Plenary Speakers WRF 2019
As in previous years, WRF 2019 will have a broad range of experts in the resources field from all over the world. Click on the profiles below for more information about each speaker.
Director for Global Sustainable Development in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment
A lawyer by training, Astrid Schomaker is Director for Global Sustainable Development in the European Commission's Directorate General for Environment.
CEO engageability and Head of Knowledge Transfer NRP 73
Managing Director, WRF
Director, Circular Economy - World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Brendan Edgerton is the Director of Circular Economy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Counsellor - International Telecommunications Union
General Counsel & Global Head of Corporate Affairs and CSV Nestlé Nespresso SA
Head, Consumption and Production Unit - UN Environment
Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation - Ghana
H.E. Frimpong-Boateng was appointed Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation by H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in February 2017.
Vice President, Global Initiatives - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Co-President - NRP73
Gunter Stephan is co-president of the National Research program 73: sustainable economy.
General Director, Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, German Environment Agency (UBA)
Lieze Cloots - head International Policy at OVAM, the Public Waste Agency of Flanders
Ligia Noronha - Director, Economy Division UN Environment
Paul Scherrer Institute and EPFL - Switzerland
Director - Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland
Marc Chardonnens is Director of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). He's responsible for the International Affairs Division and theCommuncation Division.
Executive Secretary - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
International Resource Panel, UN Environment
Deputy Director - Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Co-Founder, African Circular Economy Network
Susanne Karcher started her company EnviroSense CC (an Environmental Consultancy) in Cape Town in 1999. She is a founding member of the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN).