Countdown to World Ecological Forum 2010

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In 3 days, over 40 expert speakers on climate change and sustainability are meeting at the first annual World Ecological Forum in Visby, Sweden.

With 3 days until World Ecological Forum 2010, over 40 expert speakers on climate change and sustainability are heading to Visby, Sweden, to discuss and demonstrate the urgent need for environmental action.

“We need to make decisions that will change our mind-set and we need to act now,” says Alec Arho Havrén, Founding Chairman of the World Ecological Forum. “What if we tackled the climate crisis with the same level of urgency as the financial crises? That is the level of engagement that we need to see.”

Issues that will be addressed during the Gotland Summit include planetary boundaries, green leadership, green business innovations and investment, carbon emissions, and climate negotiations.

Speakers at the World Ecological Forum 2010 include:

Ï Prof. Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
Ï Dr. Ilkka Herlin, Chairman, Cargotec Corporation
Ï Saara Kankaanrinta, Secretary-General, Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG)
Ï Peter Lacy, Managing Director, Accenture Sustainability Services
Ï Andrew Skinner, Global Lead for Green IT Community, Accenture
Ï Sabrina Soussan, Global Head Marketing, Business Unit Building Automation, Siemens
Ï Dr. Markku Wilenius, Senior Vice President, Allianz
Ï Dr. Yi Wang, Deputy Director-General, Institute of Policy and Management (IPM)
Ï Simone Ruiz, European Policy Director, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
Ï Tomas Otterström, Deputy CEO, GreenStream Network Plc
Ï Dr. Lars-Erik Liljelund Director General, The Swedish Prime Minister Office
Ï Mathias Bergman, Programme Director, Baltic Sea Action Group Baltic Sea Action Summit Commitment Process
Ï Sten Björk, Political Environmental Strategist
Ï Prof. Lars Bylund, Professor of Energy Management, Bergen School of Architecture and Vice President, eCity Consulting Ltd
Ï Greger Flodin, Executive Director, Carbon Origination & Structuring Global Financial Markets, Robobank International - London
Ï Bengt-Olof Grahn, Project Leader, Isle Pact, Municipality of Gotland
Ï William Hogland, Professor in Environmental Engineering and Recovery, Linnaeus University
Ï Hannu Hoviniemi, Director, CAREI
Ï Niclas Ihrén, Advisor, Tällberg Foundation
Ï Fredrik Jaresved, Head of Quality Assurance and Sustainable Development, Swedavia
Ï Mart Jüssi, Member of Parliament, Estonia, Estonian Green Party
Ï Björn Karlström, Business Development Consultant, Electroengine Sweden
Ï Dr. Samuli Korpinen, Project Manager, Helsinki Commission, Intergovernmental Co-operation for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem
Ï Alec Arho Havrén, Social Entrepreneur and Chairman, World Ecological Forum
Ï Nils Lannefors, Regional Sales Director, Alstom Power Sweden AB
Ï Johan Ljungberg, Senior Director, Nordic Investment Bank
Ï Dr. Peter Lund, Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University of School of Science and Technology
Ï Susanna Perko, Consultant, Kestävä, Sustainable Business Concepts
Ï Aape Pohjavirta, CEO, Sendandsee Ltd
Ï Marcus Püttmer, Managing Director, Ingenieugesellschaft Püttmer mbH and Ventury GmbH Energieanlagen
Ï Dr. Anna-Maija Raeste, Eco- philosopher, Surgeon and Entrepreneur
Ï Bill Russo, President, Synergistics Limited and Senior Advisor, Booz & Company
Ï Pasi Rutanen, Columnist, former Ambassador of Finland to OECD and China
Ï Prof. Derek Shearer, former US Ambassador to Finland
Ï Trevor Sikorski, Director, Commodities Research, Barclays Capital - London
Ï Henrik Tegnér, Senior Director, Sustainable Services Nordic, Accenture
Ï Jens Thomassen, Associate Director, HgCapital
Ï Sue Toigo, Chairman, Fitzgibbon Toigo Associates Social Entrepreneurship
Ï Prof. Kai Wartiainen, Creative director, Professor and Architect
Ï Dr. Petri Vasara, Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting Oy
Ï Dr. Po Chi Wu, Executive Director, the Global Innovation Research Center, Peking University and Managing Director, DragonBridge Capital, California, USA
Ï Sarah Wu, Director-General, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
Ï Dr. Matthew Yuen, Professor and Vice President, R&D Hong Kong University of Science

In addition to its plenary sessions, the World Ecological Forum 2010 will host 8 workshops and seminars on sustainability. Partnering sponsors and co-hosts include Accenture, Sida, Greenstream, the Eco-Municipality of Gotland, Gotland Ring, and the Baltic Sea Action Group.

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About the World Ecological Forum
The World Ecological Forum is a non-profit organization that is committed to creating environmental and economic balance in order to achieve sustainable growth, welfare and social justice for all. The Forum’s flagship event is the annual summit in Visby, Sweden. The organization also administers the World Ecological Forum Global Impact Award. For more information, visit


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