Invited speakers

The organisers are pleased to announce the following invited speakers:

Anne C. Asselin
Consultant Life Cycle Thinking, UNEP
Anne Claire Asselin is consultant in Life Cycle Thinking at UNEP, in charge of developping life cycle approaches accross different activities within UNEP, among them business and industry. Before UNEP, she has been involved as a researcher in Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Approaches aat University of Michigan, where she has explored the environmental impacts of food products managing a team of researchers spread out over different continents. She is the author of related academic papers. She has an experience of over 15 years in banking and finance, financing local authorities, companies, and infrastructure and energy projects.

Adisa Azapagic
Professor Sustainable Chemical Engineering, Manchester
Adisa Azapagic is Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester where she leads Sustainable Industrial Systems, a research group applying the principles of sustainable development and life cycle thinking in industrial practice. Her research interests include sustainable production and consumption, life cycle sustainability assessment and corporate sustainability. Professor Azapagic is Editor-in-Chief of Process Safety and Environmental Protection and Chair of the Sustainability Section of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE). In recognition of her contribution to sustainable engineering, Professor Azapagic has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment. She has also been awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Technical University of Iasi, Romania. Professor Azapagic has received several awards for her research work, including the top IChemE award for Outstanding Achievements in Chemical and Process Engineering and GSK Innovation Award for masterminding the CCaLC carbon footprinting tool for industry (

Michael Bennett
Policy Officer – DG Enterprise & Industry
Michael Bennett is a geologist by training, and worked during the 1980s and 1990s on many urban regeneration/ contaminated land remediation projects in environmental and geotechnical consulting, in locations as diverse as Chile, Romania, the UAE and the UK. He was also involved in waste management, water treatment and road construction, and corporate environmental "due diligence" studies. He moved more towards policy-making in the 1990s, after obtaining an LLM in Environmental Law, working firstly in corporate environmental management for the industrial gases giant, The BOC Group, and subsequently again in consultancy, on environmental and energy-related projects addressing EU and UK policy analyses, legislation implementation, Life Cycle Assessment and industrial ecology, for transport logistics and various industrial processes. Michael’s doctoral thesis, "Temperature-Controlled Food Logistics by Road in the UK: a Life Cycle Assessment and Management Case Study", completed part-time with the University of Surrey, examined the use of LCA and related tools in corporate environmental decision-making, technically, legally and politically. In recent years, Michael has been directly involved in EU public affairs with two European trade associations, firstly as the Executive Director of Eurofuel (the European Heating Oil Association) and then as Secretary General of the Association of the European Heating Industry, EHI. Michael also previously served on the Board of the Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) Forum, a European Parliament-industry-academia initiative backed by key MEPs involved in energy, research and regional policy.