Speakers

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Grégoire Aladjidi
Investment Director & Partner, TechFund

From the very beginning of his career, Grégoire Aladjidi has always been fascinated by the role of venture capital in the economy and it was natural for him to enter this business after working with a start-up company.   Read more…

Gaizka Alberdi
Smart Grid Project Manager, ERDF

Gaizka Alberdi is a Smart Grid Project Manager at ERDF with over 7 years experience in the Smart Metering and Electric Vehicle fields.   Read more…

Patrick Arnoux
Editor in Chief, Le Nouvel Economiste

Patrick Arnoux is Editor in Chief of « le Nouvel Economiste » a weekly economic magazine in France. Previously he has been Editorial Advisor at CEP –Test and Editor in Chief of 01 Reference and of 01 Informatique, a major computer magazine in France.   Read more…

Alain Baritault
Executive Director, FI Paris, Founder Institute

Alain Baritault is the Executive Director of the Founder Institute Paris. The Founder Institute is a global network of startups and mentors that helps entrepreneurs build startups of tomorrow   Read more…

Tom Barnett
Account Director, Trucost

Tom Barnett is responsible for managing the company's strategic relationships in France and Scandinavia.   Read more…

Steven Beckers
Co-Founder, Lateral Thinking Factory

Since his architectural studies diploma work in 1984, develops a global approach on sustainability in architecture and urban planning-with Meknes Hotel project featuring energy less natural climate control, local materials and labour, water treatment and contextual/cultural approaches.   Read more…

Jennifer Bélissent
Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

Jennifer Bélissent is a Principal Analyst in Forrester Research's Business Technology Futures team. Belissent's research explores the evolution of the data economy and is currently focused on opportunities with open data in both the public and private sector.   Read more…

Seb Beloe
Partner, Head of Sustainability Research, WHEB Asset Management

Seb Beloe, head of sustainability research at WHEB Asset Management, was formerly Head of SRI Research at Henderson Global Investors where he was responsible for the overall direction and quality of thematic research as well as company-level sustainability analysis.   Read more…

Suman Bery
Chief Economist, Shell International

Suman Bery is currently Chief Economist Shell International, based in the Hague, Netherlands. Bery has earlier served as Director-General (Chief Executive) of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, one of India's leading independent policy research institutions.   Read more…

Steven Borncamp
Founding President & CEO of Romania Green Building Council, Managing Director of Living Future Europe, Europe Green Building Council

Steven Borncamp led the team that organized the Romania Green Building Council, the first "Build Green CEE" conference in Bucharest and numerous other green building initiatives for the region.   Read more…

Steven Bullock
Head of Research, Trucost

Steven Bullock is the Head of Research at Trucost and oversees the delivery of large bespoke projects for UK and European clients. Bullock has expert knowledge of hybridised I-O/LCA analyses and the application of environmental valuation at both the corporate and product level.   Read more…

Rob Cameron
Executive Director, SustainAbility

Rob Cameron recently joined SustainAbility's London office as Executive Director, following 4 years as CEO of Fairtrade International, where he strengthened the organisation's role and impact as a pace setter in ethical certification.   Read more…

Olivier Chaudet
Vice President, Building Segment, Lafarge

Olivier Chaudet is the Vice President of Building Segment for the Lafarge Group and based in Paris since 2011. In his new role, he is responsible for the Building Offer for the Group, as well as several R&D projects associated with the segment.   Read more…

Nicolas Chaudron
Partner, Head of Sustainability Research, Idinvest Partners

Nicolas Chaudron joined Idinvest Partners (formerly AGF Private Equity, part of Allianz Group) in 2001.   Read more…

Martin Chilcott
Founder & CEO, 2degrees

Martin Chilcott is an experienced entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of 2degrees.   Read more…

Alain Crozier
President, Microsoft France

As President of Microsoft France, Alain Crozier is responsible for the sales and marketing activity of Microsoft in France, overseeing an organization of 1,700 employees.   Read more…

Christèle Delbe
Head of Sustainability, Vodafone

Christèle Delbe joined the Vodafone Group in March 2010 as Head of Sustainability. Her role is to identify and lead the implementation of sustainability focussed, enterprise and consumer solutions opportunities throughout Vodafone.   Read more…

Niall Dunne
Chief Sustainability Officer, BT

Niall Dunne works with the company’s Chief Executive, Chairman and executive management team to advance BT’s leadership as a responsible and sustainable business.   Read more…

Olivier Dupont
Chairman of the Board, Demeter Partners

Olivier Dupont became involved with venture capital in 1988 following a career as an engineer in large export projects (Sofretu then the Schneider Group) from 1974 to 1988.   Read more…

Eric Faurot
CEO, GreenBiz Group

Eric Faurot is 20-year media executive with a proven leadership record of building and growing great teams and brands. Faurot has been an executive at CMP, MediaLive, and Miller Freeman. Most recently he grew the event division of TechWeb/UBM from $38 million to $63 million in three years.   Read more…

Katie Fehrenbacher
Senior Writer, Greentech Editor, GigaOm

Katie Fehrenbacher has been a reporter covering technology for close to a decade, and has covered green technology for the past five years. She is a Senior Writer and Features Editor for GigaOM.   Read more…

Helen Fleming
Climate Change Director, Tesco Stores Ltd

Helen Fleming joined Tesco in February 2010 to lead work on meeting its ambitious target to become a zero carbon business by 2050.   Read more…

Etienne Fiquet
Veolia’s Development, Strategy & Marketing Department, Veolia Water

Etienne Fiquet works on Veolia's Water Impact Index, the True Cost of Water and the Creation of Shared Value. He has a background in Biotechnology engineering from Marseille University and several years’ experience of environmental footprinting and international project management.   Read more…

Philippe Fonta
Managing Director Cement (CSI), Buildings (EEB) and Tires (TIP) projects, WBCSD

Philippe Fonta has over 20 years experience with private companies, working in cooperation with international institutions, policy-making bodies and non-governmental organizations.   Read more…

Philippe Forestier
Executive Vice President, Global Affairs & Communities, Dassault Systemes

Philippe Forestier is in charge of developing business and promoting the group’s image and visibility by leveraging networks of influencers and executive relationships. Forestier is based at Dassault Systèmes’ global headquarters, DS Campus situated near Paris, France.   Read more…

Christian Frisch
Co-Founder & CTO, Data Publica

Christian Frisch graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He started his career at iPIN (online payment solution based in San Francisco, California) as software engineer. He then held various positions in the IT industry at Dell, Unilog Management and IBM Global Services.   Read more…

Joris Gaudion
Smartbuildings Solutions & Office Segment Director, Schneider Electric

Joris Gaudion graduated from INPGrenoble in 2004 in Electrical Engineering.   Read more…

François Girodolle
Program Director, Cleantech Open

Francois Girodolle is Program Director at Cleantech Open where has the responsibility of consolidating the ecosystem of startups, corporations, government agencies, investors, media and experts, and of co-managing the French Cleantech Open competition.   Read more…

Peter Graham
Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Network

Dr. Peter Graham has been the Technical Advisor and past Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative where he has developed and managed many of UNEP’s key projects and publications in the building sector.   Read more…

François Grosse
SVP Digital Services, Veolia Environnement

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Rand Hindi
Founder, Snips

Rand Hindi, 28, is an entrepreneur, bioinformatician and algorithm architect. He is the founder of Snips, a Big Data Innovation startup specialized in predictive modeling for smart cities and urban infrastructures.   Read more…

Sterling Hughes
Head of Advanced Technology, Silver Spring Networks

Sterling Hughes has been with Silver Spring Networks since 2004, and currently heads up development for new market initiatives, including Silver Spring's international and Smart Cities businesses.   Read more…

Marc Jalabert
Director, Consumer Channel Group, Microsoft France

Marc Jalabert, 45, is the director of the Consumer Channel Group. This division, newly created in 2011, brings together within a single entity distribution channels of consumer solutions from Microsoft, including Windows, Office, Windows Phone and Xbox / Kinect.   Read more…

Geoff Kendall
Development Director, SustainAbility

As development director, Geoff Kendall seeks to maximize the impact of SustainAbility’s thinking and consulting through better communication, collaboration and applied systems thinking.   Read more…

Peter Madden
CEO, Future Cities Catapult

Peter Madden joins the Catapult team from Forum for the Future, a non-profit organisation working internationally with cities, governments and leading businesses to innovate sustainable products and services where he was Chief Executive.   Read more…

Joel Makower
Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

Joel Makower is a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. As a writer and strategist on corporate sustainability practices and clean technology, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy.   Read more…

Richard Mattison
CEO, Trucost

Richard Mattison is Chief Executive of Trucost Plc, the leading provider of information and research on corporate environmental efficiency.   Read more…

Pete May
President, GreenBiz Group

Pete May co-founded GreenBiz Group in 2006 along with Joel Makower. Prior to that he had over 20 years experience in B2B and technology media as an executive with companies such as Primedia, CMP and Miller Freeman. May was honored with the 2010 Folio 40 Award - C Level Visionaries Award.   Read more…

Frédéric Mazzella
Founder, BlaBlaCar

BlaBlaCar connects Drivers & Passengers going the same way. Drivers offer their available seats to paying passengers usually on distances ranging from 100km to 1000km. Ride sharing thus saves both money and CO2.   Read more…

Arja Mehtälä
Director, Nokia

Currently heading Product Sustainability at Nokia. Previously working in several positions at Nokia in the area of electronics, sustainability services & application and sustainable technology research and development.   Read more…

Luke Nicholson
Founder, CarbonCulture

Luke Nicholson has been applying design to social and environmental issues for over a decade. CarbonCulture aims to use design to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy.   Read more…

Sébastien Payen
Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Fruition Sciences

Sébastien Payen holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Management of Technology certificate from Haas Business School. His Ph.D. work included the development of sensors, micro-technology and polymer materials.   Read more…

Guillaume Parisot
Head of Innovation, Bouygues Immobilier

Guillaume Parisot is the Head of Innovation at Bouygues Immobilier.   Read more…

Gilbert Pastor
Vice President of Economic Development, Montpellier Aglomeration

Gilbert Pastor is the Vice President of Economic Development at Montpellier Aglomeration.   Read more…

Marie Puybaraud
Director of Workplace Innovation, Johnson Controls

Dr Marie Puybaraud is one of the most recognized world thought leader on Workplace Innovation, with a significant track record of research projects on our RE & FM industry futures, workplace strategies, technologies impacting our work, generational issues at work and published in leading internation   Read more…

Jean-Luc Roy
Smart Grid Partnerships and M&A Director , Alstrom Grid

Jean-Luc Roy has more than 25 years of experience in the energy, having successfully held various management positions in electric and gas utilities, strategic and management consulting firms, and Areva and Alstom Grid.   Read more…

Yamina Saheb
Head, Sustainable Buildings Center, International Energy Agency

Dr. Yamina Saheb has 13 years of experience in buildings and appliances energy efficiency. She joined the International Energy Agency as the senior buildings expert in the Energy Efficiency and Environment Division in February 2011, where she heads the Sustainable Buildings Centre.   Read more…

Philippe Sajhau
Vice-President Smarter Cities, IBM France

In July 2012, Philippe Sajhau was appointed Vice-President Smarter Cities, IBM France.   Read more…

André Santini
Mayor, Issy-les-Moulineaux

André Santini was elected mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux for the first time in 1980. Under the coalition government of Jacques Chirac (1986-1988), Santini became Secretary of State for Returnees, then Minister for Communications at the Ministry of Culture and Communication, François Leotard.   Read more…

Laurent Schmitt
Vice President, Smart Grid Solutions, Alstom

Laurent Schmitt graduated in September 1998 from Supelec, Paris in France with a degree in Power System Engineering. He started his career in the Power Generation area with ALSTOM on Hydro and Thermal Plant Controls in Northern America.   Read more…

Darrell Smith
Director of Facilities and Energy, Microsoft Corporation

Darrell Smith is the Director of Facilities & Energy for Microsoft’s Real Estate and Facilities group. Darrell oversees the Facilities Management and Energy Strategy for Microsoft’s 15 Million square foot headquarters campus in Redmond Washington.   Read more…

Christopher Sveen
Interim Executive Director, Sustainia

Christopher Sveen works on international partnerships, new business development and overall strategy in relation to Sustainia core competencies within Advocacy (Sector Guides), Solutions (Sustainia 100), and the Communication platforms.   Read more…

James Swanston
CEO, Carbon Voyage

James Swanston is the founder of Carbon Voyage, a company that focuses on smart cities and environmentally friendly transportation solutions. James was born in Australian but spent some of his childhood in Asia.   Read more…

Renaud Trnka
Innovation & Business Development Director, Bouygues Telecom

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Cécile Tuil
VP, Influence Strategy, Schneider Electric

Cécile Tuil joined Schneider Electric in 2010 to lead the company’s Influence strategy dealing with governments, business associations and standardization bodies, within the Strategy & Innovation department.   Read more…

Alice Valvodova
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Manager, Advisory Services, BSR

Alice Valvodova is Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Manager, Advisory Services, at BSR, a global business network and consultancy focused on sustainability.   Read more…

Coert Zachariasse
Owner, Delta Development Group

Coert Zachariasse is the owner of Delta Development Group.   Read more…