The list of speakers is being continuously updated.

Key factors to the transistion towards the circular economy

Janez Potočnik

Former EU Commissioner for Science and Research and for the Environment. Currently a Co-Chair of UNEP International Resource Panel – IRP

Dr Janez Potočnik (1958) graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ph.D. degree 1993) . He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College and by Ghent University in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration by Findland Aalto University in 2016. After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994). He was appointed Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as ”shadow Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended on November the 1st 2014. In November 2014 he was appointed for a three-year term as a member and Co-Chair of International resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council.

Circular IKEA and future materials

The IKEA history and company culture is to be cost conscious in everything we do. We dare to think differently and see waste of resources as one of the greatest diseases of mankind.Today, our corporate direction is to be a circular company in all aspects: from how we develop products, source materials, develop our supply chain, and set up logistics, to how and where we meet our customers. We truly believe the journey toward a circular economy requires a daring and innovative mind-set, working together with many stakeholders.

Malin Nordin

Head of the Circular IKEA direction, IKEA of Sweden AB

Malin Nordin, Head of the Circular IKEA direction at IKEA of Sweden AB, Inter IKEA Group; passionate leader for sustainable business development, 15 years within IKEA working as a global business leader and various leading positions within product development and supply chain.

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.

A general background to material recycling of textile is given, including the complexity of this waste stream and technologies under intense research. The need for effective sorting systems and the importance of controlling chemical content I discussed with a brief description of a number of ongoing research projects.

Lisa Schwarz Bour

Researcher/Project Manager Textiles, Swerea IVF

Lisa Schwarz Bour is Textile Recycling Area Manager at Swerea IVF, a Swedish Research Institute located in Mölndal. Lisa graduated from Chalmers in 2001, where she received a M.Sc degree in Chemical Engineering. For many years Lisa worked with concept development and project management of large European projects financed under the framework programmes of the EU. Since 2015 Lisa works full-time with different aspects of textile recycling; recycling technologies, applications for recycled material and sorting of textiles for material recycling.

Smart metal castings – new innovation platforms for circular business models

A new innovation platform is shaped by the merging of metal castings and digitalization. This is done by on the one hand enabling integration of sensors into cast metal, and on the other hand enabling individual traceability of cast metal components. The metal casting research institute Swerea SWECAST is together with industry opening up for entirely new roles for cast metal components. The intention is that cast metal will transcend beyond merely serving as structural materials, but will also function as embedded digitally enabled elements that provide monitoring data for control and other service innovations. In itself the enabling of individual traceability of cast metal components will both enable life cycle quality control, facilitate circular business models of components, as well as support closing the loops for particularly valuable alloys. Smart metal castings is intended to serve as platform for new innovations, and as inspiration for what can be achieved by smart metals.

Raul Carlsson

Research engineer, Process and Demonstration, Swerea SWECAST

Raul Carlsson is Research engineer at Swerea SWECAST in Jönköping, Sweden. He has over twenty years of experiences from different research roles where he combines digitalization with industry’s sustainability challenges. Raul has an interdisciplinary background with a Master in physics, and a PhD in environmental science.

Sustainable plastics material

The knowledge about how plastic impacts the environment must increase and more measures must be taken to address the problems. The government is now setting up an committee to review the possibility of reducing the negative environmental effects of plastic.

Åsa Stenmarck

Climate and sustainable cities – Waste, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Åsa Stenmarck has worked with waste related issues the last 16 years. She has over the years worked broadly with waste management issues, often on a systems level but with particular focus on circular economy and recycling. She has worked with waste flows from WEEE, food, plastics and textiles. The later years focus has been on circular flows and sustainable consumption.

Circular Manufacturing Systems- an emerging paradigm in the context of circular economy

The circular economy paradigm is considered as one of the feasible approaches to deal with challenges such as pollution, waste generation, resource scarcity and sustaining future businesses. The circular approach entails a system where reuse of resources (e.g. materials, energy) can be perpetuated through ingenious design of socio-technical systems and nifty use of information. If quality of virgin materials is considered as reference for continued use, the quality of materials from secondary sources such as recycling must match this and with no loss of material content in the recycling processes. This is obviously a gigantic technical challenge which, besides clever innovations in recycling or recovery technologies, needs support from the system that exploits the value of these materials converting them into useful products. “Circular manufacturing systems” is one of the emerging approaches where the materials’ value is exploited in the best possible way through systemic thinking of developing value proposition models, products, supply chains and information management to ensure that products can be kept is use cycle as long as feasible from the environmental and economic perspective. In this manufacturing paradigm, the manufacturing system is designed for reusing and remanufacturing and finally material recovery through recycling, however ensuring that the recycling stage can be delayed as long as feasible. This presentation will look at the practical challenges of developing circular manufacturing systems and their implementation in the manufacturing industry.

Amir Rashid

Assistant professor, head of the Manufacturing and Metrology Systems, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Amir Rashid is Associate Professor and head of the Manufacturing and Metrology Systems division at the department of Production Engineering in the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. He has a PhD in Production Engineering and more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing industry. His initial research had a focus on productivity improvements in manufacturing processes and lately shifted more to sustainability in manufacturing systems. His innovative ideas and concepts in the area of closed loop manufacturing were acknowledged at the European level through award of a R&D project named ResCoM. In his leadership, this four-year endeavour, in a consortium of 12 RTD and industrial partners from around Europe, has succeeded in developing tools, methods and a decision support platform for facilitating the manufacturing industry in its transition from linear to circular systems. Amir Rashid is also leading a Circular Economy initiative by KTH (CE@KTH) where four larger schools of Sweden’s largest technical university are collaborating to develop research and education in circular economy. This initiative also aims to provide a vibrant platform to collaborate with Swedish industry, policy makers, research and academic community in the field of circular economy.

Thermal recycling of plastic – disrupting the downcycle

The shortfall of current recycling schemes for plastic wastes asks for a novel approach to disrupt the ongoing downcycling. Understanding the decomposition schemes of different solid materials opens up to consider plastic waste streams as raw material for the production of new plastic materials of highest quality.

Martin Seemann

Department of Space earth and Environment – Associate Professor in energy conversion, Chalmers University of Technology

Martin has been working with solid fuel conversion together with different industrial partners for over a decade, covering both biomass, plastics and different waste streams. Understanding the thermal decomposition of fuels and the governing forces has been a key in his research.

Jamie Butterworth

Partner, Circularity Capital LLP

Jamie Is The Former CEO Of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, A Global Hub For Circular Economy Innovation.
Jamie has developed a deep understanding of how the circular economy drives value, working with a number of the world’s leading brands to support them in successfully deploying circular business models. Jamie has also been instrumental in developing and launching the Circular Economy 100, a platform for multinationals, SMEs, academic institutions and municipalities to capture the commercial opportunities of the circular economy. Jamie has a proven track-record in building and growing European SMEs both in his role at the Foundation and prior to this at B&G, a leading UK SME and manufacturer of instrumentation and navigation systems. Jamie is a business fellow of Oxford University’s Smith School and has contributed to a number of forums on the circular economy including at the World Economic Forum and the European Commission Resource Efficiency Platform.

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.

Eelco Smit

Director Sustainability, Philips

Mr. Smit holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University of Technology.

Reuse of interior building materials in office premises- experiences from ongoing case studies

Before a new tenant moves into an office, it is adapted by the real estate owner to meet the requests and requirements of the new tenant. As a consequence functional furnishings such as inner walls, inner doors, ceilings, etc. become waste to an unnecessarily large extent today instead of being reused. In order to achieve reuse on a large scale, a change of approach and mindset is required by all stakeholders from tenants, real estate owners, architects and contractors, etc. An ongoing research project conducted by IVL analyzes and evaluates the economic, environmental as well as the practical impact of an increased reuse of interior building materials through a number of case studies. The project is financed by Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency and eleven project partners.

Carl Jensen

Senior project manager, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Carl Jensen, MSc in chemical engineering, is senior project manager in the waste group of IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and has worked in the field of waste management for 15 years. One area Carl has worked extensively with is improving today´s waste handling both in terms of increased material recycling but also increased reuse of construction and demolition waste. Before joining IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institutes Carl worked as a development engineer and project manager at Renova, a waste and recycling company in western Sweden.

Preserving material value for a circular economy

While recycling volumes are steadily improving, key materials still lose as much as 85% of their value in one use cycle. The reasons for this value leakage, and what can be done to prevent it, are key to any circular economy agenda. This talk will present the results of a project investigating the options to preserve material value across plastics, steel, aluminium, and other key material flows in Sweden. Jointly, these present an opportunity to lift the conversation about a circular economy from chiefly an environmental agenda, to one grounded in economic and industrial opportunity.

Per Klevnäs

Partner, Material Economics

Per Klevnäs is a Partner at Material Economics. An economist by background, he was a core member of McKinsey’s sustainability practice, and also worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute and the New Climate Economy project.

Chemical regulation for EEE – what are the challenges for producers to comply?

There are many rules that apply to the chemical content of EEE and before producers put a product on the market they need to make sure that the product complies with the EU regulation. This presentation is about regulations like RoHS, Reach and POPs, that a producer need to be aware of and what the biggest challenges are. The Swedish chemical tax on EEE will also be presented.

Magdalena Salomonsson

Compliance Manager, Recipo

Magdalena Salomonsson is compliance manager at Recipo, a producer responsibility organization in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Recipo offers solutions for managing producer responsibility, financial guarantees, collection and recycling as well as consultancy within the area of producer responsibility and chemical regulations. Magdalena is a former technical officer at the Swedish chemicals Agency and has experience of chemical legislation for articles like EEE.

Conditional Design – Design’s power to synthesise

How can design/construction dramatically affect the outcome and create conditions for a positive synthesis?
Conditional design is a concept that involves defining systematically the design elements that are relevant to apply in the design process for both of the above conditions, i.e. both longevity and recyclability. Conditional design intends to enable circularity, having also in mind to maintain or increase the attractiveness of products.

Adrian Zethraeus

Project manager, Re:textile

Adrian Zethraeus is the project manager for Re:textile at Science Park Borås/The Swedish School of Textiles. The project aims to enable circular flows in the textile industry and involves both researchers and industry partners. Adrian holds a degree in Business Management and has long experience from working with sustainable fashion companies as well as entrepreneurship and business innovation.

Environmentally differentiated producer responsibility fees– a way to promote resource-efficient electronics?

Producers of EEE commonly join producer responsibility organisations to fulfill their producer responsibility obligations, and are charged fees depending on the kind of products they put on the market. The fees are commonly not differentiated based on the products’ environmental impact why the producer responsibility obligations do not give incentives to the producers to develop more environmentally sound products. The aim of the presented project is to evaluate the possible impact of implementing environmentally differentiated fees for electronics.

Anna Fråne

Waste engineer and project leader, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Anna Fråne is part of the waste group at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. She works with the entire waste hierarchy, but with a particular focus on recycling. issues, waste statistics and systems analysis. Waste flows of specific interest includes packaging waste, plastic waste, WEEE, and C&D waste. Anna is also member of the SMED (Svenska MiljöEmissionsData) consortium producing the national waste statistics on behalf of the Swedish EPA.

Collection of textiles in multi-family buildings – A pilot project in Gothenburg

In Sweden we find that only 20% of the used textiles are collected for reuse or material recovery.
In order to investigate if a more convenient collectionsystem of used textiles would have a possitive effect a pilot project were conducted in Gothenburg in 2014-2015.
The projectmembers were The City of Gothenburg, Renova, Human Bridges and Posseidon.

David Dalek

Business development Manager, Renova

Focus on new product development in the wastemanagement sector. Working with business case, new product development and project management.

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.

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.