6th Annual
Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015

7-8 December 2015, Stade de France, Paris

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Thank you all for attending 6th annual Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15) at Stade de France

COP21 was just the beginning - Find out how nations have progressed on their COP21 commitments by attending the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2016, taking place on 15-16 November in Marrakech, Morocco – the largest business-focused event being held during COP22.  To find out more and to register, click here: http://www.cop22marrakech.org/

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You can also access post event report here and watch the highlights video here.

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Bolstering Success in Paris

The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15) was the largest business focused event held during the annual Conference of Parties (COP) last year on 7- 8 December at COP21 at Stade de France (Gate E) in Paris.


Building on year-round work from Climate Action and the UN Environment Programme, the 2 day Forum will convened cross-sector participants from business, Government, finance, UN, NGO and civil society to create an unparalleled opportunity to bolster business innovation and bring scale to the emerging green economy.  


SIF15 Highlights:


  • 750+ attendees - the largest number of global stakeholders at any commercially-inclusive side event at COP21
  • International attendance – decision makers from across the globe represented 43 countries
  • Over 80 world class speakers included country Ministers, industry CEOs and international thought-leaders
  • Interactive discussion panels were held throughout the event, allowing for in-depth debate via audience Q&A and polls
  • Workshops and co-located events took place to maximise content and networking opportunities throughout the two days

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  • Achim Steiner
    Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

    The United Nations General Assembly in 2006 unanimously elected Mr Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for a four-year term, and subsequently for a...
    • President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
      President of Iceland

      Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (born 14 May 1943) is the fifth President of Iceland, having served since 1996; he was unopposed in 2000, re-elected for a third term in 2004 re-elected unopposed for a...
      • Dr Ernest Moniz
        Secretary of Energy, USA

        As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy,...
        • Barbara Hendricks
          German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction, and Nuclear Safety

          Dr Barbara Hendricks has been the German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety since December 2013.
          • H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite
            Delegate Minister in Charge of Environment, Morocco and COP22 Host

            H.E. Dr Hakima El Haite is the current Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment of the Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment of Morocco and a member of the executive board of the...
            • Manuel Pulgar- Vidal
              Minister of Environment, Peru

              Manuel Pulgar – Vidal is a lawyer with 27 years of experience in the fields of environmental law and policy. In 2011 he was named Minister of State for Environment...
              • Nicola Sturgeon
                First Minister of Scotland, Scottish National Party

                Nicola studied law at the University of Glasgow where she graduated with LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice. Before entering the Scottish Parliament as a regional MSP for Glasgow in 1999...
                • President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa
                  Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; Former President of Mexico

                  Felipe Calderón was President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. During his presidency he prioritised the rule of law and public security, a competitive and job-creating economy, equal...
                  • Helen Clark
                    Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

                    Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organisation. She is also the Chair of the United Nations...
                    • Nik Gowing
                      International Broadcaster

                      Nik Gowing was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus...
                      • Hon Tim Groser
                        Minister for Climate Change Issues, Minister of Trade, New Zealand

                        In addition to his trade role, Minister Groser has been deeply involved in facilitating international climate change negotiations since 2010, having participated in his first Ministerial...
                        • Helena Molin Valdes
                          Head of the Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), UNEP

                          Helena Molin Valdés, is an experienced leader within the United Nations system and a long-time proponent of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaption, and disaster...
                          • RH Martin Haese
                            Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Australia

                            Martin was born and raised in Adelaide. He joined Adelaide City Council as Lord Mayor in 2014, with a background as a highly successful entrepreneur, retail consultant and tertiary...
                            • George Ferguson
                              Mayor of Bristol, European Green Capital 2015, United Kingdom

                              George Robin Paget Ferguson CBE, PPRIBA, RWA is a British politician, former architect, entrepreneur, and the first elected Mayor of Bristol.
                              • Sir David King
                                Permanent UK Special Envoy for Climate Change

                                Professor Sir David King was appointed as the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change (full-time) in September 2013. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief...
                                • Peter Schwarzenbauer
                                  Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG

                                  Mr. Schwarzenbauer has been a Member of the Board of Management at BMW AG since 2013, with previous positions including President and...
                                  • Dean A. Scarborough
                                    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Avery Dennison Corporation

                                    Dean A. Scarborough is chairman and chief executive officer of Avery Dennison Corporation.
                                    • Joan MacNaughton CB
                                      Executive Chair, World Energy Trilemma

                                      Joan is Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council, an annual assessment of the quality of 129 countries' energy policies...
                                      • Tom Steyer
                                        California Business leader, Philanthropist and Clean Energy Advocate

                                        Tom Steyer is a California business leader, philanthropist and clean energy advocate. Before retiring from the private sector, Tom founded and was the Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital...
                                        • Yancey Hai
                                          Chairman, Delta Electronics

                                          Mr Yancey Hai joined Delta Electronics in 1999 and became Vice Chairman and CEO in 2004.
                                          • Niels B. Christiansen
                                            Chief Executive Officer, Danfoss

                                            Niels B. Christiansen, has been a director of the Company since July 2008 and presently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.
                                            • Magnus Hall
                                              Chief Executive Officer, Vattenfall

                                              Mr Hall has been President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vattenfall since 1 October 2014
                                              • Hans Schulz
                                                Vice President, Private Sector and Structured & Corporate Finance, Inter-America Development Bank

                                                Hans Schulz is Vice President for the Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
                                                • Jonathan Taylor
                                                  Vice-President responsible for Environment and Climate Action, European Investment Bank (EIB)

                                                  Jonathan Taylor has been a Vice President of the European Investment Bank since January 2013. He is a member of the EIB’s Management Committee which draws up the Bank's financial and lending...
                                                  • Sean Kidney
                                                    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Climate bonds

                                                    Sean focuses on promoting investment priorities for climate and green bonds, how governments can take advantage of the green bonds market and the development of international...
                                                    • Mark Tercek
                                                      President and Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy

                                                      Mark Tercek is President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organisation known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people...
                                                      • Jane Burston
                                                        Head, Climate and Environment, UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

                                                        Jane worked as a consultant in the environmental sector for several years, including on climate change policy for Transport for London and the Mayor of London's office, and as an external...
                                                        • Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia
                                                          Executive Vice President of CAF, Development Bank of Latin America

                                                          Since 1996, Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia has been Executive Vice President of CAF, Development Bank of Latin America. Previously, he was Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund...
                                                          • Mindy S. Lubber
                                                            President, CERES

                                                            Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organisation.
                                                            • Aron Cramer
                                                              President and Chief Executive Officer, BSR

                                                              Aron is recognised globally as a preeminent authority on corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy by business, NGOs, and the public sector.
                                                              • Marie-José Nadeau
                                                                Chair, World Energy Council

                                                                Ms Nadeau is Chair of the World Energy Council since 2012. Based in London UK, this international organisation represents the entire energy spectrum and brings together more than 3000 member...
                                                                • Patrick Brown
                                                                  Chief Executive Officer, Impossible Foods

                                                                  Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., is founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, a Redwood City, California-based startup making meat and dairy products directly from plants.
                                                                  • Bea Perez
                                                                    Chief Sustainability Officer, Coca- Cola

                                                                    Bea leads a new global Office of Sustainability that’s responsible for creating and overseeing an integrated sustainability strategy and global partnerships that improve individual lives,...
                                                                    • Chief Oren Lyons
                                                                      Native American Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy

                                                                      Chief Oren Lyons was born to a traditional family and grew up on the Onondaga and Seneca reservations in upstate New York. Never forgetting the traditional ways of life his family taught him,...
                                                                      • Glenn Schmidt
                                                                        Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Americas, BMW Group, Transport Representative

                                                                        Glenn Schmidt is responsible for steering government affairs for the BMW Group and is based in Munich.
                                                                        • Ahmad Alhendawi
                                                                          The UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth

                                                                          Born in 1984 in Jordan, Mr Alhendawi holds a Master’s degree in Advanced European and International relations, a diploma as “Policy Officer in European and International Organisations”...
                                                                          • Eric Usher
                                                                            Officer in Charge, UNEP Finance Initiative

                                                                            Eric Usher brings over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning commercialisation of technology in Canada, an entrepreneurial venture in Morocco, and financial sector...
                                                                            • Miguel Albero
                                                                              Global Head, Origination Trade & Working Capital Solutions, Santander

                                                                              Currently Global Head of Origination of Trade & Working Capital Solutions, during the past 9 years Miguel Albero has been leading different positions on Santander Group combining Santander...
                                                                              • Carlo Lambro
                                                                                Brand President, New Holland Agriculture

                                                                                Mr Carlo Lambro has been the Brand President of New Holland Agricultural Equipment since September 2013 and Member of The Group Executive Council at CNH Industrial.
                                                                                • Jake Layes
                                                                                  Director, Global Cleantech & Entrepreneur Impact, Autodesk

                                                                                  Jake Layes is Global Lead for Cleantech & Entrepreneur Impact and Head of Sustainability and Cleantech for AsiaPacific at Autodesk. He is responsible for sustainability programs and initiatives...
                                                                                  • Morten Dyrholm
                                                                                    Global Vice President for Public Affairs, Vestas

                                                                                    Morten Dyrholm is the Global Vice President for Public Affairs at Vestas Wind Energy; He has been with Vestas for the last eight years and is an expert in wind energy policies and regulations....
                                                                                    • Hordur Arnarson
                                                                                      Chief Executive Officer, Landsvirkjun

                                                                                      Hordur Arnarson completed his electrical engineering studies at the University of Iceland in 1986 and went on to obtain a doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark, in Copenhagen four...
                                                                                      • Michel Madelain
                                                                                        President and COO, Moody's Investors Service

                                                                                        Mr Madelain has served as President of Moody’s Investors Service Inc. since November 2010 and as Chief Operating Officer since May 2008.
                                                                                        • Anita Krohn Traaseth
                                                                                          Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Norway

                                                                                          Anita Krohn Traaseth is the CEO of Innovation Norway. Prior she was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard Norway. She started her career at IBM and has held several executive positions, including CEO of...
                                                                                          • Anthony Hobley
                                                                                            Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Tracker Initiative

                                                                                            Anthony has been Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon Tracker Initiative since February 2014. Previously he was a partner at and Global Head of the Sustainability & Climate Finance Practice at...
                                                                                            • Philippe Joubert
                                                                                              Chair, Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group

                                                                                              Philippe Joubert started his career in 1976 as Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Between 1977 and 1982, he held various positions in Brazilian bank BFB, part of...
                                                                                              • Wayne Sharpe
                                                                                                Chairman and Founder, Carbon Trade Exchange

                                                                                                Wayne founded the exchange in 2007, designing the technology and infrastructure of the innovative platform, as the first global exchange based on Microsoft Azure cloud technology.
                                                                                                • Ingrid Bonde
                                                                                                  Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Vattenfall

                                                                                                  Ingrid has been the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer since 14 May 2012.
                                                                                                  • Vinod Kesava
                                                                                                    Co-Founder and CEO, Climate Resources Exchange

                                                                                                    Vinod and his team created the world’s first exchange to trade emission reduction certificates in 2003 through a global online platform for corporations.
                                                                                                    • Ida Auken
                                                                                                      Former Environment Minister, Denmark and Environmental Rapporteur

                                                                                                      Ida Auken has served as a member of the Danish Parliament since 2007. She served as Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014. As a minister of environment she started the development of...
                                                                                                      • Cherie Nursalim
                                                                                                        Vice Chairman, Giti Group

                                                                                                        Cherie Nursalim is the chair of Three on the Bund and the executive director of GITI Group. Cherie Nursalim earlier worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School and was...
                                                                                                        • Tessa Tennant
                                                                                                          Chair, Our Voices

                                                                                                          Tessa has worked in the corporate and the not-for-profit worlds for many years. Among other things, she co-founded The Jupiter Ecology Fund, UK-Social Investment Forum, CDP.net, ASrIA and The...
                                                                                                          • Terri Wills
                                                                                                            Chief Executive Officer, WGBC

                                                                                                            Terri Wills is the CEO of the World Green Building Council, an organisation uniting 100 Green Building Councils that green building through market transformation.
                                                                                                            • Benoit Battistelli
                                                                                                              President, European Patent Office (EPO)

                                                                                                              Benoît Battistelli graduated from the École Nationale d'Administration (ÉNA, English: National School of Administration) in 1978.
                                                                                                              • Carl Pendragon
                                                                                                                Co-Founder of Carbon Wealth

                                                                                                                Inventor, philosopher and entrepreneur, with 25 years’ experience in energy markets. During the 1990s, Mr Pendragon disrupted electricity markets where competition was slow to take hold after...
                                                                                                                • Mamadou-Abou Sarr
                                                                                                                  Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investing, Asset Management, Northern Trust

                                                                                                                  Mamadou-Abou Sarr is the Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing at Northern Trust Asset Management where he is responsible for ESG innovation and product...
                                                                                                                  • Andrew Steer
                                                                                                                    President and Chief Executive Officer, World Resources Institute

                                                                                                                    Dr Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organisation that works in more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India,...
                                                                                                                    • Paolo Falcioni
                                                                                                                      Director General, CECED

                                                                                                                      Paolo Falcioni is CECED's Director General. He has over fourteen years of experience working within the household appliance industry sector.
                                                                                                                      • Horace Luke
                                                                                                                        Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gogoro

                                                                                                                        Horace Luke is a co-founder and chief executive officer of Gogoro, where he has overseen product development and corporate strategy from the outset. Previously, Horace served as chief...
                                                                                                                        • Monika Zimmermann
                                                                                                                          Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI

                                                                                                                          Monika's vision as Deputy Secretary General is to enrich all ICLEI agendas through global projects and global city cooperation networks, further improve the consistency, methodology and...
                                                                                                                          • Skye Lawrence
                                                                                                                            Director, Cool Effect

                                                                                                                            Skye Lawrence’s passion for enhancing the well-being of individuals and the environment can be traced back to a volunteer mission in Honduras in 1998, following the decimating effects of...
                                                                                                                            • Bertrand Piccard
                                                                                                                              Initiator, Chairman and Pilot, Solar Impulse

                                                                                                                              Born into a dynasty of explorers and scientists who have conquered the heights and depths of our planet, Bertrand Piccard made the first ever non-stop round-the-world balloon flight.
                                                                                                                              • Teresa C. Fogelberg
                                                                                                                                Deputy Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

                                                                                                                                Teresa C. Fogelberg is Deputy Chief Executive at the Global Reporting Initiative. The GRI (www.globalreporting.org) produces the world’s most prevalent standards for sustainability reporting...
                                                                                                                                • Estefania Tapias
                                                                                                                                  President, Climate KIC Alumni Network

                                                                                                                                  Estefania is a PhD candidate and a teaching assistant at the Chair of Information Architecture, ETH Zurich.
                                                                                                                                  • Pirjo Jantunen
                                                                                                                                    Chair, World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders

                                                                                                                                    Ms Pirjo Jantunen is the Chair of World Energy Council's Future Energy Leaders, an international network of 100 exceptional individuals from across the globe who represent the different players...
                                                                                                                                    • Ebrahim Mohamed
                                                                                                                                      Director of Education, Climate-KIC

                                                                                                                                      Ebrahim is currently Director of Education at Climate-KIC. He is a specialist educator in the field of entrepreneurship education and helps spearhead Climate-KIC’s reputation in technology...
                                                                                                                                      • Olivier Dubois
                                                                                                                                        Leader, Energy Programme Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

                                                                                                                                        Olivier Dubois (olivier.dubois@fao.org) is Senior Natural Resources Officer and Coordinator of the Energy Programme of FAO. An Agronomist, Land Use and Natural Resource Management Specialist,...
                                                                                                                                        • Niall Dunne
                                                                                                                                          Chief Sustainability Officer, BT

                                                                                                                                          Niall works with BT’s Chief Executive, Chairman and executive management team to bring the company’s purpose, to use the power of communications to make a better world, to life. Niall is a...
                                                                                                                                          • Manuel Heitor
                                                                                                                                            Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal

                                                                                                                                            Manuel Heitor is Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education in...
                                                                                                                                            • Dexter Galvin
                                                                                                                                              Head of CDP's Supply Chain Program

                                                                                                                                              Dexter runs CDP’s program to enable major multinationals and governments to achieve sustainable supply chains, influencing over $2 trillion in annual procurement spend. Dexter's supply chain...
                                                                                                                                              • David Nussbaum
                                                                                                                                                Chief Executive Officer, WWF UK

                                                                                                                                                David Nussbaum is the Chief Executive of WWF in the UK, the world’s largest conservation and environmental network, and chairs WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative. In a personal...
                                                                                                                                                • Andre Borschberg
                                                                                                                                                  Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Pilot, Solar Impulse

                                                                                                                                                  André Borschberg is a Swiss businessman and pilot. He is a co-founder of the Solar Impulse project and, on 7 July 2010, completed the first 24-hour solar powered flight.
                                                                                                                                                  • Jose Pablo Maauad Ponton
                                                                                                                                                    Secretary of Economic Development of the Government of the State of Hidalgo

                                                                                                                                                    Jose Pablo Maauad Ponton, was born on January 16, 1977 in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. He is married with Federica Rodriguez Valdez and has 3 daughters.
                                                                                                                                                    Who Should Attend?

                                                                                                                                                    Who should attend the Forum?

                                                                                                                                                    • Government/world leaders
                                                                                                                                                    • CEOs and senior executives of corporate businesses
                                                                                                                                                    • National, regional and city leaders
                                                                                                                                                    • Financiers and investors
                                                                                                                                                    • Associations, alliances and industry experts

                                                                                                                                                    See 2014 Event Highlights here

                                                                                                                                                    Join us

                                                                                                                                                    Achim Steiner, Under Secretary General of the United Nations and UNEP Executive Director is inviting you to join us at the SIF15 this December, watch video now.

                                                                                                                                                    Where and when?


                                                                                                                                                    7- 8 December 2015


                                                                                                                                                    Stade de France, Gate E

                                                                                                                                                    (at the Le Bourget area of Paris, no accreditation is needed)


                                                                                                                                                    Networking Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                    • Connect with leaders in business, government, finance& NGOs to catalyse innovation
                                                                                                                                                    • Start making connections in the conference hall with more interactive panels than ever
                                                                                                                                                    • Exchange ideas during structured networking breaks, workshops and focus groups
                                                                                                                                                    • Learning, cultural and business aspects to maximise interactivity with participants

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                                                                                                                                                    Side event

                                                                                                                                                    Sustainable Innovation in Sport - 7 December 

                                                                                                                                                    Organised by Climate Action, in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with haute patronage of the French Sports Ministry and in association with the Green Sports Alliance, this meeting will convene 100+ leaders from Government, UN, sports leagues, clubs and governing bodies and corporate sustainability leaders. 

                                                                                                                                                    This half day meeting held alongside the Sustinable Innovation Forum will highlight the opportunities that enhancing sustainability in sports can offer to the wider climate change effort, amplify and bring awareness to current initiatives that are changing the face of the international sports and sustainability space, as well as focus on new policy and technologies that can be significant game changers.

                                                                                                                                                    Click here for more information

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