member of the European Resource Efficiency Platform and Vice-Chair of the previous European Environment Commissioner’s Expert Economists’ Group on resource efficiency. He is currently a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Panel on the Deep Decarbonisation Transition Pathways Initiative. He is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP), and was the lead author of the IRP’s report on resource efficiency commissioned by the G7 governments and presented in Japan in 2016. In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award from the United Nations Environment Programme. In the UK New Year’s Honours List for 2015 he received an OBE for services to environmental policy.
Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Environnement
Antoine Frérot is a graduate of the École Polytechnique (class of 1977), engineer at the Ponts et Chaussées corps and holds a doctorate from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He started his career in 1981 as a research engineer at the Central Research Office for French Overseas Departments and Territories. In 1983, he joined the Center for Study and Research of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées as a project manager and then served as assistant director from 1984 to 1988. From 1988 to 1990, he was Head of Financial Transactions at Crédit National. In 1990, Antoine Frérot joined Compagnie Générale des Eaux as a project manager and, in 1995, became Chief Executive Officer of CGEA Transport. In 2000, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CONNEX, the Transport Division of Vivendi Environnement, and a member of the Executive Committee of Vivendi Environnement. In January 2003, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Eau, the Water Division of Veolia Environnement, and Senior Executive Vice President of Veolia Environnement. In November 2009, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, and in December 2010, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Environnement.
Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
Thomas Graedel is Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University. His research is centered on developing and enhancing industrial ecology, the organizing framework for the quantification and transformation of the material resource aspects of the Anthropocene. His textbook, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering, coauthored with B. R. Allenby, was the first book in the field and is now in its third edition. His current interests include studies of the flows of materials within the industrial ecosystem, and of evaluating the criticality of metals. Graedel’s books and papers have been cited by colleagues more than 24,000 times, putting his citation record in the upper ¼ of 1% of all active scientists. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2002 for “outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of industrial ecology”, and is a member of the UNEP International Resource Panel.
Director of EU government affairs, Umicore
Christian Hagelüken is Director of EU Government Affairs at Umicore. From 2003-2011 he was head of Business Development in Umicore’s Precious Metals Refining business unit. Before, he held various management positions in the precious metals department of Degussa AG. Christian has contributed to numerous books, scientific journals and conferences with a focus on (precious) metals recycling, sustainable metals management and circular economy. He represents Umicore in policy initiatives, associations, expert groups and scientific panels, among others the UNEP Resource Panel, the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, the German Acatech working group on resources for energy applications, and the German National Platform for Electromobility.
Christian holds university degrees in mining engineering and industrial engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, where he also received his Ph.D. in 1991.
Strategy and Futures Director at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)
Graham is the Strategy and Futures Director at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). He has a wide-ranging business career in technology development, innovation and strategy development. He joined CPI in 2004 and has developed and delivered its strategy of providing open access innovation services to companies of all sizes working in and with the process industries. The CPI businesses are focussed on the scale up and proving of novel processes in: Industrial biotechnology and biorefining, Emerging electronic devices for digital manufacturing, Biologics, Formulation and flexible manufacturing and Resource efficient manufacturing systems. Prior to joining CPI he was Director of Strategy and Planning for ICI’s Petrochemicals, Plastics and Fertilizers Business before working for Corus as Construction Director. He also led a global programme in sustainable urban design and construction for World Steel. He has developed and delivered strategy for a wide range of organisations and was core member of the team that has created the UK’s first Technology and Innovation Centre – The High Value Manufacturing Catapult. He was the organisation’s first CTO and continues to work with it to develop the technology strategy to support the growth of UK High Value Manufacturing.
Graham has a Degree in Metallurgy, PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MBA. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He has been a Visiting Professor at Salford University and Teesside University. He has a particular interest in Resource Efficient Manufacturing Systems. He is also a member of the board of Northumbria University at Newcastle.
Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School, University of Oxford
Professor Cameron Hepburn is Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School and a Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. He is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and Co-Director of the Net Zero Carbon Investment Initiative at the Oxford Martin School. He has degrees in law and engineering, a doctorate in economics, and over 30 peer-reviewed publications in economics, public policy, law, engineering, philosophy, and biology.
Cameron has advised governments (e.g. China, India, UK and Australia) and international institutions (e.g. OECD, UN organisations) on energy, resources and environmental policy. He is a member of the Economics Advisory Group (with Lord Stern and Professor Helm) to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. He served for almost a decade as a member of the Academic Panel, in the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Cameron began his business career with work at oil multinational Shell, law firm Mallesons and then management consultancy McKinsey & Co. Cameron is now a founder-investor in the social enterprise and clean energy sectors. He has co-founded three successful businesses in environmental and energy finance and economics.
Principal, DaiEcon Advisors
David Humphreys is an independent mining industry consultant based in the UK. David was chief economist of global miner Rio Tinto, for eight years up to 2004, and chief economist of Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest mining company, until the end of 2008. He has also been a non-executive director of Russian gold miner, Petropavlovsk plc. Prior to entering the mining industry, David worked for nine years in UK government service, for six of these as an advisor on minerals policy. He has written and lectured extensively on the economics of the mining and metals industries. He is the author of some two hundred articles and papers and the book, The Remaking of the Mining Industry (published 2015). He has been a visiting scholar at the Colorado School of Mines, the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, the Transatlantic Academy in Washington DC, and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Dundee. He has a PhD from the University of Wales.
Inaugural Director of the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University
Prof Jones is the inaugural Director of the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University. The GSI is an internationally recognised research institute, with a group of 40 individuals. Prof Jones’ work in climate finance has been recognised by the State of California and he has received a key to the city of North Little Rock, USA. He is a Co-Investigator on the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), the AHRC Debating Nature’s Value network and the EU H2020 MEDEAS project. He was lead author on the seminal report on resource constraints to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2013 and is now leading a team to build a global model to explore political fragility from resource crisis
Practice Manager, Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank
As Practice Manager for the World Bank’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, Ms. Khama is responsible for a variety of programs in the Extractives unit, with a particular focus on east and southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, Europe and central Asia, and the Extractives Global Programmatic Support Trust Fund.
Ms. Khama joined the World Bank after serving as Director of the African Natural Resources Center at the African Development Bank (AfDB). In that role she helped African countries improve their development outcomes from natural resources. Prior to joining AfDB, Ms. Khama worked for a Think Tank in Ghana, Anglo American Corporation plc, De Beers Group and First National Bank of Botswana.
A native of Botswana, Ms. Khama holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Business School.
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Veolia UK & Ireland
Richard is responsible for the planning and construction of new infrastructure to which Veolia is committed to a £1 billion investment between 2012 and 2018. He also oversees the administration of commodities, such as energy (electricity and heat) and materials (recyclables and compost). Richard’s technology team is focused on five main areas, namely thermal development, fuel and energy, MRF recycling, biological treatments and ‘best in class’ sector innovation. He has also led the introduction of new technology across our PFI/PPP infrastructure. Major initiatives include our new Southwark recycling facility which incorporates our first UK MBT recycling plant and the opening of pioneering treatment facilities in the West Midlands (Street Washings) Rainham, (Plastics Recovery) and Fareham (Solid Fuel Recovery). During his career with Veolia he has made a number of appearances on national radio and television explaining the latest developments in waste treatment technology including BBC Radio 4, BBC Breakfast and BBC Country File. Richard is an environmental engineer and joined the Veolia group via Dalkia in 1994, heading up European Research & Development after gaining operational experience in its municipal and commercial energy recovery operations.
Director Waste Resource Management Research Group, Hamburg University of Technology
Kerstin Kuchta is director of the research group “Waste Resources Management” at the Hamburg University of Technology and full professor at the Institute for Environmental Technology and Energy Economics. Kerstin Kuchta received her Diploma 1991 in Environmental Engineering at the Berlin University of Technology. She started her carrier as a researcher at Darmstadt University of Technology and finalised her PhD in 1997 in the field of recovery and utilisation of incineration ashes. From 2002-2010 she was Full Professor for Energy and Environmental Management at Hamburg University of Applied Science and founding dean of the faculty of engineering at the German-Kazak University (DKU) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2010 she moved to Hamburg University of technology to establish the new research field of waste resources.
Her major research interests are recovery of rare earth elements and critical metals form secondary sources, such as e-waste, bottom ashes or industrial residues, bio economy and environmental sound waste management. Since 2014 she is vice president of the board of trustees of the German waste management industry and leading several work groups in the field of resource recovery and sustainability on the regional, national and international level.
Senior Partner, McKinsey
Sigurd is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Brussels office. He is the Leader of the Mining Group of McKinsey; Since joining McKinsey in 1988, Sigurd has supported basic-materials clients in 50 countries on issues such as long-term business planning, corporate finance, investment strategy, technology development, benchmarking, international partnering, global plant reconfiguration, and restructuring. He spent several years based in São Paulo and Johannesburg before returning to his native Belgium. Among his recent projects, Sigurd has helped a global diversified mining company with its exploration strategy and advised a major resource group on the redesign of its corporate center, including the benchmarking and reorganization of administrative and technical-support functions. More broadly, he has undertaken a number of privatization, valuation, and M&A projects in South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and advises mining-equipment and service providers on growth strategy and other topics. Sigurd has worked extensively on long-term price development for key commodities and recently contributed to an in-depth McKinsey survey of trends in global commodity markets. Earlier in his career, Sigurd worked as a researcher in thermodynamics and corrosion science for the National Science Foundation.
Hans Eric Melin
Founder, Creation Inn
Hans Eric Melin is the founder of Creation Inn, a strategy consultancy specialized in circular business development with focus on energy storage. With over 10 years’ experience from the battery recycling industry Hans Eric has been involved in the entire supply chain from manufacturing to reuse and recovery of batteries. Prior to founding Creation Inn Hans Eric served as Vice President New Markets at Battery Solutions, the leading battery recycler in the US. He is a co-founder and former CEO of Refind Technologies which is the leading provider of automatic sorting solutions to the waste battery and electronics industry, using artificial intelligence to identify and classify end-of-life products. With a background in marketing strategy Hans Eric has previously also been advising companies and organizations in renewable energy, ecodesign and waste management. Hans Eric Melin has a BA in Communication studies and Business administration from University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Chair, International Union of Geological Sciences New Activities Strategic Implementation Committee, IUGS Councillor 2016-2020, International Union of Geological Sciences
Edmund is a geologist by training and has worked extensively on assessment of industrial mineral resources. From 1997 until his retirement in September 2015 he was Executive Secretary of The Geological Society of London. Previous to that, he held senior posts within the British Geological Survey, the then Science and Technology Secretariat of the Cabinet Office where he was environmental adviser, and the Natural Environment Research Council where he was responsible for research grants, training awards and UK participation in international programmes, principally the Ocean Drilling Program and its successors. Since 2013 he has chaired a group on behalf of IUGS promoting a new initiative, Resourcing Future Generations. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Geologist and European Geologist.
Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
Simon Moores is the managing director of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, an independent price assessment company for lithium, graphite and cobalt for the lithium ion battery supply chain. Simon has specialist knowledge in critical and strategic minerals and markets including graphite, lithium, cobalt, batteries, electric vehicles and China – sectors he has covered since 2006.He has specialised in the lithium ion battery supply chain, especially the upstream sector from mine to battery cell manufacturing and has visited numerous critical mineral mines and processing plants around the world. Benchmark Mineral Intelligence has advised some of the world’s biggest actors in the lithium ion battery space from cell manufacturers, to electric vehicle producers to mining companies. In 2015, Simon and Benchmark advised Goldman Sachs on lithium and batteries in its Low Carbon Economy Report, and have worked with the likes of UBS, Deutsche Bank, CLSA, and Credit Suisse, on lithium ion battery supply chain roadshows. In addition, he launched subscription products, Benchmark Membership, price assessment services, Benchmark Data (Graphite and Lithium), and the annual global series of seminars, The Benchmark World Tour and industry conference, Graphite Supply Chain.
Simon has a BSc in Geology with Geography from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Infrastructure and Climate Advisor, DfID
Simon works as an Infrastructure and Climate Advisor at the UK’s Department for International Development. He is concerned about the impact of resource scarcity, energy in particular, on developing countries. In the light of the increasing scarcity of key resources such as building sand, he believes that we need to radically rethink how we create livable built environments in rapidly growing cities in developing countries to accommodate newly urbanizing people. He is also keen to find alternative energy pathways for developing countries to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. He is an author of Scenarios 2019 – Fragmentation or Renaissance: The inter-connections between oil depletion, climate change and global financial imbalances for the South African Presidency’s Scenario Planning. He was a member of the organising committee of the Global Energy Systems Conference in Edinburgh in 2013. He has an MSc from UCL and an MBA from Warwick University. He commissions research into energy challenges, such as the falling Energy Return on Investment and the vulnerabilities associated with the energy, food and water nexus.
Director, Helmholtz Association
Markus Reuter is a Director within the Helmholtz Association (Freiberg, Germany) since September 2015. He was Chief Technologist with Ausmelt (Australia) and Director of Technology Management at Outotec (Finland) from 2006 to 2015 (Ausmelt acquired by Outotec in 2010). He was also with Mintek and Anglo American Corporation (South Africa). He was Professor at TU Delft (Netherlands) from 1996 to 2005. He holds honorary and adjunct professorships since 2005 at Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany); Aalto University (Finland); Central South University (China); and Melbourne University (Australia). He earned an honorary doctorate from the University of Liège (Belgium); D Eng. and PhD from Stellenbosch University (South Africa); and Dr. habil. From RWTH Aachen (Germany). His publications include “Metrics of Material and Metal Ecology” (Elsevier), co-editor and author of Handbook of Recycling (Elsevier) and lead author of the 2013 UNEP report “Metal Recycling: Opportunities, Limits, Infrastructure”. For background see this link.
Founder-Director, Product-Life Institute
Walter R. Stahel has been founder-director of the Product-Life Institute (Switzerland), the oldest established consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies, since 1983. From 1986 to 2014, he was also director of risk management research of the Geneva Association. In 1971, he graduated from ETH Zurich with an MA in architecture; he has been a full member of the Club of Rome since 2013.
Walter has been visiting professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the University of Surrey since 2005, and of l’Institut EDDEC de Université, HEC et Polytechnique de Montréal in 2016. He was awarded degrees of Doctor honoris causa by the University of Surrey (2013) and l’Université de Montréal (2016). In 1982, with ‘The Product-Life Factor’, he won a Mitchell Prize in Houston, TX.
His ‘corner’ books are ‘Jobs for Tomorrow, the Potential for substituting manpower for energy’ (1981) and ‘The Performance Economy’ (2010).
Lord Nicholas Stern
IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics
Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at London School of Economics, and Head of the India Observatory and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He is President of the British Academy (from July 2013), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014). He has held previous posts at universities in the UK and abroad. He was Chief Economist at both the World Bank, 2000-2003, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1994-1999. Lord Stern was Head of the UK Government Economic Service 2003-7, and produced the landmark Stern Review on the economics of climate change. He was knighted for services to economics in 2004 and made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007. His most recent book is “Why are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change”.
Global Sustainability Leader at Mott MacDonald
Davide has been the Global Sustainability Leader of Mott MacDonald since November 2012 reporting directly to the Chairman. Before, he was seconded for five years in Anglian Water instrumental in leading the company low carbon asset management strategy. Regularly invited speaker at conferences, he is the Chair of the Sustainability Leadership Team at the Institution of Civil Engineers; member of the Editorial Advisory Panel journal Engineering Sustainability; the MSc Management Business Advisory Board at Imperial College Business School; the Standard Committee of SuRe, Standards for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure at the Global Infrastructure Basel in Switzerland.
He holds a Degree in Environmental Engineering, summa cum laude from the University of Trieste in Italy (1997) an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the Cambridge – MIT Institute (2004); he attended the High Potentials Leadership Programme at Harvard Business School in Boston, US (2011).
Founder & Managing Partner, SYSTEMIQ Ltd.
Martin Stuchtey is the Founder and Managing Partner of SYSTEMIQ Ltd., a company that develops new markets and assets in the sustainability space.
He has worked at McKinsey for 20 years, most recently as Director of the Center for Business and Environment. In 2006, Martin Stuchtey co-founded McKinsey's Sustainability Practice, working with numerous corporate, government and social sector clients on the challenges of climate change, water scarcity, ocean degradation and resource depletion at large.
He is an initiator of the 2030 Water Resources Group, a long-time strategic advisor to the World Economic Forum and the author of “A Good Disruption – Redefining Growth in the Twenty-first Century”.
Martin Stuchtey served as a company commander in the German Alpine forces and worked as a geologist in Southern Africa.
He holds a BSc. Hons.-degree in economic geology/mineralogy from Rhodes University (South Africa), a Masters in business economics from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany), an MBA from Lancaster University (UK) and a Ph.D. in regional economics from the Technical University of Dresden.
He is a professor for Resource Strategy and Management at Innsbruck University. He, his wife and their six children live at Lake Starnberg in Germany and Anras, Tirol.