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Speaker Bios - THE POWER OF sustainable consumption and production

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Ulf D. Jaeckel is an economist with a PhD in environmental economics. Since 1994, Ulf has worked at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and is currently the Head of  Division for `Sustainable Consumption, Environmental Product Policy´. Ulf was Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production 2015-2017 and a representative of the German Government in several national and international committees.

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Tanja Ploetz is part of WWF Germany’s Agriculture and Land Use team, she works internationally on food system transformation and oversees a programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Global South (Future Food Together). Prior to working for WWF, Tanja was engaged in Sino-German development cooperation, working on environmental awareness raising in China, and she lived in China for several years. Tanja has been with WWF for over 11 years now, she loves most of all engaging with people, teams and cultures all over the world and sharing a common vision for a sustainable (food) future.

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Ply is the Sustainable Consumption and Production Project Manager at WWF Thailand. His educational background is in the field of industrial engineering and urban environmental management. He has extensive experience managing international funded projects, environmental campaigns at Greenpeace Southeast Asia,  environmental, social and governance (ESG) consultant to the retail business, and developing renewable energy and sustainability projects in Thailand. Throughout his 20 years career, his area of expertise includes sustainability consulting, sustainability and renewable energy project development, rural community development, environmental management, forest landscape restoration, ecological agriculture, and environmental campaign and advocacy.

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Helena Leurent is Director General of Consumers International, the membership organisation for 200+ consumer advocacy groups around the world in more than 100 countries. Consumers International works with members and partners to empower consumers, to ensure consumers are treated safely, fairly and honestly worldwide, and to drive change in the marketplace on global consumer issues including digital access and rights, product safety and sustainability.

 

Prior to joining Consumers International, Helena worked for the World Economic Forum developing global partnerships and programmes with government, business, civil society and academia on issues such as advanced manufacturing, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian assistance. Helena has also worked for Tesco Stores Plc, Unilever, McKinsey & Co and The LEK Partnership. Helena holds an MA from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

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Richard is an environmental scientist with a strong track record of leading teams which tackle plastic pollution, reduce food waste and deliver more sustainable practices within businesses. He leads WRAP’s international work, working with partners in over 40 countries to deliver systemic change, particularly within the food system.  WRAP is a not for profit organisation, based in the UK, which aims to cut waste around the world and deliver a Net Positive future. WRAP’s programmes, such as the Courtauld Commitment, inspire and deliver change, for example helping reduce food waste across the UK supply chain by 27% or 1.7 Mt/y.

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Vicky is currently responsible for leading the Climate, Energy, Just Transition and Nature work at the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA). There she is responsible for creating a multi stakeholder engagement around corporate accountability on the SDGs. The engagement is based on data driven assessments on private sector performance on a.o. the Paris Agreement goals. Vicky joined the WBA on May 1st 2019 after spending the past 14.5 years working for ABN AMRO Bank and the last 7 years with ABN AMRO Clearing Bank in charge of Energy & Commodity clients. Besides this she was heading up the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for ABN AMRO Clearing forcing industry dialogue to increase transparency to support safe and orderly capital markets. She was part of the Investor Working Group of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative and instrumental in setting up partnerships between ABN AMRO Clearing and Frontclear (a developing country capital market infrastructure builder). She has a Master degree in Financial Management and is an alumni to the Prince of Wales’ Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership. At the moment she also sits on the Institute of Management Accountants global task force on sustainable business management.  

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Danielle Nierenberg is a co-founder of Food Tank and a globally recognized expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has spoken at major conferences and events all over the world and her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 3,000 major publications including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, BBC, the Guardian (UK), and other major publications. Danielle previously served as the Director of the Food and Agriculture program at the Worldwatch Institute.