Our speakers (more to follow)

    Ado Lõhmus | Estonian Ministry of the Environment

    Ado Lõhmus has graduated in Chemical and Environmental Engineerings at the Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn. Since 2012 he is working on Deputy Secretary General position, covering environmental management and mineral resources policy areas, issues related with SDGs,  circular economy, eco-innovation, environmental impact assessment, industrial emission directive, environmental taxation, environmental monitoring, voluntary schemes and mining policy. Lately was added to his responsibilities waste and chemical management issues.               

    Mr. Lõhmus is a Member of the Estonian Sustainable Development Committee; Member of the Rail Baltic Development Commisson; Member of the Government Commission for cooperation with Local Governments Association; Chair of the committee for Estonian Business Awards on Environment.

    During Estonian Presidency period Mr. Lõhmus is a theme-leader for all topics among his responsibilities, including waste package, Minamata COP1  and he is charing WPIEI Global working party, which is preparing United Nations Environmental Assembly.

    Hugo-Maria Schally | European Commission

    After working for UNDP, the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna he joined the European Commission in 1998 and has been Head of Unit in the Directorates General “External relations”, “Development” and "Environment".

    Currently he is head of unit in the Directorate General “Environment” of the European Commission dealing with “Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption“. In this function he is entrusted with the coordination of the follow up to the new EU package on "Circular Economy " and the development and implementation of a number of EU policies and instruments in support of the transition to a circular economy.

    Cuno van Geet | Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (Netherlands)

    Cuno is a senior policy expert on sustainable procurement and the Circular Economy at Rijkswaterstaat and also on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment on EU and UN expert groups. He has worked international development, sustainability, energy and innovation policies at local and national governmental organizations and as a consultant in UN and EU-projects. His main driver is strengthening collaboration between practice, policy and people to drive change in procurement practices.This congress is one example in which EU and national projects can work together lead the next steps in policy to enable delivery of more circular economies.

    Mark Hidson | ICLEI

    Mark joined ICLEI in 2003. He is a member of ICLEI Europe’s Board of Directors and responsible for ICLEI’s sustainable economy and procurement work. Mark is the Global Director ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre. For 17 years he has worked for, and on behalf of, local, regional and national governments in project, policy and strategy development on sustainability issues such as procurement, climate change and transport.

    Joan Prummel | Rijkswaterstaat

    I initiate pilots with Circular Procurement to reduce the waste of resources. Public procurers have a key role in making arrangements about the use of products (or their components or the materials the products are made of) after usage. In this way we contribute to the acceleration and development of the Circular Economy in The Netherlands. 

    Robert Kaukewitsch | European Commission

    Since January 2011, Robert Kaukewitsch is Green Public Procurement Officer in DG Environment of the European Commission. From 2003-2010, he worked on environmental and sustainability issues in the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. Before joining the EU civil service, he held different positions in the City of Hamburg. He is a lawyer by training and comes from Germany.

    Els Verwimp | Government of Flanders

    Els Verwimp works for the Department of Environment of the Government of Flanders. Her role is to support the public procurers in Flanders in buying more sustainably. She develops tools (e.g. criteria documents, LCC tools) to help procurers and advises the procurers of the Government of Flanders in there procurement cases. The next years, she’ll especially support public procurers participating in the Flemish Green Deal Circular Procurement. More information: http://www.vlaanderen-circulair.be/nl/green-deal-circulair-aankopen.

    Emile Bruls | Rijkswaterstaat | Moderator Textiles Workshop

    Emile is working on the European Clothing Action Plan – www.ECAP.eu.com and several actions to make textiles in the Netherlands sustainable. He was also involved in the REBus circular business pilots in workwear. Besides this he does several projects within the Waste and Circular Economy department of Rijkswaterstaat for the recycle on the go program in the service sector, for instance with Dutch railways and with pop and dance music festivals. He has a background in political and communication science. Previously he has been working for the national expert centre for outdoor and nature recreation.

    Mauro Scalia | Eurotex

    Mauro Scalia is head of Sustainable Businesses in Euratex, the European Confederation of Textile and Apparel industry based in Brussels. He is responsible for all activities in the areas of chemicals, resources efficiency, climate change, corporate responsibility and sustainable supply chains and coordinates with the Euratex’s member national /European associations. He graduated cum laude in Political Sciences with specialization in Politics and Economics at the University of Catania, Italy, also studying in Germany and France. He joined Euratex in 2004 after professional experiences in consulting, industrial research and an institution of the European Union.

    Take Padding | PIANOo

    Take Padding works for PIANOo, the procurement expertise centre of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, as a senior consultant sustainable public procurement. He has been involved in the sustainable procurement programme since 2007 and one of the founders of the Dutch Green Deal Circular Procurement.

    Mervyn Jones | Sustainable Global Resources

    Mervyn has been working in climate change and sustainability for 35 years, the last 12 in resource efficiency and closing product and material loops including using sustainable public procurement as a key driver. Most recently Mervyn has been working with UNEP and the Dutch Government on developing Circular Procurement and Product Service Systems as mechanisms for delivering more circular economies. He previously worked at the UK Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) for 10 years across a variety of delivery programmes on behalf of UK Governments. He now works independently through his own company, Sustainable Global Resources.

    Yvette Watson | PHI Factory

    Yvette Watson is co-founder of PHI Factory, inspiring and enabling organizations to implement circular concepts in their operations. She creates awareness on the opportunities for facility managers have for boosting the sustainability performance of their organization. At the Dutch National Library she is responsible for the high ambitions on the upcoming renovation to a circular and energy neutral building.

    Rob Holdway | Giraffe | Lead moderator

    Rob Holdway is co-founder and Director of environmental management consultants Giraffe, working with companies on carbon management and footprinting, sustainable design, innovation management and EU environmental legislation. Rob was described by ‘The Manufacturer’ magazine as ‘Britain’s leading eco-design consultant’. 

    Cécile van Oppen | Copper8 | Lead moderator

    Cécile is co-founder of Copper8, a consulting firm specialized in creating and accelerating sustainable breakthroughs through collaboration and business model innovation. She has initiated circular projects in several manufacturing related industries such as household appliances as well as solar panels. Copper8 is known for their expertise in the field of circular procurement; having run European tenders in furniture, electronics and construction industries (most notably the tender for Liander Duiven). Cécile holds a double BA from LaSalle University (PA, USA) and a Master’s degree from the LSE (London, UK); and is co-author of the book ‘Circular Business: Collaborate and Circulate’.

    Birgitte Krebs Schleemann | City of Aalborg Denmark

    I am a project manager for a circular public procurement on school furniture (learning environment) for primary schools in the municipality of Aalborg. I have an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Planning from Aalborg University. For the last 10 years I have worked in the municipality of Aalborg in the field of environmental matters - most environmental approval and supervision of companies. In recent years, I have been working more and more with sustainability and circular economy.

    Dimitri Strybos | Vlaanderen Circulair - OVAM

    Dimitri Strybos obtained a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Antwerp. He started his professional career as a policy officer in the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM), where he was responsible for the further development of the Flanders' WEEE policy. Since 2016, he became Program Manager for the Flanders’ Materials Program, which transformed in 2017 into Circular Flanders, the hub, inspirator and matchmaker for circular economy in Flanders. Currently, Dimitri coordinates and facilitates the Flemish Green Deal on Circular Procurement. 

    Josefina Lindblom | European Commission for DG Environment

    Josefina Lindblom is working at the European Commission for DG Environment, in the unit of Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption. She is responsible for the work on "sustainable buildings" and the implementation of the communication on this topic adopted in summer 2014. She has previously worked in DG Research with specific support to SMEs and in DG Joint Research Centre, where she took part in research studies related to improved environmental performance of industry and how to design policy in this respect. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering Design from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg.

    Miguel Gama Caldas | European Commission

    Miguel Gama Caldas is a Scientific Officer at the European Commission since 2013. Located in Seville, working in the Directorate for Growth and Innovation of DG JRC (Joint Research Centre), he is currently dealing with the technical aspects of EU Green Public Procurement criteria development.

    Before joining the EU civil service he held several scientifically research positions both at the academia and private enterprises in different EU member states. His background is Mechanical Engineering (both PhD and basic degrees).

    Alessandra Mascioli | Ministry of Environment

    Alessandra Mascioli, graduate at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in business and economy, since 2003 cooperate at competent Direction General of the Ministry of Environment, in definining national GPP policy and in promoting GPP pratice. In particolar the main activities performed have been the definition of the GPP National action plans and of the Minimum Environmental Criteria for several public procurement produtc and service categories, the coordination of the ad hoc working groups and the technical support in all the other initiatives put in place by the Ministry within the GPP National Action Plan.

    Sally Attwood | Deputy Director Strategy & Planning

    Sally has had a varied career, largely in the public service in Wales, including several secondments to the Welsh Government and also for the Ombudsman.  She has been involved in many large-scale change programmes within the National Health Service in Wales.   Her role in Public Health Wales NHS Trust involves strategy and planning and the Our Space Programme is a major initiative to reconfigure the organisation’s office-based estate.    Originally from West Yorkshire in the North of England, Sally moved to Wales to study, work and raise a family.


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