CCS 2023


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About the Summit

Climate Change Summit is a large event in Romania and CEE dedicated to solutions for the climate change challenges we are facing today and tomorrow. The Summit takes place amid geopolitical and geoeconomics shifts at an inflection point of how societies look at desired futures.

The 2nd edition of the Summit takes place on 19/20 October 2023 in Bucharest, engaging hundreds of participants and speakers in conversations about climate change solutions, green economy opportunities and climate action.

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What happens at the Summit?

Inspiration & Action

From inspiration to action and from financing to co-creation, we engage in conversations & speeches from internationally acclaimed experts and authors, key decision-makers at European level and innovative solutions from the corporate & start-up world. A ”Climate & Sustainability Business Index”, a survey of 200+ business leaders, will also be launched in Oct 4.

Vision & Collaboration

Romanian participants will work before the Summit, in September 21-22, in a foresight exercise focusing on Romania in 2030: from the challenges of climate to tech & public policy innovation. Conclusions of it will be part of the ”Sustainable 2030 Romania” foresight report to be launched in December, after the COP 27 Meeting in Egypt.

Street Art

Street art installations around Bucharest city center in September & October offer an opportunity for the general public to get inspired, informed and part of the global conversations through the Summit platforms.

Youth 4 Climate

100+ youth climate activists, students and social entrepreneurs meet with Climate Change Summit youth speakers to elaborate on climate related issues and a shared preferred future.

some of our 2023 speakers

Antoinette Vermilye

Antoinette Vermilye

Co-Founder Gallifrey Foundation and She Changes Climate

Antoinette is passionate about the complex interrelationship between ocean, plastics, gender and overfishing when talking about social injustice, human health and the environment. She has worked with migrant refugees in order to understand the impact of EU subsidies for fisheries on migration from Africa, she helped creating a Twitter campaign to empower citizens to tweet airlines on their policies regarding carrying shark fins as cargo, and she curated Voices from the Ocean, an educational podcast series interviewing creatures of the ocean to find out their perspective. Antoinette’s work is varied and she is always on the lookout for unidentified gaps, where little to no attention is paid. Join us at #ClimateChangeSummit2023 and get to find out Antoinette’s views on her assigned topic, Food & Agriculture.


Elina Bardram

Elina Bardram

Head of International Relations Unit for DG Clima, European Commission

Elina holds a Ph.D. in Economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business. She joined European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action in 2010, where she has held senior and middle management positions in International Relations, including Head of EU Delegation for UNFCCC between 2014-2018. From 2003 until 2010, Ms. Bardram worked in the Strategy Directorate for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for External Relations. Elina is a speaker at #ClimateChangeSummit2023 and her assigned topic is Policy.


INGMAR Juergens

INGMAR Juergens

CEO Climate & Company

Having started his first climate change job in 1998, Ingmar Juergens is one of the pioneers of carbon finance and one of the most experienced experts in the field of climate economics and sustainable finance. He spent most of 2002-2017 in increasingly responsible positions within the OECD, the UN (FAO) and the EU Commission, and is one of the very few experts covering the entire range of climate policy and finance dossiers: from adaptation and mitigation, to finance, policy, and the economics of climate change. A champion of evidence-based decision-making, Ingmar has kept his analytical edge throughout his career, publishing applied work about climate policy, finance and economics in areas spanning from land use to industry and energy. His unique mix of skills covering science, finance and policy has enabled him to play key, low-profile roles in crucial policy processes at national and international level. He has been working as an observer for the German government‘s sustainable finance advisory committee and is member of one of EFRAG’s expert working groups for drafting the European sustainability reporting standards. Ingmar co-founded the Sustainable Finance Research Platform and is a member of the scientific advisory group of Germany’s #1 sustainable finance association (VFU) and vice-chair of the board of Germanwatch (Germany’s leading NGOs in the field of international climate policy, corporate social responsibility, food security and sustainable finance). Join us at #CCS2023 and find out more about Intersectionality in the context of climate change from Ingmar Juergens.


Hans Van der Loo

Hans Van der Loo

Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Integrated Economic Research

Hans Van der Loo is Chairman of the Advisory Board of IIER, CEO of the Blue Cooling Initiative and Ambassador of the EU STEM Coalition. He has studied at Nyenrode Business School in Breukelen, at ESCP in Paris, and in Oxford and Düsseldorf as well. He has also worked for McKinsey, Royal Dutch Shell and for World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has lived in 9 countries and worked in over 50 countries all over the world. As Retail Innovation manager at Shell, he initiated Choice Fuels (V-Power, Pura etc.). And as Shell representative for the EU, he introduced multi-stakeholder joint advocacy platforms. Mr. Van der Loo is also the author of several articles, and has co-authored a book about resilience. He is a frequently asked-for speaker at international fora such as Bilderberg Conference, COP21 Paris, European Business Summit, World Economic Forum and he lectures at various Universities. Join us at #ClimateChangeSummit2023 and get to find out more about Intersectionality and its importance in finding solutions for climate change from Hans Van der Loo.


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