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Date

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8th December 2020

14:00 CET

2 hours 30 minutes

9th December 2020

10:00 CET

6 hours

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EBNS - a virtual space to discuss the interconnections between business and nature

What to expect?

In light of countries’ efforts to handle the Covid-19 crisis and overcoming its economic impacts, more than ever, there is a need and an opportunity for businesses to reconsider their relationship with nature and people. To rebuild their resilience and thrive in the long term, businesses must embark on a green recovery.

The EBNS will serve as a launchpad to strengthen the growing movement of businesses that consider nature as part of the solution to economic wellbeing. In line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, participating businesses (including SMEs) and financial institutions will share their practical experience in how to integrate biodiversity and natural capital within their business models, how to measure and reduce their impacts and dependencies on nature, and how to make nature part of the solution to solve current challenges. They will also demonstrate how their strategies positively impact both nature and their economic performance. Current policy responses from the European Commission to support business initiatives that aim at integrating natural capital and biodiversity into corporate decision making will also be discussed.

Who is this event for?

This virtual event is organised for businesses of all sizes – from SMEs to large corporations and financial institutions with a long-term mindset, including those that are less familiar with the issue of biodiversity. It will bring together businesses, EU and Member State representatives, local and regional public authorities, civil society representatives and academics for two days of stimulating discussion, knowledge exchange, and networking opportunities.

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Agenda

8th December 2020 - 14.00 CET

Part 1 - Towards bending the curve: making businesses part of the solution

14.00 - 14.30 - Opening keynote: Making businesses part of the solution at a new level
14.30 - 15.30 - Putting nature and people at the centre of business recovery strategies and plans: companies’ visions of why nature matters to them
15.30 - 16.30 - Towards a “Business for biodiversity” movement

9th December 2020 - 10.00 CET

Part 2 - Bringing about transformative change through collective action and finance

10.00 - 10.30 - Opening keynote and presentation of the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge
10.30 - 11.30 - Transforming financing: biodiversity, opportunities & risks for the financial sector
11.30 - 12.30 - Creating new alliances to engage SMEs on biodiversity

12.30 - 13.00 - Break

13.00 - 14.00 - Networking breakout session


Part 3 - Reshaping business models to increase resilience

14.00 - 15.00 - Policy responses to support sustainable accounting, reporting and governance
15.00 - 16.00 - Business responses to support sustainable accounting, corporate reporting and governance


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Get in touch

If you have any questions about the event, please email Janne.Fillet@icf.com

Speakers

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Virginijus Sinkevičius

European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

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Virginijus Sinkevičius is the present Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, at the European Commission. Mr Sinkevičius was from 2017 to 2019 Minister of Economy, and before he was leading the Committee of Economy at the Parliament of Lithuania. Mr. Sinkevičius was elected to the Parliament in October 2016. Prior, he was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania. Mr. Sinkevičius holds BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and Master‘s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.

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Markus Mueller

Global Head of Chief Investment Office, Deutsche Bank - International Private Bank (IPB)

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Markus Müller is Global Head of the Chief Investment Office International Private Bank (IPB), Deutsche Bank AG. In this role, he represents as Managing Director the house view of Deutsche Bank IPB on the financial markets. Markus is a member of Deutsche Banks Group Sustainability Council. He began his career at Deutsche Bank in DB Research as executive assistant to the chief economist. He acquired broad international experience with focus on China. Markus has held teaching posts in corporate finance and economics, being a visiting scholar at the Frankfurt School of Finance and the University of Bayreuth as well as at the Banking and Finance Academy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

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Emmanuel Faber

Chairman of the Board & CEO, Danone

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Emmanuel FABER began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company before working as an investment banker at Baring Brothers. He moved to Legris Industries, where he was named Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Emmanuel joined Danone in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer, Strategy, and became member of the Executive Committee in 2000. In 2005 he took up the position of Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific region. In 2008, Emmanuel was appointed Deputy General Manager. In October 2014, he became Danone’s Chief Executive Officer. Since December 1, 2017, he is also Chairman of the Board.

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Matthias Seewald

Chief Investment Officer, Allianz France

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Matthias Seewald is Chief Investment Officer and member of the Executive Committee of Allianz France since 2013. He is also member of the Allianz Investment Management Board.

Mr. Seewald manages Allianz France's investment activities for a portfolio of approximately EUR 90 billion in 2020 (excluding unit linked assets).

In 2018, he created a dedicated department for ESG, innovation and governance. He aims at reinforcing sustainable investment methodologies and promotes collaboration and best practice sharing on emerging topics (notably low carbon technologies, water, biodiversity, health, …).

Matthias Seewald joined Allianz in 1992. He holds a degree from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt.

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Sue Garfitt

CEO, Alpro

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Sue Garfitt, CEO of Alpro, studied English & French at Portsmouth University and a postgraduate International Marketing. After heading several commercial director functions, Sue started at Alpro in September 2014; first as Commercial Director UK & Ireland, than as Vice President Customer Development, and now as CEO. Sue is connected to the Boards of different Industry Associations and is President of ENSA (European Plant-Based Foods Association). Sue is determined to change the way people think about plant-based food, with Alpro as leading pioneer of a mainstream category for everyone enjoying planetary diets as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Mairead McGuinness

European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union

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Mairead McGuinness is an Irish politician, who was appointed the European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union in October 2020. Ms McGuinness has been a member of the European Parliament and of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament, since 2004. She started her policital career as Chair of the Consumer Liaison Panel, Department for Agriculture and Food, Ireland in 2002. Before becoming First Vice-President of the European Parliament in 2014, she had been appointed Vice-Chair of the European People's Party the year before.

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Nadine McCormick (Moderator)

Global Business an Biodiversity Programme, IUCN

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Nadine McCormick is a sustainability professional with more than fifteen years’ experience on business and nature. Nadine catalyses learning, dialogue and action for individuals who want to engage diverse stakeholders on sustainability challenges. In IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme, she works internationally with companies and NGOs to understand and implement changes required to embed nature in business decision-making. More locally, Nadine volunteers to support communities and organizations to identify changes they wish to see and drive sustainability action. Nadine is trained in the participatory leadership approach of “Art of Hosting” and is a certified facilitator.

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Eva Zabey

Executive Director, Business for Nature

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Eva leads Business for Nature, a global coalition calling for business action and policy ambition to reverse nature loss in this decade. Previously, Eva led multiple projects at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for 15 years. This included leading work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making, towards integrated performance management, and ultimately reporting for investors. She led the development of the Natural Capital Protocol on behalf of the Natural Capital Coalition, as well as the establishment of the Social & Human Capital Coalition. She delivered a TEDx talk in 2012.

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Lara Wolters

Member of the European Parliament

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Lara Wolters is a Dutch member of the European Parliament for the S&D Group. She is a member of the CONT committee, in which she strives for a transparent and fraud-free Europe, and a member of the JURI committee, where she fights for responsible business conduct. She is currently the JURI rapporteur for new EU legislation on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability. This legislation will set binding requirements for enterprises to respect people and planet in their value chains.

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Humberto Delgado Rosa

Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission

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Humberto Delgado Rosa is the Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission. Previously he was Director for Mainstreaming Adaptation and Low Carbon Technology in DG Climate Action. He is experienced in European and international environmental policy, particularly in biodiversity and climate change issues. He served as Secretary of State for the Environment of the Portuguese Government from March 2005 to June 2011. Between 1995 and 2002 he was an advisor for environmental matters to the Prime-Minister of Portugal. He holds a PhD in Evolutionary Biology. H. Delgado Rosa was born in Lisbon in 1960.

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Chrisitian Heller

CEO, Value Balancing Alliance

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Christian Heller is Vice President at BASF and seconded as CEO to the value balancing alliance e.V. The alliance focuses on the development and standardization of an accounting methodology to protect and create companies’ long-term value. It is designed to empower decision makers to optimize the total value contribution of their business to society as well as the enterprise value. Christian Heller is nominated for the Sustainable Finance Platform of the EU, is member of the International Advisory Group of the Shift’s Valuing Respect Project, member of the Natural Capital Coalitions Advisory Panel and member of the practitioner council of Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative. Before his current position, Christian Heller was leading BASF’s Value-to-Society program and had various roles in communications, sustainability and human resources such as leading the human rights program.

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Eoin Murray

Head of Investment, Federated Hermes

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Eoin is Head of Investment and a member of Hermes’ Executive Committee. He also leads the Investment Office, which is responsible to clients for the investment teams’ consistent delivery of responsible, risk-adjusted performance and adherence to the processes which earned them their ‘kitemarks’. Eoin has 30 years’ investment experience. He joined Hermes from GSA Capital Partners, where he was a fund manager. Before this, he was Chief Investment Officer at Old Mutual from 2004 to 2008 and held senior positions at Callanish Capital Partners LLP and Northern Trust Global Investments. Eoin is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, Upper Warden member of the Guild of Investment Managers, and a Fellow of the RSA.

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Tom Verheye

Principal Adviser for Green Finance and Investments, DG Environment, European Commission

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Thomas Verheye is Principal Advisor at the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment on matters relating to sustainable finance and investment. He advises the Director General and senior managers on strategic directions and actions necessary for promoting greening the financial system and the economy. His prior positions include several other managerial responsibilities at the Commission including for EU policies on air quality, ozone depleting substances and fluorinated gases, innovative financing solutions relating to climate and energy, technology transfer under the UNFCCC, the auto-oil programme, etc. Previous employers include the Bank of New York (VP corporate action at the bank's global custody branch), the International Monetary Fund (Treasurer's department) and Ernst & Young (Audit). He holds a bachelor and master's degree in business economics from the University of Ghent and an MSc in audit and tax from the Vlerick Business School.

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Alan Johnson

President, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)

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Alan Johnson is the President of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), having joined the IFAC Board in November 2015. He is a former NED of Jerónimo Martins SGPS, S.A., a food retailer, having previously served as the CFO from 2012 to 2014. He was the Chief Audit Executive of Unilever, the Chief Financial Officer of Unilever's Global Foods businesses, and has worked in Africa, Europe and Latin America. His other current roles include chair of the Board of Governors of St. Julian’s British School in Portugal, and on the Board of Trustees of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC). He was a NED at the UK Department for International Development and chaired its Audit & Risk Assurance Committee.

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Mark Gough (Moderator)

CEO, Capitals Coalition

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Mark Gough is the CEO of the Capitals Coalition, a global collaboration of business, governments and civil society that is transforming the way that decisions are made by including the value provided by nature and people. Previously, Mark led the Natural Capital Coalition and was on the board of the Social and Human Capital Coalition. He championed and delivered the bringing together of these two communities, creating a unified, systemic, collaborative approach. Mark has worked extensively in the private sector, leading programs and strategy for the Crown Estate and Reed Elsevier (now RELX), as well as advising many more. Among other board and advisory positions, Mark is on the Advisory Board for TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Water Mandate and an advisor on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

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Cristianne Close

Global Leader, Markets Practice, WWF

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Cristianne leads WWF’s Markets Practice, providing strategic direction and leadership for WWF’s work on markets and sustainable production and consumption. She has extensive experience in sustainability, strategy and business development. She has worked for McDonald's and Syngenta, as well as foundations, designing projects in Latin America, India and Africa focused on sustainable value chains, community enterprise and smallholder market access. A Brazilian/Argentine national, Cris holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is based in Florianopolis, Brazil.

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Thomas van Craen

Managing Director, Triodos Bank Belgium

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After 20 years in a European banking group, Thomas Van Craen joined Triodos Bank in September 2015, as Director of Business Banking. In September 2016, Thomas was appointed as Managing Director at Triodos Bank in Belgium. Triodos Bank is a frontrunner in sustainable banking. It is serving more than 700,000 clients in 5 countries. It exclusively finances projects that have a positive environmental, social and cultural impact, in sectors such as renewable energy, health care or sustainable real estate.

Thomas is a member of the Standards Advisory Committee of B-Lab, the non-profit organisation behind the B-Corp certification. He has also the Chairman of the Board of Solifin, a network of financial actors active in the Belgian impact economy, and a board member of Trividend, a Flemish impact investment fund.

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Sascha Liese

Corporate Sustainability Manager, Symrise

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Sascha Liese is a business & biodiversity expert with an academic background in biology, environmental systems science and sustainable development. He works as Corporate Sustainability Manager with Symrise, a globally leading flavor, fragrance and cosmetic ingredient manufacturer headquartered in Germany. Since 2016, Sascha has been responsible for the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the sustainability management system at Symrise. Sascha is member of the International Fragrance and Flavor associations’ Nagoya Protocol Task Force, board member of the German Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative and lecturer for Corporate Biodiversity Management within a sustainability MBA program at Leuphana University of Lueneburg.

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Jennie Granstorm

Business expert Biodiversity, H&M Group

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Jennie Granström is a business expert within biodiversity, animal welfare and material ethics. Over the past 11 years, Jennie has worked at H&M Group. She has extensive knowledge in business processes and is deeply experienced in business transformation. Most recent positions has been within the Global sustainability department. Jennie has a strong passion for nature and in August 2020, she started the position to drive the new ambition for Biodiversity.

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Akanksha Khatri

Head of Nature Action Agenda for World Economic Forum’s Platform for Global Public Goods, WEF

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Akanksha Khatri is Head of Nature Action Agenda for World Economic Forum’s Platform for Global Public Goods. Prior to this, she worked as Lead on Government Engagement for India and South Asia followed by an extended remit as Chief of Staff and Head of Strategy and Performance for the Forum’s Regional and Government Engagement globally. She has also had experience working at HT Media Ltd. which is the second largest media company in India. She holds a BA (Hons.) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, USA. She was a Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum (2013-16).

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Florence Jeantet

Managing Director, One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B)

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Florence Jeantet is the Managing Director of OP2B coalition since January 2020 and has been leading the coalition since then. Florence has an unrelenting passion to turn science into innovation and it has been a driving force in her career. After 13 years at Unilever, she has been dedicated to the mission of Danone for the last 15 years –leading the business to live “Health through food to as many people as possible.” Whilst classically trained as an “Ingenieur (Ms)” in Food Science and Technology, Florence made her greatest impact through her leadership across many functions , roles and teams . Managing people internationally for more than 20 years, hierarchically and functionally, she evolves from Research & Development, Medical Marketing and Sales VP, to Chief Growth officer of the Early lifeWorldwide Business.

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Martin Berg (Moderator)

Partner, Pollination

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Martin is a Partner at Pollination, a specialist climate change advisory and investment firm, accelerating the transition to a net zero, climate resilient future. His focus at Pollination is to build out investment ideas for environmental asset classes such as natural capital and carbon markets. He joined Pollination from the European Investment Bank (EIB) where he led investments into new sectors including natural capital and the blue economy, developing new business models and blended finance solutions for more developed low carbon sectors, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. He also supervised the Natural Capital Financing Facility, a pioneering joint EIB and European Commission initiative, and raised over EUR 2 billion for carbon, capture and storage and innovative renewable energy demonstration projects as part of the NER300 initiative. He served on the Board of Directors for the Green for Growth Fund in Luxembourg and was Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London responsible for carbon finance. Martin also worked for the environmental investment firm RNK Capital in New York, the OECD Climate Change Unit in Paris and started his career at the UNFCCC in Bonn.

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Thomas Dodd

Team Leader, Non-Financial Reporting, DG FISMA, European Commission

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Since 2018 Tom Dodd has been team leader for sustainability reporting in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA). He started his career in the European Commission in 1996, managing humanitarian aid to various African countries. After four years in the European Commission Delegation in Nicaragua, he then worked on EU policy on corporate social responsibility, and subsequently on the bioeconomy and bio-based industries. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and at the College of Europe in Bruges.

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Joris van Toor

Policy Advisor at the Supervisory Policy Division, De Nederlandsche Bank

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Joris van Toor is a Policy Advisor at the Supervisory Policy Division of De Nederlandsche Bank. He studied Econometrics & Operations Research and Quantitative Finance & Actuarial Sciences at Tilburg University. From 2014 to 2017 he did his PhD research at the TIAS School for Business and Society – Tilburg University on the performance of banks. This year he published the report Indebted to nature on biodiversity related risks for the Dutch financial sector.

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Robert-Alexandre Poujade

ESG analyst, BNP Paribas Asset Management

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Robert-Alexandre joined the ESG research team of BNPP AM in 2015 and is in charge of the financials, consumer staples, retail, forest, packaging, chemicals and agro-chemicals sectors. Robert-Alexandre has been leading BNPP AM thinking on natural capital and is a member of the Zoological Society of London SPOTT Timber, Pulp and Paper Technical Advisory Group. Prior to his current role, he spent four years as a Structurer in the Structured, Guaranteed and Asymmetric Solutions team of BNPP AM.

Robert-Alexandre earned a Master in Management, majoring in Finance at ESCP Europe - Business School, Paris (2010).

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Peter van der Werf

Senior Engagement Specialist, Team Lead Engagement Director, Robeco

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Peter van der Werf is Senior Engagement Specialist, leading Robeco’s engagement program and managing the engagement research efforts in the Active Ownership team. With his engagement work he challenged sustainability leadership at more than 200 global food & agri, agrochemicals and pharma companies to align their strategy with Robeco’s sustainable investing philosophy. As a global expert in sustainable food production he is a recognized speaker at global conferences and in financial media. Peter maintains a large network of civil society partners and academics on sustainability in global supply chains. He is an Advisory Committee member of a number of PRI working groups and is active in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in various committees. Peter gained over four years of professional experience in business development in frontier markets before joining Robeco in 2011. He holds a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University.

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Crispin Waymouth

Deputy Head of Unit of SME Internationalisation, DG GROW, European Commission

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Crispin Waymouth has been Deputy Head of the SME Internationalisation unit since March 2017. The unit covers the work of the Enterprise Europe Network and Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme as well as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Crispin joined the Commission in 1999 and has carried out a number of roles including on financial market regulation, representing the Commission in its Delegation to the United States.

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Sharon Machado (Moderator)

Portfolio Head of Business Reporting

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Sharon is the portfolio head of business reporting at ACCA, the global professional body for accountants. In her role, she holistically represents ACCA’s business reporting view, supported by a team of business reporting experts. Sharon and her team generate future looking thought leadership research and shape policy for the accountancy profession. This business reporting capability extends to corporate both financial and non-financial reporting, audit and assurance, tax and business law. Sharon has developed a passion for education and continual development, which she regularly shares in her outputs and engagements.

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Zsofia Kerecsen

Team Leader Corporate Governance Team, DG JUST, European Commission

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Zsofia Kerecsen, Policy Officer at DG Justice, joined the European Commission in 2004. She works in the Corporate governance unit of DG Justice and Consumers. She was involved in the negotiations on the revision of the Shareholders Rights Directive and she is responsible for sustainable corporate governance. Before joining DG Justice, she worked in DG FISMA.

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Johan Lammerant

Lead Expert Natural Capital and Biodiversity, Arcadis

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Johan Lammerant is a senior expert in the fields of natural capital accounting and business & biodiversity within Arcadis. He is a co-author of the Natural Capital Protocol (2016). Since 2017 he is leading the EU Business & Biodiversity Platform’s workstream on Methods. In that position he is coordinating work on assessing biodiversity measurement approaches and metrics for businesses and financial institutions and on developing a decision framework for companies on how to select the most suitable measurement approaches. As a consultant for UNSD (UN Statistical Division) he is involved in the NCAVES project (Natural Capital Accounting – Valuation of Ecosystem Services) in which he explores potential alignment between national (SEEA EEA) and corporate NCA approaches.

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Charles Snoeck

Beyond Chocolate Program Manager, IDH

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For more than 10 years, Charles has been building bridges that connect stakeholders of different horizons in the pursuit of ambitious sustainability objectives. After studying in Brussels and Ghent, Charles joined WWF-Belgium. In 2017, Charles became head of advocacy at Fairtrade Belgium. This was the start of a deep dive in the world of cocoa. Since September 2020, Charles is Program Manager for Beyond Chocolate, the Belgian partnership for sustainable cocoa, initiated by Minister Alexander De Croo in December 2018. Partners in the initiative are engaged to enable living incomes for cocoa growers and end deforestation.

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Thierry Noesen

CEO, Belvas

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Thierry Noesen, Master in Economic Sciences, is Chief Executive Officer of Belvas, a Belgian company that he transformed into a 100% fair trade and organic chocolate factory. Thierry is also Director of Choprabisco, Federation of Chocolatiers and a key contributor to the Beyond Chocolate initiative. Before Belvas, Thierry was active in chocolate marketing, working for Nestlé. He also worked for Gudrune, a leading global manufacturer of Belgian chocolates, and took the position of a BASF Admin Delegate of BASF audio video & computer systems for 14 years.

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Julius Palm

Director Sustainability and Innovation, Followfood GmbH

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Julius Palm works at the interfaces between science, society, nature and business. With his studies of cultural sociology, he focused on the societal relationships to nature and on the question of “the good life”. At the heart of his work, it is about the compatibility of society and what we call nature. His main focus: food and agriculture as the biggest lever for a socio-ecological transformation. Right now, he is working on these topics as the responsible person for sustainability and innovation at the pioneering food company followfood. The purpose: how to be a regenerative business.

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Mafalda Pinto

CEO, Scoop

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Mafalda Mota Pinto is the founder and CEO of the textile industry Scoop Portugal, she lives in Porto where she studied languages and worked as a translator, before starting her own project back in 1991. Since then, she advocates for a more humane, inclusive, and ethical textile industry, engaging and embracing causes that leads to her commitment to the UNGC SDG’s Agenda 2030 and the committed to set a science-based emissions target and global compact Gender Target Equality. Engaged with the work-life balance compact, was one of the founders of the program to help provide employees balance between professional-personal-familiar life.

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Lara Piret (Moderator)

Change Facilitator, The Shift

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Lara is part-time expert in change facilitation at The Shift, the Belgian meeting point for sustainability, and part-time working at CSA Grondsmaak, a community supported agriculture farm. This allows her to combine her passion for food, nature and biodiversity at an intellectual level with the joy to experience it on the field and in nature.

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Sofie Defour

Young Changemaker

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29 years young, Sofie Defour has already earned her stripes as policy expert, climate activist and ‘Changemaker’. Sofie is an expert on shipping policies at Transport and Environment (T&E), Europe's leading clean transport campaign group. Before joining T&E she worked as policy adviser on climate, energy and transition for a major Belgian political party. Too passionate to stay behind her desk, Sofie is a seasoned grassroots activist. She co-launched the first Belgian citizen climate movement and organized the biggest climate march in Belgian history. Sofie believes in the unstoppable power of committed citizens. She was selected by The Shift, the Belgian meeting point for sustainability, as one of 30 young ‘Changemakers’.

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Majda Dabaghi

Director of Inclusive & Green Growth, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

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Majda Dabaghi is the Director of Inclusive & Green Growth at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – the institutional representative of 45 million companies in over 100 countries. Majda heads ICC’s work on sustainability, climate action and biodiversity, leading business engagement that promotes inclusive economic growth in line with the UN Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals. Majda is also the UNFCCC Focal Point for business and industry non-governmental organisations, promoting the private sector commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement by demonstrating private sector leadership and action and providing constructive policy input from business to the UNFCCC process. In 2020, Majda co-founded the SME Climate Hub.

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Begijn Le Bleu

PR and communications assisstant, Corridor.

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Begijn loves nature communication which engages and educates a public by means of strategic storytelling. Being a stand-up-comedian, Begijn found that he could bring the message of climate change and the need for more biodiversity to a larger public. He also started a podcast on biodiversity and wrote a book about ornithology. When Corridor asked him to join them to develop more communication tools to support the green thought, Begijn answered ‘YES’.

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Emmanuelle Maire

Head of Unit ‘Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption’, DG Environment, European Commission

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Emmanuelle Maire works at the European Commission in Brussels, in the Directorate general for Environment (DG ENV). She heads the team responsible for Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption. The core activity of the team is to support the transition to a circular and green economy in the European Union. She held several positions before that with the European Commission, being Head of unit for multilateral environmental cooperation (2015-2018), and Head of Unit for the EU Internal market in aviation (2010-2015). Prior to that, between 2001 and 2010, she was a desk officer in the field of competition law, preparing the European Commission decisions on the permissibility of state aid to airlines. She was as a member of the EU aviation team that negotiated the first 'Open skies' agreement between the European Union and the United States. She also assisted the Director of Air Transport in the general coordination of European aviation. Emmanuelle Maire graduated in political science and international relations from the Universities of Grenoble and Paris-Panthéon Sorbonne in France, studied political science in Germany and holds a European Masters degree from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

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Guido Lena

Director for Sustainable Development, SMEunited

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Guido Lena (Italian–1965) has been Director for Environmental Affairs in UEAPME from 1999 till 2008, when he was appointed Director for Sustainable Development, extending his competences to energy and climate change. His experience covers the challenges and the opportunities of sustainability in SMEs. He’s been a member of several consultative committees and high level groups set up by the EU Commission and worked as an expert for the EESC. Due to the recent name change of his organisation, he’s been Director for Sustainable Development in SMEunited since November 2018.

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