Nordic Circular HotspotAugust 9, 2022
JAMK University of Applied SciencesAugust 9, 2022
ISM University of Management and Economics (ISM), LithuaniaAugust 1, 2022
Alon Rozen is Dean, CEO and Professor of Innovation at Ecole des Ponts Business School, where he helps students and companies alike succeed in new business ventures.
After gaining an MBA at the venerable Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Alon spent over 20 years in startups and consulting. Later, he began teaching to share what he learned along the way and further increase his impact. This led him to pursue doctoral studies with initial research dedicated to understanding the effects of globalisation on the French wine industry. Following this, he developed his unique framework called Dynamic Business Modeling, which was inspired by his research on business model innovation.
Working with corporate clients and students worldwide on innovation, his mission has naturally evolved into a growing passion for the circular economy and circular business models.
Alon has had the privilege of working and teaching in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He is an avid reader, a passionate tennis player and the proud father of two.
Sofia Hamika is a Quality Assurance and Stakeholder Engagement Manager at the Circular Economy Alliance, with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media Culture and Production from Southampton Solent University. Sofia is a creative and versatile person, with an interest in photography and all things digital. She is a diligent, determined and team-minded individual, with extensive experience in Business Development, Digital Marketing, Multimedia Event Planning and Office Administration. She is a strong force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude to comply with everyday duties.
Sofia supports CEA’s mission, values and vision, and is proud to be part of the influential team on the road towards a green and sustainable future.
Panagiota Savva is a Quality Assurance and Stakeholder Engagement Manager at the Circular Economy Alliance, who ensures that everything runs smoothly and is responsible to keep progress on track.
She is a dedicated and reliable individual who is focused on her work. In her previous role, as a Quality Assurance Officer in higher education, she was tasked with various academic administrative duties, as well as projects with demanding deadlines and dealt with the high-volume workload.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature and a Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism.
Panagiota is a diligent professional with a positive attitude and is proud to be part of such a dynamic team.
The European Shared Green Deal (SGD) is the European Commission's blueprint and roadmap to make Europe the first climate neutral continent. The success of the deal depends on getting all European countries to transition to a sustainable and competitive economy. That includes, but is not limited to; Investing in environmentally friendly technologies. Supporting innovation across all industries. Rolling out cleaner, cheaper, and healthier forms of private and public transport.
Joyce Halloun holds the position of Project Coordinator at the Circular Economy Alliance. Joyce is an accomplished businesswoman with over 10 years of experience in business development and logistics. At a relatively young age, she started her own businesses, Blue Grapes and J’s corner.
J’s corner is focused on sustainable development, zero waste management, eco-friendly products, functional health, holistic medicine, and ecological farming. Joyce’s passion for a circular sustainable life and an eco-friendly way of living has enabled her to inspire and influence her clients, while spreading awareness and educating about the importance of living an environmentally friendly life. Besides being a dedicated researcher for innovative concepts, advocating for international natural resources Joyce has also intensive experience with rapid response for humanitarian emergencies due to her past experience with international non-profit organizations as logistics and operation coordinator.
Joyce Halloun holds a B.A. in Business Management and is also a certified Programme Manager by Lingos. Overall, the professional experience provided Joyce with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, solid leadership, as well as management and administrative skills. Joyce takes on her challenges with determination and resourcefulness and always exhibits an ambitious character in all her undertakings to ensure a successful implementation and activation of projects. In conclusion, her long-term goal is to internationally promote education and skills that shape a tangible, sustainable and factual implementation of circular economy principles, using her unwavering commitment and drive to bring awareness about sustainability and circular design change, ultimately resulting in climate neutrality.
The maritime transport sector is responsible for more than 75% of the European Union’s external trade and is projected to grow in global shipping volume. A landmark study by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) shows that ships produce 13.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) caused by transportation in the EU. Other significant impacts of the sector include the doubling of the underwater noise levels in EU waters between 2014 -2019 and the introduction of half of all the non-indigenous species introduced into European seas since 1949.
In 1950 there were approximately 751 million people living in urban areas. According to the United Nations in 2018 that number rose to 4.2 billion or 55% of the world’s population. By 2050 the urban population is expected to rise to almost 70%. This places additional strain on countries to implement sustainable policies that balance the economic, environmental and social aspects, including resource management, sustainable infrastructure, housing, employment and basic services such as education and health care. Moreover, currently cities consume almost 80% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of greenhouse emissions (GHG) while the population density makes them particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change including flooding, see rise, wildfires etc.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the emerging technologies which can enable and accelerate the transition from a linear to a Circular Economy (CE). In view of this the European Commission through the EU HORIZON 2020 MSCA RISE programme, funded the CE-IoT project with a budget of EUR 1,692,000 and a duration of four years, from July 2018 to June 2022. The consortium is comprised of 6 partners including academic institutions, as well as consulting, information technology and telecommunication companies.
Wildfires, drought, flash floods… the world seems caught in perpetual struggle as global weather systems shift and change. The result is not just loss of life and property, but also a trigger for disease, molds, and pests that can wipe out entire crops in 48-hours or less. Hence the need for remote sensing (aerial-imaging), a rapidly improving technology that uses special cameras to detect, among other things, oncoming devastation before it’s too late. Currently, remote sensing uses three types of camera platforms: satellites, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and manned aircraft. All have their strengths and weaknesses.
A new collaboration between the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Circular Economy Alliance (CEA) aims at preparing Cyprus for a transition from a linear to a circular economy. CEA will be providing educational resources for upskilling and reskilling the workforce of almost 8000 enterprises represented by CCCI. The collaboration means that 95% of Cyprus’ businesses get access to the skills to safeguard the competitiveness of the country’s products and services during the green transition. Cyprus could in fact be the first country in the world to transition to the circular economy on a national scale.
Companies are quickly realizing that providing value to shareholders can only be achieved by providing value to all stakeholders. In other words, companies that are looking to remain competitive and profitable, need to integrate purpose in their business model and strategy aiming to contribute to society. One company that has seen this as fundamental to its business strategy already since many years, is Coca-Cola HBC. In this sense the collaboration between the Circular Economy Alliance as a leading innovator in the Circular Economy domain and Coca- Cola HBC as the world’s most sustainable beverage company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index follows naturally.
An individual with 11 years of experience in customer service, team coordination, and training in the educational sector, now taking a step into the ‘teaching’ sector by attending the Train the Trainer program offered by HRDA. A holder of a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management, a Master’s degree in MBA and a Master’s degree candidate in Career Guidance and Counselling. A lifelong learning supporter who seeks knowledge on every occasion, to evolve, develop new skills and influence people in any way possible. A positive attitude is her companion helping her overcome any obstacles that may arise using her problem-solving skills. She knows that to succeed it takes more than one, thus as a team leader in her previous job she coached and led the team to improve their skills, increase productivity and created an environment with equal opportunities for everyone. As a nature lover and adventure seeker, she is thrilled to join a team of highly motivated individuals, wishing to make the planet greener and healthier.
Circular Economy Alliance Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics
The Circular Economy Alliance platform, services, and products are designed to appeal to and be used by people from a wide variety of different backgrounds, countries, religions, and cultural norms. These diversity and inclusiveness are core values of the CEA, and we encourage our Community to embrace it and share it. That said, this geographic and cultural diversity can make effective communications and general policy definition a bit challenging.
That said, CEA is committed to advancing the transition to a just and inclusive Circular Economy which aims to decouple economic growth from resource use, eliminate waste by design, and tackle climate change. To achieve its mission and vision of a socially fair Circular Economy, CEA has adopted the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and endeavours to promote the common good while creating value for all stakeholders. With this in mind, the Code of Conduct has been developed to ensure all activity on the platform and within the CEA community is mutually respectful. The Code of Ethics sets out the guiding ethical principles relative to all professional activities of the certified members of the Circular Economy Alliance, informs the actions of our partner network, and defines the conduct of CEA staff and persons acting on behalf of the Company.
The purpose of our Code of Conduct & Code of Ethics is to ensure that the Circular Economy Alliance platform (the Platform), products and services are inclusive and that we, our members, and our community uphold the principles and values linked to Circular Economy, social responsibility, sustainable development and all relevant domains, to ensure that people and the planet are not harmed in the name of profit, and that we all conduct ourselves with mutual respect.
Code of Conduct
The CEA Code of Conduct reflects the ethics and values of the Platform, product, services, and community. It has been prepared with members of the CEA community (the Community), content contributors, instructional designers, and administrators based on established best practices. With the involvement of our stakeholders, we will continue to update the Code of Conduct as we add new products, services, and activities and as we receive feedback from our learners and community members.
We cannot foresee all eventualities and align with all local regulations, so the Code of Conduct should indicate the nature of interactions and the social dynamic we would like to see on this Platform and within the Community. In the event of an issue not covered by this Code of Conduct, the CEA team will decide whether a behavior is acceptable or not, in a manner that is as fair and transparent as possible, while respecting the confidentiality of all involved.
This Code of Conduct applies to all activities on the Talent Learning Management Platform, the Circular Economy Alliance website, its social media pages (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Discord, etc.), including comments, forum posts, and private messages.
Certified Alumni, members of the Community, as well as candidates for Circular Economy certification are encouraged to adopt the following guidelines for conduct:
Code of Ethics
Certified Alumni, members of the Community, as well as candidates for Circular Economy certification are strongly encouraged to uphold the highest standards of ethical norms in line with Circular Economy principles and values:
The code of conduct is regularly reviewed to reflect necessary adaptations that emerge from input received through our CEA members’ reporting or by changes to the prevailing regulatory framework.
Effective as of: 1 March 2022
Last revised: 28 February 2022
More detailed information can me found in the General Terms and Conditions and the Certifications Terms and Conditions.
Mary Vitsa is an expert devising and executing robust organizational policies and HR strategies to promote organisational development and increase companywide performance. With a strong financial acumen gained through an Economics and Business degree from The Open University UK, numerous executive trainings, solid knowledge of employment law and compliance processes, Mary has the ability to identify organisational issues and barriers to employee productivity, and recommend corrective actions. Change and project management certified, she has been leading diverse teams, and exercising an advisory role to CEO/executive management. After spending nearly two decades working within the EU institutions, public and private sector alongside executive and operational teams, Mary knows what truly drives successful outcomes, and it’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy. A keen collaborator with a result-oriented attitude, she enjoys lifelong learning, agile, innovative and open-minded approaches to work and life in general.
Dr Marios Prasinos holds a BSc degree in Computer Science (University of Crete, Greece, 2010), an MSc degree in Engineering-Financial Systems (National Technical University of Athens, University of Piraeus, Greece, 2013) and a PhD degree in Computer Science (City, University of London, UK, 2019). His research interests include policy making, health informatics, data mining, machine learning, decision support systems, big data, ontologies, smart cities and circular economy. Dr Prasinos is an experienced researcher with strong academic background and has worked in various research projects, undertaking both research activities and software development tasks. Beyond research, he has worked in the Software Industry as consultant, software engineer and project manager for more than 6 years. Since 2021, he is a member of the Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) of Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) and a research fellow of Circular Economy Alliance, where he works on the research projects of the company and the development of new proposals.
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Chrysostomos Adamides is a critical thinker who enjoys tackling challenges in new domains. He is currently working towards the implementation of the Circular Economy to help create a just, inclusive, and sustainable future. His main area of focus is stimulating organizational transformation and the transition to circular business models through the development of the skills and competences of the workforce. He works as a specialist with the Circular Economy Alliance and as a researcher with the Circular Economy Research Centre at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Chrysostomos worked for several years as part of the European Commission’s field team for the development and implementation of migration management action plans. In this capacity, he contributed to improving the health care provision and reception conditions for migrants in Greece and Cyprus.
Chrysostomos holds an ALM in Sustainability and an MSc in Finance. Chrysostomos comes from the island of Cyprus and currently lives with his wife in Athens, Greece.
Ushma is a Communication Officer at Circular Economy Alliance.
She is a passionate media professional and has over 7 years of experience in digital media. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a specialization in Broadcast Journalism and various diplomas including a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Art London. Her expertise is in the area of content creation, video production and building communities for brands.
She started her career in 2013 working as a content creator and social media manager for various brands and local businesses. During her college, she has done multiple internships in different sectors of media like Radio, News channels, Advertising agency and a leading production house where she worked for multiple shows of NDTV and HISTORY channels.
After completing her masters, she joined a leading digital content platform named Wittyfeed as their Content Producer and Host. She produced and hosted over 200 episodes of different shows which includes various brand integrations, campaigns, outdoor events, and celebrity collaborations.
She has a strong interest in related topics related to fighting climate change and the circular economy. Her goal is to expand her knowledge and skills and be able to contribute to making this world a better place.
As a result of 10+ years of diverse professional experience, Matthew Greenley offers research, strategic planning, and international project management skills. Over the years, he has partnered with both government and industry leaders to promote the circular economy concept and principles.
Matthew strives to apply the full range of his abilities in all that he does. He has been a research fellow at CERC since late 2020, and assists in the development of the Circular Economy Alliance, along with circular economy-related research and projects.
He has been the Director of International Cooperation at the Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment since 2014, where he has established partnerships with local and international universities. Some partners included the Romanian Government, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee – created to promote the circular economy concept within Romania and throughout Europe.
Alessio Franconi, PhD, is a designer and researcher who focuses on the intersection between circular economy, design strategies, industry 4.0 and the Product Service-System. He currently holds the dual role of researcher at Brunel University London and the Circular Economy Research Center, Ecole des Ponts Business School.
Alessio is part of the CircularMetal Research Center at Brunel University London – one of five transdisciplinary circular economy centres sponsored by the UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund programme. In 2018, Alessio was selected by the Fulbright Italy commission to participate in the prestigious Fulbright-Fondazione Simone Cesaretti fellowship, which enabled him to further his doctorate studies at Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester (NY, USA).
Alessio has experience in industrial design consultancy for large companies such as Indesit, JP Industries, and many small and medium-sized businesses. He also has many years of international academic research experience across multiple universities.
In 2016, Alessio was recognised as one of the first Blue Economy experts by Professor Gunter Pauli at the University of Pécs. He is also the creator and curator of www.circulardesign.it – the first open-source tool for organising and managing circular design strategies.
Georgia Solomou is a highly motivated, target driven individual, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and a Master’s degree in International Relations. She has always been interested in politics and the significant impact that significant decisions and historical events have had on people and the planet.
With more than 12 years of experience, Georgia is a powerful force in the workplace. She assumed a leadership role as the Head of the Administration Department, and as the Data Protection Officer of the Company for which she previously worked.
She became Project Coordinator at CEA, and her techniques, skills, and mindset quickly brought enormous value to the organisation. Georgia embraced the history of the Circular Economy Alliance and our culture and vision of the future. She is pleased to join the team and be a part of this exciting journey towards a green, digital and more resilient planet.
Following his studies in Engineering and Computer Science, Saman started his career in Information Communication Technology (ICT) in 2000. After ten years of cross-industry and international experience designing digital infrastructures, solutions, and platforms, he redirected his career and completed an MBA in Paris and New York.
Pursuing his passion for purpose-driven and value-centric initiatives, Saman started his doctoral studies and focused on Circular Economy and Sustainable Competitiveness. In 2020 he completed his Executive Doctorate in Business Administration on the convergence of Technology, Circular Economy, and Competitiveness. Saman’s work as a professor, researcher, consultant, and advisor revolves around the same three pillars.
He is passionate about leveraging digital transformation to deploy CSR, SDGs, ESG, and Circular initiatives. As a result, Saman works on emerging trends to design and implement competitive business models, value chains, and economies.
Saman is the Associate Dean and COO of École des Ponts Business School. He is also the Head of Programs and Instructional Design, and a professor of Technology Management, Digital Transformation and Innovation for Circular Economy. Saman works with the Circular Economy Research Center (CERC), Center for Policy and Competitiveness (CPC-Paris), and the Circular Economy Alliance (CEA) as a Senior Researcher, and the Senior Advisor of Technology and Business Modeling.
Chiara Battistoni is an Italian industrial and Eco and Systemic Designer. With a PhD in Management, Production and Design, she focuses on the relationships between Systemic Design and Circular Economy. Her area of expertise is the manufacturing sector, where she adopts the ecosystem approach.
From 2015 to 2020, Chiara has developed research activities with the Systemic Design Research Group in Architecture and Design. She was also the assistant teacher of the course ‘Systemic Design’ in Politecnico di Torino, and she has collaborated in many European projects, such as RETRACE, led by Politecnico di Torino.
In 2021, Chiara started to collaborate with the Italian startup Mercato Circolare as a project officer. There, she scouts European projects, writes proposals and oversees the project’s finance. She is a circular economy specialist here at Circular Economy Alliance.
Vlatka Katusic is a senior researcher at Circular Economy Research Center, managing, coordinating and writing proposals for European projects. She is also a circular economy specialist at CEA, developing content for a body of knowledge in the field of the circular economy.
Vlatka has over ten years of experience as an environment and sustainability specialist for several small-medium sized consultancy firms. Her expertise includes design and implementation of communication, dissemination, training, exploitation and long-term sustainability strategies, facilitation of public consultations, social dialogue, mediation, and negotiations.
After graduating with an MBA in Innovation Management in 2019, Vlatka immediately embarked on a doctorate research journey at Ecole des Ponts Business School in Paris. On top of this, she holds an MSc in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development and a Bachelor of Law.
Vlatka loves working in multidisciplinary, collaborative and international environments – sparked by her working travels across Bolivia, France, Croatia and Cyprus. She is thus interested in supporting international cooperation, aiming to close the idea-action gap for sustainability to implement circular economy principles.
Dr Hernan Ruiz Ocampo is a senior researcher at the Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), where he manages, coordinates and writes proposals for European projects.
Hernan obtained his PhD in Process and Bioprocess Engineering at the Institut Mines-Telecom Atlantique in Nantes, France. His research was part of an industrial project to develop new technologies for an SME in the water sector. This experience convinced Hernan of the importance of applied research to the industry to improve business performance. Thus, after getting his PhD, he worked as an innovation manager to develop international strategies to export green technologies.
In 2019, Hernan graduated with an MBA in Innovation Management at the Ecole des Ponts Business School, acquiring knowledge in leading innovation and agility, design thinking, and digital transformation.
Hernan has a rich multicultural experience acquired by studying, living and working in Bolivia, Cuba, France and Cyprus. Besides his PhD, he holds two master degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Urban Environments Techniques. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Hernan’s research currently focuses on applying and identifying circular strategies in different industrial sectors. He also contributes to developing a body of knowledge to empower the workforce towards the transition to the Circular Economy.
Jonathan T. Scott is a teacher, entrepreneur, and manager, with over 28 years of business and higher education teaching experience in 17 different countries. As a manager, he has been recognised for tripling productivity, increasing net profits by over 55%, and leading three successive business turnarounds.
Currently, he is a senior research fellow at Ecole des Ponts Business School’s Circular Economy Research Center (CERC). He has taught at the Rotterdam School of Management; the Audencia Nantes School of Management; the EADA School of Management; and Bradford University. On top of this, he has administered seminars and workshops at the Lorange Institute; the University of Perugia; and the Yancheng Institute of Technology, and several private business training centres in Europe and the Middle East.
Jonathan has written several business and management books, including: Fundamentals of Leisure Business Success (1998); The Concise Handbook of Management (2005); Managing the New Frontiers (2007); and The Sustainable Business (2010/2015/2018).
He also holds multiple degrees and certifications, including a Bachelor of Science, an MBA and MA in management, and a CELTA teaching certification from Oxford Brookes University.
Ilma Jabeen is a sustainability professional. She has researched and experimented with circular economy principles both at an academic and a practical level. Her work is truly at the forefront of circular economy, focusing on circular business models, cross-sector collaboration, energy transition and process management, where she tries to turn sustainability goals into practices.
In her pursuit to make building construction more sustainable and circular, she obtained a masters in Building Engineering and specialised in “Technology for Sustainable Development”. Ilma excels in analytical research, market analysis and stakeholder engagement, getting to grips with stakeholder needs in particular. In the past, she has worked with various stakeholders, including governments, contractors, manufacturers, waste management firms, and customers.
Walter Stahel has spent the last 40 years working on two topics of circular economy: sustainable business models, and risk management to prevent human and economic losses.
Walter was educated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where he received an MA in Architecture. He then worked as an architect in London and St. Moritz, and joined the Battelle Research centres in Geneva before moving into business.
He has been active as a manager and consultant to the C-suite of global businesses, academia, SMEs, NGOs, and government agencies on all continents. He has also written seminal books on the topics of the Circular Economy, the Performance Economy and the Limits to Certainty, which have been translated into numerous languages. His work has won him several awards, including two honorary doctorates and a nomination as Full Member of the Club of Rome.
He currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, and is active as an author, keynote speaker, mentor, researcher, and teacher on his three topics. In 2020, Stahel was nominated as Senior Research Fellow at the Circular Economy Research Centre (CERC) of École des Ponts Business School in France.