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 has an educational background in international relations having studied at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. For the past 5 years, he has worked for two different NGOs within the international development and sustainability sectors, helping to build movements and communities for change. He has led successful campaigns at the local level within the UK as well as at the global level at institutions such as the United Nations. Jack will be leading our work with municipalities, helping to connect members from across Europe to build and contribute towards the transition of cities towards zero waste strategies.
Waste Policy Officer
With an educational background in political science and a Master in Sustainable Development, Pierre decided to dedicate his professional life to protect the environment. As he grew up near the Atlantic coast he has a special connection to nature and thus will seize every opportunity to support the ecological transition. He is then determined to make change towards a Zero Waste society happen at the European level, along with promoting citizen’s empowerment at a local level.
Agnese has a background in Art History but comes from the Advertising world where she worked as Account and Project Manager. In 2017, she decided to leave the commercial sector to use her skills for a good cause. After a sabbatical year she joined Zero Waste Europe in July 2018 as Project and Communications Officer to launch the ZWE Live! learning project. Then she moved from working only on the Cities & Communities Programme to coordinating the organisation’s overall communications and later on the Rethink Plastic alliance’s as well.
Zero Waste Europe Academy Coordinator
Kaisa has an educational background in environmental engineering and she’s about to graduate with an MBA focusing on leadership and service design. Previously, she worked as a consultant for companies, organisations and events on how to establish environmental management systems, she conducted sustainability training, life cycle assessments, and she designed waste management plans. Designing different campaigns and making environmental matters visible in a company or store settings have been part of her work as well. She spent the last years working for a reuse centre and environment school designing services related to sustainability education in order to keep discarded materials in use for longer. She will now use her expertise to coordinate the development of Zero Waste Europe Academy.
Rossella has an educational background in International Affairs and a Master in Economics of Development, Cooperation and Innovation. She is passionate about building and developing connections between people, opportunities and ideas. Travelling and living in different countries gave her the opportunity to directly see impressive general environmental degradation. Therefore, she decided to take action to protect the world we all live adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle and dedicate her professional life to this cause.
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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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