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The Circular Economy: From Concept to a Business Reality

April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM EDT

The Circular Economy:

From Concept to a Business Reality


Wharton IGEL’s 9th Annual Conference


Wednesday, April 27, 2016
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Click here to register.


Conference-Workshop Objective: The concept of a circular economy is incredibly logical and equally appealing.  However, the reality of executing the concepts at a business level pose many real challenges.  If business is going to transform itself from the old world of a linear economy into the new world of a circular economy, many obstacles need to be overcome.

Join IGEL as we present some to the “real world” successes of organizations that have begun to make the transition to this new world and learn the path that organizations can take toward this necessary transformation.



Wednesday, April 27, 8:30 am

8:30 – 9:00  Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15  Welcome Remarks & Conference Introduction:  

Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL

Gary Survis, Senior IGEL Fellow & Conference Moderator

9:15 – 9:45 Opening Keynote:

Allen Hershkowitz, President, Green Sports Alliance

9:45 – 10:00 Questions from the Audience
10:00 – 11:00 Panel One – Sustainable Development: The Role of Circular Supply Chains


John Giordano, Assistant Commissioner, Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability, NJ Department of Environmental Protection


Helga Vanthournout, Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company

Patrick Cairo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, SUEZ

Kristine Kalaijian, Director, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, Philips

11:00 – 11:15 Questions & Audience Participation
11:15 – 11:25 Networking Break
11:25 – 11:40 Morning Keynote: The Ultimate Circular Economy: Capturing and Using CO2 ?
Bernard David
Chairman and CEO, CO2 Sciences, Inc.
11:40 – 12:40 Panel Two:  The Circular Economy begins with Product Design


Gary Survis, Senior IGEL Fellow & Conference Moderator


Eunice Heath, Global Director Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company

Scott Cassel, CEO, Product Stewardship Institute

12:40 – 12:45 Questions & Audience Participation
12:45 – 1:15 Closing Keynote:

Kim Rumph, President, CHEP North America

1:15 – 1:30 Wrap Up & Questions
1:30 – 2:30 Networking Lunch


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