Wolfram Trinius

Wolfram is a sustainability and life cycle performance expert with more than 20 years of experience. He joined the Buro Happold Cities team in Berlin in 2023. In his role as Director Sustainability Life Cycle, Wolfram oversees Buro Happold’s life cycle consulting in Europe. His responsibilities include environmental and economic life cycle assessments, as well as supporting life performance, circular economy and net zero carbon approaches. He works on scales ranging from building materials and products through buildings to city districts. Wolfram is also helping to create a Buro Happold global centre of excellence.

His vast career experience spans international research and development projects, innovation processes, environmental and economic cycle assessments, environmental product declarations (EPDs) and the verification and critical review of life cycle assessments (LCA) and EPD projects. He has previously led consultancy projects related to integrated energy and sustainability concepts, supported developers and planning teams and advised on sustainability certifications.

Wolfram studied civil engineering with a focus on building physics and material sciences at the University of Hannover, completing his studies with a master’s degree in Building Science at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He later undertook a PhD on LCA in building construction, participating in numerous international R&D projects and teaching in the field of LCA. He currently holds a lecturing position at the HafenCity University in Hamburg.

He is a founding member and senior auditor of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen (DGNB) as well as the current chairman of the technical committee. He is also a founding member of the Austrian Sustainable Building Council, the ÖGNI. Wolfram is an independent verifier and member of the methodology committee for the Institut Bauen and Umwelt e.V. (IBU).

Pia Heidenmark Cook

Pia Heidenmark Cook was named top 10 female leaders in sustainability by WBCSD in 2018, and top 5 influencers on climate change agenda by the Climate Group, as well as top 100 climate influencers on Twitter in 2020.

Pia Heidenmark Cook today enjoys a portfolio career, dividing her time between board, advisory and keynote speaking roles mainly across Europe and North America. She is serving as non-executive director on boards across for-profit and non-profit organizations in healthcare, materials innovation, restaurants, and hospitality sectors. She advises a few professional services and private equity firms on sustainability, and she is also a frequent keynote speaker/lecturer on sustainability and business transformation at e.g., Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, INSEAD, Boards Impact Forum and ESG/Climate Competent Boards’ Executive Training in addition to a wide variety of corporate events.

Pia held the position of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at IKEA/Ingka Group between 2017-2021, and served as senior advisor post leaving the company. Pia joined IKEA in 2008 and held several senior sustainability positions at the company, and for the last 8 years she was member of the Executive Retail Management Team, the largest business division. During her time as CSO, Pia led a team of sustainability professionals in the global office, as well as sustainability experts integrated across the Retail, Shopping Centre and Customer Fulfilment business across 30 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.

IKEA is the world’s largest home furnishing retailer aiming to become a people and planet positive business. In 2021, the total IKEA climate footprint decreased by almost 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents, in absolute terms compared to baseline FY16, a reduction of 5.8%, while IKEA sales surpassed previous highs. This was the 3d consecutive year of climate footprint reductions despite increasing sales, meaning IKEA is on track to meet its 2030 climate positive goals.

For several years, ending in 2017, Pia served as co-chair of REAP, Retailers Environmental Action Programme, together with the EU Commission. Prior to IKEA, Pia worked as Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility at the Rezidor Hotel Group, operator of hotel brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn (300+ hotels in 50+ countries). During this period, Pia chaired the tourism branch of Prince of Wales Business Leader’s Forum, a membership organization for all major international hotel brands.

Pia holds both a Technical Licentiate degree and a M.Sc. in Environmental Management, from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Economics from Uppsala University, Sweden. More recently a degree from the International Directors Programme at INSEAD. She has lived in France and Belgium, but today lives in southern Sweden, with Canadian husband and two teenage daughters.

Pia has worked with, lectured and studied CSR/sustainability related topics since 1996, across academia, consultancy and business.

Andrew Wilson

A veteran presenter of live television programmes and an award-winning foreign correspondent, Andrew Wilson is a leading news and communications professional.

Andrew’s is an experienced conference moderator and event host. He is also an expert interviewer having hosted his own current affairs show on Sky for ten years. Those skills have been deployed in any number of corporate productions including a series of International CEO sit-down interviews around the world for Reuters and thought leadership exchanges at the WEF in Davos.

For ten years Andrew worked on the news front line as a foreign correspondent bureau in Moscow, Jerusalem and then Washington DC. He covered conflicts and breaking news, reporting live and presenting programmes from Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza, Chechnya, Haiti, the Asia Tsunami, Ukraine, Egypt, Africa, Lebanon and Iraq. He covered three US elections, two in Israel, two in Russia and any number in the UK.

On his return to the UK his program, Live at 5 on Sky News won best RTS best news program in 2016. He was also awarded numerous international awards for his coverage overseas.

Ever since he covered the first Earth Summit in Rio, Andrew has harboured a special interest in environmental stories. He presented a series of live shows from the Amazon jungle ahead of COP 15 in 2009 and has moderated environmental and business conferences in the City as well as hosting numerous Virgin Formula E events in New York and Paris.

Andrew is an experienced media and skills trainer and regularly works with news presenters and reporters. He works with the John Schofield Trust to mentor young journalists and is a contributor to the Westminster Foreign Affairs think tank Global Strategy Forum and a member of BAFTA.