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Wednesday 29 / September / 2021



During the first session of the Sustainability Room, the Circular Economy Forum will take place.


Main Hall

Sustainability Room Opening conference

Keynote speaker: Miguel González Suela. Deputy Secretary for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO)

  • Gemma del Corral. Councilor of the Environmental Sustainability Department of the Málaga City Council

The role of the administration

Moderate and speaker: Teresa Muela. Secretary General of the Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP)

  • Marta Gómez. General director of Circular Economy of Castilla-La Mancha government
  • María López. Director of Environmental Quality and Climate Change of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Regional Government of Andalusia
  • Cristina Aparicio. Director of the Circular Economy of the Madrid Regional Government

Conference: Demonstration and information activities for the management of solid waste derived from protected horticulture: Recicland Project

Conducted by: Ignacio Lorite. R+D+F Coordinator of IFAPA

  • Mª Rosa Granados. Project technique Recicland of IFAPA La Majonera Almería
  • Encarnación Samblas. Project technique Recicland of IFAPA La Majonera Almería

Opening Ceremony

Auditorium 1

Master lecture: Supercities. Smart Territory

  • Alfonso Vegara. President of Fundación Metropoli

The plastics problem at the sea: implications and mitigating actions from different areas

Sponsored by: 


Moderate: Luis Medina-Montoya. Director General for the Environment and Sustainability of Málaga City Council

  • Mª Antonia Cobacho. Chief of International Relationship at Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency (AGAPA) of the Andalusian Regional Government
  • Manuel Manchado. Coordinator in Andalusia of the BLUE BIO MED project of the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA) of the Andalusian Regional Government

Business and the Circular Economy. Beyond the recycling economy

Sponsored by:

There is a risk that citizens associate and confuse the circular economy exclusively with waste management and the recycling or green economy. What are the steps or policies that need to be put in place so that the average citizen knows what the circular economy is and what their role is in it? How can businesses contribute?

Moderate: Ignacio Sánchez. General Manager Spain & France at SmurfitKappa Recycling

  • Antonio López Peña. South Zone Manager Ecoembalajes España S.A.
  • Miguel Giribel. Ceo of Cash Converters Spain and Portugal
  • Albert Grau. Public Affairs Officer in Spain of Rockwool
  • Ainhoa Mendivil. Director of environment of the northern area of SGS TBC
  • Gonzalo Jiménez. Sustainability and Transformation Director of Hidralia


Enabling and constraining factors for the success of circular bioeconomy initiatives in Andalusia

Sponsored by:


Moderate: Anastasio J. Villanueva. Researcher at the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA) of the Andalusian Regional Government

  • José Manuel de la Torre. Head of the Department of Chemistry and Natural Products at DOCMA
  • Beatriz Molina. R+D+i Director of Grupo La Caña
  • Juan Espuny. Research and development speacialist at OLEICFAT

The role of public and private companies. Innovation and intelligent systems in waste management

How can innovation contribute to the implementation of the circular economy? How should the precepts of the circular economy influence the behaviour and habits of citizens in the management of their waste, both household waste and waste from economic activities?

Moderate: Luis Medina-Montoya. Director General for the Environment and Sustainability of Málaga City Council

  • Jorge Gutiérrez. Sales Director for Spain and Italy of Contenur
  • Javier Pazos. Technical-director of the environmental center of Málaga, Limpieza de Málaga S.A.M. (LIMASAM)
  • Juan José Almela. Director of Operations and Strategy of MOVISAT
  • Jordi Tort. 1st deputy mayor and president of governance, internal management, economic-sustainable development and projection of the city of Gavà City Council

Thursday 30 / September / 2021



Hall principal

Talent Woman. The role of women in the development of the urban agenda, social entrepreneurship and circular economy

Sponsored by:


Moderate: Soledad Diaz. Managing director of Association of Science and Technology Parks of Spain (APTE)

  • Emma Buj. Mayor of Teruel
  • Maite Rodríguez. General director of Clear Channel
  • Mª Ángeles González. Director of the Area of Sustainable Economic Development and Projection of the City Gavà City Hall

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 2030 Agenda

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Keynote speaker: The role of the financial sector in the development of sustainable projects

  • José María López. Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Unicaja Banco

This panel includes the following two panels

SDG and citizens

Sponsored by:


Moderate: Julio Andrade. Director of Cifal Málaga-United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

  • Beatriz Becerra. Director General for Citizen Participation, Migration, External Action, Development Cooperation, Transparency and Good Governance of Malaga City Council
  • Miquel Rodríguez. Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda of Barcelona City Council
  • Lucas Magna. Investment Professional of Gef Capital Partners
  • Daniel González-Bootello. Managing Director of Smart City Cluster
  • Javier Araujo. Head of Smart Cities of T-system Iberia

SDG and success stories based on the application of sustainable solutions

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Moderate: María del Carmen García. Manager of the CIEDES foundation

  • Joaquín Vilanova. Mayor of Alhaurín de la Torre City Council
  • Marisol Garmendia. Councilor for Economic and Ecological Impulse of San Sebastian City Council
  • Miguel Zarzuela. Strategy Director of Zaragoza 2030
  • Diego Leone. Secretary of Environment and Public Space of Municipalidad de Rosario, Argentina
  • Manuel José Menéndez. Manager of EMAYA

Conference: Presentation of the Biodistricts project

A biodistrict is a geographic area in which proximity markets are articulated and dynamized, food networks are created between producers and consumers, as well as other agroecological dynamization activities, increasing production and consumption in a coordinated way, adjusting local supply and demand, scheduling crops based on internal demand and improving operators' margins. These actions constitute an ecological production strategy to build an ecoregion in a specific territory, placing local communities at the center of decision-making. All these actions can go hand in hand with others related to energy efficiency and improvement of the circular economy that promote the sustainability of the territories.

  • Juan Manuel Arcos. Ecology department technician at Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency (AGAPA) of the Andalusian Regional Government

Conference: “Cultural change and new demands of society in the era of the circular economy”

  • Luis Lehmann. Author of the book “How to click towards a new economy. A circular revolution with the human being at the center”