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 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.
Christoph Heinrich, born in 1965, is a member of WWF’s Executive Board and is responsible for WWF’s nature conservation work to preserve biological diversity. The focus is on the protection of endangered habitats and species in international priority regions of the tropics and temperate latitudes, as well as in Germany.
After studying law and geography in Giessen, Christoph Heinrich began his professional career at NABU, where he headed the Nature Conservation and Environmental Policy Department at federal level until 2004. As a member of numerous nature conservation organizations, the geographer has been active in nature conservation on a voluntary basis since his youth.