BCI is pleased to welcome these distinguished keynote speakers:

    Alan AtKissonAlan AtKisson, Co-Founder of Center for Sustainability Transformation, CEO of AtKisson Group, and Author

    Alan AtKisson is the CEO of AtKisson Group, an author, keynote speaker, and senior advisor in the field of sustainability, organisational strategy, and transformative change.

    He is the Co-Founder of Center for Sustainability Transformation and a past president of the Balaton Group, and a full member of the Club of Rome.

    He has nearly 30 years of experience in sustainability and was inducted into the International Sustainability Hall of Fame in 2013 in recognition of his many contributions to the field, including bestselling books (Believing Cassandra, Sustainability is for Everyone), widely used tools and planning methods, training processes for “sustainability change agents,” and founding several sustainability businesses and voluntary initiatives. He works to empower and inspire individuals, communities, corporations, and governments.


    Frank HenkeFrank HenkeVice President, Global Social & Environmental Affairs, adidas Group

    Frank Henke is the Vice President, Global Social & Environmental Affairs at adidas group and leads a team of 65 experts operating in 14 countries. The team is responsible for the development and management of the adidas Group Sustainability Strategy, covering the Group’s supply chain compliance programme, environmental strategy work, stakeholder engagement, community affairs and product safety services.

    Henke studied economic and political sciences at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He joined the adidas Group in 1991 and worked in various roles, many of which had an international focus and led the Group’s environmental initiatives since 1994. After managing the Sustainability programme for the European Region, he assumed responsibility for the management of the global programme in 2003.
    He is also the chairman of the CR Committee at the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).


    Joost OorthuizenJoost Oorthuizen, Executive Director, IDH

    Joost Oorthuizen is Executive Director of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), which aims to deliver mainstream sustainable impact in commodity supply chains through supply chain transformation and landscape management.

    From 2007 to 2009 he worked as a senior consultant with Twynstra Gudde, where he guided multinational companies, governments and civil society organisations in establishing innovative partnerships. This included assignments on fostering alliances between governments (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment), environmental organisations and business organisations on road and integrated area development, stakeholder management and sustainable chain development in the energy sector.

    Prior to this, Oorthuizen worked for Agri-Profocus where he set up alliances for agricultural value chains in developing countries.

    He received a PhD at Wageningen University on large-scale water management in the Philippines in 2003 and has undertaken postgraduate training on change management at the SIOO.


    Jason ClayJason Clay, Senior Vice President for Food and Markets, WWF

    Jason Clay, Senior Vice President for Food and Markets at World Wildlife Foundation works with some of the world’s largest companies to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment.

    In addition to his work with WWF, he is the author of 20 books, and is National Geographic’s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. Clay created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels and has been involved in developing many other standards for popular commodities, such as cotton and sugarcane.

    Early in his career, Clay pursued a PhD in Anthropology and International Agriculture after his passion for Earth and sustainability were born from working on the family farm. Over the course of his career, he worked for the US Department of Agriculture, taught at Harvard and Yale and been awarded the prestigious 2012 James Beard Award for his work on global food sustainability. He spent 15 years working with human rights organisations supporting indigenous people, refugees and famine victims.


    Jurg ReinhartJürg Reinhart, ICA President & Paul Reinhart AG Managing Director, Paul Reinhart AG

    Jürg Reinhart is the President of International Cotton Association (ICA) and Managing Director of Paul Reinhart; a family owned company founded in 1788. Jürg runs the company in the 7th generation together with his cousin Thomas Reinhart.

    Jürg graduated from the University of Zurich in 1984 with a Master of Law. After gaining some experience in Finance he began his trading career working for Marc Rich AG and Phibro Energy in Switzerland and abroad. He joined the family company in 1989 and served in various capacities and positions, before joining the Board of Management of Paul Reinhart AG in 1995, where today he holds the positions of Managing Director, as well as President of the Board of Directors.

    Jürg served on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce in Winterthur and was President of the Bremer Baumwollbörse from 2001 to 2004, of which he is still a board member. He was appointed to the ICA Board of Directors in 2010.

  • Speakers

    We are also proud to welcome the following speakers and panelists:


    • Andreas Dorner, Commercial Director for Europe and Americas, Lenzing Fibers


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