• October 7, 2022

    Mazovia Circular Congress

International Mazovia Circular Congress

Mazovia Circular Congress is one of the biggest international events about circular economy. Its goal is to promote the idea of a circular economy, support sustainable business models and establish cooperation between interested stakeholders.

The Congress is the closing day of Circular Week 2022 and will take place on 7 October 2022. We will meet in the historical, revitalised building in Warsaw city centre –  “Dom Towarowy Braci Jabłkowskich” at 25 Bracka Street. The event will involve the participation of small and large firms, start-ups, investors, representatives of public administration, local governments, enterprises, managers dealing with sustainable development and CSR and the media.


The Congress will feature lectures and discussion panels among international experts representing areas such as macroeconomics, bio-economy, urban infrastructure, waste management and plastics. There will also be workshops and matchmaking sessions organized in collaboration with experts and companies. It will be an excellent opportunity for international networking, promoting your activities internationally and exchanging ideas during networking sessions.


The event will have a hybrid format. You are encouraged to attend in person, however, if you are unable to come, you are welcome to participate in the interactive online version. Each session will be streamed ‘live’ and you will be able to ask questions of the experts in real-time. We also plan online workshops exclusively for ‘online’ participants and attendees. 


The organizer is INNOWO – Institute for Innovation and Responsible Development, Polish Circular Hotspot in cooperation with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.






8.30 – 9.00
Registration of participants in the studio, welcome coffee
8.30 – 9.00
9.00 – 10:05
Opening session: Where are we and where are we going in the context of the circular economy?
9.00 – 10:05
9.00 – 10:05
Moderator: Agnieszka Sznyk, Ph.D( INNOWO, European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform),
Moderator: Sanne Kaasjager (Head Economic Department / Trade Counsellor Royal Netherlands Embassy)
9.00 – 10:05
Keynote speeches
9.00 – 9.15: Virginijus Sinkevičius (EU Commissioner for the Environment)
9.15 - 9.25: Adam Struzik (Marshal of the Mazovian Voivodeship)
9.25 – 9.40: Andrea Liverani (Lead Sustainable Development Specialist with the Environment Department at the World Bank)
9.40 – 9.55: Alberto Arroyo Schnell (Head of Policy and Programme at the European Regional Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature)
9.55 - 10.05: Agata Czachórska (Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA Group)
10.05 - 11.00
Circularity GAP Report Poland - challenges, barriers enablers international cooperation
How circular is Poland?
Innowo, Circle Economy and Natural State are analyzing Poland's state of circularity to drive the country's circular transition.
a. Presentation of the CGR report, along with possible synergies on the path to circularity with Norway
b. Circularity gap in other countries – building on shared experience. Comparison to Norway, the Netherlands, Czechia, Austria etc.
c. Discussion panel
10.05 - 11.00
Moderator: Agnieszka Sznyk, Ph.D (INNOWO, European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform)
Moderator: Sanne Kaasjager (Head Economic Department / Trade Counsellor Royal Netherlands Embassy)
• Robert Chciuk (Director of the Waste Management Department - Polish Ministry of Climate Representative)
• Cathrine Barth (Co-founder Circularities; Circular Strategist at Natural State)
• Freek van Eijk(Holland Circular Hotspot)
• Elin Bergman (COO @Cradlenet, co-founder and managing partner @Nordic Circular Hotspot),
• Matthew Fraser(Circle Economy)
• Marlena Tryka (Polish Ministry of Economic Development)
11.00– 11.15
Coffee break
11.00– 11.15
11.15 – 12:00
Cities as centres of circular transformation
11.15 – 12:00
Moderator and Introductory presentation: Helena O'Rourke-Potocki (ICLEI)
Moderator: Jarosław Górski Ph.D (University of Warsaw)
• Heleen van Wijk (Business Manager Circular Economy at Groningen Seaports)
• Andrzej Łazęcki (Director of the Division of Municipal Economy and Climate at the Cracow City Hall)
• Małgorzata Michalska (Head of Social Innovation Department at Centre for Urban Innovation in Rzeszów)
• Mariusz Rukat (The Mazovian Marshal Office)
• Kathrin Jakobsen (Department for innovation and economic development, Vestland County Council)
• Nina Ekelund (the Executive Director of the Haga Initiative)
12:00 - 12.45
Influencing responsible consumption and production – interrelation between business and customer
12:00 - 12.45
Moderator: Małgorzata Koszewska Ph.D. (Lodz University of Technology)
Introductory presentation by Nina Ekelund (Executive Director of the Haga Initiative)
•Agata Czachórska (Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA Group)
•Andrzej Krzyszczak (Director of the Technical and Environmental Consulting Division at Multiconsult Polska)
•Anna Sapota (Vice President Public Affairs Eastern Europe North at TOMRA)
• Jakub Tyczkowski (President of the Management Board, Rekopol Packaging Recovery Organization)
•Leszek Kąsek (Senior Economist - Sustainability, Bureau of Macroeconomic Analyses at ING Bank Slaski)
•Alexander Haneng (Director of innovative partners in Posten Norge)
12.45 - 13.30
Lunch break
12.45 - 13.30
13.30 - 14.15
Bioeconomy and sustainable food management
13.30 - 14.15
Moderator: Agnieszka Sznyk Ph.D (INNOWO, European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform)
• Andreas Thurner(European Economic and Social Committee)
• Egide VandeVelde (Director of Alternative Fuels Europe, New Holland Agriculture)
•Joanna Trybus (Deputy Director of the Agricultural Markets Department at Polish Ministry of Agriculture)
•Hans Kleivdal Dr. scient. (Deputy EVP and Head of Business Development, Climate & Environment, NORCE)
• Nadir Hamidou (Head of Manufacturing, DANONE Nordics-Poland-Central&Eastern Europe)

14.15 - 15.15
Table session with circular companies
Circular companies presentations/workshops and matchmaking with Congress attendees.
IKEA, REKOPOL, Ozarka, Rebread, YoYo Boost Reuse, ZNIKA opakowania, Horizon - NCBR (KPK), Multiconsult Polska, Circular Floating Districts, Humatico&Hydratico, Antalis
14.15 - 15.15
Reaching for "the low-hanging fruits" on the path to circularity
a) circular cities – addressing the most important source of resource consumption
b) circular bioeconomy as an essential part of green transition
c) Circular start-ups and their current and long term competitiveness
d) Treating circularity as an advantage, and not a hurdle for financing
Moderator: Einar Kleppe Holthe (CEO of Natural State, Strategic Project Leader at Nordic Circular Hotspot
Moderator: Prof. Joanna Kulczycka (Institute of Mineral and Energy Economy of the Polish Academy of Sciences - IGSMiE PAN)
• Siren Knudsen (Director of Office and Internal Processes at PURO Hotels)
• Anna Kozera Szałkowska Ph.D.(Managing Director at PlasticsEurope Polska)
• Anna Sapota ( Vice President for Government Relations for North-Eastern Europe at TOMRA)
• Paulina Kaczmarek (Head of Sustainability at Danone Poland)
• Marcel den Hollander (RUAS Professor Circular Design & Manufacturing)


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