Climate Change Summit

4-5 October, 2022. Bucharest, Romania

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About the Summit

Climate Change Summit is a large event in 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 Summit takes place on 4/5 October 2022 in Bucharest, engaging hundreds of participants and speakers in conversations about climate change solutions, green economy opportunities and climate action. We meet both indoors at Odeon Theatre & the Parliament Palace and outdoors in conversations taking place at street art installations in Bucharest depicting the climate crises we live in.

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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.

speakers from 15 countries

Meet some of our speakers

Giedrimas Jeglinskas

Giedrimas Jeglinskas

Assistant Secretary General, NATO

Giedrimas has overall responsibility for management of the NATO headquarters, and is the Secretary General’s primary advisor for NATO-wide management issues. Before assuming his current post, Mr. Jeglinskas served as the Vice-Minister of Defence of Lithuania beginning in 2017. From 2010 to 2017, Mr. Jeglinskas worked as Vice President in Corporate Banking at Citigroup. Mr. Jeglinskas graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a BSc in Political Science and Computer Science. He holds an MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from Columbia Business School in New York.

Policy

Marieke van der Werf

Marieke van der Werf

Partner and Senior Advisor, Dröge & van Drimmelen

Marieke van der Werf (1959) is partner and senior advisor at Dröge & van Drimmelen (Dr2). In her advisory work she focuses on sustainability and energy. Next to this, Marieke is director of Dr2 New Economy. Dr2 New Economy helps organizations to develop a vision and strategies for the transition to the new economy. In this role Marieke is figurehead circular economy for the Province of Flevoland, and project leader at the North Sea Energy Challenge. From January 2011 until September 2012 Marieke had a seat in the Dutch Parliament on behalf of the Christian Democrat party. Her portfolio consisted of the sustainable development, energy, and culture policy areas. Currently Marieke is a member of the Advisory Council of NUDGE and ACRES and a member of the Supervisory Board of Social Enterprises Lab and the Dutch Nature & Environment Foundation. Earlier she was the owner of MW Advisory Group. In this role she advised companies on how to achieve green growth. During this time Marieke was also acting director of the Dutch National Landscape Management Organization. Moreover, she was an advisor to the government on energy policy. In 1996 her book “Communication on the Green Market” was published, and in 2009 the publication “Cradle to Cradle in Business”.

Food & Agri

Mark Campanale

Mark Campanale

Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Mark is the founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a non-profit think tank with offices in the US and UK, having enjoyed a career in sustainable finance for 20 years. Carbon Tracker is best known for its work on ‘stranded assets’ and the ‘carbon bubble’ and providing transition analysis for the members of Climate Action 100+ These concepts are also used by the fossil fuel divestment movement; and for investors & regulators, in how to set decarbonisation pathways for the fossil fuel sector.

Energy

Hacina Py

Hacina Py

Chief Sustainability Officer, Societe Generale Group

Hacina Py joined Societe Generale in 1995 and has developed as a seasoned banker through various positions, both in structured finance and in corporate roles. Hacina was appointed Global Head of Export Finance in 2015. She led the transformation of the business line with a strong sustainability focus and took over the position of Head of Impact Finance Solutions in 2019. Hacina graduated from the EM Strasbourg business school and studied finance at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

Finance

INGMAR RENTZHOG

INGMAR RENTZHOG

CEO & Founder, We Don't Have Time

“Official “eco-warrior” according to The Sun and “Mark ZuckerVert” according to FranceTV2, Ingmar is serial entrepreneur and nominated for a DI Gasell Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Veckans Affärer Supertalent, Sweden’s Environmental Influencer 2018, and International Gamechanger of the Year. He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force” Ingmar is CEO and Co-Founder of We Don’t Have Time is the world's largest review platform for climate solutions, a member of the European Climate Policy Task Force and Advisory Board MemberAdvisory Board Member of the Climate & Capital Media

Climate context / Information

ANDREAS BECKMANN

ANDREAS BECKMANN

CEO for CEE, WWF

A passionate change maker and organisation builder. Regional CEO of WWF-CEE (formerly WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme), active across 10 countries of Central and Southeastern Europe. Experience in strategy, policy, marketing and environmental issues as well as working across sectors from government to business and non-profit.

Circular economy

Linda Zeilina

Linda Zeilina

CEO, The International Sustainable Finance Center

Linda is Founder and CEO of ISFC, overseeing the strategic development of the think tank and its work on sustainable investing. Linda is a Fellow at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and until recently was Think Visegrad Fellow at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, providing expertise on sustainable finance. Linda is also the 2021 Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute's (EUI) School of Transnational Governance.

Policy

AUDUN ABELSNES

AUDUN ABELSNES

Managing Director, Techstars Energy

Audun Abelsnes is the Managing Director of the Equinor & Techstars Energy Accelerator and is an active participant in panels at energy & innovation conferences around the world.

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