Meet the speakers

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Dr. Peter Kurz
Mayor, Mannheim (Germany)
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter
Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (Germany)
Bernice Notenboom
Polar explorer; Climate journalist; Filmmaker
Winfried Kretschmann MdL
Minister-President, Head of the State Government Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Prof. Tim Jackson
Director Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey (UK)
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui
Director, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Werner Hoyer (tbc)
President, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner
President of the German Environment Agency (Germany)
Ana Sanchis Huertas
Senior Researcher International R&D&i, Valencia Institute of Building (IVE)
Anne Katrin Bohle
State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for the Interior, Building and Community (Germany)
Aziza Akhmouch
Head of Division, Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development, OECD
Cheryl Jones Fur
Deputy Lord Mayor, Växjö (Sweden)
Dario Nardella
Mayor, Florence (Italy)
Dr. Douglas Salt
Scientific Computing Specialist, The James Hutton Institute
Erion Veliaj
Mayor, Tirana (Albania)
Felicitas Kubala
Mayor for Environment and Citizens' Services, Mannheim (Germany)
Filippo Antonio Capizzi
Energy Consultant, Greenfish SA
Franz Untersteller MdL
Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Gorka Urtaran
Mayor, Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country)
Harriët Tiemens
Alderman of the Municipality of Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Henk Kok
Senior Strategic Advisor, City of Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Dr. J. Gary Polhill
Senior Research Scientist, The James Hutton Institute
Dr. Jana Deforche
EU Funding Advisor for Energy and Environment, City of Antwerp (Belgium)
Jonas Byström
Lead Engineer, European Investment Bank
José Sá Fernandes
Deputy Mayor of Lisbon (Portugal)
Judit Boros
PhD student, Central European University (CEU)
Prof. Laszlo Pinter
Professor, Central European University (CEU)
Dr. Luise Noring
PhD in Business Economics, CEO & founder of City Facilitators
Maria Nikolopoulou
Member of the European Economic and Social Committee
Markus Duscha
Founder and CEO of the Fair Finance Institute (FaFIN)
Martin W. W. Horn
Lord Mayor, Freiburg (Germany)
Marvin Rees
Mayor, Bristol (UK)
Minna Arve
Mayor, Turku (Finland)
Stefan Goemaere
Community worker, Samenlevingsopbouw West Flanders
Susan Aitken
Leader of Glasgow City Council (Scotland)
Thomas Kastrup-Larsen
Lord Mayor, Aalborg Municipality (Denmark)
Tine Heyse
Deputy Mayor, Ghent (Belgium)
Trevor Graham
Director, UrbanIsland
Dr. Wander Jager
Associate Professor, University of Groningen
Wolfgang Teubner
Regional Director Europe, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability