President of the Global Product Stewardship Council and CEO and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.
On July 2-3, hundreds of product stewardship professionals will converge in Paris at the International Stewardship Forum. I invite you to join us as we deepen our collective commitment
to reduce the resources we consume, return materials to the circular economy, and minimize our impact on the environment, all while rejuvenating the local and international economies.
With more than 400 extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs operating worldwide for nearly 20 types of products, the Forum will forge strong relationships between product stewardship professionals around the globe from government, industry, nonprofits, academia, and other sectors.
Each of us plays a critical role in developing the circular economy, and we can learn from each other. Whether you operate in a nation with decades of product stewardship experience or you are starting fresh in an emerging economy, this year’s Forum is an unparalleled opportunity to share best practices for product take-back programs, discuss common challenges, and identify business opportunities.
This global event is a unique collaboration between the Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) and DASTRI, a French producer responsibility organization, and promises a distinctly European flavor. The event will build on the success of last year’s inaugural conference in Australia. Special thanks to the GlobalPSC’s Russ Martin and DASTRI’s Laurence Bouret for their outstanding effort to make the Forum a success.
It is our vision that the International Stewardship Forum will take place in a different region of the world each year, highlighting that region’s EPR successes and challenges, while further expanding and strengthening our global network.
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President of the Global Product Stewardship Council and CEO and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.
Scott Cassel has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to founding the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement and has experience with more than 20 product categories, including electronics, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, packaging, and paint. As PSI’s CEO, he developed the widely acclaimed facilitation process that the organization uses for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program.
Laurence is managing DASTRI a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) financed by the Health industry
Laurence BOURET is a waste management expert for 15 years.
She started her career in the public sector before joining the car industry. She dedicated 5 years to her children before developing along with Jacques PELISSARD, former MP and former President of the French Mayor’s Association, the first national resource center for waste management.
Since 2013 she manages a unique and peculiar not-for-profit Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) called DASTRI. Financed by the health industry and approved by 3 Ministries, DASTRI is a network of 18000 collection points offering to homecare patients a safe solution for their sharps.
She is also a member of the French National Commission for EPR programs and has engaged a long term and collaborative thinking with stakeholders, about the future of EPR programs dealing with health products and facing challenges such as the move toward ambulatory care or the development of connected medical devices.
Russ is managing GloblalPSC, facilitating the implementation of effective product stewardship and extended producer responsibility schemes globally
Russ Martin is Chief Executive Officer of the GlobalPSC and Director of Martin Stewardship & Management Strategies Pty Ltd (MS2), an Australia-based consultancy.
Russ has over 28 years experience in product stewardship, public policy and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. In 2015, Russ won the Global Green Future Leadership Award from the World CSR Congress.
Russ served as the Independent Chair of the Battery Implementation Working Group to lead development of a national product stewardship approach for handheld batteries in Australia. Russ was appointed by the Australian Government to the Product Stewardship Framework Legislation Stakeholder Reference Group and testified before the Australian Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on the Product Stewardship Bill 2011.
Russ was also appointed to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, which provided advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and served as the product stewardship technical lead on a stakeholder-led e-waste product stewardship framework for New Zealand.
From developing and implementing a market-based approach to increase packaging recycling in Florida, to chairing the inaugural Australian Greenhouse Conference, to crafting innovative waste management legislation in the United Arab Emirates, Russ has long been a leader in developing innovative yet pragmatic policies and programs.
Russ received his Bachelors degree in Marine Science/Biology from the University of Tampa and his Masters degree in Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management from Florida State University.
Russ has delivered major presentations in China, Singapore, Belgium, Serbia, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on product stewardship and sustainability.
Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
Brune Poirson was born on September 1st, 1982 in Washington DC. Originally from Vaucluse, she studied at Sciences Po Aix (Institute of Political Studies), then at the London School of Economics and at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
She began her career in England where she worked for Nesta, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, an international innovation foundation. She then pursued her career in innovation and development, first in India and then in the United States. She has worked in the public (AFD- French Development Agency), private (Veolia) and non-profit (Nesta) sectors.
Elected Member of Parliament for the 3rd constituency of Vaucluse on June 18, 2017, Brune Poirson was appointed Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition on June 21st, 2017.
Director for the Green Economy European Commission’s
Kęsţutis Sadauskas, was born in 1969 in Lithuania. In 1994 he graduated from Vilnius University where he obtained a Master Degree in International Relations at the Institute of Political Science and International Relations and a Master Degree in Geography at the Faculty of Natural Science.
He started his professional career in September 1993 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius, in the sector of Government's foreign relations, dealing with Lithuanian policies on Council of Europe, Human Rights, UN, OSCE, NATO.
At the end of 1996, Kęsţutis Sadauskas joined the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations, New York, as Deputy Permanent Representative-Counselor responsible for general political affairs, UN Security Council activities and reform, international security.
At the beginning of 2000, he went back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Vilnius, as Head of Unit of the EU Department, and later as Director, responsible for Lithuanian policy towards EU, EU accession negotiations of Lithuania, Convention of Future of EU.
In August 2002, he joined the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to EU, Brussels, as Minister-counsellor responsible for coordination of EU accession negotiations of Lithuania, general coordination of activities in the COREPER, negotiations of Financial Perspectives 2007-2013.
In September 2006, Kęsţutis Sadauskas was appointed Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Vilnius, Lithuania. In February 2010, he joined the European Commission as a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Šemeta and from 1st of April of the same year, he became the Head of the Cabinet.
1st November 2014 he assumed his role as the Director for Green Economy
Director at Sustainable Development Unit for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care
Sonia Roschnik is Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) for the NHS and wider health sector in England. She has worked in health and social care internationally for 30 years as a clinician, in senior hospital management and in sustainability. She is committed to the transformations needed for a sustainable and healthy planet for all.
Sonia trained as an occupational therapist and worked for 12 years in various specialities in Scotland, Switzerland, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands. She led a first project in integrated pathways of care in Glasgow and has since always been interested in working across boundaries and driving system change.
At Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust she first worked as Head of the Occupational Therapy Department before delivering corporate projects including leading the project management of a £85M PFI building across the Trust, Cambridge University and the Medical Research Council. She was Deputy Director of Operations for four years delivering improved patient care pathways and processes.
Sonia was appointed Head of the SDU when it was first created in 2008 delivering both the Carbon Reduction Strategy for the NHS and the Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, public health and social care in England. Sonia then spent two and half years based in Abu Dhabi working as sustainable health advisor for international agencies whilst completing a Masters degree in Systems Thinking.
Principal Administrator, OECD Environment Directorate
Peter Börkey has been working on international and local environmental policy issues for 25 years. For the past 20 years he has worked for the OECD, primarily on issues relating to water, business and environment, as well as infrastructure finance. He is now leading work on waste management, resource productivity and the circular economy at the OECD Environment Directorate.
Prior to this, Mr Börkey has been leading OECD’s cooperation with countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus in the area of water management, as well as work focusing on the financing of water supply and sanitation in developing countries more generally.
Before joining the OECD, Mr Börkey worked as a consultant, specialized in environmental economics. Mr Börkey holds degrees in Economics and Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and University of Grenoble in France.
Secretary General of ACR+
Françoise BONNET is Secretary General of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+). She is specialised in legal and economic instruments linked to waste/resource policy. In addition to the day-to-day management of the team, Françoise is in charge of the EPR Club project and the Circular Europe Network.
Françoise holds a degree in law, complemented by a diploma in European law from the College of Europe and in specialised studies in environmental law from the Brussels University. She has a thorough knowledge of European waste/resource legislation and policies, as well as broad experience in project management and waste planning. During her professional life, she has worked not only for public authorities such as Brussels Region Administration, the UN or the European Commission, but also for private companies. Thanks to this, she is familiar with local administration systems and North-South cooperation with the countries in the Mediterranean region.
Languages: French, English, Italian, Dutch, Spanish
Senior lecturer at The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Thomas Lindhqvist has been researching waste minimisation and recycling policies, as well as other
product-oriented environmental policies, for almost thirty-five years. He was the first to propose the
extended producer responsibility principle and coined the concept of environmental product
declarations. For the EPR development he proposed at an early stage the division of responsibilities
in types, such as financial, physical and informative. He has worked in projects for various national
and international research agencies, as well as, industry, authorities and NGOs. With the car industry
he and his colleagues developed in early 1990s the first detailed proposal for a system with Individual
Thomas has a Bachelor in Business Administration, a Bachelor in Languages, a Master in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Industrial Environmental Economics. He was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa at “Georghi Asachi” Technical University in Iasi in 2005. He was part of founding the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden, where he is today Associate Professor.
He was IIIEE’s Director for Masters Education during a period of five years from the initiation of the first Programme and then Director for the PhD Programme during more than ten years. He has supervised 22 Doctoral students who have graduated. He has on a regular basis been teaching at several universities in Sweden, Argentina, France, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.