Academia, public administration; own firm (consultancy and training)
Bachelor in Environmental Engineering, Master in Cities and Sustainability; professional mediator and moderator for meaningful, effective, focussed and productive transdisciplinary collaboration; seminar leader for communication and conflict resolution, resilience, wellbeing and team-building. Expert in citizen participation; Practical experience as climate action manager for communities; Network of international sustainability experts.
Academia, Industry, Entrepreneurship
I have 20 years of education and research experience within crop/food production, food safety and food security (see my LinkedIn for more info, below). I was always working to bridge the gap between fundamental and applied agricultural sciences to optimize Primary Food Production – which is how we feed the planet. I self-financed my 1st PhD research where I developed a molecular method for precise, fast and affordable way to identify insect-pests and tailor crop protection strategies by introducing biological control measures. In this way, with early warning diagnostics (proactive) it possible to exclude chemical pesticides in 100%. Furthermore, by introducing biological control strategies - we are growing food and we re-build biodiversity at the same time. This is exactly how the future farming should look like – farming should give and not take. Today, AgroDNA as a service, is part of my startup Fauna Smart Technologies (FST) (www.faunasmarttechnologies). My PhD research at the University of Copenhagen was on climate change effects on insect population dynamics and behavior in crops. I took innovative approach to this as well by introducing new links between sciences and technology thus creating applied agro-eco-physiology – to predict pest attacks already during winter! By improving predictions we make farm management easier, by saving time, money and creating conditions for introducing more biological control strategies (green solutions). With a huuge desire that all that beautiful science steps out into the real world and saves it from itself – I founded Fauna. I believe that the makers of the brave new world are Entrepreneurial Scientists. It is the capacity of a research mindset to Solve Complex Problems and the world needs this more than ever, NOW. At Fauna Smart Technologies we pose the crucial question: HOW do we want to evolve as a species? Healthy and Infinitely Sustainable? How to do it? At FST we provide science based pathway for creating not only livable, but a thriving Planet. We start with agro-ecosystems (human managed systems) and then continue with natural ecosystems. We have been selected for the SDG tech award (2020, DK) for the Infinite Sustainability science and tech system approach for Ecosystem Restoration. This is a result of many years of education and research converged into a beautiful science based pathway to restore the health of our Planet. The system provides the biggest total impact: with depth and scale - starting from the Biosphere and covering all 17 SDGs.
Academia, Development Cooperation Agencies
During 6 years I was in charge of coordinate a global initiative for sustainability. The initiative was focus on the non-traditional sectors of development cooperation (think tanks, Financial Sector, Private sector). This initiative developed practical instruments, standards, metodologies and innovative learning spaces for sustainable development.
Industry, Chief Content Officer at This Spaceship Earth, co-author "Moving to a Finite Earth Economy", board member of Pachamama Alliance PDX and Drawdown presenter
I communicate, educate and gently persuade concerning the societal, political and economic transitions we must go through to get at the route causes of our climate crisis.
As a Sustainable Design Engineer (cand.polyt. in Sustainable Design) I am able to contribute with the assessment of how and where sustainability can be strategically integrated and help support transitions of sustainability in society. I work with strategies that include the ability to change beliefs, behaviours and mindsets that can help establish allies and mobilise these in order to involve more people. During my master’s thesis I explored how practices of sustainable communities can influence and affect the practices of traditional housings in urban neighbourhoods through social interactions. And in a broader perspective contribute to Copenhagen’s Agenda 21-strategy targeting UN’s SDG 11.
Dean is a Chemist and an Environmental scientist. He has vast experience in life cycle thinking approach applications - Sustainable chemistry, green fiscal reforms, sustainable resource management, circular economy-greening the economy, sustainable consumption and production, and sustainability standards development. He is also a trainer and practitioner of Circular Economy models, LCA, water, carbon, and environmental footprint. Dean is a receiver of Life Cycle Initiative 2017 LCA Awards. He is also an expert and national delegate, contributing to the development of International Standards representing Uganda on ISO/TC 323(Circular Economy), ISO/TC 207/SC 1/WG 7, ISO/TC 207/SC5, ISO/TC 207/SC 5/WG11 & ISO/TC 207/SC 1/WG 8 and a contributing expert to Ecosystem-based Adaptation for food security in Africa Assembly (EBAFOSA) standards. Dean is also a consultant for the Uganda government on sustainable coffee production. Dean is the Uganda Chapter Lead for African Circular Economy Network (ACEN), Membership Executive for Africa for Circular Economy Club (CEC) and one of the Board of Directors at Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation(FSLCI).
AI, Cloud, Big Data and IoT as enablers of new global solutions to tackle climate change
Aaron is an entrepreneur working globally across the Agriculture and technology nexis specializing in the development and implementation of innovation and growth strategies advising corporates, governments, NGO's, investors, and farmers through successful AgTech integration and best practices across the supply chain.
Immersed in the family agricultural irrigation company in California since childhood, Aaron pioneered one of the first stand-alone AgTechnology integration companies in 2011, Signature AgTech, bringing new solutions to farmers, with unprecedented support.
Following his vision and global economies, in 2014 he founded AgTech Insight as a full service consulting and advisory firm offering expertise to ensure success and projection in today’s global economy. Their team of subject matter experts consists of experienced, top-level agriculture and technology professionals from around the world. Today, Aaron travels often working globally with clients concentrating on the US, Latin America and Asia markets. He works with public and private sector leaders building and implementing innovative strategies across the Ag & food supply chain and Go to Market process speeding up adoption rates.
Aaron has been a co-founder of AgTech startups in both hardware and software development with global operation as well as has become a leader in the AgTech movement and speaks to groups around the world.
Industry, Personal research global travel and multiple conference attendance
I’m 20+ yrs advocating soil health as a solution to all things human ...
Academia, Industry, Consultancy
My expertise directly relates to sustainability in regard to energy and energy policy. I have postgraduate qualifications in Climate Science and Policy; a Masters in Public Policy (Energy), and a Ph.D. in energy innovation and energy policy, with a focus on the implementation of smart batteries (virtual power plants). I have worked across academia, consultancy and heavy industry. My area of research expertise (PhD) closely relates to the understanding of the implementation and the scaling up of technologies for sustainable transitions.
I have had several research projects for new irrigation technologies with Humboldt University (Germany) and University of olive trees in Tunisia.
A chemical engineering by training, Ms Giulia Marzetti has worked as a Systems Engineer Consultant for innovative transport and energy projects within smart cities architecture in the UK and Australia. Between 2016 and 2017, Giulia has worked as an engineer for a hydrogen energy storage project in Scotland, first of this kind, contributing to the SDG 7 -affordable and clean energy. Her expertise in Sustainable Infrastructures and Climate Change has brought her to be a delegate at the 12th Conference of Youth as part of COP22 in Marrakesh, a delegate to the 2019 UN Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region, a delegate at the Obama Foundation Town Hall Europe, a Talent of the UN Innovation Lab for Sustainable Development Goals and a Delegate at the Yunus Social Design Lab in Bangladesh. Giulia is one of the driving personalities behind “European Footprints”, a European project raising awareness of environmental issues and SDGs while engaging communities and connecting them with sustainability local initiatives. During the European Elections, Giulia was a lead volunteer for the “ThistimeImvoting” Campaign, raising citizens participation in the elections and helping reach one of the highest ever turnout to the polls. She was a youth speaker with the UN Major Group for Children and Youth at the 2018 and 2019 G.STIC Conference in Brussels and a panelist at the last COP24 for the EU side event “Tapping the potential of Mediterranean Youth in climate action”. Giulia has been a fellow at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Climate-KIC Pioneers into Practice Programme, where she developed innovative carbon capture membranes. She is now a Local Representative for the Climate-KIC Alumni Association in London and a representative for the Women@EIT initiative, where she raise awareness of women in scientific professions. Giulia is currently working for the EU on several innovative transport and energy storage projects advancing the 2030 Agenda and working on the EU Green Deal.
Academia, Global NGOs
I founded in 2018 and still lead an NGO that focuses on sustainability and public value. Relying on a multi-stakeholder and inter-generational approach, we co-create public value principles to shape a narrative on sustainability, well-being or public value that all (investors, corporates, civil society experts, and the public) will understand and embrace.
My core expertise areas are change management, adult education for sustainable development, networking and transdisciplinary and applied research. I am interested in applied transdisciplinary projects, which enhances education for sustainable development, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, Baltic Sea protection and Agenda 2030. I love organizing and facilitating workshops, preferably cross-disciplinary and presenting my work. I finished my PhD in 2014 on enabling change in universities: enhancing education for sustainable development with tools for quality assurance, an action research, based on change management; which nine higher education institutions from Denmark, Finland and Sweden participated in. I have worked with these topics my entire working career, over 20 years.
I led the Global Green Growth Institute's green city development program in Cambodia in 2015-17, and supported the design of the Phnom Penh Sustainable City Development Plan, as well as a National Strategic Plan for Green Secondary Cities. I am currently undertaking a PhD focused on sustainable city development in Southeast Asia. I have worked in public policy and programs on natural resources management and climate change in the Australian Government and in the NSW Government.
Academia, Industry, Consultancy
I work as a Sustainability Manager at Chr. Hansen A/S. Chr. Hansen has been among the world leading companies on sustainability. I was able to map all of Chr. Hansen's products to the UN Global Goals and link them to their revenue. I am passionate about sustainable development, having realized there is no other way for growth. I also understand the important of making sure that the core businesses have to lead the way towards sustainable development which will influence policy development in the right way. I have been working with the life cycle assessment tool (LCA) for over 10 years and have a background in waste management technologies. I believe the knowledge of LCA and a corporate background, gives me the right overview to look at an issue from all possible scenarios and workout a solution that satisfies all stakeholders without compromising on sustainability. Infact my dream is that the new business model is nothing but sustainability driven business. Recently, I have also been involved in partnerships building and public affairs to influence the right policy decisions. Apart from all of this, I have used my presentation skills to spread the message on sustainability with various stakeholders like investors, policy makers, thinktanks, NGOs, customers and consumers etc. In the last 3 years, Chr. Hansen has been ranked the most sustainable company by Corporate Knights among their Global 100 list (no1 in 2019 and no.2 in 2020). Personally I was among the SDG pioneer nominees for Denmark by the UN Global Compact. I also realize there is a long way to go and I have a lot of work to do. But I am hopeful that with the right group of people and minds, we can achieve a lot!
I specialise in removing unconscious bias from marketing and advertising. I believe in gender and neuro-diverse communication to better connect with the real citizen and to provide opportunities for those currently alienated. Gender rights leads to economic opportunities and to impact our planet with more compassion and respect. A lot of the world’s problems begin from removing gender bias and being more inclusive.
Peter Paul van Voorst tot Voorst
Peter Paul van Voorst, founder of Skoon Energy, is active in the world of batteries. Motivated to contribute to the energy transition, Peter Paul started the company with the goal to offer an innovative service enabling a wide range of users to transition to the use of sustainable energy sources. As a young entrepeneur, he is looking to collaborate with many different partners, meaning intellectual property is shared more it is being protected.
Javier Gonzales Iwanciw
Academia, Consultancy work
Involved in the climate field since 1998, particularly concerned with the potential impacts of climate change and policy measures to enhance resilience.
Juana Purchase Hatfield
Over the course of my fifteen year career I have worked in development finance, sustainability and management consulting as well as advisory services. Having lived on three continents and worked on multi-country and multi-stakeholder projects; I have become proficient at developing solutions for complex business problems in difficult environments. My passion has become finding the place where People, Profit, the Planet and Innovation meet. I am fascinated by disruptive and profitable products and solutions that have the potential to positively transform systems.