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 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.
He has an MBA from University College of Dublin and BA in Economics from Fordham University.
Manager of Integrated Waste Management within the National Waste Agency
Ms. Fatma Zohra Barça, Manager of Integrated Waste Management within the National Waste Agency, National Institution, under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energies, in charge of the implementation of the national management policy waste in Algeria.
Engineer in training ecology, Fatma Zohra began her professional career in 2004 as a senior executive in the environment department of the wilaya of Tipaza . An important career started in her life, as it allowed her to identify major environmental issues and become aware of the issues related to waste.
An experience of two years in a decentralized management was necessary to be recruited thereafter within the National Waste Agency where she works since 2006.
Fatma Zohra began her career at the National Waste Agency as an engineer, where she was in charge of the realization of master plans, among the core business of the Agency.
She quickly acquired very specific skills in the field of waste management consulting, which allowed her to climb the ladder, Project Manager, then Head of Department, and finally Technical Director.
She is one of the first founding executives of the agency, who have contributed to the development of concrete programs and actions in the field.
Since its creation, the agency has always worked on the problem of household waste, and where Fatma Zohra specialized, particularly through the master plans and organizational studies for the municipalities, but also through more targeted support in relation with the introduction of sorting, a challenge in Algeria, or the return to sources and the adoption of composting.
Recognizing the importance of technical and scientific data in the field of waste management as an indicator and decision-making tool, Fatma Zohra has contributed to the creation of databases, today able to provide the main indicators of waste management for all Algerian municipalities.
Fatma Zohra’s current challenge is to develop with her team, a set of tools that allow first of all to optimize the collection of information, then to set up a harmonious approach to take care of different types of waste.
Head of the Circular Economy Office in the Ministry of the Environment
Guillermo González is the head of the Circular Economy Office at Chile’s Ministry of the Environment since May 2018.
Previously, Guillermo was executive director of Espacio Público, one of Chile’s leading public policy think tanks. Also, he was senior consultant at Ecology & Environment Inc. in Santiago, where he consulted for private companies in the mining, gas and industrial sectors, as well as for public authorities. Guillermo has taught courses on environmental management, environmental impact assessment and air quality at the Catholic, Adolfo Ibáñez and Desarrollo universities in Santiago.
Guillermo is an Environmental Engineer from Chile’s Catholic University. He holds a Master of Public Policy and a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of California–Berkeley, where he was awarded the Smolensky Prize for the best public policy master’s thesis.
President of the Environmental Company CETESB
Vice Secretary General of China National Resources Recycling Association (CRRA)
Mr. Keli Yu is a holder of the following degrees: Master of Environmental Engineering (Tsinghua University) and Bachelor of Environmental Science (Inner Mongolia University)
Mr.Keli Yu is Vice Secretary General of China National Resources Recycling Association (CRRA). He is a senior enginerr and member of the following professional institutions : Fellow of Chinese Society For Environmental Sciences and Fellow of China management Science Society
Mr.Keli Yu has sound experience in solid waste management, e-waste recycling and management, plastics recycling,Extended Producer Responsibility(EPR),Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) training and capacity building for developing countries; import/export control of chemicals and waste, circular economy. Over the years, he worked for the following organizations:
- China National Resources Recycling Association
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific/Tsinghua University
- BMEI (Beijing Machinery and Electricity Institute) CO., Ltd
Besides, as main contributor, he participated in the writing and compilation of more than 30 academic books and papers including Management, Treatment and Disposal Technology of Hazardous Waste (Series); Hazardous Waste Pollution Prevention Theories and Technologies; Controlling Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste and Its Disposal – Twenty Years of The Basel Convention; Circular Economy, Energy Conservation and Carbon Reduction, etc.
Director of the commercialization group for medical devices and combination products at Novartis
Yves Steffen has over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2004 he began his career for Cilag AG (a Johnson & Johnson company) as project engineer for drug product manufacturing and visual inspection lines. In 2006 he joined Novartis and held there several positions in commercial manufacturing covering engineering, product launches / transfer and commercial product responsibilities for Biologics.
Since 2014 his focus area is medical devices and combination products and since 4 years Yves Steffen is heading the commercialization group for medical devices and combination products including secondary packaging design at Novartis.
Christiane has been working for the Reunion Island Import and Trade Union (SICR) as General Delegate since 2000. Her past experience in various areas of business administration will immediately lead her to establish an entrepreneurial dynamic within the union. It will thus concentrate SICR's actions around two pillars: training and the environment with the main objective of professionalization and corporate responsibility.
Indeed, as French and European law relating to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is automatically binding on the overseas departments, Christiane initially focused on bringing companies together around their regulatory responsibilities. With the help of the Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), she supported the first local "voluntary" EPRs. The association for the treatment of battery waste was created in 2001 and the association for the treatment and recovery of tyre waste in 2003.
From 2007, she became the contact point for several French national PROs to facilitate the deployment of WEEE, batteries, furniture, medical sharps EPRs scheme in Reunion Island. In 2018, she was entrusted with the management of the Mayotte - Reunion Island inter-sector platform.
Christiane organizes events to raise awareness throughout the country (companies, government departments, local authorities, elected officials) of the issues surrounding waste management and the circular economy. Thus, thanks to her collegial approach, more than 20,000 tonnes of EPR waste are diverted from landfill each year in Reunion Island.
In 2011, she initiated the GREEN cluster - Regional Grouping of Companies committed to the Environment, with the aim of creating a community of actors sharing a common vision of the future. In this context, she is developing a regional label called "Efficiency" with five pillars, including one on Environmental Progress and one on Quality of Life at Work.
Christiane was decorated with the Legion of Honour in 2018. Her wish is that the French islands of Mayotte and Reunion Island be the bow of the ecological transition in the Indian Ocean area.
First Secretary General of EucoLight, the European Association of lighting WEEE compliances schemes
Marc Guiraud is the first Secretary General of EucoLight, the European Association of lighting WEEE compliances schemes. EucoLight members are producer responsibility organisations, specialised in the collection and recycling of end-of-life lighting.
Marc has 25 years’ experience in the field of European Policies and Regulatory affairs. He worked for industry trade associations in Brussels with a strong focus on European policies relating to industry and sustainability (LightingEurope and EDANA).
As Policy Director with LightingEurope, Marc oversaw the association’s activity in terms of collection & recycling of lighting products, smart lighting, and managed EU-funded projects in the field of energy efficiency.
For the last 5 years Marc has been running the Brussels office of EucoLight. He is responsible for the implementation of the strategy of the association, the coordination of its working group’s projects and in his advocacy role he represents the interest of EucoLight externally.
More specifically, he works for the benefit of EucoLight members by encouraging a legislative environment that enables the sustainable collection of lighting WEEE. This helps EucoLight members to achieve and exceed performance targets and to operate the best collection and recycling practices for environmental sustainability. He also promotes ambitious and fair requirements for extended producer responsibility organisations, EPR being indeed a key acknowledged tool for a circular economy.
Marc has authored, co-authored and presented articles on sustainability, international trade and the approximation of European legislation. As part of his work with EucoLight he has organised and spoken at several events on sustainable WEEE waste collection and other aspects of circularity in his industry. These include meetings with policy makers, speaking at the 17th International Electronics Recycling Congress in 2018 and organising a EucoLight event on the online sale of non-compliant products in 2018.
Director of Policy & Programs at the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)
Kristin Aldred Cheek has worked at the forefront of sustainable business practices, resource conservation, and environmental behavior for more than two decades. As a policy analyst and an environmental psychologist, she develops systems- and evidence-based solutions to complex environmental issues.
Kristin is Director of Policy & Programs at the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), a U.S.-based nonprofit founded in 2000 to protect public health and the environment through the development, implementation, and continual improvement of Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility programs. PSI’s members and partners represent 47 state agencies, hundreds of local governments, and more than 120 businesses, academic institutions, nonprofits, and non-U.S. governments. At PSI, Kristin facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogues to build consensus; coordinates a first-of-its kind association for manufacturers of recycled-content paint; and coordinates and provides technical support to product stewardship councils. Kristin also leads program evaluations, research, and other projects for a range of products, including packaging, paint, pharmaceuticals, and textiles, to support the development of a circular economy.
Prior to joining PSI, Kristin conducted research at the intersection of environmental sustainability and public health, with a focus on behavior change, product take-back, and consumer adoption of design innovations to reduce waste. Early in her career, she managed energy conservation and environmental consulting projects, including some of the first corporate sustainability projects in the U.S. She is the co-author of the book, Naked Value: Six Things Every Business Needs to Know About Resources, Innovation, and Competition, which features successful business initiatives to increase value through waste minimization and the strategic use of resources, and co-author of a widely used framework for public participation in natural resource issues. Kristin holds a B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University, an M.S. in Forest Resources from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Behavior & Design from Cornell University.
Secretary General of the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Forum
Pascal Leroy, Secretary General of the WEEE Forum since 2007, oversees the general management of the worldwide association, speaking for thirty-six producer responsibility organisations.
Formerly he was Government Affairs Manager on WEEE at APPLiA, the European home appliance manufacturing industry. He has been in the WEEE business for almost twenty years.
He worked for five years in the European Parliament, and for Hill and Knowlton, one of the world’s largest PR/PA firms.
In 2009, he became project manager of the WEEE Forum's project WEEELABEX. He was also main authorised representative and contact for the WEEE Forum of the following projects:
- Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT, FP7)
- Recycling by Votechnik of LCD Visual Displays (REVOLV, Eco-innovation)
- Prospecting Secondary Raw Materials in the Urban Mine and Mining Wastes (PROSUM, Horizon 2020)
- Activating circular Services in the Electrical and Electronic Sector (C-SERVEES, Horizon 2020)
- Developing Voluntary Certification Scheme for Waste Treatment (CEWASTE, Horizon 2020)
- Optimising Data Collection for Primary and Secondary Raw Materials (ORAMA, Horizon 2020)
- Waste Collection Systems Assessed and Good Practices Identified (COLLECTORS, Horizon 2020)
He is a Sherpa to the High-Level Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and as such contributed to the Strategic Implementation Plan. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of CIRCULARISE, a start-up. He obtained a bronze medal from the Fondation du Mérite Européen in 1994 for European achievement.
CEO of Valoryza
Rodrigo Leiva's 25-year career in waste management began in France, and continued in Chile where he managed national waste and recovery programs across several industry sectors as a Veolia Environment executive. Rod established his consulting practice in 2010 to play an active role in in the establishment of Chile's new Environmental Producer Responsibility.
Rod has been actively involved in Chilean EPR since its introduction in 2010. He works closely with the Chilean Environmental Agency and major industry producers - initially to develop the nation's EPR Law Framework - and more recently, to advise Government and Industry on the implementation of EPR Law relating to Chile's 6 priority products (packaging, WEEE, Tyres, used oils, car batteries and batteries for electronic devices).
As a former Chair of the Chilean AEPA (Association of Companies for the Environment), Rod played a key role in developing a collaborative professional community focused on Chile's emerging waste management services, recycling, environmental technologies, water treatment solutions, and consultancy companies. Rod's consultancy also supports the design and administration of Product Stewardship initiatives (including Chile's first PRO for used glass bottles), advises major producers (including Coca Cola bottlers, Walmart) on waste and recovery feasibility, strategy, design, planning and implementation. Rod's keen interest in international EPR and Product Stewardship best practice, and how these can be applied in Latin America has extended his network across the globe, where he engages with authorities and Product Stewardship organizations in the EU, Canada, Australia and USA. He is member of the Board of the Product Stewardship Council (www.globalpsc.net).
Rod graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and holds an MBA from Lleida University, Spain.
Business Analyst at Novo Nordisk
Christina Fabricius Jessen has been with Novo Nordisk for nearly 5 years. In 2014, she started her career in production, where she worked on several projects such as new equipment implementation, production site integration, and developing international supply chains. In 2016, she joined Research & Development where she has worked within strategic development covering LEAN, business analyst and project management roles.
In her current role, she is the project manager for a track in Novo Nordisk’s new environmental strategy, ‘Circular for Zero’ where she is exploring how Novo Nordisk can reduce the number of devices that end up as waste.
Secretary General at Eucobat
Peter Binnemans is Secretary General of Eucobat, the European association of national non-profit and industry driven collection schemes for batteries.
Peter is a graduate of the Universities of Antwerp and of Limburg, with a master’s degree in Law, in Philosophy and in Business Administration.
In 1997, he joined FEE, the Belgian federation of the electronics’ and the battery industry. He gained an important experience in the management of end-of-life products, as he was implied in the working of Bebat and since 2000 co-founder of Recupel, the Belgian compliance organization for WEEE.
In 2011, Peter was assigned Secretary General of Eucobat.
Unit Head, Extended Producer Responsibility Section, Ministry of Environment
Meegan has worked in the area of environmental protection since 1995, and with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MoECSS) in British Columbia, Canada, since 2008.
As Unit Head in the Extended Producer Responsibility Section of MoECCS, Meegan is proud to have had a role in the regulating and implementation of many of BC’s 22 nationally recognized Extended Producer Responsibility Programs, including the expansion to the electronics product category in 2012, and North America's first EPR program for packaging and printed products, in 2014.
Meegan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Diploma in Environmental Protection Technology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, BC.
Director Technical Advisory Services at Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA)
Chris van Rossem is Director, Technical Advisory Services at Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) and a Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. CSSA represents the recycling interests of Canadian businesses, creating convenient, clever, environmentally sustainable ways for consumers to dispose of the paper, packaging and products these businesses create—from newspapers to glass, metals to plastics. We are a national, non-profit organization, founded by leading retailers and manufacturers, bringing together key players to achieve better recycling performance. CSSA is dedicated to providing support services to packaging and printed paper stewardship programs across Canada. CSSA’s six stewardship programs include:
- Recycle BC Packaging and Printed Paper Program
- MMSW Household Packaging and Paper Program
- MMSM Packaging and Printed Paper Program
- Stewardship Ontario Packaging and Printed Paper Program
- Stewardship Ontario Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program
- Automotive Materials Stewardship Program
Prior to joining CSSA, Chris was Manager, Policy and Planning at Waste Diversion Ontario, the then provincial organization responsible for monitoring the effectiveness and efficiency of Ontario’s four waste diversion programs.
Chris spent almost 10 years living in Sweden and working at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, where he received both his MSc in Environmental Management and Policy, and his PhD in Industrial Environmental Economics. His research investigated how the design of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation, particularly in the electrical and electronic equipment sector, impacts incentives for improved product design.
Vice President in charge of patient strategy at the French Federation of Diabetics
Chair of the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition
Fiona chairs the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition that inspires partnerships and action on sustainable healthcare. She also works as an independent expert advisor and board member for national and global organisations. This includes advising on person centred care, promoting health through business, economic and sustainability strategies, wellbeing at work, and technological transformation of health services.
Her previous roles include: Deputy Chief Executive of the global NCD Alliance leading strategic and commercial partnerships, strategy and governance; Bupa’s Chief Wellbeing and Public Health Officer leading global commercial strategy on workplace health and wellbeing, behaviour change, partnerships, and sustainability; Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting on health and sustainability. For five years, she was Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government responsible for Health Improvement and Health Inequalities followed by being Director of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation.
She is a high profile wellbeing and public health leader with a track record of reframing thinking and developing innovative strategy and programmes at the heart of business and government. A strategic systems thinker she is able to bridge private, public and third sector environments, delivering social change and business benefit.
Fiona is a visiting Professor at UCL and teaches at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Fiona is a member of British Land’s Sustainability Advisory Panel, Marks and Spencer’s Sustainable Retail Advisory Board, and Business in the Community’s Wellbeing Leadership Team.
Environmental Planner at Metro Vancouver
Andrew Doi is an Environmental Planner at Metro Vancouver, who specializes in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs and policy.
Andrew holds a Master degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University and is a Registered Professional Planner.
Andrew began working at Metro Vancouver in 2001, and he has been focusing on EPR programs for over a decade.
Manager, Sustainability Reporting Standards at Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Anna Krotova works in the Standards Division at GRI, an independent international standard-setting organization that has pioneered sustainability reporting since 1997. She leads on the development of GRI Standards covering environmental issues, such as water, waste, and biodiversity, to ensure they help steer organizations towards addressing present-day environmental challenges through transparent non-financial reporting.
Ms. Krotova’s sustainability expertise builds on 10 years of diverse roles in consulting, international development and NGOs. Prior to joining GRI, she worked at Metabolic, systems thinking consultancy in Amsterdam, International Finance Corporation in Moscow, UNDP, and WWF.
Ms. Krotova holds an MSc in Industrial Ecology from TU Delft and an MA in Environmental Policy from Moscow State University. She lives in Amsterdam with her family.
Thierry Moreau-Defarges is pharmacist ( Industry 1972) and has a degree in political science ( IEP Paris 1974) .He has a long and large expertise in the pharmaceutical industry in différent functions ( from product manager to head of operations and from market access manager to Vice -président in charge of Health economics, pharmaceutical affairs ( qualified person ) , law department , quality ) , in several international companies ( Boehringer Ingelheim, Cassenne, Roussel-Uclaf, Ciba-Geigy, Inava ( groupe Pierre Fabre), Janssen , Cilag, Janssen-Cilag).
President of Cyclamed since 2007 , the association created by pharmaceutical industry in 1994 to take in charge the non-used drugs coming from the patients. Cyclamed has two objectives : protect the environnement and the patient.
Cyclamed : the organisation
Cyclamed is a non-profit organisation under le Law of 1901 which brings together the whole pharmaceutical profession : retail pharmacist, wholesale distributors and pharmaceutical companies. The association which is approved by authorities, is tasked with collecting and processing Unused Medicinal Drugs intended for human use whether out of date or not, which have been returned to pharmacists by patients.
All french pharmacies are obliged to recover household MNU.
All pharmaceutical companies are obliged to put in place a process to collect their non-used drugs, whatever individual by each company or all together. They choose to create Cyclamed in 1994. Pharmaceutical Companies are financing the association paying to Cyclamed a contribution based on the number of packaging sold in pharmacies.Non-used drugs are incinerated in special units producing energy.
Senior Vice President Governmental Affairs of Tomra Systems ASA
Wolfgang Ringel (1964) has been dedicated to packaging waste management since 1992.
Ringel has graduated in German law and became lawyer after passing his bar exam.
Today he is Senior Vice President Governmental Affairs of Tomra Systems ASA, a leading Norwegian technology company which provides advanced recycling equipment, food processing technology as well as environmental consultancy services and which is strongly involved in the development of return and recycling systems for used packaging on global level.
From 1992 – 2000 he worked for the German non for profit kerbside company “Duales System Deutschland”. In the first years he contributed to establish the company as the leading German collection system of packaging waste for households, operating in close co-operation with Federal Government, industry, retail, waste management companies and local authorities.
Later on he became Head of International Affairs given the responsibility to support and foster the development of packaging waste recovery systems all over Europe and parts of Canada. When Ringel left the company end of 2000, approx. 20 European countries had established packaging recovery regulations and active recycling systems.
After joining Tomra in 2001, Ringel was closely involved in the legal and implementation process of the German deposit system on beverage packaging, a system annually covering 82 mill people and approx 18 bn packaging today.
Ringel holds a board position on the German association “Pro Mehrweg” (Pro Refill), acts as Adviser of the “ReUse and Recycling Institute” and is member of the Advisory body of Dutch “Recycling Netwerk”, an NGO alliance for a better environment via better recycling. In 2015 he became co-founder of the European Union wide active circular economy association ‘Reloop’ in Brussels.
Professor, Mines Paris Tech
Franck Aggeri conducts research on the management and politics of innovation, CSR and sustainability. In collaboration with industrial partners and international researchers, he examines how new corporate business practices and institutional settings emerge in joint innovation processes.
More precisely, his interest is to understand the conditions under which sustainability issues may become a driver for strategic renewal. In this perspective, a first dimension of the research is to characterize the strategy processes at stake the changes involved in terms of technology, managerial practices, tools and business models.
A second dimension is to raise the managerial capabilities (reasonings, methods, partnerships) built by pioneering corporations to conduct sustainability oriented innovations and explore new fields of value.
Agriculture, construction and the automobile industry, where intensive efforts are made to invent new sustainability management models, are fieldworks he is currently studying with colleagues and PhD students within national and international research programs.
Executive Director, Green Cross
An engineer, Nicolas has been working professionally for more than 15 years on issues related to the ecological transition of the economy. Currently Executive Director of Green Cross, an NGO created in 1993 by Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev, currently chaired by Jean-Michel Cousteau, he previously worked as a consultant and senior manager in strategy consulting firms on topics such as ecological transition, sustainable development and sustainable cities.
Nicolas has notably contributed to the structuring of civil society proposals structured around climate conferences (since 2009), the creation and development of the Institute of Circular Economy, and the China-Europe meetings in 2014 and 2015. It coordinates or takes part in various territorial foresight actions (sustainable cities, coastal economies, territories in transition), sector transitions and cooperation around environmental and humanist themes
European Recycling Platform
Experienced Chief Operating Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Skilled in International Business, Consumer Electronics, Purchasing, Management, and Project Management. Strong operations professional with a Master's degree focused in Business Administration from EDHEC Business School.
UK & Ireland Sustainability Manager / Global WEEE Lead for HP
Mark Dempsey is UK Sustainability Manager and Global WEEE Lead for HP Inc. Mark has previously worked as European Environmental Policy Advisor for Hewlett Packard and Manager of the Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group at Westminster.
Mark authored a parliamentary research report on Producer Responsibility, led a think tank developing proposals for UK WEEE implementation, and has led HP’s WEEE policy work in Brussels and Westminster. Mark has also spoken at conferences in China, India, Brazil and Australia on EPR. Mark has previously worked as Development Officer for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and advised the Australian Government on Product Stewardship.
Mark has gained detailed knowledge of the Extended Producer Responsibility, the Circular Economy, resource efficiency, and environmental management for businesses; and has extensive experience of leading policy engagement in Westminster and Brussels.
Mark has a degree in Geography and a Masters in Environmental Policy and Management and is a member of the CIWM and a Fellow of IEMA.
European Public Affairs Manager, Mars
Sr. European Public Affairs Manager (sustainability) at Mars Inc. with key responsibilities in the area of sustainability and environmental policies at the EU level. As part of his accountabilities, he is the main responsible for the Circular Economy and Clean Energy Packages and the EU Plastics Strategy. In this capacity, Juan Manuel leads on Mars’ engagement on the European Union (EU) circular economy package and coordinates internal work stream pertaining to this topic. In addition, he is a Board Member of the ‘New Plastic Economy Initiative’, a global program from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Juan Manuel is also the Chairman of the Circular Economy Expert Group at FoodDrinkEurope, the Food industry confederation in the European Union and External Expert (reserve list) for the European Commission - DG REGIO on Environment, Circular Economy and Resource efficiency, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Fundamental Rights.
Prior to joining Mars Inc., he worked at the European Commission in dealing with Climate Change, Environment, Natural Resources & Water and international development in the Latin American region. Before joining the Commission, he worked for the Spanish Government in Public Service and Work & Emigration Department.
Juan Manuel holds a Diploma in International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) & Univ. of London, a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and a second one in European Studies, a postgraduate studies in neuroscience from the Univ. of Seville and Madrid and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the Univ. of Granada.
Director of C2D CONSULTING
Environmental engineer graduated from the “Ecole des Mines de Douai (France)”, 2004
She started her professional career as a chemist with a large French group. Rich in this first experience, she seized opportunities to create her first business of engineer consulting for 5 years. After this experience, she wished to develop her vision of waste management in a insular environment and choose to work during 5 years with ADEME and local authorities of Guadeloupe. Since then, and for the last 3 years, she has been the founding director of C2D CONSULTING, which is an environmental research bureau, which has a strong position in waste management and sustainable development.
Within C2D, she acquires a new form of expertise in this field, and she is a facilitator of eco-organisms. Last March, she was part of a cooperation mission in Dominican Republic on waste management. For the last few months, she has been leading the REP-Guadeloupe inter-sector platform, an organization in which all eco-organizations are represented.
Head of qualitative research department at BVA Opinion
She is in charge of all qualitative methodologies : survey layouts and open consultation process enabling to hear the “voice of the citizens”. She conducted the “ Citeo Ateliers Citoyens”.
Graduated from Sciences Po Paris and Pantheon-Sorbonne, Isabelle started her career at Sofres (Kantar Public) and then joined CSA, market and opinion research institute, as head of qualitative department.
In a 25 years carrier, Isabelle has carried out a large number of opinion surveys focused on various social, corporate, and environmental issues.
Head of Communication & Engagement of CITEO
Séverine Lèbre-Badré is Citeo’s Head of Communication & Engagement since May 2018. She defines and implements Citeo’s strategy to mobilize and engage citizens and stakeholders on recycling, circular economy and sustainable consumption.
Graduated from Sciences Po Paris and EHESS, Séverine started her career in Euro RSCG agency (today Havas) and then joined EDF as Commercial Communication Director. Before joining Citeo, she was VP Communication, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development at Alcaltel-Lucent, and Head of Communication at Groupe SFR.
Responsible purchasing and waste referent of Primum Non Nocere
After 11 years of experience in the global management of healthcare waste for a large group, I joined the Primum non-nocere agency in which I am a consultant in sustainable development (responsible purchasing and waste referent).
In these functions, I work with institutions such as the Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Marseille, the CHU de Lille or the CHU de Clermont Ferrand, sometimes on all CSR themes. I also work for the ARS PACA and Nouvelles Aquitaine as a project manager on waste issues but also on the eco-responsible maternity labelling approach (environmental health).
Finally, every two months, I host a health café for the Health Community of the Paris Climate Agency with the ambition of boosting the local health community to benefit the City of Paris' objectives of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Since 2016, Mr. Said Maoulana Mohamed has been Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Union of the Comoros.
Previously, he was communication coordinator of the Presidency of the Autonomous Island of Ngazidja from 2004-2007, natural sciences teacher from 2007 to 2011, press officer at the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2011, press officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2016.
Mr. Said Maoulana Mohamed was also National President of the Comorian Association for Family Welfare (2011) and a member of the IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) - Africa Region (Nairobi) Institutional Management Expert Group between 2011 and 2013.
Microbiologist, speaker and researcher on sharps injury prevention
Terry is an Australian consultant microbiologist with 52 years’ experience in disease transmission and prevention in teaching hospitals, industry & consultancy. His passion is assisting facilities and countries reduce their sharps injuries.
He serves on sharps container standards in four countries and is Project Leader on ISO Standards Working Group 8 (Sharps Containers, Safety Engineered Devices). In early 2015, Terry was the National Infection-Prevention Training Coordinator for the World Health Organization Ebola Response Team in Sierra Leone.
He is Lead-investigator on the annual US EXPO-STOP Sharps Injury Survey, has approximately 100 publications and spoken at more than 230 assemblies in 23 countries and received multiple awards for his work.
USPO, Union of Officine Pharmacists Syndicates
Director of Responsible Investment, AMUNDI
FDA, National Government
Dr. Mayhall received a B.A. degree in chemistry from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry/biochemistry from the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC. She conducted post graduate research at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, served as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at American University, and worked as a staff scientist with a contract firm reviewing and preparing summaries of pesticide product chemistry and residue studies for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Dr. Elaine S. Mayhall currently is a senior review scientist in the Disinfection, Reprocessing and Personal Protection Equipment Team, Division of Infection Control and Plastic Surgery Devices, Office of Surgical and Infection Control Devices, Office of Product Evaluation and Quality (OPEQ), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She has been with FDA for 25 years.
She serves as a Subject Matter Expert for CDRH for the following areas: liquid chemical sterilants/high level disinfectants, automated endoscope reprocessors, and medical washer disinfectors; device sterilization and reprocessing of reusable and single use medical devices, and sharps disposal containers.
She represents FDA on the following ISO and AAMI Sterilization standards development groups: ISO/TC 84 Sharps Working Group 8 Sharps containers; AAMI Dry Heat Working Group 42, Liquid Chemical Sterilants Working Group 10, Chemical sterilants hospital practices Working Group 61, Washer Disinfector Working Group 13, Resistometer Working Group 91, Aseptic Processing Working Group 9, and Endoscope Reprocessing Working Group 84 – ST91 Flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities.
Executive president, VALDELIA
Sustainable Development Director, Bouygues membre C3D
Founder and Managing Director, Ocean Recovery Alliance
Responsable Services Eco-conception, ADELPHE
Brand and Corporate Communication manager, AQUAFIL SPA
Director Sustainable Businesses, EURATEX
Purchasing, Treatment and R&D Manager, VALDELIA
Julien graduated in 2003 from TELECOM - management school. After 6 years spent assisting the Ministry of Finance in the implementation of financial management IT tools as project manager for the consulting firm Accenture, he completed his studies by following the specialized master's degree in "Environmental Analysis and Management" at INSA in Strasbourg.
Between 2010 and 2012, he worked as a consultant for the BIO Intelligence Service design office, then as an independent consultant.
Before taking up his position as Director of RUDOLOGIA in November 2013, Julien worked for 2 years as a project manager at FNADE (Fédération Nationale des Activités de la Dépollution et de l'Environnement) on material and organic recovery issues, waste statistics as well as institutional, regulatory, economic and tax issues.
Director & COO, Lorax Compliance
Michelle has 15 years’ experience working in the environmental compliance sector building an extensive knowledge of the industry. After graduating from Cardiff University in 2002, she has developed her career by specialising in product stewardship, producer responsibility programs and their impacts on the producers.
Combining a passion for all environmental themes with a desire to manage and remove the complexities associated with the legislation for producers, Michelle’s focus within Lorax is to promote and simplify the vast range of reporting requirements their clients find themselves obligated by.
EPR is a frequently changing and growing global field with requests for data increasing, new programs developing and more products being brought into scope.
11 years of operational experience from the Paris Fire Brigade to collaborations with private entities (preparation and follow-up of the Albertville Winter Olympics, opening of the DisneyLand Paris Park, opening of the Cité de La Musique Parc de La Villette...) while passing through activities under the Ministry of the Interior, led me to discover the health sector by integrating in February 1999 the Gustave Roussy Institute (1st European Centre for the Fight against Cancer and Research) as Fire, Environment and Safety Prevention Manager.
After 7 years in this position, I joined the Montpellier University Hospital in September 2006 as head of the Fire and Safety Department within the Sustainable Development Department of the General Management at the time.
A new chalenge was proposed to me in 2014 to improve the regulatory, operational and economic aspects of accreditation and quality of waste management at the University Hospital (5 main facilities, 2,600 beds, 10,700 employees...). From about twenty sectors we are currently in 47 waste sorting, recycling and recovery sectors, some of which are innovative.