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The fifth edition of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum will take place on the 10th & 11th May 2017 in Berlin.


This year’s forum will revolve around “Towards Circular Economy” and will look at the key sustainability challenges for PVC and the many growing opportunities for the industry to contribute to enhanced resource efficiency.

What you can expect
Keynote addresses, presentations, speeches, panel and open discussions with high level speakers spanning the EU Institutions, UNIDO, NGOs, academia, politicians, PVC industry value chain, specifiers, designers and architects.

Day 1
Philip Law, Managing Director of British Plastics Federation (BPF) will moderate the “Global View on Vinyl”, which will showcase:

  • The health of the global PVC market
  • An in-depth look at the global industry issues with examples of projects from all parts of the globe
  • The European PVC Industry Initiatives with presentations from medical, pipes, cables and flooring sectors
    followed by a Global Market panel discussion.

Day 2
Moderated by Jim Currie, former EU Director General for Environment, now Senior Advisor at Burson-Marsteller and Rose Brooke, Editor of the European Plastics Product Manufacturers, will have sessions on:

  • EU and national policies on Circular Economy
  • “Eco-design and innovation”
  • “Better Lifestyles with Smart PVC Products”

There will be ample networking opportunities throughout the event, including our Welcome cocktail and buffet on 10th May from 19:30. The event will end with a “Networking Dinner” on the evening of the 11th May.

We look forward to welcoming you at the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum and to sharing with you the progress our industry has made on the way to a sustainable future.

Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2016 - recap from VinylPlus on Vimeo.

Details

Start: 10 May 2017
End: 11 May 2017
VinylPlus

Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade

Lützowufer 15
10785 Berlin Berlin
Germany

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Speakers

Miguel Bahiense

President
Instituto Brasileiro do PVC
  • Miguel Bahiense
    Degree in Chemical Engineering at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ [Federal University of Rio de Janeiro], with a professional MBA in Entrepreneurial Communication at Faculdade Armando Álvares Penteado - FAAP/SP [Armando Álvares Penteado College].

    Post-graduation thesis defended “Communicating social and environmental actions to enhance institutional reputation of the PVC sector”.

    Current CEO for Instituto Brasileiro do PVC, Plastivida Instituto Socio-Ambiental dos Plasticos and Instituto Nacional do Plastico-INP, entities whose aims are: fostering growth of the Vinyl market, inform the society about the technical and environmental benefits of plastics, as well as its versatility and recycling capacity and provide guidance to companies so that they assume a socially responsible positioning.

    Expertise in environmental issues on Vinyl's production chain. At the marketing area, communication and relationship with different sectors in the society such as media, Government, opinion-makers, etc.
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Rose Brooke

Editor
European Plastic Product Manufacturer
  • www.eppm.com
  • Rose Brooke
    Rose Brooke is Editor of European Plastic Product Manufacturer and Deputy Group Editor of the Rapid Plastics Media group of leading plastics magazines and events, including British Plastics & Rubber, Middle Eastern Plastics, Women in Plastics and Interplas UK.

    After three years in financial journalism - with a specialism in NASDAQ trading - Rose took her technology insights to TCT Magazine where she worked as a Digital Editor at the industry-leading 3D printing publication for 18 months before taking on the editorship of fellow Rapid title EPPM.

    Rose has been EPPM's Editor for three years and lives in Cheshire, UK, with her cat.
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Dr Brigitte Dero

General Manager
ECVM / VinylPlus
  • Dr Brigitte Dero
    Dr. Brigitte Dero holds a PhD in Sciences (Molecular Biology) from the University of Brussels (ULB) in Belgium. Early in her career she worked for a special programme of the World Health Organisation on tropical diseases before moving to the metals industry to work in the occupational health, safety and environment arenas and, subsequently, on waste management and recycling.

    In June 1999 she joined the European Chemical Industry Council to manage the plastic additives sector groups , PVC stabilisers, plasticisers, flame retardants, antioxidants and food contact additives.

    In December 2011 Brigitte became general manager of the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM).

    In January 2014 she became general manager of VinylPlus the umbrella under which 200 companies from the PVC value chain (resin, chemical additives, and plastic converters) work together to increase the sustainability performance of PVC.

    In 2012 she registers VinylPlus in the UN Registry of Commitments and engaged VinylPlus with UNEP/UNIDO. IN 2013, VinylPLus became a member of the UNIDO/UNEP Green industry platform, a global high-level, multi-stakeholder partnership to mobilise action on Green Industry around the world.

    She is Belgian, married and has two sons. Brigitte is passionate by science & sustainability, women in chemistry & education. She supports the ‘Women in Green industry chapter’ of UNIDO/UNEP.
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Richard Doyle

President and CEO
Vinyl Institute
  • Richard Doyle
    Dick Doyle is the President and CEO of the Vinyl Institute, the national trade association representing major vinyl resin manufacturers throughout North America. The Vinyl Institute serves as the collective voice for the vinyl industry; engaging stakeholders throughout the vinyl value chain in expanding key markets, advocating industry priorities with government, communicating the benefits of vinyl, and promoting the life-cycle benefits of vinyl products. Dick has served in this capacity at the Vinyl Institute since 2011.

    Prior to joining the VI, Dick served as the President of the International Sleep Products Association, an organization representing 750 mattress manufacturers and their suppliers in 22 countries.

    Dick worked for 18 years at the American Chemistry Council where among other assignments he led Responsible Care, an internationally recognized award-winning environmental, health and safety initiative that produced substantial performance improvement throughout the chemical industry.

    Dick is the Past Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations, a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100, and Board Member of the Wildlife Habitat Council. Dick was recently appointed Chair of the Global Vinyl Council.

    He is married to his wife Jackie of 34 years, the father of two wonderful young adults, Sean and Christie, and a beautiful grandson, James Doyle.
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Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Co-President
The Club of Rome
  • Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
    Trained in physics and biology, I held about ten different consecutive positions, including professor of biology, university president, Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, Director at the UN (New York) for science and technology policy, President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate and Environment, Member of the Bundestag (chairing the Environment Committee), and Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    From 2007-2014 also Co-Chair of the (UN) International Resource Panel. Now (emeritus) honorary professor for international environmental policy at Freiburg University.

    My books Factor Four – Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use and Factor Five (with co-authors) demonstrate that dramatic increases of resource productivity are available - very good news for the Circular Economy!
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Alexander Hofer

CSO
Chemson Polymer-Additive AG
  • Alexander Hofer
    In 2008 Alexander Hofer became a member of the Executive Board of Chemson Group, a globally acting additive producer for the PVC industry, with global responsibility as CSO and for strategic development. Prior to joining Chemson in 1997, he worked in different technical and commercial roles in North America, Germany and Austria.

    Alexander represents Chemson in a number of associations and industry bodies and is the Chairman of ECOSA, the European Calcium Organic Stabilizers Association, where he contributes positively towards a more sustainable future for the plastics industry.

    He is a graduate of the Higher Technical College for Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and holds a master degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Furthermore, he completed a distance study on “Leading change for a sustainable chemical industry” at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in co-operation with TNS, The Natural Step, in Sweden.

    Alexander, 45 years old, is married with four children, one girl (8) and three boys (6, 6, 1). If time allows, his further interests are sports and literature.
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Norbert Kurilla

State Secretary
Ministry of Environment of Slovakia
  • www.minzp.sk
  • Norbert Kurilla
    Norbert Kurilla was appointed as a State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic in March 2016. In his role, he is responsible for numerous environmental and climate policies including international and EU affaires.

    He was in charge of the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the European Union on environment during the second half of 2016. He started his career at the Ministry of Environment as EU affairs coordinator. During 2007 – 2014 served at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the European Union in Brussels as environmental diplomat.

    Upon his return to Slovakia in 2014 he took an active part in preparation of the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the European Union and became Director General of the Environmental Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Environment.
    He is a Management Board member of the European Environmental Agency for the Slovak Republic and a vice-chair of the OECD Green Action Programme. Norbert Kurilla has M. A. degree (2003) in international economic relations and is a Ph.D. (2007) holder from the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics in Bratislava, majoring in international relations.

    During his academic and professional years he underwent several studies, exchanges and trainings abroad e.g. Sejong University in South Korea, Dresden, Germany, Gent University in Belgium, UNEP in Kenya, Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands or European Institute of Public Administration in Belgium.
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Cees Luttikhuizen

Senior Policy advisor
Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment
  • Cees Luttikhuizen
    Cees Luttikhuizen started in 1978 as environmental officer in the ministerial Environment Inspectorate. In 1991 he moved as senior policy advisor to the section Hazardous Waste in the Waste Management Directorate of the Ministry, with a focus on national hazardous waste policies and coordinating the ministerial licensing operations for hazardous waste management. The focus changed in 2001 to international hazardous waste policies at European level, the Basel Convention and ship recycling.

    Since 2007 he is working in the Chemicals Section of the Directorate for Environmental Safety and Risk Management on REACH, POPs and the Stockholm Convention. Until early 2017 he was a member of the Socio-Economic Analysis Committee of ECHA and is involved in discussions at the interface of Circular Economy and REACH.
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Dr Helge Wendenburg

Director General, Water Management and Resource Conservation
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
  • Dr Helge Wendenburg
    Since 2005, Dr Helge Wendenburg has headed the Directorate for ‘Water Management a Resource Conservation’ of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany. Since 2010 the Directorate has also been responsible for Ecologic Resource Efficiency. Dr Wendenburg studied law at the University of Göttingen, where he also obtained his Doctorate in Law and attended the Institute for Political Science from 1979 till 1982. From 1983 he occupied a variety of roles in the District Government of Brunswick before transferring in 1990 to the Ministry of Environment of Lower Saxony, where he headed various divisions and finally the Directorate for Waste Management and Air Pollution Control. He is a Member of the Board of the German Water Association (DWA) and the Academy of Geological Sciences.

    He is the author of various articles concerning water and waste management and water and waste legislation, which have been published in a range of journals, periodicals and newspapers. He is the co-editor of a commentary on waste management law and sits on the board of editors of the German scientific periodicals ‘AbfallR’, ‘Müll und Abfall’ and ‘Umwelt- und Planungsrecht (UPR)’.
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Cathy Wang

Vice President
YUNNAN ZHENGBANG TECHNOLOGY CO LTD
  • Cathy Wang
    Cathy WANG has Polymer Science education background, 4 years in Chemical Institute of China Academy as assistant researcher, 12 years working experience in Plastic market in international company.

    She joined Yunnan Zhengbang a local chinese Company as Vice President and focus on marketing strategy and technical coordinate in order to support China local clients to optimize process and product upgrade via tight interaction and technical support from international suppliers of raw material and additives. She is also Project Coordinator for WPC program, aiming at supporting a sustainable market development of PVC industry in China.
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Dr Rainer Otter

Vice President Regulatory Affairs/Advocacy
BASF SE
  • Dr Rainer Otter
    Rainer Otter received his Diploma in Bio-chemistry, Physiological Chemistry and Pharmacology and his PhD from the University of Tuebingen in Germany. In 1988 he joined BASF’s Central Research, changed in 1993 to BASF’s Department of Toxicology, completed in parallel his continuing education in Toxicology in Germany and the United Kingdom (EUROTOX registered Toxicologist (ERT)).

    From 1999 to 2004 he was responsible as product safety manager within BASF’s Petrochemicals Division for e.g. plasticisers and solvents. From November 2004 until April 2012 he was in charge of Regulatory Toxicology at BASF’s Global Product Safety Department. Since May 2012 he is responsible for Regulatory Affairs/ Advocacy for Industrial Petrochemicals Europe at BASF.

    Further, he chairs the scientific working group of the European Council of Plasticizers and Intermediates (ECPI) in Brussels and is appointed as personal member of two scientific advisory groups at the competent authority level.

    Since the last many years he lectures on toxicology at the University Heidelberg/Germany.
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Yolanda Martínez

Environmental and Certification Manager
MOLECOR TECNOLOGÍA, S.L.
  • Yolanda Martínez
    Bachelor's degree in Chemical Sciences by the Universidad de Alcalá (Spain). Her career has always been related to the molecular orientation of polymers.

    For fourteen years she has developed his professional career in Poliseda, Spanish manufacturer of synthetic fibers of polyamide 6 and polyethylene terephthalate. First, she developed her activity as Laboratory Manager and later, the last four years, she worked as Process and Product Quality Manager.

    In 2008 she started her activity in Molecor Tecnología, company leader in the development of technology and production of oriented PVC Pipes for the conveyance of water under pressure. During several years she was involved in the Marketing and Quality departments, being responsible of quality and environmental assessment, product certification and product promotion. Actually, she is the Environmental and Certification Manager, being one of her most important tasks, the study of environmental behavior and the contribution to Sustainability and Circular Economy of the PVC-O pipes. She is also involved in several Technical and Standardization forums for the PVC-O Pipes.
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Stephane Malka

CEO
STUDIO MALKA ARCHITECTURE / LES TOITS DU MONDE
  • www.stephanemalka.com
  • Stephane Malka
    Born in Marseilles, Stephane Malka was inspired by urban spaces from a young age. Graffiti, a technique he adopted for over 10 years, lead him to discover the city and its untapped potential. In the late 80’s, vacant lots were his playgrounds. He painted large-scale frescos in the contemporary ruins of Belleville and in the infamous artist squats of the “Ateliers Frigorifiques,” using various street skills and procesess including graffiti, accumulation, collage, and stencils the skin of walls. Returning to his hometown, he continued to invade the city with his art in numerous places, including art galleries. From this period, he kept a civil insurrection’s spirit, and a significant interest in neglected spaces, and a sense of urgency. Stephane gratuated of his architectural degree in 2003 and founded his firm on the spot. Then, he started to collaborate with prestigious international firms such as Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Philippe Starck or Rem Koolhaas among others. The same year, he completed Top-Nest, a panoramic rooftop bar on the Galerie Lafayette installed and built on-site in only three days. This experiences were a cornerstone for “Le Petit Pari(s)” experimental project, where he has developed theories of urban renewal based on architectural interventions within the city’s porosities, such as urban voids, blind walls, under bridges, or on rooftops. At the same time, he recycled a gas station into the art shop Black Block at the Palais de Tokyo Museum. In March 2014, he released his first book, a manifesto called “Le Petit Pari(s), an Architectural Kamasutra” ( Editions Courtes et Longues, Gallimard ). Multi-awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and the City Hall of Paris, his works are exhibited around the world in Galeries, National Museums such as La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, MoMA, Smolny Sobor, Museum Victoria or MUBE and MIS. Stephane Malka’s analysis and productions are focused on architectural productions, art installations, stage-design and lecture cycles.
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Michael Kundel

CEO
RENOLIT SE, Worms
  • Michael Kundel
    Michael Kundel holds a degree of University of Applied Science as an Economist and started his professional career in 1988 at Rütgers Werke AG, Frankfurt where he worked for five years in several managerial functions.

    In 1993 he joined the RENOLIT Group, Worms as Head of Corporate Controlling and accompanied closely the strong growth in subsequent years.

    Early 2000 he took over the Managing Director's position of RENOLIT Hispania S.A. and was appointed as a member of the Board of the RENOLIT Group in 2003. After a further intensive growth phase of RENOLIT he became CEO in 2008. In that same year he joined the Board of the European PVC initiative: Vinyl 2010 / Vinyl Plus which he left in 2013 as he was elected in May 2014 as President of EUPC.

    In addition he represents, since 2010, as Chairman the interests of IVK Europe and has been elected in 2013 as Vice President Chamber of Commerce (IHK Rheinhessen).

    In 2014 he became president of EUPC.
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Thomas Hülsmann

Managing Director
AGPU Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC und UMWELT e.V.
  • Thomas Hülsmann
    Thomas Hülsmann studied at the University of Osnabrück, Germany materials engineering and graduated in 1988.
    Since 1988 Thomas is working in the European PVC-industry. Most of that time he held leading functions at Europe´s No. 1 PVC producer INEOS ChlorVinyls (formerly ICI and EVC) in Technical Service and Environmental Affairs. During this period he was also member of the AGPU Management Board and supported the sustainable development of PVC.

    Before joining AGPU in 2013 Thomas was Managing Director of a Medium Sized Stabiliser Producer with the focus on Sales and Marketing.

    Beside his roles in the industry he took responsibility in positions of various organisations, he was Congress Chairman at the SKZ and held a teaching position at the University of Wilhelmshaven.

    Since January 1st 2014 Thomas Hülsmann is Managing Director of AGPU (Arbeits-gemeinschaft PVC und UMWELT e.V.) the German PVC Network association in Bonn and he is managing director of AGPU Media GmbH, the communication partner for the PVC-industry.
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Philip Law

Director-General
British Plastics Federation
  • Philip Law
    Philip K. Law B.A. (Nottingham), M.A. (York), Cert. Ed. (Oxford).

    Initial career experience in linoleum and textile printing industries. He has been a plastics industry specialist since 1978. He has been Director-General of the British Plastics Federation since July 2014. He is a Board member of the European Plastics Converters Association and has served as Chairman of both its Environment and Communications Committees. He is Secretary General of CIPAD, the association of global plastics trade bodies.
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Dr ir Werner Bosmans

Policy officer Circular Economy and Plastics Strategy
European Commission - DG Environment - Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption (ENV.B1)
  • Dr ir Werner Bosmans
    Werner Bosmans, a Belgian national, graduated as a Bio-engineer at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and obtained a Ph.D. in international economics in Montpellier, France. He also holds a degree in Public Management.

    After undertaken research at the University of Ghent and at the Belgium Ministry of Agriculture, he worked as assistant to the Secretary-General of the Belgian and then Flemish Ministry of Agriculture. He is also a part-time professor at the 'Université Libre de Bruxelles'.

    In 2005, he joined the Directorate-General Environment of the European Commission in Brussels. He is responsible for Natural Resource policies, promoting life-cycle thinking to reduce environmental impacts. He helped setting up the International Resource Panel together with UNEP. He was a lead authors of the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and coordinated follow-up work, such as the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP). He is now focussing on the Circular Economy and coordinating the development of a Strategy on Plastics.
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Namsak Choonhajutha

General Manager
ASEAN Vinyl Council Association
  • Namsak Choonhajutha
    Namsak graduated with a bachelor degree in science from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and master degree in computer science and business administration from Oklahoma University, USA.

    He had been working with petrochemicals business unit with SCG group, Thailand for 20 years and retired in 2010.

    He is a co-founder in establishing the ASEAN Vinyl Council (“AVC”) in 2010 and became General Manager of the Council to promote sustainability of the vinyl industry in ASEAN.
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Sophi MacMillan

Chief Executive
Vinyl Council of Australia
  • Sophi MacMillan
    As an environmental scientist, Sophi has many years’ experience in health and environmental issues, advocacy and stakeholder communication across a range of organisations, sectors and government bodies.

    Sophi has worked with the Australian PVC sector’s industry association, the Vinyl Council of Australia, since its establishment in 1998. Based in Melbourne, she has been its Chief Executive since 2002. The purpose of the Vinyl Council is to advance a sustainable PVC industry in Australia and to make its members’ products the preferred choice in Vinyl.

    Sophi has been instrumental in the establishment and management of the Australian industry’s PVC Stewardship Program and in developing the Best Practice PVC accreditation program for PVC manufacturing, recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia.

    As well as being a member of the Global Vinyl Council, she is a director of the Asia Pacific Vinyl Network.

    Sophi is a member of a number of advisory panels for Australian ecolabels and rating tools and the Global Product Stewardship Council.
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Jacob Hartmann

M.Sc. Senior Advisor
Consultant
  • Jacob Hartmann
    Jacob’s current mission is building beneficial relationships between sustainable businesses, social- and cultural entrepreneurs and the City of Copenhagen.

    With a broad environmental background Jacob specialises in unorthodox partnerships and development across professional boundaries in order to involve art and culture in setting the environmental and social agenda of tomorrow.

    Jacobs history involves 11 years as Senior Campaigner with Greenpeace – specialising in PVC, chemicals out of control, POPS and environmental justice.

    Courage, integrity and potential are guiding principles.
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Zdenek Hruska

Public Affairs Senior Manager
ECVM/VinylPlus
  • Zdenek Hruska
    Zdenek Hruska holds an Engineering Diploma in Plastics Technology from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology; and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from IMC in Prague.

    Since joining Solvay in 1991 he held various management positions in Belgium, Germany, and France. In 1999 he moved to Alkor Kunststoffe GmbH in Munich as Development Manager. Since 2004 he had been responsible for the PVC Promotion and Environmental Affairs, first at SolVin France and later at SolVin GmbH & Co. KG, covering Germany and Scandinavia. In 2013 he moved to Brussels, first at SolVin and later at Inovyn as an Advocacy Manager.

    In January 2016 Zdenek joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) as Public Affairs Senior Manager.
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Shigetaka Seki

Executive Director
Vinyl Environmental Council, Japan
  • Shigetaka Seki
    Shigetaka Seki is the Executive Director of the Vinyl Environmental Council, an association of vinyl resin and monomer manufacturers in Japan.

    Before taking the positon in 2007 he held several senior positions in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) including that of Director of Chemical Control Division and Counselor for Environmental Affairs, Head of Country Studies Division of the International Energy Agency in Paris, and as Senior Researcher of the International Institute of Policy Studies, founded by former prime minister Nakasone.

    With his background of energy and environment, he served as Review Editor of the IPCC AR4 WGIII, Chapter on Industry.

    He received a Master's Degree from the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (MPP '87), another Master's Degree from the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo (Chemistry, 1980) and a Bachelor's Degree from the Waseda University (Chemistry, 1978).
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Jim Currie

Senior Advisor, Environment & Energy Practice
Burson-Marsteller Brussels
  • Jim Currie
    Jim Currie worked in a series of senior roles in the European Commission before joining Burson-Marsteller, Brussels as a Senior Adviser.

    He was Chef de Cabinet to Sir Leon Brittan, Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Competition Policy and Financial Services. He then served as the European Commission’s Acting Ambassador in Washington D.C. during the first Clinton Administration where he was active in liaising with the US Administration on the Uruguay Round trade talks.

    On his return to Brussels he was named Director General for Customs and Taxation working with Commissioner Mario Monti. In the run-up to the Kyoto Climate Change Talks, he was appointed Director General for Environment and Climate Policy and led the European Commission's team in Kyoto.

    During his time as Director General he launched the European Emissions Trading Scheme; developed the EU’s environmental relations with China, India, Japan, the US and Canada; and developed European Commission regulatory proposals on clean air; chemicals; vehicle emissions and waste recycling.

    In recent years he has held board directorships in banking; nuclear energy; oil and gas production; and aluminium. He is a trustee of the St. Andrews/Conoco Phillips Environment Prize.
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