Global Opening presenters

Presenters at WCEF+Climate include representatives from governments all over the world, different United Nations organisations, CEOs of global corporates and innovative start-ups and experts from the public domain. Please find below the presenters at the Global Opening of WCEF+Climate.

Curious about who else is speaking? You can find all WCEF+Climate presenters and their biographies on the event platform.

Stientje van Veldhoven

Stientje van Veldhoven

Minister for the Environment, the Netherlands

Before being appointed Minister for the Environment in October 2017, Ms Stientje van Veldhoven held positions in the European Parliament, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU and the EC. In June 2010 she became a member of the Dutch House of Representatives. She is Board Member of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy.

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

President of The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Jyrki Katainen’s career has focused on analysing societal change, finding solutions and decision-making. Prior to being appointed as the President of Sitra, Mr Katainen was the European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. Prior to the Commission, he was Finland’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans,

Executive Vice President, European Commission

In 2014, Frans Timmermans became Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for a.o. better regulation, interinstitutional relations and sustainable development. Since 2019, he is the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Green Deal.

Carolina Schmidt

Carolina Schmidt

Minister of the Environment, Chile

Carolina Schmidt has served as Chile’s Minister of Environment since 2018. She has created a circular economy office, led the development of a National Circular Economy Roadmap, as well as laws and regulations to tackle plastics and food waste. As COP25 President, she has promoted the inclusion of CE in NDCs, following Chile’s updated commitments. Before, Mrs. Schmidt served as Minister for Women and Gender Equity (2010-13) and Education (2013-14), and as director and CEO of various companies.

Keriako Tobiko

Keriako Tobiko

Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya

Keriako Tobiko is the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry since 2018. Previously, Mr Tobiko was the Director of Public Prosecutions, the first holder of the office under the Constitution of Kenya 2010 having been first appointed in 2005. He was re-designated as the Chief Public Prosecutor in 2010 and appointed to head the independent constitutional office in 2011. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and formerly a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

Joost de Kluijver

Joost de Kluijver

Chief Executive Officer of Closing the Loop

Joost won the Dutch Circular Award in 2018. His company, Closing the Loop, developed waste-compensation, a service known for its pragmatic approach towards circularity, for its ‘e-waste’ reduction results in emerging markets, and for its collaboration with leading tech brands on ‘waste-neutral’ electronics.

Inger Andersen

Inger Andersen

Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Inger Andersen is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. Ms Andersen has more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability, strategy and operations.

Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

Achim Steiner is UNDP Administrator and Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group. Mr Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation. Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. Mr Steiner has served across the UN system, including leading UNEP (2006-16). Mr Steiner previously held other notable positions including serving as DG of IUCN.

Ovais Sarmad

Ovais Sarmad

Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Mr. Ovais Sarmad was appointed as Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC in 2017. Mr. Sarmad has nearly 27 years of experience with International Organization for Migration (IOM), where he worked in several policy and management areas to strengthen the IOM’s operational effectiveness. He was instrumental in the establishment of the organization’s Ethics and Conduct Office and was a key team member negotiating the agreement which brought the IOM into the United Nations System.