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Conference on Circular Economy – New Opportunities for Value Creation Through Innovation and Research


Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO at SINTEF
Alexandra Bech Gjørv has been President and CEO of SINTEF, the largest independent research institution in Scandinavia, since 2016. She is an experienced industrial leader from companies like Statoil and Norsk Hydro, and has served on the board of a range of companies in industry, energy and media in Norway and internationally.
For five years, (until 2015) she was partner at the law firm Hjort, working on corporate and public sector governance, energy and employment. She chaired the national commission investigating the authorities' response to the terrorist attacks on the government center complex and the youth camp at Utøya 22nd of July 2011.
Alexandra has a law degree from University in Oslo, New York State bar exam, and has studied at Oxford University and Suffolk Law School in Boston.

Nick Jeffries from Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the global thought leader in establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia. Nick is a chartered civil and environmental engineer who has been developing research projects for the Insights and Analysis team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation since joining in early 2016. Nick is in the process of developing a position on the circular economy and water, incorporating his findings and insights into some of the Foundation's core current themes including studies on Chinese cities and the Urban Biocycle. Nick is also responsible for managing and developing new content for the Foundation's case study library, thus attempting to answer the question: "I get the theory and the opportunities, but what does circular economy look like in reality?". Before starting at the Foundation Nick worked for 15 years on water and engineering projects around the world with the London-based design services company Arup and later on as an independent consultant. His project work took him to Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kurdistan, Afghanistan and the Maldives.

Owen Zachariasse: Innovation and Sustainability / Delta Development Group

Co-Founder and Partner of Zachariasse Consulting (from 2013); Bachelors of Business Administration from Adelphi University; Masters in Strategic Management from RSM Erasmus University; Certified BREEAM Expert by The Dutch Green Building Council; Member of Circular Economy 100 –Ellen MacArthur Foundation; Member Dutch Green Building Council Advisory Group on New Build & Renovation for the BREEAM-NL Building Certification Standard; Special Advisor Dutch Green Building Council on Health and Wellbeing; Accredited Cradle to Cradle® Specialist by EPEA GmbH; Member of the Netherlands America Foundation.
Owen Zachariasse is responsible for all Innovation and Sustainability activities within the Delta Development Group. Over the last 12 years Delta has deeply embedded Cradle to Cradle and Circular Economic principles into the heart of its business. Within his roll Zachariasse links upstream acquisition to downstream realization with the mandate of delivering on, and ensuring the continuous improvement of Delta's key principles behind innovation and sustainability, leadership, creating and leveraging networks within its developments and building/running an effective, transparent, and efficient innovation process.
In addition to his work at Delta, Zachariasse is a Principle Partner at Delta's offshoot advice agency "Zachariasse Consulting", is active in a number of local charities and serves as a guest lecturer on the topics of real estate development, business management and change management at The Hague University of Applied Science. Zachariasse gives keynotes across Europe, Canada and America, having notably lectured at Stanford University. He holds a BBA from Adelphi University and a Master's Degree in Strategic Management with concentration in Real Estate Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Dr. Walter R. Stahel
Dr. Walter R. Stahel is the author of The Performance Economy, and has been founder-director of the Product-Life Institute (Switzerland), the oldest established consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies, since 1983. From 1986 to 2013, he was also director of risk management research of the Geneva Association. In 1971, he graduated from ETH Zurich with an MA in architecture and has been a full member of the Club of Rome since 2013. Walter is visiting professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the University of Surrey, and l'Institut EDDEC de Université, HEC et Polytechnique de Montréal. He was awarded a Doctor honoris causa by the University of Surrey (2013) and l'Université de Montréal (2016).

Catia Cialani, Project manager & Senior Lecturer of Economics, Dalarna University
Catia Cialani is Senior Lecturer of Economics and Coordinator of MSc in Economics of Tourism and Events at Dalarna University (Sweden). PhD in Economics from Umeå University (Sweden), MSc in Economics from Dalarna University and MSc in Economics from University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy). She is also the Project manager at ITSdalarna for SAILOR project (2016-2018) selected by Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains Era-net Transport Flagship call 2015. Formerly economist at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) and at Italian National Council of Economy and Labor (CNEL) .

Casper Boks, Head of Department, Department of Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
With a masters degree in Applied Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a PhD degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology, Casper Boks worked as an assistant professor in the Design for Sustainability Program at the Industrial Design Engineering School, TU Delft, the Netherlands, until 2006. In 2004, he was a visiting professor at the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. In these years, his research interests include sustainable product innovation research and education, and have until a few years ago mainly focused on the organisational and managerial aspects of successful implementation of sustainable product innovation in the electronics industry. Before that he belonged to the first wave of ecodesign researchers that focused on end-of-life issues for electronics.

Hilke Bos-Brouwers, Senior Scientist Sustainable Food Chains at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
Hilke Bos-Brouwers (Ph.D.), working as Senior Scientist Sustainable Chains and Expertise Leader on Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency in Food is affiliated with Wageningen Food & Biobased Research since 2010. She worked prior as Innovation Management & CSR researcher at VU University Amsterdam and Nyenrode Business University. Hilke has been involved in several national, European and international projects on innovation, food waste, supply chain management, plastic packaging recycling and biobased resource efficiency. Main areas of expertise are strategic and conceptual thinking, measurement methodologies, innovation and change management, and entrepreneurship. Hilke is Scientific Coordinator to EC-FP7 project FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies 2012 - 2016) and EC-H2020 project REFRESH (Resource Efficient Food and Drink for the Entire Supply Chain 2015 – 2019)) . In FUSIONS, Hilke was leading the consultation with a variety of stakeholder groups from farmers to consumer organisations on the main topics of FUSIONS: harmonisation of food waste quantification and monitoring in the food supply chain, food waste policy and social innovation initiatives to tackle food waste across the supply chain. Also, Hilke contributed to deliverables on the definitional framework for food waste, policy for social innovation and other publications from the Project. Within REFRESH Hilke contributes both to overall project leadership and management as well as contributions to research on consumer behaviour in food waste including date labelling and packaging; business engagements in developing Frameworks for Action, evaluation of environmental impacts and life cycle costs and the valorisation of waste streams and co-products.
"The challenge is to think big, begin small and scale up, moving from food waste to food use"

Johannes Fjell Hojem, Biokraft AS
Mr. Hojem is representing Biokraft AS.

Maitri Thakur, Research Scientist at SINTEF Ocean
Maitri Thakur is a Research Scientist at SINTEF Ocean. She holds a PhD from Iowa State University, USA, in operational techniques for implementation trace ability in bulk product supply chains.

Anne Kvithyld, Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
Anne Kvithyld is a Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Industrial Process Technology. She holds a PhD on Thermal decoating of Aluminum scrap, and received the 2003 Light Metals Recycling Technology Award in recognition of the most notable Recycling Technology research paper published in Light Metals 2003. Her research field has since included silicon, magnesium recycling and recovery of values in electronic waste. Kvithyld is a member of the Recycling Committee of the TMS - The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Jan Gabor, Vice President Marketing at Mo Industrial Park
Jan I. Gabor works as Vice President Marketing in Mo Industripark AS, focusing on facilitating new industrial establishments and contribute to good framework conditions for established industry. Jan is also responsible for the MIP Sustainability program, which aims to establish Mo Industrial Park as a world leading green industrial park through profitable environmental measures. Jan Gabor's education is from the Norwegian School of Marketing (Norges Markedshøyskole) and BI Norwegian Business School. He worked in the construction industry prior to moving to Mo i Rana in 2004. Since 2007 he has worked in engineering industry, for instance as CEO in Miras AS.

Ignacio Calleja, Thematic Officer for Circular Economy and Recycling at EIT Raw Materials
Ignacio Calleja has a Bachelor's degree in Organic Chemistry from the University Of Zaragoza, M.Sc in Technology and Environmental Management from the University of the Basque Country, M.Sc in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh, and he is a postgraduate in Technology management at the University of Sevilla.
Mr. Calleja started his professional career in the Chemical sector in 1995 joining the RTD sector in 1996 as environmental researcher (industrial pollution). He joined the European Commission/JRC/IPTS in 1998 developing his work in the Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit for 6 years dealing with IPPC, Water and Waste/Recycling legislation, ETAP, ETV,etc. From 2005 until now he has been dealing with European affairs, projects, and initiatives dealing with environmental issues,circular economy, industrial pollution, resources efficiency, recycling, environmental policy at the Energy and Environment Unit of Tecnalia Research&Innovation. He has been chairman of the Steering Group of the CLC South-EIT RawMaterials, chairman of the Industrial Research Advisory Group (IRIAG) of the SPIRE PPP (Sustainable Process Industry Through Resources and Energy Efficiency), member of the Board of the WSSTP (Water Sypply and Sanitation Technology Platform), president of the ENERO (European Network of Environmental Research Organisations), member of the advisory board of the STOCISM, REE4EU and InspireWater projects and member of the jury of the European EMAS Awards 2014.
He is currently Thematic Oficer for Circular Economy and Recycling at the EIT Rawmaterials.

Johan Söderqvist, Sustainability & Business Development Manager at Celsa Nordic
Johan Söderqvist works as a Sustainability and Business Development Manager for Celsa Nordic. Johan has a background in concrete research and design as well as experience from the steel construction sector. In his broad working field he is responsible for driving Celsa Nordics sustainability development both from a process industry perspective as well as a material supplier for the Nordic construction sector in the company´s downstream value chain in the Nordic countries. Johan wants to change the construction industry into better understanding that a reduced climate impact comes from the knowledge of the materials used in construction.

Stig Ervik, CEO at NORSIRK,
the leading Authorized representative for EPR, waste management and take-back systems.
As an CEO of Norsirk Ervik is committed to developing producer responsibility for the best of the environment and sustainable development. Norsirk acquired two competitors in 2012 (Eurovironment AS) and 2015 (Elsirk AS), and started two new producer responsibility system, batteries and packaging for the Norwegian market. Ervik is member of the boards of a security company Alternativ Data AS, and PROs Batterigjenvinning AS og Emballasjegjenvinning AS.
Earlier Ervik has been CEO, consultan and owner of SEConsulting for 8 years, CEO at Telenor Telehuset AS, CEO at Datavarehuset AS (Computer Chain) and Service and support manager for Wang Computer.

Christine Frogner Brath Norsk Hydro
Brath is working as a Senior Analyst in the Corporate Strategy and Analysis team of Norsk Hydro. She is educated as Sivilingeniør (M.Sc) in Chemical Engineering from NTH (NTNU), Bedriftsøkonom from BI and has taken an MBA in Strategy & Leadership from BI (Norwegian School of Management). She has been working within marketing, business development and strategy in the downstream oil industry in Esso Chemical, Exxon Corp and in Hydro, within the global Magnesium and Fertilizer industry in Hydro and she has been part of the Corporate Strategy team in Hydro, focusing on aluminium since 2001. Her main role today is to analyze the global aluminium market development, with special focus on China in addition to following the global development in recycling of aluminium. She is part of Hydro's R&D steering committee for recycling. Circular economy thinking fits perfectly with the thinking of Hydro, where aluminium should be a front runner.

Christine Tørklep, Norsk Gjenvinning
Tørklep is currently Key Account Manager with the Norsk Gjenvinning Group, a leading Nordic player in waste management and industrial services. She sees compliance and circular economy solutions as key to developing long term, strategic relations with industrial clients.
Tørklep has a strong commitment to circular economy, sustainability and value creation. From 2005 - 2015, she was a driving force in integrating environment, social and governance (ESG) factors into decision-making and portfolio management with pension provider Storebrand. She serves as a member of the Norwegian Technology Board as well as the Climate Advisory Board for the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment.
Tørklep holds an MBA in Management Control, an MSc in Environmental Strategy as well as a BSc in Environmental Engineering.

Oscar Gärdeman, EMarked Manager Industry – Enova SF
Master within Engineering and Management. Experiance from the Swedish stainless steel industry as well as the Norwegian oil &Gass industry. Started at Enova in 2013 as the Market Manager for the Industry segment inculding Oil & Gass. Enova operates the Norwegian energy and climate fund (70 Billion NOK) and invests 3 Billion NOK/year in green projects to speed up the shift towards the low carbon society.

Claus Gladyszak, Innovation Norway
Gladyszak works as a strategic business advisor with special interest for sustainable and circular business models. He is currently responsible for developing and maintaining Innovation Norway's portfolio of methods and tools for sustainable innovations. Gladyszak holds a diploma in industrial design from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He is also a certified business model trainer from Strategyzer Academy in Switzerland. With his base in Bergen, Gladyszak works both internally, training 700+ Innovation Norway employees, and externally on customer projects in Norway and abroad. He has recently been involved in several EU funded green innovation projects in Bulgaria.
For the time being Gladyszak is part of a team working on how industrial clusters can realize their innovation potential by connecting them across sectors - using the circular economy principles.

Gro Marthinsen, Senior Advisor at The Research Council of Norway
Gro Marthinsen is Senior Adviser in the Division for Innovation at the Research Council of Norway. Marthinsen holds a Master of Management degree (Siviløkonom), and has more than 20 years of experience from the private sector before joining the Research Council.
The Research Council serves as the chief advisory body for the government authorities on research policy issues, and distributes roughly NOK nine billion to research and innovation activities each year. The Research Council works to promote international cooperation and increase participation in the EU framework programme on research and innovation. The Research Council creates meeting places and provides a platform for dialogue between researchers, users of research and research funders. The Research Council's sphere of action encompasses all subjects and disciplines, all thematic areas and all aspects of society, from basic research to research-based innovation and commercialization.

Lars Andreas Lunde, State Secretary (Deputy Minister) for Climate and Environment, Government of Norway
Mr. Lunde has been the State Secretary for Climate and Environment since October 2013 representing the Conservative Party in the Coalition Government. Prior to being nominated State Secretary, he worked as an adviser on energy and environment for the Conservative Party's Parliamentary group. Mr. Lunde has also worked at the Department of Economic Statistics at Statistics Norway, and he has had several positions in the Conservative Party. Mr. Lunde holds a postgraduate degree in engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, as well as a postgraduate degree in business and administration from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.