Date/place of birth December 19, 1963, Issum, Germany
II. Higher Education
1983 – 1988 RWTH Aachen, M.Sc. in Business Economics
1989 – 1993 Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Cologne Univer-sity, Ph.D. in Organization Science
1994 – 2000 Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Cologne Univer-sity, Dr. ‘habilitatus’ in Organization Science
1989 – 1994 Research Assistant, Department of Organization Science, Cologne University
1994 – 2001 Senior Research Assistant, Department of Organization Science, Cologne University
2001 – 2002 Guest Professor for Organization Science and Human Resource Management, Technical University of Cottbus
2002 – 2018 Full Professor for Management in Agribusiness, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Georg-August-University Goettingen
2018 – 2020 Head of Department “Nutrition, Agriculture and Sustainability” at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
since February 2020 State Secretary at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Dr. Volker Heinz received his scientific education in food process engineering. During his time as an assistant professor at TU Berlin he co-ordinated numerous EU projects.
In 2006 he was appointed Director General at the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL). He has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and books and is member of national and international boards and counsels.
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.
Dr. Salman Hussain is the global coordinator for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (‘TEEB’) and the Head a.i. of the Ecosystem Services Economics Unit in UNEP. He joined UNEP in 2014. He coordinated the launch of TEEB for Agriculture and Food (‘TEEBAgriFood’) which applies the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework (which was awarded the Vision Award by the World Future Council in 2018) to assess externalities and impacts across the full agri-food value chain; the TEEB Office implements TEEBAgriFood projects in 11 countries. He also leads work on the application of SEEA-EEA (the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Experimental Ecosystem Accounting ) for UNEP in collaboration with the UN Statistics Division.
Previously Salman directed the University of Edinburgh’s Masters programme in Ecological Economics and headed a team focusing on marine ecosystem economics. His PhD was on the economics of the ‘greening’ of industry, with a specific emphasis on eco-innovations and eco-labelling.
Dr. Grace Douglas
NASA’s Advanced Food Technology
Dr. Grace Douglas serves as the lead scientist for NASA’s Advanced Food Technology research effort, which focuses on determining methods, technologies, and requirements for developing a safe, nutritious, and palatable food system that will promote astronaut health during long-duration space missions. Her responsibilities include assessing the risk of an inadequate food system to crew based on vehicle design and mission concept and developing the research path that will ensure the food system meets crew health requirements on spaceflight vehicles. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in food science from the Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina State University, respectively, and a Ph.D. in functional genomics from North Carolina State University.
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.
Christian Schultze-Wolters is Director of Blockchain Solutions DACH with IBM. He brings more than 25 years of sales experience in IBM, leading different sales teams in a national and international environment. After his responsibility for the Travel & Transportation industry in Germany he took over the lead for IBMs Blockchain business in Germany, Austria & Switzerland in late summer 2018 driving solutions and individual projects across all industries.
Dr. Peter Saling is currently Director Sustainability methods at BASF. He is a chemist and received his PhD in Germany at the University of Göttingen and. He started his activities in the field of sustainability with the development of the Eco-Efficiency Analysis. He and his team finished more than 700 LCA type studies until today. He was responsible for the development of sustainability assessment methods as AgBalanceTM or SEEbalance®. Since 2014 he is responsible as Director for the Sustainability methods of BASF worldwide with centers in USA, Brazil and Asia.
He is Chairman since 2104 of the Plastics Europe “Life Cycle Thinking and Sustainability Group”. In the same year he received a lectureship at the Environmental Management and Accounting department of the Technical University of Dresden and is member of the board of the PRISMA center in Dresden. He is Subject- Editor for the “International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment”. Since 2017 he is Chairman of the ISO- Committee TC207/SC5 Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment.