The list of speakers is being continuously updated.

The ”chemical recycling” of residual waste: an industrial-scale case study of a transition to a circular economy

Alex Miles

Director, Commercial Development, Europe, Enerkem

Alex Miles has been developing projects in the renewable energy-from-waste sector for the past 7 years across a range of disciplines and is currently working with Enerkem on their business development plans for the Europe. He has worked alongside Enerkem in various capacities since 2006 and has followed closely the development of the company’s proprietary waste-to-liquid biofuels technology from pilot stage through to full-scale, commercial development.

Alex holds a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University and began his career in investment banking. He moved into the renewable energy sector in 2006 when he joined Novera Energy and has since worked on landfill gas, onshore wind, solar and waste gasification projects.

Development and application of a circular economy analysis framework

We describe a holistic analysis framework that combines technical process simulation, environmental analyses (such as MFA, LCA), optimisation and socio-economic input-output analysis. The framework will ease the analysis of emerging circular economy business models and circular value chain structures with respect to environmental, economic and social sustainability, flexibility and robustness. We demonstrate the framework on the application of an example case.

Vibeke Stærkebye Nørstebø

Research Manager of Operation Research group, SINTEF Technology and Society

Vibeke Stærkebye Nørstebø is Research Manager of Operation Research group in SINTEF Technology and Society. PhD in Energy and Process Engineering from NTNU, Norway (2008), Msc in Industrial Economics from NTNU (2004). Main research fields are value chain optimisation, location facility problems, multi-criteria analyses. Her research interests include circular economy, bio economy and decision support tool for sustainable.

Rasmus Bergström

Managing Director Stena Technoworld, Head of Business area Technoworld at Stena Metall

Maximizing recoveries through world class technology

Ing-Marie Andersson Drugge

Director Strategy and Technology, Boliden

Axel Edh

Senior Strategic Advisor Environment at Research and Development, Volvo Car Group

Axel Edh holds since 2009 the position Senior Strategic Advisor Environment at Research and Development, Volvo Car Group. In that position he recommends a pre-development product portfolio for the entire environmental attribute area.
Axel has been at Volvo Cars since 1996 and has a wide experience from developing environmental product performance, balancing customer needs and financial prerequisites with technical solutions.
Since 2014 Axel is a board member in Swedish Lifecycle center, an example of the strive towards the more holistic environmental approach of Volvo Cars.

Mona Arnold

Mona Arnold, Tech Lic., MBA, VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland ltd)

Mona Arnold acts currently as principal investigator in water management and technologies at VTT. She has over 20 years of professional experience and project management in a multitude of environmental processes starting from air pollution prevention to water, waste and climate related processes, lately with a strong emphasis on circular economy, recovery and valorisation of resources.

Norbert Zonneveld

Executive Secretary, European Electronics Recycling Association (EERA)

Mr. Norbert Zonneveld is currently the Executive Secretary of the European Electronics Recycling Association (EERA) since 2004. Among others, he has worked as the CEO of MIREC, part of the waste services division of SUEZ, the French-quoted conglomerate. Mr. Zonneveld holds a M.Sc., Biology and Business Administration, from the Wageningen University and Erasmus University. His organization is based in The Netherlands.
EERA is a non-profit organisation which represents and promotes the interest of recycling companies that are treating waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Its membership includes 38 specialist recycling companies across 23 countries in Europe.

Increased collection and reuse of electronics

The ELAN project is aimed at increasing collection and re-use of electronic and electrical devices in Sweden. Focus is on the following products; TV, Laptops, Computer screens, Fridge/Freezers, Mobile phones and Washing machines.
First, a survey was conducted to map the current status on re-use activities and what can be done to improve and increase re-use. Then, a number of measures were selected and tested in order to determine their potential to increase either the collection or/and the re-use of WEEE.

Hanna Ljungkvist

Senior Project Manager, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Hanna Ljungkvist, MSc, is senior project manager in the waste group of IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. With a background in the automotive industry, she has worked extensively with different producer responsibility schemes such as the ELV and WEEE directives and their implementation in industry and society. Hanna enjoys working in the interface between industry and science, always trying to adapt a holistic systems perspective on challenges within waste management including issues from collection, sorting and recycling methods to policy development and economic boundary conditions.

Producer responsibility and reuse

NORSIRK is a Norwegian EPR company, which safeguards producer responsibility for EE products, batteries and packaging. The company has stated that their goal for 2020, is to have a reuse percentage on the amount of WEEE collected, on 10%. Based on the numbers they are to collect in 2017, that means 6-7 000 metric tons of WEEE to be reused.

How NORSIRK works to reach these numbers, are to be presented by the CCO in NORSIRK, Mrs. Guro Kjørsvik Husby

Guro Kjørsvik Husby

CCO, Norsirk

Guro has been an important part of the exciting travel NORSIRK has had for the last 13 years. From the EE-take back scheme Elretur – until today – to the full scope and far most forward leaning EPR company in Norway. Her responsibilities throughout the years has been managing the customers, the marketing, the sales, the web, the social media strategy and all other communication. Guro is well known as a engaging speaker, indeed passionate about her work.

Markus Reuter

Director, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology

2006-2015 Outotec & Ausmelt: Director Technology Management at Outotec Finland since 2010, after being Chief Executive Technologist of Ausmelt Australia (2006 up to 2010) when Outotec acquired Ausmelt
1994-1996 Mintek: South Africa (managing furnace control group)
1984-1985 Anglo American Corporation: South Africa (process metallurgist)

2015: Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h.c.) Université de Liège (Belgium)
2006: Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng.), Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
1995: Dr. habil., RWTH Aachen (Germany)
1991: PhD, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

>400 publications in books, encyclopaedias, journals and conference proceedings

Peter Woodward

Facilitator, Quest Associates Ltd

Peter Woodward is in high demand across Europe and internationally for his skills as an
independent facilitator. His engaging personality and twenty years of experience combine to lift the normal conference or workshop experience to new levels of energy and value.
He enables both clients and participants achieve outcomes beyond their expectations in a
relaxed yet purposeful manner.

Based near Bath in the UK, Peter has a particular passion and expertise in designing and
running participative processes on issues related to the sustainable development agenda.

As Co-founder and Director of Quest Associates his clients include the European
Commission and national governments, public agencies, businesses, universities and civil
society organisations. His interventions range in scale from small group internal strategy sessions to major conferences of up to 2,000 participants. Peter also runs training courses on process design and facilitation skills.

Peter trained in urban planning, He has worked in the social sector and for a multinational company and gained wide experience of helping to bridge differing perspectives on issues.

María José Zapata Campos

Senior lecturer, Management & Organisation, University of Gothenburg

María José Zapata Campos, Ph D in Sociology and docent (associate professor) in Business Administration, is a researcher at the Gothenburg Research Institute and a senior lecturer in Business Administration (management and organization studies) at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.

She does research on environmental governance and waste management in informal settlements, social-environmental entrepreneurship, grassroots movements and recycling networks in Nicaragua, Kenya, Brazil and Tanzania. In Sweden she has been studying the role of citizen-driven initiatives in waste prevention municipal policies, processes of institutional entrepreneurship within waste management governance in local governments, households and wasting and recycling practices.

Zapata Campos is currently leading two research projects: ‘Recycling networks. Grassroots resilience tackling climate, environmental and poverty challenges’ funded by VR-Formas (2017-2019) and ‘Compact cities and informal settlements’ Formas (2016-2018). She also participates in the research projects: ‘2014-2017: From waste management to waste prevention – Closing implementation gaps through sustainable action nets.’Formas. Efficient battery collection with consumer focus.’ 2017-2018 Energimyndigheten, and ‘Organising Immigration’ 2017-2022’ Forte, with a focus on green employment related to repair, re-use and re-circulation as economic activities.

Patrik Zapata

Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg

Patrik Zapata, Ph D and associated professor in Public Adminstration is a researcher and lecturer at the School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg.

He has researched on waste and how sustainable waste management is organized in cities in Kenya, Nicaragua and Sweden. Most often from a bottom-up perspective, curiously trying to understand how people and cities’ policies work in practice. Apart from waste Patrik has studied scandals, organisational language and local governments relations to the society. Outside of academia Patrik has worked with demining in Angola and he has ran a chocolate factory in Nicaragua.

Patrik Zapata’s research is published in journals as Accounting, Organizations and Society; Environment and Urbanization; Habitat International; Journal of Change Management; Journal of Cleaner Production and Public Administration and Development.