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Falling Walls Circle Tables: Circular Economy – Running in Circles or Closing the Loop?

Falling Walls Foundation | Martin Brudermüller, Jacob Duer, Rozalina Petrova

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Martin Brudermüller

BASF SE

Martin Brudermüller is Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, and Chief Technology Officer of BASF SE. He is responsible for the divisions Legal, Taxes, Insurance & Intellectual Property, Corporate Development, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Senior Executive Human Resources, Investor Relations, Compliance, BASF 4.0, Corporate Technology & Operational Excellence, Digitalization in Research & Development, and Innovation Management. From May 2011, he was Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. Since May 2015 he is Chief Technology Officer of BASF SE. Brudermüller has been a Member of the Board of Executive Directors since 2006, and during this time he was also responsible for the Asia Pacific region headquartered in Hong Kong, as well as the Performance Materials division. Prior to this, since 2003, he was President of the Functional Polymers division. From 2001 to 2003 he was Senior Vice President Strategic Planning. Brudermüller started his career with BASF in 1988 in the Ammonia Laboratory.

Jacob Duer

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Jacob Duer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global non-profit organisation that brings together industry, government, civil society, development agencies and investors to help end plastic waste in the environment. The Alliance has nearly 50 member companies and supporters across the world’s leading organisations in the plastic value chain. Jacob leads the strategic visioning and direction of the Alliance that targets to invest $1.5 billion over five years to develop, accelerate and scale technologies and solutions focussing on integrated waste management systems, engaging communities and catalysing capital towards a circular economy. Jacob has more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations, focusing on chemicals and waste management, environment and sustainable development. Currently based in Singapore, he has lived and worked with the United Nations in Austria, Senegal, Kenya and Switzerland.

Rozalina Petrova

European Commission

Rozalina Petrova is a Member of the Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius where she works for accelerating the transition to a more circular economy, making sustainable products the norm and ensuring a sustainable recovery from the crisis. She joined the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission in 2010 to develop the EU policy to use resources more efficiently and integrate environmental considerations in economic governance. In the period 2011 – 2015 she was also responsible for sustainable development, green jobs and mainstreaming of environmental policy in economic affairs. From 2015 to 2020 she worked on EU policies and legislation to increase the recycling of waste and its use as a valuable raw material. Before joining the European Commission, Rozalina’s duties were mainly in the field of social policy, including as Chief of Cabinet of the Bulgarian Minister of Labour and Social Policy and social attaché at the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU.

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