Schedule & speakers
CEO & CO-FOUNDER OF PLASTIC POLLUTION COALITION
Plastic pollution & mobilization
Dianna Cohen is co-founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) and a passionate advocate against plastic pollution. PPC is a growing global alliance of nearly 700 organizations, businesses, and notable thought leaders working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, and the environment. A Los Angeles based visual artist, Dianna has shown her work internationally at galleries, foundations, and museums. She uses plastic in her artwork to make a visual and social impact. With plastic bags as her primary material for the past 27 years, Cohen is interested in exploring its materiality through modifications and the material’s relationship to culture, media, toxicity, and the world at large and shared this in her 2010 TED talk “Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution.”
CITY COUNCILOR OF FLORIANÓPOLIS
Marcos José de Abreu, Marquito, is a native of Florianópolis, an Agronomist Engineer and post-graduate in Agroecosystems with a Master's degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina. It is a reference in the city and in Brazil in Composting, Urban Agriculture, Permaculture, Agroecology and Food Waste. It has a trajectory of coherence between daily practice and a proposal for a more egalitarian, fraternal and ecologically balanced society. He is currently coordinator of the Santa Catarina Forum to combat the impacts of pesticides, transgenics and also the city councilor at Florianópolis.
CHRISTIENNE DE TOURNAY
ZERO WASTE CONSULTANT
Zero waste policies and implementation
A California-based independent zero waste consultant, Chrise specializes in education and outreach, events coordination, and businesses’ resource recovery systems. She most recently was the Project Manager of Marketing, Education and Outreach for California’s state-mandated Carpet Stewardship program (CARE) for carpet recycling collection efforts. As the Council-appointed Chair of City of Berkeley’s Zero Waste Commission, she was responsible for all public input and outreach efforts, and subsequent recommendations to City Council that were instrumental in passing a landmark Single-Use Disposable Food Ware & Litter Reduction ordinance in early 2019. This legislation, in which she participated as a minor author, was first-in-the-nation to mandate a consumer fee be charged on take-out cups. She brings over 25 years of experience in creative direction and design, manufacturing, and project management of consumer products for companies including Papyrus, Williams-Sonoma, TJX Corp, and Crate & Barrel. Chrise has successfully integrated sustainability and environmental issues into her creative work for over 15 years.
She is the former executive director of the EcoMom Alliance, program director for the Sustainable Business Practices at Dominican University,
and was a special aide to Supervisor Charles
FOUNDER OF ALGALITA
Oceanographer and boat captain who discovered the Great Pacific
Garbage Patch; founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Writer of “Plastic Ocean”.
“A third generation resident of Long Beach, California, I grew up next to, in and on the Pacific Ocean. My father was an industrial chemist and avid sailor, taking me and my siblingsto destinations from Guadalupe Island, Mexico to Hawaii. My academic pursuits culminated at the University of San Diego where I majored in Chemistry and studied Math, Physics and Spanish Literature. Bourne out of my love of the ocean and its well being, I founded Algalita Marine Research Foundation in 1994 as a scientific and educational 501(c)(3) non-profit, focused on studying and restoring the coastal waters of Southern California.”
Dianna is a frequent speaker and guest and has spoken at the UN and international conferences and symposia, and has been interviewed by Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, Martha Stewart Living, and many others. Dianna studied Biology, Art, and Film at the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a BA in Fine Arts.Dan Kerry I Executive Assistant, Plastic Pollution Coalition.
ZERO WASTE LAB
Ana Salcedo is a co-founder at Zero Waste Lab, prototyping and testing solutions for waste reduction, starting with plastic, connecting stakeholders and knowledge in the materials lifecycle.
As a teenager, she was European Delegate and Secretary-General in Portugal for the European Youth Parliament.
In 2011, she co-founded Manifesto Moda, a brand that connects scientific research, the textile industry and consumers. A major focus of Manifesto Moda is the development of innovative biofunctional clothes that offer non-toxic, effective protection against mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever, working closely with institutions and governments to help tackle this major health issue.
She develops her innovative work from a core that builds on two powerful creative energies: that of the entrepreneur and that of the activist. Aiming to contribute to a better future for the human family in its one home, she is passionate about driving responsible development within herself and the communities she cares for.
2DEGRESS ARTIVISM & CLIMÁXIMO
Grassroots activist for climate justic
As a kid Diogo’s goal was to go to the olympics and run inside an olympic stadium, but that swiftly changed from the moment he found his skills could be better used to fight injustice and privilege. He was part of Movimento Transformers and during his tenure, they grew from Lisbon to a nationwide movement where +100 youths volunteered weekly with +600 kids to change their communities through their own talents. After some social work experience and 3 years working in innovation at imatch, he quit his job to be a full-time grassroots activist at Climáximo and founding 2degrees artivism - a platform for activism through art, to raise climate justice. Diogo is also part of Global Changemakers, Ashoka Changemakerxchange and Sandbox.
McGlashan in Marin County, CA, where she worked on a successful county-wide bag ban, and a feasibility study to site local food waste-to-biogas projects.
Chrise has a Bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley, attended the Sorbonne III in Paris, and likes to live in Italy, France and Portugal whenever she can. Her sabbaticals in these countries serve to expand her knowledge of international Zero Waste policies and implementation. Chrise is a ZWUSA-certified Zero Waste Community Associate and earned a certificate in Sustainable Business Practices from Dominican University in California.
CO-FOUNDER OF SOULMUCH MORE THEN COOKIES
Food waste / Social entrepreneur
Being a first generation American, Reyanne grew up with a two-world perspective. With both parents being refugees from Syria, one foot is planted in her Arabic heritage and the other in the land of opportunity. This in mind, she is determined to make the best of any opportunity that comes her way. She studied Food and Nutritional Science at San Diego State University, minoring in Sustainability. Starting her own food blog Freshman year, she became fascinated with the plant-based lifestyle and how it can transform our bodies and planet. She is a strong believer that we cannot have healthy food without healthy soil, and we cannot have healthy soil without practicing sustainability. She feels a great privilege to be studying and practicing both. Startup cofounder of SOULMUCH, she is dedicated to closing the gap within our food system by making healthier food more accessible while reducing our carbon footprint. She is passionate about inspiring others that profit and purpose can truly go hand in hand. If she is not in the kitchen experimenting with recipes, she is in the mountains rock climbing, in the ocean surfing, or at the park bending into new yoga poses.
Recycling & business
Recycling Entrepreneur, Pena's Group Director and President of France's National Trade Union of Waste
He pointed out alternatives for sustainable development in Brazil; Launched in 2005 a CORIS alternative fuel production line at the Mérignac facility; In 2007, Marc Péna dedicated himself to solve the household waste disposal by developing the AROM technology to recycle and recover 80% of the household waste; We are global meeting's Head Sponsor.
Methodology to face real problems
Antonio Manno was a mechanical engineer turned entrepreneur having set up one of the first Internet Service Provider in Italy in the year 1994 after having spent the first part of his career as a manager of the FIAT Group.
Antonio followed the boom and bust of the first internet era having created also the first auction online and group buying company in Europe in 1997 which met the fate of the first internet bubble in the end of the century.
After the internet bust he left Italy for Estonia where he spent several years opening the baltic market for several italian SMEs, then in 2010 he moved to Chile where in 2012 he co-founded Exosphere, an innovative emerging and exponential Academy from which The Ark Lab project has followed.
Antonio is a passionate scholar of the Austrian Economist Ludwig Von Mises and of the Indian philosopher Jidda Krishnamurti. He loves kitesurfing and practicing to live in the present.
MARIA LUIZA CAMOZZATO
BRASIL SEM FRESTA
Social environmental entrepreneur
In September 2009, in the midst of a storm, chemist Maria Luisa Camozzato got worried about the situation of families in social vulnerability, After this episode she founded a project called Brasil Sem Frestas. She realized the risk that the community took when living daily with the cold and humidity in their homes after the rain. Knowing the structure of packaging Tetra Pak, that night Maria Luisa had an inspiration: joining the boxes, making a board with thermal insulation effect. Thus, she found a possibility to block the cold, wind and water that entered the cracks and holes in the houses.
OWNER OF MARIA GRANEL
Zero waste markets / Zero waste lifestyle
Eunice implemented the zero waste concept in Lisbon, Portugal by creating the first Zero Waste store called Maria Granel. The store has become an international reference in innovation and conscious consumption.
Her store's mission is to sell qualified and healthy food products, therefore promoting health, a responsible and sustainable consumption by empowering the zero waste lifestyle.
ZERO WASTE AMBASSADOR, OWNER OF "ANA, GO SLOWLY" BLOG
Zero waste lifestyle / Minimalism
Besides being a Yoga and Meditation teacher, Ana is also the ambassador of the Portugal Zero Waste movement and author of the Ana Go Slowly blog.
Go Slowly is a blog that leads us towards a happier, more conscious life based on BEING rather than HAVING. In the last 3 years she has produced only one litle glass of trash.
CO-DIRECTOR OF POST-LANDFILL ACTION NETWORK (PLAN)
Social entrepreneur/ youth mobilization
Faye works with college and university students all across the US on student leadership and zero waste solutions. Her work is rooted in the study of people and societies, specifically how waste is connected to systems of oppression. In 2013 Faye participated in the International Honors Program: Beyond Globalization, where she spent a year traveling between Tanzania, India, New Zealand, Mexico and Guatemala. She focused her research on waste systems globally. In her spare time Faye hangs out with dogs, gardens and cooks for friends and family!
CEO OF WASTE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST SRL
Zero waste cities / Zero waste management
CEO of Waste Management Specialist srl, he presents results of his work in Italy and abroad. With results such as transforming a city that recycled less than 10% to recycling more than 60% in eight months.
The Italian case study: the timely rate and the percentage of selective collection. How to use a timely pricing system for municipal waste management to change citizens' separation habits.
PRESIDENT OF ZERO WASTE INSTITUTE BRAZIL
Zero waste cities / mobilization
Sabatini is the Founder and President of the Brazilian Zero Waste Institute. has been involved with Zero Waste since 2008 through the waste management
and recycling program for companies, complexes and communities. He is a member of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and serves as president of the Brazil Zero Waste Institute. He has a degree in Civil Engineering.
He promotes a variety of the conferences, talks and events about the Zero Waste concept all over the world. Sabatini is one of the biggest Global Zero Waste activists.
Work if our innerself
An eternal seeker who believes that humanity's greatest problems can only be solved if we ask the right questions and look to the root cause of the whole situation.
For over 8 years in the world of personal and spiritual development, he has realized that the main factor for our problems is the lack of awareness that causes disconnection from ourselves and the world around us.
To heal these rotten roots he practices various forms of consciousness expansion such as Vipassana Meditation, Rebirthing Breathwork and Contemplative Lifestyle. He works as a teacher, therapist, trainer and speaker.
With a well-defined purpose he always states, "I don't want you to 'like' our work; I want it to change your life; that is my commitment."
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST IN FUNDAÇÃO RENOVA
Community & Environmental Impact
She is a woman, feminist, environmental psychologist, specialist in environment and sustainable development and strategic relationship marketing. Zero Waste Ambassador, a Brazilian Red Cross volunteer and the first woman to ride a sustainable plastic bottle boat in the world, in a project co-created by her. She has been working for 17 years with environmental impacts on populations that have been hit by disasters, dam, wind, charcoal, oil and gas projects. Creator of the deckbook The Power of the Feminine that is assisting women in their self-empowerment and transformation processes.
DIRECTOR OF ELOS FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL COORDINATOR OF INSTITUTO ELOS BRASIL
Trainer/facilitator of group-processes, especially using the Elos philosophy, Oasis Game and Deep Democracy inspired Go Deep game, which work on mobilization of communities to co-create futures they dream of. Niels has over 15 years of experience as social entrepreneur, initiator of social and collaborative projects in communities, companies and governments. Builds international-intercultural- and inter sectorial bridges, where he combines a mind-driven experience in business and entrepreneurship with the heart-driven approach of connecting with people´s deeper motivations and human qualities. Works worldwide with project experience in South America (primarily Brazil), Europe, Southern Africa and the Caribbean.
CO-FOUNDER OF UFSC SEM PLÁSTICO
Zero Waste Universities
Isadora Bertoli is a Nutrition student of the Federal University of Santa Catarina,Florianópolis- Brazil. She is the Co-founder of the project UFSC SEM PLÁSTICO, as well as Ambassador of the Zero Waste Youth and Co-organizer of the WE ARE Global meeting event.
UFSC SEM PLÁSTICO is an innovative project created by the students to change its university reality by providing the development of manuals, events, and empowerment of all different sectors and initiaves inside the University in order to expand students environmental and collective counsciousness towards a plastic free and zero waste University. The project has been expanded throughout Brazil, and is creating a positive and inspiring domino effect.
ACTRESS, ACTIVIST, COACH
Mafalda is a free spirit who finds joy in everything she does. She has an inquisitive, perceptive mind, a bright intelligence and a kind, passionate soul. When talking to her, watch out for a subtle raise of her eyebrow – it means she’s onto something and questions will follow.
Well known in Portugal for her roles on television she has also been seen in numerous publicity campaigns, but she has refused to settle for the easy life such gifts can bring. As her awareness of and concern for social and environmental issues has grown, so she has sought to engage with the wider world on a more meaningful level. For example, six months living in India, completely immersing herself in the culture and lifestyle, had a profound impact on her.
Mafalda has always had a deep, pure connection with the ocean and the wildlife within. Not content with sitting above the waves, she began to scuba-dive and is now a Dive Master. She also has her Skipper’s licence which means she gets lots of salt water on a daily basis and she is slowly morphing into an 18th Century pirate captain. Okay, not really, but she is never happier than when she’s at sea. This love of the sea and her creatures, especially whales, has formed a focus for her environmentalism. She actively supports NGOs worldwide that work with ocean well-being at their hearts, using her voice to speak out for these great causes, reaching and influencing a big audience through her social network and is always striving to do more.
She is a Professional Cuddler too, and that doesn’t just mean she gives great hugs. Cuddle Parties are safe and peaceful events, allowing participants to connect with themselves and bond with others, all wrapped up in a caring snuggle. (Mafalda tells us research suggests we all need at least eight hugs a day to feel not just happy, but healthy. Sounds good, doesn’t it?)
So she’s an environmentalist, has a brilliant mind, has been an actress and model, and is a Professional Cuddler too; but there is more: If all this sounds exhausting, it is astonishing that upon meeting Mafalda, you are greeted with grace and calm, as well as bright eyes and an easy smile. But the calm is born of confidence and the confidence born of an energy for action. “It’s all about embracing the power of imbalance”, she tells me “There is most life in the ocean where the land meets the sea; where waves crash on the shore. It’s the same in life: the dynamic for change can demand radical action, breaking down and rebuilding, to become the best version of ourselves.” It is something she shares with others too. She and her family run a Retreat Centre in her native Portugal.. Here she helps others find their true selves, whilst connecting with nature in its purest form.
One last thing: Mafalda is a caring and compassionate soul, but she is no pushover: She’s trained for an Iron-Man competition and once completed a 200km bike ride in only 11 hours. So, if you’re going to run with her, you’d best be prepared!
Activist, Actress, Coach, Ocean Lover, Human. Mafalda.
FRANCISCO NILSON MOREIRA
Zero waste event
Francisco Nilson Moreira is Master in Sustainable Development, Biologist, Postgraduate in International Relations, Service Designer and Director of Sustainability of Grupo R2, a holding of 5 companies. For 15 years in the sustainability field, he was UN Rio+20 Conference Sustainability Coordinator, UN Sustainability Consultant for major events and currently heads Sustainability of events such as Na Praia (the largest zero waste event in the world) among others whose audience reach over 420,000 people annually. In addition, as director of Grupo R2, he is involved in business development of a large array of venues like fashion, technology, education and art industries.
CEO R2 PRODUÇÕES
Zero Waste Event
Oriented for people within business and future, Will Kontoyanis is a young professional that made his path in his own Human Resources Consulting company for 11 years. Graduated in Psichology in 2008 and business executive with an MBA at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Will Kontoyanis now is the CEO of Grupo R2, a holding compounded by 5 other companies. One of them, R2 Produções, is responsible for "Na Praia", considered today the biggest temporary amusement park of the country with more than 300.000 visitors each season and lasting 11 weeks in Brasília. They also produce "Carnaval no Parque" and "Surreal" events, beside other business within the enterteniment, fashion and technology industries. Today he is responsible for the executive, institutional and business development departments at Grupo R2, as well as developing the educational branch of the holding.
CEO & FOUNDER OF SKIZO BY iRCYCLE
André is 36 years old, graduated in business management, started working on his own at 24 when he started his first business in management. He has always been entrepreneurial and ambitious so he had to do something with more impact and usefulness. They embraced several projects but none like this one.
After being a parent and realising some of his own environmental mistakes, he decided that this was not the legacy he wants to leave his son and create, activate with his wife, a Skizo by iRcycle, a brand of custom made sneakers from recycled plastic collected from the ocean.
André's hobbies are watching series and documentaries, surfing and family outings.
GIOVANA SCHROEDER VIEIRA PSYCHOLOGIST
Giovana is a psychologist who thinks outside the box and has an integrated view of all the experiences she had, as well as the ones she still intends to have, which keeps her moving towards the unknown fields. She has worked into the health service, psychotherapy, social sector and organizational behaviour consultancy. She is passionate about working and embracing other professional areas where she can connect psychology in each context, and by doing that she aims to empower people and organizations to find their purpose and reach their goals.
She has 3 exchange experiences, she lived in Tasmania, Turkey and Colombia. After finishing my studies in Australia, she came back to Brasil and joined the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná and graduated as a psychologist. Nowadays she works with a wide range of large Brazilian industries in the fields of mining, cellulose, cosmetics, automotive, petrochemical and beyond. Her job is to diagnose organizational Health, Safety and Environmental Culture and Climate and from this, implement an action plan to increase the company’s maturity in this sense. Besides, she also works with leadership profile tracking to help leaders to develop themselves through their skills and management strategies.
As a volunteer, she had the chance to work with the Youth Exchange Program from Rotary, where she did mentoring for young people by immersing them into the country culture as much as engaging them into community social services. She also volunteers at TETO’s organization, building emergency houses to vulnerable population in risk situation.
BREAK FREE FROM PLASTIC MOVEMENT
Tiara is the Plastic-free Campus Coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement, where she works with organizations, individuals, and schools from around the world to help them move away from single-use plastics and assist them in implementing alternative systems. Prior to Break Free From Plastic, Tiara worked as a producer for films of social relevance and injustices in the Philippines. She is now working full-time to help campuses and future leaders curb the use of SUPs and to help them create bigger impact globally.
Skye Male is the Community Engagement Manager for the Break Free From Plastic movement, where she works with organizations and individuals from around the world to develop, support, and amplify efforts to bring about systemic change. After a decade of handling communications and marketing for organizations in the education and technology sectors, Skye is now channelling her skills toward helping to mobilize a movement to end plastic pollution.
LISBON´S MAYOR ADVISOR ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Pedro Vaz was born in Abrantes in November 1979. He graduated in Law and with a Master's Degree in Environmental Law, Natural Resources and Energy from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (currently in preparation for the Dissertation of Master with the theme “Legality Conditions of Independent Regulations in the Water and Waste Sector”).
He is currently Advisor of the Mayor of Lisbon on environmental issues and on the European Green Capital 2020, having been until February 2019 Advisor of the Vice-Mayor of Lisbon on Urban Hygiene.
He held the position of Deputy Secretary of State for Youth and Sport in the XVIII Constitutional Government and was a member of the Municipal Assembly of Estarreja.
His background includes the participation in a youth associative Portuguese movement, Juventude Socialista, in which he was General Deputy Secretary. He also was a EUACOM member of the European Youth Forum and member of the Coimbra Academic Association, as a student representative at the University Senate and Assembly in the University of Coimbra.
LAÍS VIDOTTO & SABRINA SABATININ
ZERO WASTE YOUTH
Laís Vidotto and Sabrina Sabatini coordinate the Zero Waste Youth since 2017, an international and independent movement focused on connecting and empowering youth towards a more sustainable world. Since then, they have organized national and international conferences, workshops and created a network of young changemakers committed to raise awareness and solutions to change the current culture of waste that we are in.
Sabrina is currently finishing her university studies in Graphic Design and Laís is an Environmental Engineering student - both at the Federal University of Santa Catarina - Florianópolis, Brazil. Laís will also represent the Zero Waste Academy (Massey University - New Zealand) presenting Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge, the first internship experience of the NIZAC (Nexus for International Zero Waste Academic Collaboration).
"THE OTHER SIDE"
Independent writer and digital project manager. Her passion for the protection of the environment led her to work on environmental projects in Cambodia. She is the founder of the Plastic Free Cambodia project in Phnom Penh, ran workshops and managed all the communication of this social enterprise. Back in France, she co-founded the NGO Les Autruches Utopistes and launched the multimedia project “The Other Side“.
"THE OTHER SIDE"
Independent camera operator and video editor with more than 10 years of experience. Passionate about documentaries, he moved to Cambodia in 2014, where he worked on a multimedia environmental project. He is also working on a documentary film inspired by his previous project. Back in France, he co-founded the NGO Les Autruches Utopistes and produced the videos for the multimedia project “The Other Side“.
RAQUEL GAIÃO SILVA
Raquel Gaião Silva is a Marine Biologist and communication enthusiast. She has a bachelor degree in Biology and a MSc in Biodiversity and Marine Conservation. Raquel was the winner of the GBIF’s 2018 Young Researchers’ Award due to her master thesis project about the impact of climate change on the distribution of marine forests using a novel methodology. She has been involved in diverse science communication activities and loves to work on projects related to marine conservation, sustainability and climate change. She is currently working at BlueBio Alliance, where she manages all the organization’s daily communication tasks. She is also a volunteer at Ocean Alive, the organization that inspired her to make the winning video of the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition in the category Cities and Local Action to Combat Climate Change. Her main areas of interest stand on the bridge between marine science and society and she always finds herself seeking to learn more about Ocean Literacy, Science Outreach and, more recently, Sustainable Blue Entrepreneurship and Lobbying.
DE RESÍDUO A ECOSABÃO, ESTÁ NA SUA MÃO!
I have a degree in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources from University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) and a master's degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL). My master’s dissertation was "Production of liquid soap from food oil used for use at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon". Last year, I was project’s proponent for National Participatory Budget 2018 (OPP 2018) with "De resíduo a ecosabão, está na sua mão!”
HERO TO 0
Anna, 26, is an Italian environmental activist and zero waste advocate. She holds a Master's Degree in Environment and Sustainability and has been living zero waste for 2 years to reduce her environmental footprint. Her instagram account @hero_to_0 is focused on food waste, a plastic-free lifestyle and on the fashion brand she launched called R-Coat repurposing broken umbrellas into one of a kind jackets.
OWNER OF THE BLOG
CASA SEM LIXO
Zero waste lifestyle
There is no home without waste, but her goal here is to record her journey together with her family in search of a life without 'waste', their efforts to get rid of everything that negatively affects nature or will not have a healthy destination for it. For a world where being is more important than having and experiences have more value than things.