Speakers

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All invited speakers are actively working on climate transformation. We are very happy to have them as experts and to get transparent insights on how to accelerate the decarbonisation of companies and their supply chains. Together they will highlight best practices and show how business, society and environment can work together for a more sustainable future.

Stefan Rahmstorf
PIK
Professor

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

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Yvonne Zwick
B.A.U.M. e.V.
CEO

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

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Heinz Zeller
HUGO BOSS
Principal Sustainability Global Corporate Responsibility & Public Affairs 

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Heinz joined HUGO BOSS Ticino in 1998 with the responsibility to insource all existing textile and leather licensees, taking over the responsibility of logistics. He established the HUGO BOSS sustainability road map and the sustainability strategy.

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Jutta Paulus
The Greens/EFA

Member of the EU Parliament

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Jutta Paulus is a member of the committees on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Transport (TRAN). She dedicated her political work to climate, energy and environmental challenges.

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Inspirational international keynote speaker Tom Raftery is a Global Vice President for SAP, a guest lecturer at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo, host of the Climate 21, Digital Supply Chain, and Industry Insights by SAP podcasts, and a board advisor to a number of start-ups.

Tom Raftery

SAP

Global Vice President

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Head of Vodafone Germany’s Sustainability Team since 2021, she is in charge of transforming Vodafone Germany into a completely climate neutral company. Therese studied BA and Management in Vienna and Durham and worked within the finance industry in London.

Therese Seiringer

Vodafone Germany

Head of Sustainability

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Dr. Jonathan Foley is a leading climate scientist, sustainability expert, educator, and public speaker. He is also executive director of Project Drawdown — the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. His work focuses on finding solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on

Jonathan Foley

Project Drawdown

Executive Officer

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Fiona began her career focusing on student support in higher education. She worked in the UK, France, Germany before moving to Australia to pursue a Masters in International Development. During her time in Australia, Fiona led an Emergency Services team for the Red Cross to support victims of the 2019 Bushfire season.

Fiona Macklin

Race to Zero

Campaign Manager

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Rainer put intrinsic efforts to establish Sustainability as a fulltime position in the Siemens global IT department. This led to the establishment of an IT Sustainability & CSR strategy,  which is today one of the strategic pillars. The clear purpose is greening and decarbonizing IT' own operations and supporting the Siemens’ business units in achieving their goals in the whole area of SDGs.

Rainer Karcher

Siemens

Global Director IT Sustainability

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

After holding positions in purchasing at retail and catering companies, Gaby has been working in procurement at Nestlé Deutschland AG for over 16 years. Here she held operational and strategic management positions in both direct and indirect purchasing before taking over as Purchasing Manager 5 years ago.

Gaby Symonds

Nestlé Germany AG

Regional Head of Procurement Germany, Nordic, Austria

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Kanishk is currently leading the deployment of ambitious ‘The Zero Carbon Project’, which aims to achieve 50% decarbonization (scope 1, 2) from 1000 suppliers, globally, by 2025. He also leads the ‘Decent Work Program’ to improve working conditions at supplier premises and coordinates initiatives on the topic of circularity and traceability in supply chain. 

Kanishk Negi

Schneider Electric

Sustainable Procurement Director

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Sandra is an experienced Sustainability Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. A self-conscious personality with a great passion for sustainability – in both her professional and private life. She is co-founder of Futurewoman and Head of Sustainability at Mast-Jägermeister.

Sandra Broschat

Futurewoman

Co-Founder

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

David is in charge of all projects aiming at achieving the goal of carbon neutrality by 2033 at illycaffè. He also manages sustainability communication aspects and oversees the  total quality system of the company's products and services.

David Brussa

illycaffè

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Charlotte is a world-renowned Technology and Negotiation Keynote Speaker & Host with ample global industry experience in the field of automotive, timepieces, technology, pharma, consumer goods and medical devices. She’s a published author, TEDX speaker and ISM 30 under 30 Megawatt Winner.

Charlotte de Brabandt

Institute for Supply Management

Senior Manager

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

With a background in veterinary medicine and agricultural sciences, Johannes Knubben was previously involved in various activities in agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine in practice, science and teaching at home and abroad.

Johannes Knubben

HiPP - Gruppe

Head of Sustainability Management

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Gundula Ullah has been Head of Procurement at FUNKE Mediengruppe, one of Germany's largest media companies, since April 2019. She is driving the transformation of the entire purchasing organization, which covers the needs of all business units (newspaper, magazines, digital, radio).

Gundula Ullah

FUNKE Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA

Chief Procurement & Sustainability Officer

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Tilmann is leading the global strategy development and implementation on climate and nature topics at the world's largest chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut. Additionally, he advises several start-ups and acts as an Advisor to the International Platform for Insetting (IPI).

Tilmann Silber

Barry-Callebaut Group

Strategy Lead Climate & Nature

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Yvonne Jamal

JARO Institut . e.V.

Founder & CEO

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Thomas Heine is Co Chair of SPP Germany and publisher of the sustainable procurement magazine „Kleine Kniffe“. Thomas is book author, key note speaker, editor-in-chief and developer of qualification curriculums for sustainable and digital transformation in companies.

Thomas Heine

Sustainable Procurement Pledge

Co-Chair

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Alice Schmidt has spent  22+ years as global sustainability advisor and business consultant. She runs a sustainability consultancy firm and acts as board or jury member for several sustainability institutions. Alice regularly publishes about climate and other sustainability issues.

Alice Schmidt

Global Sustainability Advisor & Author

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Joachim is the Senior Corporate Responsability and Sustainability Manager for Telefónica Germany. He works on CR Reporting, the development and execution of the Net Zero Strategy, on Circular Economy and ESG Strategy and Management.

Joachim Sandt

o2 Telefónica Germany

Senior Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Manager

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Anette is responsible for sustainability management at Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG - and thus for the sustainability strategy and its implementation. She started at Katjes in International Marketing & Sales in 2004. Since 2014, she has been establishing  sustainability management throughout the company at Katjes. 

Anette Dierks

Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG

​Sustainability Manager

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Christoph served as a portfolio strategist, managing director, and head of ESG credit at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management. He currently serves as a member of the CFA ESG Technical Committee and the DVFA Sustainable Investing Commission and is an instructor for ESG and climate risk seminars for Moody's Analytics. 

Christoph Klein

ESG Portfolio Management

Founder & Managing Partner

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Karina is Co-Founder of the Berlin-based Process Mining company Lana Labs and the non-profit think and do tank SINE, that develops open-source solutions for secure data sharing and collaboration. Lana Labs is a leading specialist for the automated analysis of business and production processes.

Karina Buschsieweke

SINE Foundation

Co-Founder & Co-Chairwoman

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Since joining Ørsted in 2016, Steffen worked with corporate communications, creating awareness for the company’s activities in Germany. Specifically for the energy transition with offshore wind and matters of sustainability, advocating for business transformation and the benefits of corporate sustainability

Steffen Kück

 Ørsted

Senior Communication Advisor

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

​In recent years, Lara gained extensive experience in the Climate Tech industry as Co-Founder of MOWEA (modular wind turbines), Venture Developer of Weeve.network (IoT Data Platform) and Corporate Accelerator Manager DACH at Climate KIC.

Lara Obst

THE CLIMATE CHOICE

Co-Founder &

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Dr. Martin Bethke  is responsible for all industry and corporate cooperations for WWF Germany. He is also also Managing Director of the PANDA Promotion Company (PFG) the licensing and sustainability consultancy of WWF in Germany.

Dr. Martin Bethke

WWF

Executive Officer Markets & Business

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Theresa helps companies in understanding their own climate performance and identifying individual action areas for decarbonization. She also advises companies on increasing the climate transparency of their supply chains by assessing the climate maturity of suppliers.

Theresa Wenning

THE CLIMATE CHOICE

Climate Performance Analyst

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Peter Koehne works as Vice President Procurement at Viessmann Climate Solutions SE and also serves non-profit as Co-Chair of SPP Germany. Peter has made it his mission to position Procurement as a value-creating and business-enhancing factor that goes far beyond cost reductions; to pursue modern and creative Procurement. 

Peter Koehne

VP Procurement Viessmann & Co-Chair Sustainability Procurement Pledge Germany

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Laure Hellin is a manager at BearingPoint, passionate about sustainability. She is dedicated to making sustainable supply chains more than just a buzzword, so that organizations can drive real value that benefit their business while protecting the planet and society.

Laure Hellin

BearingPoint

Manager

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Peter Renner is a political scientist specialized in international politics. He has held leadership positions in various non-governmental organizations for 20 years and, most recently, he served as the executive director of a development cooperation foundation with 640 employees.

Peter Renner

Foundation Development and Climate Alliance

CEO

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Heather is an award-winning business journalist specializing in chronicling the role of technology in enabling corporate climate action and transitioning to a clean, inclusive and regenerative economy. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune and The New York Times.

Heather Clancy

GreenBiz

Vice President &

Editorial Director

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Daniel Hires is a facilitator and social entrepreneur. In addition to his work on innovation for sustainability, he supports organizations seeking to embody leadership paradigms that connect inner and outer change.

Daniel Hires

Impact Calling

Co-Founder

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

After 25+ years of corporate marketing, communication and business development experience, Alice Knorz has since 2018 found her purpose as Chairwoman of the non-proft organisation Fairantwortung gAG, building a network of like-minded businesses to bring about a more sustainable and socially responsible way of doing business.

Alice Knorz

Fairantwortung gAG

​CEO

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Mike is responsible for First Climate's activities in the areas of voluntary CO2 management and renewable energies. A recognized energy specialist and engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur), he is a certified manager for energy economics and holds a certification as an energy manager from the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). 

Mike Hatert

First Climate

Managing Director

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Sabine currently runs her youngest company, Produktfabrik GmbH and also advises other companies on the way to a future-oriented product portfolio.  With REGIONIQUE, she has created Germany's first food brand that consistently balances kilometres and attaches great importance to transparency. 

Sabine Bingenheimer-Zimmermann

REGIONIQUE

Founder

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Antoine leads partnerships for the Climate School. A committed citizen in the climate movement, he has also founded several companies specialising in consulting and the digital transformation of businesses.

Antoine Yeretzian

AXA Climate School

Head of Partnerships

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Valerie leads the German-speaking market for the Climate School. She has a broad experience working in the field of climate change, education and environmental policies within the UN/WTO, the European institutions, and NGOs.

Valerie Hutterer

AXA Climate School

Region Manager DACH-Market

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Christoph combines digitization and sustainability through working with customers and partners. He previously worked as Technology Lead at Microsoft in the Enterprise business and has a background in economics and political science.

Christoph Schenek

Microsoft

Sustainability Program Manager

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Nanda is a senior expert with over 17 years of experience in implementing sustainability and human rights in global businesses.  She focuses on building innovative, impactful and scalable solutions at the nexus of business, sustainability, and human rights.

Nanda Bergstein

Tchibo

Director Corporate Responsibility

(in transition to a new role)

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

​Yasha previously founded the SaaS company resmio.com and built it into one of the leading restaurant software providers in Germany as CEO until 2017. Afterwards, he supported various tech start-ups in fundraising, management and sales issues

Yasha Tarani

THE CLIMATE CHOICE

Co- Founder & ​CEO

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Sarah assists the local innovation ecosystems worldwide in realizing their potentials to create inclusive and sustainable development with digital solutions. She builds international public-private partnerships for joint cooperation projects.

Sarah Weber

Make-IT Alliance

Innovation & Partnership Manager

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Ralf has been working at BearingPoint for over 19 years. He is Partner and Global Head Sourcing and Procurement

Ralf Dillmann

BearingPoint

Partner & Global Head Sourcing & Procurement

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Karolin  focuses on digital solutions for a sustainable and inclusive development She is leading the Make-IT Alliance, a network of tech-companies working together on digital transformation in emerging and developing countries.

Karolin Erdmann

Make-IT Alliance

Head of Partnership & Innovation

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Ralph heads ENVIRIA's expanding sales department, after a successful career in finance and investment banking. He is a strong advocate for the acceleration of the B2B energy transition, focusing on solar rooftop and ground-mounted PV projects.

Ralph Stemper

ENVIRIA

Chief Sales Officer

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Annika is responsible for bringing to life the WWF's "One Planet Business Framework", a new and transformative approach to the NGO's cooperation with companies. She approaches the complex and systemic challenges in sustainability with an open mind and broad skillset.

Annika Hoebbel

WWF Germany

Manager Sustainable Business & Markets

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Georg is sustainability manager and safety engineer at Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG. Here, in addition to a variety of operational officer functions such as environmental, occupational, waste, emissions, explosion and fire protection, he is also the lead CE-coordinator.

Georg Hoffmann

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG

Sustainability Manager

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Yvonne Zwick undertook various positions in the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development from 2004 onwards. She works as an expert in EFRAG's SME working group, which is developing the European sustainability reporting standard for companies.

Yvonne Jamal is  specialized in sustainable procurement and wants to ensure that sustainable action becomes the standard for the economy by imparting relevant knowledge, connecting people and organizations and working for the implementation  of the 17 SDGs.

Elisabeth has over 19 years of consulting experience, driving innovation, transformation and implementing sustainability in global businesses. She has worked across APAC, Europe, North-Africa and multiple industries on the environmental, social and ethical aspects of sustainability.

Elisabeth Goos

IBM

Partner  & Head of Industry Transformation, Sustainability & Enterprise Strategy DACH

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Uwe leads Henkel's strategic integration of sustainability into its core business, ESG related engagements with investors and regulators, ratings and rankings as well as inclusion of sustainability in Henkel’s enterprise risk management and disclosure.

Uwe Bergmann

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Director Global Sustainability

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Dr. Henke is a qualified geographer and has a PhD in International Environmental Policy. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the fields of sustainable development, including as a consultant for sustainability management and in development education.

Dr. Olivia Henke

Foundation Development and Climate Alliance

Board of Directors

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Michael is currently playing an active role in setting up the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) . Prior to this Michael spent 10 years leading the policy and external affairs activities at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) to develop high quality disclosure standards.

Michael Zimonyi

IFRS Foundation

Policy & External Affairs Director

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Deloitte Global ESG Reporting Leader since 2021, Anna is in charge of providing transparent and relevant information to stakeholders. She also serves as a technical expert for setting Deloitte’s decarbonization goals and strategy. Anna is a member of Global Reporting Initiative’s Global Sustainability Standards Board.

Anna Nefedova

Deloitte

Global ESG Reporting Leader

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Bob is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies. He is an ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional, is a Future-Fit Certified Professional and Accredited Partner, and received a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto in 2005.

Bob Willard

Sustainability Advantage

Author & Chief

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Dr. Lotte Beck is an economist and compliance and risk management expert with over 10 years experience as a consultant and compliance manager. She supports procurement organizations and teams on the implementation of their sustainable procurement programs to drive transformation towards more sustainable supply chains.

Lotte Beck

EcoVadis

Team Lead Customer Success

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Christian can look back to over 10 years of experience in the sustainability sector. He has supported 100+ clients from various sectors to become climate friendly businesses. For two years, Christian and his team have been building up ConClimate as a new player in the sustainability market with a special focus on digital sustainability management.

Christian Reisinger

ConClimate GmbH

Managing Director

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

With a background in the consumer goods industry, Rebecca is an experienced in working together with retailers worldwide. A self-conscious personality with a great passion for sustainability – in both her professional and private life, she now works as a sales manager at ConClimate.

Rebecca Rauner

ConClimate GmbH

Sales Manager CSR & Climate

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Pierre is an Affiliate Professor at ESCP where he built a 30h course for M2 business students on Energy, Business, Climate & Geopolitics. He trains C-level executives on Climate & Energy issues and coaches internal projects of the French Ministry of Ecology with beta.gouv.fr.

Pierre Peyretou

ESCP

Affiliate Professor - Energy, Business, Climate & Geopolitics

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Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Ocean Physics at the University of Potsdam and Head of the Earth System Analysis Department at PIK. In 2017, he was the first scientist outside the USA to be awarded the Climate Communication Prize.

Jim Giles is vice president of the Net Zero program at GreenBiz. He is responsible for developing VERGE Carbon, a conference dedicated to the business opportunities in the emerging carbon economy and VERGE Net Zero, a new standalone event designed to help companies navigate to a climate-positive future.

Anne Benz is an experienced Sustainability Analyst at EcoVadis and an expert in carbon regulatory developments and EcoVadis' carbon methodology. She holds a MSc in Environmental and Resource Management and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering.

Anne Benz

EcoVadis

Head of Carbon

Regulatory Watch

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