Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure
Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Camille Gira was appointed Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”).
Camille Gira was an alderman for the municipality of Beckerich from 1982 to 1990. In 1990, he assumed the role of mayor, an office he held until his appointment to the government in December 2013.
A member of the Green Party since 1993, Camille Gira was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1994 while standing for the Green Party in the constituency of the North. He was re-elected in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2013. In Parliament, Camille Gira assumed among others the roles of chairman of the Accounts Committee from 1999 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2009, vice-chairman of the Committee for the Environment from 2000 to 2009, chairman of the Committee on Petitions from 2004 to 2013 as well as vice-chairman of the Committee for Sustainable Development (Environment and Regional Planning areas) from 2009 to 2013.
From 2010 to 2013, Camille Gira chaired the intercommunal syndicate De Réidener Kanton.
Professor of Strategy and General Management, IMD
Thomas Malnight is Professor of Strategy and General Management at IMD. His fields of interest are strategy, global trends, and accelerating organizational change.
Professor Malnight works extensively with top leadership teams in challenging how they view their changing competitive landscape, how they shape their future and strategies for moving forward, how they engage and align priorities and actions across their organizations, and how they work together as a focused high performing leadership team.
Professor Malnight is leading an IMD research initiative focused on « Competing in the Connected Future, » involving interviewing more that 150 CEOs from leading companies around the world. He is currently writing a book focused on what actions leaders must take today for preparing their organizations and themselves for the future.
Professor Malnight is the co-author of Global Trends 2012, an annual report focused on helping leaders move from translating data on major global trends to implications and actions in their organizations today. He is also the co-author of two earlier books, « Must Win Battles: How to Win Them, Again and Again » and « Accelerating International Growth. » He has written for the McKinsey Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Academy of Management Journal. He has also authored more than 30 case studies on various aspects of global strategy and organization.
Prior to joining IMD, Professor Thomas Malnight was on the faculty of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1999. He has attended graduate studies at Harvard Business School, Boston, MA where he obtained a Doctorate of Business Administration and wrote a dissertation on « Managing the Globalization Process: An Exploratory Study ». He obtained an MBA from The Wharton School in 1979 and a BA from Northwestern University in 1977. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked for 10 years at Mitsubishi International Corporation, including two years working in Japan.
Thomas Malnight consults extensively with selected companies. He is also the co-founder and Director of www.GlobalTrends.com.
Sustainability Senior Vice-President, Schneider Electric
Steve leads Aviva Investors’ Global Responsible Investment team. This team is responsible for integrating environmental social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across all asset classes and regions of the c£250bn of assets under management. Steve founded the Sustainable Stock Exchange initiative as well as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition, which is aiming to catalyse a UN Convention promoting enhanced corporate transparency and integrated reporting. His work became a case study in the Harvard Business School MBA in 2012.
Steve received the Leadership in Sustainability award from the Corporation of London in 2013, and he became an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council. He was a member of the UK Government delegation to the UN Rio+20 meeting in 2012, and a member of the European Commission’s expert groups on corporate governance and corporate responsibility. In 2011 he received the Yale Rising Star in Corporate Governance Award, and he was among the Financial News Top 100 Rising Stars in 2009.
Steve was on the board of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance association (UKSIF) from 2003 to 2010, serving as its Chairman from 2006. He was also part of the expert group that wrote the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
Steve is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst institute, has a degree in Economics and a PhD in sustainable finance. He is a faculty member at the International Corporate Governance Network as well as the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
Minister for the Environment
Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Carole Dieschbourg joined the government as Minister for the Environment on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”).
Other political posts
At local level, Carole Dieschbourg served as a municipal councillor in Echternach from 2011 to 2013, an office she held until her appointment to the government.
Within the programme “Leader+ Müllerthal”, Carole Dieschbourg was the project coordinator for “Moulins – inventaire, excursion et sentier régional” (“Mills – inventory, excursion and regional trail”) and “Millebuch” (“Book on mills”) from 2005 to 2006.
In 2007, she published the book Die Mühlen des Müllerthals.
Carole Dieschbourg is a board member of Moulin J.P. Dieschbourg, the family mill business established in 1897.
Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability, Volkswagen Group
Since 2006 Gerhard Prätorius is in charge of CSR and Sustainability at the Volkswagen Group. He joined Volkswagen in 1992 as manager for environment and worked for the Volkswagen Group as a managing director for regional development agencies, which dealt with technology transfer, especially in the fields of new transportation systems and environmental technologies.
Gerhard Prätorius graduated in Economics, Political Science, and German Literature.
Additionally Prätorius works as a lecturer transportation policy and sustainable mobility and he was appointed as a honorary professor at the Technical University Braunschweig. He published numerous articles in the field of sustainability and mobility.
Prätorius is a member of the board of econsense – Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V. – and of CSR Europe, currently he is also a member of the Advisory Group Supply Chain Sustainability of the Global Compact.
Co-Founder and Director of The Green Economics Institute
Miriam Kennet is the Co-Founder and is CEO of the Green Economics Institute. She also founded and edits the first Green Economics academic journal in the world, the International Journal of Green Economics, and she has been credited with creating the academic discipline of Green Economics. Green Economics has been recently described by the Bank of England as one of the most vibrant and healthy areas of economics at the moment.
Having researched at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes, South Bank University and Keele University, she is a member of Mansfield College, Oxford University and the Environmental Change Institute. She has taught, lectured and spoken at Universities and events all over Europe, from Alicante to Oxford and Bolzano, and to government officials from Montenegro and Kosovo to The UK Cabinet Office, Transport Department, National Government School and Treasury and spoken in Parliaments from Scotland to Austria and The French Senat and Estonia.
She was named one of 100 most powerful unseen global women by the Charity One World action for her global work on increasing women’s economics power!
Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Orange Group
Marc Fossier is the Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for the France Telecom”“Orange Group. He was appointed to this newly created executive position on March 2nd, 2009.
Previously, Marc Fossier has worked over 20 years for France Telecom and has held various positions.
He joined France Telecom in 1988 as Head of the Industry Division at the Directorate of Industrial Procurement and International Affairs of France Telecom and later became Chief of staff of the Chairman and General Manager of France Telecom and Director of the Public Payphone-Card Division. In September 2000, he was appointed at the Executive Committee as Group Executive Vice President Consumer Wireline Services and Group Vice President Public Affairs. Since 2005, he was the Chief Technology Officer for the Group, in charge of technological strategy, standardization and innovation processes.
After starting his carreer in Industrial Engineering in the USA and in Microelectronics R&D, Marc Fossier served for the French Administration in charge of Industrial Development, and he became Special Advisor to the French Minister for Education, Research and Technology, from 1986 to 1988.
Born in 1956, he’s a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, he’s « Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite ».
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Nokia Corporation
Kirsi Sormunen, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at Nokia Corporation has held several senior roles in F & C, Treasury, Investor Relations and Sustainability in the company since 1982.
She was responsible for the company´s global environmental and sustainability activities from 2004 to 2012, during which period Nokia has continuously been ranked as a leading company in sustainability in several global indices, including DJSI, CDP and Newsweek ranking of the World´s Greenest Companies. Now as Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, she is heading a major CSR program related to Nokia transition.
She is currently also Board of Directors Member of Talvivaara Mining Company plc and a Chairman if the Sustainability Committee, a member of the “Sustainable Economy” forum of the Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA , as well as a member of the Advisory Group of Tekes Green Growth Program.
Kirsi Sormunen has participated international collaboration related to sustainable business and economy in several industry forums, including World Business Council of Sustainable Development, Global Compact, Digital Europe, ERT, SPREAD Project on Sustainable Lifestyles, Sustainability50 and Confederation of Finnish Industries.
Director of Sustainability and QSE, Bouygues Group
Fabrice is responsible of the coordination and spreading of the sustainable development policy in relation to the Crafts Bouygues Group. He is also responsible for several cross-functional projects relating to the development of economic models , responsible purchasing , strategic energy / carbon and eco- design, extra-financial reporting and annual report …
He was the former Director of Quality, Safety and Environment (QSE ) of Saur Group, and was responsible for the definition and spreading of elements for the QSE to the subsidiaries of the Group in France and abroad.
Fabrice Bonnifet is also :
Chairman of AFNOR http://www.afnor.org/
Chairman of the association The Shift Project (climate energy) http://theshiftproject.org/
Vice President of the College of Directors of Sustainable Development (C3D ) http://www.cddd.fr/
Chairman of the Construction Commission of AFNOR Certification
Director of Sustainable Development, L'Oréal Group
Francis Quinn got his Ph. D. in Physics from Trinity College Dublin, and joined L’Oréal in 1996 where his main areas of research were biomimetic materials and composite polymers. Dr. Quinn has contributed to 4 books in his specialty topics, published more 20 scientific articles and has filed more than 30 patents. After having worked on the integration of The Body Shop into L’Oréal, and on risk management on environmental questions, in 2009 he was nominated Director of Sustainable Development for the Group.