Expert speakers

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Expert Speakers - Democratic Republic of Congo

The ten UK based expert speakers on the Democratic Republic of Congo are Alex Ntung, Emilie Venables, David Seddon, Karen O’Reilly, Dr. Joseph Mullen, Mario Aguilar, David Nabarro, Jordan Anderson, Jeremy Farrar, and Ben Shepherd.

Alex Ntung

He is an author, speaker, country expert, and a vetted expert witness in social, cultural, religious, linguistic, and ethnic issues in the countries of DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan. Alex is also an international speaker for issues of war and human security, cultural insensitivity, and conflict resolution. He has authored over 250 witness research papers and a book 'Not My Worst Day,' which describes the biographical account, and analytical papers on DRC security and conflict situations. Alex is a professional member of the Expert Witness Institute (UK), and the Mind Professional and the Institute of Migration Research.

Emilie Venables

Dr. Venables is an anthropologist and researcher with expertise in public health. She has published over 30 academic papers and has 15 years of research experience in African countries on subjects including HIV, Ebola, malaria, migration, torture, mental health, conflict, and health access. Dr. Venables holds a PhD. and MSc in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh. She has worked for international NGOs and academic institutions, including Médecins Sans Frontières, Doctors Without Borders and has also held senior academic and consultant research positions.

David Seddon

David is a specialist in politics and human rights for the region of Africa and the Middle East. He is the Director of Critical Faculty, and a research associate at the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies, University of Exeter. Seddon has produced over 10 expert reports on various countries in the region of Africa and the Middle East. David's expertise revolves around the subjects of social/ethnic/political groups at risk of persecution, brutal and degrading treatment, and torture.

Karen O’Reilly

Karen is a writer and refugee resettlement expert at UNHCR. She has worked in the countries of DRC, Uganda, Kenya, the Central African Republic, Senegal, Guinea, and Jordan. Karen has interviewed and reviewed several thousand cases of refugees and asylum seekers in West and East Africa and the Middle East about their experiences in their countries of origin and asylum. Karen has also researched on more than a thousand country of origin information reports.

Dr. Joseph Mullen

Dr. Mullen holds a Ph.D. in African Politics and is an academic development specialist with a specific interest in nationality, ethnicity, governance, religion, and risk of persecution. He has presented expert evidence to over 400 First and Upper Tier Tribunals, as well as Family Court and Court of Appeal. Dr. Mullen has also submitted expert evidence to the European Parliament, European Court of Justice, Supreme Court of Finland, and to immigration jurisdictions in the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, US, and Australia. He has worked with national or international organizations like the United Nations, World Bank, African Development Bank, European Parliament, Govts'. Of Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and Australia, UK FCO, and Commonwealth Secretariat.

Mario I Aguilar

Professor at School of Divinity, Mario has expertise on religion and politics in several African, Asian and Latin American countries. His current research includes China (Tibet), Chile, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Libya, and Syria. Aguilar is an expert adviser to the British Courts on Asylum Cases from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Chile.

David Nabarro

David Nabarro is a medical doctor and an international diplomat. He has served as special adviser to the UN Secretary-General and has led the UN's special envoy on Ebola. Dr. Nabarro has over 40 years of experience and has worked in over 50 countries. In 2017, he was nominated by the British government for the position of the Director-General at the World Health Organization. The Helen Keller Humanitarian Award felicitated Dr. Nabarro for his work on fighting Ebola.

Jordan Anderson

Jordan works as a country risk analyst at IHS Markit. His work focuses around forecasting the political, security, and business environment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Jordan holds an MA degree in Intelligence and International Security from King's College London, and a BA in Social Anthropology and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Jordan has provided commentary on African affairs in a variety of media, including Sky News, Al Jazeera, RFI Radio France Internationale (RFI), Agence France-Presse (AFP), CNBC Africa, Deutsche Welle, and Le Monde.

Jeremy Farrar

Jeremy Farrar is serving as the Director of the Wellcome Group. He was previously working as the Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam for 18 years. Jeremy's research interests are inclined toward infectious diseases, tropical health, and emerging infections. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers and served as Chair on several advisory boards for governments and global organizations, including the World Health Organization for Ebola-affected communities.

Ben Shepherd

Ben is a leading specialist in African politics and conflict, policy formulation, and applied analysis. He has a broad range of experience across West and Central Africa, with a particular focus on the DRC and wider Great Lakes region. He has served as the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) specialist on Central Africa and African conflict (2004-2011).
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Former Workers at Lego or IKEA - Bioplastics

After an exhaustive search for previous workers at IKEA or LEGO that dealt with plastics, we were able to find seven individuals that used to work at IKEA and lead sustainability and environmental teams in Europe. We list these individuals below.

Carole Brozyna-Diagne

She was the Head of Sustainability & CSR at IKEA in France from August 2013 to September 2017. She is now the Head of Sustainability and Quality at JCDecaux Group in France, a position she has held since September 2017.

Fredrika Klaren

Fredrika was the Sustainability Coordinator at IKEA in Sweden from January 2009 to November 2013. She became the Head of Sustainability at KappAhl in Sweden in February 2016.

Hans Djurberg

Hans Djurberg was the Quality, Social & Environmental Manager of Global Supply Chain at IKEA in Sweden from August 2003 to August 2006. His current role is Sustainability Director at SCA - Hygiene and Forest Products Company in Sweden, which he has had since January 2011.

Kaisa Mattson

Kais's role at IKEA in Finland was Social and Environmental Manager, and she is now the Director of Global Sourcing, Quality, and Sustainability at Fiskars in Finland, a role she has had since April 2015.

Elise Barbé

Elise was Sustainability Manager at IKEA in Belgium from November 2011 to July 2016. Since then, she has been the Group Sustainability Specialist at Ontex in Belgium.

Scott Hemphill

Scott Hemphill was the Global Sustainability Developer at IKEA, Switzerland from July 2015 to August 2018. Since September 2018, he has been the Global Environmental Sustainability Expert at Roche in Switzerland.

Ilka Baert

Ilka's role at IKEA in Sweden from September 2010 to June 2012 was Sustainability Manager. Since April 2017, she has been the Senior Advisor of Corporate Sustainability at Vattenfall AB in Sweden.