Ludovico Alcorta is the Director of UNIDO’s Research, Statistics and Industrial Policy Branch. Prior to joining UNIDO, he served as Professor in Economics of Technology and Innovation and as Associate Dean for Research at the Maastricht School of Management. He was a Research Fellow at the Institute for New Technologies at the United Nations University and worked as an Economist for Latin America at the Economist Intelligence Unit and Midland Bank (part of the HSBC group). He has performed consultancy work for various UN Agencies. Alcorta is an Affiliated Professor at the Dusseldorf Business School; Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima; University of International Business and Economics in Beijing; and the University of Maastricht. Alcorta is currently a member of the Advisory Board, Technology and Management for Development Centre, University of Oxford, UK. He has published extensively in the areas of new technologies, innovation, industrialization and development. He has recently co-edited Pathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First Century: New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms, Oxford University Press, 2013. Alcorta holds a Bachelor and Master in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, as well as a MPhil in Development Studies and a PhD both from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Ludovic Bernaudat is the mercury focal point for UNIDO. He has been working with the UNIDO Environment Branch for 12 of the past 15 years, developing and managing projects in the Water Management Unit, both on the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology (TEST) and on the growing mercury portfolio. He has successfully implemented TEST projects in many countries, helping the industrial sector to reduce their environmental footprint while being economically more efficient. Since 2008, Mr. Bernaudat has represented UNIDO in all intergovernmental meetings for the development of the Minamata Convention on mercury which was adopted in October 2013. UNIDO’s leading role in the many industrial aspects of the Convention is now widely recognized and this is reflected in the growth of the portfolio from one project in 2008 to more than 30 in 2015.
Mr. Bernaudat holds a MSc in Environmental Science from the Ales School of Mines in France.
Since 2012, Mr. Brugger works as a knowledge management expert with the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development. He is involved in all of the Institute’s training activities from content preparation to facilitating class exercises. Previously, he worked with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in New York, the International Press Institute in Vienna and the European Commission. Mr. Brugger holds a Master in philosophy from Vienna University and a Master in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
Edward Clarence-Smith has been the UNIDO Representative to China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea since 2009. Previously, he was the Global Environment Facilities Coordinator, before which he worked at the Cleaner Production Unit of UNIDO’s Environmental Management Branch. From 1991-1998, he was head of Italian operations at Dames & Moore International, an international environmental consultancy company specializing in environmental due diligence and auditing, as well as groundwater remediation. Mr. Clarence-Smith has also worked at the US Natural Resources Defense Council, focusing on pollution prevention, hazardous waste management and the ‘right-to-know’. Prior to this, he focused on chemicals management at the Environment Directorate of the OECD and the Joint Research Centre of the EU. Mr. Clarence-Smith has also worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency, focusing on the control of Chlorofluorocarbons.
Mr. Clarence-Smith holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Edinburgh University and an SM in the same from MIT. He also holds an Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from MIT.
Jacek Cukrowski provides leadership to all activities of the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development and manages its operations. Before joining UNIDO he worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an adviser and a team leader at the Regional Center for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. Previously he was with the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland and earlier with the Economic Institute of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. His academic background includes an MSc in system engineering, a PhD in computer science and a PhD and habilitation in economics. He has extensive teaching and research experience in international trade, development economics and macroeconomics. He is author or co-author of numerous publications in refereed international journals and books. In 2009, in recognition of his sustained professional and academic excellence, he was awarded the title of Professor conferred by the President of Poland upon a motion of the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Republic of Poland.
Ms. Muge Dolun is an Industrial Development Officer at the Compliance Infrastructure Unit in Trade Capacity Building Branch, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, UNIDO. She manages projects related to SMTQ infrastructure upgrading mostly covering Eastern and Southern Africa. Previously she worked as part of the team of authors of UNIDOs flagship publication, Industrial Development Report, having experience working with various development and trade related think tanks such as Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).
Ms. Dolun holds a Master in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Environmental Studies.
Branko Dunjić has a PhD in chemical engineering with specialization on polymeric materials. He researched at the Laboratory for Catalysis in Lyon, France and worked at the University of Belgrade teaching polymer chemistry. Subsequently, he worked as a R&D manager in the chemical industry. Branco Dunjić published 43 scientific articles and is the co-author of four protected patents.
Since 2007, he is managing the Cleaner Production Centre in Serbia established within the frame of a UNIDO-sponsored project at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. The Centre successfully performed over 60 cleaner production assessments for companies in Serbia and abroad helping their clients to save expenses by reducing the consumption of energy, water and raw materials.
In addition to his role as Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the CEU, Dr. Zoltan Illes is Hungary’s state secretary of environmental protection, nature conservation and water management. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Gödöllõ University of Agricultural Sciences, and a Lecturer on Environmental Management and Policy at the University of Horticulture and Food Industry in Budapest. Following his postdoctoral association at Yale University (1987-1989), Dr. Illes held the position of Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Hungarian Institute for Environmental Management. He then went on to be the Deputy Secretary of State at the Hungarian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, and the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador of the European Union in Hungary on environmental protection. Dr. Illes is also the director of the Hungarian Environmental Management Training Centre, and is a former lecturer at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Zoltan Illes holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and an MSc in Chemical Engineering, and is both a Fullbright Scholar and a Humphrey Fellow. His research at the CEU focuses on environmental and energy studies.
Christine Jasch is Director of the Vienna Institute for Environmental Management and Economics, IÖW. She studied Political Economy, Business Administration and Agriculture and works as independent Tax Advisor and Certified Public Accountant as well as accredited lead verifier under EMAS and ISO 14001, for GRI Sustainability Reports and for the Austrian EUTS CO2 emission trading scheme. She habilitated at the Austrian University for Life Sciences and lectures on micro and macroeconomic aspects of environmental and sustainability management. In 2011 she joined Ernst & Young´s Climate Change and Sustainability Services Team in Austria.
Relevant work on Environmental Management Accounting include the book on principles and procedures for environmental management accounting for the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, Working group on Environmental Management Accounting, as well as the IFAC Guidance document on environmental management accounting (EMA). She has performed several case studies on environmental and sustainability accounting worldwide, mostly for UNIDO within the UNIDO TEST approach. The key message there is to show companies how they can link environmental protection with their existing information systems and how much money the can save by doing so.
For the Austrian chamber for accountants and auditors she annually organises the Austrian Environmental and Sustainability Reporting Award. Her current research focus is on developing corporate disclosure into integrated sustainability and welfare accounting.
She lectures at several universities in Austria. For information on the several research projects please have a look at www.ioew.at.
Saurabh has an entrepreneurial background with experience in the Indian environment and energy sector, management consulting and policy research. He has founded cleantech ventures and has assisted other start-ups in the cleantech and social space. He was involved as a consultant on projects commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency on alternative venture capital investing approaches in the cleantech domain and the role of public venture capital in this area. Since 2014 he is involved in development of WaterHubs, a modular water & sanitary infrastructure solution for urban slums. The solution aims to bundle technologies into a system that thus integrates resource management and enhances biological production. This social business in being developed at the Biopolus Institute, Hungary.
Frank is a passionate, authentic, creative and values-led sustainable designer and social entrepreneur. Working on something he believes in has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, Americas and Australia, collaborating with individuals and all types & size of organisation in a diverse range of areas. In 2006 Frank founded the award-winning Ecodesign Centre (EDC) and in 2012 he co-founded the European Network of Ecodesign Centre (ENEC). In 2014 he founded anois (which means now in Irish) a collaborative platform for seeking sustainable solutions and is in the process of co-founding two other ethical organisations, while he undertakes a significant amount of pro-bono work for organisations and individuals. Frank has a mixed discipline background (including a PhD in ecodesign) and has been delivering talks and workshops overseas since the mid 90s.
Ms. Gabriele Ott is the Gender Coordinator at UNIDO, responsible to promote gender equality and empowerment of women through systematic gender mainstreaming of policies, programmes, organizational practices, as well as working towards achieving gender balance. Prior to this assignment, her responsibility was entrepreneurship development for the creation of income and employment opportunities, in particular for rural populations, women and youth. She holds a Master in Economics and started her career as a business journalist.
Dr. Pintér has nearly two decades of experience working on sustainable development at the global scene with a wide range of international partners. Between 1994 and 2010 he worked for the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Canada, serving as the director of the Measurement and Assessment Program between 2003 and 2010. From 2000-2001 he was Practitioner Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, conducting research related to the effectiveness of integrated environmental assessment and reporting at the global level. He is Senior Fellow and Associate of IISD and was granted the title of Honorary Professor by Pannon University. He has su bstantive work experience with a wide range of international organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD, UNEP, UNDP, the GEF, and the China Council, and also with many Canadian provincial governments and consulting firms.
He was co-chair of the International Forum for Assessing Sustainability in Agriculture, helped initiate the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN), and lead the development of UNEP’s Integrated Environmental Assessment training program for sub-global audiences. He is currently contributing as an expert to the China Environment and Development Outlook of CCICED and serves as Coordinating Lead Author of the scenarios and transformative change chapter of the 5th UNEP Global Environment Outlook.
Petra Schwager is an Industrial Development Officer in the Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit of the Environmental Management Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Building-up UNIDO’s global Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Programme which currently includes 50 countries is the focus of Petra Schwager’s work. She has managed National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes in more 20 countries and developed UNIDO’s Regional Cleaner Production Network for Latin America. In 2004 she initiated UNIDO’s Global Chemical Leasing activities to bring forward sound chemicals management in industry. Fostering Public-Private Partnerships and encouraging innovative approaches to RECP financing and RECP up-scaling as well as promoting Green Industry in developing and transition countries are additional fields of her work. She studied Economics at the Vienna University of Business Administration and Social Sciences and Environmental Management at the University of London.
Mr. Sicars holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hanover University with specialization in energy- and process engineering.
For ten years, he was a Senior Programme Officer with the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. His main responsibilities were to discuss with the implementing agencies of the Protocol and the Executive Committee of the Fund, project and programme assessment, development of funding rules and policies, as well as funding levels. Prior to joining the Multilateral Fund, he worked for a number of years in research, facilitated technology transfer and participated in a number of international technical panels and task forces.
Mr. Sicars is currently Director of the Environment Branch of UNIDO, which, through the implementation of projects, covers subjects such as cleaner production, water, the management of persistent organic pollutants as well as mercury, and emission reduction of non-CO2 climate gases as well as phase-out of ozone depleting substances.