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WELCOME TO SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION IN SPORT 2017 On behalf of Climate Action and the speakers, sponsors and partners of this year’s Sustainable Innovation in Sport Forum 2017, we take great pleasure in welcoming you to the Hilton Munich Park. As you are already here, you understand the importance and potential of sustainability to the world of sport. Every day the positive news stories about stadiums, federations, teams, clubs, individuals pushing for sustainable change is heartening. However there is so much more to do. To see the ripples of this change reach its maximum output – we need engagement from everyone in the sports arena, and in spite of many wonderful achievements so far, we are still at the start of that journey. Over the next two days, we will work together to discuss these achievements, but more importantly plot the course for the next wave of action. What more can you do within your sport and your organisation to drive further change and more importantly influence others towards more responsible behaviours? With more than 30 speakers bringing their leadership perspectives, as well as interactive roundtables and plenty of networking time, use these days to both learn and educate others and drive partnerships. Leave with inspiration and a roadmap to the next steps for sustainability in your sport. Special thanks to our sponsors, without whom this meeting would not have been possible: Dow, IWBI, Ecosphere+ and Schréder Group. Thanks also to our partners, supporters and media partners who have been a crucial part of bringing this meeting together. Enjoy the next couple of days and let the Climate Action team know if you need anything at all.

Claire Poole Event Director Climate Action


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DAY 1 | 22 FEBRUARY 2017 The role of sport to drive fan engagement towards sustainable behaviour 09:00 CHAIRPERSON’S WELCOMING REMARKS David Stubbs, Consultant, Former Head of Sustainability London 2012 09:10

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS Willem Huisman, President of Dow Germany & Chairman of the Board, Dow Deutschland

09:30 THE GROWTH OF SUSTAINABILITY IN SPORT -- L eadership perspectives on the future trajectory of sustainability in global sports -- The challenges facing the sports industry in terms of growth, and groundwork we should be laying now to reach critical mass in the next 5 years -- How leading stakeholders are currently embedding sustainability into their philosophy and how we can create a tidal wave of action -- The growth of policy and regulations such as ISO20121 and beyond • Moderator: David Stubbs, Consultant, Former Head of Sustainability London 2012 • Yves Le Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit, European Commission • Maël Besson, Policy Officer, Sustainable Development of Sport, French Ministry of Cities, Youth and Sport • Michelle Lemaître, Head of Sustainability, International Olympic Committee • Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, Global Technology & Sustainability Director for Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions, Dow The Chemical Company • Allen Hershkowitz, Founder, Sport and Sustainability International 11:00





THE GAME CHANGER: LEAVING A MEGA SPORTS EVENT LEGACY -- T he growing importance of sustainable development when bidding for a tournament such as World Cup, Olympics, Euros -- How large scale sports events can engender behavioural change to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly sports culture -- Hear case studies and knowledge transfer outlining crucial core elements of reducing the footprint of a mega sporting event -- Long term thinking: How to ensure the legacy of the efforts lives on • Moderator: David Stubbs, Consultant, Former Head of Sustainability London 2012 • Neil Beecroft, Former Sustainability Manager, UEFA and Euro 2016 • Tania Braga, Head of Legacy, International Olympic Committee • Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Strategy and Relationship Management, UNFCCC






THE MESSENGERS: INFLUENCING FAN BEHAVIOUR VIA ATHLETES, SPONSORSHIP AND BROADCAST -- A thletic endorsements and sponsorship: how you can positively affect consumers attitudes and consumption -- How tournaments and stadiums can work with broadcasters to enhance sustainability messaging -- The rise of the ‘Eco-athlete’ sports advocate - case studies from athletes who are entrenched in renewables and environmentalism and how to use this influence to encourage change • Moderator: Claire Poole, Climate Action • Lucia Grenna, Program Manager and Senior Communications Officer, Connect4Climate and World Bank Group • Jörg Königstorfer, Chair of Sport & Health Management, Technical University of Munich • Paula Stringer, Head of Production, Sport, BBC • Susie Tomson, Sustainability Director, Land Rover BAR • Nathalie Dechy, Former Doubles Grand Slam Champion


INFLUENCING FAN BEHAVIOUR: AN AMERICAN FOOTBALL PERSPECTIVE • Norman Vossschulte, Director of Guest Experience, Philadelphia Eagles




EXPERT LED ROUNDTABLES • H ow sustainable and healthy venues can be at the centre of the evolution Roundtable lead: Kamyar Vaghar, Strategic Advisor, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) • Educating the sports industry about climate change Roundtable lead: Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Strategy and Relationship Management, UNFCCC • What is needed to engage and influence fans? Roundtable lead: Norman Vossschulte, Director of Guest Experience, Philadelphia Eagles • How to approach sustainability? Via a start-up prism vs. established operations Roundtable leads: Susie Tomson, Sustainability Director, Land Rover BAR Neil Beecroft, Former Sustainability Manager, UEFA and Euro 2016 • What makes a successful climate and sports strategy? Roundtable Lead: Lisa Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Ecosphere+ Rapporteurs from each roundtable will present the key takeaways to the room


CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING ADDRESS David Stubbs, Consultant, Former Head of Sustainability London 2012



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DAY 2 | 23 FEBRUARY 2017 Effecting sustainable change from inside the industry


CHAIRPERSON’S WELCOMING REMARKS David Stubbs, Consultant, Former Head of Sustainability London 2012


THE HUB: INTEGRATING SUSTAINABILITY INTO STADIUMS AND VENUES -- F rom sports headquarters to stadiums: putting sustainability at the heart of your procurement process -- How working towards a sustainable supply chain in stadiums can effect real change from a waste management and energy perspective -- What stadiums are looking for and challenges to overcome - how suppliers can position themselves to help fast track procurement decisions • Moderator: David Stubbs, Consultant, Former Head of Sustainability London 2012 • Viviane Fraisse, Head of Sustainable Development, Roland Garros • Michael Lloyd, Deputy Stadium Manager, Arsenal Football Club • Cédric Collard, Market Segment Manager, Schréder Group • Kamyar Vaghar, Strategic Advisor, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)


SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP - GOLF IN FOCUS • F redrik Lindgren, Head of Corporate Sustainability, PGA European Tour • K elli Jerome, Executive Director, Golf Environment Organization








hy Sustainable Innovation is key for the outdoor industry W Innovation trends and opportunities: Vision, Viability, Reality Impact is what matters: materials innovation case studies by EOG members Pamela Ravasio, Head of CSR & Sustainability, European Outdoor Group



THE NEXT GEN: EDUCATING YOUTH & SPORTS PROFESSIONALS IN SUSTAINABILITY • H ow people already in the profession as well as the next generation of sports leaders are benefitting from specific sports sustainability programmes • Driving education and engagement to ensure professionals across every role in the sports industry are embedding sustainability into their thinking • Youth component: How sustainability best practices can be used for engagement and education to inspire our youth into action • Moderator: Russell Seymour, Sustainability Manager, Marylebone Cricket Club (Lord’s), Chairman, BASIS • Vuk Karanovic, Development Manager, Confédération Européenne de Volleyball • Geert Hendriks, Head of Projects, AISTS • Kattia Juárez Hernandez, Director of the International Sustainability Commission (CID), FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme)


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Willem Huisman President of Dow Germany and Chairman of the Board, Dow Deutschland Willem Huisman joined Dow in 1995. In 2007, he was appointed Sales Director for the Basic Chemicals and Polyurethanes business in Western Europe. Today, his extensive experience includes research and development, commerce, new business development, project management, as well as people, country and site leadership. In July 2012, he took office as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dow Benelux, and in June 2014, he was named President and General Manager of Dow in Germany and Chairman of the Board of Dow Deutschland Inc. with its headquarters in Schwalbach, Germany. Huisman serves as board and executive member in a number of external organizations: - Member of the CEFIC Research and Innovation Programme Council - Member of the Executive Committee and the Trade Policy Committee of VCI, Germany - Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of AmCham Germany - Vice Chairman of the Bundesfachkommission Umweltpolitik des Wirtschaftsrates Deutschland.

Neil Beecroft Former Sustainability Manager, UEFA Neil Beecroft was responsible for pragmatically implementing sustainability within the operations of UEFA EURO 2016 to reduce its environmental impact; to measure the economic benefits derived from the organisation; and to integrate a sustainable social dimension into such event. Sustainability Project leader on UEFA EURO 2016, third biggest sporting event worldwide, Neil fosters how new technologies can positively disrupt the organisational model, as well as the sharing and cascading of initiatives developed previously and for this event. For further insight on the strategy developed for UEFA EURO 2016, please consult the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report, one-year-to-goreport, 2015.

MaÍl Besson Policy Officer, Sustainable Development of Sport, French Ministry of Cities, Youth and Sport Mael’s role is to develop sustainable strategies for sport in France, to co-ordinate with over 70 French sporting federations and to work with all key players involved in order to change the culture of sport from retailers to manufacturers to supporters. Mael is now in his sixth year at the ministry and he has a background in organising sporting events on a national and global scale and in organising research expeditions.



Tania Braga Head of Legacy, International Olympic Committee Dr Braga is the Head of Legacy of the International Olympic Committee. She has a robust expertise in the fields of corporate responsibility and sustainability, with over 18 years of professional experience in the area. Her background combines a PhD in applied economics with a successful hands-on experience of implementing sustainability practices at private corporations, research institutions and NGOs. Before joining the IOC, she worked as the Sustainability, Accessibility and Legacy head of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee. Her responsibilities were to develop and oversee the sustainability, accessibility and legacy programmes of Rio 2016, contributing to the creation of positive and lasting environmental, social and economic legacies.

Cédric Collard Market Segment Manager, Schréder Group Cédric Collard is head of the Sport & Entertainment segment for the Schréder Group. He is in charge of developing sport lighting solutions for recreational facilities and professional venues that meet the requirements of the broadcasting industry and sport associations. He is also responsible for the Architainment activities of the Schréder Group. Light entertainment creates a strong added value for the fan experience, especially at live events. Cédric is also a consultant for NBA/NHL workshops as well as an active member of the ESSMA (European Stadium and Safety Management Association), BSETC (Belgian Sport & Entertainment Technology Club) and IALD’s LIRC.

Garry Connelly FIA Environmental Delegate Garry Connelly represents Australia’s motor sport federation (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) at the world governing body for motor sport – the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (“FIA”). He has been a competitor and event organiser in motor sport and is currently the Deputy President of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability and is its Environmental Ambassador. Garry is also a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council and its Environmental Delegate. His other motor sport roles include Non-Executive Director of the Global Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Chairman of the Stewards for the FIA Formula One World Championship. Garry’s background is in mathematics, physics and finance. He is a director of a number of companies in Australia, particularly in the Financial Services industry. In addition, Garry is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Road Safety Foundation. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Australia (‘’AM’’) for his services to motor sport. (This is the equivalent of the Legion d’Honneur or OBE.)

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Nathalie Dechy Former Tennis Player, Three Times Doubles Grand Slam Champion Nathalie Dechy is an ex tennis player during 15 years with 3 doubles grand slams and a singles semifinalist in the Australian Open. She retired in 2009. She has been on the steering committee of Roland Garros since 2011. Nathalie is also Co -director of Engie Open tennis tournament in Biarritz, and she is on the Board of OL Group.

Viviane Fraisse Grou-Radenez Head of Sustainable Development, Fédération Française de Tennis, Roland Garros With extensive experience in communication and especially responsible for the communications department of the French Tennis Federation, Viviane Fraisse took the post of Head of Sustainable Development project when it was created, in 2012. Since then she has worked on the strategy and actions of social responsibility of the FFT and in particular manages the ISO certification process 20121 for Roland Garros.

Lucia Grenna Program Manager and Senior Communications Officer, Connect4Climate and World Bank Group Lucia Grenna is program manager of Connect4Climate, the World Bank Group’s global partnership program, and senior communications officer in the operational communications unit of the World Bank Group. Connect4Climate is a global partnership program launched by the World Bank Group and the Italian Ministry of Environment, joined by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, that takes on climate change by promoting solutions and empowering people to act – of which Sport4Climate is a key initiative. Launched at the “Climate Change: What the Olympics have to do with that” symposium at Museum of Tomorrow, on July 28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the campaign ‘1.5C: the record we must not break’ aims to create a sense of curiosity in the wider audience around the 1.5°C goal set in the Paris Agreement, complementing and expanding the successful and ongoing #1o5C campaign, promoted by the Climate Vulnerable Forum.



Geert Hendriks Head of Projects, AISTS As the AISTS Head of Projects, Geert is responsible for a range of applied research and consulting projects, working closely with the IOC, many international sport federations, Olympic Games Organising Committees, and professional sport leagues to deliver on a range of initiatives. He is also tasked with the management of the AISTS Sustainable Sport and Events Centre, whose goal is to engage and empower event organisers and cities through providing practical and comprehensive resources on sports event sustainability and (corporate) social responsibility. Prior to joining AISTS, Geert worked for 10+ years in both the corporate industry and humanitarian aid sector as management consultant and project director. He speaks at international conferences and publishes regularly on the subject of sustainability and healthy communities within the context of the Olympic Movement. He received in 2016 the Peace and Sport Special Jury Award for a project related to the participation of refugee athletes in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Kattia Juárez Hernandez Director of the International Sustainability Commission (CID), FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) Kattia worked as an environment professional in the construction industry at regional level and also for the Hydroelectric Company of El Salvador. Her passion for sport drove Kattia to found the Salvadorian National Motorcycling Federation in 1998. She went on to represent her country in the Union Latinoamericana de Motociclismo (now FIM Latin America). She became President of her National Federation and has been President of the FIM Latin America Environment Commission for 10 years. Kattia now leads the FIM’s International Sustainability Commission. A respected professional in the motorsport world, she has trained a large number of environmental stewards during seminars in America, Europe and Asia. In recent years, Kattia has spearheaded the different sustainability initiatives promoted by the FIM, including KiSS, the Ride Green Cup and Environmental Ambassadors programme.

Allen Hershkowitz Founding Director, Sport and Sustainability International Dr. Hershkowitz is a Founding Director of Sport and Sustainability International, bringing together the world’s leading sports federations, teams and venues to use their market and cultural influence to create sustainable, healthy and just communities. Dr. Hershkowitz also co-founded and served as President of the Green Sports Alliance. In December 2015 Sports Business Journal listed him as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business,” and in March 2016 Worth magazine listed him as one of “The 60 Most Powerful People In Sports.” Dr. Hershkowitz created the sustainability programs at numerous professional sports leagues and teams throughout North America, including for the Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and the US Tennis Association. He continues serve as sustainability advisor to those organizations and also advises many other sports organizations including NASCAR, UEFA, the IOC, the New York Yankees and other teams and venues.

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Mathieu Hoeberigs Former Head of Sport, European Commission Involved in sustainability for more than 20 years he contributed to the drafting the Agenda 21 for sustainable tourism at EU level, issues of which he negotiated with all Accession Countries to the European Union and numerous Third Countries all over the World. Working together with major UN agencies on sustainability and the role of sports development gives him a broad knowledge of the relevant issues. Linking the agreed Global Sustainable Development Goals with the outcome of the COP21 in Paris is the great Challenge in the years to come for all responsible actors in Sports, Tourism and Leisure. As a semi-professional soccer player in the mid-70s, he qualified in Law and became a University Teacher, a practising Solicitor and entrepreneur. He started to work for the European Communities in 1983, specialising in economic and financial issues; later returning back to Sports, Tourism and Leisure. He served in many different departments including Financial markets, Competition and R &D.

Kelli Jerome Executive Director, Golf Environment Organization Kelli Jerome serves as an Executive Director for the international not-for-profit group founded to help drive sustainability in golf and through golf, supporting the industry in its aim to continually improve environmental and social performance, and to use its reach and visibility to help raise sustainability funding and awareness. GEO has been dedicated entirely to sustainability in golf for ten years and has developed a highly credible standards and certification system, one of only 22 eco-labels to earn full membership in the ISEAL Alliance, the global body for credibility in labelling. GEO also provides an innovative technology platform to make sustainability guidance, reporting and knowledgesharing available to any of the 34,000 golf facilities in 142 countries, as well as programmes for new developments and for tournaments.

Vuk Karanovic Development Manager, European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) Vuk Karanovic is currently Development Manager at the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV). He is in charge of development, sustainability and sport management from a business perspective within the confederation. He was previously Project Manager and Marketing Advisor for the Macedonian Volleyball Federation and a professional volleyball player. Vuk has a Master of Science in Sport Management.



Jörg Königstorfer Chair of Sport and Health Management, Technical University of Munich The research group of Professor Königstorfer (b. 1978) analyses companies operating in the sports and health care markets. The group analyses managerial decisions that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The research also focuses on the brands in the sports goods and services markets and the relationships of consumers with these brands. Professor Königstorfer studied sport management at the University of Bayreuth and the University of California, Davis. He received his PhD from Saarland University in 2008 and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Saarland University and at the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. Since 2012 he has been a full professor in the Department of Sport and Health Management at TUM. He is a member of the German-speaking Association for Sport Management, the European Association for Sport Management, the European Marketing Academy and the Association for Consumer Research.

Michelle Lemaître Head of Sustainability, International Olympic Committee Michelle Lemaître is Head of Sustainability of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In this position Michelle has overseen the recent development of the IOC Sustainability Strategy and is responsible for its future implementation across the IOC administration, the Olympic Games, and the Olympic Movement. Michelle has extensive expertise in event management and operations with more than 20 years of professional experience in the area. Her background combines recognised educational knowledge with a successful hands-on experience of implementing event management procedures across an extensive range of sporting and non-sporting events, both large and small. Before joining the IOC, she worked as the International and Protocol Director for the Local Organising Committee of the Paris 2003 World Athletics Championships, and previously as Venue Operations Manager at the Organising Committee for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Fredrik Lindgren Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, PGA European Tour As Head of Corporate Responsibility at the European Tour, Fredrik is responsible for environment, golf development and charitable initiatives that involve European Tour professional golf tournaments, players and sponsors. The European Tour was instrumental in the formation of the Golf Environment Organization which develops and oversees golf’s independent and ISEAL Alliance approved sustainability accreditation process.

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Michael Lloyd Deputy Stadium Manager, Arsenal FC Michael Lloyd has worked for Arsenal for 15 years and has experienced the move from the old Highbury stadium into the new Emirates Stadium. Coming from a facilities based background he have always been involved in operating and managing building. Arsenal have started their sustainability journey by looking at energy usage and waste management and have had success in reducing both. Outside of work, after an illustrious playing career with his local pub team, Michael coaches football to the next generation.

Yves Le Lostecque Head of the Sport Unit, European Commission Yves Le Lostecque is currently Head of the Sport Unit in the European Commission. He studied public, international and European law at the University of Rennes. He started his career in the French national Ministry responsible for Youth and Sport. He joined the Commission in 1993, where he worked as a lawyer in DG Internal market. He was then responsible for inter-institutional issues in DG Education and Culture and served as the assistant of two directors general, Odile Quintin and Jan Truszczyński. He also spent two years as a member of the cabinet of the Romanian Commissioner, Leonard Orban.



Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi Global Technology and Sustainability Director, Dow Olympic and Sports Solutions, The Dow Chemical Company As Global Technology and Sustainability Director for Dow Olympic and Sports Solutions, Nicoletta is in a unique position to help organizing committees, bid cities, large-scale events, business partners and other key stakeholders address technology and sustainability-related needs with Dow solutions. Among her greatest triumphs is Dow’s carbon mitigation platform, implemented by Dow on behalf of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and now expanded to a cross-sector collaboration across Brazil and Latin America for the mitigation of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee’s carbon footprint. This pioneering program debuted in Russia, enabling Sochi 2014 as the first Olympic Games in history to balance the carbon footprint of its Organizing Committee entirely before the Opening Ceremony. Now Dow is working with international experts, customers and key partners in Latin America to help Rio 2016 achieve its sustainability goals by implementing the most comprehensive carbon mitigation program in the history of the Olympic Games. The programs led by Nicoletta combine sports and technology to create solutions with a positive impact on society, business and the environment. She previously led the Technical Service organization for multiple businesses, responsible for customer support and technology implementation throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has been part of Dow since 1989, when she was a Technical Service engineer in Switzerland.

Pamela Ravasio Head of CSR and Sustainability, European Outdoor Group (EOG) Pamela Ravasio is the European Outdoor Group (EOG)’s Head of CSR and Sustainability. The EOG is a membership association with over 90 corporate and 10 national associate members. It represents at least EUR 10 billion on retail sales level in Europe alone. Pamela has accumulated around 20 years of global experiences, working for leading businesses, academia, and as a consultant, liaising closely with textile businesses, as well as NGOs. She is a widely published author in the textile field, and holds professional qualifications in corporate governance, textiles, CSR and sustainability, along with a PhD in industrial and production management. Pamela is also the chair of the sustainability committee for the Federation of the European Sports Goods Industry (FESI). She is further a steering committee member for the Global Social Convergence project lead by the C&A Foundation, the Sustainability Apparel Coalition together with around 70 global signatory brands and manufacturers.

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Russell Seymour Sustainability Manager, Marylebone Cricket Club & Founder and Chair, BASIS, Working at Lord’s as the first Sustainability Manager at a major sports venue in the UK, Russell has had the opportunity to see how powerful an influence sport can have on the behaviour of both the participants and the public. With this in mind, he set up BASIS (the British Association for Sustainable Sport) in 2010, with the intention of bringing together like-minded individuals at all levels of sport, to share ideas, experiences and strategies. Russell worked with the BSI in the development of their BS 8901:2007 standard, implementing and testing the draft standard at a Lord’s Test Match. He also worked on the UK mirror-committee for the development of the ISO 20121 standard. He was presented with the London 2012 Sustainability Ambassadors Award for his contribution towards a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paula Stringer Head of Production, Sport, BBC Paula is currently the Head of Production for BBC Sport managing all operational parts of the business (TV, Radio, Digital and News) delivering the Olympics, MOTD, Wimbledon, World Cup and, well everything Sport that goes on the BBC. She has spent much of her working life slaving away at the BBC experiencing the joys of working for such a fantastic, world renowned, iconic corporation. Since starting at the beeb in 1990 Paula has also taken several breaks along the way to run a hotel abroad, developed Sports Camps across the UK (non-profit charity), worked for an Independent Production company in Manchester and owned her own business - a deli/coffee shop/restaurant. By her own admission, Paula likes to be busy – though admits herself that she sometimes takes this too far!

David Stubbs Former Head of Sustainability, London 2012 David is an internationally recognised leader in sustainability, environmental management and conservation biology.Much of his career has centred on sustainability management of sport and major events. He led the award-winning sustainability programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, widely recognised as the most sustainable Games in modern Olympic history. He now works as an independent sustainability expert advising organisations and major projects throughout the world. He has served on the IOC’s Evaluation Commissions for the Olympic Games of 2020, 2022 and currently 2024, and provides regular strategic advice on sustainability to the IOC. Other major clients include UEFA and the World Economic Forum. Before London 2012, he spent 15 years working on environmental aspects of golf course development and management on behalf of the Game’s governing bodies in Europe. He is a founder member and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the University of East London.



Niclas Svenningsen Manager, Strategy and Relationship Management, UNFCCC Niclas Svenningsen is the Manager for the Strategy and Relationship Management unit in the UNFCCC Secretariat. In this capacity he is responsible for developing and strengthening approaches and strategies for catalysing climate action under, and in addition to, activities mandated by UNFCCC, in particular through private sector cooperation and market based instruments. He was previously working in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where he was in charge of the climate neutral strategy of the UN system, as well as for the implementation of UNEP’s programmes for sustainable buildings, urban development, and sustainable procurement. Niclas has a background in civil engineering and environmental law.

Susie Tomson Sustainability Manager, Land Rover BAR America’s Cup Team Currently Sustainability Manager at America’s Cup Land Rover BAR, Susie has supported and delivered sustainability programmes for top sporting teams and events such as the Ryder Cup 2014, Golf’s European Tour, the London 2012 Olympics, as well as the earlier British America’s Cup Challenge TeamOrigin. She has been an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA) since 2008 and has a PhD in Integrated Coastal Management (2001) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Kamyar Vaghar Strategic Advisor, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) In addition to his role at the International WELL Building Institute Kamyar serves as Vice President of Shangri-La Industries, where he manages SLI business partnerships in real estate, technology, and sustainability. An experienced investment advisor and real estate executive with 15 years in development, construction, and operations, Kamyar heads up IWBI’s international strategy and advises the organization’s Board and executive team on market development, operations, and public policy. In addition, he manages the organization’s strategic collaborations with the Clinton Global Initiative and U.S. Green Building Council. Projects and investments Kamyar has led include signature hotel properties in Beverly Hills; premier LEED mixed use and commercial office projects in the Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Las Vegas, and Guam; and large-scale renewable energy projects including production, transmission, and installation in the US and internationally.

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Norman Vossschulte Director of Guest Experience, Philadelphia Eagles Norman Vossschulte is originally from Berlin, Germany. His culturally rich background included ten years living abroad in Africa, Iraq and Spain before moving back to Germany to finish High School and College. He studied Biology and Physical Science before deciding to move to New York City in 1996 to attend the Herbert Berghof Institute for Fine Theatre Arts and Drama. Norman’s work experience is as eclectic as his upbringing. He has worked in the hotel industry, the non-profit industry, as well as both sports and entertainment industries. Sixteen years of practicing customer and client relations, has given him an overview of which techniques consistently enhance guest experiences. Norman has over eight years of staff training and team leadership experience working with The Walt Disney Company and currently the Philadelphia Eagles. Norman served as an Ambassador for Disney under the Corporate Citizenship and sustainability umbrella and now serves as the Go Green spokesperson for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lisa Walker, CEO, Ecosphere+ Lisa recently left BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) where she served as Vice President for Environment & Climate Change to become CEO of a new venture, Ecosphere +. Lisa worked in the oil and gas sector for >17 years and has been closely involved in all aspects of climate change strategy development & implementation, public policy formation, coalition building and low-carbon business development. She has been actively promoting and developing carbon markets since 1999 and was a driving force behind a number of coalitions such as the CCAC Oil & Gas Methane Partnership and the CEO-led Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI). Before BG Group Lisa held various roles at BP including Director of the BP Carbon Ventures corporate VC fund focused on development of a diversified carbon finance portfolio. Lisa successfully secured capital for a number of innovative investments including forestry, REDD+, sustainable land management, carbon farming, low-carbon technologies and bio-energy, including a number of first-of-their-kind deals for the private sector such as investment in the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). Through Ecosphere + Lisa is now directing her experience, drive and passion towards new, urgent, partnerships and business models that value carbon and incentivise preservation of the CO2 stored in tropical forests and critical landscapes which are essential to delivery of the <2oC carbon budget.


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The International WELL Building Institute™ The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being in buildings and communities globally. IWBI advances this work through its WELL Building Standard™, the leading tool for measuring, certifying and monitoring buildings that incorporate health-focused features. IWBI also offers the WELL AP (Accredited Professional) credential, which signifies expertise at the intersection of health, wellness and buildings and communities.

Ecosphere+ Ecosphere+ is a new venture founded by the award winning Althelia Climate Fund with the founding mission of building markets that value carbon and incentivise sustainable business models. Ecosphere + seeks to partner with businesses, consumers and investors who want to deliver concrete actions towards a climate resilient economy by connecting them with assets from projects and programmes that are critical to delivery of the <2oC carbon budget through preserving the valuable carbon stored in tropical forests and other critical landscapes. The Ecosphere + portfolio includes projects that deliver a range of environmental and societal benefits as well as valuable physical commodities including deforestation-free agricultural produce such as coffee and cocoa created through sustainable agroforestry systems.

Schréder Group Schréder is a group of 48 companies worldwide, experts in the design and development of outdoor lighting solutions for safe, comfortable, sustainable and smart environments. We provide innovative and integrated solutions that engage people with their environments whilst delivering operational benefits. Our solutions include light, control systems and various software applications. Light is crucial for sports training and competitions. It is also paramount for an engaging fan experience and crystal clear HD broadcasting. We deliver lighting solutions and façade entertainment for sports venues and international events such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. Some of our references include Mineirão Stadium (Brazil), Belgrade Arena (Serbia), CUBO Olympic Stadium (Ukraine), Moses Mahbiba Stadium (South Africa), CFR 1907 Football Stadium (Romania), Harbin Skating Gym (China) and many Olympic National Facilities worldwide. Schréder is active in North America where The North American Sport Association and Venues has a long tradition in creating an exciting fan experience and entertainment. Over the last few years, we have equipped various venues in the NCAA league including Penn State Bryce Jordan, Times Union Arena (NY), Maverick Center (West Valley City) and Texas A&M University Basketball Arena. In addition to the improved lighting levels, we have successfully contributed to enhancing the appeal of theses venues for sporting and non-sporting events, thus increasing the number of visitors.

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