2019 Speakers

Marta Jakowczyk

Program Manager: Take Back and Recovery Ops EMEA | HP, Inc

Marta Jakowczyk

Marta Jakowczyk

Program Manager: Take Back and Recovery Ops EMEA | HP, Inc

HP’s Marta Jakowczyk is a passionate program manager with seven years of experience in sustainability. She manages commercial, consumer and internal takeback programs in the EMEA region and ensures compliance to all product end-of-life laws, e.e. WEEE Directive, Basel Convention. Marta additionally works with IT teams, product/packaging engineers and country managers to harmonize takeback services to enhance the customer experience.


Daniel Quelch

UK Sustainability & CSR Manager | Epson Europe

Daniel Quelch

Daniel Quelch

UK Sustainability & CSR Manager | Epson Europe

Daniel Quelch is UK CSR and sustainability manager at Epson UK. He is a confident leader with a passion for delivering sustainability and CSR projects that have mutual benefits for business and society. Daniel has an MSc in CSR and Sustainability from London Met and has more than five years’ experience in sustainability and CSR. Having owned a sustainability consultancy until 2018, he has extensive experience working with SMEs to FTSE100 clients on a wide range of strategies and projects including climate change, environmental reductions, EPR and employee engagement.


John Shegerian

Executive Chairman | ERI

John Shegerian

John Shegerian

Executive Chairman | ERI

John Shegerian 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 electronic recycling, data protection and ITAD industries as a whole. Building ERI from the ground up, Shegerian 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 electronic 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.


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 an international policy expert, researcher and speaker on environment, climate and island issues, and was the first president & vice-chancellor of the University of Seychelles. He was Minister of Environment and Energy in the Cabinet of Seychelles from 2012 to 2014. He is currently United Nations Executive Secretary for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. 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.


Markus Stutz

Director EMEA Product Compliance & Environmental Affairs | Dell Computer Corporation

Markus Stutz

Markus Stutz

Director EMEA Product Compliance & Environmental Affairs | Dell Computer Corporation

Markus Stutz is director EMEA Product Compliance & Environmental Affairs for Dell. He is responsible for ensuring market access for all Dell products across the region. A key focus for his team is on monitoring and influencing legislation and standards. Until 2016 he was the EMEA environmental affairs manager for Dell, responsible for monitoring and influencing European legislation on materials and substances, in addition to being the EMEA ecolabel and global LCA/PCF lead. Before joining Dell in November 2005 he was team lead at the International & Environmental Technology Group of Motorola. Markus has an MSc degree in environmental natural sciences from the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland (ETH). He is a Swiss and German citizen and proud father of three young kids.


Dr Tjerk Wardenaar

Senior Consultant, Energie & Milieu | PNO Consultants

Dr Tjerk Wardenaar

Dr Tjerk Wardenaar

Senior Consultant, Energie & Milieu | PNO Consultants

Dr Tjerk Wardenaar is an innovation and funding consultant of PNO’s Energy & Environment team with a special focus on water technology, climate action and integral sustainability projects (e.g. industrial ecology, circular economy).  He has a multidisciplinary background, i.e. Industrial Ecology (MSc), Philosophy (MA, BA) and Political Sciences (BA). After working as an environmental researcher for Leiden University, Tjerk joined the Rathenau Instituut in 2010. For this policy advisory organization, he conducted research on the organization of large-scale climate programmes. In 2015, he obtained his PhD after publication of his thesis ‘Organizing Collaborative Research: The dynamics and long-term effects of multi-actor research programs’. Since 2014, Tjerk has been working for the PNO Energy & Environment team. His main expertises are project development and management, cost benefit analysis (CBA), stakeholder analysis, business case development and life-cycle assessment (LCA). In addition, Tjerk has extensive experience with funding consultancy, especially European public funding and Dutch public funding. Tjerk is the project coordinator of the Horizon 2020-project NEW_InnoNet.


Stefano Zuin

Sustainability Innovation Expert | Electrolux Global Connectivity & Technology

Stefano Zuin

Stefano Zuin

Sustainability Innovation Expert | Electrolux Global Connectivity & Technology


Dr Carol Handwerker

Professor of Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering | Purdue University

Dr Carol Handwerker

Dr Carol Handwerker

Professor of Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering | Purdue University

Dr Carol Handwerker is the Reinhardt Schuhmann Jr. Professor of Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University, performing research in interface motion in multi-component systems, stability of thin films, and sustainable electronics. Carol received a BA in Art History from Wellesley College, a S.B. in Material Science and Engineering, S.M. in Ceramics, and Sc.D. in Ceramics all from MIT. Her research interests include development and application of thermodynamic and kinetic theory and experiments of phase transformations and interface motion to solve important industrial and scientific problems.


Boris Manev

Head of CSR and Government Affairs EMEAR | Epson Europe

Boris Manev

Boris Manev

Head of CSR and Government Affairs EMEAR | Epson Europe

As head of Epson Europe’s CSR and Sustainability team, Boris has experience in public policy and sustainability with a background in international economics and international communications. He has specialized in EMEAR environmental and energy policy and corporate environmental management since 2011.  He also has experience in lobbying, eco-design in ICT, energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling and environmental corporate communication


Olivier Inhoff

Managing Partner | RECENSO & UMS

Olivier Inhoff

Olivier Inhoff

Managing Partner | RECENSO & UMS


Jean-Denis Curt

Strategic Environmental Planning | Renault Group

Jean-Denis Curt

Jean-Denis Curt

Strategic Environmental Planning | Renault Group

Jean-Denis Curt dedicated the first years of his career to the environmental management of Renault sites worldwide. He took part in the design and construction of the first zero-effluent plant of the Renault-Nissan Alliance inaugurated in Chennai (India) in 2010. He has been acting as head of circular economy and recycling within the group’s strategic department since 2017.


Peter Afiuny

Executive Vice President | Urban Mining Company

Peter Afiuny

Peter Afiuny

Executive Vice President | Urban Mining Company

Peter Afiuny is the executive vice president of Urban Mining Company. He has an educational background in international trade, finance, economics, industrial ecology and supply chain management. His focus over the past 10 years has been in the materials and metals industry working primarily on business development, supply chain management, logistics and operations. One of the founding members of Urban Mining Company, Peter has extensive experience in metal and material flows as a part of industrial reverse logistics networks, analyzing end-of-life materials, creating mechanical separation techniques and developing downstream recovery solutions. In 2012, he became the co-inventor for methods for magnet to magnet recycling of NdFeB magnets, a key technology for value recovery in a circular economy.


Volker Krümpel

General Counsel and Compliance Officer | Minespider

Volker Krümpel

Volker Krümpel

General Counsel and Compliance Officer | Minespider

Volker Krümpel is Minespider’s general counsel and compliance officer. He also oversees the company’s traceability project with Volkswagen, tracking the car-maker’s global lead supply chains. Previously, he was senior legal counsel for the publicly listed Hanwha Group, with headquarters in Seoul and Germany.


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. Reinhardt 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.


Karl Edsjö

Director, Environmental & EU Affairs | Electrolux

Karl Edsjö

Karl Edsjö

Director, Environmental & EU Affairs | Electrolux

Karl Edsjö is director, Environmental & EU Affairs at Electrolux in Sweden. His role is centred around material efficiency, in different forms. From the outset, he was mainly focused on how to handle the implementation of the WEEE Directive in European Union member states, both in terms of national policy developments and in terms of how to practically handle the requirements that followed. As these tasks more or less came to a conclusion some years ago, his attention has shifted towards how Electrolux could actually move towards closing the loops, as intended by the WEEE Directive.


Maxime Furkel

Head of Government Affairs EMEA | Lexmark

Maxime Furkel

Maxime Furkel

Head of Government Affairs EMEA | Lexmark

Lexmark’s Maxime Furkel is one of the founders of EuroVAprint, bringing together all major manufacturers in a voluntary scheme to reduce the environmental footprint of printing and imaging equipment. He is also chairing EURIMAG, the European imaging association, encouraging fair implementation of the Copyright Directive across Europe. He set up Lexmark’s Government Affairs office in Brussels and is working on sustainability and corporate responsibility, and internal market issues. Prior to joining Lexmark, he worked for Motorola in Germany and France. He holds a MBA from Old Dominion University, Virginia and a French and German degree in business administration.


Matthew Lumsden

CEO | Connected Energy

Matthew Lumsden

Matthew Lumsden

CEO | Connected Energy

With 15 years experience in the low-carbon-energy and transport sectors, Matthew Lumsden founded Connected Energy to commercialize a range of energy storage and control systems developed by parent company Future Transport Systems. In the emerging energy storage sector, a key focus of Connected Energy is to provide customers with end to end expertise and support in developing their projects. Matthew worked in the renewable energy sector from 2000 for 10 years as business development and managing director of energy consultancy TNEI where he also delivered a wide range of projects primarily focusing on the introduction of new clean technologies and business models including marine renewables, biomass systems, small scale/urban wind and electric vehicles. In so doing he realized that electric vehicles represented a potential risk to grid stability as well as a clean technology and environmental opportunity. In 2009 he founded Future Transport Systems to provide specialist consultancy and project management in the field of electric-mobility with an emphasis on the relationship between electric vehicles and energy networks. In 2014, Matthew founded Connected Energy to provide energy storage systems and operating services. He has a 1st Class degree in Business Administration and spent his earlier career in sales and marketing in the construction industry.


Kristine Sperlich

Scientific Assistant - Environmental Engineering | Technische Universität Berlin

Kristine Sperlich

Kristine Sperlich

Scientific Assistant - Environmental Engineering | Technische Universität Berlin

Since January 2017, Kristine Sperlich has been working as Scientific Policy Advisor for the German Advisory Council for the Environment (SRU). During this time, her focus has been on the development of recommendations on raw material and circular economy issues of electromobility as well as on the necessity of national raw material inventories. Currently, she is working on fundamental recommendations for the circular economy. In addition to her work for the SRU, Kristine has been working as a senior researcher at the Technische Universität Berlin since August 2017. Her focus is on the availability and provision of data for raw material inventories, which are developed in the H2020 projects ProSUM and ORAMA. In the ORAMA project, she is focussing on PV panels. She is a graduate of Environmental Engineering and completed her studies at the Technische Universität Berlin with a focus on circular economy, water treatment and air pollution control at the beginning of 2007.


Michelle Wagner

Research Associate | United Nations University - Environment and Human Security (UNU-VIE)

Michelle Wagner

Michelle Wagner

Research Associate | United Nations University - Environment and Human Security (UNU-VIE)

Michelle Wagner is a research associate at the United Nations University – operating unit of Sustainable Cycles Programme (SCYCLE) hosted by Vice-Rectorate in Europe (UNU-VIE). She is currently working on the ORAMA project, which focuses on optimizing data collection for primary and secondary raw materials in member states. She has also worked on the Prospecting Secondary Raw Materials in the Urban Mine and Mining Waste (PROSUM) project, which directly supported the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. In 2007, Michelle graduated with distinction from the Catholic University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. From 2007-2009, she worked as an environmental analyst for the Honduran Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment & Mines. As part of the management team of the department of Evaluation and Auditing, she performed environmental feasibility assessments, elaborated terms of reference for environmental impact assessments, developed and audited environmental mitigation measures, conducted onsite project inspections for issuing environmental licenses and collaborated with other departments of the ministry (i.e. Department of climate change) in order to promote environmental policies. In 2009, she was granted a scholarship to study a master’s in material science and sensor systems applied for environmental technologies at UPV, Valencia and KTH, Stockholm. As part of her master thesis in 2012, she conducted thorough research on Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in order to evaluate the viability of making a new polymeric blend from WEEE material and assessed the feasibility of its reintroduction to the market as a recycled material, by using state of the art characterization methods. In 2014, she worked for FLOCERT, in the department of Business Development, Climate Change Unit, where she assisted in the calculation of the company’s carbon footprint and elaborated reduction and improvement plans to decrease the company’s carbon footprint.


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


Denis Ruyssen

Business Development Manager | Lavergne Group Inc.

Denis Ruyssen

Denis Ruyssen

Business Development Manager | Lavergne Group Inc.


Michiel van der Ros

Director Business Development EMEA | Flex

Michiel van der Ros

Michiel van der Ros

Director Business Development EMEA | Flex


Sylvie Thomas

EMEA Head of CSR & Environmental Affairs | Lexmark

Sylvie Thomas

Sylvie Thomas

EMEA Head of CSR & Environmental Affairs | Lexmark

Sylvie Thomas is the head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Lexmark Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA). In her role, she provides customer-focused and stakeholder support for all Lexmark sustainability initiatives in EMEA. Sylvie sits in various influential groups of key stakeholders including trade associations such as AFNUM and Digital Europe. She is the core representative for Lexmark membership to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate the transition towards circular economy. Part of her job scope includes environmental affairs and, as such, she is the circular economy digital referent at the French National Industry Council. She is also the WW Lexmark coordinator of the European strategy for plastics – voluntary pledges, set by the EU Commission. She has more than 15 years of experience in the sustainability and environmental field. Sylvie holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the ISG Business group, completed by masters in international marketing and finance from the International Management University of Asia (IMUA), Tokyo, Japan and the Manhattan Institute of Management (MIM), New York, USA.


Emma Nehrenheim

Chief Environmental Officer | Northvolt

Emma Nehrenheim

Emma Nehrenheim

Chief Environmental Officer | Northvolt

Dr Emma Nehrenheim did her PhD in the area of water and waste recycling in the metal industry. Her leading positions in the research field include a Professor position in Environmental Engineering, as well as Director of Research for the Future Energy research team at Mälardalen University. The group comprises more than 40 researchers within energy and environmental engineering. Before joining Northvolt, during the start-up phase in 2017, Emma held leading business positions towards the power generation sector with ABB. At Nothvolt, she has been responsible for environmental and social compliance, utilities investments and building a business on recycling of end-of-life LIBs.


Alejandro Santacreu

Inventor of the PuzzlePhone | Founder, Circular Devices Oy

Alejandro Santacreu

Alejandro Santacreu

Inventor of the PuzzlePhone | Founder, Circular Devices Oy

Alejandro is the vision behind ‘PuzzlePhone’, a true believer in sustainability and somebody who has dared questioned the smartphone industry’s status quo. Challenged by the fact that an iPhone button could be purchased on eBay for €1, yet Apple in Spain asked for €160 to fix his phone, Alejandro created PuzzlePhone. “An iPhone is built to fail in my opinion,” he says. “I believe they charge that much for repairs because they assume we’ll break the screen.” Prior to founding PuzzlePhone, he worked as a product manager in mobile internet devices and audio products. But since childhood he’s been fascinated by circuitry and firmware. He has experience developing advanced baby monitor concepts, has built a small commercial spa and is currently in the concept stage of a helium-filled unmanned airship. He’s most proud of the time that his team spent making Android 2.3 look like Honeycomb, after Google had locked down Android 3 to small players. Indeed, he can still quote the TechCrunch report on his success, “much to the displeasure of Google, we presume”. The mobile phone industry is guilty of adding to the great pile of c**p in our disposable culture – PuzzlePhone gives us the option to not take part in that culture.”


Marco Meloni

Consultant | Sofies

Marco Meloni

Marco Meloni

Consultant | Sofies

Marco Meloni is a consultant with Sofies International. His focus is circular economy, industrial ecology, LCA and WEEE. He recently joined Sofies following two and a half years at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, working on accelerating the adoption of circular economy practices in the electronics and food sectors. Marco obtained his MSc. Industrial Ecology joint degree from TU Delft and Leiden University, where he specialized in LCA. A previous MSc. degree in Biological Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, cemented a strong base in both natural and productive ecosystems.


Dr Hamid Karbasi

NSERC Industrial Research Chair - Advanced Recycling Technologies | Conestoga College

Dr Hamid Karbasi

Dr Hamid Karbasi

NSERC Industrial Research Chair - Advanced Recycling Technologies | Conestoga College

Dr Hamid Karbasi received his PhD in Robotics and Automation from the University of Waterloo in 2003. His PhD research titled ‘Uni-Drive Modular Robot’ received international first prize in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) graduate student design competition in 2002. Results of this research have been published in several prestigious books, journals and presented at multiple well-known conferences including ASME and IEEE. Hamid joined Conestoga College in 2005 with more than 20 years of industrial experience, and he continues to be actively involved with applied research. His research is focused on novel robotic applications, laser materials processing, materials spectroscopy, and machine vision to innovate new technologies for electronic recycling. Since 2010, he has been actively working with electronic manufacturers, recyclers, and recycling associations in North America and Europe to understand the challenges and opportunities for recycling improvement.


Rasmus Bergström

CEO | Stena Technoworld

Rasmus Bergström

Rasmus Bergström

CEO | Stena Technoworld


Dirk Kaisers

Segment Leader Distributed Energy | Eaton

Dirk Kaisers

Dirk Kaisers

Segment Leader Distributed Energy | Eaton

Dirk Kaisers is distributed energy management segment leader for the Electrical Sector of Eaton, responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He has more than 14 years of experience in the field of renewable energy and energy storage. This includes roles with Schott Solar, Exide Technologies and Skeleton Technologies. With his many years of industry experience, he has led several high-profile projects in Europe and Africa. He was working in the industry when the first PV plants in Europe began commercial operations, when power purchase agreements were first introduced, and when microgrids began being deployed in Africa. For him, energy storage and renewable energy sources go hand in hand, as both will be part of a new, smart and sustainable energy infrastructure. He holds a master’s engineering degree in Energy Management from The University of Applied Sciences in Bingen, Germany.


Sean Sheehan

CEO | Wisetek

Sean Sheehan

Sean Sheehan

CEO | Wisetek

Wisetek’s Sean Sheehan possesses more than 30 years’ extensive experience in the electronics manufacturing industry including global corporations EMC and Wang Labs. He has proactively been involved in all aspects of operations management including warehousing, reverse logistics, rework and quality. An advocate of manufacturing Lean Sigma methodologies and an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2013, Sean holds an MSc in Professional Practice (Operations Management) as well as a Diploma in International Selling.


Dr Will Barker

Founder & CEO | Mint Innovation

Dr Will Barker

Dr Will Barker

Founder & CEO | Mint Innovation

Dr Will Barker is the founder and CEO of the Auckland, New Zealand-based Mint Innovation. He is passionate about commercializing new technologies through securing IP, fundraising and building high-performance teams. Drawing on a wealth of experience in science- and technology-based businesses, with a focus on securing value, technology commercialization, IP and corporate organization, he strives to create value across a wide range of technology areas. Mint Innovation is developing recovery processes that use inexpensive chemicals and proprietary microorganisms to bind and concentrate specific metals under environmentally benign conditions. The company’s platform aims to be modular and adaptable to input applications such as low-grade ores, tailings and electronic wastes. It may also be tailored to help remediate environments contaminated with toxic metals.


Jan Clyncke

Managing Director | PV Cycle

Jan Clyncke

Jan Clyncke

Managing Director | PV Cycle


Miquel Ballester Salvà

Circular Innovation Lead | Fairphone

Miquel Ballester Salvà

Miquel Ballester Salvà

Circular Innovation Lead | Fairphone

Miquel Ballester is a Msc graduate in Strategic Product Design and specialized in technologies for sustainable development. He has been part of the founding team at Fairphone and is Circular Innovation Lead, connecting internal and external stakeholders to produce scalable solutions to make products more long-lasting and resources easier to recover. Fairphone opens up the supply chain of a mobile phone, developing projects with suppliers, consumers and other influencers to create a fairer economy and improve the life-cycle. After graduating in Industrial Design Engineering, specializing in technologies for sustainable development, Miquel has contributed to Fairphone in both product and system design. He participated in the exciting process of turning the organization from a non-profit to a social venture.


Rohit Bhagat

Professor | Coventry University

Rohit Bhagat

Rohit Bhagat

Professor | Coventry University


Eelco Smit

Senior Director Sustainability | Group Sustainability, Philips International

Eelco Smit

Eelco Smit

Senior Director Sustainability | Group Sustainability, Philips International

Eelco Smit is a senior director at the Philips Group Sustainability team where he is responsible for all ecodesign, compliance and continuous improvement activities. Furthermore, he is responsible for the sustainability performance of the Personal Health Business groups in Philips. In recent years he has actively been working on the implementation of the Circular Economy program at Philips with a specific focus on business model innovation, circular product design and increasing the use of recycled plastics.


Matanya Horowitz

CEO | AMP Robotics

Matanya Horowitz

Matanya Horowitz

CEO | AMP Robotics

Matanya Horowitz is the founder of AMP Robotics, a robotics company with the mission of making recycling efficient and profitable. Matanya started the company shortly after finishing his PhD at the California Institute of Technology where he studied robotic path planning, artificial intelligence and computer vision. He is distinguished by having earned four undergraduate degrees and a masters in his four years of study at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is passionate about the questions of automation, in both the mathematics underlying the problems central to robotics as well as their wider implications for society.


Gavin Harper

Faraday Institution Research Fellow | University of Birmingham

Gavin Harper

Gavin Harper

Faraday Institution Research Fellow | University of Birmingham

Gavin Harper 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.


Athan Fox

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer | Aurelius Environmental

Athan Fox

Athan Fox

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer | Aurelius Environmental

Athan Fox is a member of the executive team at Aurelius Environmental. The company’s aim is to revolutionize recycling. Their vision is a web of industries where one stream’s waste is another stream’s in-feed: bridging linear and wasteful processes to create a circular, pollution-free, zero-waste future. Its projects include the recycling of lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries, spent tires and catalysts for the petrochemicals industry. To put it simply: Aurelius Environmental harvests resources from urban waste. Athan’s role involves developing the company’s R&D, technology and innovation strategies, managing its global expressions of interest, transferring technology, and managing its IP portfolio including filing new patents and trademarks.


Nathan Williams

Chief Executive Officer | Minespider

Nathan Williams

Nathan Williams

Chief Executive Officer | Minespider


Christian Winkler

Managing Director | TES-AMM Central Europe

Christian Winkler

Christian Winkler

Managing Director | TES-AMM Central Europe

Christian Winkler is the managing director at TES-AMM Central Europe in Germany. He joined TES in 2018 when his previous company EGR (Elektro-Geräte Recycling) was acquired by TES. Christian has been a part of the WEEE recycling industry for more than 14 years and has held various management positions in this time. He also represents TES in expert groups and policy initiatives. He has extensive experience in business development, development and operation of (WEEE) take-back systems, recycling technology, waste management, legal frameworks, data security and compliance. Within TES, he is also closely involved in the development of new technologies and services, such as the recycling of lithium batteries. Christian holds a university degree in economics and business informatics. Since its formation in 2005, TES has been a global leader in providing IT life-cycle services, offering bespoke solutions that help customers manage the commissioning, deployment and retirement of IT assets. Annually, TES process millions of devices across 34 locations in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, France, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the USA.


Dr Will Ritzrau

Director of Sustainability | SAP

Dr Will Ritzrau

Dr Will Ritzrau

Director of Sustainability | SAP

In his 21 years at SAP, Will has worked in various customer- or partner-facing and internal roles. After heading the value engineering team for discrete manufacturing industries in the German sales organization, he joined the SAP sustainability team in early 2013. There, he focuses on circular economy and impact valuation. As Professor for Digital Business Management and Sustainability, he is teaching at the Hochschule Fresenius Heidelberg.


Sean Magann

Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing | Sims Recycling Solutions

Sean Magann

Sean Magann

Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing | Sims Recycling Solutions

Sean Magann, vice president of Global Sales & Marketing, Sims Recycling Solutions is one of the USA’s thought leaders on all aspects of IT asset disposition. With more than 18 years of experience in the electronics and reuse and recycling industry coupled with launching global sites and managing operations across the world, Sean has developed a complimentary background for working in the ever-evolving world of managing global IT assets during their end-of-life.


Peter Kurth

President | BDE Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry

Peter Kurth

Peter Kurth

President | BDE Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry


Andreas Nolte

Director Integrated Management Systems and Public Recycling Affairs | Aurubis

Andreas Nolte

Andreas Nolte

Director Integrated Management Systems and Public Recycling Affairs | Aurubis

Andreas Nolte is director of Integrated Management Systems, Security & Risk and Public Recycling Affairs at Aurubis. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Dortmund and joined Huettenwerke Kayser in 1988, which became Aurubis that same year. In all, he has more than 30 years’ experience in the recycling sector. He represents Aurubis as a technical expert in different political workshops with an emphasis on recycling and circular economy.


Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz

Associate Professor | Technical University of Denmark

Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz

Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz

Associate Professor | Technical University of Denmark

Alireza Dolatshahi‐Pirouz received his Ph.D. in physics from Aarhus University in 2009 and then took on a postdoctoral‐research position at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering and Harvard Medical School. He joined Technical University of Denmark as an Assistant Professor in 2015 and later on started his own research group, #TeamBioEngine, at DTU Nanotech. Currently, the group is a part of the newly launched department, Health Technology, and their research lies at the crossroads of biology, engineering, physics, chemistry and biomaterials. #TeamBioEngine aims to create advanced material innovations based on bioinspired discoveries, and they believe such bioinspired materials and complex nanostructures will drive the engine of the next big revolution in material science. They are trying to explore interesting green solutions in the fields of nanomedicine, electronics and tissue engineering. Along this vein, they introduced Fleco-ionics and Fleconess in 2019, which offers a huge leap forward towards foldable substrates for flexible electronics. What’s more, the team is currently working on developing new self‐healable and stretchable materials with high electrical sensitivity for applications within the emerging fields of flexible electronics, cyborganics, and soft robotics. In 2018, Alireza Dolatshahi‐Pirouz received a VIDI Grant to further develop his innovative research on regenerative biomaterials at Radboudumc. To date he has published close to 60 papers–most published in medium to high impact journals. He is also a highly cited young researcher with his citations numbering 1988 and an h-index of 26 according to Google Scholar.


Christian Eckert

Head of Environmental Policy Department, ZVEI | Managing Director, ZVEI Batteries Division

Christian Eckert

Christian Eckert

Head of Environmental Policy Department, ZVEI | Managing Director, ZVEI Batteries Division

Christian Eckert is head of the Environmental Policy Department at ZVEI and managing director of the Batteries Division of ZVEI. The ZVEI is one of the most important industrial associations in Germany. It represents the interests of a high-tech sector with a very wide and extremely dynamic product portfolio.​ The basis of the association’s work is the exchange of experience and views between the members about current technical, economic, legal and socio-political topics in the field of the electrical industry. From this exchange, common positions are drawn up. With proposals on research, technology, environmental protection, education, and science policy, the ZVEI is a pacemaker of technological progress. It also supports market-related international standardisation work. At a European level, the ZVEI Batteries Division is involved in the activities of the European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) with the focus on portable batteries, EUROBAT, which focuses on automotive and industrial batteries and RECHARGE the European association of advanced rechargeable batteries.


Dr Mathias Schluep

Program Director | World Resources Forum

Dr Mathias Schluep

Dr Mathias Schluep

Program Director | World Resources Forum

Dr Mathias Schluep has studied environmental engineering and received his PhD in natural sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland) in 2000. He has worked in the academic and private sector in the fields of development cooperation, environmental research and general business consultancy at national and international levels for several years. From 2006 to 2013 he has worked as a program manager and senior scientist at Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research). Mathias has provided his expertise in sustainability issues for several cooperation projects with developing countries in Africa (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda), Asia (Cambodia, India) and Latin America (Argentina, Colombia, Peru) for national and international government organizations and the private industry. Mathias joined the World Resources Forum in 2014 as a program director. He is leading the WRF’s program activities related to mining and secondary raw materials. He currently coordinates recycling and e-waste management projects in cooperation with the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).


Martin Langer

Executive Vice President Business Unit Industrial BioSolutions | BRAIN AG

Martin Langer

Martin Langer

Executive Vice President Business Unit Industrial BioSolutions | BRAIN AG


José Rizo

Senior Expert | European Commission

José Rizo

José Rizo

Senior Expert | European Commission

José Rizo is a senior expert with the European Commission, DG Environment. Originally from Jerez in Spain, José holds a University Degree on Organic Chemistry from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He joined the European Commission in 1994 and moved to the Directorate General Environment in 1997, where he remains to this day. At present, the most important task for José is the review of the EU Batteries Directive, in particular the process of revising the legal text that could result in a proposal for a new regulatory framework in 2020.


Dr Martin Oczlon

Consultant | Leading Edge Materials

Dr Martin Oczlon

Dr Martin Oczlon

Consultant | Leading Edge Materials

Martin Oczlon is a senior advisor, Minerals Exploration & Processing at Leading Edge Materials. He has 25 years’ experience in mineral exploration, mineral processing, ore deposit mineralogy, sedimentology, and geological mapping.


Patrick Peter

CEO & Founder | Circunomics

Patrick Peter

Patrick Peter

CEO & Founder | Circunomics

Patrick Peter founded Circunomics, an e-waste software company based out of Germany. Circunomics was formed to solve one of the circular economy’s biggest challenges: significantly reducing the waste of precious battery resources by creating a profitable battery aftermarket. Patrick is a father, PhD candidate in business administration, and holds an MBA from Frankfurt University.


Andreas Wade

Global Sustainability Director | First Solar

Andreas Wade

Andreas Wade

Global Sustainability Director | First Solar

Andreas Wade is the global sustainability director at First Solar where he has been in charge of the company’s sustainability program for the past three years. Previously, as director of Technical Relations and Public Affairs in Europe, he supported the long-term business development and market transformation in Europe, towards sustainable photovoltaic (PV) energy generation. Prior to joining First Solar, Andreas designed and implemented the life-cycle management strategy for Q-Cells, another PV manufacturing company. He made his first forays into the classical energy sector with Shell Exploration and Production in the UK and the Netherlands, where he worked on energy-efficiency improvements, emissions reduction and carbon mitigation. Andreas began his professional career with UNESCO as an associate expert on recycling in the cluster office for the GCC in Doha, Qatar. He has an environmental process engineering background and holds a Master of Engineering degree from the Clausthal University of Technology in Germany. In addition to his role as First Solar’s global sustainability director, Andreas is president of the International Thin-Film Solar Industry Association (PVthin) and elected vice-chair of the SolarPower Europe Strategy Committee. He is the deputy operating agent of the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Program Task 12. Andreas is also a member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics (ETIP PV).


Dr. Christian Hagelüken

Director EU Government Affairs | Umicore AG & Co KG

Dr. Christian Hagelüken

Dr. Christian Hagelüken

Director EU Government Affairs | Umicore AG & Co KG

Christian Hagelüken is director of Government Affairs at Umicore. From 2003-2011 he was head of Business Development in Umicore’s Precious Metals Refining unit. Before, he held various management positions in the precious metals department of Degussa AG. He represents Umicore in policy initiatives, associations, expert groups and scientific panels, among others the UNEP Resource Panel, the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, and the German Acatech working group on resources for energy applications. Christian has contributed to numerous books, scientific journals and conferences with a focus on (precious) metals recycling, sustainable metals management and circular economy. He also holds university degrees in mining engineering and industrial engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, where he also received his Ph.D. in 1991.


Martin Series

Director Sourcing | Global Resale

Martin Series

Martin Series

Director Sourcing | Global Resale


Chris Slijkhuis

Commercial Managing Director | MGG Polymers

Chris Slijkhuis

Chris Slijkhuis

Commercial Managing Director | MGG Polymers

After completing a Master of Business Administration program in the 1980s, Chris Slijkhuis 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.


Carol A. Jegou

CEO | All Green Precious Metal Recovery/All Green Recycling Inc

Carol A. Jegou

Carol A. Jegou

CEO | All Green Precious Metal Recovery/All Green Recycling Inc

Carol A. Jegou is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors and investor at All Green Recycling Inc/All Green Precious Metal Recovery. She is responsible for overseeing investments, key national accounts, entry into new markets and new industry developments. She handles and directs policy and oversees focus and growth. She also is instrumental in implementing notable strategic partnerships. Carol was the key driver to become the first and only certified B Corp in Charlotte, NC. This worldwide third-party certification establishes All Green Recycling to be part of only 2,000 companies globally to have this distinguished honor. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the non-profit BLab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Through Carol’s endeavors, All Green Recycling has created a not-for-profit, the AGR Foundation 501(C) 3, which trains and hires individuals with barriers to employment in the electronics recycling industry. She is directly responsible for the coveted ‘Best for the World’ environment sector honoree from the B Corp for 2018 and 2019. She is on the Wipe Out Waste Advisory Panel in Mecklenburg County and has been a judge of the yearly event. In 2015, All Green Recycling Inc was the recipient of the highest award. She is also an elected member of the Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful Board. She is also an active member of NC Tech Association and was featured in their ‘Executive Spotlight’ newsletter. She has recently given lectures at Davidson College, Appalachian State College, Green Building Council and Sierra Club.


Hans-Eric Melin

Founder | Circular Energy Storage

Hans-Eric Melin

Hans-Eric Melin

Founder | Circular Energy Storage

Hans Eric Melin 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 collection of waste but also in eco-design and renewable energy. He holds a BSc in Communication Studies and Business administration from Gothenburg University.


Nancy Gillis

CEO | Green Electronics Council

Nancy Gillis

Nancy Gillis

CEO | Green Electronics Council

Nancy Gillis is the chief executive officer of the Green Electronics Council (GEC). Nancy 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.


Andy Cosgrove

Manager, Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Affairs | Xerox

Andy Cosgrove

Andy Cosgrove

Manager, Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Affairs | Xerox


Pascal Leroy

Director General | WEEE Forum

Pascal Leroy

Pascal Leroy

Director General | WEEE Forum

Pascal Leroy became director general of the WEEE Forum in 2007. The WEEE Forum is a European association of 33 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 organisations, 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 programme 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).


Elisabeth Smith

Executive Officer | Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative

Elisabeth Smith

Elisabeth Smith

Executive Officer | Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative

Elisabeth Smith is the Executive Officer of the StEP Initiative, a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together different actors engaging in the management of e-waste on a global scale. She is an environmental scientist with a keen interest in e-waste management and in-depth knowledge of the subject on an international level. Besides leading the StEP Initiative, she also heads the Dismantling- and Recycling-Centre (DRZ) in Vienna, a socio-economic facility for the treatment of e-waste. Before joining the DRZ, she 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.


Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Founder & CEO | Circulor

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Founder & CEO | Circulor

Circulor CEO, Doug Johnson-Poensgen 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.


Corey Dehmey

Executive Director | SERI - Sustainable Electronics Recycling International

Corey Dehmey

Corey Dehmey

Executive Director | SERI - Sustainable Electronics Recycling International

Corey Dehmey 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.


Marcel Jacobs

Founder | Circl8

Marcel Jacobs

Marcel Jacobs

Founder | Circl8


Professor David Peck

Associate Professor | Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Professor David Peck

Professor David Peck

Associate Professor | Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Professor David Peck researches and teaches in the field of critical materials and circular design. He is a manager of the tri-partite university partnership Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (CfS). The CfS has a focus on resources, circular and cities. He is responsible for the funding opportunities in the centre. David is the university leader for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation pioneer university program and is the representative for all the university faculties. He has also been a senior mentor for the Schmidt-MacArthur fellowship program. He is manager for TU Delft in the KIC EIT Raw Materials, the 7 year+ EU programme on raw materials: sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling, remanufacturing and substitution with a core focus on closing loops.


Cris Stephenson

CEO | Environcom

Cris Stephenson

Cris Stephenson

CEO | Environcom


Dr Gaël Depres

Exploratory & Partnership Manager | Guarro Casas, a subsidiary of Arjowiggins Creative Papers

Dr Gaël Depres

Dr Gaël Depres

Exploratory & Partnership Manager | Guarro Casas, a subsidiary of Arjowiggins Creative Papers

Dr Gaël Depres received his MS Degree in Pulp and Paper in 1996 from PAGORA and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from INPG in France. He entered the group Arjowiggins in 1999 as a research engineer and worked mainly on new products developments in the area of specialty papers, fine papers and innovation. He is now exploratory research and partnership manager, working mainly on printing electronics and connected papers with the manufacturing facility of Guarro Casas. Gaël has written several articles and participated in many conferences in the area of electronics on paper and holds more than 18 patents in the field of specialty papers, especially on printing electronics on paper.


Dr Sven Grieger

Manager WEEE Services | EARN - European Advanced Recycling Network

Dr Sven Grieger

Dr Sven Grieger

Manager WEEE Services | EARN - European Advanced Recycling Network

Dr Sven Grieger is manager of WEEE Services at the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN). He has more than 20 years’ managerial experience in different industries such as consultancy, consumer electronics, waste management and recycling as well as applied research. Have been working for Panasonic, JVC, Daimler, SIMS, Technical University of Berlin, Gavar State University (Armenia), Fraunhofer, he has an enormous wealth of experience in the WEEE sector. EARN helps importers, re-branders and manufacturers of electronic equipment to secure compliance with WEEE legislation. Sven’s responsibilities include business development of European-wide services, management of B2C business in Germany, consultancy for producers, take-back systems and recycling operations, process engineering, optimization and raw material handling.


Sabrina Zanin

Global Key Account Manager | Landbell Group

Sabrina Zanin

Sabrina Zanin

Global Key Account Manager | Landbell Group

Sabrina Zanin is a key account manager with Landbell Group, dealing with some of the major electronics manufacturers worldwide and supporting them to find solutions to handle their e-waste obligations. After nearly 20 years on the environmental sector, working for SGS Environmental Services first and with Landbell Group today, Sabrina knows the increasing interest to turn regulatory obligations into opportunities to implement appropriate end-of-life strategies.


Morton Hemkhaus

Project Manager | adelphi

Morton Hemkhaus

Morton Hemkhaus

Project Manager | adelphi

Morton Hemkhaus is project manager at adelphi and works on projects relating to circular economy, resource efficiency and waste management. In this context, he designs, implements and evaluates development cooperation projects in the plastics, electronics and textile industries. His main focus lies on the design and implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems. Furthermore, he is responsible for the coordination of adelphi’s internal environmental management system in accordance with the requirements of the European EMAS Regulation. Prior to joining adelphi, Morton worked on CSR and business ethics in academia, non-profits and private sector consulting. He holds a master’s degree in environmental management and policy from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) in Lund, Sweden.


Judit Jansana Borrajo

Head of TOMRA Sorting Iberia | TOMRA Sorting S.L.

Judit Jansana Borrajo

Judit Jansana Borrajo

Head of TOMRA Sorting Iberia | TOMRA Sorting S.L.

Judit Jansana has been head of TOMRA Sorting Iberia since 2014. Besides this role, she is part of the Metal expert group at TOMRA Sorting Recycling. TOMRA Sorting Solutions is a pioneer in sensor-based sorting in the waste and metal recycling industries, of course, but in addition to Recycling, TOMRA also has Food and Mining divisions. Judit has responsibility for the integration of all three business streams in Spain. Before this, for seven years, she was TOMRA Sorting Recycling’s head of Technical Sales in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. She joined TOMRA in 2007 from the Spanish Green Dot System, Ecoembes, where her work as coordinator on the technical office included automatization and improvement of performances for the packaging and municipal solid waste plants. Before, Judit has also been plant manager of a municipal solid waste plant in Molins de Rei (close to Barcelona) for Valoriza (waste management company). She has a Master’s degree in Engineering and Environmental Management and a degree in Physics.


Wassilij Weber

Head of Operations | SIMPLi RETURN - A Joint Venture By Interseroh & Saubermacher

Wassilij Weber

Wassilij Weber

Head of Operations | SIMPLi RETURN - A Joint Venture By Interseroh & Saubermacher

Wassilij Weber is the head of operations for the Cologne-based SIMPLi RETURN, a joint venture between Germany’s Interseroh and Austria’s Saubermacher. In 2014, he gained an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Economics from the Technical University of Clausthal. He subsequently joined the globally renowned ALBA Group as a project leader, Research & Development, in the company’s High Voltage Batteries division where he was responsible for consulting and research into worldwide available li-ion battery recycling solutions as well as consulting in dangerous goods and waste transport regulations. In 2016, he became project leader in the worldwide take-back solutions for industrial batteries at Interseroh Dienstleistungs (a subsidiary of ALBA Group). In 2018, Wassilij became SIMPLi RETURN’s head of operations. With its integrated service packages for the take-back and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, SIMPLi RETURN promotes the vision of a ‘zero waste’ society – a world that generates no waste and one in which all materials are efficiently managed as part of a closed loop. This venture aims to provide climate, resource and environmentally friendly handling of end-of-life industrial lithium-ion batteries.


Asad Farid

Associate Director - Thematics Team | Berenberg

Asad Farid

Asad Farid

Associate Director - Thematics Team | Berenberg

Asad Farid is associate director of the Thematics team at Berenberg, where he specializes in battery technology and its use in the automotive and the power sectors. His research focuses on lithium, nickel, cobalt, chemicals, battery manufacturing, EVs and utilities. This includes both top-down macro/sector analysis and bottom-up research on companies (public and private) that are impacted across the value chain. Prior to his current position, he was an equity analyst in the oil and gas sector at Berenberg Bank, and a consultant for Google UK’s Cambridge Global Consulting Project. Additionally, he served for two years as an equity analyst on the Mid cap Banks and Macroeconomics Team at AKD Securities, where he wrote detailed economic reports covering issues in Pakistan’s economy and a Weekly Economic Outlook on fixed income, currencies and commodities. He holds a BSc in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences and an MBA in Finance from the University of Cambridge.


Johanna Emmerich

Research Fellow | Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Johanna Emmerich

Johanna Emmerich

Research Fellow | Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Johanna Emmerich has been a Research Fellow at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) since 2014. She holds a Master’s degree from the Humboldt University Berlin and is a specialist in environmental resource management. Over the course of the past few years, Johanna has worked on numerous Horizon 2020 projects and has experience in project acquisition. She is involved in an international consortium on optimizing polymer recycling for the electronics sector in which she has been joined by numerous industrial partners along the value chain as well as on data gatherings for battery stocks and flows in Europe.


Carl E. Smith

CEO & President | Call2Recycle

Carl E. Smith

Carl E. Smith

CEO & President | Call2Recycle

Carl E. Smith is the CEO and president of Call2Recycle, North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program. In this capacity, he oversees the organization’s strategy, partnerships and management of its national promotion and education efforts, serving as a model for product stewardship. Working directly with its board of directors, he leads the overall direction of the company. Carl has extensive experience in strategic marketing, brand positioning, product/business development and environmental leadership. He previously served as the CEO of GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a non-profit organization that develops and promotes indoor air quality standards and programs. Before that, he was a senior marketing and general management executive with a Fortune 500 company and served in various capacities on Capitol Hill. Call2Recycle is the USA’s leading consumer battery recycling and stewardship program. Thousands of partners, including retailers and government municipalities, work with the organization to manage their battery recycling efforts. Through its tailored and personalized approach, Call2Recycle offers partners across the USA an easy way to address their battery recycling needs, all while ensuring the reduction of hazardous waste in compliance with state and national regulations.


Steve Haskew

Strategic Commercial Manager | Circular Computing

Steve Haskew

Steve Haskew

Strategic Commercial Manager | Circular Computing

Steve Haskew is the strategic commercial manager from Circular Computing – a 25-year-old, privately owned, UK-based business with a circular economy business model at its core, creating positive net environmental impacts within the IT marketplace – including having zero e-waste as part of its own code of conduct. Steve is a specialist in reverse logistics and sits on the committee of the British Standards Institute that delivered the remanufacturing standards for computing technology known as BSI-8887-220, which has now been adopted by the International Standards Organisation. Steve is responsible for developing and upholding the sustainability agenda of the business, while ensuring commercial targets are maintained to the adopted business strategy. He delivered the company’s reforestation initiative, investments into renewable energies and social programs for the less fortunate. He is 100% all in.


Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles

Vice President Business Development | Infinity Lithium Corporation

Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles

Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles

Vice President Business Development | Infinity Lithium Corporation


Mike Higgins

Founder & Chief Spokesperson | Circularwise

Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins

Founder & Chief Spokesperson | Circularwise


Daniel Hinchliffe

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

Daniel Hinchliffe

Daniel Hinchliffe

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

Daniel works on e-waste management in the GIZ’s global advisory project, which develops concepts, guidance and capacity building for sustainable solid waste management and circular economy in low- and middle-income countries. He is currently part of the PREVENT Waste Alliance e-waste working group, and has worked in the past on EU Ecodesign Regulation.


Sam Haig

Battery Recycling Business Manager | R S Bruce Metals & Machinery

Sam Haig

Sam Haig

Battery Recycling Business Manager | R S Bruce Metals & Machinery

Sam is battery recycling business manager at R S Bruce Metals and Machinery, a precious metal recovery company in Sheffield, UK, and was previously head of engineering and research at Axion Recycling. Sam has a decade’s experience in the waste management and recycling sector and has worked on a diverse range of projects from commissioning of residual waste treatment facilities to developing a patented process for fuel cell membrane recycling. Over the past five years, he has worked on the development of novel recycling techniques for lithium-ion batteries, collaborating with companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Johnson Matthey. Sam is a chartered chemical engineer and member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Rodolphe Sonnier

Lecturer in C2MA (Centre of Materials) | IMT Mines Alès France

Rodolphe Sonnier

Rodolphe Sonnier

Lecturer in C2MA (Centre of Materials) | IMT Mines Alès France

Rodolphe Sonnier graduated from ENSAIT (France’s 1st school of textile engineers) and has a doctorate in chemical sciences from the University of Montpellier, carried out at the Center of Materials (C2MA) within IMT Mines Alès, France. After a post-doctorate at the Macromolecular Materials Laboratory of INSA Lyon, he joined C2MA as assistant professor of IMT Mines Alès. His competences include the study of fire behavior and flame retardancy of polymer materials and modification of polymers by ionizing radiation. He has published around 100 articles and book chapters. He is reviewer and associated editor for several international publications.


Marcel Grella

Advisor Waste Management and Circular Economy Division 413 Water, Urban Development & Mobility | German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Marcel Grella

Marcel Grella

Advisor Waste Management and Circular Economy Division 413 Water, Urban Development & Mobility | German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Marcel Grella is a policy advisor of the Division Water, Urban Development and Mobility at BMZ, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Dr Katharina Kummer Peiry

Owner & Principal | Kummer EcoConsult

Dr Katharina Kummer Peiry

Dr Katharina Kummer Peiry

Owner & Principal | Kummer EcoConsult

Dr Katharina Kummer Peiry is the driving force behind Kummer EcoConsult, a globally renowned expert in the international law and policy of waste and materials management. She has 30 years of experience as a legal and policy advisor, as a negotiator and chairperson of international meetings, as a senior manager, and as an academic. She is the author of the standard work on the Basel Convention, the sole international treaty on waste management, and has served as the Convention’s Executive Secretary from 2007-2012. Katharina is a member of the Board of Directors of Sustainable Electronics International (SERI), the housing body of the R2 Standard for electronics recycling. She is also a trained mediator.


Anton Berwald

Project Manager | Fraunhofer IZM

Anton Berwald

Anton Berwald

Project Manager | Fraunhofer IZM

Anton Berwald is a project manager with Fraunhofer IZM in Berlin. His current work within the IZM team focuses on design thinking, system thinking, product life extension and recycling of electric and electronic equipment. Working together with the entire product value chain, IZM finds innovative solutions for the industry and provides policy makers with scientifically sound advice. Some selected assignments include premature obsolescence multi-stakeholder product testing program (European Commission); post-consumer high-tech recycled polymers for a Circular Economy (European Commission); and the National Top Runner Initiative (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy). Anton was previously a senior consultant/project manager with Deloitte France, at which he had the opportunity to support decision makers from the public and private sector with analysis and advice to move towards a regenerative system, better known as the ‘circular economy’.


Jack Herring

CEO & Founder | Jiva Materials

Jack Herring

Jack Herring

CEO & Founder | Jiva Materials

Jack Herring is a recent graduate of MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art. After inventing Soluboard during his studies, he is now based within the InnovationRCA incubator (within the Royal College of Art). Successfully raising investment through a joint fund set up by Venrex Investment Management and the Royal College of Art, this has allowed Jack to further develop Soluboard to transform it into a commercially viable product. Soluboard is the world’s first fully recyclable PCB laminate. It is expected that PCBs will make up 8% of the 50 million tonnes of electronic waste that is expected to be generated in 2018. With the two primary materials in PCBs being fiberglass and epoxy, the only method of recycling involves shredding them down and incinerating them in order to extract the precious metals within. Jiva Materials has developed a revolutionary new material to offer a solution to this environmentally damaging process – Soluboard. Patent pending, it is a flax-based product that is a competitively priced, fully biodegradable and a non-toxic alternative. The organic structure of Soluboard means the non-toxic ingredients begin to de-laminate when immersed into hot water, which allows the flax fibers to be composted or re-purposed and the electronic components to be removed for re-processing.


Dr Jonathan Swanston

CTO | Jiva Materials

Dr Jonathan Swanston

Dr Jonathan Swanston

CTO | Jiva Materials

Dr Jonathan Swanston is an entrepreneur with 35 years of techno-commercial experience in the chemical and polymer business. After working with companies such as Shell and Evonik, Jonathan set up a consulting business. His recent experience includes AIM listing of a company and the successful launching of commercial products. Jonathan’s interests are in novel applications of products to achieve lower environmental impact, including eliminating cyanide from gold extraction.


Jeremy Mcmanus

General Manager | Neometals

Jeremy Mcmanus

Jeremy Mcmanus

General Manager | Neometals

Jeremy McManus is the MBA-qualified general manager, Commerical & Investor Relations, at the Perth, Australia-based Neometals. He is an experienced senior executive with a demonstrated history of working in the resource and technology minerals sector. Skilled in strategy management, technology commercialization, investor relations, IP coordination and capital markets. At Neometals, he is responsible for day-to-day development and management of company commercial activities, stakeholder engagement and business strategy development.


Gert-Jan van der Have

Managing Director | Spiers New Technologies BV (SNT)

Gert-Jan van der Have

Gert-Jan van der Have

Managing Director | Spiers New Technologies BV (SNT)

Prior to joining Spiers New Technologies in 2018, Gert-Jan worked in various roles in the automotive and battery collection and recycling sector. At present, he is managing the expansion of the European branch, and member of various national and European stakeholder groups. He works closely with OEMs, collection organizations and recyclers to develop economic and environmental sound return and application methods. In addition, he brings in-depth experience in global take-back and logistics of batteries, remanufacturing/reuse applications, safety, compliance, coupled with technical understanding of the behavior of high voltage energy systems.


Arnoud Walrecht

Director | KPMG NL

Arnoud Walrecht

Arnoud Walrecht

Director | KPMG NL

Arnoud Walrecht is director at KPMG Sustainability services in the Netherlands and leads KPMG’s international circular economy team. He has experience in circular economy projects across a broad range of sectors, focusing on strategy, implementation, circular business model development and financing and impact assessments of circular products and services.


Suzanne Kuiper

Senior Consultant | RC Sustainability | KPMG NL

Suzanne Kuiper

Suzanne Kuiper

Senior Consultant | RC Sustainability | KPMG NL

Suzanne Kuiper is senior consultant at KPMG Sustainability services in the Netherlands. She is specialized in circular economy, specifically in formulating and challenging circular business models and the development of indicators to measure circularity. She has supported in the development of an international cross-industry business level framework for circular metrics.


Hjalmar Granberg

Senior Research Associate | RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Hjalmar Granberg

Hjalmar Granberg

Senior Research Associate | RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Hjamar Granberg is a senior research associate with RISE, Sweden’s independent, state-owned research institute. Research and commercialization of stimuli-responsive bio-based materials, self-opening, self-shaping and self-collapsing carton. Development of fiber-based composites, including a multi-material that can later be converted to to show textile-like, plastic-like or paper-like properties. He has been the manager of several interdisciplinary projects that combine material science and design. Work on cellulose-based electronics for ultra high frequency diodes, UV-sensors, actuators and semi-conducting paper. Tamper-proof packaging for medicine. Research and development of the visual aspects of paper. Focus on attention grabbing surfaces and security applications for the paper and packaging industries. Development of new functionalities such as different stimuli-responsive visual materials based on nanometer-sized multilayers. Optical measurement and modeling of printed surfaces


Marco Guolo

Chief Technology Officer | OSAI Automation Systems

Marco Guolo

Marco Guolo

Chief Technology Officer | OSAI Automation Systems

Marco Guolo is chief technology officer for OSAI Automation Systems. He has more than 25 years of experience in laser technologies, machine set-up, industrial automation systems and laser process analysis and implementation. In addition, he focuses his expertise in the automation and electronic/semiconductor industry, which consequently affords him a multidisciplinary know-how of the company. For the past few years, as a result of his role as project coordinator for OSAI on an H2020 project, he has been deepening his knowledge in circular economy, in particular RAEE recovery, recycling, dismantling and automatic management.


Eric Hannon

Partner, Frankfurt | McKinsey & Company

Eric Hannon

Eric Hannon

Partner, Frankfurt | McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company’s Eric Hannon serves global automotive and mobility companies as a core leader of the company’s Automotive & Assembly Practice and leads the global urban-mobility team. He has nearly 20 years of consulting and industry experience serving global automakers, their suppliers, and other mobility companies. His work as a leader of McKinsey’s global urban-mobility team seeks to understand and develop cutting-edge perspectives on the cross-sector implications of mobility trends. Recent examples of his work include the following: supporting the development of a megacity’s pollution-abatement strategy to significantly reduce particulate matter within 12 months; working with a global oil and gas producer to identify and quantify the long- term strategic and margin impacts of emerging mobility trends; identifying new adjacent business opportunities in new mobility markets for a downstream oil and gas company; developing and coauthoring a model for a policy-organization report – outlining a strategy for the large-scale deployment of electric – resulting in a multibillion dollar congressional initiative; designing a growth-strategy product for the emissions-product division of a large tier-one automotive supplier, identifying a viable path to tripling revenue within seven years; and leading a product-development improvement program for a premium automotive OEM, identifying and implementing core process improvements as well as applying an innovative solution for increasing project teams’ overall performance, leading to a 20% improvement in their performance Prior to joining McKinsey, Eric held various product-development and manufacturing positions at a major automotive manufacturer in both the USA and Germany.


Professor Praveena Gangadharan

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering | Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT PKD)

Professor Praveena Gangadharan

Professor Praveena Gangadharan

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering | Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT PKD)

Dr Praveena Gangadharan is assistant professor of Civil Engineering, IIT Palakkad, India. She serves as an editorial member of JESS, and member of ISMET and ISTE. She is also a recipient of prestigious ECRA, WoSA, GYTI, Bhagyalakshmi and Krishna Iyengar awards. She has published more than 10 research papers in international journals and conferences.


Dr Colin Fitzpatrick

Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering | University of Limerick

Dr Colin Fitzpatrick

Dr Colin Fitzpatrick

Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering | University of Limerick

Dr Colin Fitzpatrick is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland. His research interests cover a range of topics in the area of technology and sustainability including the circular economy, electronics repair and reuse, WEEE management, electricity demand management, conflict minerals, planned obsolescence and environmental sensing and he has published widely in these areas. He is the course director for the BE/ME in Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick where he teaches Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering, Electronics & the Environment, Energy Management and Active Circuit Design. As principal investigator, he has worked on projects for EU FP7, H2020, EPA, IRC and EIT Raw Materials. He chairs the National Standards Authority of Ireland Technical Committee 22 ‘Environmental Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Products and Systems’ the national mirror committee for European and international standardization bodies in this area. He has been a member of the International Program Committee for Care Innovation in 2014 and in 2018 and for Electronics Goes Green in 2016. He was a member of the organizing committee for the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology from 2012 to 2015 and he hosted the UNU E-Waste Academy for Scientists in Limerick in 2016.

 


Duane Nelson

President & CEO | EnviroLeach

Duane Nelson

Duane Nelson

President & CEO | EnviroLeach

Duane Nelson is the founder and CEO of EnviroLeach Technologies, a technology company and near-term gold producer that is engaged in the development and commercialization of environmentally friendly formulas and technologies for the treatment of materials in the mining and eWaste sectors. Using its proprietary non-cyanide non-acid based process, EnviroLeach extracts precious and base metals from ores, concentrates, and eWaste using only FDA approved additives. Duane has founded a number of successful ventures. Most recently he was the CEO and co-founder of Silvermex Resources Inc, a past TSX-listed gold and silver producer. He is the founder of Quotemedia Inc, a successful financial market data company established in 1998, a leading provider of global financial stock market data for the Toronto Stock Exchange, NASDAQ OTC, and others.


Tom Rommens

R&D Manager, Unit Sustainable Materials Management | VITO & CIRCUSOL Coordinator

Tom Rommens

Tom Rommens

R&D Manager, Unit Sustainable Materials Management | VITO & CIRCUSOL Coordinator

Ke Wang’s primary focus at VITO is how to turn circular ideas and practices into successful businesses and logical choices, so they can scale up and make real impact. Her main activities include building deep insight and finding innovative solutions in circular business models, for key sectors including building, renewable energy and electronics. She has developed VITO’s strategy in circular business model innovation services and is responsible for growing the network and fostering collaborations both within and beyond Europe in circular economy. CIRCUSOL is a European project demonstrating service-based circular business models for the solar power industry, with a total budget of €8m. As coordinator, her role included setting up the consortium (15 partners from 7 countries), writing the proposal, managing the contract negotiations, and now overseeing the implementation of the project at both managerial and content levels.


Heinz Böni

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

Heinz Böni

Heinz Böni

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

Heinz Böni 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.


Kunal Phalpher

Chief Commercial Officer | Li-Cycle

Kunal Phalpher

Kunal Phalpher

Chief Commercial Officer | Li-Cycle

Kunal Phalpher is the chief commercial officer at Li-Cycle. He has extensive international experience in the lithium-ion battery and renewable energy sectors, with a focus primarily on strategy and business development. His recent experience includes working as a director of Product Development at a residential solar company and director of Business Development with a lithium-ion battery manufacturer in North America. Prior to those roles, Kunal spent a number of years in Germany working in the renewable energy and energy storage sectors. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management.


Dr Richard Peagam

Associate Director, Global Producer Responsibility | Anthesis Group

Dr Richard Peagam

Dr Richard Peagam

Associate Director, Global Producer Responsibility | Anthesis Group

Dr Richard Peagam from Anthesis Group leads on product sustainability in Europe, ensuring that the company’s diverse service offering internationally aligns with multiple sectors across key geographies (the USA, Asia and Europe). He began his career at Hewlett Packard, working in their sustainability team for five years, before beginning a career as a consultant in 2012, building sustainability performance into the operating models and products of manufacturing companies. He provides clients with expertise, strategy and implementation support for product stewardship (including compliance), responsible supply chains (including conflict minerals and transparency), circular economy and sustainable business strategy. Key clients include some of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, key players in the minerals and extractives sectors, market leaders in FMCG and retail and national governments and policy makers. Richard manages delivery teams across multiple geographies, particularly Europe, Asia and the USA.


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