Climate Change -

Extractive Industries -

Resource Efficency @COP23

Two-part specialist side event to UNFCCC’s COP23

Bonn, November 08th 2017


Natasha Walker

Facilitator, Process Consultant


Born in 1970 in St. Helier, Jersey, Natasha is an expert for communication, focusing on facilitation, participation and designing complex dialogue processes. Her work results in effective strategy implementation, sustainable change and organisational development. She studied English Literature and Modern Languages (German) at Oxford University and at the University of Göttingen. She also received a scholarship to study international marketing at the State University of New York. Natasha helped establish the internationally renowned consulting firm – IFOK GmbH – in 1995, where she remained until the end of 2009, as Head of Division for Dialogue Processes and Facilitation. Natasha founded her own consultancy company in January 2010: NWA. She is sought after as facilitator and communication consultant in Germany and at international level, working for leading companies within the chemical, IT and engineering industries and for innovative SME. Her services are also called on by the EU Commission, United Nations, Council of Europe and German Federal Ministries and Agencies. She is a leading consultant for European Foundations – particularly focusing on sustainability, child poverty, migration, biodiversity, societal change and stakeholder dialogue und Think Tanks such as the European Policy Center und Science in Dialogue. She designs and facilitates long-term corporate and public participation processes and is also asked to manage and moderate exclusive high-level discussions and workshops.


Opening of Side Event


Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk

Deputy Director General for Environment and Infrastructure, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


Prior to her work at the ministry, she was Deputy Head of the Department of International Affairs and Protocol of the City of Bonn and strongly involved in the change management and the United Nations settlement after the reunification. She also served as Corporate Lawyer.


Before she became a senior consultant at the international management consultancy Kienbaum and started her carrier working as a research fellow at the Faculty of Law in the University of Bonn with Prof. Dr. Josef Isensee and as UNESCO staff member for a Global Educational Program in Munich and Seoul, South Korea.


Dr. Rödiger-Vorwerk has studied Law and Northern Languages in Freiburg i. Br., Munich and Gießen and holds a state degree from the University of Munich and a PhD in European Environmental Law.


She is chair and vice chair in several boards and currently strongly involved in shaping international policy negotiations and strategies. She was co-chair of the UN Habitat III Secretariat and is currently Vice President of REN 21.


Panel 1


Kirsten Hund

Senior Mining Expert, World Bank


Kirsten Hund is a Sr. Mining Specialist with the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank, where she works with mineral rich developing countries to extract and manage their mineral resources so that they contribute to sustainable development. Based in Washington DC, her current responsibilities include leading mining sector governance support projects in Ethiopia, Armenia, Kosovo and Niger, as well as coordinating global knowledge projects on ‘Forest Smart Mining’, and mining and climate change. Having worked on the social and environmental impacts of oil and mineral extraction for over a decade, she joined the World Bank in August 2012, with a focus on sustainable land use, community engagement and conservation. Prior to joining the World Bank she served as the regional advisor on extractive industries for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Central African office, based in Gabon, and as a Sr. Social Specialist with SRK Consulting in Johannesburg. She spent the beginning of her career with development organizations based in the Netherlands, working on civil society capacity building in relation to natural resource extraction. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and a DEUSS in International Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

Miryam Saade

Economic Affairs Officer, Natural Resource and Infrastructure Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean


Miryam Saade is an Economic Affairs Officer at the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) with more than 20 years of experience in macroeconomics, public policies, econometrics and natural resources economics, especially within the fields of economic research and analysis and policy formulation in developing countries. She has worked for governments, international organisms and academia like the Mexican Central Bank, the Bank of France, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD and currently, at the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division, ECLAC. At ECLAC, she has been deeply involved in the Governance of Natural Resources (mainly in minerals and energy), in particular, for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has been author, co-author and contributor in several publications related to natural resources governance (resource curse, mining conflicts, environmental liabilities and sovereign wealth funds), external debt sustainability for least developed countries, central bank economic annual surveys, ECLAC’s Economic Survey and has provided inputs for two ECLAC Sessions, the most important event and publication of each biennium for ECLAC. Miryam possess a Master of Science in Economics at the University of Warwick and has been a professor of International Economics and Econometrics at the Universidad Anáhuac, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico and since 2011, she has taught International Economics in the Master in International Strategy and Trade Policy sponsored by the University of Chile and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).


DR. Peter Buchholz

Head, German Mineral Resources Agency


As an economic geologists, Peter Buchholz has been with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) since 2005. Since 2012 he is heading the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) at the BGR. The main focus of DERA's work is to provide market intelligence to assess potential price and supply risks in raw material markets as well as to develop mitigation strategies for the German industry to diversify supply sources. Before his time at the BGR he worked in the areas of ore deposit research, exploration and commodity trading. In 1995 he completed his PhD on Archaean gold deposits at the RWTH Aachen. Subsequently, he worked as assistant professor at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and from 1998 to 2002 as director of the M.Sc. Programme in Exploration Geology at the University of Zimbabwe. After that he joined a commodity trading company. His research and entrepreneurial work were awarded nationally and internationally.

DR. Paul Taylor

Manager for Environmental Stewardship, International Council on Mining and Metals


Dr. Paul Taylor is a manager for environmental stewardship at the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM); an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining industry. Paul works with ICMM’s 24 mining and metals companies, who collectively represent over 900 sites in 58 countries, and including over 30 regional and commodities associations, to strengthen environmental and social performance. Paul’s primary focus is on managing climate-related activities. Prior to joining ICMM, Paul led the supplier engagement programme at the LEGO Group and worked as a senior consultant at the Carbon Trust. Paul has a degree in environmental science and a PhD and post-doctoral research in the measurement of contaminated land.

Jonathan Eckart

Project Manager, Global Battery Alliance,

World Economic Forum


Jonathan is a Global Leadership Fellow and project manager of the Global Battery Alliance at the World Economic Forum. The Alliance is a public-private coalition working towards a responsible global supply of batteries for mobile and green technology. It aims to catalyse and accelerate activities that safeguard workers, tackle child labour, address pollution, promote recycling and unlock innovation along the battery value chain. Previously, Jonathan was based in Freetown as a consultant to the government of Sierra Leone and before that worked for the Brunswick Group in Berlin. He holds a Master in Public Policy from the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science and Economics at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Chicago.



Panel 2

Stephan Wolters 

Senior Project Manager, adelphi research GmbH


Stephan Wolters is a senior project manager at adelphi. The focus of his research and consulting activities is on current issues of international climate and energy policy. He is responsible for coordinating the program on climate diplomacy. He is also working on governance issues of climate finance as well as on new market mechanisms. In the course of his bachelor's and master's degree in economics, he studied at Humboldt University Berlin, the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and New York University, USA.

Siân Bradley

Research Associate, The Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House


Siân is a research associate in the Energy, Environment and Resources (EER) Department at Chatham House, where she works on issues related to the extractives industries and low-carbon transition. She is co-author of the report Left Stranded? Extractives-Led Growth in a Carbon-Constrained World, and her current research focuses on climate-related risks for emerging hydrocarbons producers. She has also worked extensively on global resource trade, and on China’s international engagement around energy, resources and low-carbon development. Prior to this, she worked in political risk and ESG analysis, and graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with an MSc in International Relations.

Nicolas Maennling

Senior Economics and Policy Researcher, Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment


Nicolas Maennling leads the economics and policy research at CCSI and is a development economist with experience in the public and private sectors. His focus is on designing strategies and tools to maximize the benefits and minimize the negative externalities of extractive industry investments. He has led trainings and advisory projects in various countries on taxation systems, financial modeling, economic and infrastructure linkages to extractive industry projects, macroeconomic and revenue management in resource rich countries, and risk analysis. Prior to joining CCSI, Nicolas advised the Ministry of Finance in Timor-Leste on issues including inflation, macroeconomic forecasting and fiscal sustainability. He also spent three years in Mozambique, first as the resident Overseas Development Institute fellow in the Ministry of Industry and Trade working on the design and implementation of Mozambique’s industrial policy. He then served as a consultant for a private bulk commodity shipping company, LBH Group, and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) on resource extraction projects in northern Mozambique. He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Warwick (UK).



Dr. James Morrissey

Senior Researcher, Energy, Climate and Poverty,
Oxfam America


James Morrissey is a Senior Researcher at Oxfam America. At Oxfam James works on questions at the nexus of energy, climate and development where he also links Oxfam’s work on climate change and extractive industries. Prior to joining Oxfam James was Senior Research Officer at the University of Oxford, where his research focussed on the relationship between climate change and human migration. James holds both a Masters and PhD in International Development, from Oxford University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Ocean and Atmosphere Science from the University of Cape Town. Outside of academia James has worked on issues of disaster risk in Cape Town’s informal settlements, and on the impacts of large hydro-electric facilities on the Zambezi River in Mozambique.


Valérie Quiniou

Vice President Climate, Total


Valérie Quiniou started working as a Naval Architect in Research and Development with Bouygues Offshore (now Saipem) in 1996, then moved on to Noble Denton in London (2000-2001) before joining Total in Paris in 2002 as a Metocean Advisor. She has field experience in deploying oceanographic & meteorological instruments at sea and onshore, as well as analyzing climatic data for design and operations of O&G infrastructures. From 2010 to end of 2015, she was Head of the Survey Technologies Department for natural hazards and site investigations. She was co-chairing the metocean Committee of the IOGP during the last two years. In January 2016, she joined the Corporate Sustainable Development and Environment Division, as Vice-President for Climate & Energy. Since the 1st of Sep 2016, the Climate entity, of which she is now charge, has been merged with Strategy. She is in charge of coordinating the 2°c roadmap of the Company. Valérie is a French engineer and naval architect graduated from the École Polytechnique and the National School of Advanced Techniques.


Afternoon session

DR. Helge Wendenburg 

Director General, Water Management and Resource Conservation, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear

Safety (BMUB)


Since 2005, Dr. Helge Wendenburg has headed the Directorate for ‘Water Management and Resource Conservation’ of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany. Since 2010 the Directorate has also been responsible for Ecologic Resource Efficiency. Dr. Wendenburg studied law at the University of Göttingen, where he also obtained his Doctorate in Law and attended the Institute for Political Science from 1979-1982. From 1983 he occupied a variety of roles in the District Government of Brunswick before transferring in 1990 to the Ministry of Environment of Lower Saxony, where he headed various divisions and finally the Directorate for Waste Management and Air Pollution Control. He is a Member of the Board of the German Water Association (DWA) and the Academy of Geological Sciences. From January 2014 – January 2017, he was President of the International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe River

(ICPE). He is the author of various articles concerning water and waste management and water and waste legislation, which have been published in a range of journals, periodicals and newspapers. He is the co-editor of a commentary on waste management law and sits on the board of editors of the German scientific periodicals ‘AbfallR’, ‘Müll und Abfall’ and ‘Umweltund Planungsrecht (UPR)’.



Prof. Paul Ekins

Director, Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London


Paul Ekins has a PhD in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008. He is currently a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel. He has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations. Paul Ekins’ academic work, published in numerous books, articles and scientific papers, focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. His most recent book (co-edited with Jim Watson and Mike Bradshaw) was Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015). In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. In the UK New Year’s Honours List for 2015 he received an OBE for services to environmental policy.

DR. Monika Dittrich

Research Assistant, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research


Dr. Monika Dittrich studied Geography, Economics and Ethnology in Marburg, Germany. She worked about five years in giz Eschborn, Dominican Republic and Mexico in projects in the field of management of natural resources and environmental policy. In her PhD at University of Cologne and Wuppertal Institute she analyzed environmental burden shifting via trade for the first time with a comprehensive global perspective. Since 2014 she works in ifeu calculating current and future raw material demand of developed and developing economies and she is analyzing the environmental implications of the material dimension of economies domestically and abroad. Resource efficiency as a central approach to manage raw material supply and demand in a sustainable way is an important part in her work. Currently, she leads several research projects, amongst others, "Transformation pathways to a greenhouse gas neutral and resource efficient society in Germany" and "Monitoring international resource policies" on behalf of the Umweltbundesamt, Germany.

Vaibhav Rathi

Manager Environment Management, Development Alternatives


For the past 5 years Vaibhav Rathi has been working on areas such as resource efficiency, waste management and clean technologies. He has been an accredited expert of Air and water pollution for conducting Environmental Impact Assessment studies for large construction and solid waste management project. Vaibhav Rathi has conducted Environmental Impact Assessment Studies for the construction sector and engineered landfills. He worked with various MSMEs and large industries, to provide technical advisory on resource efficient and clean technologies.

Dr. Romero Bertolini 

Senior Associate, NDC Partnership


Romeo is working within the Climate Program’s NDC Partnership’s Support Unit charged with the setup of the Bonn office and the in-country and regional work of the Partnership. He was working on the NDC Partnership with WRI from the very beginning. Before, Romero worked at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In 2015 he joined BMZ´s Special Unit on Climate being responsible for mitigation topics, the Climate Investment Funds as well as the climate related communications, press and civil society relations, and - since Paris - the setup of the NDC Partnership.

Dr. Detlef Schreiber

Head of section, Environmental Policy, GIZ Division Environment & Climate Change


Dr. Detlef Schreiber is a Geologist with complementary Latin America studies and a PhD in Economic Geology. He has 30 years of working experience with a focus on environmental policy, climate change, geosciences and resource management in Germany / Europe Latin America, North Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Since 2015 he is Head of section Environmental Policy at the GIZ Division Environment & Climate Change. Before he provided consulting and advisory services for companies and private businesses in environmental management, hydrogeology and solid waste management. From 2001-2007 he was a long-term senior advisor in the Technical Cooperation project “Competitiveness and Environment” (CyMA), MERCOSUR-Germany, based in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Birgit Schwenk

Head of Division, European and International Aspects

of Resource Efficiency, Raw Materials Policy, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)


Birgit Schwenk, LL.M., leads the division for “European and International Aspects of Resource Efficiency, Raw Materials Policy” at the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. She coordinates Germany’s policy on resource efficiency at European and international level. Birgit developed the first German Programme for Resource Efficiency, chairing an Advisory Group on Ecological Questions of Raw Materials Policy and serving as focal point on resource efficiency during the German Presidencies in the G7 and the G20.