Speakers 2012

Key notes and panelists:

Vorschau Dr. Auma Obama, Kenya

In November 2011, she founds her own foundation in Germany, called “Sauti Kuu- powerful voices for a powerful youth”. The foundation is based on the principle of “help for self-help” and shall support and motivate future generations, all over the world, to take their fate into their own hands.

Vorschau HRH The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales seeks to do all he can to use his unique position to make a difference for the better in the world.

Vorschau Ramon Arratia, United Kingdom

Ramon is Sustainability Director for Interface Europe, Middle east , Africa and India. Interface is a worldwide leader in the design and production of carpet tiles that combine beauty and sustainability with functionality and environmental credentials to help customers bring their design vision to life.

Vorschau Helmy Abouleish, Egypt

The SEKEM Holding cultivates desert areas into fertile land through bio-dynamic agriculture and processes the harvest into foodstuffs, textiles and phyto-pharmaceuticals.

Vorschau Alain Caparros, Germany

Alain Caparros, born in September of 1956 in Tiaret, has been the CEO of REWE-Group since 12 December 2006.

Vorschau Bill Carter, USA

Bill Carter leads the Rural Innovation and Farming Initiative and the Africa Diamond for Ashoka, largest network of leading social entrepreneurs.

Vorschau Florian Haller, Germany

CEO, Serviceplan Group
Florian Haller was born in Munich in 1967. After studying economics in St. Gallen, he took up his first post as a customer consultant for Lintas advertising agency in New York.

Vorschau Gerald A.Herrmann, Germany

Gerald A. Herrmann is director of Organic Services GmbH, an international corporate consultancy specializing in the organic sector.

Vorschau Dr. habil. Ulrich Hoffmann, Switzerland

Dr. habil. Ulrich HOFFMANN is the senior trade policy adviser to the Director of the International Trade Division in the secretariat of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Vorschau Simon Katz, Germany

Simon Katz is one of the thirty speakers on the “Common Welfare Economy”.

Vorschau Dr. Jan Dietrich Müller, Germany

Dr. Jan Dietrich Müller is the SVP Communications Strategy and PR Programs at Deutsche Post DHL Group, based in Bonn, Germany.

Vorschau Jürgen Nimptsch, Germany

Jürgen Nimptsch was elected Mayor of Bonn in August 2009. The specialist in German studies, graduate in sports science and active unionist has almost thirty years of teaching experience.

Vorschau Prof. Dr. Angelika Ploeger, Germany

Head of department of Organic Food Quality and Food Culture, University of Kassel

Vorschau Félix Romero Cañizares, Spain

Félix Romero Cañizares is the FSC Regional Director for Europe.

Vorschau Urs-Peter Schmidt, Switzerland

Urs-Peter Schmidt studied economics before he started his career at Kraft Foods, part of Mondelēz International, 17 years ago. In the past, Urs-Peter Schmidt has been responsible for many of Kraft Foods’ iconic brands, most of all Milka.

Vorschau Dr. Tony Simons, Kenya

Tony Simons has worked for twenty seven years on issues at the tropical agriculture/forestry interface – in the private sector (Shell Forestry), academia (University of Oxford), official development assistance (ODA/DFID) and research (CGIAR).

Vorschau Pavan Sukhdev, India

Pavan Sukhdev is Founder-Director of Corporation 2020, a campaign to transform today’s corporations into the engines of tomorrow’s green economy. He is also Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a specialist consulting firm which helps governments and corporations discover, measure, value, and manage their impacts on natural and human capital.

Vorschau Marlehn Thieme, Germany

Marlehn Thieme, Member of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and Director of Deutsche Bank AG, studied law and Social Sciences. In February 2012 she was elected Chair of the German Council for Sustainable Development.

Vorschau Barbara Unmüßig, Germany

Barbara Unmüßig is the president of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, a position she has held since 2002. At the foundation, she is responsible for its strategy and programme development for Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East.

Vorschau Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Hartmut Vogtmann, Germany

Since 2008, Hardy Vogtmann is first vice-president of the German League for Nature and Environment. From 2008 until 2011 he was the president of the conservation foundation Euronatur.

Vorschau Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is a pioneer of sustainable economic activity. His latest publication is "Factor Five - Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity"

Vorschau Ewald Wermuth, The Netherlands

Ewald Wermuth is Director International Public Affairs at IDH - The Sustainable Trade Initiative. IDH seeks to deliver impact in upstream commodity supply chains by co-investing with frontrunners from the industry and civil society.

Thematic sessions

Vorschau Emma Arvidsson, Switzerland

Emma Arvidsson is working as a project manager in the Coop sustainability department.

Vorschau Harry Assenmacher, Germany

Harry Assenmacher has developed forest investment and climate protection products since the nineties. In 1997 he established “CO2OL” as a non-profit organisation committed to sequester carbon emissions by reforestation. In the summer of 2005, he founded the Forest Finance Service GmbH.

Vorschau Elena Binkhuijsen, Germany

Elena Binkhuijsen is the account manager for Germany at UTZ Certified.

Vorschau Dr. Denis Bourgeois, France

Denis Bourgeois is an Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris business school. He is in charge of programmes for students and client companies around two main domains: meaningful work and ways to make it so, and corporate social/environmental responsibility.

Vorschau Dr.-Ing. Volker Brink, Germany

Dr. Volker Brink is head of product management e-mobility, RWE Effizienz GmbH.

Vorschau Prof. Dr. Dieter Bryniok, Germany

Prof. Dr. Dieter Bryniok has been working for the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart, Germany. He is senior scientist and research group leader at the department of Environmental Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering UBT of the institute.

Vorschau Daniela Büchel, Germany

Dr. Daniela Büchel is head of Corporate Responsibility / Corporate Marketing / Public Affairs at REWE Group.

Vorschau Massimo Candelori, Germany

Massimo Candelori is the Head of the Facilitation and Monitoring of Implementation (FCMI) Unit at the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)..

Vorschau Prof Dr. Ines Carstensen, Germany

General Secretary of Futouris e.V. and Professor at the BEST-Sabel University of Applied Sciences

Vorschau Martina Claus, Germany

Martina Claus is advisor for development cooperation, export market sponsoring and packaging for the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery association within the German Engineering Federation VDMA.

Vorschau Christian Conrad, Germany

Christian Conrad is Managing Partner of Sustainability Consultancy brands & values, which he co-founded in 2004.

Vorschau Felistas Coutinho, Tanzania

Felistas Coutinho has been actively serving in the microfinance industry for over 16 years in various positions from front line loan officer, branch manager to Managing Director.

Vorschau Cornelia Daheim, Germany

Cornelia Daheim is managing partner of Z_punkt The Foresight Company. She supervises projects for key customers from several industries and within the framework of international as well as European research networks.

Vorschau Volkert Engelsman, The Netherlands

Volkert Engelsman, CEO Eosta www.eosta.com, graduated in business administration and worked for Cargill Inc USA before founding Eosta in 1990.

Vorschau Martina Fleckenstein, Germany

Martina Fleckenstein is Director of EU Policy, Agriculture & Sustainable Biomass of WWF Germany (World Wide Fund for Nature).

Vorschau Gunnar Froh, Germany

Gunnar Froh is the face of Airbnb Germany. The 29-year-old Country Manager Germany is running the Airbnb Germany GmbH which was the first office outside of Airbnb’s headquarters in San Francisco.

Vorschau Marion Fürst, Danone

Vorschau Udo Gattenlöhner, Germany

Udo Gattenlöhner is Executive Director of Global Nature Fund since 2002.

Vorschau David Gould, USA

David Gould is Value Chain Facilitator for the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

Vorschau Horst Häring, Germany

„Sharing replaces owning“ or „Make use of what is already there“ this is one of the messages of FLOOW2“ as Horst Haring > Head of Business Development D-A-CH < for FLOOW2 S.A. is naming it.

Vorschau Dr. Bettina Hedden-Dunckhorst, Germany

Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst heads the Division for International Nature Conservation at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.

Vorschau Stefan Henkelmann, Germany

Stefan Henkelmann is Head of Division of the Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation) in Bonn, Germany.

Vorschau Caroline Hickson, Germany

Hickson is the Director of Brand and Communications at Fairtrade International.
She has over twenty years of experience in NGO and not for profit marketing, fundraising and communications across the USA, Ireland and the UK.

Vorschau Guilherme Zaniolo Karam, Brasil

Guilherme Karam is a biologist with a master on Management of Protected Areas.

Vorschau Maren Kneller, Germany

Maren Kneller has a Magister Atrium (Master Degree) in Social Anthropology, Political Science and Economics of the Freie Universität of Berlin.

Vorschau Kristine Köhler, Germany

Kristine Köhler manages an inter-disciplinary and multi-sector innovation platform for Climate-KIC, an initiative of the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT).

Vorschau Roland Konietz, Germany

Sales Africa at AWAS International

Vorschau Catrin Krueger, Germany

Catrin Krueger is Consultant for sustainable consumption and CSR at the VERBRAUCHER INITIATIVE e.V.

Vorschau Jörg-Andreas Krüger, Germany

Jörg-Andreas Krüger is head of the Department for Nature Conservation and Environmental Policies and Deputy of the Executive Director.

Vorschau Michael Kuhndt, Germany

Mr Michael Kuhndt is Head of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP).

Vorschau Ulf Leonhard, Germany

Ulf Leonhard is creator and founder of Leonhard Ventures supporting entrepreneurs from any sectors and stages detecting suitable investors.

Vorschau Walter Liebe, Germany

Walter Liebe has joined Pictet Asset Management in Frankfurt as Vice President and Senior Investment Advisor in April 2010.

Vorschau Manuela Marques, Germany

Since 2011, Manuela Marques has been heading the division German Corporates and Special Programmes. After joining DEG in 2001, she worked as Senior Investment Manager, responsible for Africa as well as Latin America.

Vorschau Oliver Marquordt, Germany

Oliver Marquordt (Structuring & PRI at Aquilla Capital) is in charge of structuring and due diligence.

Vorschau Dr. Vu Thi Minh, Vietnam

Dr. Vu Thi Minh holds a doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the National Economics University, Hanoi with a specification in agricultural economics.

Vorschau Prof. Dr. Eckehard Moritz, Germany

Prof. Dr. Eckehard Moritz, better known as „Fozzy“, continually strives to make the world a better place. He is globetrotter, connoisseur, and director of Innovationsmanufaktur.

Vorschau Alexa Morrison, Great Britain

Alexa Morrison is the standards development and operations manager at the Plan Vivo Foundation.

Vorschau Ivo Mulder, Switzerland

Within his capacity at UNEP FI Ivo Mulder is specifically responsible for building the business case for biodiversity from a financial institution perspective.

Vorschau Danièle Perrot-Maître, France

Danièle Perrot-Maître is a resource and environmental economist focusing on ecosystem services and payments for ecosystem services. Between 2009 and 2011, she joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi to coordinate the newly established “Ecosystem Management” Programme.

Vorschau Marcelle Peuckert, South Africa

Marcelle Peuckert joined the FSC International Center in January 2007 as Development Manager. Currently Marcelle is the Director of Business Development at FSC.

Vorschau Dr. Nadine Pratt, Germany

Dr. Nadine Pratt is coordinating the team of Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship at the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP).

Vorschau Christian Schader, Switzerland

Sustainability assessment coordinator at FiBL

Vorschau Michael Schneider, Germany

Director, Head of Environmental & Social Capital
Deutsche Bank AG, Asset Management

Vorschau René Schöbel, Germany

Currently, René Schöbel works as Manager Eco Excellence for DB Schenker, managing and coordinating the green logistics activities.

Vorschau Joachim Schöpfer, Germany

Joachim Schöpfer started out as a copy writer in advertising agencies and meanders now between creative work and strategy.

Vorschau Stefan Seidel, Germany

Stefan Seidel is since 2011 Team Head PUMA.SAFE Ecology responsible for environmental standards at PUMA globally.

Vorschau Rainer Swidersky, Germany

Rainer Swidersky works as sales director for magazines and publication papers for the Swedish company SCA.

Vorschau Tuulia Syvaenen, Finland/Germany

Tuulia Syvaenen has been Executive Operating Officer at Fairtrade International since February 2009. In a rapidly growing organisation, her major contributions have been strengthening communications with member organisations, NGOs and business partners.

Vorschau Marjorie Ellis Thompson, United Kingdom

Marjorie Ellis Thompson is currently director of C-3i a communications consultancy run on a networking model with former colleagues from Saatchi & Saatchi, The Commission for Racial Equality, the Royal College of Nursing and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Vorschau Ralph Andreas Thurm, The Netherlands

Ralph Thurm is the founder and managing Director of A|HEAD|ahead and associate director of Collaborative Sustainability & Innovation at
Deloitte Innovation B.V.

Vorschau Patrick Trötschler, Germany

Patrick Trötschler is deputy managing director of Lake Constance Foundation, a project-oriented organization for nature conservation. Lake Constance Foundation works towards sustainable economy in the international Lake Constance area and beyond since 1994.

Vorschau Jan Kees Vis, The Netherlands

Jan Kees Vis is the Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development at Unilever.

Vorschau Ruth Vollmer, Germany

At the Bonn International Center for Conversion, that she joined in 2006, Ruth has been working on European migration policies, the role of migrant organisations in integration and development processes, consequences of environmentally induced migration, migration and displacement in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the nexus between migration and security.

Vorschau Nicolas von Wilcke, Germany

Nicolas von Wilcke is the founder and CEO of Klares Licht Kampagne.

Vorschau Dr. Babette Wehrmann, Germany

Dr. Babette Wehrmann is an international expert on land governance and corporate social responsibility. She is working with international organizations such as the World Bank, FAO, UN-HABITAT and GIZ as well as at the Technical University of Munich and other universities.

Vorschau Chris Wille, Costa Rica

Chris Wille is Chief of Sustainable Agriculture at the Rainforest Alliance. The Rainforest Alliance, an independent, international, nonprofit, citizens’ group, is the secretariat of the Sustainable Agriculture Network or SAN.

Vorschau Dr. Dirk Wittenberg, Germany

He is General Manager of REMONDIS Aqua International GmbH in Luenen, Germany and is responsible for M&A, business development and competitive proposals for international water related activities (PPP, BOT, O&M).

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