Conversations on Climate

Season 2: Episode 17 – The Climate Summit 2023 – Embracing The Circular Economy

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In this episode, Chris Caldwell, CEO of UNITED RENEWABLES and host of the Conversations on Climate Podcast, moderates a distinguished panel of guests at the 2023 Climate Summit at Trinity College, Dublin.

They discuss all aspects of the circular economy and the calibre of guests leads to a fascinating discussion.


David Callaway

Founder, Callaway Climate Insights

David Callaway is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Callaway Climate Insights. He is the former president of the World Editors Forum, Editor-in-Chief of USA Today and MarketWatch, and CEO of TheStreet Inc.

Richard Ali

Director Corporate Affairs, Strategy, and Stakeholder Relations at Tetra Pak

Richard is the Director of Corporate Affairs, Strategy, and Stakeholder Relations at Tetra Pak. Prior to Tetra Pak, Richard held leadership positions in the private, public, and association sectors. He has strategic and hands-on experience covering sustainability, strategy development, communications, policy, and advocacy. He is practiced in continuous improvement, good governance, and risk mitigation.

He currently represents the European packaging sector in the European Union’s European Food Security Crisis Preparedness and Response Mechanism (EFSCM) and was a member of the steering committee, which established 4evergreen, wood-fiber’s circularity platform.

Richard is a graduate and post-graduate of the University of Reading and is an alumnus of The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme.

Jackie King

Executive Director, Ibec Global

Jackie King is an international business leader with over two decades building high-performing teams and transforming organisations for the future. An expert in managing risk for organizations with international exposure, Jackie has worked with executives, their boards, and public-sector officials in every sector of the global economy to protect and enhance reputation and deliver results for business and communities.

Jackie currently leads Brussels-based Ibec Global, Europe’s leading English-speaking, globally networked business organisation, and the international business division of Ibec – Ireland’s largest and most influential business advocacy and representative organisation.

Before joining Ibec, Jackie spent three years as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Canada’s largest and most activated business network. Prior to the Canadian Chamber, Jackie spent 19 years with international public relations and public affairs consultancy Hill + Knowlton Strategies (H+K), where in Canada she rose through the ranks from intern to national executive leadership as Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Jackie has served on several boards in Canada and Ireland, most recently joining the boards of Chapter Zero Ireland and I-Form. Passionate about giving back, Jackie has volunteered for numerous organisations including youth sports teams, homeless shelters, women’s charities, charities for under privileged kids and teens, and cancer charities.

Jane Stout

Vice President for Biodiversity and Climate Action, Trinity College Dublin

Jane is Professor of Ecology in the School of Natural Sciences, and is the Vice-President for Biodiversity and Climate Action at Trinity College Dublin.

Her expertise is in the fields of ecology and biodiversity, and in connecting human and natural ecosystems, particularly through urban and agricultural land management, and the Natural Capital approach.

Jane is an internationally renowned expert on pollinator and pollination ecology, and a prominent voice for biodiversity and its value. She co-founded the successful conservation initiative, the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, and the not-for-profit company, Natural Capital Ireland.

THIS EPISODE of Conversations on Climate Podcast Series was produced by United Renewables in association with The Climate Summit, Trinity College, Dublin.

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Our series brings together the best minds from academia and business, to offer their experience and expertise in the face of climate change –from game theorists to corporate diplomats, and oil industry veterans to micro-algae entrepreneurs. 

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