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 into the 9 impact categories #energy #buildings #production #mobility #food #digital #environment #society and #finance.

Together they will highlight best practices and show how business, society and environment can work together now.

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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Dr. Helmut Frieden
Symrise AG
Corporate VP Sustainability

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Dr. Helmut Frieden represents Symrise AG on all ethical matters and is responsible for non-financial Group reporting. Under his leadership, Symrise AG was the first company in Germany to be awarded the Triple A by CDP for the second time in a row.

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Jutta Paulus
Greens

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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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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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, together with her team she is in charge of transforming Vodafone Germany into a completely climate neutral company. Therese studied Business Administration and Management in Vienna and Durham and previously 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.

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.

Jim Giles

GreenBiz

Vice President Net Zero

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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.

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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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 and has worked for UN agencies, the European Commission, the African Union, the World Bank and many more. 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.

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

Dr. 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.

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.

With a background in sustainability science and with hands-on experience in sustainability assessments, 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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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.

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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