Meet our expert lineup

Learn more about the experts who shared their insights and experiences and discussed the vital role of the circular economy with us in 2020.

Damià Calvet

Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia.

With over 20 years in both public and private sectors, Damià has experience in land planning, public housing, environment policy, public infrastructures and mobility. He has been appointed to different high-level positions within the Government of Catalonia. He also has been elected and the Deputy Mayor of the City Council of Sant Cugat del Vallès and Councillor of the City Council of Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Damià holds a degree in Construction Sciences and Technologies from Ramon Llull University and a diploma in Technical Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Mercè Conesa

President of the Port of Barcelona.

She holds a degree in Law and a master's degree in Law and Public Management and a Master's in Public Policy Leadership and Innovation from ESADE.

Currently, Mercè is the President of the Port of Barcelona, a position she assumed in 2018, being the first woman to head this institution. Before running the Port, she was mayor of Sant Cugat del Vallès for eight years, where she also became the first woman to hold the highest institutional position in this town. From 2015 to 2018, she chaired the Barcelona Provincial Council and has also been a professor of Administrative Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Edgar Costa

Head of Sustainability, SEAT.

Edgar Costa (Barcelona, 1984) has a degree in Law and a postgraduate diploma in Corporate Compliance, both from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).

In 2007 Costa started his professional career at KPMG. Four years later he joined SEAT and began working in the Legal department. In the last nine years he has worked in the areas of Legal, Sales and Marketing and Presidency, managing different projects and responsibilities. From 2014 to 2017 he was the executive assistant to former CEOs Jürgen Stackmann and Luca de Meo.

In March 2019 he was appointed head of Sustainability at SEAT, a position he combines with that of the company's Environmental Compliance Officer. In his role as head of Sustainability, Costa leads the sustainability strategy and processes of SEAT on its path to achieve Paris Agreement 2015 commitments and European Green New Deal challenges.

John Elkington

Founder & Chief Pollinator, Volans.

John Elkington is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded keynote speaker and contributor, from conferences to advisory boards.

In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People' in London, describing him as "a true green business guru", and as "an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable". In 2009, a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR leaders placed John fourth: after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, and alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank.

John has addressed over 1,000 conferences around the world. He was a faculty member of the World Economic Forum from 2002-2008. He has served on over 70 boards and advisory boards. John has won numerous awards and is the author or co-author of 20 books. The 20th book was published in April: Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism (Fast Company Press).

Joan Romero i Circuns

Catalonia Trade & Investment CEO, Government of Catalonia.

He holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona, a Master in Operations Management and a Diploma DAF in Operations and Innovation, both from ESADE. He taught Spanish and World Economy as a professor at the University of Barcelona.

He started working in the financial and strategic consultancy before joining CT&I, where he has been Executive Secretary and Executive Director. In 2017, he has been designated as the CEO. During his tenure, CT&I has been awarded as IPA of the year (fDi Strategy Awards).

Mr. Romero has participated in the preparation of several public policy Plans: the Catalan Agreement on Industry, several Research and Innovation Plans of Catalonia; Catalan Agreement on Research and Innovation and different CT&I Strategic Plans.

Kęstutis Sadauskas

Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth, European Commission.

Kęstutis Sadauskas is a Lithuanian national.
He holds Master degrees from Vilnius University in Political Science/International Relations and Geography.
From 1993 until 2006 he worked at the Lithuanian Foreign Service on multilateral issues. In September 2006 Kęstutis Sadauskas was appointed Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Vilnius.
From April 2010 until October 2014 he was Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta responsible for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud, Audit, and Statistics.
From November 2014 Kęstutis Sadauskas has been the Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth at the DG Environment of the European Commission.

Marta Subirà i Roca

Secretary for Environment and Sustainability, Government of Catalonia.

From 2011 to January 2016 was Director General for Environmental Policy, Government of Catalonia.

Previously, she worked for 12 years in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a city noted for its leadership in innovation in the crowd of urban space as Deputy Mayor for the Environment, Transport, Communications and Civic Values. Vice President of the Institute of Strategic Management, Economic Development and Information Society of Sant Cugat. 2003-2007.

She holds a Law degree from the Pompeu Fabra University and a graduate in Corporate Communications from IDEC, Pompeu Fabra University. Also studied of Accountability and Management Control, Public Policy and External Communications in Public Administration at ESADE Executive Education.

Xavier Torra i Balcells

President of Eurecat-Technology Centre of Catalonia.

Xavier is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ESADE - Business School and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ramon Llull University, member of the BBVA Advisory Board in Catalonia and until 2018 and for 8 years he has held the presidency of the Board of Trustees of the OXFAM-Intermón Spain Foundation.

He is also CEO of AltBath Company and advisory director to several family management companies (Encofrats Alsina, Borges, Girbau, Metalogenia, Roquet, SECE, Grup Giró).

He has been a member of the advisory body for economic reactivation and growth (CAREC) and the Tax Commission of the Cercle d'Economia.

For 23 years he has held the position of CEO of SIMON HOLDING, a group of companies of small electrical equipment and lighting, with a presence in more than 20 countries.

He previously held various executive positions at Dupont de Nemours, British Petroleum, and Union Carbide (Argon).

Ramon Tremosa i Balcells

Minister for Business and Knowledge, Government of Catalonia.

Graduate in Economics from the University of Barcelona (1992). Ramon was awarded a doctoral degree in 1999 for his thesis on the impact of monetary policy on corporate profits in the Catalan manufacturing industry.

Ramon was a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2019. During that time, he served on the Committees on Economy and Finance, International Trade and Transport, and Tourism, and on parliamentary delegations for relations with the US and Israel.

From 2017 to 2019, he was coordinator of the Economics Committee of the Liberal Group, and in this role, he visited central banks around the world and was present at many EU negotiations in this area.

Peter Woodward

Conference Facilitator and Quest Associates Director.

Peter Woodward is in high demand across Europe for his skills as an independent facilitator. His engaging personality and twenty five years of experience combine to lift the normal conference or workshop experience to new levels of energy and value.

Peter has a particular passion and expertise in designing and running participative processes on issues related to the sustainable development agenda. He has a strong focus on multi-stakeholder dialogues about the transition to a Circular Economy.

Due to the Pandemic, Peter has realigned his skills to facilitation of events using online platforms. Peter trained in urban planning, He has worked in the social sector and for a multinational company and so has wide experience of helping to bridge differing perspectives on issues.