Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström
Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues. He led the development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework which defines ‘a safe operating space for humanity’ and has been embraced as a bedrock for sustainable development across sectors and scales. His global sustainability research builds on two decades of work on resilience in water scare regions and over 150 scientific publications ranging from applied land and water management to socio-ecological resilience and planetary stewardship.

Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström acts as an advisor on global sustainability to several governments and business networks, as well as at noteworthy international gatherings such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC). He also chairs the advisory board of the Earth League and EAT Foundation.

Llorenç Milà i Canals
Head of the Secretariat, Life Cycle Initiative (UN Environment – Economy Division)

Llorenç Milà i Canals is the Head of the Secretariat of the Life Cycle Initiative, based in Paris. The Life Cycle Initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership launched in 2002 and hosted by UN Environment, with the aim of enabling the global use of credible life cycle knowledge by private and public decision makers. It currently joins the efforts of about 100 institutions (governments, businesses, and science and civil society) as well as hundreds of individual experts that contribute to the improvement and sharing of life cycle knowledge, and its use in policy and decision making.

Llorenç joined UN Environment’s office in Paris to lead its life cycle thinking work in 2013, after working in academia and industry in Spain and the UK. His main area of background expertise is environmental assessment of products, focusing on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and its application on the implementation of sustainable business and policy models.

Eberhard Brandes
CEO WWF Germany

Eberhard Brandes studied Economics and Organisational Studies in Hamburg. From 1987-1991 he was in the Pharmaceutical industry, followed by a successful career in medical technology from 1991-2006, where he was holding Executive Management positions. In 2006 the business graduate and enthusiastic environmentalist became CEO of WWF Germany. Eberhard Brandes was appointed into numerous climate and sustainability advisory councils. He was awarded the renowned BAUM environmental prize in 2001 and was honoured with the City of Hamburg Innovation Award for his cradle-to-cradle concept of portable medical technical equipment.

Eberhard Brandes is NET member since 2015 and NET Champion for Wildlife practice. Eberhard is truly passionate about nature and is highly interested in the complexity of eco-systems and the planet, behavioural science and big mammals. WWF Germany is committed to the preservation of biodiversity, and the reduction of the ecological footprint of humans.