* * * Please note that this is a preliminary programme subject to further updates.


These sessions offer a space for debate, exchange of ideas, or are source of information.



Venue: FEUP | Grand Auditorium


08h15 – 08h45 | Check-in of Participants


08h45 – 08h55 | Welcome Speech by DEAN of FEUP

João Falcão e Cunha
João Falcão e Cunha is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) of the University of Porto (U.PORTO). He holds a PhD in Computing Science from Imperial College London (1989), a MSc in Operations Research from Cranfield University (1984) and a first degree in Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering of the University of Porto (1983). He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE – Computer Society. He has been involved with theoretical and experimental work in Software Engineering and Information Systems for the past 20 years. His research interests include decision support systems, graphical user interfaces, object-oriented modelling and service engineering and management. He was the coordinator at FEUP for the integrated master programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, and the master programme in Service Engineering and Management. He was a member of the Executive Committee of ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, and the Academic Director of the IBM Center for Advanced Studies in Portugal (IBM CAS Portugal). He is currently the Dean of FEUP.


08h55 – 09h10 Speech by the representative of BONDALTI (Premium Sponsor of the event)

João Fugas
João Fugas is a member of the Board of Directors of Bondalti and Chairman of the Aveiro Port Community, as well as a National Defense Auditor for the National Defense Institute. With over 35 years of professional experience in several industries, before joining Bondalti João Fugas was a Director at Efacec SGPS and a member of the Boards of Directors of several Sonae Group industrial and service companies. His experience also features significant past responsibilities in chemical sector associations, such as the Chairman of APEQ, the management of CIP – Confederação Empresarial de Portugal (Portuguese Business Confederation), as well as member of the Board of Directors of CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council). João Fugas holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto. In addition, João Fugas has completed several management training programs, including the Leadership Program for Top Managers at the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland and the Senior Business Management Program at the AESE Business School.


09h10 – 09h40 | The European Vision towards a Circular Economy          

Paulo Lemos
European Commission – DG ENV
Mr Paulo Da Silva Lemos has a degree in law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon. From March 2017 until present, Mr Lemos is the Policy Officer at Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) B1, working on the Plastic Strategy and Ecodesign. In 2016 Mr Lemos was an advisor to the President of the “Comissão de Coordenação Regional de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo” and published a study on the potential of the circular economy for the Lisbon region. During the years 2013- 2015 Mr Lemos held the office of Secretary of State of Environment and Land Management. In 2012, Mr Lemos was the Deputy General Director of the Portuguese Environmental Agency, and served as a member of the Ecoap – eco-innovation High Level Group, as well as a member of the Management Board of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). Between 2005 and 2011, Mr Paulo Da Silva Lemos was an Environmental and Climate attaché to the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU under which he chaired the Working party of environment during the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2007. Mr Lemos has a long career in the environmental area being one of the founders of the Portuguese NGO “Grupo de Estudos do Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente”, being the Secretary General of the European Year of the Environment (1987) in Portugal and he also participated in the preparation of the Portuguese presidency of the EU in 1992 and in the UN Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development (Eco 92) in Rio de Janeiro.


09h40 – 10h10 | Designing the Next Generation of Corporate Accelerators for the New Open Circular Economy         

Cristobal Garcia-Herrera
Imperial College London
Cristobal Garcia is a PhD Researcher at Imperial College London and a Visiting Scholar at Delft University of Technology. He is also an Assistant Professor of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the School of Design and Business School at Catholic University of Chile. Cristobal is also Affiliated Faculty at the Columbia’s Center on Organizational Innovation and Member of the Executive Board of InnovaCien: The networked schools of the future. His industry expertise and interests span from the Technology, Media Education and Entertainment to the Retail and Financial Services sectors. He focuses on management advisory solutions, both to existing organizations undergoing transformational change, and new emerging ventures. His experience ranges from workplace solutions, program and change management to workforce assessment, organizational design and network analysis.


10h10 – 10h40 | Circular Design: Rethinking Product Design                

Levi Girardi
Co-founder and managing director of Questtonó, a design studio based in São Paulo and New York. He is a graduate in design from the University Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo. Levi works with a multi-disciplinary team in the fields of transport, electronics, the healthcare sector, consumer goods as well as cosmetics and beverages on the development of innovative design projects. He has received more than 130 national and international design awards and has acted as a judge in different design competitions.



10h40 – 11h10 | Circular Cities: from Waste to Resource

Tatiana Faria de Araújo
Institutional Project Advisor at the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development, BCSD-Brazil (CEBDS) since 2016, coordinating projects in the following themes: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Cities, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Integrated Reporting, Sustainability Reporting and Leaders Council. Previously, she was Senior Consultant at Deloitte, where she coordinated an audit team on projects in management area (Safety, Environment and Health), ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007. She also worked at Bureau Veritas in environmental auditing and environmental management system (ISO 14001:2004). Tatiana is biologist by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), with Master’s Degree in Ecology at the same university.


Coffee break @ BIN Lounge


11h30 – 12h00 | Connectivity, Creativity and Circularity       

Beatriz Luz
After graduation, Beatriz Luz has lived more than 10 years in the UK. She has worked on different government funded programmes influencing public policy and providing sustainability advice to companies of all sizes and sectors. In 2010 she returned to Brazil as a result of the 1st UK – Brazil knowledge transfer programme for industrial symbiosis in Minas Gerais in partnership with FIEMG. Back in Brazil, she was invited to join the Odebrecht Group where she stayed for 5 years creating new areas and implementing innovative sustainability practices. She has structured the Sustainability Vision for Odebrecht Environmental, participated on the Odebrecht Group Sustainability Committee and developed the Life Cycle Analysis area and strategy for Braskem contributing to refine the sustainability message for plastics. As part of this work she has created the Brazilian Business Network for LCA (Rede Empresarial Brasileira de ACV), was the co-author of the 1st global LCA Executive Guide published by the ICCA in 2013 and has conducted one of the first and most comprehensive LCA Study on biopolymers: The LCA for Braskem’s green PE. Lately, responsible for global client sustainability support within Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals Division she has become a pioneer when introducing the connection between circular economy and bioeconomy highlighting the opportunities for the Brazilian Chemical Industry.


12h00 – 12h30 | European Urban Agenda for Circular Economy: Porto Roadmap 2030

Daniel Freitas
Porto City Council
Daniel Freitas is Deputy to the Porto’s Vice-Mayor and City Councillor for Innovation and Environment and has a close and direct involvement in the subjects of innovation, environment, information systems and services to the citizen. He has a Master’s degree in Informatics and Computing Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). During his academic career, he held several positions in higher education, namely as President of Porto Academic Federation (FAP), President of FEUP Student’s Association, member of General Council of the University of Porto, member of the Coordinating Council of Higher Education, member of the Municipal Youth Council and the Municipal Education Council of Porto.


12h30 – 13h00 | Circular Economy into Praxis

Hanne Juel
Central Denmark Region
Hanne Juel is a strategic developer at Central Denmark Region. She is a pioneer in developing circular economy including adaptation to climate changes and bio economy. Hanne Juel is head of the region’s collaboration with the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Her working methods include mobilization and empowerment of networks and the development of the business models of tomorrow. Her latest work is addressing the built environment and how to make value chain cooperation enhancing the circular way, valuable for all stakeholders.



Informal Lunch @ BIN Lounge


14h00 – 14h30 | New Business Models for Circular Economy

Lígia Pinto
University of Minho
Lígia Pinto has a PhD degree in Economic Sciences from the University of South Carolina (United States of America). She is Associate Professor with aggregation to the Department of Economics of the University of Minho, she is also integrated researcher at the NIPE, the Centre for Research in Economics and Management (“Núcleo de Investigação em Políticas Económicas e Empresariais”) of the University of Minho where she has carried out research on the areas of environmental economics (environmental valuation), circular economy as well as behavioural and experimental economics. Ms Pinto’s research results have been published in the articles of international scientific journals, in chapters of topical scientific books as well as under the frameworks of international conferences. At present Lígia Pinto is the Director of the Department of Economics and a member of the Board of Directors of APESB, the Portuguese Association for Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (“Associação Portuguesa de Engenharia Sanitária e Ambiental”).


14h30 – 15h00 | ENRICH – Open Innovation through a network-based initiative gathering Europe, Brazil, China and USA

Sara Medina 
SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação
Dr. Sara Medina is a Member of the Board of SPI – an international consulting group with offices located in Europe (Portugal and Spain), North America (USA) and Asia (Beijing and Macao) – and SPI Ventures. Dr. Medina contributes to the overall management of SPI and is responsible for managing SPI’s activities and services in China since 2004 as well as in the Southeast Asian market. Sara Medina has a Bachelor’s degree in Food Engineering from the College of Biotechnology in Portugal, a European Masters degree in Food Studies from 5 major European Universities and a Ph.D. degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, USA.  In addition, Dr. Medina is also a member of the International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN) appointed by the European Commission and  is an expert evaluator for Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument. Currently, Dr. Sara Medina is involved in the coordination of a project in China promoted by the European Commission through Horizon 2020, which resulted in the creation of ENRICH in China – a global network of centres and hubs that promotes the internationalisation of European science, technology and innovation.


15h00 – 15h30 | Industry 4.0 as an Enabler of the Circular Economy

Cláudia Coelho
PwC Portugal
Cláudia Coelho is currently a Director of the Assurance – Sustainable Business Services line of PwC Portugal. As to her education, she has a degree in Environmental Engineering from IST, a postgraduate degree in Environmental Management Systems and AESE’s Business Management Program. She has professional experience in the industry and as a consultant in the environmental and sustainability areas and has coordinated several sustainability projects in the strategic areas, involvement with Stakeholders, reporting and assurance of sustainability information, circular economy and climate change, among others.



15h30 – 16h15 | Reduce & Reuse: Industry Examples


16h15 – 16h45 | Circularity – Building Favourable Context for a New Playing Field 

Glenn Cezanne
Time & Place Consulting
Glenn Cezanne – founder and Managing Director of Time & Place Consulting – with experience in the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, carrying out the full spectrum of Public Affairs activities at a prominent consultancy for a variety of high-level clients, representing Lottomatica Group (now IGT) in Brussels, as well as having been Executive Director of the European Casino Association, Glenn specialises in the development of communication strategies and their implementation at EU and Member State level. This includes creating added value for projects, products and services by influencing public perception and political decision-making. Apart from being fluent in English, German, Romanian and French, he also speaks Dutch and Italian.