Plenary Speakers

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.

Astrid Schomaker

Astrid Schomaker

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.
Brendan Edgerton

Brendan Edgerton

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)
H.E. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng

H.E. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng

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.
Gunter Stephan

Gunter Stephan

Co-President - NRP73
Gunter Stephan is co-president of the National Research program 73: sustainable economy.
Harry Lehmann

Harry Lehmann

General Director, Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, German Environment Agency (UBA)
Lieze Cloots

Lieze Cloots

Lieze Cloots - head International Policy at OVAM, the Public Waste Agency of Flanders
Marc Chardonnens

Marc Chardonnens

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.
Susanne Karcher

Susanne Karcher

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).