Keynote Speakers

Sangwon Suh

Professor of industrial ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Sangwon Suh is professor in industrial ecology and director of the CLiCC Program, a university-industry partnership for understanding chemicals' environmental and human health implications. Professor Suh was trained as an environmental engineer and earned his PhD in industrial ecology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the sustainability of the human-nature complexity through understanding materials and energy exchanges between them. Over the past twenty years, he contributed to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology. Professor Suh was appointed as a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and served as the Coordinating Lead Author of the Assessment Report 5 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He received the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, Leontief Memorial Prize and the Richard Stone Prize, the Robert A. Laudise Medal and Distinguished Teaching Award.


Maurizio Cellura

President of the Italian LCA Network Association

Prof. Maurizio Cellura is full professor of Building physics and energy systems since 2011 at the University of Palermo, his scientific activity is mainly oriented towards energy and environmental topics, with focus on energy efficiency in buildings, technologies powered by renewable energy and decarbonization strategies of systems and processes. His experience on international level on building science and LCA is clarified by the participation to many International Energy Agency work groups.
Since 2013 he is member of the Consultation Board of MIUR for Horizon 2020, Challenge "Secure, clean, and efficient energy", since 2014 he is representative for the University of Palermo of the "Sustainable Solutions Development Network", agency of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), since 2015 he was President of the Italian LCA Network Association. Since June 2014, he is coordinator of the Ph.D. course in "Energy and information Technologies" at the University of Palermo. Since December 2015 he is member of the Scientific Council of the University of Palermo.
He is also author of more than 280 publications in the fields of LCA, multicriteria decision making, industrial ecology, energy efficiency in buildings and building simulation.


Bruno Notarnicola

President of the Italian Academy of Commodity Science

Bruno Notarnicola, graduated in Economics and Ph.D. in Commodity Science at the University of Bari; currently he is Full Professor of Commodity Science and Head of the Ionian Department of Law, Economics and Environment - Taranto - of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, where he teaches Commodity Science and Industrial Ecology.
Author of more than 170 publications on scientific journals, books and proceedings of national and international conferences. Main topics of research are industrial ecology analytical and procedural tools such as Life cycle assessment, (LCA), Industrial Symbiosis, Environmental Input-Output Analysis, Life Cycle Costing (LCC).
Currently he is President of the Italian Academy of Commodity Science and Vice President of the Italian LCA Network.


Annik Magerholm Fet

Vice Rector of NTNU in Ålesund

Dr. Annik Magerholm Fet is the Vice Rector of NTNU in Ålesund. She is also a Professor of Environmental management, Systems engineering and Lifecycle analysis at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management - a position held since 1999.  From 2014-2016, she was the Director and Academic head of NTNU's strategic research area on Sustainability. Professor Fet leads several national and international research projects in global production, environmental management, CSR and business models for sustainability. She supports a research group for Green innovation and Business models, and looks at opportunities to stimulate cross-disciplinary research activities. She is involved in several Norwegian and international organizations, with a focus on academia and industry collaboration. Examples include: Observer - UN International Resource Panel (UN IRP), and Board member -  Sustainable Development Solutions Network Northern Europe (SDSN NE), Polaris Media Northwest, ÅKP - Ålesund's regional innovation hub, and EPD-Norge for the development of criteria for environmental product declarations (EPDs).


Michele Galatola

Environmental Footprint Team Leader, European Commission - DG Environment - Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption

Dr Michele Galatola has a master's and a doctorate in Environmental Sciences. Since 1996 he has been professionally active in the area of environmental technologies, environmental management systems and, in particular, life cycle assessment (LCA). After having spent several years working for Italy's National Agency for New Technologies (ENEA), Dr Galatola began working for the European Commission in 2005. From 2005 until 2010, he was the research officer responsible for the main research funding actions in the areas of LCAs, eco-innovations and environmental technologies. Since July 2010 Dr Galatola has worked in the Directorate-General for the Environment, and was responsible for the EU Ecolabel from 2010 until 2013, leading the development and then the pilot phase of the Environmental Footprint methods developed by the European Commission.


Daniela Baglieri


Daniela Baglieri is the Chairman of SAC (Catania Airport Company) where she promotes strategic and institutional activities. She serves also as board member at Assaeroporti, the Italian Airport System Association. Full professor in Strategic Management, she is Vice Rector for Technology Transfer at University of Messina. Visiting professor at Innopolis University (Kazan, Russia) Carlson Management School (University of Minnesota, US), Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), EPFL (Lausanne), and Texas A&M University (U.S.), her work has appeared in several leading journals, including Journal of Technology Transfer, Technovation, Small Business Economics. Her research interests focus on strategy and innovation management, technology transfer and new venture creation, strategy and economic development.


Manuel Rodríguez-Becerra

Emeritus Professor, Full Professor on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Manuel Rodríguez-Becerra. Industrial Engineer from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. Colombia, and B.Litt., Administration, University of Oxford. He is currently Full Professor of la Universidad de los Andes on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy. In 2017 he was distinguished as Emeritus Professor
Between 1976 and 1990 he was General Secretary, Vice Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Administration, of the Universidad de los Andes. He was the first Minister of Environment of Colombia and General Manager of the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Environment (1990-1994).
Since 1996, he has been president of the National Environmental Forum, an alliance of eight non-governmental organizations aimed at following up public policies on sustainable development and the environment in Colombia. In 2016, he invited to ten organizations to create an NGO devoted to defend and support the Colombian natural national park system that it was just launched.
He is author or coauthor of twenty books and columnist of El Tiempo, the main national Colombian newspaper.


Riccardo Rifici

Technical Director at the Climate and Energy Department of the Ministry of the Environment. Head of the office for the National Action Plan on "Green Public procurement" (GPP)

Riccardo Rifici is expert in the field of environmental sustainability, environmental management systems and environmental certification. Technical Director at the Climate and Energy Department of the Ministry of the Environment. Head of the office for the National Action Plan on "Green Public procurement" (GPP). He is chairman the Italian Competent Body for EU Ecolabel. He is chairman Environment Committee of ACCREDIA (national accreditation body ) Member of the "GPP Advisory Group" and the "IPP / SCP Informal meeting" of the European Commission.


Arnold Tukker 

Full Professor of Industrial Ecology. Scientific director and head of the department of Industrial Ecology, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Leiden

Arnold Tukker is since 1 October 2013 the Professor of Industrial Ecology and Scientific director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University for 70% of his time. He retains a 30% position as senior researcher at TNO, a large Dutch not for profit research organisations. Arnold set up prominent EU projects in the field of sustainable product design (SusProNet) and sustainable consumption and production (SCORE!) and was core member of the 10 Million Euro Dutch Knowledge Network on Sustainable System Innovations. He currently co-ordinates a string of major programs of some 15 million Euro with some 20 key European research institutes in the field of resource-efficiency, a.o. constructing the world's most ambitious and detailed global energy/resource/economic input-output databases and models (EXIOBASE). He further set up with 6 partner universities an EU Marie Curie Innovative Training Network of 15 PhDs researching the circular economy (Circ€uit). He authored 6 books, over 70 refereed papers and 7 special issues on sustainability research. He has been engaged with work of the UN on the Green Economy Initiative, the Resources Panel, the Ten Year Framework of Programs on SustainableConsumption and Production, and Sustainable Development Goals. 


Serenella Sala 

Scientific officer - European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Bio-Economy Unit (D1)

Serenella Sala is a scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. At the JRC she is coordinating research activities on life cycle assessment (LCA), with specific focus on its application at meso and macro scale for supporting policies. She is an environmental scientist, holding a Phd in Ecology. Her research activities have been always focused on sustainability assessment of supply chains, adopting Life cycle assessment as reference methodology. With strong interdisciplinary approach, she developed methodologies and models for sustainable development, integrated environmental assessment, life cycle assessment, risk assessment for supporting eco-innovation of process and products as well as resource efficiency. Between 2001 and 2010, she was the coordinator of the Research Unit on Sustainable Development at the Department of Environmental Science at University of Milano Bicocca. She is a member of international boards and initiative on the development and harmonisation of life cycle impact assessment.