Programme overview per day

October 2021 and January 2022

Our digital conference platform will turn all live sessions and panel debates into a great interactive experience and offer plenty of opportunities to interact with speakers and participants. Sessions labeled will be live-streamed from the conference venue in Dubai.

Plenary session
High-level plenary opening session: setting the scene
10:30 - 11:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

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Plenary session

High-level plenary opening session: setting the scene

24/10/2021, 10:30 - 11:30 GST (Dubai)

08:30 - 09:30 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

07:30 - 08:30 WAT (Nigeria)

02:30 - 03:30 EDT (New York)

15:30 - 16:30 KST (Seoul)

14:30 - 15:30 CST (Beijing)

12:00 - 13:00 IST (New Delhi)

03:30 - 04:30 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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The COVID-19 pandemic presents both an enormous challenge and tremendous opportunities for realising the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

On one hand, it threatens achievements already made in many areas. Everyone has been affected, but the impact is being disproportionally experienced among the poorest and most vulnerable.

On the other hand, the intersection between health and sustainability challenges might never have been clearer. This is an opportunity to be seized. Far from undermining the case for the SDGs, the root causes of and unequal impacts from COVID-19 precisely demonstrate why the 2030 Agenda is needed, while underscoring the urgency for it to be implemented.

The COVID-19 crisis has affected societies and economies around the globe and will permanently reshape our world as it continues to unfold. While the fallout is both amplifying familiar risks and creating new ones, change at this scale also creates new openings for managing systemic challenges and ways to build back better.

We are being forced to revisit our values and design a new area of development that truly balances economic, social and environmental progress, as envisioned by the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Building the greener and more inclusive future which helps countries reach these is dependent on integrated solutions.

During this opening session, the keynote speakers will provide their perspectives on why deep changes are needed, how they can be enabled and how they can be deployed to work for the benefit of all.

Introductory video: the vision of G-STIC

Introduction

Franscesca  Vanthielen

Franscesca Vanthielen

Moderator

Francesca Vanthielen is a Belgian journalist and news anchor, working for the Business TV channel Kanaal Z. She has master’s degrees in applied economic science and international politics from the Catholic University of Leuven. Francesca is very much involved in the topic of climate change and is one of the founding members of Belgian’s Climate Case, a citizen’s initiative that aims to stimulate policy makers to take climate action through a legal procedure.

Welcome by the co-hosts

Dirk Fransaer

Dirk Fransaer

VITO

Managing Director

Dirk Fransaer is the Managing Director of VITO since 2001. He graduated as a civil engineer at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 1980 and as a biomedical engineer at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1985.

VITO is a not-for-profit research and technology organization in Belgium, focusing on today’s major societal challenges. From climate change and food security to sustainable energy and resource scarcity, VITO’s research agenda focuses on helping governments and companies around the world initiate societal transitions in line with Agenda 2030 and its associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dirk Fransaer has been standing at the forefront of technological innovation for sustainable development for almost two decades. Dirk Fransaer’s vision and leadership has made VITO one of the leading technological research institutions around the world.

Paulo Gadelha

Paulo Gadelha

Fiocruz

Coordinator Fiocruz Strategy for 2030 Agenda

As the coordinator of the Fiocruz Strategy for the 2030 Agenda, Paulo Gadelha is in charge of promoting Fiocruz’s strategic engagement with the Agenda’s aspirational principles and goals. His background in technology includes studies of the application of technology in public health, healthcare models and the history of Science, Technology & Innovation.

Paulo Gadelha was the president of Fiocruz from 2009 to 2016, leading scientific achievements in biomedical sciences, the generation of scientific and technological knowledge and the promotion of health and social development. Previously, he founded and directed the “Casa de Oswaldo Cruz”, a Fiocruz Institute dedicated to the sociology and history of science and health.

Paulo is one of the ten members of the UN Secretary General’s “10-Member Group on Science, Technology & Innovation” and has served as a member of the National Health Council’s Science and Technology Intersectoral Commission. As president of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health, he chaired the 11th World Congress on Public Health. In cooperation with UN/DESA, he headed Fiocruz’s efforts in organising the 1st International Consultation on Science, Technology and Innovation in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its health-related goals in 2017.

Okechukwu Ukwuoma

Okechukwu Ukwuoma

NACETEM

Director-General

Ukwuoma, Festus Prince Okechukwu is a Professor of Project Management and Chemical Engineering and currently the Director-General of the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), a Parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State in Nigeria.

He was a former Head of Department of Project Management Technology and also a former Associate Dean of the School of Management Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.

He is also one of the founding Lecturers of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Enugu University of Science and Technology (ESUT). His research interests are in the areas of Environmental Management, Project Risk and Safety, and Process Design.

Thulani Dlamini

Thulani Dlamini

CSIR

CEO

Thulani Dlamini is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR). He was appointed in this position in February 2017, but he is no stranger to the CSIR having previously served the organisation with distinction for many years.

He joined the CSIR in 2005 as the head of the National Laser Centre. In 2008 he was appointed to the position of Group Executive for Research and Development (R&D), a position he held until 2011 when he left the CSIR to join Sasol. At Sasol he was the Executive Manager: Research and Development and later became Vice-President for Strategic Research and Technology.

Dlamini holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Master’s in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa. He has also completed advanced courses in several aspects of technology management in the chemical industry offered by institutions such as the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Photonics Initiative of South Africa and the development of a national strategy for photonics research, development and innovation (RD&I). He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF). Furthermore, he has served on numerous boards including the Sasol Pension Fund, Automotive Industry Development Centre, Sasol Technology UK and Netherlands.

Welcome remarks

Reem  Ebrahim Al Hashimy

H.E. Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy

United Arab Emirates

Minister of State for International Cooperation, Managing Director of Expo 2020

In February 2016, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy was sworn in as Minister of State for International Cooperation, in the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Additionally, she holds responsibility within the Cabinet for the UAE’s bilateral relations with Sub Saharan African countries.

Since her first ministerial appointment in February 2008, Her Excellency has managed and continues to manage the Vice President’s Office for Political Affairs, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In November 2013, as Managing Director of Dubai’s World Expo 2020 bid, HE Reem oversaw a historic success at the Bureau International des Expositions. Dubai Expo 2020 will be the first held in the MEASA (Middle East, Africa and South Asia region). Her Excellency holds the position of Managing Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee as well as Director-General of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, in preparation for the upcoming national milestone.

Since its launch in 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Her Excellency has served as Chairperson of Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation with the aim of improving access to quality education in developing countries.

Her Excellency was formerly Chairperson of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, which drives the UAE’s global competitiveness across many sectors.

Her Excellency completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University, earning a BA in International Relations and French, followed by an MA from Harvard University. Prior to her current position as Minister of State, Her Excellency served as Commercial Attaché, and subsequently Deputy Chief, of the UAE Embassy to the United States of America, in Washington DC.

Keynote presentation

Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

H.R.H. Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

WAITRO

President

Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is President of the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT).

She is an advocate of science and technology as a catalyst for change in the Arab World, through education, research and innovation, and seeks to promote sustainable development by maximising human potential through education and opportunity.

In June 2017, HRH was named UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace. This unique honour recognises HRH’s efforts to combine science and research with cultural heritage to foster peace, opportunity and prosperity. The Princess is an avid archaeologist and is closely involved with the work of the British Institute in Amman for Archaeological Research and the Council for British Research in the Levant. HRH was appointed by HM Queen Rania as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the first Jordan National Museum, where she is overseeing its development.

Keynote presentation

Peter Thomson

H.E. Peter Thomson

United Nations

Special Envoy for the Ocean

In 2017, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres appointed Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, with the aim of galvanising concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the 2017 United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference. This includes maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Thomson leads the UN’s advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the UN system, ensuring that the many positive outcomes of the 2017 Ocean Conference, including the over 1,500 voluntary commitments, are analysed and implemented. He also works with civil society, the scientific community, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders, to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of SDG 14.

Thomson has distinguished experience in diplomatic services and is familiar with the work of the United Nations, including from his role as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, during which time he provided visionary leadership in guiding the preparation of The 2017 Ocean Conference.

Elected President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority’s 2011-2012 session and President of the Council of the Authority’s 2015-2016 session, Thomson chaired the Group of 77 and China (2013) and served as President of the Executive Board of UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support (UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS) from 2014 to 2015. As a civil servant in the Government of Fiji, he has devoted many years of his life to working in the fields of rural development and foreign affairs.

Statements from strategic partners in the United Arab Emirates

Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi

Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi

Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park

CEO

Hussain serves a dual role as the CEO of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE) and as the CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP). Both these entities were established through royal decree by the Ruler of Sharjah, who also directly appointed Hussain to these responsibilities in order to create collaborative long-term relationships between industry, academia and the public sector, fostering an ecosystem of enterprise and innovation.

Previously, Hussain served as the Director General of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Member of the UAE Chamber Federation, and GCC Chambers for 8 years. He was responsible for the overall management and operations of the Chamber including the provision of services to its members. In this role, he launched several strategic economic initiatives for Sharjah such as the SME Act, Sharjah Export Centre, Sharjah Commercial Arbitration Centre, and the Sharjah Business Forum.

Hussain has held leadership roles at leading regional and international companies such as the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), and several Dubai Holding entities. He currently serves as honorary board member of both, the Tatweer Forum and of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and as chairman of the Emirates Business Council for Sustainable Development.

He also serves as a board member of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa). Hussain possesses an MBA from the American University of Sharjah and a BA in Economics and Communications from Seattle Pacific University in the US.

Khaled  Huraimel

Khaled Huraimel

Bee’ah

Group CEO

Khaled Al Huraimel is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Bee’ah and has served in this capacity since August 2009. Under his leadership, Bee’ah has transformed from a waste management company to a sustainability pioneer that is setting new benchmarks for quality of life across the MENA region.

Khaled has been the driving force behind Bee’ah’s vision for the future, facilitating the achievement of several remarkable milestones, such as the company’s expansion into Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as building the first waste-to-energy plant in the UAE through the Emirates Waste to Energy Company, a joint venture with Masdar. He has founded new ventures ION, the first sustainable transport company in the UAE, and EVOTEQ, to lead digital transformation through the creation of disruptive, technological platforms.

Taking the helm when Bee’ah was in the preliminary stages of pursuing a zero-waste ambition, Khaled enforced this ambition and took it even further. He implemented state-of-the-art solutions and a unique approach to a circular economy, supporting Bee’ah to establish the UAE’s first fully integrated waste management complex and achieve the highest waste diversion rates in the Middle East. From improving the quality of natural resources like air and water, to executing awareness initiatives for communities, Bee’ah took a holistic approach to environmental management under Khaled’s stewardship.

Khaled has led the diversification of Bee’ah’s portfolio, investing in ventures ranging from renewable energy to healthcare, mobility and technology, to execute an all-encompassing master plan to raise living standards across the region. Championing the Middle East’s move towards green architectural solutions, Khaled is also overseeing the establishment of Bee’ah’s new headquarters. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the sustainable, net-zero energy building is slated be the smartest office in the region.

Prior to joining Bee’ah, Khaled held leadership roles at ENOC, Nakheel and Arabian Global Investments, using innovative insights to achieve remarkable results. He has also founded several successful start-ups.

Khaled is a regular contributor to leading media publications in the UAE and is often quoted in the press for comments on sustainability, digitalisation, alternative energy and the environment. He has also spoken at various international events and conferences.

Khaled has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from King Fahd University and an MBA from the University of Bradford. He also graduated from the Harvard Business School’s prestigious Senior Executive Leadership Program and the Dubai Leaders Programme at the Wharton Business School.

Plenary session
High-level governmental session: shaping a post-pandemic world
11:30 - 12:45
Dubai Exhibition Centre

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Plenary session

High-level governmental session: shaping a post-pandemic world

24/10/2021, 11:30 - 12:45 GST (Dubai)

09:30 - 10:45 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

08:30 - 09:45 WAT (Nigeria)

03:30 - 04:45 EDT (New York)

16:30 - 17:45 KST (Seoul)

15:30 - 16:45 CST (Beijing)

13:00 - 14:15 IST (New Delhi)

04:30 - 05:45 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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Five years ago, world leaders adopted the 17 SDGs at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, triggering an ambitious global action programme for moving the world onto a more economically sustainable, socially equitable and environmentally sound development path.

With less than ten years to go till these goals’ deadlines, it is becoming increasingly clear that they will be impossible to achieve via “business-as-usual”. Nearly 700 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water, while essential health services are out of reach to at least 50% of the world’s population. Just two examples of how far away we are. Breakthrough technological transformations are urgently needed.

In this plenary session, high-level representatives from countries championing technological transformation and innovation for achieving the SDGs will provide their perspectives on why deep changes are needed, how they can be enabled and how they can be deployed to work for the benefit of all.

They will outline their strategies for shaping a post-pandemic world and illustrate how their respective countries are responding to the pandemic by harnessing technological innovation. Technological changes represent just one critical dimension. Changes in social, financial, regulatory and institutional systems are urgently needed too, and financial inclusion is of vital importance.

Facilitated by

Franscesca  Vanthielen

Franscesca Vanthielen

Moderator

Francesca Vanthielen is a Belgian journalist and news anchor, working for the Business TV channel Kanaal Z. She has master’s degrees in applied economic science and international politics from the Catholic University of Leuven. Francesca is very much involved in the topic of climate change and is one of the founding members of Belgian’s Climate Case, a citizen’s initiative that aims to stimulate policy makers to take climate action through a legal procedure.

Keynote speech

Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri

H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri

United Arab Emirates

Minister of Economy

Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri was appointed Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under the new government structure approved in July 2020.

Prior to his appointment, Al Marri held important positions in the government as a senior, top-ranking official. He was the Secretary General of the UAE Cabinet since 2017, during which he was instrumental in strengthening the interdependence between the federal and local governments. In this role, he also spearheaded many initiatives to get the pulse of the people and know their sentiments, as well as build the UAE’s long-lasting relations with international organizations such as the World Economic Forum.

He is also the former Director General of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He was part of the high-profile team that was behind the launch of ‘Area 2071’, the nucleus of the future envisioned in the UAE Centennial Plan 2071. Furthermore, the UAE Minister of Economy, in his previous post, took part in the unveiling of the Hatta Economic Zone development project and the relaunching of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development.

In addition, he was the CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, enabling him to play a vital role in the successful launch of Dubai 10X and other initiatives of national importance. The Dubai 10X initiative, in particular, aims to strengthen the emirate’s bid to become the city of the future.

Al Marri is a member of the Boards of Directors of different federal entities. His memberships allow him to actively support the development of priority sectors in the country such as the Golden Visa initiative, which seeks to attract talented individuals from across the world.

The UAE Minister of Economy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sheffield in the UK. Also, he is a graduate of the UAE Government Leaders Program and Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development.

Keynote speech

Jan Jambon

H.E. Jan Jambon

Government of Flanders

Minister-President

Since September 2018, Jan Jambon has been the Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy, Culture, IT and Facilities. Before that, he was a Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and the Interior of Belgium.

Jan Jambon began his professional career as a Systems Engineer and Account Manager at IBM, where he worked from 1984 to 1992. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of Antwerp.

Keynote speech

Mohammed  Hassain Abdullahi

H.E. Mohammed Hassain Abdullahi

Ministry of Science and Technology (Nigeria)

Minister of State

Mohammed Hassain Abdullahi is a Federal Minister of State for the Ministry of Science &Technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria. He trained as a lawyer at Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991 after completing his studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He is a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, as well as a Founding Partner of Messrs Hammart & Co, Solicitors & Advocates, Abuja.

Until his appointment in 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve in a Ministerial capacity and Cabinet-Member, Mohammed Hassain Abdullahi was the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Nasarawa State (2017-2019).

Keynote speech

Camilo  Sobreira de Santana

H.E. Camilo Sobreira de Santana

Ceará (Brazil)

Governor

Keynote speech

Buti Kgwaridi Manamela

H.E. Buti Kgwaridi Manamela

South Africa

Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology

Buti Kgwaridi Manamela is the Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology in the Republic of South Africa. Previous to this, he was Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training and, earlier, served as Deputy Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth Development and Administration.

Deputy Minister Manamela has been a Member of Parliament since 2009, serving as Whip of the Labour Portfolio Committee and as Chief Volunteer for Parliament’s Nelson Mandela Day activities.

He is a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP), having served as the National Secretary of the Young Communist League of South Africa from 2003 till 2014. Deputy Minister Manamela has also served in various roles in the ANC Youth League, South African Students Congress and other student organisations, as well as working as organiser for trade union SACCAWU in 2001.

Deputy Minister Manamela completed his Matric in Phagameng High School and went on to study for his N-Certificate in electronics at Mamelodi College. He completed his Post-Graduate Diploma in 2014 and became a Master of Management in Public Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017.

Break & networking
12:45 - 13:00
Plenary session
SDGs-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems contributing to the mission economy
13:00 - 13:45
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Youth

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Youth

Plenary session

SDGs-driven entrepreneurship ecosystems contributing to the mission economy

24/10/2021, 13:00 - 13:45 GST (Dubai)

11:00 - 11:45 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

10:00 - 10:45 WAT (Nigeria)

05:00 - 05:45 EDT (New York)

18:00 - 18:45 KST (Seoul)

17:00 - 17:45 CST (Beijing)

14:30 - 15:15 IST (New Delhi)

06:00 - 06:45 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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Solving the wide array of global, regional and local challenges we face calls for integrated technological and policy solutions. This includes innovative approaches to business models, social inclusion, financing, and more. Entrepreneurship serves as an important engine for turning ideas into impact. To best address the pressing challenges of our time, entrepreneurial activities can be oriented in ways that accelerate progress towards the SDGs, thus contributing to a mission economy for the benefit of people and the planet.

Transforming today’s economy into a mission economy requires a broad range of actors from different sectors to work together, taking on different roles in the process (such as research, innovation, regulation, market access, skill development). However, interactions between these actors within the entrepreneurial ecosystem are often not well understood, especially in the context of the SDGs.

This session will explore the role a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem can play in transitioning to the mission economy. It will also look at how mapping the ecosystem can lead to policy innovations which help accelerate the design and deployment of integrated solutions.

Break & Networking
13:45 - 14:00
Thematic plenary session
Integrating local approaches for global sustainable development
14:00 - 15:30
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Circular Economy, ICT

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Circular Economy ICT

Thematic plenary session

Integrating local approaches for global sustainable development

24/10/2021, 14:00 - 15:30 GST (Dubai)

12:00 - 13:30 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

11:00 - 12:30 WAT (Nigeria)

06:00 - 07:30 EDT (New York)

19:00 - 20:30 KST (Seoul)

18:00 - 19:30 CST (Beijing)

15:30 - 17:00 IST (New Delhi)

07:00 - 08:30 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

Dubai Exhibition Centre & online

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The principle of circular economy is being adopted in policy strategies around the world, based on a common understanding. However, the starting points for transitioning to circularity are not consistent, because existing local habits, consumption and production systems vary widely from place to place. The approach and tools developed for facilitating circular business will need to be adapted to local circumstances.

Circular economy naturally focuses on local product value chains. Aspects within various circular economies will therefore differ between regions. But this is no reason not to collaborate. We can learn a lot from each other and develop an overall circular economy together. Collaboration and solidarity are critical to meeting the world’s SDGs. And this will not be possible if markets remain guarded by closed-shop practices.

Digital technologies, however, are not bound by borders. They can connect every corner of the globe, making distance irrelevant. This is why digitalisation is a vital enabler for developing a common route towards sustainable development and sustainable management of materials.

The plenary session brings together international initiatives and programmes that aim to build circular economy expertise.

Chaired by

Karl Vrancken

Karl Vrancken

VITO

Research Manager Sustainable Materials

Karl Vrancken is Research Manager Sustainable Materials Management at VITO. He is responsible for the strategic management of VITO’s Materials programme. He also has a part-time position as professor at the University of Antwerp (Department of Bio-engineering), where he teaches sustainable resources management.

Karl has broad experience as a researcher and project manager in projects on sustainability assessment and transition, waste management and treatment, secondary raw materials, best available techniques (BAT) and integrated pollution prevention and control. He has also worked as a Detached National Expert with the European IPPC Bureau in Seville (Spain), where he was the author of the BAT Reference Document for the Foundries sector.

Karl is the initiator and chairman of the European Circular Economy Research Alliance (ECERA) and strategic advisor to the European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials for a Green Economy, a consortium of European organisations working in partnership with the European Environment Agency (EEA). During its start-up phase, he was interim Chief Operations Officer to the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) EIT RawMaterials that was founded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

He is an expert speaker on circular economy in the media and at various national and international conferences.

Keynote speech

Opening speech: introducing the GACERE initiative

Inger  Andersen

Inger Andersen

UNEP

Executive Director

Inger Andersen is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2015 and 2019, Andersen was the Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Andersen has more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability, strategy and operations. She has led work on a range of issues including agriculture, environmental management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, infrastructure, energy, transport, water resources management and hydro-diplomacy.

Between 1999 and 2014, Andersen held several leadership positions at the World Bank including vice president of the Middle East and North Africa, vice president of Sustainable Development and head of the CGIAR Fund Council.

Prior to her 15 years at the World Bank, Andersen worked 12 years at the United Nations, first on drought and desertification, beginning with the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office. In 1992, she was appointed UNDP’s Water and Environment Coordinator for the Arab Region.

Andersen holds a bachelor’s degree from the London Metropolitan University North and a Masters in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Presentation

Kirsten  Dunlop

Kirsten Dunlop

EIT Climate-KIC

Chief Executive Officer

Kirsten Dunlop joined EIT Climate-KIC in January 2017 from Suncorp, Australia, where she was Executive General Manager of Strategic Innovation.

At Suncorp, Kirsten founded and led a bespoke division focused on managing and responding to strategic risk through innovation, transforming core business and industry models from within.

Previous to this, Kirsten held roles at Second Road and KPMG. She also worked in the UK and Italy for 15 years.

Presentation

Ke Wang

Ke Wang

PACE

Knowledge Lead

PACE is a global community of leaders working together to accelerate transition to a circular economy. As Knowledge Lead, Ke oversees PACE’s content development and knowledge management. She led development of the PACE Circular Economy Action Agenda, which integrates insights from over 100 organisations and is designed to be a rallying call for business, government, and civil society. Ke has also been a driving force behind mobilising the PACE community to turn calls-to-action into actual, impactful action.

Prior to joining PACE, Ke accumulated over 10 years’ experience leading interdisciplinary research and innovation teams in both public and private sectors. Her work with these included setting up large European projects such as Horizon2020 CIRCUSOL. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.

Presentation

Lieze Cloots

Lieze Cloots

OVAM / European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP)

Head international policy team

Lieze Cloots is Head of International Policy at OVAM, the Flanders region’s Public Waste Agency, for whom she has organised events such as the WRF’19 on Resources and Circular Economy held in Antwerp. Since 2017 she has been a member of the coordination group for the EU CE Stakeholder platform (ECESP), the European stakeholder network for circular economy that shares good practices, disseminates knowledge and stimulates dialogue and cooperation.

Lieze is the lead expert for Belgium on the European Circular Economy Action Plan. She has over 20 years’ experience in environment and sustainability policymaking and civil society action, at both national and international level. She has represented Belgium in UN negotiations on sustainable development, chemicals, GMOs, the Aarhus Convention and EU waste legislation.

Cloots has been legal advisor to the Belgian Federal Minister of Environment and was policy director for Bond Beter Leefmilieu, the federation of environment NGOs in Flanders. Lieze has also held board member roles for several Belgian and European organisations associated with sustainable development and is a full member of the Club of Rome EU Chapter. She holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven and a master’s in EU law from the Université de Liege.

Presentation

Suzanne  Karcher

Suzanne Karcher

WRF

Co-Founder and Executive; National Project Coordinator, ACEN

After completing her studies in Chemical Engineering in Germany, Susanne Karcher founded EnviroSense CC (an Environmental Consultancy) in Cape Town in 1999. Her company specialises in planning, development and facilitation of tailor-made governmental, industrial/commercial and residential “Integrated Resource and Waste Management” programmes ultimately geared towards pollution prevention.

Susanne is a qualified RECP (Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production) end-use level trainer with the NCPC and a founding member of the African Circular Economy Network. She also provides voluntary mentoring services as a member of the globally operating Circular Economy Club.

As a one-woman consultancy, and in her former role as the Chair of the Southern African e-Waste Alliance, Susanne specialised in furthering collaborative, safe and inclusive WEEE management at an early point in her career. In 2014 she was appointed as part of a national task team that developed a WEEE Industrial Waste Plan, which was only this year replaced by the formulation and introduction of WEEE EPR-based regulation for South Africa.

Since her first encounter with Empa visiting South Africa (back in 2003), Susanne systematically built and cultivated strong relationships with both Empa and the World Resources Forum in the years that followed. As part of an international round table led by the WRF, she contributed to the development of various signature research publications and projects including the ISO IWA Guidance Principles, the related “Worst to Good Practices” fact sheets and the UNEP “Eco-e Manual: Electronics Supplement”. Susanne also assisted the GIZ with SRI-led training initiatives in Ghana and South Africa.

At the end of 2020, Susanne was appointed by WRF and Empa as the National Coordinator for Phase 2 of the SRI South Africa project (2020-2023).

Panel discussion

Panel discussion

Inger  Andersen

Inger Andersen

UNEP

Executive Director

Inger Andersen is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2015 and 2019, Andersen was the Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Andersen has more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability, strategy and operations. She has led work on a range of issues including agriculture, environmental management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, infrastructure, energy, transport, water resources management and hydro-diplomacy.

Between 1999 and 2014, Andersen held several leadership positions at the World Bank including vice president of the Middle East and North Africa, vice president of Sustainable Development and head of the CGIAR Fund Council.

Prior to her 15 years at the World Bank, Andersen worked 12 years at the United Nations, first on drought and desertification, beginning with the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office. In 1992, she was appointed UNDP’s Water and Environment Coordinator for the Arab Region.

Andersen holds a bachelor’s degree from the London Metropolitan University North and a Masters in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Kirsten  Dunlop

Kirsten Dunlop

EIT Climate-KIC

Chief Executive Officer

Kirsten Dunlop joined EIT Climate-KIC in January 2017 from Suncorp, Australia, where she was Executive General Manager of Strategic Innovation.

At Suncorp, Kirsten founded and led a bespoke division focused on managing and responding to strategic risk through innovation, transforming core business and industry models from within.

Previous to this, Kirsten held roles at Second Road and KPMG. She also worked in the UK and Italy for 15 years.

Ke Wang

Ke Wang

PACE

Knowledge Lead

PACE is a global community of leaders working together to accelerate transition to a circular economy. As Knowledge Lead, Ke oversees PACE’s content development and knowledge management. She led development of the PACE Circular Economy Action Agenda, which integrates insights from over 100 organisations and is designed to be a rallying call for business, government, and civil society. Ke has also been a driving force behind mobilising the PACE community to turn calls-to-action into actual, impactful action.

Prior to joining PACE, Ke accumulated over 10 years’ experience leading interdisciplinary research and innovation teams in both public and private sectors. Her work with these included setting up large European projects such as Horizon2020 CIRCUSOL. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.

Lieze Cloots

Lieze Cloots

OVAM / European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP)

Head international policy team

Lieze Cloots is Head of International Policy at OVAM, the Flanders region’s Public Waste Agency, for whom she has organised events such as the WRF’19 on Resources and Circular Economy held in Antwerp. Since 2017 she has been a member of the coordination group for the EU CE Stakeholder platform (ECESP), the European stakeholder network for circular economy that shares good practices, disseminates knowledge and stimulates dialogue and cooperation.

Lieze is the lead expert for Belgium on the European Circular Economy Action Plan. She has over 20 years’ experience in environment and sustainability policymaking and civil society action, at both national and international level. She has represented Belgium in UN negotiations on sustainable development, chemicals, GMOs, the Aarhus Convention and EU waste legislation.

Cloots has been legal advisor to the Belgian Federal Minister of Environment and was policy director for Bond Beter Leefmilieu, the federation of environment NGOs in Flanders. Lieze has also held board member roles for several Belgian and European organisations associated with sustainable development and is a full member of the Club of Rome EU Chapter. She holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven and a master’s in EU law from the Université de Liege.

Suzanne  Karcher

Suzanne Karcher

WRF

Co-Founder and Executive; National Project Coordinator, ACEN

After completing her studies in Chemical Engineering in Germany, Susanne Karcher founded EnviroSense CC (an Environmental Consultancy) in Cape Town in 1999. Her company specialises in planning, development and facilitation of tailor-made governmental, industrial/commercial and residential “Integrated Resource and Waste Management” programmes ultimately geared towards pollution prevention.

Susanne is a qualified RECP (Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production) end-use level trainer with the NCPC and a founding member of the African Circular Economy Network. She also provides voluntary mentoring services as a member of the globally operating Circular Economy Club.

As a one-woman consultancy, and in her former role as the Chair of the Southern African e-Waste Alliance, Susanne specialised in furthering collaborative, safe and inclusive WEEE management at an early point in her career. In 2014 she was appointed as part of a national task team that developed a WEEE Industrial Waste Plan, which was only this year replaced by the formulation and introduction of WEEE EPR-based regulation for South Africa.

Since her first encounter with Empa visiting South Africa (back in 2003), Susanne systematically built and cultivated strong relationships with both Empa and the World Resources Forum in the years that followed. As part of an international round table led by the WRF, she contributed to the development of various signature research publications and projects including the ISO IWA Guidance Principles, the related “Worst to Good Practices” fact sheets and the UNEP “Eco-e Manual: Electronics Supplement”. Susanne also assisted the GIZ with SRI-led training initiatives in Ghana and South Africa.

At the end of 2020, Susanne was appointed by WRF and Empa as the National Coordinator for Phase 2 of the SRI South Africa project (2020-2023).

Karl Vrancken

Karl Vrancken

VITO

Research Manager Sustainable Materials

Karl Vrancken is Research Manager Sustainable Materials Management at VITO. He is responsible for the strategic management of VITO’s Materials programme. He also has a part-time position as professor at the University of Antwerp (Department of Bio-engineering), where he teaches sustainable resources management.

Karl has broad experience as a researcher and project manager in projects on sustainability assessment and transition, waste management and treatment, secondary raw materials, best available techniques (BAT) and integrated pollution prevention and control. He has also worked as a Detached National Expert with the European IPPC Bureau in Seville (Spain), where he was the author of the BAT Reference Document for the Foundries sector.

Karl is the initiator and chairman of the European Circular Economy Research Alliance (ECERA) and strategic advisor to the European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials for a Green Economy, a consortium of European organisations working in partnership with the European Environment Agency (EEA). During its start-up phase, he was interim Chief Operations Officer to the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) EIT RawMaterials that was founded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

He is an expert speaker on circular economy in the media and at various national and international conferences.

Deep dive session
Artificial islands and sustainable blue growth
14:30 - 16:00
Belgian Pavilion

Oceans

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Oceans

Deep dive session

Artificial islands and sustainable blue growth

24/10/2021, 14:30 - 16:00 GST (Dubai)

12:30 - 14:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

11:30 - 13:00 WAT (Nigeria)

06:30 - 08:00 EDT (New York)

19:30 - 21:00 KST (Seoul)

18:30 - 20:00 CST (Beijing)

16:00 - 17:30 IST (New Delhi)

07:30 - 09:00 BRT (Rio de Janeiro)

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What potential do artificial islands offer in terms of being platforms for sustainable growth and contributing to delivery of SDGs? We zoom in on several ocean developments and raise probing questions about the extent to which activities benefit from being carried out on artificial islands. The aim is to derive better insights into the added value from artificial island developments and help us create synergies between different activities conducted on shared islands.

Opening

Jan Jambon

H.E. Jan Jambon

Government of Flanders

Minister-President

Since September 2018, Jan Jambon has been the Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy, Culture, IT and Facilities. Before that, he was a Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and the Interior of Belgium.

Jan Jambon began his professional career as a Systems Engineer and Account Manager at IBM, where he worked from 1984 to 1992. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of Antwerp.

Presentation

Alexander D’Hooghe

Alexander D’Hooghe

ORG Permanent Modernity

Director

Alexander D’Hooghe is an associate professor at MIT and senior founding partner of ORG Permanent Modernity, an internationally active design agency and think tank for urbanism and architecture, based in Brussels and New York. He has been published internationally, notably by The Liberal Monument (Princeton, Fall 2010) and in other relevant journals in Germany, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, the USA and elsewhere. His urban designs and analyses have included sites in New York City, Shenzhen, Belgium, The Netherlands, Iceland, South-Korea, Malawi, Ghana and Russia.

D’Hooghe was formerly the director of the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU), which focuses on the complex, large-scale urban issues of our time. He has a PhD from the Berlage Institute of T.U. Delft (2007), having previously obtained master’s degrees in urban design from Harvard in 2001 and in architectural engineering from the University of Leuven in 1996. D’Hooghe has worked with renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Marcel Smets.

One of Alexander’s recent achievements is the successful ‘Over de Ring’ process, which joins thousands of citizens and experts together to co-create the future mobility of the City of Antwerp.

Presentation

Marcus Haward

Marcus Haward

University of Tasmania

Professor of Oceanics & Cryosphere

Marcus Haward is a political scientist specialising in oceans, Antarctic governance and marine resources management at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania. He is the author of over 140 research publications and several books, including Oceans Governance in the Twenty-first Century: Managing the Blue Planet (with Joanna Vince), Global Commodity Governance: State Responses to Sustainable Forest and Fisheries Certification (with Fred Gale), and Australia and the Antarctic Treaty System, (co-editor with Tom Griffiths).

He is currently working on oceans and Antarctic governance, knowledge systems in coastal management, marine biodiversity conservation in a changing climate and Australia’s regional fisheries interests.

Haward is currently editor of the Australian Journal of Maritime and Oceans Affairs published by Taylor & Francis.

Presentation

“Blue-Green” Artificial islands – power hubs of clean energy transitions

The ocean space could bring new opportunities for harvesting renewable energy and growing food. Artificial “blue-green” energy islands could act as power hubs to serve various communities and countries, contributing to SDG7 (by providing access to affordable, reliable and sustainable modern energy for all), SDG17 (by facilitating partnerships across diverse sectors) and SDG13 (by providing mechanisms for effective climate change-related planning and management).

Their creation calls for smart designs and careful planning to ensure preservation of marine habitats. It also requires governance via international common laws, engagement from stakeholders and financial cooperation.

This presentation will provide insights into the design of a toolbox for achieving the above, while enhancing symbiosis with other marine sectors.

Catalina Spataru

Catalina Spataru

University College London

Professor of Global Energy and Resources

Catalina Spataru is a professor of Global Energy and Resources at UCL, the founder and Head of UCL Islands Laboratory, and Deputy Director of the UCL Energy Institute. Her expertise is in the field of global energy and resources, from theoretical investigations to implementation of research and practice to support policy makers and sustainability agendas.

The Islands Laboratory at UCL is a unique initiative that aims to support island nations, helping planners and businesses develop sustainable solutions in a climate change context. It takes a nexus-informed mixed methodological approach to energy and resource use scenarios analysis.

Spataru established the “Blue-Green” artificial islands, which involved exploring future scenarios for modular floating structures/systems and symbiosis with other sectors at sea.

She currently directs the work of the Re-Energize Governance of Disasters for Sustainable Development consortium, which is the funded part of the Collaborative Research Action on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience through the Belmont Forum. In this, her work takes a nexus-informed approach to actionable insights for climate change disasters risk reduction and resilience governance, in collaboration with partners from Qatar, Japan, USA, Mauritius, Ghana and Italy.

Catalina Spataru also directed the work on the energy markets and regulations part of the Open Piazza consortium led by Unit9. This involved several businesses from the UK and Canada coming together to develop a digital platform for helping the built environment attain sustainable energy, by assessing the benefits introduced by energy storage and generation, and the business cases needed to justify the required investments.

She has delivered several talks at events such as the Cheltenham Science Festival, the European Business Summit in Brussels, the UN Environmental Management Group Nexus Dialogues series, Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development and other international conferences.

 

Presentation

Zinzi Reimert

Zinzi Reimert

North Sea Farmers

Manager Offshore Test Site

Closing

Peter Thomson

H.E. Peter Thomson

United Nations

Special Envoy for the Ocean

In 2017, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres appointed Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, with the aim of galvanising concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the 2017 United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference. This includes maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Thomson leads the UN’s advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the UN system, ensuring that the many positive outcomes of the 2017 Ocean Conference, including the over 1,500 voluntary commitments, are analysed and implemented. He also works with civil society, the scientific community, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders, to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of SDG 14.

Thomson has distinguished experience in diplomatic services and is familiar with the work of the United Nations, including from his role as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, during which time he provided visionary leadership in guiding the preparation of The 2017 Ocean Conference.

Elected President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority’s 2011-2012 session and President of the Council of the Authority’s 2015-2016 session, Thomson chaired the Group of 77 and China (2013) and served as President of the Executive Board of UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support (UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS) from 2014 to 2015. As a civil servant in the Government of Fiji, he has devoted many years of his life to working in the fields of rural development and foreign affairs.

Break & Networking
15:30 - 16:30
Plenary session
The democratisation of technology: indigenous values and the future of digitalisation
16:00 - 17:20
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Circular Economy, Climate, ICT, Youth

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Circular Economy Climate ICT Youth

Plenary session

The democratisation of technology: indigenous values and the future of digitalisation

24/10/2021, 16:00 - 17:20 GST (Dubai)

14:00 - 15:20 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

13:00 - 14:20 WAT (Nigeria)

08:00 - 09:20 EDT (New York)

21:00 - 22:20 KST (Seoul)

20:00 - 21:20 CST (Beijing)

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Technology is not a new concept limited to advanced societies. In one form or another, it has been around for a very long time, with indigenous peoples sharing technological knowledge within their communities and among their tribal networks.

The digitalisation and social media we are familiar with today bears a notable resemblance to how knowledge was distributed among ancient communities. But as our current technological revolution in its virtual space advances at breakneck speed, the task of maintaining a link with what’s happening “in the real world” becomes even more important. Especially if we are to meet the universal values in the Agenda 2030 transformative promise of “Leaving no one behind”.

This session will set the scene for further discussion around democratisation of technology, by evaluating frontier technologies in the context of how these can benefit from adopting indigenous values. It will also explore the evolution of the digital networks and platforms shaping our social and economic models, with a focus on their impact on our current daily lives and possible implications for the future.

Context will also be provided via a video titled “The ingenious values for the future”, created by students from Zayed University of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), under the leadership of Associate Professors Marco Sosa and Lina Ahmad.

Chaired by

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection.

In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters.

Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Welcome

Dietrich  Van der Weken

Dietrich Van der Weken

VITO

General Manager G-STIC

Since January 2017, Dietrich Van der Weken has been the General Manager of initiated by VITO, the prime research and technology organisation in Belgium.
Dietrich joined VITO in July 2009, tasked with focussing on cleantech innovation. He was the Programme Manager of MIP, the Environmental and Energy Technology Innovation Platform, a subsidy programme focussed on accelerating the transition to sustainable management of energy, materials and water. Dietrich holds a PhD in mathematics, obtained at Ghent University, Belgium.

Video: The ingenious values for the future

Keynote speech

Achieving intergenerational equity and the future role of frontier technologies

Youssef  Nassef

Youssef Nassef

UNFCCC

Director Adaptation

Youssef Nassef leads the work on adaptation to climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service.

While assuming progressively higher levels of leadership at the UNFCCC, he led UNFCCC support for a number of on-going initiatives on adaptation. These include the inception of National Adaptation Programme of Action, National Adaptation Plans, the Nairobi Work Programme (an international knowledge hub for impacts, vulnerability and adaptation) and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.

Youssef holds a doctorate in international technology policy and management and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a master’s degree in Middle East studies and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and physics from the American University in Cairo.

Keynote speech

Inclusivity and digital technologies in support of the coexistence of humanity with nature

Hindou  Oumarou Ibrahim

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

United Nations

SDG Advocate

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an environmental activist and member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo community, a UN Sustainable Development Goal Advocate and Conservation International Senior Fellow.

Hindou began advocating for Indigenous rights and environmental protection at age 16, founding the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) to introduce new income revenue activities for women and collaborative tools such as 3D participatory mapping to build sustainable ecosystems management and reduction of nature-based resource conflicts. Her vision is to grow support for both traditional knowledge and science to improve resilience to climate change especially for rural communities.

Presentation

Technological hyper-connectivity and the indigenous values of nature

Sandra Piesik

Sandra Piesik

3 Ideas B.V.

Director

Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a senior consultant to UN-HABITAT on Urban and Rural Linkages at the Urban Practices Branch, and a former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

She is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).

Presentation

Cultural values and shared assets. Contextual technological intelligence for the future

Davar  Ardalan

Davar Ardalan

IVOW AI, Inc.

Founder

Davar Ardalan is the founder and chief storytelling officer at IVOW – intelligent voices of wisdom. Realizing that there is a gaping hole in AI algorithms that will define our future stories, Davar created IVOW, to champion culturally conscious data strategies across multiple industries from academia to development and enterprise.

Ardalan, who is also an Executive Producer at National Geographic, served as co-chair of the Cultural Heritage and AI track at ITU’s AI For Good in 2020. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program in Washington D.C. and before that a long-time journalist at NPR News, where she was Senior Producer of the Identity and Culture Unit.

Ardalan, who has also served as Managing Editor at Hanson Robotics, has been recognized with a NASA Team Leadership award for Space Apps, a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television and a shout-out in the comic strip Zippy. In May 2014, she was the recipient of a United States Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

Presentation

Integrity of platform based social and economic models

Stan  Chen

Stan Chen

RecycleGO

CEO & Co-Founder

An eco-entrepreneur, Stan’s passion for sustainability along with 20+ years of experience in the recycling industry has provided the knowledge needed to design and develop ever-innovative solutions for the recycling industry, the economy, and the environment.

Q&A and discussion

Closing

Musonda  Mumba

Musonda Mumba

UNDP, Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Director

Musonda Mumba, a Zambian National, is the Director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close collaboration with Italian Government (Ministry of Environment and Ecological Transition). The Centre focuses on three priority areas notably: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection.

In her role, she provides strategic leadership on these matters through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-creation as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. Her ambition is that this work is done with a Systems Thinking lens and also Systems Leadership.

She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally. She is also the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). She is also the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

She has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles and contributed to book chapters.

Before joining UNDP, Musonda was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. Before working for UNEP, Musonda worked for the Zambian Government, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (in Switzerland), WWF (at International, UK and East Africa Regional Offices) and as such working with governments on Africa, Asia and Latin America.

She received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and has a PhD from University College London (UCL) in Wetland Conservation and Hydrology.

Deep dive session
CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) in the Middle-East
16:00 - 17:20
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Climate

Special session
Valuing water: Flanders’ approach to prioritising water
16:30 - 18:00
Belgian Pavilion

Water

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Water

Special session

Valuing water: Flanders’ approach to prioritising water

24/10/2021, 16:30 - 18:00 GST (Dubai)

14:30 - 16:00 CEST/SAST (Brussels, Cape Town)

13:30 - 15:00 WAT (Nigeria)

08:30 - 10:00 EDT (New York)

21:30 - 23:00 KST (Seoul)

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Society is now generally aware that acute water issues, such as shortages, pollution and other impacts from floods and droughts, will reoccur and worsen. Our citizens are heavily dependent on reliable supply of water, both for many jobs – water plays an essential role in agriculture, energy and industry – and for its impact on availability of locally produced food and non-food products.

Flooding in the Flanders area, which is a consequence of both climate change and poor spatial planning policy, puts both lives and livelihoods at extreme risk. At the other end of the scale, fresh water shortages caused by droughts here in 2018, 2019 and 2020, combined with excessive consumption, demonstrated Flanders’ vulnerability to this. It is very likely that water, sometimes referred to as “blue gold”, will be the most critical natural resource for Flanders for the foreseeable future.

When properly sourced and managed, water can be the engine of the Flanders economy and a source of prosperity. The challenge of transitioning from suffering the effects of water disruption to benefitting from effective water management has been the backdrop for the Flanders Government’s new Blue Deal initiative, which forms part of the Flanders Climate Adaptation Plan. Focused primarily on the drought problem, the Blue Deal allocates finances for tackling this in a structural way, by increasing the deployment of resources and appropriate measures, involving both industry and nature as part of the solution.

Chaired by

Inge  Genné

Inge Genné

VITO

Programme Manager Water & Climate

Inge Genné is VITO’s Programme Manager for Water & Climate. Following on from a research career as a membrane technology expert, she got our industrial water management team’s activities underway by focusing on implementation of water efficiency and reuse strategies. In 2016, that team merged with the environmental modelling unit specialised in decision support tools and services. Inge Genné is now the driving force behind the expansion of VITO’s market-driven research & innovation activities under the WaterClimateHub umbrella. She also coordinates the large scale “Vlaanderen WaterProof” project, has an active role in various international networks and is a board member of Water Reuse Europe.

Welcome

Inge  Genné

Inge Genné

VITO

Programme Manager Water & Climate

Inge Genné is VITO’s Programme Manager for Water & Climate. Following on from a research career as a membrane technology expert, she got our industrial water management team’s activities underway by focusing on implementation of water efficiency and reuse strategies. In 2016, that team merged with the environmental modelling unit specialised in decision support tools and services. Inge Genné is now the driving force behind the expansion of VITO’s market-driven research & innovation activities under the WaterClimateHub umbrella. She also coordinates the large scale “Vlaanderen WaterProof” project, has an active role in various international networks and is a board member of Water Reuse Europe.

Keynote speech

The Blue Deal: the structured battle against drought

If we are to adapt to the impact of climate change on the water cycle, we need to manage the situation through concrete action. The EU adaptation strategy has four principal objectives: to make adaptation smarter, swifter and more systemic, and to step up international action on adaptation to climate change.

Via the Blue Deal, Flanders recognises water as a vital component in its “portfolio of actions” for fighting the impacts of drought and contributing to the climate adaptation strategy.

Jan Jambon will present the context and framework of the Blue Deal for Flanders. She will provide insights into how the new initiative was conceived and realised, with a view to proposing this as a model for other regions to follow and learn from.

Jan Jambon

H.E. Jan Jambon

Government of Flanders

Minister-President

Since September 2018, Jan Jambon has been the Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy, Culture, IT and Facilities. Before that, he was a Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and the Interior of Belgium.

Jan Jambon began his professional career as a Systems Engineer and Account Manager at IBM, where he worked from 1984 to 1992. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of Antwerp.

Presentation

Blue–green measures for climate adaptation

The Flanders Climate Adaptation Plan focuses on implementing nature-based solutions (NBS) to tackle the impacts of climate change. It includes a calculation of the costs of its proposed actions and explores the possibilities for synergies between adaptation and mitigation measures.

This presentation will look at the most important NBS measures for dealing with drought problems and the importance of the Blue Deal investments. How these link with the new EU Adaptation Strategy and international cooperation will also be addressed, along with the importance of a global approach to the climate change, knowledge exchange and mutual support.

Griet  Verstraeten

Griet Verstraeten

Department of Environment

Policy Officer Climate Adaptation

Griet Verstraeten works as a policy advisor on climate change adaptation in the Flemish Government Department of Environment and Spatial Development. She is also the lead expert for Belgium on the European Adaptation Strategy.

In her role as policy advisor, Griet coordinates the work on local policy for Flanders carried out by the Flemish Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation and representatives from other Flemish Government departments (including agriculture and fisheries, mobility and infrastructure, economy and innovation, health, nature and forestry, environment, water, spatial planning). She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Flemish Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and for the communication, knowledge exchange and awareness-raising associated with it.

Griet has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering (land and forest management) from KU Leuven, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Antwerp and over 20 years’ experience in spatial planning, environmental policy, sustainable development and international cooperation. Verstraeten is an expert in international and European policies on climate change adaptation, with specific expertise on the implementation of nature-based solutions.

Griet Verstraeten represents the Flemish Government in the Belgian national working group on climate change adaptation (under the national climate commission) and is an active member of Working Group VI, the network on climate change adaptation under DG Climate.

Presentation

Dance till you drop – Tomorrowland makes every drop count

Alongside chocolate, beer and waffles, Belgium is known by many for its large, well-organised festivals. These outdoor events are a unique opportunity to encourage our youth to appreciate the value of water. To take one example, DreamVille becomes home to 38,000 Tomorrowland festival visitors every year. It is effectively a temporary city, with water, wastewater and waste infrastructure that is rebuilt each year in the weeks leading up to the festival, serving the many thousands of people who live there for the duration who need water to drink, shower with, flush toilets and more.

The full cycle, from provision of fresh water to handling of wastewater and waste, all needs to be dealt with. This makes Dreamville a great Living Lab for testing out water treatment technology, smart sensoring and behavioural responses to measures that promote sustainability while ensuring comfort.

This presentation will look at the latest advances in promoting the value of water and waste management at large international events, stressing the importance of getting youth involved in improving water-related practices and behaviour.

Joris Beckers

Joris Beckers

Tomorrowland

Head of Love Tomorrow

Joris is an expert in sustainability within the event and festival world. He’s been involved in organising Tomorrowland since the event’s early years, and founded its Love Tomorrow CSR department in 2012. Love Tomorrow has since grown into a wider-reaching platform that strives for positive impact on our society and environment in general.

Love Tomorrow initiates and develops concepts that contribute to reducing environmental impact, as well as creating awareness for circular models and value in relation to waste and water. The platform also studies and strives to influence behaviour, innovates through pilot projects and supports eco start-ups. Tomorrowland is a powerful solutions breeding and testing ground for smart resource utilisation, waste reduction and recycling, together with the associated designs, systems and communications.

Many initiatives, such as Waterville, the smart water network, Route 360, the pop-up on-site recycling system for PET bottles and aluminium cans, and Camp2Camp, which gives abandoned camping materials new life, have all been developed and optimised in interaction with the People of Tomorrow.

Alongside the classic 3 Ps of People, Planet & Prosperity, Pleasure is always at the heart of Love Tomorrow’s activations, as this is key to driving positive change when influencing behaviour. It is Love Tomorrow’s ambition to breathe life into solutions for outside the festival environment and partner with governments, universities, businesses and innovators to co-create a wholesome future for our planet.

Presentation

Defining the value of water: a global conundrum needing a local response

There are few standardised approaches to defining the qualitative value of water. UNESCO’s 2021 World Water Development Report “Valuing Water” highlights the need to acknowledge the perspectives of different belief systems, cultures, genders and scientific disciplines. This presentation will highlight the main findings from the latest Report, with a view to setting out the European Union’s vision for dealing with water scarcity.

Pernille  Weiss

Pernille Weiss

European Parliament

Chair of the MEP Water Group

Pernille Weiss (Member of the European Parliament) is a politician from the Conservative People’s Party of Denmark and a member of the European People’s Party, EPP. She holds a seat in the Industry, Research & Energy Committee (ITRE) and is a substitute member of The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

Weiss also holds a substitute seat in The Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) and has been a board member of SME Europe since 2019. Prior to becoming an MEP, she served eight years as a County Council member. An acknowledged Nordic expert in architecture and health and how built environments impact complex institutions, Pernille Weiss was a head manager in the public health care sector and the building consultancy industry before establishing her own consultancy firm in 2008.

Presentation

Marjolein Weemaes

Marjolein Weemaes

Aquafin

Director Business Development and Innovation

Marjolein Weemaes was originally a researcher at Aquafin, before going on to manage its R&D department.

Aquafin was founded by the Flemish government in 1990 for the purpose of expanding, managing and prefinancing supra-municipal sewage treatment infrastructure. The company also offers its expertise to Flemish cities and municipalities, and more than 100 of these have taken up the opportunity to collaborate with Aquafin for their waste and storm water management.

Aquafin has always had a strong R&D department. In 2018, this was anchored in the new Business Development and Innovation department to help accelerate new ideas’ and concepts’ routes to market. The company’s innovation department develops new solutions for creating business opportunities and for the realisation of Aquafins mission: streams and brooks full of life, and a living environment in harmony with water.

Panel discussion

Conclusions and panel statements

The panel discussion will focus on assessing the lessons learnt from the Flanders approach to water scarcity, including the strengthening of the policy-science interface, raising public awareness and setting up of pilots, within an overall framework of valuing water.

– What can we learn from the Flanders approach to water scarcity that can be transferred to other regions?
– What has Flanders learned from international collaboration?
– Impact of international climate policy on implementation of measures against drought

Jan Jambon

H.E. Jan Jambon

Government of Flanders

Minister-President

Since September 2018, Jan Jambon has been the Minister-President of the Government of Flanders and Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy, Culture, IT and Facilities. Before that, he was a Member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and the Interior of Belgium.

Jan Jambon began his professional career as a Systems Engineer and Account Manager at IBM, where he worked from 1984 to 1992. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of Antwerp.

Griet  Verstraeten

Griet Verstraeten

Department of Environment

Policy Officer Climate Adaptation

Griet Verstraeten works as a policy advisor on climate change adaptation in the Flemish Government Department of Environment and Spatial Development. She is also the lead expert for Belgium on the European Adaptation Strategy.

In her role as policy advisor, Griet coordinates the work on local policy for Flanders carried out by the Flemish Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation and representatives from other Flemish Government departments (including agriculture and fisheries, mobility and infrastructure, economy and innovation, health, nature and forestry, environment, water, spatial planning). She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Flemish Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and for the communication, knowledge exchange and awareness-raising associated with it.

Griet has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering (land and forest management) from KU Leuven, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Antwerp and over 20 years’ experience in spatial planning, environmental policy, sustainable development and international cooperation. Verstraeten is an expert in international and European policies on climate change adaptation, with specific expertise on the implementation of nature-based solutions.

Griet Verstraeten represents the Flemish Government in the Belgian national working group on climate change adaptation (under the national climate commission) and is an active member of Working Group VI, the network on climate change adaptation under DG Climate.

Joris Beckers

Joris Beckers

Tomorrowland

Head of Love Tomorrow

Joris is an expert in sustainability within the event and festival world. He’s been involved in organising Tomorrowland since the event’s early years, and founded its Love Tomorrow CSR department in 2012. Love Tomorrow has since grown into a wider-reaching platform that strives for positive impact on our society and environment in general.

Love Tomorrow initiates and develops concepts that contribute to reducing environmental impact, as well as creating awareness for circular models and value in relation to waste and water. The platform also studies and strives to influence behaviour, innovates through pilot projects and supports eco start-ups. Tomorrowland is a powerful solutions breeding and testing ground for smart resource utilisation, waste reduction and recycling, together with the associated designs, systems and communications.

Many initiatives, such as Waterville, the smart water network, Route 360, the pop-up on-site recycling system for PET bottles and aluminium cans, and Camp2Camp, which gives abandoned camping materials new life, have all been developed and optimised in interaction with the People of Tomorrow.

Alongside the classic 3 Ps of People, Planet & Prosperity, Pleasure is always at the heart of Love Tomorrow’s activations, as this is key to driving positive change when influencing behaviour. It is Love Tomorrow’s ambition to breathe life into solutions for outside the festival environment and partner with governments, universities, businesses and innovators to co-create a wholesome future for our planet.

Pernille  Weiss

Pernille Weiss

European Parliament

Chair of the MEP Water Group

Pernille Weiss (Member of the European Parliament) is a politician from the Conservative People’s Party of Denmark and a member of the European People’s Party, EPP. She holds a seat in the Industry, Research & Energy Committee (ITRE) and is a substitute member of The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

Weiss also holds a substitute seat in The Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) and has been a board member of SME Europe since 2019. Prior to becoming an MEP, she served eight years as a County Council member. An acknowledged Nordic expert in architecture and health and how built environments impact complex institutions, Pernille Weiss was a head manager in the public health care sector and the building consultancy industry before establishing her own consultancy firm in 2008.

Marjolein Weemaes

Marjolein Weemaes

Aquafin

Director Business Development and Innovation

Marjolein Weemaes was originally a researcher at Aquafin, before going on to manage its R&D department.

Aquafin was founded by the Flemish government in 1990 for the purpose of expanding, managing and prefinancing supra-municipal sewage treatment infrastructure. The company also offers its expertise to Flemish cities and municipalities, and more than 100 of these have taken up the opportunity to collaborate with Aquafin for their waste and storm water management.

Aquafin has always had a strong R&D department. In 2018, this was anchored in the new Business Development and Innovation department to help accelerate new ideas’ and concepts’ routes to market. The company’s innovation department develops new solutions for creating business opportunities and for the realisation of Aquafins mission: streams and brooks full of life, and a living environment in harmony with water.

Inge  Genné

Inge Genné

VITO

Programme Manager Water & Climate

Inge Genné is VITO’s Programme Manager for Water & Climate. Following on from a research career as a membrane technology expert, she got our industrial water management team’s activities underway by focusing on implementation of water efficiency and reuse strategies. In 2016, that team merged with the environmental modelling unit specialised in decision support tools and services. Inge Genné is now the driving force behind the expansion of VITO’s market-driven research & innovation activities under the WaterClimateHub umbrella. She also coordinates the large scale “Vlaanderen WaterProof” project, has an active role in various international networks and is a board member of Water Reuse Europe.

Thematic plenary session
Health
17:30 - 18:00
Dubai Exhibition Centre

Health