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SVEN-OLOF RYDING | SWEDEN

President of ECO-Platform and Senior Scientific Advisor-IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Sven-Olof Ryding is an Associate Professor in System Ecology at the University of Uppsala. He has held several positions about scientific work such as Associate Professor at the University of Linköping and Head of Research at the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, IVL. He has been leading operational work as Senior Environmental Advisor at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprises and Managing Director for the Swedish Environmental Management Council, the former Swedish expert organization on Sustainable Procurement. He has been engaged and led several international activities and standardization work "with regard to sustainable development and procurement” within EU, UN and bilateral work around the world. Now, he is the Chairman of the ECO Platform. The objective of ECO Platform is the development of verified environmental information of construction products, type III declarations called EPD (Environmental Product Declarations).

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DUYGU ERTEN PhD | TURKEY

C2C Assessor, LEED Faculty, LEED AP BD+C, BREEAM Fellow, DGNB Auditor, WELL Faculty, CEEQUAL Assessor World GBC Advisory Council Member, Previous Previous President Turkish GBC, Board Member USGBC (2014-2016)

Civic leader/Academics/Consultant/Activist, Dr. Erten graduated from Boğaziçi University’s Civil Engineering Department in 1988. She completed her graduate studies at Rutgers University in USA in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She worked as a research fellow at Princeton University. While working as a licenced Civil Engineer for AECOM and BOVIS Lend Lease in Los Angeles, she lectured at USC. She later completed the executive program at Harvard University’s Public School of Health on Leadership in Sustainability.

Dr. Erten has been conducting research, providing expert advice, and developing best practice recommendations through EDGE, BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, WELL and ÇEDBİK Homes, BREEAM Communities and LEED ND certifications. She is a P.E. (Civil), ASCE Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Faculty, BREEAM Fellow, BREEAM AP, BREEAM Communities and In-Use assessor and a DGNB Auditor.

She received the President’s Award given by World Green Building Council (WGBC) for her outstanding contributions to the global sustainability movement and the recipient of 2017 WSLA (Women in Sustainability Leadership Award). She is a member of Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute (EPEA), ULI-Europe, Turkish GBC, USGBC, ASCE and ASHRAE.

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HUDAI KARA PhD | UNITED KINGDOM

Director of Metsims Sustainability Consulting and UK Ecolabel Centre

Dr. Hüdai Kara is a resource efficiency and circular economy expert with over 16 years of experience in both private and public sector in the UK, the EU and in Turkey. He specialised in life cycle assessment (LCA), resource efficiency, low carbon sustainable technologies, critical metals research, carbon footprint and management, materials security, renewable energy, waste management, and research and development covering industries from metallurgy to materials, chemical, energy and sustainable buildings. Dr. Kara is also investor for green technologies that has the potential to make the sustainable change. He is founder and Managing Director of Metsims Sustainability Consulting. He is an expert Evaluator for assessing projects for EU research and development funding streams including Horizon 2020 (FP7), Eureka, Eurostars, Cornet and Eco-Innovation. He is author of over a dozen of scientific papers in refereed journals and presented in many international conferences. He has been selected as an advisor to European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. He sits on the Technical Committee of the Int. EPD System and leading the Scientific Research and Building Materials committee of the Turkish Green Building Council. Dr. Kara has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Istanbul Technical University and Doctor of Philosophy in Materials from the University of Oxford.

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NILS LARSSON | CANADA

Representative of CIB, iiSBE, UNEP-SBCI and FIDIC in managing the SBE series

Nils Larsson is an architect and is Executive Director of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), an international non-profit organization. During the 1990's he developed and managed a demonstration program for high-performance buildings for the Government of Canada, which resulted in the first public adoption of the integrated design process (IDP). Since 2008, NL has represented the international partners (CIB, iiSBE, UNEP and FIDIC) in coordinating the regional and global SB conferences. He is the key organizer of the Sustainable Building Challenge, an international project to showcase high performance buildings in conjunction with global SB conference events, and the principal developer of the SBTool, a system for assessing the sustainability performance of buildings. His current activities are focused on management of the SB Challenge process as well as a contract with UNDP and the Turkish Ministry of Energy for the development of IDP guidelines in that country. Mr. Larsson is a frequently invited keynote speaker at conferences related to sustainable building and he is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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RAJESH KUMAR SINGH PhD | INDIA

Managing Director, thinkstep Sustainability Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Rajesh has more than 25 years of experience in Sustainability and Environment Management. As a Managing Director at thinkstep Sustainability Solutions Pvt. Ltd., he is responsible for India and nearby geographies i.e. Thailand, Singapore, UAE, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. He has multi-sectoral experiences in the area of product and enterprise sustainability across Steel, Paper, Chemical, Cement, Plastic, Consumer Goods, Nonferrous, waste treatment, Agriculture, Oil and Gas sectors. He delivers senior leadership training on sustainability strategy and risks mitigation, setting up sustainability roadmap and targets, sector benchmarking, Identification of best practices on sustainability and has domain expertise on ISO Management Systems, Sustainability Reporting Frameworks, LCA, EPD, Ecolabels, Carbon and Water Disclosure Project (CDP), and thinkstep’s SoFi and GaBi Software etc. He has published more than 10 papers on international journals and conducted technical reviews for more 200 Life Cycle Assessments, 50 sustainability Reports, 50 carbon & water foot print reports etc.

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