Bo Weidema

Senior Consultant at 2.0 LCA
Keynote topic: LCA - potentials and limitations for decision support
Biography
M.Sc. in horticulture in 1984 from the Royal Agricultural University of Copenhagen. In 1993 he obtained the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Denmark on a thesis on life cycle assessment. Since then he has been working as a consultant on life cycle assessment. Executive manager of the ecoinvent database from 2008 to 2012 and its Chief Scientist from 2012 to 2014. He is professor at Aalborg University and expert delegate to the ISO TC 207 / SC5 on life cycle assessment as well as president of the International Life Cycle Academy (ILCA).

Urs Schenker

Life-Cycle Specialist at Nestlé
Keynote Topic: How Nestle are using LCA for decision making and technical developments
Urs Schenker is a sustainability expert at the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, in a team that is responsible for Sustainability and Novel Packaging. He is driving the use of Life Cycle Assessment and ecodesign at Nestlé, and is developing and implementing simplified tools & processes for ecodesign and sustainability evaluations in the Nestlé R&D oranization and beyond.

Dr. Sandra Eady

Principal Research Scientist based at CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences
Keynote Topic: Soil Function in LCA
Biography
Dr Sandra Eady is a Principal Research Scientist based at CSIRO Agriculture, Armidale, NSW. Dr Eady is a livestock geneticist with expertise in developing national breeding programs and implementing them on-farm. Her current activities expand her expertise in farming systems to the area of life cycle assessment, determining the carbon and water for agricultural products, on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profiles and opportunities for biosequestration of carbon. Dr Eady is lead author of a CSIRO report that explores the GHG mitigation and carbon storage opportunities from rural land use for Queensland and, more broadly, Australia, a publication that shaped the designed of nation policy on climate change. She is a member of the CSIRO Agriculture team working on policy frameworks for greenhouse gas abatement and environmental credentials of agricultural products required for EU market access. Sandra has also completed a number of lifecycle assessments for agricultural products and developed a publically available database of life cycle inventory published through AusLCI.

Catherine Benoît

Social Assessments and Strategy director at New Earth and Teacher at Harvard University
Keynote Topic: Social LCA
Biography
Catherine Benoît is Social Assessments and Strategy director at New Earth, a non-profit organization (www.newearth.info). In particular she is the co-creator and executive director of New Earth Social Hotspots Database project (www.socialhotspot.org). She is the lead editor of the Guidelines for S-LCA that were published by the UNEP Life Cycle Initiative in May 2009 (http://lcinitiative.unep.fr/). Catherine is a visiting scholar at the University of New Hampshire and a project leader within the Sustainability Consortium. In 2008, she joined Sylvatica (www.sylvatica.com), a Life Cycle Assessment consulting firm, directing Social LCA projects. She is also leading the development of the social sustainability assessment capabilities of Earthster (www.earthster.org). Prior to her current positions, she was the research coordinator for social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) within CIRAIG (www.ciraig.org), based at the University of Quebec at Montreal business school (www.esg.uqam.ca) for 6 years (2004-2009). Catherine is also an advisor to sustainable purchasing initiatives, to social responsibility supply chains metrics development initiatives, to the Ecoinvent committee on impact indicators, a project leader within the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and the co-coordinator of the Stewardship index for specialty crops Human Resources metrics development group.

Padraig Brennan

Manager, Sustainability Development in Bord Bia.
Biography
Padraig Brennan holds the position of Manager, Sustainability Development in Bord Bia.
Over recent years Padraig has led a number of Bord Bia research programmes examining Sustainability and its implications for the Irish food and drink industry. He has been part of the team involved in the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability programme, which aims to demonstrate the commitment of the Irish food and drink industry at both farm and manufacturing level to producing in a sustainable manner and highlight the targets being set by the industry to deliver further improvements over time.

Padraig is from a farming background in Kilkenny and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Western Australia.

Olivier Jolliet, Ph.D

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Biography
Professor Jolliet's research and teaching programs aim to assess environmental risks and impacts of chemicals and of innovative technologies. He co-initiated the UNEP (United Nations Environment Program)/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and is the scientific manager of its Life Cycle Impact Assessment program. He is editor and reviewer for several scientific journals.

Olivier Jolliet obtained a Ph.D. in building physics in 1988 at the EPFL. He worked as a postdoc at the Silsoe Research Institute (GB) and as a visiting scholar at MIT (USA) and Berkeley. Between 1998 and 2005, he was assistant professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), heading the Industrial Ecology & Life Cycle Systems Group. In 2005, Olivier Jolliet was appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and is one of the founding members of the Risk Science Center.

John Ingram

Food Systems Research Group
Biography
Building on earlier work in soil science and agroecology, John Ingram has been working on food systems for over 15 years. He leads the Food Systems Research Group in the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and coordinates the UK Global Food Security “Resilience of the UK Food System” programme. His interests are in the conceptual framing of food systems, the interactions among the many actors involved and their varied activities, and the outcomes of their activities for food security, livelihoods and environment. He has designed and led regional food system research projects in Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean, and has conceived, developed and/or led a range of major international agri-food research initiatives. He has had substantial interaction with a range of international organisations, with UK and other nations’ government departments and agencies, and with NGOs and businesses in the food sector, helping to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. He is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, and is a lead author of the IRP Report on Food Systems and Natural Resources published in June 2016.

Sebastien Humbert

Scientific Director
Biography
A native from Switzerland, he received his M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. At Quantis, Dr Humbert is implementing state-of-the-art Life Cycle Assessment and Water footprinting databases and methodologies. In the fringe of his responsibilities at Quantis, Dr Humbert is very active in organizations’ working groups to which he brings his expertise in Life Cycle Assessment and Water footprint, such as ISO (where he is convener of the working group which drafted the ISO 14046 standard on water footprint as well as its little sister ISO 14073 on examples of applications) and UNEP/SETAC (water and human health). He is also co-creators of inventory databases on water and food products and of the LCIA methodologies IMPACT 2002+ and IMPACT World+. The characterization factors from primary and secondary particulate emissions calculated in his Ph.D. dissertation are now recommended by the European Commission in its new PEF/OEF methodology to assess impacts on human health from particulate emissions. Dr Humbert gives regularly classes to upper level education or for internal training in companies on how to perform, interpret and use LCAs. He is regularly co-chairing sessions related to LCA in scientific conferences and he is co-author of several scientific papers and is a reviewer for different journals.

Emmanuelle Aoustin

CEO of Quantis
Biography
In her role as CEO of Quantis, Emmanuelle Aoustin is leading change in sustainability and LCA by connecting the fields of science and business like never before. A chemical engineer by training and former manager at Veolia, Emmanuelle has over 14 years of experience working on environmental issues and has specialized in the development, deployment and strategic integration of life cycle thinking in companies’ operational processes. Sustainability’s key players turn to Emmanuelle for this extensive experience as well as her unique perspective on how to effectively integrate the science of sustainability with an organization’s business goals.