“Global challenges – sustainable solutions: the role of cities, companies and consultants” is the theme of the EFCA Conference 2017. As an industry, European consulting engineering firms can design and deliver the solutions that are required to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we can design solutions and systems that are essential for meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement on climate change. But as an industry, we need to understand the drivers of change, what are the macro trends? We need to understand the legislation and the formal set-up of regulation and we need to understand the demands, wishes and requirements of our clients – and of our global competitors. That is why you will have an opportunity to meet the following speakers at the EFCA Conference 2017.

Kevin Austin

Dr Kevin Austin serves as C40ís Deputy Executive Director. Kevin oversees all of C40ís programme delivery, operations and finance functions as well as contributing to global thought leadership and innovation in urban climate change issues. Kevin joined C40 from the Greater London Authority where he was responsible for External Relations for the Mayor of London. His previous role at the GLA included Head of Olympic projects, leading the delivery of the major city-related elements associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Between 2002 2009 he served as Head of Transport, advising the Mayor of London on all aspects of transport policy. In earlier years he worked for a major consultancy advising clients on project implementation and economic appraisal.

Andrej Avelini (guest speaker at the CEO Lunch)

Andrej Avelini is the Managing Director of EFCG, founded in 1990. EFCG (www.efcg.com) is regarded as the leading M&A, strategic, financial, and valuation advisor exclusively dedicated to the engineering/consulting (“e/c”) industry. His and his firm’s views and comments on the e/c industry have been quoted over 500 times in e/c industry publications. In the M&A arena, EFCG has been engaged in over 300 M&A assignments and helped large, medium and small e/c firms complete over 140 M&A transactions. Andrej has been with the firm since 1996 and has advised on over 110 completed M&A transactions, as well as numerous valuation, Peer Benchmarking Analysis and internal ownership transition assignments. He has presented to the Boards of Directors or senior management teams of over 300 e/c firms and has addressed numerous industry conferences. Andrej was formerly with Salomon Brothers, a major Wall Street investment banking firm. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Carsten Toft Boesen

Carsten Toft Boesen is CEO of NIRAS, a company of 2,200 staff working in all fields of consulting engineering services, based in Denmark with a strong presence in the Nordics and working globally with transport and energy infrastructure as well as sustainable development projects in the developing world. Carsten is the president of FRI.

Jacki Davis (Conference moderator)

Jacki Davis is a leading commentator on EU Union affairs. She is an experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events in Brussels and other EU countries, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and is on the European Policy Centre think tank’s governing board. She was previously the EPC’s Communications Director, editor-in-chief of E!Sharp magazine, and launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based weekly newspaper on EU affairs.

Henrik Garver

Henrik Garver is Managing Director of the Danish Association of Consulting Engineers (FRI), a non-profit organisation that provides political advocacy and member services for the Danish consulting engineering industry. He has actively improved the business conditions for consultancy and engineering services in Denmark, particularly within the following sectors: building, infrastructure, energy and environment as well as the broader agenda of increasing the interest of STEM in primary and secondary schools. The results have been achieved through a combination of use of the media, actively engaging member firms, political negotiations, networking and utilising his strong knowledge of the Danish consulting engineering industry.

Ashvind Kumar Guness

Ashvind Kumar Guness is Investment Director at Danske Capital/Danica Pension, a leading Danish commercial pension fund with DKK 400bn under management and owned by Danske Bank. He focuses on the origination, execution and monitoring of direct investments and private funds (PE).  Before joining Danske Bank, Mr Guness worked in DONG Energy’s partnership and M&A team. Mr Guness holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and MA from the Community of European Business schools, and has completed studies in Finland, Canada and the Netherlands.

Bart van der Heijden

Bart van der Heijden is Urban planner at Amsterdam City Council, department of physical planning and sustainability. He is currently team manager of team Metropole Amsterdam (involved in regional, national and European planning policies, representing Amsterdam) and has been project lead in several transport and infrastructural developments in and around Amsterdam (highways, public transport, railway stations, airports), connectivity and accessibility studies for cities and region, transport policies, transit orientated developments, regional spatial and connectivity strategies. He has previously worked at City region of Amsterdam and ARCADIS engineering company.

Morten Kabell

Morten Kabell is mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs of Copenhagen. Copenhagen is consistently ranked among the most liveable cities in the world, one of the top bicycle cities in the world and, by 2025, Copenhagen will be the world’s first carbon neutral capital. The focus point is to create synergies between everything from green areas, climate adaptation and green mobility to social housing and energy efficiency to achieve a sustainable city while creating a higher quality of life for the individual Copenhagener. This is achieved by establishing ambitious partnerships between Copenhageners, public institutions, organizations and companies – by bringing people together and engaging the city in a process of cocreation.

Thierry Lambert

Thierry Lambert is Saint-Gobain General Delegate for the Nordic countries and Baltic states. As the Nordic top executive of Saint-Gobain, Thierry Lambert is in charge of driving the regional implementation of the worldwide Group’s strategy of contributing to great living places by combining comfort and sustainability. After having worked for the Ministry of Finance and the Inspection Générale des Finances, Thierry Lambert joined Saint-Gobain in 2007 as VP Internal Audit & Business Control. In 2009 he was appointed Deputy General Delegate for Saint-Gobain in the UK, and since 2012 he is in charge of Saint-Gobain in the Nordic and Baltic region.

Jock Martin

Jock Martin is Head of Integrated Environmental Assessments (IEA)at the EEA. He is responsible for the strategic development of integrated environmental assessment methods and products. The activities of IEA Programme include the five year European state of the environment and outlook (SOER) report and the annual EEA indicator report. The work of the programme covers indicators, scenarios, environmental accounting, sustainable consumption and production, waste, environmental economics, resource efficiency, environment and health and chemicals.

Jeff Risom

As Managing Director of Gehl in the US, Jeff Risom leads the San Francisco and New York based teams. In his time at Gehl, Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America, India and China. Jeff’s background and design experience provides him with a unique insight into the technical as well as social aspects of urban design. Jeff is an active teacher and lecturer, speaking at conferences around the world.

Susanne Stormer

As Vice President of Corporate Sustainability in Novo Nordisk (a pharmaceutical company), Susanne Stormer sets strategic direction for the company as a sustainability leader and pioneer in demonstrating long-term business value of incorporating economic, social and environmental perspectives into its market proposition. She and her team manage sustainability-driven programmes, the Annual Report, engagements with ESG investors and stakeholders in the professional sustainability community, and communicate the value of the company’s Triple Bottom Line business principle.