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Keynote Speakers

At the 4th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy three international experts will act as keynote speakers.


Julian Agyeman is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities,’ the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.’ His publications, which number over 160, include books, peer reviewed articles, book chapters, published conference presentations, published reports, book reviews, newspaper articles, Op-Eds and articles in professional magazines and journals. Together with Duncan McLaren, he co-authored a book on Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities.


Michael Kuhndt is the Executive Director of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Wuppertal, Germany. He coordinates the Centre’s contribution towards the 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10 YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production. He has directed a number of projects in the fields of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and climate change, policy assessment, sustainable business models, SCP indicators, sustainable and strategic consumption, lifestyle patterns as well as scenario-building for sustainable living. Michael Kuhndt has been Co-Chairman of the Task Force on Sustainable Consumption and Green Development at the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and a member of various international advisory boards as well as expert groups and has been lecturing at several universities.


Martijn Arets is an international expert and thinker in the field of emergence and development of the collaborative economy: sharing economy, gig economy, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Martijn, globetrotting for his project Crowd Expedition 3 years now, engaged in talks with 300+ entrepreneurs, experts and other stakeholders in the upcoming collaborative economy. Believing in a sustainable course after the transition period we’re in, he now discovers the factual developments, main dilemmas, still necessary changes, and speed bumps on the road to full potential. Previously, Arets was elected ‘best Dutch entrepreneur 2011’, followed by a request to join the European Young Leader program ‘40 under 40’ in 2012. He authored ‘Brand Expedition, a journey visiting Europe’s most inspiring brands’ and ‘crowdfunding, beyond the hype’ and published over 300 videos on his Crowd Expedition YouTube channel.

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