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
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/.
Associate Professor Jennifer Broadhurst
Associate Professor & Deputy Director, Minerals to Metals Initiative, University of Cape Town
Jennifer Broadhurst has more than 30 years research and development experience in the field of mineral’s beneficiation within various industry and academic organisations. Since joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCT in July 2001, she has been involved in a number of research and capacity development activities relating to the environmental and other sustainability issues of relevance to the coal-based power generation and primary metal production industry sectors. Such activities include leadership of the Minerals to Metals Initiative and Future Water institution, post-graduate student supervision, and the development and presentation of under-graduate (4th year) and post-graduate courses pertaining to mine water and waste issues and management. Professor Broadhurst is also currently actively involved in developing inter and trans-disciplinary research capacity and is co-convener of the new trans-disciplinary and multi-institutional Masters of Philosophy programme specializing in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development, as part of the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa initiative under the auspices of the United Nations University.
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.
Professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Chen got a bachelor degree in Environmental Economics from China Renmin University in 2002 and a Ph.D. Degree in Environmental System Analysis from Tsinghua University in 2007. She has undertaken researches in the fields of industrial ecology, nutrient cycling, and resource management since 2004, and has working experiences in institutes and universities in China, the United States, Austria, the Netherlands and Japan, as well as the UN organizations. Her current research focus is nutrient flows and resource management based on substance flow analysis. She has provided many policy consulting services in the fields of environment and agriculture for various ministries in China, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2000.
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.
Consulting engineer and architect
Prof Vernon Collis is a consulting engineer and architect specializing in integrated and adaptive sustainable systems design and construction in the building and civil engineering industries. His approach is based on inclusive and circular rather than throughput economic metabolisms. His design methodology includes a holistic, cradle-to-cradle built intervention, mapping systems from site to region to planet. This allows room for reflection by client and team and space for transdisciplinary design to happen, unlike conventional practice which is based on substitutional rather than transformative sustainable design. He is a process engineer-architect who maps and assesses available materials and local technologies ahead of design, rather than the conventional design-then-specify approach. This allows for the inclusion of underemployed, unskilled workers using appropriate and intermediate technologies. This is essential in a rapidly growing continent like Africa in which he works and has developed his methodology.
Collis has designed and built 500+ projects, applying and developing his methodology in the mining, commercial, educational, infrastructural and housing sectors. He has been the contractor on many of his projects. He is also an advisor to Government on appropriate design processes, assessing how to address the problem of why sustainable design transformation is not happening in the delivery of hospitals, clinics and schools in South Africa. He is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Cape Town and is presently researching sustainable construction materials with the university’s Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Research Unit (Comsiru). He is also developing a methodology to integrate sustainability design into the teaching of civil engineering and architecture in order to address its absence or add-on approach in the conventional curricula.
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.
Director, Environmental Emergency & Security Services
Franck Galland is currently considered as one of the leading French expert in strategic and security issues related to water. He also made extensive research on the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructures such as water supply systems. He is the author of three well-received books and about fifty research papers published in reviews of international relations and defense. As a background, he spent 20 years working in the water industry and is currently the CEO of an engineering firm specialized in resiliency and contingency planning for utilities. Aged of 44, F. Galland is also a reserve officer (rank : Lt-Colonel) serving as water advisor of the French MoD. He is a research associate at the Strategic Research Foundation (FRS, Paris) and among the 15 international experts of the High Level Panel for Water & Peace, a Swiss diplomatic initiative.
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.
Chair Professor in Climate Change Economics at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Professor Dabo Guan is a Chair Professor in Climate Change Economics at School of International Development, University of East Anglia, a Senior Member of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, and a Distinguished Professor at Tsinghua University, China. He served as a Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of Working Group III, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He serves as a Subject Editor of Applied Energy. He has published over 100 articles, including articles published in Nature, Science, Nature Climate Change, Nature Geoscience and PNAS. His h index is 37 and has over 5500 times citations. He has recently received PNAS Cozzarelli Prize 2014, Leontief Prize 3 times and award for the Philip Leverhulme Prize.
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.
Technology Manager, Outotec GmbH & Co KG
Ludwig has 35+ years of experience as technology and business development consultant on 3 continents, was co-founder and long term CEO of ASH DEC Umwelt AG, is co-inventor of minerals/ ash decontamination, phosphorus recovery and
energy efficiency technologies, author and co-author of several patents, reports, papers and book chapters on recovery of critical metals, nutrient recycling and energy generation from biomass.
Ludwig is president and member of the board of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP), Brussels, member of the scientific advisory board “Environment” of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin and member of the Resource Recovery Cluster of the IWA, International Water Association, The Hague.
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.
Managing Consultant, CRU
Ben is a managing consultant at CRU, a global consultancy specialising in metals and minerals, where he leads the multi commodity team within the management consultancy division. Prior to joining CRU, he was a principle economist at BG Group, a global oil and gas major, with responsibilities for forecasting macro energy demand and setting investment appraisal frameworks. Ben has also been an economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF and a policy maker at the UK Treasury. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Birmingham and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. He has published on topics relating to fiscal policy and resource economics in a range of international journals.
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, 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 as Corporate Secretary for twenty subsidiaries of the Anglo American Corporation and De Beers Group. She was the CEO of De Beers Botswana serving on several corporate boards, including Debswana, the world’s largest gem diamond producer by value.
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.
Executive Director, Global Investment Research Division, Goldman Sachs
Jaakko Kooroshy joined Goldman Sachs in 2014 as Executive Director in the Global Investment Research Division. As the European lead for GS SUSTAIN, his research focuses on long-term trends and related investment opportunities in global equity markets. Previously, Jaakko was a Research Fellow for Energy, Environment, and Resources at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. He has also been an analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and a researcher at the School for Business & Economics at Maastricht University. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, as well as a BSc in International Economics, and a BA in Social Sciences and History from Maastricht University.
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.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Codelco
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Codelco, Oscar has a career as an economist, teacher, researcher and a relevant player in the development of public policies in Chile. He began his career as an analyst at the Central Bank of Chile, but has been primarily an academic at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Chile where he is a full professor.
He was director and founder of the Master's in Public Policy at the University of Chile - developed jointly with the University of Chicago (2006-2010) and served as Director of the School of Economics and Business of the University of Chile (2012- 2014) where he implemented a curricular reform that led him to participate in the CORE-ECON international curricular reform initiative.
In the public sector, he was designated by President Bachelet as a member of the first Financial Committee of the Chilean Ministry of Finance (2007) to advise on the establishment of the investment system of the sovereign wealth funds. Later, he was appointed Executive Secretary of the Labour and Equality Presidential Advisory Council (2008), in charge of advising on labor market reforms and on the social protection system. Oscar has also been chief economist of two presidential campaigns.
His most recent book is " Chamullo: Lo Público en la Era de la Posverdad” (Rumors: the public sphere in the age of post-truth) (2017). Previously he had published " Vivir Juntos. Economía, Política y Ética de lo Comunitario y lo Colectivo” (Living together: economics, politics and ethics ofcommunities and collectives) (2016), and “El Chile que Viene: Ideas, Miradas, Perspectivas y Sueños para el 2030” (The Chile that is coming: ideas, views, perspectives and dreams for 2030) (2011), which he co-authored with President Ricardo Lagos.
Oscar is an economist of the University of Chile and read for a Ph.D. in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Executive Director at Hoffmann Centre on the Sustainable Resource Economy, Chatham House
Bernice Lee is Executive Director at Hoffmann Centre on the Sustainable Resource Economy, Chatham House, United Kingdom. She was Director for Climate Change and Resource Security Initiatives at the World Economic Forum (2014-2016) and Research Director for Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House – Royal Institute of International Affairs (2007-2013). She was also a member of the Climate Change Advisory Board of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Queen Elizabeth Academy of International Leadership and the External Review Committee of Royal Dutch Shell. Her work was covered in international media including the Financial Times, BBC, New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Caijing and in the Harvard Business Review and the Americas Quarterly. Other professional experience include: Team Leader for the Interdependencies on Energy and Climate Security for the China and Europe Project; Policy and Strategy Adviser at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva; Policy Director at the Aga Khan Foundation (UK); Officer in the Strategic Planning Unit in the UN Secretary-General's office in New York; Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation; and Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Bernice holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Oxford University, where she was a College Scholar for three years. Bernice was awarded an OBE for services to UK-China climate change cooperation in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2011.
Chair in Chemical Engineering and Head of the Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre, Cranfield University
Professor Gary Leeke is Chair in Chemical Engineering and Head of the Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre at Cranfield University, UK. His research interests lie in the areas of recycling enabling technologies and resource efficiency. He currently leads three government funded projects developing solutions to process waste plastic into value added products. He lead the EPSRC funded EXHUME project investigating the recycling of fibre reinforced composites. Gary sits on the Composites Leadership Forum Sustainability Working Group for Composites UK and is an adviser to UK industry and NGOs.
Non Executive Board Director, Eni
Karina serves on a number of boards and advisory bodies in the UK, Italy and the US, following a 25-year career in finance and investment management, where she developed a particular expertise in corporate governance, business ethics and sustainability. She serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Italian oil & gas company Eni SpA, where she is currently a member of the Control & Risks Committee and the Sustainability & Scenarios Committee, having previously also been a member of the Compensation Committee. She also serves on the Board Directors of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR); the Global Advisory Council of boutique investment bank Cornerstone Capital Inc.; The Advisory Council of private equity firm Bridges Ventures; the Sustainable Development Advisory Panel of software group SAP; and the Transparency International-UK Advisory Council.
Until 2013, Karina ran the Governance and Sustainable Investment activities of UK asset manager F&C Investments, focusing on equity research, shareholder activism and public policy engagement.
A dual Canadian and French national, Karina holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York and a BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto.
Group Director of Sustainability, Royal BAM Group
Nitesh is driven to ensure that BAM is recognised as a leader in sustainable built environments. His 13 years in architectural practice leading numerous sustainability-led high-profile projects has focused his commitment to designing for efficiency. Nitesh’s focus is on strategic thinking, reinforcing business cases, and looking at the influence of sustainability through all key stages of a development. BAM are the only major contractor member of Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100. In conjunction with the CE100, BAM actively participate to scale up circular economy thinking within the built environment. Nitesh strives to exceed customer expectations by delivering value over the life cycle of their assets. He is involved in several circular economy projects, as well as advising the Green Construction Board and LWARB on government policies. Nitesh co-authored a Circular Business Models in the Built Environment publication, together with Arup and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
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.
Professor of Environmental and Energy Economics, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University
Kazuyo Matsubae is professor of Environmental and Energy Economics in the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Japan. Professor Matsubae was trained as an econometrician and earned her PhD in economics at Waseda University in Japan. Specializing in the analysis of a sustainable material cycle, she has used the Input Output model based Material Flow Analysis in several case studies of agricultural nutrients including nitrogen and phosphorus, and critical metals including Ni, Cr, Mo and other steel alloying elements. Her current interest is the identification of supply chain risks through resource consumption from a life cycle perspective. She started her professional carrier at the Department of Metallurgy, Tohoku University, and spent a year as a visiting associate professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, at the University of Queensland, Australia. She is a board member of the Socio Economic Metabolism section in the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE-SEM), serves on the scientific committee of the Phosphorus Recycling Promotion Council of Japan (PRPCJ) and is an Expert Adviser of the Waste and Recycling Subcommittee under the Industrial Structure Council for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President UK & Ireland, EcoBuilding, Schneider Electric
Pradyumna Pandit is the Vice President UK & Ireland of EcoBuilding, a division of Schneider Electric’s Building and IT business. Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. Pradyumna has extensive business management and project execution experience in process, discrete and building automation domains. He joined Schneider electric after 18 years at Honeywell where we held general management, operations and marketing roles in Asia, Americas and EMEA. He has deep experience in developing and delivering complex software led solutions involving information technologies and operational technologies. Pradyumna has a MBA in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade New Delhi and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Pune.
Producer Responsibility Compliance Consultant, Dell
Jonathan joined Dell in May 2005 and has been responsible for producer responsibility compliance for Dell in the UK and other EMEA (Europe, Middle-East & Africa) countries. In his current role Jonathan monitors and supports developing producer responsibility legislation across EMEA and also projects in EMEA and globally relating to the circular economy, producer responsibility, data security, environmental policy and Dell’s commitment to take back and recycling.
Deputy Manager of 2EI, Veolia
Pascal Peslerbe has been working for Veolia since 1988 in various operational positions in France (Paris, Lyon) and in the Pacific area (French Polynesia, New Caledonia). He started as Advisor to the Managing Director of one of Veolia waste subsidiaries in Paris and pursued his career in different operational management tasks in the Rhone-Alpes Region for 7 years before being appointed Regional Director of the Group’s activities in overseas territories (French Polynesia and New Caledonia) in 1997. There, he conceived and implemented two global waste treatment systems comprising recycling and industrial landfilling facilities while managing the collection and treatment of solid and liquid waste. He returned to France in 2004 to become Managing Director of the REP, Routière de l’Est Parisien, a subsidiary of VEOLIA Ile de France specialized in industrial landfilling and material and energy recovery.
He was appointed Deputy Director General of VEOLIA Waste Ile de France in 2009 before becoming Head of Commercial Development and Innovation of Veolia Waste France in 2012, and member of Exco. With Veolia Corporate since March 2017, he is now Deputy Manager of 2EI, Veolia Corporate Development and Innovation Department, in charge of designing a digital platform to establish a circular and collaborative approach to the business of waste collection and recycling.
Associate Professor and head of the Manufacturing and Metrology Systems division, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Amir Rashid is Associate Professor and head of the Manufacturing and Metrology Systems division at the department of Production Engineering in the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. He has a PhD in Production Engineering and more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing industry. His initial research had a focus on productivity improvements in manufacturing processes and lately shifted more to sustainability in manufacturing systems. His innovative ideas and concepts in the area of closed loop manufacturing were acknowledged at the European level through award of a R&D project named ResCoM. In his leadership, this four-year endeavour, in a consortium of 12 RTD and industrial partners from around Europe, has succeeded in developing tools, methods and a decision support platform for facilitating the manufacturing industry in its transition from linear to circular systems. Amir Rashid is also leading a Circular Economy initiative by KTH (CE@KTH) where four larger schools of Sweden’s largest technical university are collaborating to develop research and education in circular economy. This initiative also aims to provide a vibrant platform to collaborate with Swedish industry, policy makers, research and academic community in the field of circular economy.
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.
Professor of industrial ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sangwon Suh is professor in industrial ecology and director of the CLiCC Program, a university-industry partnership for understanding chemicals' environmental and human health implications. Professor Suh was trained as an environmental engineer and earned his PhD in industrial ecology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the sustainability of the human-nature complexity through understanding materials and energy exchanges between them. Over the past twenty years, he contributed to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology. Professor Suh was appointed as a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and served as the Coordinating Lead Author of the Assessment Report 5 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He received the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, Leontief Memorial Prize and the Richard Stone Prize, the Robert A. Laudise Medal and Distinguished Teaching Award.
Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch
Mark Swilling is Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch; Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute (www.sustainabilityinstitute.net) and Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (http://www0.sun.ac.za/cst/). He co-authored with Eve Annecke Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2012), co-edited with Adriana Allen and Andreas Lampis Untamed Urbanism (New York and London: Routledge), co-edited with Josephine Musango and Jeremy Wakeford Greening the South African Economy (Cape Town: Juta) and is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel acting as Coordinator of the Cities Working Group (http://www.unep.org/resourcepanel/). In 2016 Mark was Advisor to the Curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). His most recent project is as convenor of the State Capacity Research Project on the dynamics of state capture in South Africa. For more see http://markswilling.co.za/ .
Ester Van Der Voet
Associate Professor at Leiden University's Institute of Environmental Sciences
Ester van der Voet is an Associate Professor at Leiden University’s Institute of Environmental
Sciences, CML. Her area of expertise is Industrial Ecology. Within the field of Industrial Ecology,
she specialises in methodology development: life-cycle assessment, material flow analysis,
substance flow analysis, natural resource accounting, and indicator development. These
methodologies she applies in different topical areas, in recent years especially in the fields of the
bio-based economy and the circular economy, with a focus on metals and scenario development.
She has initiated two MSc programs in Industrial Ecology: a program between Leiden University
and TU Delft, and an international program of Leiden, Delft, Graz University and Chalmers
University in Sweden. She has conducted many research projects for the EU and in other
international consortia. She is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, where she is
active in the workstreams of global metal flows and environmental impacts.
CNRS-INSU Director of Research at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, University of Grenoble
Olivier is CNRS-INSU Director of Research at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Grenoble. After a PhD in experimental mineralogy, I specialised in the thermodynamic and kinetic modelling of mineral reactions with various applications in the fields of Earth geodynamics, storage of radioactive waste, sequestration of CO2 and natural hydrogen production. I have been scientific coordinator of the European network ERA-MIN on the industrial handling of non-energy raw materials. Since then, I have been conducting researches on the interactions between mineral resources, energy and economy. My research is presently focused on the mineral resources-energy nexus in connection with the transition toward low-carbon energy, and on the dynamic modelling and coupling of demand-reserve-primary production-recycling-cost-price and environmental impacts at the global scale.
Delivery Manager - Electricals and Circular Business Models - WRAP
Malcolm leads on WRAP’s Electrical Programme and development of circular business models across products and services. . This includes the esap (electrical and electronics sustainability action plan) voluntary commitment. He manages the development of the programme which will demonstrate how industry can be transformed through the successful implementation of profitable circular efficient business models. This also involves managing REBus, an EU LIFE + funded project, which is testing the methodology of how businesses and their supply chains can develop and implement resource efficient business models and the CRM Recovery project which develops collections and recovery methods to recover critical raw materials.
Malcolm has worked for WRAP for over ten years and has worked in developing large scale European projects. He was previously a project manager leading on construction logistics and utility sectors. He also lead the development of various construction product resource efficiency action plans. Prior to WRAP, Malcolm worked in logistics as a National Operations Manager for a major retailer’s electrical returns process and as a business development manager.
Associate professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Environment, Tsinghua University
Xianlai Zeng studied urban mining, metal sustainability, and circular economy as associate professor at Tsinghua University. He ever worked four years as lecturer at Environmental Management College of China, and two years as a postdoctoral research fellow in Tsinghua University, technical advisor of United Nations Development Programme (2015), visiting staff of Coventry University (2012), and visiting professor of Macquarie University (2017). Regarding urban mining, he established the method to measure the recyclability and recycling of e-waste, and developed many key pilot processes to recover metals. Regarding metal sustainability, he also established some methods to identify the sustainable utilization of metals (e.g., lithium, cobalt, nickel, lead, gallium). In waste recycling and circular economy areas, Prof Zeng has published around 100 articles, patents, and books. He is Editorial Board member of four international journals, and Deputy Secretary-General, Circular Economy Branch of Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences in China.