Programme and speakers

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Our speakers:

Paul Ekins is an environmental economist and is Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. He is a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Systems theme, and also leads UCL’s involvement in large research consortia on Bioenergy and Hydrogen. He is also Chairman of the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), the UK’s most effective initiative at promoting resource efficiency in industry, and the Director of the UK Green Fiscal Commission, which is exploring the prospects for and implications of large-scale environmental tax reform in the UK. He was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008 and, from 2003-2007, was on the UK Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board. He also has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations.In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. Paul Ekins’ academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy, concerning which he has written numerous books, papers and articles.


Sebastian Winkler, a Mexican-French-German national who grew up in French-speaking Africa, is currently an independent consultant working partly as Senior European Advisor to the Global Footprint Network and he also advises the potentially largest gold mine in Europe on sustainability and strategy. In 2010, he was part of the Spanish European Union Presidency team and supported the country in a number of International and European biodiversity negotiations. From 1997 to early 2010 he worked for IUCN. His wide-ranging professional experience in IUCN covers programmatic issues (Environmental Economist, 1997-1999), institutional and management issues (Special Assistant to the Director General, 1999-2000), outreach and fundraising (Conservation Finance Officer, 2000-2003), international policy agenda with a particular focus on energy, climate change and trade (Senior Policy Officer, 2003 - 2005), and finally he headed the Countdown 2010 Secretariat and was IUCN’s Senior Advisor on European Policy, including developing a portfolio on climate and energy for IUCN Regional Office for Europe and providing policy advise to the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2005-2010).

Prior to joining IUCN he has gathered his working experience with UNEP's Economics, Environment and Trade Unit in Geneva covering aspects such as Trade Policy, Sustainable Finance with Banking and Insurance Industry. In 1995, he worked for the World Food Program's Office of Evaluation where he was exposed to issues such as developing a survey and review of WFP's evaluation methodology. In 1993 he gathered experience on the national level by working for Mexico's Deputy Minister of Environment.

His educational background has exposed him to multiple disciplines and to different schools of thought in the many countries in which he studied. He holds a BA from the University of Konstanz, Germany (Development Economics, Administrative Science and Policy), and an Honours BA from the University of Guelph, Canada (Environmental Economics, Politics and Development Studies). He holds various MAs from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands (Docturandus in Regional Development Planning and Politics of Alternative Development Strategies), and from the University of Trier, Germany and the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne, Switzerland (European Master in Environmental Management and a Certificat Postgrade in Environmental Engineering). He also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Grenoble, France (Political Science) and at the Harvard Business School (Management).

He fluently speaks Spanish, German, English, and French. Besides that he also has working knowledge in Portuguese and Italian.


Christian Avérous is an economist and engineer of French nationality. His professional activities have focused on environment and sustainable development at international  level. At OECD (1973-2008), he has focused on providing governments with facts, analysis and policy advice to strengthen environmental management and institutions, environment-economy-social integration, and international environmental co-operation. He has created and led programmes on environmental information (e.g. pressure-state-response model, environmental data, environmental  indicators, measuring material flows and resource productivity). This work has translated into OECD Council Acts, more than 30 publications  (e.g."State of the Environment in OECD Countries", "OECD Environmental Data", "OECD Environmental Indicators") , seminars and conferences (e.g. “Towards Sustainable Development: Measuring Progress”, “Resource Efficiency”). This work has contributed to the establishment of an international measurement regime. At OECD,he has also created and led the OECD programme of environmental performance reviews (70 country examinations, including for OECD countries such as Australia, Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, USA, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and other countries such as Chile, China, Russia). These reviews have influenced national progress (e.g. legislation, planning, taxation, information, governance) in environmental management, sustainable development including in sectors like agriculture, energy, transport, fiscal affairs and development aid, and international co-operation He has organised (and contributed to) many seminars, conferences and media events, including at ministerial level and been interviewed by the written press, radios and televisions in many countries. He has taught in a number of universities (e.g. Berkeley, Caracas, Paris). He has worked as consultant for, inter alia, the World Bank, OECD, UN, UNEP, EU. He has chaired the environment committee of the French CNIS and contributed to the Stiglitz-Sen report. He is Vice-President of the Blue Plan and President of the association E2S2D. He has conducted environmental audits of the World Bank Group, and of the REC for central and eastern Europe. His competencies include green growth, sustainable development, environmental management, environmental economics, and international co-operation. Dr. Christian Avérous holds degrees in engineering (ENPC, Paris) and in economics (UC Berkeley, French State Doctor).