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Mariestad ElectriVillage
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November 8, Glasgow, Stockholm, Washington DC, Nairobi, Online

Small Cities — Big Impact

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We Don't Have Time
Mariestad ElectriVillage
Viable Cities

Small Cities — Big Impact

Welcome to day nine of our daily broadcasts from the negotiations floor at the UN Climate Change Conference. We bring COP26 to you – live from Glasgow and our hubs in Nairobi, Washington DC and Stockholm.

Meet changemakers from Samsø, Denmark; Guadalajara, Mexico, and Mariestad, Sweden: – and hear their stories on finding climate solutions that could inspire the world.

Tickets to participate in physical hubs:
GlasgowStockholmWashington DCNairobi

This broadcast is part of the COP26 Backdoor. Full day-by-day program:

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Program highlights

All times in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Find out your local timezone.
Broadcast starts at 19:15 GMT (Glasgow), 20:15 CET (Stockholm), 14:15 EDT (Washington DC), 22:15 EAT (Nairobi)
19:15 GMT — Introduction: The Journey of Mariestad
  • Jennifer Lenhart, Global Cities Lead, WWF
  • Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time.
  • Susanné Wallner, Business Manager ElectriVillage Mariestad Municipality, City of Mariestad.
  • Johan Abrahmsson, Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board, City of Mariestad
  • Robert Andrén, General Director, Swedish Energy Agency.
  • Movie: Mariestad trip to Glasgow
  • United Nations Development Programme: Messages to our world leaders

20:10 GMT — Transforming Cities

  • Olga Kordas, Assoc. Prof., Director Viable Cities at Viable Cities Energy Agency Sweden.
  • Meriem  Bouamrane, UNESCO Cities / Biosphere
  • Maria Gustavsson, Urban Development Strategist, City of Mariestad and Viable Cities.
  • Jakob Rehme, Professor Industrial Management, Linköping University.
  • Magnus Wåhlin, City of Växjö.
  • Karin Lexén, Secretary general at Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.
  • Simon Holmström, Member of Parliament Åland.
  • Juan Donis, Sustainability Officer, Warrnambool City
  • Søren Hermansen, CEO of the Samsø Energy Academy
  • Mario Silva, General Director of the Institute of Planning and Development Management of the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara.
  • Yann Françoise, City of Paris.

21:10 GMT — The systematic Energy Transition

  • Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director FCH-JU.
  • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, Risk and behavioral scientist, President, US Operations We Don't Have Time.
  • John Paul Clarke, Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder Universal Hydrogen
  • Jonas Johansson, Head of business development, City of Mariestad.
  • Pontus Cerin, Associate Professor Sustainable Investments and Corporate Governance, Linköping University.
  • Nigel Holmes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
  • Nadine Hölzinger, Managing Director, Spillet.

22:00 GMT — Summary & End Of Broadcast

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Hosts and co-presenters

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

 (
SE
)
Host, We Don't Have Time

Hosting this broadcast is Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, an expert moderator, lecturer, and devoted workshop-leader in facilitating sustainable development. Catarina moderates for the EU Commission, the Swedish Government, corporations, local municipalities, and universities. She lectures based on the UN Sustainable Global Development Goals internationally and has TV-skills from her background as a television program host at SVT, Swedish Public Television. She is also content director at A Sustainable Tomorrow and chairwoman of the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge).

Nick Nuttall

 (
UK
)
Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

Hailing from the North of England, Nick supports We Don't Have Time with a focus on international strategic communications and advice. Nick graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a Bachelor of Science. Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018 and as the International Strategic Communications Director for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. A passionate fan of English football team Burnley, Nick is also often seen warbling backing vocals at concerts for the German pop singer/songwriter Bernadette La Hengst.

https://www.earthday.org

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

 (
US
)
Risk and behavioral scientist, President, US Operations We Don't Have Time

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty is a risk and behavioral scientist. She is recognized as an expert communicator who helps household decision-makers better understand existing and emerging risks to be better prepared to thrive on a rapidly changing planet. From climate change, food and water insecurity and scarcity, social strife, over-population, and pandemics, Dr. Chakraborty is the go-to person to learn the truth about, implications of, and the solutions to the risks that threaten human security and well-being. Sweta is a board member and President, US Operations for We Don´t Have Time.

http://swetachakraborty.com

Anita Soina

 (
KE
)
Environmental Warrior, Founder SpiceWarriors

Anita Soina is a 21 year old Kenyan environmental Warrior and Climate Activist. 2021 TedX Speaker, Founder of SpiceWarriors Environmental Organization and Author of “The Green War” book. She’s also a sustainability digital influencer.

Dr Robert Ndungu Josphine

 (
KE
)
Veterinarian & Research scientist (Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Robert is veterinarian and infectious disease researcher motivated by the need to build resilient community driven - public health systems and solutions to tackle threats to human health and food security. I hold a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Nairobi (2013) and MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2016). I also have extensive experience in social justice advocacy and community centred public health interventions with a focus on marginalized communities including LGBTI persons, people living with disabilities and rural marginalized communities. My current interest is in exploring how climate change influences human and animal health and applying community driven One Health models to build public health resilience and adaptation to climate change.

Selected speakers

Susanné Wallner

 (
SE
)
Business Manager ElectriVillagem Mariestad Municipality

Susanné Wallner is Business Manager ElectriVillage for Mariestad municipality, a UNESCO model area for sustainable development in Sweden. Mariestad’s unique ElectriVillage is testing and demonstrating sustainable transport and energy systems to meet climate goals. ElectriVillage includes renewable energy systems and is at the forefront when it comes to hydrogen, not least the hydrogen preschool that is currently being built with the same system solution and has the world's first solar-powered hydrogen filling stations. Susanné was previously Regional Councilor in the Jämtland / Härjedalen region with a focus on business. Susanné has also run her own company for 10 years in the wool industry.

Ingmar Rentzhog

 (
SE
)
CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time

Official “eco-warrior” according to The Sun and “Mark ZuckerVert” according to FranceTV2, Ingmar is serial entrepreneur and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Veckans Affärer Supertalent, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force.

http://www.wedonthavetime.org

Bart Biebuyck

 (
BE
)
Executive Director at Fuel Cells and Hydrogen joint undertaking

Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnershipaiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions.

Olga Kordas

 (
SE
)
Assoc. Prof., Director Viable Cities

Olga Kordas is the programme director for the strategic innovation programme Viable Cities and Associate Professor in sustainable urban development at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate about sustainable development, climate transition and democracy. Viable Cities is the Sweden’s largest research and innovation effort for climate-neutral and sustainable cities. It brings together cities, industry, academia and civil society to achieve the mission: Climate-neutral cities by 2030 with a good life for everyone within the planetary boundaries

Maria Gustavsson

 (
SE
)
Urban Development Strategist, City of Mariestad

Maria Gustavsson works with the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Mariestad municipality and is also project manager for the municipality's participation in Viable Cities. Her interest in sustainable development comes from practical work and studies in agriculture and forestry. Over the years, Maria has worked with rural development and as a coordinator for the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle.

Karin Lexén

 (
SE
)
Secretary General at Naturskyddsföreningen

With many years of experience of environment issues, Karin in 2016 became Secretary-General for Sweden’s largest environmental organization, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC). She has previously held positions at Stockholm International Water Institute, Ministry of the Environment and other civil society organizations such as Fairtrade and the Church of Sweden. Karin holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry. The first United Nations Climate Change Conference she attended was COP3 in Kyoto.

Jennifer Lenhart

 (
SE, US
)
Global Cities Lead, WWF

Jennifer Lenhart is WWF’s Global Cities Lead, convening a programme which has engaged over 700 cities in 50 countries, namely via the One Planet City Challenge. She holds a PhD in urban climate governance from Wageningen University, an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) from Lund University and Central European University and has over 15 years experience addressing urban environmental challenges via holistic approaches. She previously worked at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya, the City of Malmö, Sweden, an urban sustainability consultancy in Seattle, USA, and hosts a blog, the Urban Observer, recognized by the Guardian Cities. She recently moved back to Stockholm from Santiago de Chile.

Nadine Hölzinger

 (
DE, FR
)
Managing Director at Spillet

Nadine studied Environmental Engineering (M.Sc., 2002) and Environmental & Resource Management (B.Sc., 1998). She is co-founder and CEO of Spilett new technologies, a consultancy with ~10 employees based in Berlin/Germany and focusing on energy transition and hydrogen economy. She has a vast experience in project development and coordination of national and international hydrogen and transport projects. Since 2010 she has researched on stakeholder acceptance and since 2014 focused on supporting regional stakeholders in all phases of their energy transition processes.

Jonas Johansson

 (
SE
)
Head of business development

Johansson has M. Sc. in B.A, Logistics and Process Management and is Head of business development in the municipality of Mariestad, he works in close co-operation with the Mayor of Mariestad Johan Abrahamsson. Mr Johansson is heading a number of departments including Business Development and is also the driving force responsible for Mariestad´s investment in innovative sustainable energy and transport solutions “Electrivillage”. Mr Johansson has extensive leadership experience and has worked with business and process development in a number of different industries. As an example, he was responsible for the development of a new business area for electrified pleasure boats.

Søren Hermansen

 (
DK
)
CEO of the Samsø Energy Academy

Søren is a local citizen of Samsø, married and with 2 children now grown up and out in the world. Søren Hermansen took on the challenge to lead the transition of Samsø from fossil fuel to 100% renewable energy. Started as a farmer and ended up as the CEO of the Samsø Energy Academy - an independant NGO for sustainable community development. Author of articles and books. One title: Commonity= common+ community Adjunkt professor Aalborg University and honorary Doctor at TU Delft

Jakob Rehme

 (
SE
)
Professor Industrial Management

Jakob Rehme is a teacher and researcher in Industrial Management at Linköping University, and is the director for the Centre for Business Model Innovation. He conducts research about Business Models in complex business exchanges and relationships, and is conducting extensive research in the area of sustainability, energy and the consequences for companies and public organisations,

Meriem Bouamrane

 (
FR
)
Chief of Section Ecology and biodiversity Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme UNESCO

Meriem Bouamrane is an environmental economist, Chief of Section Ecology and Biodiversity in the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, Man and the Biosphere programme at UNESCO. She is the coordinator of the EuroMAB Network, the oldest and largest network of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. She is UNESCO focal point for biodiversity and responsible for research and training programmes on access and use of biodiversity, participatory approaches and concertation, using biosphere reserves as research and demonstration sites all around the world.

Magnus P Wåhlin

 (
SE
)
Chairman of the Sustainability Committee, Municipality of Växjö, Sweden

Politician with a background in international sustainability work in Africa, Latin America and India. Member of the party board of the Swedish Green Party and a delegate to the European Green Party. Theologian who has published a book on the climate crisis and theology. Especially interested in the issues of fair transition.

Yann Françoise

 (
FR
)
Head of the climate – energy and circular economy strategies of the city of Paris

Yann FRANÇOISE, engineer, is Head of the climate-energy and circular economy strategies of the city of Paris. Since 2004, this department has developed different tools and plans for reducing Paris’ carbon footprint like carbon balance, sustainable energy action plan, adaptation strategy, toward more RES... He is the leader of Paris’ climate actions plan gathering commitments and actions of all Paris’ community, from citizens to companies. His department is a regular member of national or European research projects. Every year, he edited the Paris climate annual report called Bleu Climat. Since 2014, his department has been leading the development of the circular economy roadmap of Greater Paris by gathering more than 240 stakeholders from diverse circles as economics, scientific or civil society. A Paris’ strategy on circular economy has been adopted on July 2017 and two roadmaps have been published since. He represents the city of Paris at technical level at Global Covenant, C40, and other international organisations. He is member of national steering committee for French GHG inventory audit, member of the board of National Carbon database, and reviewer of GPC standard. • A high-quality portrait photo

Juan Donis

 (
VE
)
Sustainability Officer, Warrnambool City

Juan has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Petroleum and a Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy). Currently working as the Sustainability Officer with Warrnambool City Council, he supports the delivery of the carbon neutrality goals for the Warrnambool municipality. Juan leads the delivery of Council’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs which include power purchase agreement, solar PV & battery and emerging clean technologies. Juan is passionate about renewable energy and innovation to take action on climate change.

Simon Holmström

 (
Åland, FI
)
Member of Parliament

Simon Holmström is the activist who became the youngest Member of Parliament on Åland because of his frustration over the climate crisis. He represents a new Ålandic party – Sustainable Initiative – which now is part of the Åland government. Simon holds a Master’s degree in environmental psychology from Surrey University (UK) and has since then taken a leading role in the rewarded sustainability network on the Åland islands – Bärkraft.ax. He is also a co-founder of the Nordic-Baltic youth network ReGeneration 2030. As a member of the Nordic Council, Simon has taken initiatives on amongst others banning fossil fuels, joint Nordic climate targets and ecocide.

Pontus Cerin

 (
SE
)
Associate Professor Sustainable Investments and Corporate Governance

Pontus Cerin is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Investments and Corporate governance and has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been working in Chicago in the 1990s on implementing resource-efficient ICT solutions and in Sweden at Ericsson Telecom, on the transformation to the digital society in reporting and to investors. Pontus has also worked as a consultant in cleantech and has been employed by universities and business schools in Sweden and Finland. Prior to his current position at Linköping university Pontus Cerin headed an electrification of road transport procurement program, totalling some €25bn, bringing the first battery electric fleet vehicles onto the Swedish roads. Currently, at Linköping University, he is involved in several research projects looking into the role of hydrogen and other storage solutions in the ongoing transformation of today’s energy systems.

Nigel Holmes

 (
UK
)
Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

Nigel Holmes is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA). He joined SHFCA as an individual member in 2005 and became CEO in April 2011. Over the past ten years SHFCA membership has grown from under 40 to over 160 members, and is now recognised as one of the most proactive H&FC industry associations in Europe. SHFCA membership includes industry, public sector bodies, and academia. As CEO of SHFCA Nigel has been actively involved in public-private initiatives including Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, and with policy development including the UK Government’s Hydrogen Sector Development Working Group.

Johan Abrahamsson

 (
SE
)
Mayor of Mariestad

Johan's background is that he runs and has run companies. He is also Chairman of the Moderates throughout Västra Götaland. He is part of the Moderates' working group for the green right. Johan is 50 years old and lives with his wife Malin on a farm with animals just outside Mariestad by Lake Vänern.

Robert Andrén

 (
SE
)
General Director, Swedish Energy Agency

Robert Andrén is the Director-General for the Swedish Energy Agency, with responsibility for national energy policies, including international energy relations and European energy policy issues. Presently, he was also until recently vice-chair of the Mission Innovation (MI) initiated as part of the Paris Agreement. He serves also at the Advisory Council of the Stockholm County Administrative Board. Robert has been working within the Government Offices of Sweden for more than 20 years i.e. as Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Rural Affairs and of Agriculture between 2007 and 2013. Since 2015 he was Deputy Director-General for Energy at the Ministry of Environment and Energy. Robert was appointed Deputy Governor in the County of Värmland 2013–2015. From 2003 to 2007, he led the Department for the Swedish Environmental Quality Objectives and the Enforcement of the Environmental Code at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Robert has been the Swedish representative to the Governing Board of IEA between 2016-2018. He has also previously served as a senior adviser to the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA). He has an M.Sc. in Biology and a PhD in Population Genetics.

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Hosts and co-presenters

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

 (
SE
)
Host, We Don't Have Time

Hosting this broadcast is Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, an expert moderator, lecturer, and devoted workshop-leader in facilitating sustainable development. Catarina moderates for the EU Commission, the Swedish Government, corporations, local municipalities, and universities. She lectures based on the UN Sustainable Global Development Goals internationally and has TV-skills from her background as a television program host at SVT, Swedish Public Television. She is also content director at A Sustainable Tomorrow and chairwoman of the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge).

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Nick Nuttall

 (
UK
)
Host, Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

Hailing from the North of England, Nick supports We Don't Have Time with a focus on international strategic communications and advice. Nick graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a Bachelor of Science. Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018 and as the International Strategic Communications Director for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. A passionate fan of English football team Burnley, Nick is also often seen warbling backing vocals at concerts for the German pop singer/songwriter Bernadette La Hengst.

https://www.earthday.orgRead less
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Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

 (
US
)
Risk and behavioral scientist, President, US Operations We Don't Have Time

Dr. Sweta Chakraborty is a risk and behavioral scientist. She is recognized as an expert communicator who helps household decision-makers better understand existing and emerging risks to be better prepared to thrive on a rapidly changing planet. From climate change, food and water insecurity and scarcity, social strife, over-population, and pandemics, Dr. Chakraborty is the go-to person to learn the truth about, implications of, and the solutions to the risks that threaten human security and well-being. Sweta is a board member and President, US Operations for We Don´t Have Time.

http://swetachakraborty.comRead less
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Anita Soina

 (
KE
)
Environmental Warrior, Founder SpiceWarriors

Anita Soina is a 21 year old Kenyan environmental Warrior and Climate Activist. 2021 TedX Speaker, Founder of SpiceWarriors Environmental Organization and Author of “The Green War” book. She’s also a sustainability digital influencer.

Read less
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Dr Robert Ndungu Josphine

 (
KE
)
Veterinarian & Research scientist (Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Robert is veterinarian and infectious disease researcher motivated by the need to build resilient community driven - public health systems and solutions to tackle threats to human health and food security. I hold a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Nairobi (2013) and MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2016). I also have extensive experience in social justice advocacy and community centred public health interventions with a focus on marginalized communities including LGBTI persons, people living with disabilities and rural marginalized communities. My current interest is in exploring how climate change influences human and animal health and applying community driven One Health models to build public health resilience and adaptation to climate change.

Read less
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Selected speakers

Susanné Wallner

 (
SE
)
Business Manager ElectriVillagem Mariestad Municipality

Susanné Wallner is Business Manager ElectriVillage for Mariestad municipality, a UNESCO model area for sustainable development in Sweden. Mariestad’s unique ElectriVillage is testing and demonstrating sustainable transport and energy systems to meet climate goals. ElectriVillage includes renewable energy systems and is at the forefront when it comes to hydrogen, not least the hydrogen preschool that is currently being built with the same system solution and has the world's first solar-powered hydrogen filling stations. Susanné was previously Regional Councilor in the Jämtland / Härjedalen region with a focus on business. Susanné has also run her own company for 10 years in the wool industry.

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Ingmar Rentzhog

 (
SE
)
CEO and founder of We Don't Have Time

Official “eco-warrior” according to The Sun and “Mark ZuckerVert” according to FranceTV2, Ingmar is serial entrepreneur and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Veckans Affärer Supertalent, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force.

http://www.wedonthavetime.orgRead less
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Bart Biebuyck

 (
BE
)
Executive Director at Fuel Cells and Hydrogen joint undertaking

Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnershipaiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions.

Read less
Read more

Olga Kordas

 (
SE
)
Assoc. Prof., Director Viable Cities

Olga Kordas is the programme director for the strategic innovation programme Viable Cities and Associate Professor in sustainable urban development at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate about sustainable development, climate transition and democracy. Viable Cities is the Sweden’s largest research and innovation effort for climate-neutral and sustainable cities. It brings together cities, industry, academia and civil society to achieve the mission: Climate-neutral cities by 2030 with a good life for everyone within the planetary boundaries

Read less
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Maria Gustavsson

 (
SE
)
Urban Development Strategist, City of Mariestad

Maria Gustavsson works with the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Mariestad municipality and is also project manager for the municipality's participation in Viable Cities. Her interest in sustainable development comes from practical work and studies in agriculture and forestry. Over the years, Maria has worked with rural development and as a coordinator for the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle.

Read less
Read more

Karin Lexén

 (
SE
)
Secretary General at Naturskyddsföreningen

With many years of experience of environment issues, Karin in 2016 became Secretary-General for Sweden’s largest environmental organization, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC). She has previously held positions at Stockholm International Water Institute, Ministry of the Environment and other civil society organizations such as Fairtrade and the Church of Sweden. Karin holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry. The first United Nations Climate Change Conference she attended was COP3 in Kyoto.

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Jennifer Lenhart

 (
SE, US
)
Global Cities Lead, WWF

Jennifer Lenhart is WWF’s Global Cities Lead, convening a programme which has engaged over 700 cities in 50 countries, namely via the One Planet City Challenge. She holds a PhD in urban climate governance from Wageningen University, an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) from Lund University and Central European University and has over 15 years experience addressing urban environmental challenges via holistic approaches. She previously worked at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya, the City of Malmö, Sweden, an urban sustainability consultancy in Seattle, USA, and hosts a blog, the Urban Observer, recognized by the Guardian Cities. She recently moved back to Stockholm from Santiago de Chile.

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Nadine Hölzinger

 (
DE, FR
)
Managing Director at Spillet

Nadine studied Environmental Engineering (M.Sc., 2002) and Environmental & Resource Management (B.Sc., 1998). She is co-founder and CEO of Spilett new technologies, a consultancy with ~10 employees based in Berlin/Germany and focusing on energy transition and hydrogen economy. She has a vast experience in project development and coordination of national and international hydrogen and transport projects. Since 2010 she has researched on stakeholder acceptance and since 2014 focused on supporting regional stakeholders in all phases of their energy transition processes.

Read less
Read more

Jonas Johansson

 (
SE
)
Head of business development

Johansson has M. Sc. in B.A, Logistics and Process Management and is Head of business development in the municipality of Mariestad, he works in close co-operation with the Mayor of Mariestad Johan Abrahamsson. Mr Johansson is heading a number of departments including Business Development and is also the driving force responsible for Mariestad´s investment in innovative sustainable energy and transport solutions “Electrivillage”. Mr Johansson has extensive leadership experience and has worked with business and process development in a number of different industries. As an example, he was responsible for the development of a new business area for electrified pleasure boats.

Read less
Read more

Søren Hermansen

 (
DK
)
CEO of the Samsø Energy Academy

Søren is a local citizen of Samsø, married and with 2 children now grown up and out in the world. Søren Hermansen took on the challenge to lead the transition of Samsø from fossil fuel to 100% renewable energy. Started as a farmer and ended up as the CEO of the Samsø Energy Academy - an independant NGO for sustainable community development. Author of articles and books. One title: Commonity= common+ community Adjunkt professor Aalborg University and honorary Doctor at TU Delft

Read less
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Jakob Rehme

 (
SE
)
Professor Industrial Management

Jakob Rehme is a teacher and researcher in Industrial Management at Linköping University, and is the director for the Centre for Business Model Innovation. He conducts research about Business Models in complex business exchanges and relationships, and is conducting extensive research in the area of sustainability, energy and the consequences for companies and public organisations,

Read less
Read more

Meriem Bouamrane

 (
FR
)
Chief of Section Ecology and biodiversity Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme UNESCO

Meriem Bouamrane is an environmental economist, Chief of Section Ecology and Biodiversity in the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, Man and the Biosphere programme at UNESCO. She is the coordinator of the EuroMAB Network, the oldest and largest network of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. She is UNESCO focal point for biodiversity and responsible for research and training programmes on access and use of biodiversity, participatory approaches and concertation, using biosphere reserves as research and demonstration sites all around the world.

Read less
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Magnus P Wåhlin

 (
SE
)
Chairman of the Sustainability Committee, Municipality of Växjö, Sweden

Politician with a background in international sustainability work in Africa, Latin America and India. Member of the party board of the Swedish Green Party and a delegate to the European Green Party. Theologian who has published a book on the climate crisis and theology. Especially interested in the issues of fair transition.

Read less
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Yann Françoise

 (
FR
)
Head of the climate – energy and circular economy strategies of the city of Paris

Yann FRANÇOISE, engineer, is Head of the climate-energy and circular economy strategies of the city of Paris. Since 2004, this department has developed different tools and plans for reducing Paris’ carbon footprint like carbon balance, sustainable energy action plan, adaptation strategy, toward more RES... He is the leader of Paris’ climate actions plan gathering commitments and actions of all Paris’ community, from citizens to companies. His department is a regular member of national or European research projects. Every year, he edited the Paris climate annual report called Bleu Climat. Since 2014, his department has been leading the development of the circular economy roadmap of Greater Paris by gathering more than 240 stakeholders from diverse circles as economics, scientific or civil society. A Paris’ strategy on circular economy has been adopted on July 2017 and two roadmaps have been published since. He represents the city of Paris at technical level at Global Covenant, C40, and other international organisations. He is member of national steering committee for French GHG inventory audit, member of the board of National Carbon database, and reviewer of GPC standard. • A high-quality portrait photo

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Juan Donis

 (
VE
)
Sustainability Officer, Warrnambool City

Juan has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Petroleum and a Master of Engineering (Sustainable Energy). Currently working as the Sustainability Officer with Warrnambool City Council, he supports the delivery of the carbon neutrality goals for the Warrnambool municipality. Juan leads the delivery of Council’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs which include power purchase agreement, solar PV & battery and emerging clean technologies. Juan is passionate about renewable energy and innovation to take action on climate change.

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Simon Holmström

 (
Åland, FI
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Member of Parliament

Simon Holmström is the activist who became the youngest Member of Parliament on Åland because of his frustration over the climate crisis. He represents a new Ålandic party – Sustainable Initiative – which now is part of the Åland government. Simon holds a Master’s degree in environmental psychology from Surrey University (UK) and has since then taken a leading role in the rewarded sustainability network on the Åland islands – Bärkraft.ax. He is also a co-founder of the Nordic-Baltic youth network ReGeneration 2030. As a member of the Nordic Council, Simon has taken initiatives on amongst others banning fossil fuels, joint Nordic climate targets and ecocide.

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Pontus Cerin

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Associate Professor Sustainable Investments and Corporate Governance

Pontus Cerin is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Investments and Corporate governance and has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been working in Chicago in the 1990s on implementing resource-efficient ICT solutions and in Sweden at Ericsson Telecom, on the transformation to the digital society in reporting and to investors. Pontus has also worked as a consultant in cleantech and has been employed by universities and business schools in Sweden and Finland. Prior to his current position at Linköping university Pontus Cerin headed an electrification of road transport procurement program, totalling some €25bn, bringing the first battery electric fleet vehicles onto the Swedish roads. Currently, at Linköping University, he is involved in several research projects looking into the role of hydrogen and other storage solutions in the ongoing transformation of today’s energy systems.

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Nigel Holmes

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Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

Nigel Holmes is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA). He joined SHFCA as an individual member in 2005 and became CEO in April 2011. Over the past ten years SHFCA membership has grown from under 40 to over 160 members, and is now recognised as one of the most proactive H&FC industry associations in Europe. SHFCA membership includes industry, public sector bodies, and academia. As CEO of SHFCA Nigel has been actively involved in public-private initiatives including Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, and with policy development including the UK Government’s Hydrogen Sector Development Working Group.

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Johan Abrahamsson

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Mayor of Mariestad

Johan's background is that he runs and has run companies. He is also Chairman of the Moderates throughout Västra Götaland. He is part of the Moderates' working group for the green right. Johan is 50 years old and lives with his wife Malin on a farm with animals just outside Mariestad by Lake Vänern.

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Robert Andrén

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General Director, Swedish Energy Agency

Robert Andrén is the Director-General for the Swedish Energy Agency, with responsibility for national energy policies, including international energy relations and European energy policy issues. Presently, he was also until recently vice-chair of the Mission Innovation (MI) initiated as part of the Paris Agreement. He serves also at the Advisory Council of the Stockholm County Administrative Board. Robert has been working within the Government Offices of Sweden for more than 20 years i.e. as Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Rural Affairs and of Agriculture between 2007 and 2013. Since 2015 he was Deputy Director-General for Energy at the Ministry of Environment and Energy. Robert was appointed Deputy Governor in the County of Värmland 2013–2015. From 2003 to 2007, he led the Department for the Swedish Environmental Quality Objectives and the Enforcement of the Environmental Code at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Robert has been the Swedish representative to the Governing Board of IEA between 2016-2018. He has also previously served as a senior adviser to the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA). He has an M.Sc. in Biology and a PhD in Population Genetics.

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