2021 Speaker Line-Up

More Speakers To Be Announced Soon

Dr Stefan Konetschnik

Managing Director | UrbanGold GmbH

Dr Stefan Konetschnik

Dr Stefan Konetschnik

Managing Director | UrbanGold GmbH


Marco Guolo

CTO and Sales Manager | Osai

Marco Guolo

Marco Guolo

CTO and Sales Manager | Osai


Kees Baldé

Senior Programme Officer at the Sustainable Cycles Programme | United Nations University

Kees Baldé

Kees Baldé

Senior Programme Officer at the Sustainable Cycles Programme | United Nations University


Carolien van Brunschot

Manager, Circular Economy & Secretariat CEP | WBCSB

Carolien van Brunschot

Carolien van Brunschot

Manager, Circular Economy & Secretariat CEP | WBCSB


Sabrina Zanin

Global Key Account Manager | Landbell AG

Sabrina Zanin

Sabrina Zanin

Global Key Account Manager | Landbell AG


Dr Gina Kuippers

Research Scientist | BRAIN

Dr Gina Kuippers

Dr Gina Kuippers

Research Scientist | BRAIN

Dr. Gina Kuippers works as a scientific project manager in Green and Urban Mining at BRAIN Biotech AG. Her background is a combination of Geosciences (degrees from RWTH Aachen & University of Bremen) and Environmental Microbiology (PhD from the University of Manchester), which offer a perfect base for studying how microbes can be used for the extraction of metals from raw and waste materials. A recent project Gina was involved in focused on the bioextraction of gold from e-waste. Now she is developing with her team a biobased recycling technology for metals from lithium ion batteries which is also carbon neutral.


Dr Esther Gabor

Programme Manager Green & Urban Mining | BRAIN

Dr Esther Gabor

Dr Esther Gabor

Programme Manager Green & Urban Mining | BRAIN

Dr. Esther Gabor is a Manager for Technical Business Development at BRAIN Biotech. Esther has many years of experience in enzyme technology and biocatalysis. In addition, she has developed into an expert in biotechnological recycling in over ten years and is very familiar with the topic of circular economy. The practical implementation of the “Green Deal” and the alignment of customer processes in line with the UN Sustainability Goals are of particular concern to her.

 

2005 – 2011: Project Manager in the area of “Enzyme Discovery”, technical enzymes and proteins, application testing.

2012 – 2015: Project Manager in the area of “Biobased Metal Recovery”, microbial processes for enrichment, extraction and (re)recovery of metals

2016 – 2020: Program Manager “Green & Urban Mining” (technology and process development, feasibility studies, funding project management, business field development)

2021 to date: Manager Technical Business Development, focus on technical applications of microorganisms and enzymes, sustainable processes.

View her full profile here: https://www.brain-biotech.com/esther-gabor


Jürgen Kölch

Referent Strategy and Innovation | EVA Fahrzeugtechnik (Member of FEV Group)

Jürgen Kölch

Jürgen Kölch

Referent Strategy and Innovation | EVA Fahrzeugtechnik (Member of FEV Group)


Georg Doninger

Head of Research & Development | LINETECHNOLOGY

Georg Doninger

Georg Doninger

Head of Research & Development | LINETECHNOLOGY


Dirk Harbecke

CEO | Rock Tech Lithium

Dirk Harbecke

Dirk Harbecke

CEO | Rock Tech Lithium


Dr Jyoti Ahuja

Research Fellow | University of Birmingham

Dr Jyoti Ahuja

Dr Jyoti Ahuja

Research Fellow | University of Birmingham


Prof Robert Lee

Director of the Centre for Legal Education and Research | University of Birmingham

Prof Robert Lee

Prof Robert Lee

Director of the Centre for Legal Education and Research | University of Birmingham


Prof Aleksandra Cavoski

Professor of Environmental Law, College Director of Global Engagement | University of Birmingham

Prof Aleksandra Cavoski

Prof Aleksandra Cavoski

Professor of Environmental Law, College Director of Global Engagement | University of Birmingham


Dr Roland Gauss

Senior Advisor for Raw Materials Substitution and Recycling | EIT RawMaterials

Dr Roland Gauss

Dr Roland Gauss

Senior Advisor for Raw Materials Substitution and Recycling | EIT RawMaterials


Sébastien Léger

Partner at McKinsey & Company leading Energy and Sustainability Practices | McKinsey

Sébastien Léger

Sébastien Léger

Partner at McKinsey & Company leading Energy and Sustainability Practices | McKinsey


Andreas Nolte

Head Of Quality Management | Aurubis

Andreas Nolte

Andreas Nolte

Head Of Quality Management | Aurubis


Paudy O’Brien

Founder & CEO | FPD Recycling

Paudy O’Brien

Paudy O’Brien

Founder & CEO | FPD Recycling


Craig Campion

Director of ITAD Services | Stone Group

Craig Campion

Craig Campion

Director of ITAD Services | Stone Group


Muhammad Dzikri Ahira Soefihara

Graduate Student | Delft University of Technology

Muhammad Dzikri Ahira Soefihara

Muhammad Dzikri Ahira Soefihara

Graduate Student | Delft University of Technology

Since 2020, Muhammad has been working on his Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering with a focus on materials for sustainable development. Back in 2017, after
completing his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering, he has already initiated a selffunded team project with the aim to solving the e-waste problem in Indonesia with five young scientists, later become Remind. Together, they have set up and developed a pilot plant in Karawang, Indonesia. Muhammad was recently selected as Green Talent Award 2021 by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research who honours researchers for their achievements to making societies more sustainable


Yuri Saito

Community Engagement Specialist - Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation | World Economic Forum

Yuri Saito

Yuri Saito

Community Engagement Specialist - Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation | World Economic Forum


Imke Schmidt

Projektmanager | Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

Imke Schmidt

Imke Schmidt

Projektmanager | Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

Imke’s main expertise lies in the fields of sustainable lifestyles, Corporate Social Responsibility in various industries (electronics, retail, food and logistics), and behaviour change in the circular economy. For more than 12 years, she has been advising companies on sustainability strategies and leading research and innovation projects on topics such as circular electronics, prosumerism, and the future of work. Imke holds a PhD in business ethics and manages the Consumer Insight Action Panel on Circular Electronics.

 


Jelle Slenters

Head of Business Development EMEA - Global ITAD and Re-Use | Sims Lifecycle Services

Jelle Slenters

Jelle Slenters

Head of Business Development EMEA - Global ITAD and Re-Use | Sims Lifecycle Services

Jelle Slenters is the Head of Business Development (EMEA) for Sims Recycling Solutions’s IT Asset Disposition division. Sims Recycling Solution’s mission is to create a world without waste, working in partnership with clients to engineer ITAD and recycling programs that deliver optimum value recovery, compliance and security, anywhere in the world.

Passionate about building sustainable solutions that support the Circular Economy, Jelle has worked within the ITAD industry since 2003 . He holds degrees in economics and social economics from Hogeschool InHolland and the University of West of England.

As a natural innovator Jelle’s forward-leaning approach enables him to push against the status quo, stimulate challenging debate and lead the charge for more environmentally sympathetic IT use and disposal models.


Marta Jakowczyk

Take Back and Recovery Ops Program Manager EMEA, Social and Environmental Responsibility | HP

Marta Jakowczyk

Marta Jakowczyk

Take Back and Recovery Ops Program Manager EMEA, Social and Environmental Responsibility | HP


Arnoud Walrecht

Director | KPMG

Arnoud Walrecht

Arnoud Walrecht

Director | KPMG


Jodok Reinhardt

Co-founder | Librec

Jodok Reinhardt

Jodok Reinhardt

Co-founder | Librec


Daniel Bien

Global Technology Advisor Fluids | ExxonMobil

Daniel Bien

Daniel Bien

Global Technology Advisor Fluids | ExxonMobil

Daniel Bien joined Exxon Chemical in 1996. He had various assignments including sales, licensing, business planning, market development and technology.  These roles have provided him global experience and have included work locations such as Cologne, Brussels, Houston and Singapore.

He is currently the global advisor for application and product development for ExxonMobil Chemical’s Fluids business.

Daniel holds a MS in Chemistry of the University of Cologne and a PhD in Organic Chemistry of the University of Wuppertal (Germany).


Sun Zhi

Co-Founder | CycleWell

Sun Zhi

Sun Zhi

Co-Founder | CycleWell


Johannes Roessner

Global Focus Segment Manager NEV | TÜV SÜD

Johannes Roessner

Johannes Roessner

Global Focus Segment Manager NEV | TÜV SÜD


Zoltan Venczel

Global Head of EV Energy | Nissan Motor Co

Zoltan Venczel

Zoltan Venczel

Global Head of EV Energy | Nissan Motor Co


Davide Polverini

Policy Officer, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME -- Clean Technologies and Products | European Commission

Davide	Polverini

Davide Polverini

Policy Officer, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME -- Clean Technologies and Products | European Commission


Daniel Hinchliffe

Advisor Sustainable Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Daniel Hinchliffe

Daniel Hinchliffe

Advisor Sustainable Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Dr Rolph Payet

Executive Secretary | Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Dr Rolph Payet

Dr Rolph Payet

Executive Secretary | Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

  • Dr Rolph Payet is the United Nations Executive Secretary for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  • He is an international policy expert, researcher and speaker on environment, climate and island issues
  • He was the first president and vice-chancellor of the University of Seychelles
  • He was Minister of Environment and Energy in the Cabinet of Seychelles from 2012 to 2014.
  • Dr Payet has received numerous international awards and recognition for his work on islands, climate change, tertiary education and biodiversity
  • He is known for his ability to bring together the various disciplines – natural science, economics and business – to innovate solutions for environmental issues
  • His research in sustainable tourism and climate change continue to benefit numerous tourism developments in Seychelles and elsewhere


Pascal Leroy

Director General | WEEE Forum

Pascal Leroy

Pascal Leroy

Director General | WEEE Forum

  • Pascal became director general of the WEEE Forum in 2007
  • The WEEE Forum is a European association of 40 electrical and electronic waste collection and recovery systems. Its mission is to provide for a platform for co-operation and exchange of best practices and, in so doing, optimize the effectiveness of the operations of the member organizations, while striving for excellence and continuous improvement in environmental performance
  • He has also been the project manager of ‘WEEELABEX’, the four-year project co-financed by the European Community that has laid down a harmonized set of standards on collection, logistics and treatment of WEEE, and a set of conformity verification rules. The project came to an end on 31 December 2012
  • He previously worked at CECED, the association of household appliance manufacturers in Europe. He joined CECED in 2000 and was in charge of an advocacy program on WEEE. He prepared the ground for the set-up of WEEE producer responsibility organizations in a number of new member states
  • Before CECED, Pascal worked for Hill and Knowlton, the world’s second-largest public relations and public affairs consultancy
  • In the second half of the 1990s, he worked in the European Parliament. He studied economics at the University of Antwerpen (Belgium) and obtained a Masters in advanced European economic studies at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium)


Jonathan Perry

Global Product Compliance Engineering & Environmental Affairs | Dell Technologies

Jonathan	Perry

Jonathan Perry

Global Product Compliance Engineering & Environmental Affairs | Dell Technologies


Gavin Harper

Faraday Institution Research Fellow | University of Birmingham

Gavin Harper

Gavin Harper

Faraday Institution Research Fellow | University of Birmingham

  • Gavin is a Faraday Institution Research Fellow on the ReLiB (Recycling & Reuse of Lithium-Ion Batteries) Project at the University of Birmingham, investigating advanced technologies for the recycling of automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • He is a founding member of Birmingham Energy Institute’s, Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements & Critical Materials


Jim Puckett

Executive Director & Founder | Basel Action Network (BAN)

Jim Puckett

Jim Puckett

Executive Director & Founder | Basel Action Network (BAN)

  • Jim is the co-founder and executive director of Basel Action Network, at which he provides strategic oversight and implements and expands BAN’s programs
  • As an activist for more than 25 years, his work on toxic waste and toxic waste trade has helped control pollution, safeguard fragile ecosystems from bio-accumulating toxins, protect the world’s poor from health hazards, and re-use the Earth’s limited resources
  • He has been a chief proponent of just international policies within the United Nations Basel Convention since its inception in 1989. As the only person to have attended every Conference of the Parties meeting, he supports delegates in drafting, approving, and implementing policies that protect people from the global trade of toxic waste
  • His assistance was crucial for creating regional waste trade agreements, such as the Bamako Convention, Central American Agreement, Waigani Treaty, and the Cartagena Convention Waste Trade Protocol
  • He has traveled the world researching, speaking, writing, and producing films. He was the first to investigate and expose the export of electronic waste (e-waste). BAN’s 2002 film, Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia, was the first to shine a spotlight on e-waste trade and transformed an unknown dumping practice into a well-recognized, global issue
  • He has since overseen creation of the e-Stewards Certification Program, which certifies electronics recyclers to the industry’s gold standard for environmental and occupational health and safety protection
  • Prior to establishing BAN, as Toxics Director for Greenpeace International, his regional campaigns were instrumental in generating public and government support for equitable trade policies throughout Europe
  • He holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Filmmaking from the University of Oregon


Maurits Fennis

Founder/CEO | Unbinare

Maurits Fennis

Maurits Fennis

Founder/CEO | Unbinare


Mark Bedford

Business Development Director | Johnson Matthey Plc

Mark Bedford

Mark Bedford

Business Development Director | Johnson Matthey Plc

A graduate in chemistry, I have worked for Johnson Matthey for 38 years in commercial and general management functions. Until 2019 I was Managing Director of Johnson Matthey’s global platinum group metal refining & chemicals business that has operations in the UK, US and China. Since then I have been leading Johnson Matthey’s evaluation and strategic planning around the nascent market for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries in mobility applications. This is supportive of existing JM activities in the manufacture of a range of cathode materials


Marco Petraroia

Company Director | MPIS Reloaded OU

Marco Petraroia

Marco Petraroia

Company Director | MPIS Reloaded OU


Bret Morrison

Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, ITAD | Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services

Bret	Morrison

Bret Morrison

Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, ITAD | Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services


John Shegerian

Co-founder & Executive Chairman | ERI

John Shegerian

John Shegerian

Co-founder & Executive Chairman | ERI

  • John is a serial social entrepreneur who focuses on solving global problems through game-changing innovations to build successful, socially responsible impact companies
  • As co-founder and executive chairman of ERI, he has played a significant role in paving the way for the electronics recycling, data protection and ITAD industries as a whole. Building ERI from the ground up, he has helped lead the company to its current standing as the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the USA
  • Under his stewardship, the company now has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds (lbs) of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the country
  • Shegerian is also a sought-after speaker, panelist and electronics recycling and ITAD industry authority, presenting ‘state of the industry’ analyses at events all around the world, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas
  • He has also authored articles on the industry for Recycling Today, E-Scrap News and various business journals and regularly provides his expert knowledge to news media, including The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Gizmodo and Wired, among others
  • He is currently a member of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business’ Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Advisory Board and was named the Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California by Ernst & Young
  • He is the seventh member of the E-Waste World Conference & Expo 2020 Advisory Board


Francois Gaudet

Head of Thematic Impact Finance Operations | European Investment Bank (EIB)

Francois	Gaudet

Francois Gaudet

Head of Thematic Impact Finance Operations | European Investment Bank (EIB)


Adolfo Villafiorita

Project Lead | REPLAY project & Shair.Tech

Adolfo Villafiorita

Adolfo Villafiorita

Project Lead | REPLAY project & Shair.Tech


Michelle Wagner

Research Associate | United Nations University - Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE)

Michelle	Wagner

Michelle Wagner

Research Associate | United Nations University - Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE)


Sam Haig

Battery Recycling Business Manager | R S Bruce Metals Recovery

Sam	Haig

Sam Haig

Battery Recycling Business Manager | R S Bruce Metals Recovery


Marcel Jacobs

Executive Director | ARCTIC - Alliance for Responsible Circular & Transparent procurement of ICT

Marcel	Jacobs

Marcel Jacobs

Executive Director | ARCTIC - Alliance for Responsible Circular & Transparent procurement of ICT


Efrat Friedland

Founder/Materials Strategist | materialscout

Efrat	Friedland

Efrat Friedland

Founder/Materials Strategist | materialscout


Krisitna Liljestrand

Project leader, KEEP | Chalmers University of Technology

Krisitna	Liljestrand

Krisitna Liljestrand

Project leader, KEEP | Chalmers University of Technology


Pieter Imhof

Sr.Business Developer Circular Economy & Environment | TNO

Pieter	Imhof

Pieter Imhof

Sr.Business Developer Circular Economy & Environment | TNO


Corey Dehmey

Executive Director | SERI - Sustainable Electronics Recycling International

Corey Dehmey

Corey Dehmey

Executive Director | SERI - Sustainable Electronics Recycling International

  • Corey is the executive director of Sustainable Electronics Recovery International (SERI). He also serves on the organization’s board of directors and since 2008 has worked in various roles in the electronics recovery industry
  • Corey holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in computer and information systems and spent 12 years in the IT industry before transitioning to electronics recovery
  • SERI’s core focus is administering and continually improving the R2 Standard, the premier global environmental, worker health and safety standard for the electronics refurbishing and recycling industry
  • A core component of SERI’s mission is education and outreach on the importance of electronics reuse and recycling. The organization continuously works to inform consumers, businesses and other stakeholder groups about the rapid rise of electronic waste, the potential environmental and human health impacts associated with irresponsible e-waste disposal, and the importance of reuse and recycling. It also engages in projects to promote safe and sustainable electronics recycling throughout the world. SERI partners with corporations, other non-profits, or government agencies on these projects
  • Corey previously served as SERI’s RD director for four years and following his appointment in 2018 to executive director brought to position the greatest available technical knowledge of the industry, the R2 standard and the standard certification process
  • Corey’s experience working in virtually all sectors of the electronics reuse and recycling industry affords him a broad perspective of what is needed and what is possible in continuing to improve the sustainability of electronics recycling


Athan Fox

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer | Ever Resource Ltd

Athan	Fox

Athan Fox

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer | Ever Resource Ltd


Alexander Suessmilch

Managing Shareholder | CIRECON

Alexander	Suessmilch

Alexander Suessmilch

Managing Shareholder | CIRECON


Christian Winkler

Managing Director | TES-AMM (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Christian Winkler

Christian Winkler

Managing Director | TES-AMM (Singapore) Pte Ltd


Brendan Edgerton

Director, Circular Economy | World Bussiness Council for Sustianable Development (WBCSD) / Circular Electronics Partnership (CEP)

Brendan	Edgerton

Brendan Edgerton

Director, Circular Economy | World Bussiness Council for Sustianable Development (WBCSD) / Circular Electronics Partnership (CEP)


Kunal Phalpher

Chief Commercial Officer | Li-Cycle

Kunal	Phalpher

Kunal Phalpher

Chief Commercial Officer | Li-Cycle


Jan Hoogstrate

Executive Director | Free ICT Europe Foundation

Jan	Hoogstrate

Jan Hoogstrate

Executive Director | Free ICT Europe Foundation


Robert Colbourn

Manager - Benchmark Membership | Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Robert Colbourn

Robert Colbourn

Manager - Benchmark Membership | Benchmark Mineral Intelligence


Jan Clyncke

Managing Director | PV Cycle

Jan	Clyncke

Jan Clyncke

Managing Director | PV Cycle


Christian Kuehn

Sales Director | BHS-Sonthofen GmbH

Christian	Kuehn

Christian Kuehn

Sales Director | BHS-Sonthofen GmbH


Wolfgang Bernhart

Senior Partner | Roland Berger

Wolfgang Bernhart

Wolfgang Bernhart

Senior Partner | Roland Berger

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart has been working for the automotive industry for over 25 years. After earning his engineering Ph.D. he started in consulting 1993, joining Roland Berger as a Senior Partner in 2007.  He is globally responsible for Roland Berger’s  “Advanced Technology Center” (ATC), that monitors technologies in electronics/silicon, software/AI and energy storage (Lithium Ion batteries, fuel cells).
Over the last 12 years, he has worked with most major cell players as well as other leading companies along the LiB value chain – from usage in Automotive and ESS, to cathode and anode materials, to mining/refining and recycling companies, as well as Private Equity clients.


Will Barker

Co-founder & CEO | Mint Innovation

Will	Barker

Will Barker

Co-founder & CEO | Mint Innovation


Steven Art

Project & Supply Manager | Umicore Precious Metals Refining

Steven Art

Steven Art

Project & Supply Manager | Umicore Precious Metals Refining

Steven Art graduated in ’96 as a master in Biochemical Engineering at Antwerp University.  He joined the Umicore group in 2002. Steven has been in the e-waste recycling business since 2005 and took up different roles in supply management & business development for Umicore PMR.


Jessica Saunders

Programme Director | London College of Fashion

Jessica	Saunders

Jessica Saunders

Programme Director | London College of Fashion


Joost de Kluijver

Founder | Closing the Loop

Joost de Kluijver

Joost de Kluijver

Founder | Closing the Loop


Tilmann Vahle

Associate/Lead | SYSTEMIQ/Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland

Tilmann Vahle

Tilmann Vahle

Associate/Lead | SYSTEMIQ/Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland


Anthony Levy

CEO | Cistor

Anthony Levy

Anthony Levy

CEO | Cistor


Zarko Meseldzija

Director & CTO | American Manganese Inc

Zarko Meseldzija

Zarko Meseldzija

Director & CTO | American Manganese Inc


Emma Nehrenheim

Chief Environmental Officer | Northvolt

Emma Nehrenheim

Emma Nehrenheim

Chief Environmental Officer | Northvolt


Jan Hoogstrate

Executive Director | Free ICT Europe Foundation

Jan Hoogstrate

Jan Hoogstrate

Executive Director | Free ICT Europe Foundation


Dr Mathias Schluep

Program Director | World Resources Forum

Dr Mathias Schluep

Dr Mathias Schluep

Program Director | World Resources Forum


Jean-Christophe Lambert

Business Development Manager | Lithion Recycling

Jean-Christophe Lambert

Jean-Christophe Lambert

Business Development Manager | Lithion Recycling


Andreas Wade

Global Sustainability Director | First Solar

Andreas Wade

Andreas Wade

Global Sustainability Director | First Solar


Claire Agraffeil

Project Manager | CEA/INES (Institut National de l'Energie Solaire)

Claire Agraffeil

Claire Agraffeil

Project Manager | CEA/INES (Institut National de l'Energie Solaire)

Claire Agraffeil hold a PhD in materials Science and process engineering dedicated to microelectronic applications. She has worked in the field at CEA as researcher and project manager for 7 years in process development and materials characterization. She joined the Solar Technology Department (CEA-INES) in 2017 as project manager in charge of the topics related to waste management and eco-design of PV system. She is currently coordinating the EU H2020 project PHOTORAMA on PV recycling and circular strategies and she  is involved in several international working groups such as International Energy Agency – Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme task12  to develop and support solutions for PV sustainability.


Manfred Fahrner

Senior Adviser | European Electronics Recycling Association (EERA)

Manfred Fahrner

Manfred Fahrner

Senior Adviser | European Electronics Recycling Association (EERA)

  • Manfred is a senior adviser with the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA) and one of the most knowledgeable and influential figures in the WEEE sector
  • He was the first president of EERA. Holding the position for 10 years, he was the driver behind the success of the organization
  • Due to his efforts in discussions with European Parliament members and the European Commission, the WEEE II Directive now includes realistic and measurable targets. For instance, a realistic definition of materials that need to be removed because they are hazardous, and a collection target for WEEE of 65% of what has been put on the market
  • He has also been bestowed with the ‘IERC Honorary Award’ in 2018 for all his achievements for the WEEE industry
  • In 2020, he became the ninth member of the E-Waste World Conference & Expo Advisory Board


Kyle Wiens

CEO & Co-founder | iFixit

Kyle Wiens

Kyle Wiens

CEO & Co-founder | iFixit


Elisabeth Smith

Executive Director | StEP Initiative - Solving The E-Waste Problem

Elisabeth Smith

Elisabeth Smith

Executive Director | StEP Initiative - Solving The E-Waste Problem

Elisabeth Smith is the Executive Director of the StEP Initiative, a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together different actors engaging in the management of e-waste on a global scale. In addition, she is heading the Dismantling- and Recycling-Centre (DRZ) in Vienna, a socio-economic facility for the treatment of e-waste. In the past Elisabeth has worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) where she focused on developing and implementing e-waste management projects in East Africa and Latin America.


Martin Series

Director Sourcing | Global Resale

Martin Series

Martin Series

Director Sourcing | Global Resale


Marcel Weil

Head of Research for Sustainable Energy Technologies | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Marcel Weil

Marcel Weil

Head of Research for Sustainable Energy Technologies | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


Hans Eric Melin

Managing Director | Circular Energy Storage

Hans Eric Melin

Hans Eric Melin

Managing Director | Circular Energy Storage

  • Hans Eric is the founder of London-based Circular Energy Storage, which is a consultancy focused on life-cycle management of lithium-ion batteries
  • He is also the author of The lithium-ion battery end-of-life market, which is an annual report covering recycling and reuse of lithium-ion batteries and its impact on the raw material market
  • Prior to starting Circular Energy Storage, Hans Eric served as vice president New Markets at Battery Solutions in Michigan, USA, at which he was primarily working with reuse of lithium-ion batteries
  • Before that, he was the CEO of Refind Technologies in Gothenburg, which is a leading company in intelligent sorting of batteries and electronics
  • Hans Eric has a long experience in the collection of waste but also in eco-design and renewable energy
  • He holds a BSc in Communication Studies and Business administration from Gothenburg University


Mathieu Rama

Senior Policy Officer - Environment | RREUSE

Mathieu Rama

Mathieu Rama

Senior Policy Officer - Environment | RREUSE


Cris Stephenson

CEO | Environcom

Cris Stephenson

Cris Stephenson

CEO | Environcom

  • Cris joined Environcom in September 2014 and his background is logistics
  • After attending Durham University studying philosophy he started work as a HGV 1 driver and after joining TNT worked his way up to divisional managing director
  • Having now worked across all aspects of the supply chain with multi-national companies such as the TNT Group, HDNL and Pall-Ex, he also worked within the manufacturing sector with SMEs such as CPL and Autosparks


Dr Lisa Maria T. O'Donoghue

Founder & CEO | Votechnik

Dr Lisa Maria T. O'Donoghue

Dr Lisa Maria T. O'Donoghue

Founder & CEO | Votechnik


Reinhardt Smit

Director - Supply Chains | Closing The Loop

Reinhardt Smit

Reinhardt Smit

Director - Supply Chains | Closing The Loop

  • Reinhardt Smit is director of supply chains at Closing the Loop. Closing the Loop is a Netherlands-based organization that creates a circular economy for mobile phones. In practice, they give good-quality second-hand mobile telephones a second life in Africa, but more importantly, they create a reverse-distribution system in less developed nations to collect mobile phones for recycling
  • He grew up in South Africa and Ghana. After finishing his IT studies and Hotelschool in the Netherlands, he started his own company to improve communication and workflows of organizations and projects. During this work, he came across the world of electronic waste and recycling
  • At Closing the Loop, his focus is on strengthening the existing networks and helping the organization grow through his experience and knowledge from Africa


Luca Campadello

Project & Research Manager | ERION

Luca Campadello

Luca Campadello

Project & Research Manager | ERION

  • Luca is project and research manager for ECODOM
  • He earned his MSc in mechanics from Politecnico di Milano University
  • His specialist topics vary from technical innovative researches on plastics and critical raw materials to initiatives for improving the WEEE value chain through education and digitalization solutions
  • Since 2008, he has worked for ECODOM, managing suppliers, performing WEEELABEX audits and participating in European technical tables for the development of standards focused on the recycling of WEEE


Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Founder & CEO | Circulor

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Founder & CEO | Circulor

  • Doug has 25 years’ international experience, operating in TMT, financial services, IT and management consultancy sectors
  • His experience spans large corporates (Barclays, BT, Serco, AIMIA), scale-ups (Cadence, ISD) and start-ups (Circulor, Snapdragon)
  • He has broad functional experience with consistent themes being innovation, delivering growth and regulation


Heinz Böni

Head of Research Group CARE (Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency) | Empa - The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Heinz Böni

Heinz Böni

Head of Research Group CARE (Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency) | Empa - The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

  • Heinz has a degree in rural and environmental engineering from ETH Zürich with postgraduate studies in water supply and wastewater management
  • He worked as a scientist, in development cooperation and for more than 10 years as an engineer and consultant in Waste and Resources Management in Switzerland
  • At Empa, he is head of the research group CARE (Critical Materials and Resource Efficiency)
  • His scope of work covers research in WEEE recycling, auditing WEEE recycling companies and capacity building in WEEE management in developing countries


Chris Slijkhuis

Board Member | European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA)

Chris Slijkhuis

Chris Slijkhuis

Board Member | European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA)

  • After completing a Master of Business Administration program in the 1980s, Chris worked on a number of start-ups for Chep Europe in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s (Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Hungary) and served as Chep’s regional general manager
  • He joined the fast-growing electronics manufacturing services company Flextronics in 2000, as director of Supply Chain Management in its European HQ in Vienna and developed and implemented new supply chain concepts. In this role he also worked on the development of new reverse logistics concepts for WEEE when the WEEE Directive was introduced in 2004
  • He joined MBA Polymers (in which Flextronics was one of the shareholders at the time) in 2005 to develop the global sourcing and supply chain function for this e-waste plastics recycling company
  • In 2012, Chris joined the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group, the JV partner of MBA Polymers in Austria, where his activities were related to public affairs and e-waste. MBA Polymers Austria became a fully owned subsidiary of the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group in 2017 and MBA Polymers Austria was rebranded into MGG Polymers at the beginning of 2018
  • At the start of October, Chris was named general manager of MGG Polymers. He is also a board member of the European Electronics Recyclers Association EERA for which he is the spokesperson for e-waste plastics recycling


Nancy Gillis

CEO | Green Electronics Council (GEC)

Nancy Gillis

Nancy Gillis

CEO | Green Electronics Council (GEC)

  • Nancy Gillis is the chief executive officer of the Green Electronics Council (GEC)
  • She has more than 20 years’ experience leveraging sustainability to increase competitiveness, reduce risk and foster innovation in both public and private sector organizations
  • Prior to joining the GEC, she was the global lead for Resilient and Responsible Supply Chains with Ernst & Young (EY) and managed sustainable procurement engagements for Fortune 100 companies
  • She joined EY from the US General Services Administration (GSA), the US Federal Government’s procurement agency that oversees approximately US$45 billion of annual spend. At GSA, she served as the director of the Federal Supply Chain office, responsible for expanding the use of sustainability criteria and ecolabels in federal procurements
  • GEC is a mission-driven 501c(4) non-profit that collaborates to achieve a world in which only sustainable IT products are designed, manufactured and purchased, hence she will provide invaluable insight and expertise for our Green & Sustainable Electronics stream
  • Founded initially to manage EPEAT, the leading global ecolabel for IT products, GEC advocates for sustainable IT by helping both manufacturers and large-scale purchasers to understand the challenges facing sustainable IT, commit to address those challenges and finally act to change internal, operational, manufacturing and procurement behaviors
  • Nancy has a graduate degree in communications technology from Georgetown University


Professor Sebastien Farnaud

Professor, Faculty Research Centre for Sport, Exercise & Life Sciences | Coventry University

Professor Sebastien Farnaud

Professor Sebastien Farnaud

Professor, Faculty Research Centre for Sport, Exercise & Life Sciences | Coventry University

  • Professor Farnaud is associate professor in the Center for Sport and Exercise & Life Sciences (CSELS) at Coventry University, where he created the ‘Bioleaching’ group. This is part of a focus on bioremediation, the process that uses mainly microorganisms to detoxify the environments. He is leading the innovate-funded KTP Bioleaching project, in collaboration with N2S for the recycling of precious metal from electronic waste
  • He arrived in the UK after graduating in France, as an Erasmus student in 1990, to pursue a PhD in molecular biology at King’s College London, at the Randall Centre for cell and molecular biophysics
  • Over the past 20 years, he has developed his academic and research experience in several academic institutions, including Imperial College, University of Westminster and the University of Bedfordshire, but also in the third sector as science director in a medical research charity
  • In addition to his interest in microbiological and biotech applications, his research expertise also includes the biomedical aspects of iron metabolism, particularly in Parkinson’s Disease, and also the development of antimicrobial peptides
  • His strong interest in Enterprise & Innovation, which includes the directorship and creation of several companies, has led him to the position of enterprise and innovation lead in CSELS at Coventry University


Malcolm Whitehouse

Business Development & Compliance Manager | AST Recycling

Malcolm Whitehouse

Malcolm Whitehouse

Business Development & Compliance Manager | AST Recycling


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