Peeter Eek
Head of waste department, Estonian Ministry of the Environment

Suvi Holm
EcoFellows Ltd.

Annika Kruuse

Malmö City Government

Green and blue  - these spots in the urban ecosystem fulfill crucial functions and deliver values, that make urban space livable and enjoyable for people and wildlife alike. Be it the noise protection, air purification, levelling temperatures, water management and general benefits for public health. Future environmental technologies will combine smart tech solutions with urban ecosystem services. The key is to identify how the needs of the city and its ecosystem could be harmonized. First and foremost this includes mapping the needs, setting priorities and facilitating novel solutions. Annika Kruuse from Malmö city will convey how a city will directly and indirectly benefit from more nature - green and blue.

Henri Laupmaa

Launcher of Fundwise ja Hooandja


Henri Laupmaa is often referred to as a tech entrepreneur, who has launched the support portal for creative projects called Hooandja (Kickstarter Estonia) and co-operative funding platform Fundwise, which connects investors with small enterprises. He is one of the founders of garbage cleaning initiative „Let´s Do It“ and TEDx Tallinn. Henri is a member of the board in the Estonian Fund for Nature and belongs to the advisory board of the President of Estonia. He passionately follows the rise of new economic models and sharing society.

Riinu Lepa

Eco-community "Väike Jalajälg" (Small footprint)

Ciaran Mundy

Bristol Pound CIC


Ciaran Mundy is currently a Director at Transition Bristol Ltd. and previously a successful business entrepreneur in the telecoms and property sectors. He trained and worked as a research scientist in soil ecology and was a founding director of One World Wildlife which supports conservation, campaigning, education and research projects in the UK and overseas winning the 2010 Vincent Weir Scientific Award. Ciaran’s combination of interests led him to study economics with a focus on the role of money and banking in determining the type of economy we live in. He wants his current work to support the development of a fair, diverse, sustainable economy through more widespread involvement and local ownership.

Taija Sinkko

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)


Taija Sinkko (M.Sc. (Tech.)) is a Research Scientist in Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). Her background is in environmental technology. She has more than eight years’ experience on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and sustainability assessment of bio-based products, mainly food and bioenergy. She has participated to the development of sustainability assessment framework for bioenergy production, that takes into account environmental, economic and social aspects, in the IEE founded BIOTEAM project, which ended in the March 2016.

Kaidi Tamm

Karlsruhe University of Technology


Kaidi Tamm studied semiotics and cultural sciences at the University of Tartu, thereafter continued her education at the University of Voronezh in the field of Russian language and culture and at the University of Lugano in Switzerland in the field of communication science. Kaidi defended her Master’s thesis at the University of Tartu, she studied modern intentional community movement and the (ecological) community at Lilleoru, the thesis was titled “The phenomenon of Lilleoru in the light of western utopia tradition”. At the moment, Kaidi is finishing her doctoral studies in the field of sociology at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. Her main field of study is the models of sustainable development in rhetorics and practice in civil society and on government level in modern Europe.

Since May 2012 Kaidi Tamm works at the Karlsruhe Technical University, at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) with projects connected to sustainable urban innovations. Kaidi Tamm, fluent in Estonian, English, German, Russian, French and Latin, has long been involved as a volunteer interpreter and journalist and was the head of communications in the Estonian National Museum during 2006-2008.  

Kristi Zolgo

Taaskasutuskoda – Recycling Association


Everyday life in Mooste – raising children, restoring an old country house – led Kristi Zolgo four years ago to the idea of establishing the Recycling Association.

On one hand, she was eager to contribute to the well-being of the community in Mooste, on the other hand she had a personal need to get rid of her useless stuff. It appeared that the closest place for recycling would be Tartu. So, she tried to find out where other Southern Estonians take their useless things. Year by year, the Recycling Association has expanded its activities: now the waste management centres of Valga, Otepää, Põlva and Ahja also receive people’s useless belongings, an e-shop has been opened, markets, fairs, and information campaigns are being organised. Yearly, 4,5 tons of different items find their new home.

“It took years to promote our activities for people and this work is still in progress. Personal contact is very important in our work. For decades people have been used to throw away their stuff, to burn, dig them into the ground, take them into the forest…The engagement of the community is a sophisticated and delicate procedure, requiring patience and tact,” says Kristi Zolgo.