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Nicole Couder

SUEZ Environment

Institutional Relations Officer, Europe and International

Nicole Couder has over 7 years’ experience in waste and water management through operational and financial reviews within this sector, and previously within other industries such as communication groups, financial investment firms and banking industries. In her current role as Institutional Relations Officer she has been actively involved in the Plastic Strategy and was selected to be a part of the European Commission expert group “Support to Circular Economy Financing”. She has spoken frequently on her subject of expertise and holds a business degree from Babson College (1999). She was selected to attend a summer program at Harvard University (1994) and was quoted in the Harvard Crimson on the subject of International Politics.


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Manisha Gulati

C40 Cities Finance Facility

Programme Manager

Manisha is an economist who specializes in the areas of energy, low carbon development, green economy and the food-energy-water nexus. She has over 16 years of experience in policy advisory, research and capacity building in these areas. She has worked in Asia and Africa where she has advised governments, business, global policy makers, donors, and civil society and delivered high impact advisory and research initiatives.


Manisha is currently the Programme Manager for the C40 Cities Finance Facility, a project implemented by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in partnership with GIZ, and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The C40 Cities Finance Facility supports C40 cities in developing countries to prepare and deliver finance-ready sustainable infrastructure projects, whilst building financial capacity, and sharing lessons learned.


Prior to this Manisha was the Lead Energy and Climate Change Economist for WWF South Africa where she led WWF’s research and advocacy on South Africa’s proposed carbon tax and advised South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises on the impact of this carbon tax on State Owned Companies in South Africa. Manisha started her career at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India in 2001 and has also worked with one of India’s leading non-banking infrastructure financing institution.  She holds a Masters in Business Economics and a BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Delhi in India. She has a substantial and growing publication record, which includes over 15 book chapters, 5 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and over 15 opinion pieces and articles in newspapers and magazines. She has contributed to 4 books as a co-author.


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Pierre Jean Coulon

TEN Committee of the EESC

President and host of event

Pierre Jean Coulon has a past as Trade Unionist in the Grenoble area of France and then in national bodies.  His multiple activities and roles include being President of the Grenoble-Isère Family Allowances Fund – Member of the Grenoble Conseil de Prudhommes;  Founding Vice-President and then President of the INGO Droit à l’Energie SOS Futur (UN); Member of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development (2003-2011), Vice-President of the Ordre des Experts Internationaux (Order of International Experts).

He has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (since 2010), Member of the REX section, Member of the special group on the Western Balkans, Member of the Montenegro and Serbia joint consultative committees and Vice-President of the TEN section (twelve committees: three on transport, eight on energy, one on the circular economy). He is also a member of the Weimar Working Group of Experts. Recognition of his service includes the Citation d’Honneur de la Croix-Rouge française (special honour bestowed by the French Red Cross); Médaille de Vermeil de la Protection civile (silver-gilt medal for services to civil protection); Médaille du travail grand or (highest award for long service of an outstanding nature), Knight of the National Order of Merit (honour awarded in 2014).

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Steve Lee

Resources & Waste UK

Director General

Steve Lee is the Director General of Resources & Waste UK – the influencing body partnership between the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

Steve has worked in a variety of roles in the sustainable resources and Wastes management industry for over 36 years including roles such as Head of Waste Function for the Environment Agency (7 years) and CEO at CIWM (13 years, to October 2016).

Steve also works as an Industry Advisor for the RWM-with -CIWM Exhibition and Conference and as an Associate of the Resources and Waste Solutions Partnership consultancy.

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Máximo Miccinilli

European Aluminium

Director of Public Affairs and Communications

Máximo Miccinilli joined European Aluminium in July 2015 as Director of Public Affairs and Communications. Prior  to joining, he spent over seven years as Energy and Environment Manager for Burson-Marsteller, one of the leading global PA/PR agencies. Early in his career, he worked for the Italian Ministry of European Affairs and the European Commission on single market and external policies. He holds a Master’s degree in European Political and Administrative studies from the College of Europe (2007) and a MBA from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (2014).

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Ollie More


Head of Policy

Ollie More joined ADBA in 2014 after working for five years at the UK Office for Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) and what was the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change on government renewables initiatives, including: the Renewable Heat Inventive, the Renewables Obligation and the Bioenergy Strategy. Before that, Ollie worked in the recycling (Waste Watch) and conservation (Trees for Cities) sectors. Other experiences include teaching English in West Africa and Mexico, gaining a First Class BA in Economics & Politics (Sheffield) and an MSc in Environment & Development (Edinburgh).

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David Newman

World Biogas Association


David Newman has been involved in waste management since 1998. After many years working out of the UK, he founded and leads the Bio Based and Biodegradable Industries Association UK since 2015 and the WBA which was founded in 2016. From 2012 to 2016 he was President of ISWA promoting the importance of policies and investments in waste management as a global environmental priority. He specialises in biowaste management and was among the team that successfully lobbied for the plastic carrier bags directive in the EU.  He advises companies on strategies for growth in the waste sector and works with several businesses as an advisor, lives and works in London since 2014. He holds an Honours Degree in Modern History and Economics and is a Corporate Member of the CIWM UK and Honorary Member of ISWA.

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Dr Janez Potočnik

UNEP and former EU Commissioner for the Environment 2010-2014

Co Chair of the International Resource Panel

Dr Janez Potočnik (1958) graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ph.D. degree 1993) . He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College and by Ghent University in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration by Finland Aalto University in 2016. After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994). He was appointed Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as “shadow Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended on November the 1st 2014. In November 2014 he was appointed for a three-year term as a member and Co-Chair of International resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council

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Dr Adam Read

European Federation of Waste Management Services

Director of External Affairs

Dr Adam Read is the newly appointed Director of External Affairs at Suez Recycling & Recovery in the UK, where he is responsible for government engagement, and closer working with leading professional and trade bodies including CIWM and the ESA. Adam has been in the sector for over 20 years as a local authority officer, academic and consultant, including 9 years at Ricardo where he led a team of waste modellers supporting cities and corporations globally on climate change issues, carbon metrics and reporting. For the last 3 months he has been settling in at Suez where he will be leading on a number of front-line initiatives around supply chain improvements, commodity trading, customer solutioning and industry lobbying, in particular on the need for better UK Government policy to drive the  new investment and infrastructure build needed for a more sustainable UK economy. Adam is a Fellow of the CIWM and sits of the ISWA Communications Working Group.

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Giovanni Silvestrini

Scientific Director

Kyoto Club

Since 1983, Giovanni Silvestrini was involved in energy efficiency and renewable energies at the National Research Council and at Polytechnic of Milano where he launched the Master “Ridef – Reinvent energy”. At the institutional level he has acted as general director at the Ministry of Environment and as energy adviser of the Minister of Economic Development. He is the scientific director of the Kyoto Club and of the magazine Qualenergia and president of Exalto Energy & Innovation. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers and co-authored 4 books (“Solar Architecture”, 1984; “The future of sun”, 1990, “The race of the green economy”, 2010, “2°C, Disruptive innovations to win the climate challenge and transform the economy”, 2016).

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Jacob H. Simonsen

Danish Waste Association

Managing Director

Jacob H. Simonsen is Managing Director of Danish Waste Association, organising municipal Waste Management in Denmark and municipal WtE plants. Mr. Simonsen has a Master’s in Law and Economics form Copenhagen Business School, and a Master’s in Corporate Communications. He has worked extensively in the Danish WtE European ETS system.

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Felicity Spors

World Bank

Senior Carbon Finance Specialist

Felicity  Spors, MSc. is a Senior Carbon Finance Specialist within the Carbon Market and Innovation team within the Climate Change Group of the World Bank. She works to support the development of new financial instruments that can support transitions to low carbon sustainable development at all scales (i.e. from project to sector, to city, to national scales). Her primary responsibilities include leading the working program on Results Based Climate Finance, Managing knowledge dissemination from the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev), and providing technical inputs on the transformational carbon asset fund (TCAF), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF). Ms. Spors first started working in carbon markets in 1990 as a researcher managing million Euro EU Clean  Development  Mechanism (CDM) capacity building projects in Africa. She then worked as a senior consultant responsible for developing creditable GHG mitigation projects for the consulting company “500 ppm”.

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Vanya Veras

Municipal Waste Europe

Secretary General

Vanya Veras has over 15 years of experience in waste management legislation, practices and systems and she is currently Secretary General of Municipal Waste Europe. She has experience of the full economic cycle in particular for packaging waste having worked for a packaging producer: Coca-Cola Hellenic (2006-2009). Following this Ms. Veras was a freelance environmental consultant and then joined the newly elected Mayor of Piraeus, Vassilis Michaloliakos as special advisor on waste management.

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Trio Wendel

Climate Action Network Europe


Trio Wendel is the Director of Climate Action Network Europe. He has 30 years of experience in working for NGOs, including as political director for Oxfam in Belgium, as campaign director for Greenpeace Belgium and as Director of the Policy and Business Unit of Greenpeace International. In that capacity he managed the Greenpeace International climate policy work. He started working as CAN Europe Director in September 2011. His main tasks include giving strategic guidance, providing high-level political representation, and overall coordination of the 130 NGO members in the CAN Europe network.  Trio is Belgian and holds an MA in Social Sciences.