Speakers

Sabine Denis
Sabine DenisSabine Denis is Director at Business and Society Belgium, business network On Corporate Social Responsibility.


Sam Sluismans, Director, Innovation & Sustainability management, Deloitte
Sam SluismansSam Sluismans manages advisory services focused on Innovation, Sustainability and business process innovation. These services include assessing the innovation and sustainability capacity of an organisation, developing a future innovation & sustainability vision, building innovation & sustainability roadmaps and implementing these roadmaps.

His clients typically seek for assistance in developing new business, setting out the priorities for the future and creating goodwill amongst management and staff to follow the innovation strategy. Sam started his career in ICT and governance assessments, the management of massive change projects and risk analyses with regard to innovation.

Furthermore, Sam is also responsible for implementation and roll out of the Innovation Strategy and roadmap of Deloitte Belgium and a large part of the European region, working closely with the top management of Deloitte.

Hilary Parsons, Public Affairs and Social Issues Management, Nestlé
Hilary Parsons
Hilary is Senior Manager in the Nestlé global Public Affairs Department based at the company headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. She joined Nestle in 1990 in the UK working first for the Nestle Rowntree confectionery business before being promoted to Head of Corporate Affairs for Nestlé UK.

She transferred to the global Head Office in October 2007 where she is responsible for supply chain and commodity issues management. She also has major responsibilities in reporting and is responsible for the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Report (on line). She also coordinated production of the revised Nestlé Corporate Business Principles.

Hilary is a Board Director of the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) which tackles Child Labour in Cocoa and has also been elected a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Stakeholder Council.

Carine Van Hove, Manager, VITO & Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA)
Carine Van HoveFollowing a career at the Brussels Stock Exchange, and at British Petroleum for 13 years in functions varying from ICT to financial and business analyst in consumer&industry and pan-European business&financials harmonisation projects, Carine got attracted to concentrate on scouting, screening and developping business start-up potential within the non-core activities of global organisations: so called industrial spin-offs. By doing so, she became passionate about SMEs, and the way they can enforce an eco-system around large enterprises. At VITO (Flemish strategic institute on technology), she works with a team of business developpers and researchers to promote and demonstrate sustainable technologies to SMEs, and to guide them when implementing these technologies in their industrial processes, buildings or new concepts. Themes were sustainable industry/chemistry, energy, materials and upcycling, sustainable landuse and preventive health issues related to environmental factors. This experience provided the necessary basis for an additional challenge: Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA), an initiative of VITO, that gathers industry and stakeholders around clean technologies in Flanders in order to gain international exposure to influential networks, new markets, potential investors, innovative technologies and best practices.

Ellen Joncheere, General Manager, SITAEllen Joncheere
Ellen Joncheere (41 years), Belgian citizen, graduated as a bachelor in Business Communication. She also obtained a degree in Marketing from VLEKHO Business School in Brussels. In addition, Ellen holds a degree in Advanced Management from Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School.

Since graduation, Ellen held several executive positions. These included Marketing & Sales Director for SIX FLAGS Plc and Sales Director for SPE Belgium, the second largest electricity and gas producer and provider on the Belgian market. A few years later she was named Chief Operating Officer of ESSENT, a leading Dutch utilities company.

Currently, she holds the position of General Manager of SITA in Belgium and Luxemburg. SITA is a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, a publicly listed company. In addition, Ellen is a member of the Executive Management Board of SITA Northern Europe Waste Services. She also holds several board memberships as a non-executive director.

SITA Belux is a 100% subsidiary of Suez Environnement and offers both private and public sector organisations innovative waste management and waste recycling solutions. Currently the company employs around 3000 people throughout Belgium and Luxemburg and generates a turnover of 550 million.

Jérôme Kervyn de Meerendré, CEO SunSwitch
Jêrome Kervyn de MeerendréSince July 2007 
SunSwitch, Co-founder and CEO
We study and implement global and personalized solutions to produce, monitor and optimize decentralized energy to answer the needs of households, enterprises and the public sector.
We are today focused on Photovoltaic solar panels and Heat-Pumps and are actively widening our product portfolio.

From January to June 2007        
Fortis, Business Transformation Program Manager
Monitoring of Fortis Bank main transformation initiatives through roadmapping and reporting
Programs in scope: US and Asia Expansion, Turkey, CF Deutschland, Uplift Retail Belgium

September 2004 to November 2006     
Deloitte Belgium, Senior Auditor in the Financial Service Industry team (Brussels & Gent)
Main clients: Bank, Coordination Centre, Insurance company (80 % of my planning)
Senior on Carrefour Coordination Centre, GM Coordination Centre, Petercam Sicavs and on entities of Securex, Keytrade, Solvay,..
Specific client: European commission, missions abroad (Spain, Israel)


Bruno Defrasnes, Head of Sustainable Development and Business Innovation, Electrabel GDF SUEZ
Bruno DefrasnesBruno Defrasnes holds a Master in Electromechanical Civil Engineering.

In 1994 he started his career at Electrabel, where he acted as head of Information Technology at the Electricity and Gas Distribution Department. He was a specialist in Medium Voltage Grid studies.
Thereafter he has held different management positions within Electrabel. In 1997 he joined the Electricity, Gas and Television Distribution department, where he has been Head of Distribution activities in various regions of the country. Grid management, investment and customer services.

In 2001 he has been Programme and Change Manager within the Marketing & Sales business unit where he was responsible for supporting the implementation of the Supply business model in preparation for liberalisation.
He has also been Marketing Manager Retail within the Marketing & Sales Retail department, where he was in charge of defining and launching innovative commercial value proposals in order to protect market share, gain new customers and increase customer satisfaction.

At present he is Head of Sustainable Development and Business Innovation at the Corporate Department of Electrabel GDF SUEZ where he is responsible for defining and implementing a sustainable development strategy and action plan.

John Elkington, Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans
Founding Partner & Executive Chairman of Volans (2008 to date), John was also Co-founder of SustainAbility (1987-2008, where he remains a non-executive member of the Board) and of Environmental Data Services (ENDS, 1978).
He is considered to be a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as "a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades." His first involvement in the field: raising money for the newly formed World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 1961, aged 11.
In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the '1000 Most Influential People' in London, describing him as "a true green business guru," and as "an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable."
In 2009, a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR leaders placed John fourth: after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, and alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank. In August 2001, John was named among the '100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders for 2011' by ABC Carbon and the Sustain Ability Showcase Asia, based on nominations and recommendations received from around the globe.
Volans, launched in April 2008, is a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation movements. Volans applies thought leadership and global networks across these areas to develop solutions for entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and investors.
In terms of other hats, John is a Visiting Professor at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management and (from June 2012) at the UCL Energy Institute.
In 2011 John was awarded the Spencer Hutchens, Jr. Medal by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) primarily for his outstanding leadership, as an advocate for social responsibility, and for bringing about positive social change. John has completed a Fellowship at the Bellagio Centre awarded to him by The Rockefeller Foundation.
He has written or co-authored 17 books, including 1988's million-selling Green Consumer Guide (Victor Gollancz; co-authored with SustainAbility co-founder Julia Hailes), 1997's Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business (Capstone/John Wiley; the book which brought his triple bottom line concept and agenda to a wider audience) and 2008's The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World, (Harvard Business School Press), co-authored with Volans co-founder Pamela Hartigan.

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