October 7, 2022
Mazovia Circular Congress
Speakers OF MAZOVIA CIRCULAR CONGRESS 2022
Adam Krzysztof Struzik – doctor of medicine, parliamentarian, politician, committed to the communityand self-government. He was the marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland from 1993 to 1997, senator of II, III, and IV tenure and since 2001 he has been the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. In 2007 he was chosen to be the Vice-chairman of the Union of the Voivodeships of the Republic of Poland, the main tasks of which are: support for the idea of territorial self-government, the protection of mutual interests of voivodeships, the aspiration for social and economic development of the polish voivodeships.
Since 2004, the Marshal of Mazovia Voivodeship is a member of the Committee of the Regions. On the 10th of February 2010 he has been appointed to the Bureau of the Committee of the Regions. He participates in the committees: COTER (Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy) and ENVE (Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Energy).
Promoter of cultural, scientific and business cooperation in the Mazovia Voivodeship. Initiator of projects and programs related to, i.a. innovation and economic competitiveness, e-development, security, protection and dissemination of cultural heritage. He is involved in the matters of the region, its sustainable and dynamic multifaceted development, he cares for the effective pro-development strategy and building the information and civil society. Under his leadership Mazovia has become one of the best developing European regions.
Sanne Kaasjager started in his position as Economic Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy in Poland in February 2019. He has been working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1998. First at the UN department, than as a diplomat in Sri Lanka and Geneva. He returned to the ministry in The Hague in 2007 and took positions in climate negotiations, peacekeeping operations and relations with Africa, as senior expert and manager. Nowadays, trade promotion and economic policy are the two legs he stands on, trying to translate Dutch business interests and the sustainable development goals into a win-win for the Netherlands and Poland.
Freek van Eijk is CEO of Holland Circular Hotspot. The Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) Foundation is a public-private initiative, that wants to make Circular Economy happen by sharing Dutch knowledge and innovation and stimulate international partnerships by connecting governments, knowledge institutions and businesses. HCH creates and strengthen Circular Economy export and investment opportunities, stimulates knowledge exchange and at the same time accelerates reaching societal goals like the Paris Climate objectives and SDG’s.
Freek van Eijk is also vice-chair of the Circular and Biobased Delta (CBBD), an alliance of Dutch provinces, businesses and knowledge centres in the delta region of the provinces of North Brabant, Zeeland and South Holland. Together, we are pioneering a sustainable circular and biobased economy. The CBBD support initiatives to use biomass as a raw material in the chemical, construction and packaging industries
He is one of the more senior Dutch experts in the field of Waste Management and Circular Economy (CE) and a frequent member of jury in innovation challenges. He also serves as Managing Director of Acceleratio.
Previously, he served for over a decade as Director of strategy and PA at multinational SUEZ and served as a board member at the Dutch Waste Management Association, the Society and Enterprise Foundation (SMO) and acted as a Sherpa of the EU Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.
He is and MSc. Eng. (Delft University of Technology)
Doctor of Sciences title obtained on Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Expert in the field of sustainable production and consumption, circular economy and economic aspects of Polish healthcare system. For many years was connected with nongovernmental organizations. Currently works as President of the Board of Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development, think tank which operating in development and implementation of systemic changes for sustainable socio-economic progress – www.innowo.org
Participated as an expert in Pan European projects e.g. Horizon 2020 “R2Pi route from linear to circular economy”. Initiator and coordinator of Polish Circular Hotspot nationwide programme for transition into circular economy – www.circularhotspot.pl
Circular Economy expert at CE Working Group under National Smart Specialization appointed by the Steering Committee, consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Development, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy.
Agata is a circularity enthusiast, business-development-through-
Dr Anna Kozera-Szałkowska – Managing Director at PlasticsEurope Polska. A chemist from education, received her Master and PhD degrees in a field of polymer chemistry in the Chemical Faculty of Warsaw University of Technology). She also completed post-graduate studies in communication at Instytut Badań Literackich PAN. She worked as journalist and editor in chief for specialized magazines on plastics, cosmetics and ecology, and afterwards as a technical and advocacy manager for the industry association of FMCG.
Research Director at INNOWO. A long-time employee of the Economic Institute of the National Bank of Poland, where he was working on, inter alia, econometric projections and regulatory impact assessment. Currently he deals in sustainable economic development, both in circular economy area as well as health economics. He has led a vast number of circular economy projects, ranging from plastics’ sustainable usage, circular business opportunities and circular business models, to waste hierarchy implementation. He is interested in influencing real, measurable circular transition in areas where the urgency or the potential efficiency of such practices is the highest, e.g. construction, bioeconomy and the energy sector. To this end he carries out i.a. economic analyses, regulatory impact studies, roadmap development and case studies. In the realm of health economics he deals in burden of disease analysis, the effects of health on macroeconomic stance as well as cost-benefit analyses. The health project he has led range from innovative medical therapies health economic effects to COVID-19 fiscal outcomes.
Dr Anna Małgorzata Sapota – Vice President for Government Relations for North-Eastern Europe within the TOMRA Group</strong>, which is a supplier of technological solutions for collection and sorting of food, mining and waste management. As part of her professional duties for the TOMRA Group, Ms. Sapota is responsible for shaping the Group’s position in relation to changes in legislation in the field of environmental protection and waste management in its broadest sense and for maintaining relations with public administration bodies and market stakeholders. In 2020, she took up this position, earlier she was responsible for organisational and legal matters and government relations in the packaging recovery organisation, which is part of the group of companies manufacturing metal and glass packaging. She received a doctorate in law from the Jagiellonian University and a master’s degree in international law from the University of Orleans
Matthew Fraser – Head of Research and Development at Circle Economy. Matthew has worked in the field of circular economy for over 10 years, advising businesses, cities, and national governments. He is in charge of setting Circle Economy’s research agenda and is leading the Circularity Gap Reporting initiative. He is motivated by using data to paint a picture of what a future economy could look like, and how we can deliver prosperity within the boundaries of our planet.
Alberto Arroyo Schnell is Head of Policy and Programme at the European Regional Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He initiated and chairs the Leadership Group on Biodiversity and Climate of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. He has held leading positions on EU environmental policy for over 15 years, previously chairing the European Habitats Forum and leading the European biodiversity work at WWF. His current focus includes working together with the key sectors related to / impacted by / benefiting from biodiversity and nature, aiming to find ways to achieve the environmental targets jointly and to ensure ownership of these targets by all stakeholders. He has a background in Forestry Engineering.
development, stakeholder management, networking, policy support and public relations in the field of bioeconomy, sustainability and circular economy. He is working at the interface between academia, industry and policy-making and has a strong passion for cooperative research and inter-sectorial, trans-disciplinary collaboration as a key for achieving the ambitious goals of a healthier and more sustainable society.
Simone is currently Senior Research Advisor in the Bioeconomy sector at the Research Support Service Division of the University of Bologna, where he contributed to qualify the University of Bologna as the first Italian University for capacity of attracting EU funding in the bioeconomy sector. Simone is currently representing the University of Bologna in a number of initiatives, such as the European Bioeconomy University, FOODforce, EIT Food, among others.
Helena O’Rourke-Potocki joined ICLEI Europe as a Circular Economy and Procurement Officer in February 2022. She provides circular economy and circular public procurement expertise to various projects such as CityLoops, BUS Go-Circular, and, the Intelligent Cities Challenge among others.
She previously worked as a Policy Research Officer for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation where she analysed circular economy-related policies and developed a circular public procurement framework for city governments.
She has also worked on environmental and regional policies at the European Policy Centre, a Brussels-based think-tank, DG REGIO, Politico Europe, and the former Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MIiR). Aside from her professional commitments, she has been involved in a number of initiatives, including co-founding the London Car Free Day campaign in 2017. She holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Political Science and Geography from Trinity College Dublin. She also studied at Charles University in Prague, in the context of an Erasmus exchange.
Andrea Liverani is a Lead Sustainable Development Specialist with the Environment Department at the World Bank. He has over 20 years’ experience in research, policy as well as financial and advisory support to governments, much of it focused on issues of environmental sustainability and climate change.
Before joining the Bank Andrea worked for the OECD Development Assistance Committee Secretariat, and previously held positions in government, academia and private consulting. Andrea has a PhD and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Robert Chciuk is a graduate of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Cracow University of Technology. He completed post-graduate studies at the University of Environmental Management in Warsaw, specializing in environmental management. From 1992, he was associated with the water and wastewater management industry, he worked in managerial positions in municipal economy enterprises and the private sector, dealing with the implementation of modern water and wastewater treatment technologies. From 2004, he led investments and was in teams implementing projects in the field of water and sewage and waste management co-financed from EU funds. From August 1, 2018, he was the Director of the Regional Water Management Board in Warsaw in Polish Waters, from April 1, 2020 he was the Deputy President of the National Water Management Authority Polskie. Robert Chciuk On March 15, 2022, he assumed the position of the Director of the Waste Management Department at the Ministry of Climate and Environment.
Heleen van Wijk is Business Manager Circular Economy at Groningen Seaports and responsible for all recycling related companies within both ports, Delfzijl and Eemshaven. Groningen Seaports is at the forefront of the circular economy with an innovative circular cluster and ongoing sustainable investments and believes in an integrated approach between several companies active both in her ports as well as the circular economy.
Heleen has finished her master’s degree at the University of Groningen and has a strong focus on combining circular economy with energy transition and innovation, therefore she has founded a start-up community together with Economic Board Groningen facilitating high tech solution start-ups with industrial focus in Eemshaven. Furthermore, Heleen is chairman of the Northern Netherlands Plastic Foundation, where she applies her intrinsic drive to tackle the global plastic problem and focuses on a future-proof society through education, awareness and prevention
Alexander Haneng is SVP Innovation Partnerships at Norwegian Post and Bring, a Nordic mail and logistics company with annual revenue of €2.5 billion. It was ranked by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Climate Leaders 2022, and voted Norway’s most innovative company 2019 and 2021. You can always find Alexander in a pair of brightly colored sneakers, usually on a stage talking about his passions: corporate innovation and circular economy. He is the host of the popular leadership podcast “Ledertips with Alexnder Haneng” and the co-founder of DigitalBar, Norway’s largest networking event.
Elin Bergman is known for being the Circular Economy Queen of Sweden. She is one of the co-founders of the Nordic Circular Hotspot, a collaboration platform for accelerating circular economy in the region, and is also the COO and spokesperson of the Swedish circular economy network Cradlenet. For many years she worked as WWF Sweden’s circular economy expert, where she developed the international circular economy network Baltic Stewardship Initiative, to enable the recirculation of nutrients in the Baltic Sea region in the agri-food sector. She has previous experience as Marketing and Communications Manager at the sustainability consultancies Tricorona and Respect.
Einar Kleppe Holthe is the president and founder of the Oslo-based Natural State studio specializing in change management and value creation. Holthe is also the Managing Partner of the Nordic Circular Hotspot and the main strategist in the development of the project. With over 20 years of experience in job creation and market development, Holthe has built and implemented many major development projects in the public and private sectors, such as the Innovation Cluster Arena Oslo, an international brand strategy for the city of Oslo, as well as several urban development projects. Prior to joining Natural State Holthe, he was CEO of Stockfleths AS for 12 years, which led him to acquire and rebrand Fuglen (Oslo, Tokyo). He is also the founder of Norwegian Icons, a promotion program for the Norwegian furniture industry.
Andrzej Krzyszczak – Director of the Technical and Environmental Consulting Division at Multiconsult Polska, has over 25 years of experience as an environmental and technical advisor, environmental auditor, auditor of environmental management systems, contractor of environmental documentation necessary in investment processes and in ensuring the ongoing operation of industrial plants. As an environmental expert, he participated in World Bank projects in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. He participated in the work for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other financing organizations as an expert assessing environmental and social obligations, environmental impact, compliance with legal requirements (e.g. best available techniques) and the requirements of financing organizations. Project manager with many years of experience in managing multidisciplinary teams in consulting projects in various industries, including energy, metallurgy, chemical, cement, glass, paper and device manufacturing.
- Born in 1981 in Villach, Region of Carinthia, Austria
- Grew up on a mixed farm (dairy and forestry)
- Studies: Agriculture at the University of natural resources and life sciences, Vienna
- Since 2009 – ongoing: representation of farmers interests at the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture in various positions, currently Director for EU and International Affairs;
- Since 2014 – ongoing: Member of the EESC, focusing on Matters related to Agriculture & Forestry, Bio-Economy, Circular-Economy, Food; currently President of the Permanent Group on Sustainable Food Systems
Andrzej Łazęcki – Director of the Municipal Economy and Climate Department of the Krakow City Hall. Responsible for planning the development of municipal infrastructure and the city’s policy towards climate change. Coordinator of the field of Municipal Economy in the municipal management system. Initiator and leader of urban projects related to climate transformation and adaptation to climate change. Engineer with over 35 years of experience in energy planning, energy efficiency and municipal infrastructure planning.
„Our planet has limited resources, development based on the exploitation of resources meets natural limits. We need circular solutions, respect for resources, and use the benefits of the environment. The city of Krakow implements ambitious climate goals, the circular economy is an important part of our climate strategy. The Circulaity Gap Report Poland significantly broadens our knowledge and understanding of challenges and opportunities.”
Marlena Tryka – deputy director in the Department of Innovation and Industrial Policy, Ministry of Development and Technology
- Deputy director in the Department of Innovation and Industrial Policy at the Ministry of Development, Labor and Technology, responsible for green economy issues and implementation of industrial regulations. He has been performing this function since March 2020.
- The scope of her duties includes, inter alia, for developing support mechanisms for energy-intensive enterprises and implementing key regulations in the field of the chemical industry.
- Previously, she held the position of deputy director in the Economic Analysis Department at the Ministry of Development. She also gained professional experience in financial institutions and in the non-governmental sector, where she dealt mainly with the issues of economic analyzes.
- Economist and public finance manager by education. She graduated from the Jagiellonian University and the University of Economics in Krakow in the fields of Economics and Economy and Public Administration.
Jarosław Górski combines professional practice (consulting) with knowledge and experience in research and teaching at the university.
Doctor of Economics. Assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Warsaw in the Department of Management and Information Technology. Graduate of economic and managerial studies. Director of post-diploma studies “Innovative Economy. The Role of Economic Policy”. A board member of the Best Place Foundation – European Place Marketing Institute, a founding member of the International Place Branding Association, advisor to the President of the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation, advisor to the cities in the Association of Polish Cities in the field of leisure industries.
He has several years of experience in cooperating with central and local government administration in consulting, analytical and educational projects. Co-author of many city and regional brand strategies, promotion programmes and development strategies. He derives satisfaction from the fact that with a group of committed and competent officials, NGOs, entrepreneurs, experts and often residents he could co-create strategic solutions for several dozen Polish cities and regions, including Warsaw and Krakow. He cooperated with agencies responsible for economic development and promotion of Poland, including the Polish Tourism Organisation, the Polish Agency for Trade and Investment, the Polish Development Fund and the Polish Economic Institute.
He willingly shares his knowledge and experience conducting numerous trainings for local government officials, employees of enterprises and young people. He taught in Poland and in Great Britain (London and Oxford). He is the author of several postgraduate studies, including the first postgraduate programme in Poland on territorial marketing and studies on innovation policy, conducted by University of Warsaw in partnership with the National Bank of Poland.
Siren Knudsen is a Norwegian citizen living in Poland for the last 24 years. Having completed her Management studies in Bath, UK, she has worked for several industries in several roles where transformation, digitalisation and wellbeing have been a red thread throughout her career.
Currently she is, among other things, responsible for ESG in PURO Hotels, and she is a Board Member in the Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce, with special attention to Circular Economy in SPCCs activities.
PURO Hotels is a lifestyle hospitality brand, valuing innovation and creativity with art and design as cornerstones.
Siren is married and has two adult daughters.
Nina Ekelund has 25 years of experience in climate and environmental issues within the political and business arena, and 15 years working with climate change within the business sector. Nina founded the business network Haga Initiative in 2010 and is its Executive Director. She has previously worked at the Environmental Administration in Stockholm, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Stockholm Resilience Center among others. Nina is one of Sweden’s most influential speakers in business climate change. Nina has founded two companies and the latter in 2021 being Transformity focusing on climate transformation.
Nadir Hamidou, Director Manufacturing Nordics-Poland-East Europe at Danone, has over 25 years of experience within the organization. Having started his career in Danone France as Project Engineer, Nadir gained multinational experience in Spain and Germany, managing different European markets in fields of planning, manufacturing and operations. Currently, he is in charge of 1300 people (incl. 7 factories with warehouses). Nadir Hamidou has a Mines Paris-Tech master degree and has graduated postgraduate studies at Cambridge University.
Cathrine Barth is a visionary and vocal ambassador for a future Circular Society, dedicated to work within network structures to drive the transition to a low carbon society. She is a leading expert in the areas of circular economy, business development, circular design and innovation strategies. In addition, she is the co-founder and managing partner of Nordic Circular Hotspot and now is the Head of Circular Economy at Natural State. Barth provides a learning mindset for a new economic system, and uses proven methodologies within systems design thinking, collaborative innovation programming and business model methodologies for circular business development.
Egide Vandenvelde is Business Director of CNH Industrial Belgium. CNH Industrial is a world-class equipment and services company that sustainably advances the noble work of agriculture and construction workers. The Company provides the strategic direction, R&D capabilities, and investments that enable the success of its five core Brands.
Egide is responsible of Alternative Fuels and Key Accounts Europe for New Holland Agriculture, a Brand of CNH Industrial.
He holds a Master degree in Science at Gent University and has been working in the company for more than 23 years, covering a variety of roles in different markets and business units.
Vojtech Vosecky is one of the leading circular economy experts in Central and Eastern Europe. He co-founded the Institute of Circular Economy and worked on related issues in the European Parliament. Vojtech is in charge of Prague’s transition toward the circular economy, as a Chairman of a Steering Committee for the Circular Economy. He also works with the world-leading organization Circle Economy as an Associate focused on the Nordics and the CEE. Vojtech privately advises a number of organizations in their circular transition and is a member of several initiatives such as Nordic Circular Hotspot, CradleNet, Circular Economy Club, and Visegrad for Sustainability.
Joanna Kulczycka, professor of the university, vice-dean for cooperation and development at the Faculty of Management of AGH and head of the Department of Circular Economy at the Institute of Mineral and Energy Economy, Polish Academy of Sciences. Author of over 250 publications (scientific articles, monographs and chapters in monographs). Participant and member of numerous committees and councils in the EU and the country, including: UNEP Resource Panel from 2020.
Paulina Kaczmarek – Head of Sustainability in the DANONE group of companies in Poland. In 2021, she was included in the Forbes Women Polska TOP25 list of sustainable development leaders in Poland. From September 2021, he is responsible for the implementation of the “One Planet. One Health ”in DANONE companies (Danone, Żywiec Zdrój, Nutricia). Its main task is to implement the assumptions of the circular economy in the packaging economy, advocacy activities for the introduction of a deposit system for beverage packaging in Poland, promotion of the planetary diet and certification of B Corp (Benefit Corporation) of Danone companies. For nearly 10 years, as part of PwC and Deloitte, she advised the largest companies in Poland in the field of sustainable development. A graduate of the University of Warsaw
Konrad Robak – Country & Business Development Manager at TOMRA Collection Poland, which provides solutions for recycling machines that facilitate the return of aluminum, plastic and glass beverage packaging for reuse. From May 2022, he is responsible for the commencement of operational and commercial activities of TOMRA Collection in Poland. For over 20 years working in sales and business development, including the last 12 years working in companies operating in the circular economy area. During these years, he developed a closed-loop logistic carrier pooling solution for global and European leaders, helping to build sustainable supply chains in the CEE region.
Małgorzata Koszewska, prof. director of the Institute of Marketing and Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Organization and Management of the Lodz University of Technology and Vice-Dean for Development at the same Faculty. Initiator and head of the international research group “Sustainability & Circularity Research Team” and a member of the Rector’s Team for Sustainable Development of the Lodz University of Technology. He is also a board member of the Polish Society of Commodity Science and the Council of Experts of the Polish Plastic Pact. He is also an expert in: Polish Circular Hotspot and Koalicja Circularity Gap Report Poland
Her research interests concern the issues of sustainable production and consumption. Recent research has focused on analyzing consumer behavior in the face of challenges related to sustainable development, circular economy, eco-innovation, and eco-labeling. He specializes in analyzes of the textile and clothing market.
Author of over 50 publications in the field of sustainable production and consumption, half of which are indexed in the international databases of Web of Science and Scopus. Winner of awards for the best publications and conference speech in Poland and abroad.
She was the manager and implementer of many projects, including: coordinator of the international project “Visegrad Strategic Grant – Prospects of the Visegrad cooperation in promoting a sustainable consumption and production models”, manager of the research and educational project “Ecology of Textiles – Sustainable Development at IKEA”. Currently, on behalf of the Lodz University of Technology, he coordinates the implementation of the project “SAPIENS- Sustainability and Procurement in International, European, and National Systems” under the Horizon 2020 program: Innovative Training Networks (ITN).
She is an active reviewer in over a dozen international journals indexed in the WoS and Scopus databases.
He commenced his professional career with EdS-PL a subsidiary of the Belgian industrial group TRACTEBEL / WATCO, participating in the start-up of the waste management operation of the group in Poland. His responsibilities included, among others, the preparation of new projects.
He was subsequently connected with the launching of a recycling project in few towns in Poland and became member of the Board in the appointed recycling company.
As of 1996 Commercial Director in the first company in Poland processing hazardous wastes into alternative fuel for cement plant.
Connected with the Polish recovery organization – Rekopol Organizacja Odzysku S.A. from 2001 and as of September 2005, Member of the Board of Rekopol. Rekopol is member of ProEurope. By 2014, he was elected to the position of President of the management Board Rekopol Packaging Recovery Organization SA
Małgorzata Michalska, Head of the Social Innovation Department at the Center for Urban Innovation – Urban Lab, Rzeszów City Hall
Trained as an economist, entrepreneur, promoter of the idea of startups and entrepreneurial activities. She co-created from scratch the network of Academic Business Incubators in Rzeszów.
Since 2019, I have been implementing innovative solutions in urban space, as the Coordinator of the Urban Lab Rzeszów pilot project, and currently she is the Head of the Social Innovation Department at the Urban Innovation Center – Urban Lab, Rzeszów City Hall.
Dr. Marcel den Hollander is a Dutch circular design consultant & researcher and professor Circular Design & Manufacturing at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences whose academic work on circular product design in conjunction with circular business model development is rooted in more than 30 years of hands-on experience in commercial industrial design. His professional goal, whether when consulting for commercial organisations or doing research or education with institutions, is to help companies, professionals and students operate in the most circular manner possible, as quickly as possible.
Dr. Marcel den Hollander has been providing consultancy to companies from a wide variety of sectors, such as telecom (KPN), food & beverage (Grolsch), packaging (Smurfit-Kappa) and protective footwear (Dunlop). His circular design methodology and books (Products That Last, Design for Managing Obsolescence) form the basis of the ongoing CIRCO circular business program of the Dutch government and have found their way to circular design courses and MBA programmes from universities, design and business schools around the world, such as MIT Design, Raffles DIS, TU Delft IDE, AUAS, RUAS, Design Academy Eindhoven, Amersfoort/Groningen School of Management, University of Texas Austin School of Design and Creative Technology and Leuphana University of Lüneburg Germany.
Dr. Marcel den Hollander lives in the Netherlands and can be reached at: email@example.com.