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We are very pleased to share the world-class line up of speakers who will contribute to 6th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns.

Speakers were selected to represent a wide range of leading edge knowledge and experience related to urban sustainability and local government commitments:


For more information on the speaker and his/her program contribution, please click on their pictures.
The list of conference speakers will be continuously developed in the coming months.

International Experts

Maria Berrini

Chairperson of Ambiente Italia Research Institute

Jeb Brugmann

Urban Strategy Expert; Innovation Consultant; author

Bob Evans

Professor at the Sustainable Cities Research Institute and the School of the Built Environment; Former Director of the Sustainable Cities Research Institute

Bruno Lanvin

Executive Director, eLAB, INSEAD, France; Chair, Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government

Konrad Otto Zimmerman

 Secretary General, ICLEI

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

 Photographer; Film-maker (“Home”), France

Jeremy Rifkin

President, Foundation on Economic Trends; best-selling author

Katherine Richardson

Chairperson of the Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy; Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Gino Van Begin

Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI; Regional Director, ICLEI European Secretariat

Steve Waller

Sustainability Advisor, Improvement & Development Agency for Local Government, UK

Local Leaders

Joan Antoni Baron

Deputy Mayor for Environment of Barcelona Province, Spain

Klaus Bondam

Deputy Mayor, Copenhagen, Denmark

Emanuele Burgin

President of Coordinamento Local Agenda 21 Italy

Andrée Buchmann

Vice President of the Metropolitan Council of Strasbourg, Regional councillor for Alsace, France

Myriam Cau

Vice-President responsible for Sustainable Development, Regional Council Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

Carl Cederschiöld

Mayor Emeritus of Stockholm, Sweden

Gerard Collomb

Senator-Mayor of Lyon, President of the Lyon Urban Community, France

Flo Clucas

 CoR Member; Deputy Council Leader, Liverpool, UK

Ronan Dantec

 Deputy Mayor of Nantes; President of working group on climate change, Eurocities

Michel Destot

Member of French Parliament, President of the AMGVF (Association des Maires de Grandes Villes de France), Mayor of Grenoble, France

Michel Delebarre

Former Minister of State; Mayor of Dunkerque; President of the Metropolitan Council of Dunkerque; Chair of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion (COTER), France

Tommy Eggers

Alderman for the Public Utility Department, Aalborg, Denmark

Alison Hay

 Councillor, Argyll and Bute, UK; Spokesperson for Environment and Sustainability, COSLA

Henning G. Jensen

Mayor of Aalborg, Denmark

Alain Juppé

Former Prime Minister, Mayor of Bordeaux, France

Thomas Kastrup-Larsen

Alderman for Health and Sustainable Development, Aalborg, Denmark

Zvonimir Mršić

 Mayor, Koprivnica, Croatia

Patxi Lazcoz

Mayor, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Anne Le Strat

Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for water, France

Atanaska Nikolova

 Deputy Mayor, Burgas, Bulgaria

Juri Ratas

Vice- President of the Riigikogu (parliament), Estonia

André Rossinot

Mayor of Nancy, Former Minister, President of the Metropolitan Community of the Larger Nancy, France

Manuela Rottmann

Councillor, City of Frankfurt, Germany

Dominique Voynet

Former Minister of Environment; Mayor, Montreuil, France

Stephan Hugo Winters

State Secretary, Hamburg, Germany

National government and EU institution representatives

Johannes Hahn

Commissioner for Regional Policy, European Commission

István László Bart, 

Policy Officer, Adaptation unit, DG Climate Action, European Commission

Gaye Doganoglu

Chair of the Committee on Sustainable Development, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Council of Europe

Michèle Pappalardo

 General commissioner for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Ecology, France

Fabrizio Barbaso

 Deputy Director General, DG Energy, European Commission

Janez Potočnik

 Commissioner for Environment, European Commission

Jo Leinen

 Member, European Parliament

Business representatives

Khaled Awad

Founder of Grenea, CEO of Advanced Construction Technology Services

Stéphane Quéré

Senior Vice President, Sustainable Urbanization, GDF Suez

Antoine Frérot

CEO, Veolia, France

Cyrille du Peloux

 CEO, Veolia Transport

Henri Proglio

 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Electricité de France

Augustin De Romanet

 General Director, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Lars Tveen, CEO, Danfoss District Energy, Denmark

Ziad Tassabehji

 CEO, Windcliff Group