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

Professor of Commodity Science, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

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).


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.

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. 

Giulia Giuffrè 

Marketing Director of Irritec S.p.A. 

Giulia Giuffrè is responsible for the Marketing of the Irritec, a worldwide Company leader in irrigation systems and selected in the 2018 as an example of excellence in the Italian circular economy. She studied economics at the Bocconi University in Milan, specializing in Strategy and Management. After several working experiences in commercial and marketing, since 2010 she has been working in Irritec, the business of her family, founded in Sicily in 1974. Always attentive to the protection of the environment, She promotes drip irrigation in the world, the irrigation system that guarantees the optimization of the water resource, avoiding waste in full respect of the crops and the ecosystem. In 2018, she was a speaker at the XVIII Infopoverty World Conference, focused yearly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on innovative solutions and best practices to empower the fight against poverty and for the achievement of the SDGs. Passionate about communication in all its meanings, Giulia Giuffrè has always loved photography and acting. As a theater actress for pleasure, she also played minor roles in several film productions.

Matteo Bertelé

Co-founder and CFO of gr3n.

Matteo Bertelé got his Master in aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano and MsC in Quantitative Finance and Risk Management at Bocconi University - Milan, Italy. 

During his career he has been employed in the Department of Equity Capital Market of primary investment banks, both Italian and Global and has held different positions in major multinational corporates in the Departments of Investor Relations, Strategic Planning and Corporate Finance. In 2017, he decided to fully dedicate to gr3n, leveraging on his knowledge acquired in investment banks and multinational corporates to optimally define the business strategy and plan of the company, to best enable its technology to be accepted in the market of plastic recycling, enabling the full circularity of PET packaging and polyester textile.


Pietro Navarra

Professor of Public Sector Economics, Università degli Studi di Messina, Italia

Pietro Navarra is Professor of Public Sector Economics at the Università degli Studi di Messina (Italy) and member of the Italian National Parliament. He was Rector of the University of Messina (2013-17) and served as member of the Commissione per la Garanzia della Qualità dell'Informazione Statistica at the Office of the Italian Prime Minister (2014-15). He obtained his B.A in Law (Università di Messina, Italy), the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. in Economics (University of Buckingham, UK) and the M.Sc. by Research in Health Economics (University of York, UK).  Prof. Navarra has been Fulbright Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, US) and Visiting Scholar in several academic and research institutions with both research and teaching duties: Columbia University (New York, US), University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, US), Fudan University (Shanghai, China), King's College (London, UK), University of California (Irvine, US), George Mason University (Washington D.C., US), Institute for Advanced Studies (Berlin, Germany), Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, US), University of Reading (Reading, UK), Australian National University (Canberra, Australia).  Prof. Navarra research interests have been mainly focused on the working of political institutions and their effects on the functioning of economic systems. His work appeared in several scientific journals including Journal of International Business Studies, European Journal of Political Economy, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Public Choice, Global Strategy Journal, Economics Letters, Economics of Governance, International Business Review, Applied Economics, Journal of Innovation Production Management, Management International Review.

He was recently elected as member of the Italian Parliament.


Claudia Strasserra  

Bureau Veritas Italia - Certification Division  - Sustainability Sector Manager  

Claudia Strasserra graduated in Political Science and attended a Master in European studies at the European College of Parma. She started her career in 1992 in UNI - the Italian Standardization Body, focusing on studies related to the standardization and certification schemes. She joined Bureau Veritas in 2009,  in charge of the development of Social Responsibility services, acting as Lead Auditor and Lead Tutor SA8000 and Lead Auditor for the Assurance of Sustainability Reports. In 2016 she has been appointed Manager of the Sustainability Sector, covering issues related to Climate Change, Energy, Workers' Rights, Community development. She is project manager in international projects of supply chain management. She takes part in Sodalitas working groups and represents Sodalitas in ASVIS, working group on Goal 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Project leader of the  UNI working group that has worked out the publication "Prassi di riferimento UNI 18:2016 - Guidance to the application of ISO 26000".