Director for the Green Economy European Commission’s
Director for the Green Economy European Commission’s
Kęstutis Sadauskas is a Lithuanian national. He holds Master degrees from Vilnius University in Political Science/International Relations and Geography.
From 1993 until 2006 he worked at the Lithuanian Foreign Service on multilateral issues. In September 2006 Kęstutis Sadauskas was appointed Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Vilnius.
From April 2010 until October 2014 he was Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta responsible for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud, Audit, and Statistics.
From November 2014 Kęstutis Sadauskas has been the Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth at the DG Environment of the European Commission.
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.
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 Producer Responsibility.
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.
Director of the EPR Division of the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection
Noa Shpitzer-Mizrachi is the Director of the EPR Division of the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection, since 2016. She Applies the laws of Beverage Containers (DRS),
Tires, Packaging, WEEE and plastic bags.
Noa has held several roles in the Ministry of Environmental Protection for the past 20 years including the management of the Industry sector in the Air Pollution Prevention Division and the management of the producers sector in the EPR division.
Noa holds a B.A in Geology and Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and M.Sc in Public Policy from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva.
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
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.
Managing Director of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA) and independent Lawyer
Joachim Quoden studied law at the "Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität" in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995.
In between these placements, he spent 4 months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance.
From February 1993 until June 2006 Jaochim worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003.
In January 2001, he also became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations using the Green Dot trademark. Between April 2005 and February 2013, he was appointed as managing director of this organisation.
Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, an alliance of currently 26 non-profit packaging recovery organisations owned by obliged industry from 24 countries from Europe, Canada and Israel.
Besides this, he is working since June 1995 as independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation. In addition to his work as Managing Director of EXPRA and being a German lawyer, he is inolved in the following positions and associations:
- Since October 2013 he was appointed as chair of the ISWA Working Group Governance & Legal Issues and therefore member of ISWA’s Scientific & Technical Committee
- Member of the European Think Tank of the German waste association DGAW
- Member of the European Commissions’ Expert Group "Support to Circular Economy Financing"
- Board member of the CEFLEX consortium
- Member of the Advisory Board of the EPS SURE consortium
- Board member of the Global Product Stewardship Council (Sydney)
- Member of the Advisory Council of the Product Stewardship Institute (Boston)
- Since 2000, member of the OECD expert group on EPR
- He was also an expert of the ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that has developed between 2009 and 2012 global standards on packaging optimisation, recycling, reuse and energy recovery
Executive Director of National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC)
Heidi has been a leader in the solid waste industry for 29 years, working with industry, government and the public to reduce waste, improve product design and recyclability,
and implement cost-effective projects and policies which protect public health and the environment and support a circular economy.
Collaborating with local government leaders, Heidi was one of two original co-directors of the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC), a non-profit formed in 2007 to change the way waste management is funded in California. After eight years of success in California, in 2015 Heidi and the CPSC Board formed the National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC as an affiliate of CPSC). With CPSC’s legislative successes in California have come increasing demands for assistance, creating the need for an entity that can carry CPSC’s work nationally without lobbying limits and on a national scale. In contrast to CPSC, NSAC is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that will engage primarily in lobbying and advocacy work for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship, anywhere in the U.S. In 2017, NSAC sponsored its first piece of legislation Assembly Bill 1158 to improve California’s existing carpet stewardship program which became law. One year later, NSAC worked with CPSC to drive Senate Bill 212 to passage, a first-in-the-nation bill that requires the producers of medications and sharps to fund and operate a take-back program statewide in CA. Heidi’s ability to both educate and advocate legislators, as well as her innate skill at collaboration, negotiating, and strategy was integral in passing both bills but is already leading to new collection and recycling industry in CA.
Heidi’s approach has delivered unprecedented success in developing mandatory and voluntary recycling programs at national, state and local levels. She has engaged diverse stakeholder groups to create and promote best-in-class product stewardship programs for pharmaceuticals, mercury thermostats, carpets, paint, fluorescent lights, batteries and gas cylinders. Nationally, Heidi was instrumental in the adoption of EPR policies by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the US Conference of Mayors. Heidi speaks throughout the world and has won many awards and commendations. She has been frequently published on the topic, done interviews on National Public Radio and CBS Nightly News, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal. She looks forward growing NSAC with the vision of attaining a circular economy in U.S. Additionally, she is also an elected official on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board.
Heidi earned a B.A. in Political Science - Public Service from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Biologist physician and President of the Medical Waste working group for the High Council of French Public Health
Dr Fabien Squinazi is a biologist physician, former hospital biologist (1975 - 1983), former Deputy Director of the Paris Hygiene Laboratory (LHVP) (1984 - 1993),
former Director of the LHVP (hygiene laboratory of the city of paris) (1994 - 2012) and former Head of the Bureau of Environmental Health and Hygiene at the Paris City Hall
(2009 - 2012).
From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Squinazi was a member of the living environment section - Building - Health group, of the Superior Council of Public Health of France (CSHPF). From 1992 to 2016, he participated in the expert committee of the General Directorate of Health on the evaluation of disinfection processes for medical waste. He chaired the AFNOR X44B commission on "Cleanroom Technologies" from 1996 to 2013. From 2007 to 2013, he was a member of the committee of experts specialized in "Air environments" of the National Health Security Agency (ANSES).
He is a member of the scientific council of the Indoor Air Quality Observatory, within the "environmental risks" commission of the High Council of Public Health (he chairs the Medical Waste working group) and a corresponding member of the National Academy of Pharmacy (6th section "Sciences applied to environmental health").
He is a member of the board of the French society for health and environment, an honorary member of the Quality and environmental hygiene association and leader of the "Indoor Air Quality" working group. He is an honorary member of ASPEC (Association for the Prevention and Study of Contamination), after having been president of the association from 1995 to 1998, then a member of the boards of directors and scientists.
He is President of the SEIQA College of Experts of the ARCAA (Clinical Research Association in Allergy and Asthma), member of the Board of Directors of the Asthma & Allergies Association and the APPA (Air Pollution Prevention Association), honorary member of FIMEA (Interprofessional Federation of Air Environment Professions).
Regulatory & Public Affairs Manager at the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)
Monika Romenska started her career in the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, where she held the positions of Expert, Senior Expert and acting Head of International Relations Department.
In 1997 she joined the newly establishes National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, where she was Head of International Relations Department and in 2001 was appointed a Deputy Executive Director.
From 2007 until 2014 she worked in ECOPACK Bulgaria, the leading non for profit packaging recovery orgnization as Public Affairs & Regulations Director, responsible for the communication with internal and external audiences, including educational programs on separate collection of waste for schools and local authorities.
Since 2014, Monika is Regulatory & Public Affairs Manager at the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), which acts as the authoritative voice and common policy platform representing the interests of all its 26 member packaging recovery and recycling organizations from 23 countries, including 17 EU Member States, founded and run by or on behalf of obliged industry. She has extensive experience in waste management (with a focus on packaging), developing and implementing communication and education campaigns on separate collection, regional development, local and regional self-government and project management.
CEO and Co-founder of HealthBeacon
Jim Joyce is the CEO and Co-founder of HealthBeacon, a Dublin Ireland based medical adherence technology company.
HealthBeacon was founded 5 years ago and has deployed its award-winning Smart Sharps Technology in 11 markets, extensively in Europe and has received FDA approval.
Originally from Boston, Jim has had a long career in the Pharmaceutical industry and he came to Ireland over 14 years ago to run Schering Plough (Merck) pharmaceuticals as their General Manager. After successfully launching a new Irish division for Schering Plough he identified a market for improving patient care for patients with long term chronic conditions and left to launch his first company, Point of Care Health Services. Point of Care went on to become one of the largest patient services companies in Ireland working with both the Irish Government Health Services Executive (HSE) and large pharmaceutical companies and it was acquired by Uniphar, a UK and Ireland pharmaceutical distributor.
Jim sits on the board of Health-XL, a digital healthcare accelerator launched by IBM.
I has an MBA from University College of Dublin and BA in Economics from Fordham University.