Our speakers

Dr. Bertrand Piccard
Chairman and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Foundation
Stientje van Veldhoven
State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of the Netherlands
Irmfried Schwimann
Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission
Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally
Head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission
Hubert Bruls
Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Dr. Bertrand Piccard

Chairman and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Foundation

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator behind Solar Impulse – the first airplane to fly around the world powered by solar energy. He recently launched the second phase of his vision: The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which aims to select #1000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way and bring them to decision makers, encouraging the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Originating from a family of explorers, Dr. Piccard has pushed boundaries with his round-the-world flights in Solar Impulse and a balloon. A trained psychiatrist, Bertrand challenges certitudes and convictions, and advocates for an innovative and pioneering spirit to improve the quality of life on Earth.

Envisioning ecology through the lens of profitability, he urges for the uptake of clean technologies and efficient solutions because they are logical rather than just ecological. With his dual identities as an explorer and a medical doctor, he has become an influential voice among distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

Stientje van Veldhoven

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of the Netherlands

Stientje van Veldhoven began her career in 1997 as personal assistant to Elly Plooij van Gorsel, a member of the European Parliament for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From 1999 to 2003 she served as an innovation policy officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. From 2003 she worked at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union as first secretary for research policy and as scientific and technological attaché. In 2007 Ms Van Veldhoven became a policy advisor at the European Commission, focusing on the coordination of intergovernmental initiatives. From 2009 to 2010 she was unit coordinator for the Zuidvleugel Randstad region at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.  On 17 June 2010 Ms Van Veldhoven became a member of the House of Representatives for Democrats ’66 (D66), with policy responsibility for issues including sustainability, mobility, climate and energy, development cooperation, and agriculture, nature and food quality. From 2012 to 2017 she served as a member of the presidium and secretary to the D66 parliamentary party.  On 26 October 2017 Stientje van Veldhoven was appointed State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management in the third Rutte government.

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

Irmfried Schwimann is Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since March 2016. She is responsible for the modernisation of the single market, the single market in public administration and the COSME Programme. Previously, Ms Schwimann was a Director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector. Ms Schwimann was also head of DG Competition’s financial services antitrust unit and DG Internal Market’s financial services policy unit. She was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein’s cabinet (2002-2003). Before joining the Commission, she worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1989, following a post at an Austrian insurance group from 1989 to 1999.

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally

Head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally holds a doctorate in law from the University of Graz, Austria and is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria. After having worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, he has since 1998 held several positions as head of unit in the DGs for External Relations, Development and Environment of the European Commission.

He is currently head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption in the Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth of DG Environment of the European Commission. In that capacity, he is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. This includes the preparation and implementation of EU policies and instruments supporting the transition to a circular economy, such as inter alia EMAS, the European Eco-label, Green Public Procurement, the European plastics strategy and the follow up to the pilot project on the environmental footprint of products and organisations (PEF/OEF).

Hubert Bruls

Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Hubert Bruls is the Mayor of Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2012. Bruls studied political science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, now Radboud University Nijmegen, specialising in political science and economics. He then began his career in the civil service union Novon/ABVAKABO. After a brief period as a Councillor in 1998, he went on to become Alderman in Nijmegen between 1999 and 2002.

Following this, Mr. Bruls served as a Member of Parliament for the Christian Democrats between 23 May 2002 and 11 October 2005. In parliament he was concerned with labour and employment, labour and care, urban policy and infrastructure projects in the province of Gelderland.

On 1 October 2005 he became mayor of Venlo. After the merger of Venlo with Arcen and Velden on 1 January 2010, he became acting Mayor of the new Venlo and in July 2010 became Mayor by royal decree.

Frederic Ximeno
Commissioner for Ecology, City of Barcelona, Spain
Harriët Tiemens
Deputy Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Marzena Rogalska
Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Paul Louis Iske
Chief Failure Officer, The Institute for Brilliant Failures
Thomas De Jonghe
Project leader, Strategic & Sustainable Procurement, The City of Ghent, Belgium
Dr. Bertrand Piccard

Chairman and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Foundation

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator behind Solar Impulse – the first airplane to fly around the world powered by solar energy. He recently launched the second phase of his vision: The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which aims to select #1000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way and bring them to decision makers, encouraging the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Originating from a family of explorers, Dr. Piccard has pushed boundaries with his round-the-world flights in Solar Impulse and a balloon. A trained psychiatrist, Bertrand challenges certitudes and convictions, and advocates for an innovative and pioneering spirit to improve the quality of life on Earth.

Envisioning ecology through the lens of profitability, he urges for the uptake of clean technologies and efficient solutions because they are logical rather than just ecological. With his dual identities as an explorer and a medical doctor, he has become an influential voice among distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

Stientje van Veldhoven

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of the Netherlands

Stientje van Veldhoven began her career in 1997 as personal assistant to Elly Plooij van Gorsel, a member of the European Parliament for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From 1999 to 2003 she served as an innovation policy officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. From 2003 she worked at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union as first secretary for research policy and as scientific and technological attaché. In 2007 Ms Van Veldhoven became a policy advisor at the European Commission, focusing on the coordination of intergovernmental initiatives. From 2009 to 2010 she was unit coordinator for the Zuidvleugel Randstad region at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.  On 17 June 2010 Ms Van Veldhoven became a member of the House of Representatives for Democrats ’66 (D66), with policy responsibility for issues including sustainability, mobility, climate and energy, development cooperation, and agriculture, nature and food quality. From 2012 to 2017 she served as a member of the presidium and secretary to the D66 parliamentary party.  On 26 October 2017 Stientje van Veldhoven was appointed State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management in the third Rutte government.

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

Irmfried Schwimann is Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since March 2016. She is responsible for the modernisation of the single market, the single market in public administration and the COSME Programme. Previously, Ms Schwimann was a Director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector. Ms Schwimann was also head of DG Competition’s financial services antitrust unit and DG Internal Market’s financial services policy unit. She was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein’s cabinet (2002-2003). Before joining the Commission, she worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1989, following a post at an Austrian insurance group from 1989 to 1999.

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally

Head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally holds a doctorate in law from the University of Graz, Austria and is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria. After having worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, he has since 1998 held several positions as head of unit in the DGs for External Relations, Development and Environment of the European Commission.

He is currently head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption in the Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth of DG Environment of the European Commission. In that capacity, he is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. This includes the preparation and implementation of EU policies and instruments supporting the transition to a circular economy, such as inter alia EMAS, the European Eco-label, Green Public Procurement, the European plastics strategy and the follow up to the pilot project on the environmental footprint of products and organisations (PEF/OEF).

Hubert Bruls

Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Hubert Bruls is the Mayor of Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2012. Bruls studied political science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, now Radboud University Nijmegen, specialising in political science and economics. He then began his career in the civil service union Novon/ABVAKABO. After a brief period as a Councillor in 1998, he went on to become Alderman in Nijmegen between 1999 and 2002.

Following this, Mr. Bruls served as a Member of Parliament for the Christian Democrats between 23 May 2002 and 11 October 2005. In parliament he was concerned with labour and employment, labour and care, urban policy and infrastructure projects in the province of Gelderland.

On 1 October 2005 he became mayor of Venlo. After the merger of Venlo with Arcen and Velden on 1 January 2010, he became acting Mayor of the new Venlo and in July 2010 became Mayor by royal decree.

Frederic Ximeno

Commissioner for Ecology, City of Barcelona, Spain

He has been working in the fields of the environment, urban planning, and climate and environmental management and planning for the past twenty-five years.

He has managed, coordinated and participated in multi-disciplinary teams to develop more than 100 environmental, urban and territorial planning projects in Catalonia, Navarre, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Valencia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay.

As an adviser, he has focused his work on strategic, environmental, climate, territorial and urban planning in order to define urban, regional and national projects, programmes and strategies from the perspective of sustainability. 

He was the CEO of Environmental and Sustainability Policies of the Generalitat regional government of Catalonia for four years, where he fostered the architecture of climate change policies and the strategic environmental evaluation of plans and programmes, environmental information and international environmental cooperation, among others.

Harriët Tiemens

Deputy Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Harriët Tiemens is Deputy Mayor for Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2014. She is responsible for Finance, Sustainability (Climate and Energy), Water and Mobility. Tiemens studied Environmental Science at Saxion University of Applied Sciences and Public Administration at Leiden University. After graduating university, she went on to work as a management consultant in the business services sector, advising companies and government institutions on policy and organisational development. She joined the political party GroenLinks as an active member in 1999. In 2002 she was elected to the municipal council of Rheden, where she served as alderman from 2007 to 2014.

Marzena Rogalska

Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Marzena Rogalska is currently the Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission.

Previously Marzena was an EU Research Fellow at WCFIA at Harvard University working on impact investing and competitiveness issues, Head of Unit for Clean Technologies and Products dealing with competitiveness issues with respect to climate, energy and environmental policies as well as the construction sector in the DG GROW. 

In 2010-2013 she worked as a Member of Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner and she was in charge of energy efficiency and non-nuclear research, as well as European Semester, social and regional policy and economic and monetary policy.

Prior to that, she worked in the European Parliament and for the regional and national administration in Poland, including the Gdansk Governor's Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Chancellery of Prime Minister. 

Paul Louis Iske

Chief Failure Officer, The Institute for Brilliant Failures

Paul is focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing. He is the founder Institute of Brilliant Failures with the mission to highlight the importance of experimentation to achieve paradigm shifts and breakthrough innovation. Paul is also an international author, consultant and speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge management and creativity.

Thomas De Jonghe

Project leader, Strategic & Sustainable Procurement, The City of Ghent, Belgium

Mark Hidson
Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre
Peter Woodward
Facilitator
Maria Pagel Fray
Special Advisor on Environmental and Climate Issues, City of Copenhagen, Denmark
Lorenz Berzau
National Contact Group Coordinator, Amfori
Dr. Tilman Reinhardt
Lawyer
Dr. Bertrand Piccard

Chairman and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Foundation

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator behind Solar Impulse – the first airplane to fly around the world powered by solar energy. He recently launched the second phase of his vision: The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which aims to select #1000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way and bring them to decision makers, encouraging the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Originating from a family of explorers, Dr. Piccard has pushed boundaries with his round-the-world flights in Solar Impulse and a balloon. A trained psychiatrist, Bertrand challenges certitudes and convictions, and advocates for an innovative and pioneering spirit to improve the quality of life on Earth.

Envisioning ecology through the lens of profitability, he urges for the uptake of clean technologies and efficient solutions because they are logical rather than just ecological. With his dual identities as an explorer and a medical doctor, he has become an influential voice among distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

Stientje van Veldhoven

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of the Netherlands

Stientje van Veldhoven began her career in 1997 as personal assistant to Elly Plooij van Gorsel, a member of the European Parliament for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From 1999 to 2003 she served as an innovation policy officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. From 2003 she worked at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union as first secretary for research policy and as scientific and technological attaché. In 2007 Ms Van Veldhoven became a policy advisor at the European Commission, focusing on the coordination of intergovernmental initiatives. From 2009 to 2010 she was unit coordinator for the Zuidvleugel Randstad region at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.  On 17 June 2010 Ms Van Veldhoven became a member of the House of Representatives for Democrats ’66 (D66), with policy responsibility for issues including sustainability, mobility, climate and energy, development cooperation, and agriculture, nature and food quality. From 2012 to 2017 she served as a member of the presidium and secretary to the D66 parliamentary party.  On 26 October 2017 Stientje van Veldhoven was appointed State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management in the third Rutte government.

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

Irmfried Schwimann is Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since March 2016. She is responsible for the modernisation of the single market, the single market in public administration and the COSME Programme. Previously, Ms Schwimann was a Director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector. Ms Schwimann was also head of DG Competition’s financial services antitrust unit and DG Internal Market’s financial services policy unit. She was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein’s cabinet (2002-2003). Before joining the Commission, she worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1989, following a post at an Austrian insurance group from 1989 to 1999.

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally

Head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally holds a doctorate in law from the University of Graz, Austria and is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria. After having worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, he has since 1998 held several positions as head of unit in the DGs for External Relations, Development and Environment of the European Commission.

He is currently head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption in the Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth of DG Environment of the European Commission. In that capacity, he is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. This includes the preparation and implementation of EU policies and instruments supporting the transition to a circular economy, such as inter alia EMAS, the European Eco-label, Green Public Procurement, the European plastics strategy and the follow up to the pilot project on the environmental footprint of products and organisations (PEF/OEF).

Hubert Bruls

Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Hubert Bruls is the Mayor of Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2012. Bruls studied political science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, now Radboud University Nijmegen, specialising in political science and economics. He then began his career in the civil service union Novon/ABVAKABO. After a brief period as a Councillor in 1998, he went on to become Alderman in Nijmegen between 1999 and 2002.

Following this, Mr. Bruls served as a Member of Parliament for the Christian Democrats between 23 May 2002 and 11 October 2005. In parliament he was concerned with labour and employment, labour and care, urban policy and infrastructure projects in the province of Gelderland.

On 1 October 2005 he became mayor of Venlo. After the merger of Venlo with Arcen and Velden on 1 January 2010, he became acting Mayor of the new Venlo and in July 2010 became Mayor by royal decree.

Frederic Ximeno

Commissioner for Ecology, City of Barcelona, Spain

He has been working in the fields of the environment, urban planning, and climate and environmental management and planning for the past twenty-five years.

He has managed, coordinated and participated in multi-disciplinary teams to develop more than 100 environmental, urban and territorial planning projects in Catalonia, Navarre, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Valencia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay.

As an adviser, he has focused his work on strategic, environmental, climate, territorial and urban planning in order to define urban, regional and national projects, programmes and strategies from the perspective of sustainability. 

He was the CEO of Environmental and Sustainability Policies of the Generalitat regional government of Catalonia for four years, where he fostered the architecture of climate change policies and the strategic environmental evaluation of plans and programmes, environmental information and international environmental cooperation, among others.

Harriët Tiemens

Deputy Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Harriët Tiemens is Deputy Mayor for Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2014. She is responsible for Finance, Sustainability (Climate and Energy), Water and Mobility. Tiemens studied Environmental Science at Saxion University of Applied Sciences and Public Administration at Leiden University. After graduating university, she went on to work as a management consultant in the business services sector, advising companies and government institutions on policy and organisational development. She joined the political party GroenLinks as an active member in 1999. In 2002 she was elected to the municipal council of Rheden, where she served as alderman from 2007 to 2014.

Marzena Rogalska

Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Marzena Rogalska is currently the Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission.

Previously Marzena was an EU Research Fellow at WCFIA at Harvard University working on impact investing and competitiveness issues, Head of Unit for Clean Technologies and Products dealing with competitiveness issues with respect to climate, energy and environmental policies as well as the construction sector in the DG GROW. 

In 2010-2013 she worked as a Member of Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner and she was in charge of energy efficiency and non-nuclear research, as well as European Semester, social and regional policy and economic and monetary policy.

Prior to that, she worked in the European Parliament and for the regional and national administration in Poland, including the Gdansk Governor's Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Chancellery of Prime Minister. 

Paul Louis Iske

Chief Failure Officer, The Institute for Brilliant Failures

Paul is focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing. He is the founder Institute of Brilliant Failures with the mission to highlight the importance of experimentation to achieve paradigm shifts and breakthrough innovation. Paul is also an international author, consultant and speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge management and creativity.

Thomas De Jonghe

Project leader, Strategic & Sustainable Procurement, The City of Ghent, Belgium

Mark Hidson

Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre

Mark is a member of ICLEI Europe’s Board of Directors and responsible for the sustainable economy and procurement work. Mark is also the Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre. For 20 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.

Mark is Co-Chair of the One Planet network on Sustainable Public Procurement, Vice-Chair of the International Green Purchasing Network and a member of the European Commission’s Green Public Procurement Member State Advisory Group.

Peter Woodward

Facilitator

Peter Woodward is an experienced professional moderator who specialises in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He has expertly facilitated the previous EcoProcura conferences in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014, and will help make EcoProcura 2018 an effective, unique and memorable event for all participants.

Maria Pagel Fray

Special Advisor on Environmental and Climate Issues, City of Copenhagen, Denmark

Maria Pagel Fray has over 12 years of experience working on issues related to sustainability and sustainable public procurement. Previously held positions include - working as a CSR consultant at SKI A/S, the National Procurement Ltd and as a consultant at the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative. 

Maria now works as a special advisor on environment and climate issues in public procurement for the City of Copenhagen, Denmark, and works in the city's Green Public Procurement team. This team is responsible for helping the different procurement units in setting the right environmental criteria.

The Green Public Procurement team also works at a strategic level to make sure that the city’s annual spending supports the city’s climate and sustainability targets on becoming CO2 neutral by 2025. The team is also responsible for ensuring resources aren't wasted and developing and implementing the city’s new ecolabel policy.  

Lorenz Berzau

National Contact Group Coordinator, Amfori

Dr. Tilman Reinhardt

Lawyer

Dr. Tilman Reinhardt is a lawyer in private practice and a project manager for GFA Consulting Group - General Agent for the Bilateral Cooperation Programme of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He holds degrees in law and agricultural economics as well as a doctorate in European and International Law from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.

Previously he has worked for FAO, the EU delegation to Mozambique and WMRC, a law firm specialised in procurement and infrastructure law. He was involved in elaborating a guideline for the sustainable procurement of textiles by the federal government of Germany.

At Humboldt-University Berlin he is teaching a seminar on the legal framework for green urban development.

Lieve Bos
Policy officer innovation procurement, Directorate General Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
Carsten Rothballer
Coordinator, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe
Karolina Huss
Senior Project Manager, Gate 21
Dr. Jolien Grandia
Assistant Professor, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reyes Tirado
Senior Scientist, Greenpeace Research Laboratory, University of Exeter, The United Kingdom
Dr. Bertrand Piccard

Chairman and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Foundation

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator behind Solar Impulse – the first airplane to fly around the world powered by solar energy. He recently launched the second phase of his vision: The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which aims to select #1000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way and bring them to decision makers, encouraging the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Originating from a family of explorers, Dr. Piccard has pushed boundaries with his round-the-world flights in Solar Impulse and a balloon. A trained psychiatrist, Bertrand challenges certitudes and convictions, and advocates for an innovative and pioneering spirit to improve the quality of life on Earth.

Envisioning ecology through the lens of profitability, he urges for the uptake of clean technologies and efficient solutions because they are logical rather than just ecological. With his dual identities as an explorer and a medical doctor, he has become an influential voice among distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

Stientje van Veldhoven

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of the Netherlands

Stientje van Veldhoven began her career in 1997 as personal assistant to Elly Plooij van Gorsel, a member of the European Parliament for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From 1999 to 2003 she served as an innovation policy officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. From 2003 she worked at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union as first secretary for research policy and as scientific and technological attaché. In 2007 Ms Van Veldhoven became a policy advisor at the European Commission, focusing on the coordination of intergovernmental initiatives. From 2009 to 2010 she was unit coordinator for the Zuidvleugel Randstad region at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.  On 17 June 2010 Ms Van Veldhoven became a member of the House of Representatives for Democrats ’66 (D66), with policy responsibility for issues including sustainability, mobility, climate and energy, development cooperation, and agriculture, nature and food quality. From 2012 to 2017 she served as a member of the presidium and secretary to the D66 parliamentary party.  On 26 October 2017 Stientje van Veldhoven was appointed State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management in the third Rutte government.

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

Irmfried Schwimann is Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since March 2016. She is responsible for the modernisation of the single market, the single market in public administration and the COSME Programme. Previously, Ms Schwimann was a Director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector. Ms Schwimann was also head of DG Competition’s financial services antitrust unit and DG Internal Market’s financial services policy unit. She was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein’s cabinet (2002-2003). Before joining the Commission, she worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1989, following a post at an Austrian insurance group from 1989 to 1999.

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally

Head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally holds a doctorate in law from the University of Graz, Austria and is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria. After having worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, he has since 1998 held several positions as head of unit in the DGs for External Relations, Development and Environment of the European Commission.

He is currently head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption in the Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth of DG Environment of the European Commission. In that capacity, he is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. This includes the preparation and implementation of EU policies and instruments supporting the transition to a circular economy, such as inter alia EMAS, the European Eco-label, Green Public Procurement, the European plastics strategy and the follow up to the pilot project on the environmental footprint of products and organisations (PEF/OEF).

Hubert Bruls

Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Hubert Bruls is the Mayor of Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2012. Bruls studied political science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, now Radboud University Nijmegen, specialising in political science and economics. He then began his career in the civil service union Novon/ABVAKABO. After a brief period as a Councillor in 1998, he went on to become Alderman in Nijmegen between 1999 and 2002.

Following this, Mr. Bruls served as a Member of Parliament for the Christian Democrats between 23 May 2002 and 11 October 2005. In parliament he was concerned with labour and employment, labour and care, urban policy and infrastructure projects in the province of Gelderland.

On 1 October 2005 he became mayor of Venlo. After the merger of Venlo with Arcen and Velden on 1 January 2010, he became acting Mayor of the new Venlo and in July 2010 became Mayor by royal decree.

Frederic Ximeno

Commissioner for Ecology, City of Barcelona, Spain

He has been working in the fields of the environment, urban planning, and climate and environmental management and planning for the past twenty-five years.

He has managed, coordinated and participated in multi-disciplinary teams to develop more than 100 environmental, urban and territorial planning projects in Catalonia, Navarre, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Valencia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay.

As an adviser, he has focused his work on strategic, environmental, climate, territorial and urban planning in order to define urban, regional and national projects, programmes and strategies from the perspective of sustainability. 

He was the CEO of Environmental and Sustainability Policies of the Generalitat regional government of Catalonia for four years, where he fostered the architecture of climate change policies and the strategic environmental evaluation of plans and programmes, environmental information and international environmental cooperation, among others.

Harriët Tiemens

Deputy Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Harriët Tiemens is Deputy Mayor for Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2014. She is responsible for Finance, Sustainability (Climate and Energy), Water and Mobility. Tiemens studied Environmental Science at Saxion University of Applied Sciences and Public Administration at Leiden University. After graduating university, she went on to work as a management consultant in the business services sector, advising companies and government institutions on policy and organisational development. She joined the political party GroenLinks as an active member in 1999. In 2002 she was elected to the municipal council of Rheden, where she served as alderman from 2007 to 2014.

Marzena Rogalska

Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Marzena Rogalska is currently the Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission.

Previously Marzena was an EU Research Fellow at WCFIA at Harvard University working on impact investing and competitiveness issues, Head of Unit for Clean Technologies and Products dealing with competitiveness issues with respect to climate, energy and environmental policies as well as the construction sector in the DG GROW. 

In 2010-2013 she worked as a Member of Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner and she was in charge of energy efficiency and non-nuclear research, as well as European Semester, social and regional policy and economic and monetary policy.

Prior to that, she worked in the European Parliament and for the regional and national administration in Poland, including the Gdansk Governor's Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Chancellery of Prime Minister. 

Paul Louis Iske

Chief Failure Officer, The Institute for Brilliant Failures

Paul is focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing. He is the founder Institute of Brilliant Failures with the mission to highlight the importance of experimentation to achieve paradigm shifts and breakthrough innovation. Paul is also an international author, consultant and speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge management and creativity.

Thomas De Jonghe

Project leader, Strategic & Sustainable Procurement, The City of Ghent, Belgium

Mark Hidson

Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre

Mark is a member of ICLEI Europe’s Board of Directors and responsible for the sustainable economy and procurement work. Mark is also the Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre. For 20 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.

Mark is Co-Chair of the One Planet network on Sustainable Public Procurement, Vice-Chair of the International Green Purchasing Network and a member of the European Commission’s Green Public Procurement Member State Advisory Group.

Peter Woodward

Facilitator

Peter Woodward is an experienced professional moderator who specialises in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He has expertly facilitated the previous EcoProcura conferences in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014, and will help make EcoProcura 2018 an effective, unique and memorable event for all participants.

Maria Pagel Fray

Special Advisor on Environmental and Climate Issues, City of Copenhagen, Denmark

Maria Pagel Fray has over 12 years of experience working on issues related to sustainability and sustainable public procurement. Previously held positions include - working as a CSR consultant at SKI A/S, the National Procurement Ltd and as a consultant at the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative. 

Maria now works as a special advisor on environment and climate issues in public procurement for the City of Copenhagen, Denmark, and works in the city's Green Public Procurement team. This team is responsible for helping the different procurement units in setting the right environmental criteria.

The Green Public Procurement team also works at a strategic level to make sure that the city’s annual spending supports the city’s climate and sustainability targets on becoming CO2 neutral by 2025. The team is also responsible for ensuring resources aren't wasted and developing and implementing the city’s new ecolabel policy.  

Lorenz Berzau

National Contact Group Coordinator, Amfori

Dr. Tilman Reinhardt

Lawyer

Dr. Tilman Reinhardt is a lawyer in private practice and a project manager for GFA Consulting Group - General Agent for the Bilateral Cooperation Programme of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He holds degrees in law and agricultural economics as well as a doctorate in European and International Law from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.

Previously he has worked for FAO, the EU delegation to Mozambique and WMRC, a law firm specialised in procurement and infrastructure law. He was involved in elaborating a guideline for the sustainable procurement of textiles by the federal government of Germany.

At Humboldt-University Berlin he is teaching a seminar on the legal framework for green urban development.

Lieve Bos

Policy officer innovation procurement, Directorate General Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Lieve Bos is a telecommunications engineer that worked in industry for 7 years on research and innovation projects, including also for public sector customers. After having experienced the barriers to innovation procurement from the private sector side, Lieve started working on public procurement policy from the public sector side. Since 2005 she works in the European Commission in DG CONNECT as policy officer for pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovative solutions (PPI). In this function she has been developing incentive mechanisms via the EU funding programmes to encourage public procurers around Europe to undertake more innovation procurements.

Carsten Rothballer

Coordinator, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe

Carsten Rothballer is Coordinator in ICLEI’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team. Expert at ICLEI Europe since 2009 addressing climate policy issues, with project experience in training, energy planning, integrated management and infrastructure, resilience, risk assessment and international networking on climate and energy issues. He supports local governments in Germany as well as throughout Europe in the development, improvement as well as financing of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and Smart city  solutions. To this end, he coordinates capacity building of political and technical decision-makers in all processes of urban climate and energy management. Furthermore and in this context, he develops stakeholder engagement and public relation strategies and concepts together with public authorities and accompanies their realization through moderation or expert input. General activities include monitoring current developments in international and European energy and climate policy, conducting advocacy on behalf of local governments at the Conference of the Parties (COP) and facilitating local-national dialogues.

Karolina Huss

Senior Project Manager, Gate 21

Karolina Huss is a Swedish public policy professional with interest in facilitation, communication and future technologies. As a Senior Project Manager at Gate 21, she has initiated flagship public sector innovation projects within Greater Copenhagen. Working with green transition public-private partnerships in the last ten years, she has gained extensive experience in stakeholder involvement, human-centric implementation and political navigation.

Dr. Jolien Grandia

Assistant Professor, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Jolien Grandia is a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology of the Erasmus university in Rotterdam.

She is responsible for teaching and coordinating multiple courses in the Public Administration Bachelor and Master and the supervision of bachelor and Master theses. At the Erasmus University she researches transformations in public procurement, such as the implementation of sustainable public procurement and the decentralization of youth and home care. She was recently awarded an EUR Fellowship for a two-year research into the procurement of care by Dutch municipalities. 

She previously worked as an assistant professor at the Radboud Univerisity and as a PhD Candidate and junior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She obtained at the Erasmus University her PhD, which examined the implementation of sustainable procurement in the Dutch national government from an organizational change perspective. 

Reyes Tirado

Senior Scientist, Greenpeace Research Laboratory, University of Exeter, The United Kingdom

Dr. Reyes Tirado has been working as a Senior Scientist at the Greenpeace Research Laboratory in the University of Exeter (UK) since 2006. Before this, she worked as a researcher at Stanford and Berkeley Universities in California (USA). She is the lead author of the report Less is More: Reducing meat and dairy for a healthier life and planet — the Greenpeace vision of the meat and dairy system towards 2050, published in March 2018.

The food we eat and how we produce it are key to determining what kind of future we and our children will have. In order to avoid dangerous climate change and keep the Paris Agreement on track, in 2018 Greenpeace launched a global campaign with one ambitious goal: the reduction of meat and dairy production and consumption by at least 50% by 2050.

Lieke van Kerkhoven
Co-Founder, FLOOW2 Healthcare
Anita Poort
Directorate of Legal Affairs, Municipality of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. Bertrand Piccard

Chairman and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Foundation

Bertrand Piccard is the initiator behind Solar Impulse – the first airplane to fly around the world powered by solar energy. He recently launched the second phase of his vision: The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which aims to select #1000 solutions that protect the environment in a profitable way and bring them to decision makers, encouraging the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Originating from a family of explorers, Dr. Piccard has pushed boundaries with his round-the-world flights in Solar Impulse and a balloon. A trained psychiatrist, Bertrand challenges certitudes and convictions, and advocates for an innovative and pioneering spirit to improve the quality of life on Earth.

Envisioning ecology through the lens of profitability, he urges for the uptake of clean technologies and efficient solutions because they are logical rather than just ecological. With his dual identities as an explorer and a medical doctor, he has become an influential voice among distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader for progress and sustainability.

Stientje van Veldhoven

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of the Netherlands

Stientje van Veldhoven began her career in 1997 as personal assistant to Elly Plooij van Gorsel, a member of the European Parliament for the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From 1999 to 2003 she served as an innovation policy officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. From 2003 she worked at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union as first secretary for research policy and as scientific and technological attaché. In 2007 Ms Van Veldhoven became a policy advisor at the European Commission, focusing on the coordination of intergovernmental initiatives. From 2009 to 2010 she was unit coordinator for the Zuidvleugel Randstad region at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.  On 17 June 2010 Ms Van Veldhoven became a member of the House of Representatives for Democrats ’66 (D66), with policy responsibility for issues including sustainability, mobility, climate and energy, development cooperation, and agriculture, nature and food quality. From 2012 to 2017 she served as a member of the presidium and secretary to the D66 parliamentary party.  On 26 October 2017 Stientje van Veldhoven was appointed State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management in the third Rutte government.

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

Irmfried Schwimann is Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since March 2016. She is responsible for the modernisation of the single market, the single market in public administration and the COSME Programme. Previously, Ms Schwimann was a Director in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, responsible for antitrust, merger and state aid control in the financial services sector. Ms Schwimann was also head of DG Competition’s financial services antitrust unit and DG Internal Market’s financial services policy unit. She was a member of Commissioner Bolkestein’s cabinet (2002-2003). Before joining the Commission, she worked for the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1989, following a post at an Austrian insurance group from 1989 to 1999.

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally

Head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption, Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV, European Commission

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally holds a doctorate in law from the University of Graz, Austria and is a graduate of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria. After having worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, he has since 1998 held several positions as head of unit in the DGs for External Relations, Development and Environment of the European Commission.

He is currently head of unit for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption in the Directorate for Circular Economy and Green Growth of DG Environment of the European Commission. In that capacity, he is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. This includes the preparation and implementation of EU policies and instruments supporting the transition to a circular economy, such as inter alia EMAS, the European Eco-label, Green Public Procurement, the European plastics strategy and the follow up to the pilot project on the environmental footprint of products and organisations (PEF/OEF).

Hubert Bruls

Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Hubert Bruls is the Mayor of Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2012. Bruls studied political science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, now Radboud University Nijmegen, specialising in political science and economics. He then began his career in the civil service union Novon/ABVAKABO. After a brief period as a Councillor in 1998, he went on to become Alderman in Nijmegen between 1999 and 2002.

Following this, Mr. Bruls served as a Member of Parliament for the Christian Democrats between 23 May 2002 and 11 October 2005. In parliament he was concerned with labour and employment, labour and care, urban policy and infrastructure projects in the province of Gelderland.

On 1 October 2005 he became mayor of Venlo. After the merger of Venlo with Arcen and Velden on 1 January 2010, he became acting Mayor of the new Venlo and in July 2010 became Mayor by royal decree.

Frederic Ximeno

Commissioner for Ecology, City of Barcelona, Spain

He has been working in the fields of the environment, urban planning, and climate and environmental management and planning for the past twenty-five years.

He has managed, coordinated and participated in multi-disciplinary teams to develop more than 100 environmental, urban and territorial planning projects in Catalonia, Navarre, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Valencia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay.

As an adviser, he has focused his work on strategic, environmental, climate, territorial and urban planning in order to define urban, regional and national projects, programmes and strategies from the perspective of sustainability. 

He was the CEO of Environmental and Sustainability Policies of the Generalitat regional government of Catalonia for four years, where he fostered the architecture of climate change policies and the strategic environmental evaluation of plans and programmes, environmental information and international environmental cooperation, among others.

Harriët Tiemens

Deputy Mayor of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Harriët Tiemens is Deputy Mayor for Nijmegen and has been in this position since May 2014. She is responsible for Finance, Sustainability (Climate and Energy), Water and Mobility. Tiemens studied Environmental Science at Saxion University of Applied Sciences and Public Administration at Leiden University. After graduating university, she went on to work as a management consultant in the business services sector, advising companies and government institutions on policy and organisational development. She joined the political party GroenLinks as an active member in 1999. In 2002 she was elected to the municipal council of Rheden, where she served as alderman from 2007 to 2014.

Marzena Rogalska

Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Marzena Rogalska is currently the Director Single Market for Public Administrations, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission.

Previously Marzena was an EU Research Fellow at WCFIA at Harvard University working on impact investing and competitiveness issues, Head of Unit for Clean Technologies and Products dealing with competitiveness issues with respect to climate, energy and environmental policies as well as the construction sector in the DG GROW. 

In 2010-2013 she worked as a Member of Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner and she was in charge of energy efficiency and non-nuclear research, as well as European Semester, social and regional policy and economic and monetary policy.

Prior to that, she worked in the European Parliament and for the regional and national administration in Poland, including the Gdansk Governor's Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Chancellery of Prime Minister. 

Paul Louis Iske

Chief Failure Officer, The Institute for Brilliant Failures

Paul is focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing. He is the founder Institute of Brilliant Failures with the mission to highlight the importance of experimentation to achieve paradigm shifts and breakthrough innovation. Paul is also an international author, consultant and speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge management and creativity.

Thomas De Jonghe

Project leader, Strategic & Sustainable Procurement, The City of Ghent, Belgium

Mark Hidson

Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre

Mark is a member of ICLEI Europe’s Board of Directors and responsible for the sustainable economy and procurement work. Mark is also the Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre. For 20 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.

Mark is Co-Chair of the One Planet network on Sustainable Public Procurement, Vice-Chair of the International Green Purchasing Network and a member of the European Commission’s Green Public Procurement Member State Advisory Group.

Peter Woodward

Facilitator

Peter Woodward is an experienced professional moderator who specialises in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He has expertly facilitated the previous EcoProcura conferences in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2014, and will help make EcoProcura 2018 an effective, unique and memorable event for all participants.

Maria Pagel Fray

Special Advisor on Environmental and Climate Issues, City of Copenhagen, Denmark

Maria Pagel Fray has over 12 years of experience working on issues related to sustainability and sustainable public procurement. Previously held positions include - working as a CSR consultant at SKI A/S, the National Procurement Ltd and as a consultant at the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative. 

Maria now works as a special advisor on environment and climate issues in public procurement for the City of Copenhagen, Denmark, and works in the city's Green Public Procurement team. This team is responsible for helping the different procurement units in setting the right environmental criteria.

The Green Public Procurement team also works at a strategic level to make sure that the city’s annual spending supports the city’s climate and sustainability targets on becoming CO2 neutral by 2025. The team is also responsible for ensuring resources aren't wasted and developing and implementing the city’s new ecolabel policy.  

Lorenz Berzau

National Contact Group Coordinator, Amfori

Dr. Tilman Reinhardt

Lawyer

Dr. Tilman Reinhardt is a lawyer in private practice and a project manager for GFA Consulting Group - General Agent for the Bilateral Cooperation Programme of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He holds degrees in law and agricultural economics as well as a doctorate in European and International Law from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.

Previously he has worked for FAO, the EU delegation to Mozambique and WMRC, a law firm specialised in procurement and infrastructure law. He was involved in elaborating a guideline for the sustainable procurement of textiles by the federal government of Germany.

At Humboldt-University Berlin he is teaching a seminar on the legal framework for green urban development.

Lieve Bos

Policy officer innovation procurement, Directorate General Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Lieve Bos is a telecommunications engineer that worked in industry for 7 years on research and innovation projects, including also for public sector customers. After having experienced the barriers to innovation procurement from the private sector side, Lieve started working on public procurement policy from the public sector side. Since 2005 she works in the European Commission in DG CONNECT as policy officer for pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovative solutions (PPI). In this function she has been developing incentive mechanisms via the EU funding programmes to encourage public procurers around Europe to undertake more innovation procurements.

Carsten Rothballer

Coordinator, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe

Carsten Rothballer is Coordinator in ICLEI’s Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience team. Expert at ICLEI Europe since 2009 addressing climate policy issues, with project experience in training, energy planning, integrated management and infrastructure, resilience, risk assessment and international networking on climate and energy issues. He supports local governments in Germany as well as throughout Europe in the development, improvement as well as financing of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and Smart city  solutions. To this end, he coordinates capacity building of political and technical decision-makers in all processes of urban climate and energy management. Furthermore and in this context, he develops stakeholder engagement and public relation strategies and concepts together with public authorities and accompanies their realization through moderation or expert input. General activities include monitoring current developments in international and European energy and climate policy, conducting advocacy on behalf of local governments at the Conference of the Parties (COP) and facilitating local-national dialogues.

Karolina Huss

Senior Project Manager, Gate 21

Karolina Huss is a Swedish public policy professional with interest in facilitation, communication and future technologies. As a Senior Project Manager at Gate 21, she has initiated flagship public sector innovation projects within Greater Copenhagen. Working with green transition public-private partnerships in the last ten years, she has gained extensive experience in stakeholder involvement, human-centric implementation and political navigation.

Dr. Jolien Grandia

Assistant Professor, Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Jolien Grandia is a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology of the Erasmus university in Rotterdam.

She is responsible for teaching and coordinating multiple courses in the Public Administration Bachelor and Master and the supervision of bachelor and Master theses. At the Erasmus University she researches transformations in public procurement, such as the implementation of sustainable public procurement and the decentralization of youth and home care. She was recently awarded an EUR Fellowship for a two-year research into the procurement of care by Dutch municipalities. 

She previously worked as an assistant professor at the Radboud Univerisity and as a PhD Candidate and junior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She obtained at the Erasmus University her PhD, which examined the implementation of sustainable procurement in the Dutch national government from an organizational change perspective. 

Reyes Tirado

Senior Scientist, Greenpeace Research Laboratory, University of Exeter, The United Kingdom

Dr. Reyes Tirado has been working as a Senior Scientist at the Greenpeace Research Laboratory in the University of Exeter (UK) since 2006. Before this, she worked as a researcher at Stanford and Berkeley Universities in California (USA). She is the lead author of the report Less is More: Reducing meat and dairy for a healthier life and planet — the Greenpeace vision of the meat and dairy system towards 2050, published in March 2018.

The food we eat and how we produce it are key to determining what kind of future we and our children will have. In order to avoid dangerous climate change and keep the Paris Agreement on track, in 2018 Greenpeace launched a global campaign with one ambitious goal: the reduction of meat and dairy production and consumption by at least 50% by 2050.

Lieke van Kerkhoven

Co-Founder, FLOOW2 Healthcare

Lieke co-founded FLOOW2 Healthcare, the first sharing marketplace for healthcare organisations to share equipment, services, facilities, knowledge and skills within or between organisations.

Lieke has a professional background in healthcare. She studied medicine and has been working in several managerial and organisational positions in healthcare organisations in The Netherlands and abroad for 10 years. She experienced first-hand how much organisations can benefit from sharing their assets, financially, but also socially and environmentally.

She believes strongly that we are moving from a linear to a circular economy. Our top-down society is becoming more bottom based, where collaboration, connection, personal responsibility and trust are key factors. With FLOOW2 Healthcare she is driving the global change towards a circular economy within the healthcare sector.

Anita Poort

Directorate of Legal Affairs, Municipality of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

 

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