Zero Waste Europe is a Brussels based NGO founded in 2013. We empower communities to rethink their relationship with resources, operating as a knowledge network and as an advocacy group. We engage at two levels:
- Supporting local groups with independent knowledge and streamlined tools to drive change more efficiently. We currently work with active communities in 24 countries.
- Structuring the movement internationally to better represent the interests of our communities at the EU level and engage policy makers with a unified voice.
Cities Programme Coordinator
Jack is a young professional leader working in the field of environmental campaigning and movement building. Jack is currently the Zero Waste Cities Programme Coordinator at Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), responsible for supporting local municipalities across Europe, via the network of ZWE's members, to design and implement effective zero waste strategies in their community. Currently, the programme works with nearly 400 municipalities who have committed to go zero waste, and Jack has been behind the creation of Europe's first ever Zero Waste Cities Certification. Previously, Jack has over 5 years experience working for organisations in the field of sustainability and youth-led development, successfully building campaigns and movements to influence policies at the United Nations, European Union and British Government level. In his spare time, Jack is a keen environmentalist and sportsman - ideally combining the two. He volunteers for the UK Green Party and represents Europe on the Zero Waste International Alliance Board.
Waste Policy Officer
Theresa joined us in 2022 to support the Cities & Communities programme by making the link with European legislation and by identifying good practices to be disseminated across Europe. Before joining our team, Theresa worked in the private sector for a manufacturer of electrical appliances and was involved in advocacy with the EU institutions, dealing primarily with environmental policies. She also has previous work experiences in the German and European parliaments. She's a German native speaker, fluent in English, and is currently learning French.
Theresa joined Zero Waste Europe’s Communication Team in 2021. She plays a crucial role in the implementation of communication activities, with a special focus on those related to our Cities & Communities and Membership programmes. She has a background in journalism and experience in communications within the non-profit sector in Malta, and has been involved in a number of voluntary projects. She has a passion for promoting the protection of our planet and all its inhabitants. Theresa holds a Bachelor in Communications and an MSc in Digital Marketing. Besides English and her native Maltese, she is currently taking up French.
Ana joined us in 2020 to lead the communication activities of Zero Waste Europe. Her previous work experiences include EU institutions, NGOs, and private sector communication companies, where she was responsible for strategic communications, business development, and project communications. Environmental topics have been a constant throughout her career, be it through the link between health and environment, sustainability in the building sector, and the promotion of eco-innovative business practices. Ana holds a BA in Communications Sciences from the University of Porto and a MA in European Studies from KU Leuven. She speaks Portuguese, English, Dutch, French, and Italian.
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Joan Marc Simon
Executive Director at Zero Waste Europe
Joan Marc Simon is the Director of Zero Waste Europe. He has been a leading voice for Zero Waste in Europe since 2007, dramatically increasing the visibility and policy impact of Zero Waste efforts in this time. He is a regular keynote speaker in many industry and NGO meetings in Brussels but also at local level as well as internationally. He has authored the Zero Waste Case Studies “The Story of Contarina” and “The Story of Gipuzkoa” as well as the book “Zero Waste – How to reactivate the economy without trashing the planet”. He is trained in Economics and Development Cooperation, and has more than 10 years of experience working with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the field of good governance, new economics, social justice, and environment.
Zero Waste Community Expert
Erika Oblak has been working for 17 years in environmental NGOs, with the focus on waste management and introduction of various aspects of Zero Waste concept to municipalities. Over the last 3 years she's coordinated Zero Waste Slovenia program, helped 8 slovenian towns and cities adopting their Zero Waste strategies, managed separate collection and waste prevention projects for hotels, public events and nurseries. Erika also advocates the transition to circular economy, global equity in the distribution of natural resources and the related attitude to indigenous communities.
Scientific Committee Chair at Zero Waste Europe
Enzo is a technical expert and researcher at the Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, and has decades of experience of separate waste collection, recycling, composting and prevention. Enzo is an expert in EU waste legislation and is highly knowledgeable in the field of European policy-making. He is one of the founders of the European Compost Network, and the coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the Zero Waste Research Centre in Italy.
Former Deputy Mayor for the Environment, City of Parma, Italy
Gabriele Folli, formerly activist in Zero Waste campaigns, he was appointed Deputy Mayor for Environment in the city of Parma (Italy) in 2012, where has introduced kerbside collection and a pay-as-you-throw scheme for the whole population (195,000 inhabitants; the first case of this size in Italy) passing from 48% to 80% in less than 5 years. He has explained the path followed in many conferences and seminars around Europe (Madrid, Girona, Rome, Bari, Naples, Kassel, Brussels, Florence and Paris among the others).
Industrial engineer, Economist, MS, PhD
Ignasi Puig Ventosa is an industrial engineer (Politechnical University of Catalonia - UPC), economist (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia - UNED) and holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences (Autonomous University of Barcelona - UAB). He also holds a Master on Monitoring, Modelling and Management of Environmental Change (King’s College London). His main research area is the use of market-based instruments related to environmental policy, with particular focus on municipal waste management. He has written several books on this topic, along with a number of technical and scientific papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He works as head of projects at ENT Environment and Management and Fundació ENT in Barcelona, which are a consultancy and a private research centre.
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