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.
HUDAI KARA PhD | UNITED KINGDOM
DUYGU ERTEN PhD | TURKEY
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.
DAVID PARKER | UK
David is a consultant with over 16 years’ experience in the remanufacturing, sustainability, waste and resources fields gained working for consultancy Oakdene Hollins. Prior to that, with a background in process engineering, he enjoyed 14 years in ICI and DuPont with roles ranging from software design, consultancy support, process design, plant operations, R&D, full package engineering, commissioning, project management and techno-commercial investment analysis. , David is looking to leverage his diverse experience into assisting organisations understand and realise near-term opportunities in the so-called Circular Economy. Recent experience has been in two strands: In remanufacturing, managing the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse as a Defra-funded manufacturing advisory service and follow-on EU-funded projects. And in chemicals advisory, with projects to scale and cost a bio-chemical processes; and managing the technical revision of EU Ecolabel detergents criteria on behalf of EC-Joint Research Centre Seville. He has a MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, a MSc in Mathematical Methods from University of Teesside and a MBA from the University of Durham..
NILS LARSSON | CANADA
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.