Keynote Speakers

Walter R. StahelWalter R. Stahel,

The three “worlds” of circularity

Bio-cycles of Nature’s, tech-material cycles of the manufactured world, invisible quality cycles of the immaterial world. Circular society of scarcity, circular industrial economy (from 3000 BC to 2020)

Founder-director of the Product-Life Institute (Geneva, 1983), the oldest consultancy in Europe devoted to developing sustainable strategies and policies.
MA in architecture from ETH Zurich (1971). Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey; full member of the Club of Rome; former member of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform of the European Parliament; member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Institute CRETUS, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, and the Scientific Foresight Board of CircularEconomyAlliance.
Promoting the opportunities of a circular industrial economy, and of a performance economy selling goods and molecules as a service.
Honours: degrees of Doctor honoris causa, University of Surrey (2013) and l’Université de Montréal (2016). Mitchell Prize in Houston, TX (1982, ‘The Product-Life Factor’); first prize in the German Future's Society’s competition (1978, ‘unemployment, occupation and profession’).
Corner books: ‘Jobs for Tomorrow, the Potential for substituting manpower for energy’ (1976/1981), Vantage Press N.Y.,: ‘The Performance Economy’ (2010), Palgrave MacMillan; The Circular Economy – a user’s guide (2019), Routledge.
Contact: wrstahel2014 [at]

Florian SchwarzFlorian Schwarz

“Delivering on Circularity – DHL’s approaches for a green supply chain”

Head of Sustainability
DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation

As Head of Sustainability in DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (CSI), Florian Schwarz is responsible to drive the Sustainability agenda for and with the top 100 customers across the Deutsche Post DHL divisions. This includes achieving a carbon footprint reduction through the GoGreen product portfolio of clean fuel & technology, supply-chain optimization, and circularity solutions. It also means educating DHL’s sales organization on sustainability and demonstrating thought leadership inside and outside of the organization.

In his previous role in DHL CSI, Florian was responsible for the Program Office and the Coronavirus Customer Taskforce. Before that, with DHL Global Forwarding, Florian created and lead the After-Sales Organization which took customer reporting and issue resolution to a new level, building on his extended experience as Lean Six-Sigma Blackbelt and Head of Strategy France. Florian holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and lived and worked in different countries in Europe and Americas.

Prof. Dr. Kannan Govindan., M.E., PhDProf. Dr. Kannan Govindan., M.E., PhD.,

Optimizing the circular economy

Dr. Kannan Govindan
DIAS - Chair of Engineering,
Chair Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management,
Head, Centre for Sustainable Supply Chain Engineering, 
Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark,
Odense, Denmark.
Mail ID: kgov [at]

Kannan’s research is primarily in sustainable operations, logistics, technology, and supply chains. For more than ten years, he has worked with the construction of global logistics and supply chain networks. His research is based on the development of decision-making models and toolkits for sustainable and intelligent manufacturing. His interest in sustainability drives him as a researcher to become a global leader/researcher in the area of sustainable operations. In the future, he would like to explore the potential opportunities of global sustainability with the focus of supply chain partners contributing to the sustainability and towards achieving the circular loop. Another global issues that will be threatening to the supply chain will be migration, sharing resources, resilient supply chains, reuse of (raw) materials, green, environmentally friendly production which he will also focus in next few years.

Carole MagniezCarole Magniez

Director at Team2 competitiveness cluster

Haut-de-France Cases studies in Circular economy

Director at Team2 competitiveness cluster

Carole Magniez is a chemical engineer, a graduate of HEI. Holder of a doctorate in the development of synthetic textile materials with improved flame resistance properties, Carole Magniez became interested in the development and management of national and European collaborative research projects (coordinator of NEREFITEFP5, FLEXIFUNBARFP6, MAPICC3DFP7). Carole Magniez has more than 20 years of experience in the service of innovation and collaborative research. Whether on a regional, national or European scale, she has expertise in innovation partnership strategy, construction and coordination of large-scale projects.

Professor Joseph SarkisProfessor Joseph Sarkis

Linking the Future of the Circular Economy and GIN

Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management within the Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo. His research and teaching interests include Environmental Sustainability, Technology, Operations and Supply Chain Management. He has authored over 500 publications appearing in a wide variety of outlets. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Engineering Management Review. His editorial positions cover many leading journals in Operations, Transportation, Supply Chain, and Sustainability Management. Joe has been recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher for each year from 2015-2021 by Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics (Web-of-Science). Joe is also an international program coordinator for the Greening of Industry Network (GIN) along with the Greening of Industry Networks book series co-editor for Springer-Nature Publishers. He has been recognized as one of the most influential global scholars in the fields of supply chain management, corporate sustainability, operations research, and sustainable supply chains.
The future of CE in GIN