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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)

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/freekvaneijk

E: freek.vaneijk@hollandcircularhotspot.nl

M: +31651080847

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Ton van der Giessen is CEO of Van Werven, a Dutch family owned company active in Infra and Recycling. One of the recycling activities is the recycling of post-consumer hard plastics. Van Werven Plastic Recycling is exploiting recycling locations in several European countries including Poland.

Ton van der Giessen is also chair of the Dutch branch organization BRBS Recycling, vice chair of PCEP (Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform), vice chair of the Supervisory Board Holland Circular Hotspot and board member of the Dutch Waste Transport branch organization.

With an experience of more than 40 years he is one of the more senior experts in the field of waste management and recycling.

Previously he was working in several directors positions for waste companies like Van Gansewinkel, WATCO and SUEZ.

Michel Schuurman
Director Business & Politics

Realizing a tipping point towards a new economy by 2025: that’s the mission of CSR The Netherlands (MVO Nederland). As Director Business & Politics I’m responsible for a team that works with frontrunning companies to realize this new economy. By setting up innovation projects and coalitions that enable climate friendly, circular and/or inclusive business models, set the annual sustainable business agenda and lobby politics and financial institutions to create the right conditions for this to become mainstream.

Prior to working at CSR Netherlands I worked as Managing Consultant Sustainability at Capgemini, ran a small consultancy firm for 6 years and had a career in the Royal Dutch Marine Corps. For me sustainable entrepreneurship is a synonym for successful entrepreneurship; a constant improvement process of innovation, cooperation and execution.

Publications (mostly Dutch)

Circulair (ver)bouwen in 4 stappen

De circulaire economie – een routekaart voor transformatie van de maakindustrie

Ondernemen in de circulaire economie – nieuwe verdienmodellen voor bedrijven en ondernemers

The Circular Economy Index of Dutch Businesses

15 mythes over circulair ondernemen



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Tamara Streefland leads the Circular Cities Program at Metabolic, a consultancy and think tank focused on tackling global sustainability challenges and advancing a circular economy. Tamara has worked on a wide range of urban resilience projects, focused on water ecology, the freight sector, waste systems, and renewable energy in cities including Amsterdam and New York City. Her background as an earth scientist, coupled with her experience in data-driven analysis, collaborative design, and systems thinking, has formed the basis for creative and feasible strategies to help cities transition to more sustainable and circular models.

Dion has gained 20 years of experience in manufacturing, developing and sourcing denim products. In 2015 Dion and his wife became co-owner at MUD Jeans. Motivated by the possibilities that modern innovations offer, a perfect match was found with the business concept of MUD Jeans. Currently they are able to use up to 40% post consumer recycled jeans in their new denim fabrics. In the coming year the objective is to reach 100%. Moreover the brand is known for being the first company worldwide to offer consumers a subscription model for jeans – Lease A Jeans.

Karin is leading Circular Economy Forum Austria, a multi-stakeholder initiative promoting the exchange and further development of knowledge, ideas and implementations on corporate level by identifying potential synergies among companies, politics, science, research and design. Karin has extensive international expertise in Corporate Sustainability and Stakeholder Involvement and a strong academic background in communication and psychology.

As a board member of the Global Compact Network Austria, she is strongly committed to systemic change at all levels towards sustainable development of society. Karin is also academic director of an MSc programme for Sustainability & Responsible Management, as well as Sustainable Finance and lectures on regenerative business models at several universities of applied sciences.

Oriana Romano is the Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development Division of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. In 2018, she initiated a Programme on the Economics and Governance of Circular Economy in Cities, which supports cities and regions in developing and implementing circular economy strategies. She organised the OECD Roundtable on the Circular Economy in cities and regions, gathering more than 100 stakeholders from the public, private and non-for profit sectors. Before joining the OECD in 2013, she was research assistant and university lecturer in Environmental Economics at the “Centre for International Business and Sustainability”(CIBS), London Metropolitan University (London, United Kingdom) and the Department of Social Science of the University “L’Orientale”(Naples, Italy). She holds a Ph.D in “Institution, Economics and Law of Public Services”.

President of the Board INNOWO

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 work 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.

Linedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/agnieszka-sznyk-phd-5a668964/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/INNOWOInstytut



Ashleigh McLennan is a Sustainable Procurement and Economy Officer at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Ashleigh works across a range of European sustainable procurement and circular economy projects, including co-authoring the European Commission’s Public Procurement for a Circular Economy brochure and supporting public procurement practitioners through the  EC’s Helpdesk for Green Public Procurement.  She holds a MSc Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg and a MA Geography from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining ICLEI, Ashleigh worked for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, with a particular focus on the circular economy, skills development, and procurement reform.

Petra is a sales professional with a history of 19 years in the the apparel, media and hospitality industry. Skilled in Sales Operations, Office Operations, Public Relations and Event Planning. 

Since 2015 co-owner of MUD Jeans – the first circular Denim brand in the world.  Dedicated to change the traditional lineair way of thinking into a sustainable circulair way of doing business. 

Professor at Kozminski University in Warsaw, coordinator of postgraduate “CSR. Responsible Business Strategy” in ALK. Member of the UN Global Compact Program Council. Expert in CSR, business ethics, circular economy. Participates in Polish and international projects on business ethics and responsibility, author of strategic reports, studies and articles, among others “Podstawy odpowiedzialności społecznej w zarządzaniu”. (2013), “Kręgosłup moralny firmy” (Thinktank, 2013). For almost thirty years he has been involved in business as an entrepreneur and advisor. Co-founder of Responsible Business Forum (2000), Polish Business Ethics Association EBEN (2002). National expert on CSR in the European Commission (2003-2007). Co-author of the annual Responsible Companies Ranking (since 2007) – currently published by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.

Anna Małgorzata Sapota – Vice President for Government Relations for North-Eastern Europe within the TOMRA Group, 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.    



Łukasz Sosnowski: lawyer, graduated from the University of Warsaw and the University of Montesquieu in Bordeaux. President of ProKarton Foundation dedicated to ecological education and promoting beverage cartons. Founder of GOZ WORLD, where he advises on how to best implement Circular Economy in Polish economic realities. Earlier, for many years working at government administration, coordinator of strategic framework for implementing Circular Economy in Poland, author of clean-air and waste management regulations.

Anna Kozera-Szałkowska, PhD – as a communication manager in PlasticsEurope Polska (since 2007 when organization was established in Poland) she is inter alia responsible for communicating on plastics as a material of 21st century and on its role in circular economy and sustainable development.

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.

Dr Kazimierz Borkowski has been Managing Director of PlasticsEurope Polska Foundation since 2011. PlasticsEurope Polska is a Polish subsidiary of PlasticsEurope – one of the leading European trade associations with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. PlasticsEurope has more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU28 member states plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

Dr Borkowski has been working for chemical and plastics industry for over 20 years as senior executive in international chemical groups, recently as CEO of Polish subsidiary of Arkema – international group producing worldwide chemicals and plastics.

Dr Borkowski is a chemist, received his Master and PhD degrees in the Chemical Faculty of Warsaw University of Technology. He also completed post-graduate studies in Management in Haute Ecole de Commerce. Speaks fluently English and French and has a good command of German and Spanish and Russian.

Agata is a circularity enthusiast, business-development-through-sustainability practitioner and sustainable living believer; within CSR for many years. With IKEA since 2009; she dealt with implementation of eco-standards, CRM campaigns and social initiatives, cooperation with NGOs, and the process of participation and dialogue with local communities in IKEA’s commercial investments. During last 3 years she has led Circular IKEA project in Poland focusing on innovations and development of circular services and activities, including prolonging life of home furnishing products and Furniture as a Service concept. Since August 2020 she is Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA Retail Poland responsible for deepening the integration of IKEA’s People & Planet Positive strategy within the organization and for facilitating the democratization of sustainable & circular living.

President & CEO of Clariter – a global clean-tech company whose proprietary technology delivers an innovative solution for the world’s plastic waste problem. 

Ran is an entrepreneur & businessman with an affinity for business strategy, persuasive trade tactics & a strong focus on team cohesion. He founded the Kornelius Group & co-founded the IIF Group (Internet Investment Fund). 

He lectures at Harvard, London Business School (LBS) & elsewhere on entrepreneurship, green economy & effective networking. He is active in Poland, South Africa, the USA, Luxemburg & Israel.

A member of the Young President Organization & winner of the Global Best of the Best Award, Ran holds a Doctoral Degree in jurisprudence & political science from ELTE Univ., Hungary (With High Honour). He’s a graduate of the YPO/LBS program at the Alumni of LBS, London, & the HBS/YPO PPL program at the Alumni of Harvard Business School, USA.

Grzegorz  has vast experience in the business development and project management of innovative ventures. He has been involved in number of projects from telecommunication, IT, and green energy to clean-tech industries. 

He joined Clariter in 2009 as part of the business development project in Poland. He is responsible for everything from defining the local strategy and ending at project implementation. 

Previously Grzegorz worked in the telco industry as well as infrastructure projects where he led complex ventures and managed negotiations with strategic partners. 

Grzegorz holds M.Sc. diploma in electronics and information technology from Warsaw University of Technology and MBA diploma from Warsaw University of Technology.

Dina Epifanova is the Sustainability  Transformation Manager at Tetra Pak for RUBECCA countries (Eastern Europe, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Caucasus and Central Asia) and leads the Climate Change program in the Europe & Central Asia Cluster. Her focus areas include sustainable supply chains, innovations in the packaging portfolio, increasing the share of renewable materials and recycling, climate-efficient solutions, including plant-based polymers, environmentally efficient equipment and services, as well as supporting Tetra Pak partners in achieving their strategic goals in sustainability. Before joining Tetra Pak Dina gained extensive experience in Chr.Hansen, cooperating with dairy, meat and other food sector industries, as well as in FMCG and retail at MARS PetCare. 

Frédéric Guichard – General Manager of Żywiec Zdrój S.A. since October 2017 and General Manager Integrator for DANONE companies in Poland.

Working for DANONE for almost 20 years, he joined the company’s Waters Division in 2009 as Business Unit Director for Evian and Volvic in France. In 2014 he became Managing  Director of Evian Volvic International. He graduated engineering at National School of Arts and Crafts, as well as postgraduate master at ESCP Europe Business School in Paris.

Marek Sumila is an expert in the area of business development. For over 20 years he has been gaining experience in the FMCG industry, successfully building, in a sustainable way, a strong position of brands on the markets. Marek is a graduate of the Faculty of Management and Economics at the Gdansk University of Technology and postgraduate program Master, Banking & Finance at NEOMA Rouen Business School.
He has been associated with the DANONE group of companies since 2000. He worked and then managed the sales area for water and beverage categories. He also deepened his skills and knowledge by working at the Danone headquarters in Paris and managing the Alpro brand in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). In 2019 he became Development Director for Alpro in Poland, the Baltic States and the Nordic countries, and in 2020 he became Market Director for Poland and the Baltic States for dairy and plant products categories. Marek is an example of a leader who focuses on team development. He believes that profit is a tool to develop people and then to build a strong and responsible business.

Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and director of the Singapore-​ETH Centre in Singapore.

His work focuses on the definition and design of Information Architecture (iA) as the next level of Computer Aided Architecture Design (CAAD). The creation of a simulation, visualisation and interaction platform for the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is at the centre of his research, which focuses on the development of intelligent design support systems using artificial intelligence methods. 

From 1998 – 2008, he served as Vice President for Planning and Logistics and Member of the Board of ETH Zurich. He directed the development of ETH’s strategy and planning in cooperation with the 16 scientific departments and the central administration. In 2000, he initiated the development of a third and virtual campus, named ETH World, with an international master plan competition. 

In 2003, Prof Schmitt initiated the concept for Science City, ETH’s new campus in Zurich, a revolutionary interchange between ETH Zurich and the public. In 2007, he initiated the transition of ETH Science City towards a zero carbon emission campus. Prof Schmitt’s efforts in developing and transforming ETH Science City earned him the European Culture of Science Award in 2010.

Paulina is responsible for driving and managing sustainability agenda under the vision “One Planet. One Health” in DANONE companies: essential dairy and plant-based products (Danone) , waters (Żywiec Zdrój) and specialized nutrition (Nutricia).  Paulina is not only responsible for Poland, but also for Baltics, Nordics and Central Europe. Main focus of Paulina is leading activities related to circular agenda and food revolution of DANONE and developing cooperation with external stakeholders to accelerate implementation of circular and regenerative business models. Paulina is having 16 years of experience in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. She worked before as sustainability consultant in Deloitte and PwC helping clients from various industries to implement sustainability strategy. She started her career in United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Kamil Mirowski is in charge of Public Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Grupa Żywiec – one of the leading brewing companies in Poland. Passionate about public policy & political affairs.

Tomasz Jamroz – Director of Economic Cooperation Department at Poland’s MFA. Earlier, he was responsible for technology cooperation in the same Department and before that spent 5 years in Japan serving as I. secretary, then counsellor for energy and S&T cooperation at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo. Between 2007 and 2012 employed in the Asia-Pacific Department at Poland’s MFA. Studied at the Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Warsaw (Japanese studies). Interested in transmigration of matter and different aspects of circularity.

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.

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