2021 SPEAKERS

Carmen
HIJOSA

Founder and Chief Creative & Innovation Officer, ANANAS ANAM

Dr Carmen Hijosa, Founder and Chief Creative and Innovation Officer of Ananas Anam Ltd, developed Piñatex® – a natural plant-based material made from pineapple leaf fibre. She is an ethical entrepreneur with a vision for a more sustainable future, connecting people, ecology and economics.

Originally from Spain, Carmen’s career has taken her around the world. The journey of Piñatex® began when she realized the toxic impact of mass leather production while consulting in the Philippines. Driven to find an alternative solution, Carmen undertook a PhD at the Royal College of Art (UK) to develop Piñatex; As a result she has spearheaded a vibrant new industry that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible.


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Marco
BERTACCA

CEO, QUORN

Marco Bertacca joined Quorn Foods as CEO in January 2020, bringing over 25 years of global food and drink experience to the company.

Prior to moving to the UK to undertake the role, Marco was based in Philippines where he was the Managing Director of Alaska Milk Corporation, a Friesland Campina Company, for over three years. He first moved to South East Asia in 2013, taking the role of Business Development Director in Singapore for Friesland Campina. He than held a number of MD roles across Singapore and Thailand. Before joining Friesland Campina Marco was President of Europe at CSM Bakery Products. Marco began his career working for Unilever for 10 years, leading the company’s supply chain operations.

Marco joined Quorn Foods with the ultimate goal of encouraging more sustainable diets, for the health of both people and planet. Under his leadership, the business has already announced it will be the first food brand to roll out carbon labelling on its products, and has committed to achieving ‘net-positive’ status by 2030, by which time he has set the ambition to serve 8 billion servings of Quorn a year, the equivalent of one serving for every person in the planet.

 

 

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Anne
LARIGAUDERIE

Executive Secretary, IPBES

Dr.  Anne  Larigauderie  (France)  is  the  Executive  Secretary  of  IPBES,  the  Intergovernmental  Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, established by Governments in 2012.Anne received her PhD in plant ecology, from the Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedocand Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE-CNRS), Montpellier, France. She spent the first part of her career as a plant ecologist, working on the impact of climate change on plant  physiology  and  ecology  in  various  ecosystems  (e.g.  arctic  tundra,  California  annual  grassland,  alpine plants).She then occupied several positions at the interface between science and Policy.  She is the former Executive  Director  of  DIVERSITAS,  the  international  programme  dedicated  to  biodiversity  science,  which became in 2015, a component of the Future Earth programme for global sustainability.In  2010,  she  was  made  “Chevalier  de  l’Ordre  national  de  la  Légion  d’Honneur”  by  the  French  Government  (Ministre  de  l’Education  et  de  la  Recherche),  and  in  2020  « Officier  de  la  Légion  d’Honneur ». 


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Michel
ANDRÉ

Founder & Director, Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics

I am an Engineer in Biotechnologies graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, INSA, Toulouse, France. I hold a Master Degree in Biochemistry and a Master Degree in Animal Physiology from the Université Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France. My PhD Dissertation that I defended at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ULPGC, Spain, was on Sperm Whale Acoustics and Noise pollution. I was a Research Assistant at the San Francisco State University, California, an Intern Scientist at The Marine Mammal Centre, California and an Associate Professor at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España.

I am currently a full Professor at the Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Founder and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB).

My research includes the development of Acoustic Technologies for the control of noise pollution in the marine environment; the study of the biological and pathological impact of noise pollution on cetacean (whales and dolphins) acoustic pathways and marine organisms, particularly marine invertebrates; the mathematical, physical, morpho- and electro-physiological mechanisms of the cetacean bio-sonar as well as the extraction of the information from their acoustic signals.

I am a leading member of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Working Group on Noise and an author of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Good Environmental Status (MSFD-GES).

I am a member of the ASCOBANS and ACCOBAMS Noise Expert Group, a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC) sound expert group and a member of the ISO/TC43/SC3/WG2 Bioacoustics Expert group.

I am a past-Chair of the European Cetacean Society (2003-2007) and I am currently, since 2005, Chair of its Science Advisory Committee.

I received the Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 2002 for the development of technical solutions to balance human marine interests and the conservation of ocean ecosystems, in particular whales and dolphins. I hold the Felix Wankel Prize (Ludwig Maximillians University of Münich, Germany, 1999) that acknowledged my applied research for the protection of sperm whales. In 1998, I received the Young Researcher Award from the Complutense University, Spain, modality Environment. In 2017, I received the National Research Award from the Spanish Geographical Society

I founded in 2010, SONSETC, Making Sense of Sounds, a spin-off of the Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech, aimed at accompanying the offshore industries in their effort to be environmentally responsible by limiting the effects of the noise associated to their activities.

I am the Founder and President of The Sense of Silence Foundation, a charity created in November 2014. The Sense of Silence Foundation objective is to provide passive acoustic tools for the conservation of wild fauna in remote areas where its life is threatened. While the science behind The Sense of Silence Foundation is continuously developed by the LAB, The Sense of Silence Foundation is exclusively concentrating its effort on wild life conservation. Its funding comes from donations and its board is responsible of identifying areas where to deploy The Sense of Silence acoustic stations to provide Nature with benevolent protective tools.

I am the co-Founder and co-Director of Ear to the Wild Foundation, a non-profit organisation created in India to promote national actions for the conservation of wildlife by using sounds, images and remote control tracking technologies, as well as state-of-the-art communication methods, capable of live monitoring biodiversity and of detecting the presence of endangered animals in aquatic areas as well as on land

 

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Daniel
EPSTEIN

Founder & CEO, Unreasonable

Recently named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, Daniel’s life has been shaped by a fundamental belief that entrepreneurship is the answer to nearly all the issues we face today. By the time he received his undergraduate degree in philosophy, he’d already started three companies. In addition to being on FORTUNE’s “the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” list alongside the likes of Bill Gates & Tim Cook, Daniel was awarded Inc. Magazine’s “30 under 30 entrepreneur” (when he was under the age of 30 =), and Forbes identified him as one of the “top 30 most impactful entrepreneurs.” He also received the prestigious “Entrepreneur of the World” award along with Richard Branson & the President of Liberia at the Global Entrepreneurship Forum.

Daniel’s unfettered belief in entrepreneurs led to him founding and being the CEO of Unreasonable ( www.unreasonablegroup.com ). Unreasonable is dedicated to supporting growth-equity entrepreneurs positioned to bend history in the right direction. Part investment firm, part media house, and most importantly a global community, Unreasonable partners with multinational institutions and revered brands to align them with impactful growth-stage entrepreneurs. Today Unreasonable actively supports over 200 entrepreneurs who have raised more than $4.7B in financing, generated over $3.7B in revenue, and are impacting the lives of more than 540M individuals across 180+ countries.

Daniel speaks frequently on topics ranging from how multinationals and governments can better work with disruptive technologies, to working with public companies on how to create a worldclass and entrepreneurial culture across their employees, to the future of capitalism and our ability to profitably solve the most pressing challenges of this century. Daniel has given keynotes across more than 30 countries, has spoken at the White House, the UN General Assembly, in front of audiences larger than ten thousand, as part of annual corporate events and in closed door sessions with Fortune 50 executives and their boards of directors. He personally advises CEO’s of multinationals on how to become more entrepreneurial and works with multi-billion dollar family offices on creating a new type of financial legacy with their investments — producing above market rate returns while combatting societal & environmental challenges.

On a personal level, Daniel believes in militant transparency in his everyday life and in all of the projects he is part of. He also has an overt love for his hometown of Boulder Colorado and for his dog, Kaya.

 

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Alexandra
COUSTEAU

President & Co Founder, Oceans 2050

Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is an award-winning ocean activist and advocate for ocean restoration and abundance. As head of Oceans 2050, and as a senior advisor to ocean conservation organization Oceana, Cousteau collaborates with world leaders across sectors to influence, convene and mobilize action to achieve measurable outcomes that will make the oceans more biodiverse and abundant.

 

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Chad
FRISCHMANN

Vice President and Research Director, Project DrawDown

Chad Frischmann is the Vice President and Research Director of Project Drawdown, a nonprofit organization that assesses, maps, models, and communicates the world’s most substantive solutions to global warming.

Chad Frischmann is a co-author and the lead researcher of the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin, 2017) the Drawdown Review (February, 2020), and Drawdown’s “system of solutions” helps achieve the SDGs (September, 2020). In collaboration with a global team of researchers, Chad designed integrated global models to assess the world’s most effective climate solutions and determine if, when, and how the world can reach “drawdown,” the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. With an interdisciplinary background in public policy, human rights, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Chad works as a systems strategist to build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to the environment and to human well-being. As head of research and technology since Project Drawdown’s inception, Chad is a key spokesperson and coalition-builder dedicated to sharing the message and model of Drawdown with the world.

With a multidisciplinary background in public policy, human rights, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Chad provides a systems-based approach to research and strategic leadership. Previously, Chad was the Senior Program Officer at The Europaeum, an association of leading European universities; taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from small grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Chad’s talks on global warming solutions have been featured at the University of Oxford, Harvard, the COP23 in Bonn, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the “1% for the Planet” Global Summit, Engineering for Change (E4C), the ISEN Climate Change Symposium, the University of California at Berkeley, the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF), the University of Washington, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Dutch Sustainability Congress, the International Conference on Sustainable Development, the MAD Symposium, the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference, and TED Global’s ‘We the Future’ series, among many others.

Chad holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and History from George Washington University.Share

Meg
PAGANI

Founder, Impacton

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Célia
BLAUEL

Deputy Mayor of Paris in Charge of Prospective Paris 2030, Resilience and the River Seine

In 2003, Célia Blauel graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Strasbourg.

She became in 2006 an active member of the Green Party. In 2008, she was elected councilor of the 14th district of Paris. Following the municipal elections of March 2014, she was appointed Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of ecological transition, climate, environment, water and sanitation. She also became chair-person of the state-owned company Eau de Paris, which produces and delivers drinking water to Parisians.

During her term of office, she initiated the implementation of the City of Paris’ Climate Plan, which sets carbon neutrality for the city by 2050. In 2015, she launched Paris’ Strategy on Adaptation to the Consequences of Climate Change.

Since the municipal elections of June 2020, Célia Blauel has been appointed Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Prospective Paris 2030, Resilience and the river Seine. Critical issues in the process of reinventing the Capital city, especially since the mandate started with a health crisis, followed by a scorching summer.


 

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Abul Kalam
AZAD

SPECIAL ENVOY, Climate Vulnerable Forum Presidency

Md. Abul Kalam Azad is Special Envoy of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Presidency where he represents H. E. Sheikh Hasina, Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the CVF Chair. Special Envoy Azad is also Distinguished Fellow of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), which serves as Managing Partner of support to the CVF and the V20 Finance Ministers Group, under joint appointment by the CVF Chair H.E. Sheikh Hasina and the GCA chair, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations. Following decades of experience in the Bangladesh public service, Special Envoy Azad was previously the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and was responsible, along with others, establishment of 100 Economic Zones, development of investment and business climate and also worked as Principal SDG Coordinator for the national coordination of Bangladesh’s efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals, based in the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office. Special Envoy Azad also served as secretary of the Power Division of the Government of Bangladesh, where his efforts helped to increase Bangladesh’s power generation capacity by three times, expand energy access and develop one of the world’s largest renewable energy projects which has resulted in millions of low-income households across the country benefiting from renewable power. He also leads 2 million youths of Bangladesh Scouts as its President for character building and self-reliance.

 

 

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Heïdi
SEVESTRE

Director of Outreach, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative

Heidi Sevestre is a glaciologist, Director of Outreach at the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative and Fellow International of The Explorers Club. She teaches Glaciology at the University Centre in Svalbard (Norway). Her field of expertise is in glacier dynamics. She travels regularly to the polar regions and highest mountains of the world to better understand how glaciers react to climate change. Through her work, she aims to bridge the gap between science and policy-makers, and between science and society. She is currently leading two science outreach project: Climate Sentinels, a team of female scientists skiing across Svalbard in April 2021, and The Last Tropical Glaciers, an educational project on the most endangered glaciers on Earth.

 

 

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Sir Ronald
COHEN

Chairman, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment

Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution.
For nearly two decades, his ground-breaking initiatives have catalyzed global efforts to drive private capital to serve social and environmental good.
He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel; and co-founder Chair of Bridges
Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital.
He chaired the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce (2013-2015), the UK Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the UK’s Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007).
In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for Social Finance.
He was a co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005), a global private equity firm. He was a co-founder and Chairman of the British Venture Capital
Association and a co-founder of the European Venture Capital Association.
He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School; a former director of the Harvard Management Company; and formerly a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and the University of Oxford Investment Committee.
He graduated from Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship.
Sir Ronald was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK.

 

 

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Tom
SZAKY

CEO & Founder, Terracycle

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

 

In January 2019, TerraCycle and 25 top consumer products companies and retailers announced a new e-commerce shopping platform called Loop that will enable consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launching in May,  Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ‘single use’ consumption.

 

Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.

 

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Alexia
BARRIER

Skipper Vendée Globe 2020

 

 

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Julio Andrés
ROZO

Founder, Amazonía Emprende

Julio Andrés Rozo believes in green business as an instrument for the conservation of ecosystems. He has worked with sustainable entrepreneurs in Asia and Latin America since 2008. He is an advisor to government and international cooperation entities such as the UN-Environment, GIZ and the European Commission. He has a particular purpose for the conservation of the Amazon and that is why he founded Amazonía Emprende, the Forest School for Green Business. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Cross for Environmental Merit in 2020 by the German Government.

 

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Camille
ETIENNE

Co-Founder, Graine de Possible & Spokesperson, OnEstPrêt

 

 

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Justine
HUTTEAU

Co Founder, Respire

Justine Hutteau, co-founder of Respire, became aware in 2018 of the importance of taking care of her body and using healthy cosmetic products. With this in mind, she launches a fundraising campaign to create natural, French-made, vegan and sustainable hygiene products. The first products were launched in 2019 with a natural deodorant as the flagship product. Today the range includes more than twenty products: from toothpaste, sunscreen products, to care products in solid format (face cleanser, shampoo, etc.) and even vitamins. Today, Respire is distributed online at www.respire.co but also in Monoprix and Sephora stores, as well as in many concept stores and a large network of pharmacies.


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Lauren
FLETCHER

Founder β-Earth, BioCarbon Engineering

Lauren Fletcher is Co-Founder and CxO of Beta Earth, a Regenerative Venture Studio. He is the visionary and inventor of Tree Planting Drone technology, combating global deforestation with scalable solutions.

He is driven by the current state of our world: environmental degradation and human suffering. He believes that emerging technologies, when combined with place-based and Human Centered Design approaches, can solve many of these global scale problems by empowering local communities to become environmental stewards.

He holds a PhD (Physics, Oxford) and M.S. (Environmental Engineering, Stanford). He was a NASA Engineer & Scientist for 20+ years. He is a serial entrepreneur, founding faculty of Singularity University, and on the Board of Trustees for the Desert Research Institute (Nevada).

 

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Maeva
BESSIS

Founder & CEO, La Caserne

After seven years working in fashion, Maeva considered moving into a different sector altogether: excess inventory, excess waste, fast fashion overdose…
In the end, Maeva ended up making an even more radical decision: changing the fashion industry from the inside, by attempting to support it throughout its transition towards sustainability.

Alongside the founders of L’Exception, the Parisian concept store of which she was the manager from 2013 to 2019, Maeva answered a call for projects launched by the Mayor of Paris for the creation of a space dedicated to ethical fashion. A call for projects which she won in early 2019 with the following promise: ‘To unite all persons of good will in one same space and make ethical fashion sexy’. And because changing the world for the better is a real uphill battle, this new space will be (fittingly) located inside La Caserne, a former fire station in Paris’ 10th district. The approximately 4000 square meters which make up La Caserne will welcome 15 innovative and eco-committed brands, and include a fablab, a concept store and a rooftop bar. Upon its grand opening in 2021, La Caserne will constitute a space for all to gather, showcase and, especially, innovate, because according to Maeva “overhauling the fashion industry will necessarily entail innovation”.


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Michèle
SABBAN

President, R20 Regions of Climate Action France

Ms Michèle Sabban has been Councillor of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France (France) from March 1998. Since the beginning of her term, she has worked on strengthening ties and cooperation between Ile-de-France/Paris Metropolitan area and European and International Institutions. She was elected President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) to the General Assembly in Tampere (Finland) from November 2008 to May 2013. Since May 2013, she is President of the interregional exchange program for young people, Eurodyssey.
Founding Member of R20 Regions of Climate Action in 2010, together with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, she was appointed President in March 2012 and launched the R20 Green Fund for Women in 2016 during the COP22. She is now President of the R20 Green Fund for Women. She was also President of FMDV-Global Fund for Cities Development since 2014 and promotes actionable strategies and mechanisms for financing local and regional governments’ development programs as well as impulsing local economic development based on social cohesion, and green and climate responsible policies.

 

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