Solutions for the future from leading specialists in circular economy and environmental finance at Climate Change Summit, National Opera in Bucharest, October 19 – 20


Solutions for the future from leading specialists in circular economy and environmental finance at Climate Change Summit, National Opera in Bucharest, October 19 – 20


Vojtech Vosecky, multi-award winning circular economy specialist, and Ingmar Juergens, climate economy and sustainable finance expert, will take Climate Change Summit stage. The largest event in Central and Eastern Europe dedicated to climate change, with a focus on identifying solutions applicable in multiple sectors, takes place between October 19-20, in Bucharest. The National Opera hosts the first day of the event, while the program of the second day invites participants to 20 places in the city.

The event is open to the public, and access is based on the preselection of applicants after filling out a form on the website.

Circular economy – the road to a sustainable future

Vojtech Vosecky is one of the most important supporters of the circular economy in Europe and is considered by LinkedIn as one of the most credible voices in Europe on green topics (Top Green Voices). He is a co-founder of the renowned think tank the Institute of Circular Economy and has worked on related issues in the European Parliament. For four years, he was responsible for the transition of the city of Prague to the circular economy, and now, together with the world-leading organization called Circle Economy, delivers cutting-edge tools and services in the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe, and pretty much the rest of the world.

Environmental financing – a step towards a greener future

Ingmar Juergens, pioneer of mitigation-based finance, is one of the few experts covering the entire range of climate policy and finance dossiers; from adaptation, to mitigation, finance and policy to the modeling of climate change impacts and the economics of climate change.

Ingmar Juergens is the co-founder and CEO of Climate & Company, which has been addressing green finance issues since 1998. He has spent over 20 years working in positions of responsibility for international organizations such as the OECD, UN (FAO) and the EU Commission, and in recent years it has increasingly focused on finance and the role of politics in shaping private investment decisions.

Climate Innovation Leaders at Climate Change Summit

Along with them, leaders in the field of climate innovation and environmental policies, national and European decision-makers, researchers and entrepreneurs will be present at the second edition of Climate Change Summit.

Hans van der Loo – President, Institute of Integrated Economic Research; David Carlin, who leads the risk program for UNEP – Finance Initiative and contributes to climate risk management in the financial sector; Pierre Palmieri – Deputy General Manager of Société Générale; Elina Bardram, Head of International Relations Unit, DG Climate, European Commission; Peter Elwin, Head of Food & Land Use, Planet Tracker and expert on investment dynamics; Georgia Elliott Smith – specialist environmental engineer and activist, managing director at UK sustainability consultancy Element4; Giulia Corinaldi – leader of responsible practices in business, promoting the involvement of women in entrepreneurship and technology will discuss at Climate Change Summit financing possibilities for a sustainable future, responsible practices, circular economy and the European Commission’s climate perspectives.

Climate Change Summit, organized by Social Innovation Solutions, an organization active in sustainability, social impact and innovation, with the support of BRD Groupe Société Générale as initiator and founding partner, is an event open to the public, and registrations are made at

About Climate Change Summit
Climate Change Summit 2023 is organized by Social Innovation Solutions, together with BRD Groupe Société Générale, as founding partner, Auchan Romania as a strategic partner, Mastercard as climate partner, and with the support of Société Générale Global Solutions,  Center, European Climate Foundation and EPG. Organizational partners include the Concordia Employers Confederation, the Foreign Investors Council, Romanian Business Leaders, the Coalition for the Circular Economy, the Sustainability Embassy, WWF Romania, EFdeN, the European Institute of Romania, the Leaders Foundation, Envisia, Europe Direct, GEYC, the Romanian Youth Council, Carbon Expert, Infoclima, Valea Verde, Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, Solutions, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania, the Romanian-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Agerpres, Hotnews, Adevărul de weekend, The Diplomat, Sustainability Today, Nine O’Clock, CEE Energy News, NewsEnergy, Mindcraft Stories, Școala9, The Woman, Green Report,,, Guerrilla Verde

Monitoring partner: MediaTRUST

About Social Innovation Solutions

The mission of Social Innovation Solutions (SIS) is to support individuals and organizations to understand future transformations and develop sustainable technology, public policy, and entrepreneurial solutions. SIS runs several incubators and accelerators in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe, working with several thousand SMEs and NGOs each year through programs such as the Sustainability Academy, Future Makers, and Transformator. SIS also develops several platforms for conversations on sustainability, future trends, and circular economies such as Future Summit, Sustainable Futures, or Climate Change Summit  and provides consultancy and executive education programs in foresight, innovation, and sustainability.

About BRD Groupe Société Générale

BRD Groupe Société Générale is one of the leading banks in Romania. The bank operates a network of 441 units and has total assets of RON 74.5 billion lei (as of June 30, 2023). BRD holds a leading position in the retail market, is a top player in the corporate banking market and the leader in the Romanian factoring market.

As a social actor, BRD invests in culture, education, technology, and sport, supporting projects that build, develop, raise a new generation, and bring long-term value. It is under this vision that Foundation9 was created, which coordinates the cultural journalism platform Scena9, as well as the cultural center Rezidenta9 in Bucharest. In education, BRD has created Școala9, a specialized journalism platform, and supports programs that support the approach of teachers in the formal system, as well as plans, ideas, and projects in the sphere of innovation and technology. The newest journalism platform launched by BRD is Mindcraft Stories, which aims to open a conversation about discoveries in Romania and around the world, how technology touches our lives, artificial intelligence, robotics, medicine, and more.


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