Our speakers 


    Joan Prummel | Rijkswaterstaat

    I initiate pilots with Circular Procurement to reduce the waste of resources. Public procurers have a key role in making arrangements about the use of products (or their components or the materials the products are made of) after usage. In this way we contribute to the acceleration and development of the Circular Economy in The Netherlands. 

    Kaspar Nielsen | Chief Project Manager, Cluster Excellence Denmark

    Kaspar has more than a decade of experience in internationalisation, mostly devoted to clusters. He is the author of “Clusters in the Circular Economy” an have previously been the vice-chair of the Sector Group for Environment at Enterprise Europe Network. Kaspar is an experience speaker with hands-on experience supporting clusters in- and outside Europe.


    Emile Bruls | Rijkswaterstaat

    Emile is working for Rijkswaterstaat in the field of circular economy and waste. In the CPP project he is leading the work package on knowledge sharing. His speciality is circular textiles for which he has done several projects in the Netherlands, amongst others in the procurement of workwear. In the past five years he was involved in European Clothing Action Plan – www.ECAP.eu.com. For ECAP masterclasses on procurement of textiles were done. Besides this he does several projects within the Waste and Circular Economy department of Rijkswaterstaat for with circular music festivals. He has a background in political and communication science.

    Birgitte Krebs Schleemann | City of Aalborg Denmark

    Project manager at Environmental and Energy department in City of Aalborg, Denmark. About 20 years ago she start working within the environmental area, later on it was sustainable development and for the last 4 years she is focusing on circular economy and circular procurement. She was project manager for the first and also award winner circular tender in Denmark, learning environment for the public schools.


    Bolesław Rok | Professor, expert of CSR, business ethics and circular economy

    Professor at the Kozminski University in Warsaw where he coordinates "CSR. Responsible business strategy" postgraduate studies. Expert in the field of CSR, business ethics, circular economy and participant of international projects in those fields. He has been involved in business for almost thirty years as an entrepreneur and consultant. Co-founder of the Responsible Business Forum, the Polish Business Ethics Association EBEN. Member of the UN Global Program Council.


    Agnieszka Sznyk | President of the Board of the Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development

    President of the board of the Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development where she initiated and coordinates, i.a. Polish Circular Hotspot and Circular Week projects. A doctor of agricultural sciences, an expert on sustainable socioeconomic development and circular transformation strategies, with a vast experience in international projects. She also deals with the area of public relations and communication, in which she received the Proton award for the best PR specialist in the NGO sector.


    Emma Börjesson | Environmental department in City of Malmö

    Emma Börjesson is a project manager at Environmental department in City of Malmö. She has spent 10 years working with sustainable development for the public sector, and the last 3 years focusing on circular economy. Besides circular economy Emma is interested in behavioural change and like to set examples, for instance through traveling by train to meetings and on vacations

    Ashleigh McLennan | Sustainable Economy and Procurement Officer at ICLEI

    Ashleigh McLennan is a Sustainable Procurement and Economy Officer at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Ashleigh works across a range of European sustainable procurement and circular economy projects, including co-authoring the European Commission's Public Procurement for a Circular Economy brochure and supporting public procurement practitioners through the  EC's Helpdesk for Green Public Procurement.  She holds a MSc Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg and a MA Geography from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining ICLEI, Ashleigh worked for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, with a particular focus on the circular economy, skills development, and procurement reform.

    Professor Dr h.c.mult. Walter R. Stahel

    Founder-director of the Product-Life Institute devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies. He specializes in the field of  circular industrial economy, performance economy and selling goods and molecules as a service.

    He is a Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey (2005- ); full member of the Club of Rome; member of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform of the European Parliament; member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Institute CRETUS, and Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.

    He received the Doctor honoris causa honour from University of Surrey (2013) and l’Université de Montréal (2016). He was awarded Mitchell Prize in Houston, TX (1982, ‘The Product-Life Factor’)a nd First prize in the German Future's Society’s competition (Berlin 1978, ‘unemployment, occupation and profession’).

    Professor Stahel is the author of ‘Jobs for Tomorrow, the Potential for substituting manpower for energy’, ‘The Performance Economy’ and recently 'The Circular Economy – a user’s guide'.

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    Co-organised by the Rijkswaterstaat from the Netherlands and INNOWO from Poland


    Ministry of Economic Development, Plac trzech Krzyży 3/5, Warsaw, Poland.

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