The primary aim of this panel is to deliberate on tangible measures to create incentives for startups and established companies. The emphasis is on fostering a regenerative economy where "sustainable development" and "responsible leadership" are upheld as the standard “by default, not by design practice”. Following the discussion, we plan to draft a white paper outlining action-based implementations for the next 2-5 years.
What would make regenerative organisations viable and widespread? This is one of the key questions being asked by The Fifth Element, an initiative from The Club of Rome and partners. To find out more visit the5thelement.earth.
This event is a collaborative effort by The Club of Rome, the Max Planck Foundation, and the TUM Venture Labs.
Carlos is Vice President of The Club of Rome and one of the Hub Directors in the UNESCO BRIDGES Sustainability Science Coalition. He is an Aerospace Engineer and initiated his career as a lecturer and researcher in systems dynamics at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), to get later engaged for many years as an entrepreneur in the digital sector in Spain, Switzerland, France and Germany. He created and chaired until 2020 the Innaxis Foundation to develop research on complex systems and responsible innovation. He is now devoted to promoting the emergence of a civilizational shift towards equitable wellbeing within a healthy biosphere. Carlos advises the UNESCO Chair of Global Understanding for Sustainability at the University of Jena, and the International Bateson Institute, as well as the Sweet Edge project on transition to 100% renewables in Switzerland. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK´IT), and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). He lectures on Circular Economy at EPFL (Switzerland).
Dietmar Harhoff is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, where he heads the department for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research. Moreover, he is an honorary professor at LMU Munich and advises organizations such as the Volkswagen Foundation and the European Patent Office. Notably, not only as an advisor to the German Federal and various Länder governments, but also through a number of entrepreneurial initiatives, he has played a significant role in the development of the German start-up ecosystem. Harhoff is known for his scientific expertise and has been elected to several national academies, including the Leopoldina and acatech.
Flore de Durfort is CEO and co-founder of Point Twelve, a Munich-based technology startup. Point Twelve is the IoT and SaaS Platform that enables energy-intensive goods producers to easily and continuously certify their production as green, saving up to 90% time in the process.
Flore has been in the energy transition space for the past ten years. Prior to Point Twelve, Flore was E.ON’s Head of Data Monetisation and Incubation - overseeing the firm’s value creation from data generated across the group.
Flore received a MA summa cum laude in Energy Economics & Regulation from Sciences Po in Paris as well as a MA with highest distinction in Political Philosophy and Ethics from Sorbonne in Paris.
Lubomila Jordanova is the co-founder and CEO of Plan A, a leading corporate carbon accounting, decarbonisation, and ESG reporting software solutions provider. Lubomila is also co-founder of the Greentech Alliance, a community of more than 2,000 startups connected to more than 500 advisors from VC, media, and business. She serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Sustainability Board at Chloé. Prior to Plan A, she worked in investment banking and venture capital as well as the fintech industry in Asia and Europe. She has been recognised as Obama Leader Europe 2022, MIT Innovator Under 35 Europe 2022, Marshall Fund Fellow 2022, Top 50 Women in Tech in Germany 2021 (Handelsblatt) and 30 under 30 (Forbes), among others.
Dr. Nicolas Peter holds a master’s degree in law and was Chief Financial Officer of the BMW Group from 1 January 2017 to 11 May 2023. In his more than 30 years with the company, he previously worked in the Finance and Sales department and was in charge of Sales in Europe and Group Controlling among other things. As a German with French roots, Nicolas Peter is a committed European and lived and worked in France, Sweden and Belgium, among other countries, during his career. Since May 2023 he is a Member of the Government Commission for the German Corporate Governance Code (GCGC) and chairs the Audit Committee KION Group AG.