Svenja Schulze (BMU)

Svenja Schulze is Federal Minister for environment, nature conservancy and nuclear security. Before that she was minister at Länder level for innovation, science and research in Nordrhein- Westfalen from 2010 to 2017.

Maria Krautzberger (UBA)

Ms Krautzberger, born in Upper Bavaria and a graduate of administrative sciences, served as Permanent Secretary in the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment from 1999 to 2011.

Jacki Davis (Moderator)

Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs. She is a very experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes and documentaries commenting on EU issues, and both a Senior Adviser and member of the Governing Board at the Brussels-based think tank, the European Policy Centre. She has been based in Brussels for more than 25 years, and was previously Communications Director of the European Policy Centre; launch editor and editor-in-chief of E!Sharp, a monthly magazine on EU affairs launched in 2001; the launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based weekly newspaper on EU affairs owned by The Economist Group, from 1995-2000 (which has now become Politico); and the Brussels correspondent of a British national newspaper.

Speakers in alphabetical order:


Miquel Ballester

Miquel Ballester (1983) co-founder and Resource Efficiency Manager at Fairphone, a social enterprise which uncovers complex production systems to change how things are made.
After graduating in Industrial Design Engineering specializing in technologies for sustainable development, Miquel has contributed to Fairphone in both product and organization design. He participated in the exciting process of turning this organization from a non-profit to a social venture and is our expert on Circular Economy projects.

Eva Eiderström

Director, Department of Ecolabelling and Green Consumption

Eva Eiderström studied international economics and development in Gothenburg and is Director and office manager at the Gothenburg SSNC office, part of the national office for the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, (SSNC) She has developed and manages Bra Miljöval, Good Environmental Choice which is a type 1 ecolabel established in 1990 focusing on products and services with high environmental relevance coordinated to SSNC focal areas Climate, Forests, Envirotoxins, Agriculture and Water. She also manages SSNC efforts to influence attitudes and behaviour of consumers and citizens and proposing measures to facilitate a transformation to sustainable consumer cultures of which the ecolabel is one part.

Sören Enholm

Sören Enholm is the CEO of TCO Development, the organization behind TCO Certified, the sustainability certification for IT products. IT buyers and manufacturers worldwide use TCO Certified to make more sustainable choices. TCO Certified includes a wide range of environmental and social responsibility criteria throughout the product life cycle, including manufacturing, use and end of life phases. Product models and their manufacturing facilities are third party verified for compliance. Sören has been working in the IT industry for more than 20 years, at companies like Sun Microsystems, Apple and Netscape. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Uppsala University, Sweden, and is a passionate advocate for IT’s role in a more sustainable world.

Kai Falk

Kai Falk (55) is Director Communications & Sustainability at the German Retail Federation (HDE). Falk has been with the HDE since 2010. Before joining the HDE Kai Falk was Director Communications & Public Affairs at Coca-Cola Germany and Anheuser Bush Inbev (DACH region).

Stefan Friedrich

Founder and Executive Director / Bioblo

Stefan Friedrich studied international commerce at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna and is co-founder and managing director of Bioblo Spielwaren GmbH. Before his ventures into sustainable toy manufacturing he pursued a career in marketing that took him to several notable network agencies in Vienna and Hamburg where he worked as a copywriter and creative director. During that time he wrote a children’s book that was never published – which is a shame, really, because it’s pretty awesome. He is married and has three children aged 11, 8 and 6.

Matthias Huisken

Matthias Huisken (m) is the Managing Director of iFixit GmbH. He holds an M.A. in Media Sciences from Philipps-Universität Marburg and has designed information architectures and digital education formats for industrial clients (like HP, Samsung, Sony, Fujitsu, Philips or Daimler AG) as well as in the academic sphere. With his team at iFixit, he oversees the internationalisation of the online community as well as the reverse engineering, documenting and reparability scoring of European products that are published on the iFixit platform. In the EU H2020 Research and Innovation programmes, he is currently working on multiple solutions related to product design, reparability, reuse and recycling. He is involved in the sustainablySMART project that develops a scientifically validated reparability scoring procedure for mobile products, and the CloseWEEE project that constructs a centralised database with information to improve recycling of electrical and electronic goods. He is a founding member of Runder Tisch Reparatur and in this context investigates the dependencies between network technologies, software, and product lifespan.

Fabio Iraldo

Fabio Iraldo is currently holding academic positions as Full Professor of Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, where he coordinates a research group within the Istituto di Management, and as Research Director at IEFE – “Institute for Environment and Energy Economics”, a research centre of Bocconi University in Milan. He is responsible for teaching courses in Sustainability Management in several post-graduate MSCs and business schools (SDA-Bocconi, SIAF). As an independent expert, he is member of environmental committees within several third-party certification bodies. Among his main research activities, there are pilot projects and studies carried out on behalf of national and EU institutions (European Commission - DG Environment, DG Enterprise, DG Research; Eurostat; European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions;…). He is author of more than 100 articles, many of which published in international scientific reviews with Impact Factor.

Ulf D. Jaeckel

-Economist with a PhD in environmental economics.

-Since 1994 Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

-Head of  Division  `Sustainable Consumption, Environmental Product Policy´

-Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (One Planet Network)

Walter Kahlenborn

Walter Kahlenborn is a co-founder and Managing Director of adelphi research and adelphi consult. The core topics of his research and consultancy work are: sustainable economic development, and climate and energy. He advises federal ministries, the European Commission, companies and organisations. Since 1995, he has managed more than 100 national and international research and advisory projects with inter-disciplinary teams, predominantly on issues concerning energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate protection and mitigation, urban development, green economy, sustainable consumption, sustainable financial services, and corporate social responsibility. He is founder of the German Sustainable Investment Forum and worked many years both as Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of the forum. He also held for several years the post of Vice President of the European umbrella organisation Eurosif, which he helped co-found.

Walter Kahlenborn studied industrial engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) and history and philosophy (M.A.) in Berlin, Bologna and New Orleans.

Hiroyuki Kobayashi

Chief/ Promotion Section

Mr. Hiroyuki Kobayashi works in Promotion Section of Eco Mark Office following he was engaged in Criteria & Certification Section developing criteria as well as supporting a company that wishes to apply for Eco Mark, which is only Type1 Ecolabelling programme in Japan for more than 25 years. He is in charge of international activities of Eco Mark such as Mutual Recognition Agreement known as MRA, dissemination of Eco Mark programme internationally and is an alternate representative of Eco Mark for Multi Advisory Member (MAC) of 10YFP SPP programme led by UN Environment. He also serves as General Affairs Office for Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) which is International network organization of Type1 Ecolabelling.

Björn- Erik Lønn

Björn-Erik Lønn (born in 1954) with a M.Sc. from University of Helsinki, Finland has been working for the Nordic Swan Ecolabel since 1994 in Oslo, Norway coordinating and representing internationally this regional ecolabel of the five countries.

Mr Lønn has further been a director on the board of Global Ecolabelling Network, GEN, since 2006 and elected chair since 2016. He convened the work with amendments to the recently published version of the ISO 14024-standard for Type 1-ecolabels. He has been both on the multistakeholder advisory committee (MAC) and many of the working groups in the One planet (UN Environment)  Consumer Information programme.

Johannes Luderich

Consultant/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Johannes Luderich is an economic geographer that works at GIZ programme for sustainability standards and public-private responsibility. He studied political science, geography and sociology in Bonn and Frankfurt, specializing in transnational governance and sustainable global value chains. His field experience includes the ECOWAS region and India. He started working for GIZ in 2016, focusing on sustainable global value chains and an assessment methodology to analyse and compare sustainability standards. The assessment methodology is currently in use on the German government’s websites “Siegelklarheit.de” and “Kompass Nachhaltigkeit/Sustainability Compass”. He currently advises the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to implement a meta-label for sustainable textiles, the “Green Button”.

Beatriz  Martins Carneiro

Beatriz has over 15 years of experience in sustainable development, environmental law and advocacy, having worked in law firms, government agencies and NGO’s. During her career, she carried out activities related to policy design, implementation of programs and policies, as well as institutional representation. She has negotiated and implemented international cooperation projects and has significant experience engaging and liaising with groups of people to discuss and define public policy - as a government representative but also representing the private sector.

At UN Environment, Beatriz is responsible for lead the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, operations and other activities related to Ecolabelling and Consumer Information.

Beatriz holds a Master Degree in Comparative Law from the University of Florida in the US and a Master Degree in Environmental Law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France.

Blanca Morales

EU Ecolabel Coordinator / European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

Blanca Morales attained a master’s degree on Environmental Sciences in Granada, a diploma on Environmental Management Systems in Lyon and a research master on Environmental Education in Madrid. She has worked as EU Ecolabel Coordinator at BEUC and the EEB for over nine years. Both organisations represent 43 independent national consumer organisations and over 140 environmental NGOs from more than 30 European countries at EU level. In her role, Blanca contributes to the development of the EU Ecolabel policy. She also coordinates input from consumer organisations and environmental NGOs to set the Ecolabel criteria for a wide range of product groups and services. At EU level, Blanca has worked as policy officer on environmental issues in standardisation for ECOS and on different projects in relation to the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Before moving to Brussels, she worked for six years in the Local Agenda 21 project of Granada, at the city’s university as well as municipality, and held different roles in environmental projects in Mexico and Ukraine.

Anton Pieper

Researcher / SÜDWIND

Anton Pieper studied political science in Berlin and Lyon. From 2010 – 2014 he worked as a campaigner for the human rights organisation FIAN. Since 2015 he works as researcher for SÜDWIND, a research institute that strives towards a just world economy. The main fields of Anton Pieper’s research include labour and social standards in global value chains of leather and shoe production with a regional focus on the main countries of production, namely Asian countries. He has been involved in different campaigns aiming to improve working conditions in the shoe and leather industry and published several reports, factsheets and articles on the subject of labour rights violations in this sector.

Jan Christian Polania Giese

Jan Christian Polanía Giese works as a senior project manager at adelphi. In his position, he is responsible for the planning, conception and implementation of various research and consulting projects in the area of ​​sustainable consumption. He supports the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal Ministry for Environment (BMUB) in implementing the National Programme for Sustainable Consumption. In addition, with a focus on digitalisation, he is involved in the development of environmental policy strategies to strengthen socio-ecological forms of coexistence and community well-being.

Jan Christian Polanía Giese is a graduate engineer for Technical Environmental Protection (Technical University of Berlin) with a focus on sustainability assessment and lifecycle analysis, and has also completed an additional degree in design thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute School for Design Thinking in Potsdam.

Siddharth Prakash

Senior Researcher/ Öko- Institut e.V.

Siddharth Prakash is Senior Researcher at the division “Sustainable Products and Materia Flows” of the Öko- Institut e.V. in Freiburg, Germany. His expertise lies in analysing the policies and instruments for sustainable consumption and production in EU and Southeast Asia. Another focus of his work covers environmental and socio-economic assessment as well as development of sustainable models in the field of e-waste management in Africa. He has also been providing his technical expertise to policy-makers and civil society organizations in the EU in areas of EU Ecodesign Directive and Ecolabels, while focussing on developing strategies against product obsolescence.

Sascha Roth

Sascha Roth studied political science and economics at the University of Bamberg. He is environmental policy officer working on waste and circular economy at the headquarters of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) in Berlin. He worked in several non-governmental organizations on climate policy and the ecological and social transformation of global value chains.

Arndt Scheidgen

Head of Advanced Technologies / Henkel Laundry & Home Care

Arndt Scheidgen is Head of Advanced Technologies at Henkel Laundry & Home Care in Düsseldorf, Germany. In this function, he is responsible for the chemical and biotechnological research, new raw materials, IoT and design solutions, and the assessment of new washing, dishwashing and textile technologies.

Since 2016, he is President of the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products A.I.S.E. in Brussels, being its Board member since 2012.

Arndt Scheidgen was born in Essen, Germany, in 1968. He studied Chemistry at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and wrote his PhD thesis in Physical Chemistry about the fluid phase behaviour of mixtures of supercritical carbon dioxide with low-volatile organic substances.

He joined Henkel’s headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1998 and worked in Product Development for various categories, i.a. Special Detergents, Laundry Additives, Fabric Finishers, and Hard Surface Cleaners, publishing numerous patents.

From 2001 to 2003, he worked in the R&D lab in Reims, France, on the development and implementation of products in the above categories.

In 2005, he joined International Marketing for Universal Detergents, preparing the product launches for the 100th anniversary of Henkel’s flagship detergent brand Persil in 2007.

Between 2008 and 2018, he was responsible for the International Product Development of Laundry & Home Care products at Henkel, launching numerous product innovations, before he took over the newly established Advanced Technologies team.


Tobias Schleicher

Researcher/ Öko- Institut e.V.

Tobias Schleicher holds a Degree in Economics (Dipl.- Volkswirt) from University of Freiburg (Germany) with a specialization in International Economics as well as Environmental and Resource Economics. His special focus is on resource management as well as the development of policy instruments for sustainable consumption and production (SCP), both, in the national and international context. Besides economic and environmental impacts, he has a special expertise on social and human rights risks in complex international value chains.

Cornelia Szyszkowitz

Senior Expert Sustainability

Deutsche Telekom

Cornelia Szyszkowitz holds a master's degree in psychology from the University of Vienna, Austria.
She has been working as head of risk communication for T-Mobile in Germany since 2001. As a senior expert she leads strategic projects in the field of sustainability for Deutsche Telekom, Bonn. Cornelia Szyszkowitz is responsible for circular economy activities as the "Center for Cell Phone Take-back" (www.handysammelcenter.de) and several partnerships with NGOs and public authorities.

To achieve a higher level of awareness for sustainable electronics Deutsche Telekom cooperates with partners as Fairphone and other manufacturers or public authorities as the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Federal Ministry of Science and Education and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources.  

Deutsche Telekom is the first major telecommunications company in Germany to use the Blue Angel ecolabel on its products. Recently the media receivers of Deutsche Telekom were awarded with the Blue Angel ecolabel. The media receivers are the third product range of Deutsche Telekom carrying the Blue Angel certification after fixed-network telephones from the Sinus and Speedphone ranges.

Andreas Tschulik

Dipl. Ing. Andreas Tschulik

Andreas Tschulik studied Physics at the Technical University of Vienna. Since 1989 he is working in the Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism. He is head of division for environmental management and technology, being responsible for the Austrian and the EU Ecolabel, Ecodisign, EMAS, green public procurement, green jobs and environmental technology issues.

Ragnar Unge

Chief Executive Director

Ragnar Unge has been working with ecolabelling since 1993. He is the CEO of Ecolabelling Sweden with 70 employees. He is also the chair of the board of directors within the Nordic Ecolabelling. 2010- 2012 he was the chairman of EU Ecolabelling Board.

Daniel Weiss

Senior Project Manager & Cluster Coordinator Green Economy / adelphi

Daniel Weiss is a Senior Project Manager and Cluster Coordinator Green Economy at adelphi. He has led projects on a national and international level in the fields of environmental management, green economy, and sustainability strategies. In his projects, he combines scientific expertise with application-oriented policy advice in order to advance transformation strategies in politics and in companies. He is currently working on sustainable supply chain management and corporate due diligence processes in the context of business and human rights.

Daniel completed a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management (Environmental Consultancy and Project Management) at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He also holds a Master’s degree in political science, focusing on international relations, European integration, and policy analysis from the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany and Göteberg, Sweden.

Xiaodan Zhang

Xiaodan ZHANG Research Fellow
General Manager, China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC)

Engaged in policy research and application in the fields of China Environmental Labelling Program, Green Public Procurement (GPP), Green Supply Chain (GSC), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) etc.; As the expert, involved in UNEP projects of Marrakech Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP), Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Sustainable Public Procurement 10YFP etc. She has been elected as the Board Member of Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) since 2012 and as the Advisory Board member of International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN) since 2015.