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Bert van Son


Bert van Son, originally from the Netherlands, worked in the fashion industry in both Asia and Europe for thirty years before founding MUD Jeans in 2012. Together with his team, Bert transformed MUD Jeans into a circular economy exemplary company. MUD Jeans has already been recognised in the form of numerous awards, including the Sustainability Leadership Award and the Peta Vegan Award. MUD Jeans attains the high standards of various sustainability organisations such as the worldwide B Corp.


Claudia Ávila

General Director of the Mexican Association of Private Industrial Parks (AMPIP)

Claudia Ávila Connelly is the General Director of the Mexican Association of Private Industrial Parks (AMPIP). She held the position of Secretary of Economic Development of the Government of the State of Hidalgo. She was Executive Director and Founder of the International Hidalgo Corporation, a decentralized public body for promoting exports and attracting investment. During her professional career she has specialized in issues related to economic development and the promotion of Foreign Direct Investment. She is Vice President of the National Association of Directors of Chambers and Business Organizations (ANGECAI) and President of the National Technical Committee for the Standardization of Industrial Parks in Mexico.

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José María Fernández Alcalá

Project technician at Circular Economy department at Ihobe and technical manager at the Basque Ecodesign Center

Project technician at Circular Economy department at Ihobe and technical manager at the Basque Ecodesign Center. Expert in Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Footprint methodologies, he was a member of the Basque Country delegation in the negotiation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and he has been involved in developing different simplified software tools, as well as in different European Commission discussion forums (Integrated Product Policy, Sustainable Consumption and Production, European Eco-label, etc). Along with the Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, he has taken part in the European Environment Agency Network, as well as in the European forums on Sustainable Consumption and Production.  He is currently the Spanish representative in the technical monitoring group for creating the future European organisation and product environmental footprint. Since 2012, he has headed the Basque Ecodesign Center.


Mariana Silva

Low Carbon Senior Consultant at IDOM

Mariana Silva works at Idom Consulting leading the low carbon economy area to impulse the development of green growth and clean technologies in Mexico and Latinoamerica. In the last years, she has led efforts in the region such as the program Green Finance for Smart Cities, Low Carbon States phase 1 and 2, the Municipal Energy Efficiency Program, Clean Energy States Specialization Program (PRODETES) among other low carbon technology and innovation initiatives for the public sector in Mexico and Latin America. She has also been an independent consultant to renowned companies in the field of carbon emissions management, energy projects, waste and water management, sustainability reports and assements on climate change action strategies. Her experience focuses on carbon and energy management, the development of low carbon business models, project development, environmental regulation compliance and policy analysis to boost the transition to a low carbon economy. Mariana holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana and M.Sc. title in Engineering of Processes, Energy, and Environment by the Technological University of Berlin. She is current candidate by the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management to be Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance.


Vasileios Rizos

Research Fellow and Head of Sustainable Resources and Circular Economy at CEPS (Centre for European Policy studies)

Expert in various aspects of the circular economy and analyses regulatory and market barriers to the adoption of circular economy practices in Europe and beyond. Vasileios’ main research areas include circular economy policies, industrial sustainability, green value chains, low-carbon transport and resource efficiency indicators. He was co-chair of the Circular Economy Task Force of the Think20 (T20) network that supported G20 activities under the German presidency 2016-17. Between 2016 and 2018 he was the coordinator of the CEPS Task Force on the Role of Business in the Circular Economy that brought together executives from major multinational companies as well as representatives of NGOs and research institutes. Previously Vasileios worked in DG Environment at the European Commission and the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI). He is the lead author of several publications on circular business innovation and policy instruments that can encourage the green market transition

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Hans Dieleman

Professor in the College of Sciences and Humanities of the Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM)

Doctor in Social Sciences obtained at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has been professor at the Erasmus University, and visiting professor in the Dauphine University in Paris, France as well as in the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico City, campus Azcapotzalco. He currently works as a research-professor at the Center for Urban Studies of the Autonomous University of Mexico City, and as an external professor at the center for Environment and Development (CIIEMAD) of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (IPN). He is a fellow of the US/Texas based association the ATLAS, dedicated to learning and advanced studies in transdisciplinarity, and an associated editor of the Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering and Science, affiliated with the Texas Tech University. He is a member of the UNAM Climate Change Research Program (PINCC), and member of the Mexican Network of Researchers in Socio-Cultural Studies of Emotions (RENISCE). His main research line explores the role of the more-than-rational in change and innovation towards sustainability, such as emotions, imagination, creativity, art and sensibility. He is a strong promoter of a holistic approach to sustainability, which integrates the cognitive, the embodied and reflective practice. His second research line explores sustainability in Mexico and in particular Mexico-City. He published on the circular economy of Mexico, and on urban agriculture, environmental politics and environmental cultures and art in Mexico City.


Lourdes Aduna Barba

Coordinator of Enviro Pro in the Green Expo

Chemical Engineer from UNAM and a candidate for the Master of Environmental Engineering from the Graduate Studies Division of the Faculty of Engineering, also from UNAM. She has been certified by the Delft Technical University of the Netherlands in the fields of Circular Economy, Waste Management and Critical Materials Management, as well as in Sustainable Packaging in Circular Economy. She has also obtained the certificate of the course of Introduction to Circular Economy by the CDMX University Centre. Her experience has led her to coordinate the Enviro Pro Congress that is part of the GREEN EXPO, the largest environmental congress in Latin America, of which it has more than 5 editions with the theme of Circular Economy. She was president of the Environmental Sustainability Commission of COPARMEX for 5 years (2007-2011), being the organizer of the National Waste Recycling Competition and various initiatives to promote national recycling. Likewise, she was president of the Ecology Commission of CANACINTRA from 2013 to February 2018. She was a Citizen Counsellor at the Environmental and Land Management Agency (PAOT) in the Federal District (2008 - 2011) and representative of various industrial chambers since 1999 to 2018. He was also a member of the Production and Responsible Consumption Committee of AMEXCID, Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with international cooperation and sustainable development, also until 2018.


Verónica Kuchinow

SÍMBIOSY CEO and Founder

Specialist in industrial symbiosis and efficiency in the use of resources as a tool towards a circular economy. Since 2014 she is co-founder of SÍMBIOSY and directly responsible for industrial symbiosis projects and strategic circular economy projects for municipalities. In addition, she is President of the Energy and Waste Commission of the Official College of Agricultural Engineers of Catalonia, member of the Circular Economy Table of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, member of the Advisory Council of the Barcelona-UPF Chair in Local Economic Policy and Member of the Board of Trustees of the BIT HABITAT Foundation (Barcelona Institute of Technology). She is also a professor at IQS and at ESADE, curator of the Circular Economy European Summit for Fira BCN and member of various business associations and roundtable discussions.


Erika Sánchez

Multilateral Projects Consultant at  IDOM

Erika Sánchez is a consultant at IDOM, and she is specialized in innovation and business strengthening projects and international cooperation, for which she designs training tools, technological surveillance and methodological consulting. She has collaborated in projects financed by international cooperation, such as the European Union. Currently, she is working in the management of the EURO EMPLOYMENT programme, which aims to provide Technical Assistance to the government of Honduras to improve capacities in promoting sustained and inclusive economic growth, around three themes: 1) generation and sustainability decent work, 2) improving the skills of the workforce and the efficiency of the labor market, and 3) strengthening market access and the competitiveness of Honduran micro and small businesses.


Georgios Chalkias

Innovation Program Responsible at IRIS Technology Solutions

Expert in circular and bioeconomy, industrial ecology and symbiosis, digitalisation applied in asset and process management. With 8 years of experience in innovation consultancy, project management, and sustainability research, he has a demonstrated track record on leading the implementation of (and bidding for) large and collaborative industrial innovation projects funded by both European and national programmes (e.g., H2020 and InnovateUK).

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Juan Lekube

Circular Economy Responsible at IDOM

Head of the Circular Economy Unit at IDOM Consulting. He is specialised in new plastics economy, waste management: master plans, feasibility studies, basic &.detail design, procurement and works supervision of waste infrastructures including landfills, MRF, MBT, composting plants and EfW.


Anna Petit Boix

Postdoctoral researcher, chair of social transition and circular economy, University of Frankfurt

Postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy at the University of Freiburg (Germany). Her research focuses on urban sustainability, which is addressed through a variety of methods such as LCA, MFA and ecological network analysis, among others. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Technology (Autonomous University of Barcelona, UAB) and a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science (UAB). In her interdisciplinary studies, she applies tools such as life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle costing (LCC), eco-efficiency or urban metabolism in combination with other methods. Topics of interest include urban water management, flood prevention, resilience, local food production and product eco-design, among others.

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Emmanuelle Maire

Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption Responsible

Emmanuelle Maire works at the European Commission in Brussels, in the Directorate general for Environment (DG ENV). She heads the team responsible for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption. The core activity of the team is to support the transition to a circular and green economy in the European Union. She held several positions before that with the European Commission, being Head of unit for multilateral environmental cooperation (2015-2018), and Head of Unit for the EU Internal market in aviation (2010-2015).


William Neale

Adviser on Circular Economy and Green Growth at the European Commission’s Environment Directorate General

William Neale is Adviser on Circular Economy and Green Growth at the European Commission’s Environment Directorate General. Before 2017 he served 11 years as a Member of Cabinet (private office) of two European Commissioners for Environment, Janez Potočnik and Karmenu Vella, and for Commissioner Potočnik when he was European Commissioner for Science and Research. In cabinets he has held responsibility for relations with the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, planning, resources and budget, and advised Commissioners on development of policies on Circular Economy, resource efficiency, sustainable production and consumption, environmental technologies, eco-innovation, waste policy, transport, aeronautics, research infrastructures and external relations. Mr. Neale started his career in public service working for 7 years in the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. He previously spent 13 years in the private sector in the fields of international banking, retail and management consultancy. He holds a joint honours degree in economics and history, and a masters in political science, both from the University of Manchester (UK).


Paulo Da Silva Lemos

Funcionario de la UE, Productos Sostenibles. Unidad.B.1 - Producción, Productos y Consumo Sostenibles, Dirección General de Medio Ambiente (DG ENV)

Degree in law from the Faculty of Law of University of Lisbon. Founder and president of the NGO GEOTA (Group for Zoning and Environmental Studies). Secretary General of the European Year of the Environment Committee (1986-1988). Member of the Governing Board of the Portuguese Environmental Institute (1988-1996). Vice-president of the Portuguese Association for Environmental Law (1990-1992). Member of the Economic and Social Council (1994-1996). Guest lecturer at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (1993-2003). Environmental and Climate Attaché of the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the European Union (2005-2011), Deputy Director General of the Portuguese Environmental Agency (2012) and Secretary of State of the Environment (2013-2015). Political officer in DG ENV working on the Plastics Strategy, Single Use Plastics and Ecodesign (From 2017).


Michele Galatola

Policy Officer, DG Environment, European Commission

Michele studied Environmental Sciences at the University of Taranto in Italy, where he graduated in 1996. After a post-doc  in Bari (Italy) and Nottingham (UK) Michele worked from 1999 till 2005 for ENEA, the Italian national research agency for Energy and Environment. Since 2005 he is working for the European Commission in Brussels. He has worked for 5 years in the Research & Development Dirctorate General, then for 10 years in the Directorate General for Environment. Since April 2019 he is working in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). His main area of expertise is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).  Moreover he contributes with his expertise and experience in the development of new policies in the area of circular economy, product sustainability, products environmental labelling, and digitalisation of information along value chains.

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