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ACRE

Blue-Green Summit

Blue-Green Summit

Blue-Green Summit II

24 May 2018  |  Brussels, Belgium

“Conservatives are natural conservationists. On 24 May, in Brussels, ACRE will be organising a one day seminar looking at how we can best improve our environment using market mechanisms; the innovation that comes from capitalism, and the natural sense of trusteeship that is part of Burkean conservatism. Do please come along. Environmentalism, and the world we live in, are altogether too important to be left to the left.” – Daniel Hannan MEP

ACRE

Blue-Green Summit II

Panels

Innovation Panel
Discussing the power of market competition to inspire clean and efficient innovation. Recognising that government regulation and individual benevolence, alone, are forecast to be insufficient to face the environmental challenges ahead, this panel will discuss the need for breakthroughs in green technology, and the regulatory structures that best allow these to take place. Significant innovation breakthroughs will make the green option the cost-effective one; such that economic development and environmental improvement can be concurrent phenomena as often as possible.

Trusteeship Panel
Discussing the power of private ownership to inspire the sustainable management of natural resources. While the first panel explored the power in what the market is able to produce, this panel will discuss the power in the processes of the market itself; particularly the ways in which private ownership can incentivise sustainable stewardship - and the “Tragedy of the Commons” that awaits its absence. Other trusteeship-based market concepts such as natural capital, carbon trading schemes and catch-shares will also be discussed here.

ACRE

Blue-Green Summit II

LOCATION

Solvay Library, Parc Leopold, Rue Belliard 137, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

ACRE

Blue-Green Summit II

SPEAKERS

Sir Roger Scruton

Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC


Sir Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher who has published more than forty books in philosophy, aesthetics and politics. He is widely translated. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches in both England and America and is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington D.C. He is currently teaching an MA in Philosophy for the University of Buckingham.

Sir Roger Scruton

Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC

bio    

Adina-Ioana Vălean MEP

Chairwoman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)


Adina Ioana Vălean is the Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. From 2014 to 2017, she has been Vice-President of the European Parliament, on behalf of the EPP Group, in charge of ICT.

Before becoming a politician, Adina Vălean was a social activist, member of several foundations and associations, which promote tolerance, dialogue and a liberal economic market. Adina Vălean began her professional career as a teacher of Mathematics in Bucharest.

Adina Vălean has been a member of the European Parliament since 2007.

Adina-Ioana Vălean MEP

Chairwoman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)

bio    

Professor Hannes Gissurarson

Professor at the University of Iceland

@Hannesgi


Professor Hannes Gissurarson is a professor of political science at the University of Iceland and a frequent commentator on current affairs in the Icelandic media. He is also a published author on liberal and conservative issues. Professor Gissurarson holds a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy and a master's degree in history from the University of Iceland, he then went on to complete a Doctorate in Philosophy for Political sciences studies at Oxford University. Hannes H. Gissurarson was born in 1953 in Reykjavík Iceland.

Professor Hannes Gissurarson

Professor at the University of Iceland

bio    @Hannesgi

Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor

Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council

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Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor is presently the Chief Executive Officer of IOI Corporation Berhad, a Malaysia-based transnational corporation.  He has been on the Board of Directors of IOI Corporation Berhad since 1996 and a Board Director of IOI Properties Group Berhad since 2013.

Dato’ Lee is a barrister from Gray’s Inn, London and holds a LLB (Honours) from Kings College London in 1988 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting from London School of Economics in 1990. 

Dato’ Lee has been the Chairman of Malaysian Palm Oil Council (“MPOC”) since 2009 and has also been serving as a Council Member in the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (“MPOA”) since its formation in 2002. Dato’ Lee was a Board member of Bank Negara Malaysia from 2015 to 2018.

 

Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor

Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council

bio    web    

András Inotai

Advisor to the Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella


András is an expert in the cabinet of Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries. He advises the Commissioner on blue growth, maritime policy, trade and state aid, as well as on the external dimension of maritime affairs and fisheries, including international ocean governance, sustainable fisheries partnership agreements and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Previously, András worked as member of cabinet of Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries. He advised the Commissioner on legal and institutional issues, justice affairs and was in charge of relations with the European Parliament and national parliaments.

Before that András worked in the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission. He specialised in antitrust and regulatory cases in the electronic communications sector and then worked on the development of the strategic direction of DG Competition's activities in competition law enforcement, competition policy initiatives and competition advocacy. He also represented the European Commission as project leader in the Agency Effectiveness project of the International Competition Network.

Before joining the European Commission, András worked in the Brussels office of the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialising in telecommunications, media and technology cases.

András taught competition law and regulation in various universities and frequently publishes articles.

He holds a Master's Degree in EU Law from the College of Europe in Bruges

András Inotai

Advisor to the Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella

bio    

Daniele Capezzone

Member of ACRE Board and Director of New Direction Italy

@Capezzone


Daniele Capezzone is an Italian politician and one of the founders of the Italian centre-right movement Direzione Italia, and has been a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies since 2006 until the recent election in March, where he did not seek re-election. Daniele also serves as Vice President of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists. In his political career, he has served as chairman of the Finance Committee (2013-2015) and of the Industry Committee (2006-2007) in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. He has also served as Spokesman for Forza Italia and The People of Freedom. Daniele is a prolific author, having written five books including ‘A radical shock for the XXI century, ‘Euroghost’, ‘Instant democracy’, ‘Against Assange, beyond Assange’ and ‘For the return game - A classical liberal agenda for the Italian centre-right’.

Daniele Capezzone

Member of ACRE Board and Director of New Direction Italy

bio    @Capezzone

Debbie Dooley

Tea Party Movement Co-Founder and Environmental Activist

@Crimsontider


Debbie Dooley is one of the national co-founders of the American tea party movement and has been a Republican activist since 1976. She has been elected twice as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.  She has served on the Board of Directors of “Tea Party Patriots” since October of 2009. She was an early supporter of President Donald Trump and her endorsement was carried on conservative media outlet Breitbart. 

Ms. Dooley is the co-founder of “Main Street Patriots”, a group that organized over 400 “Spirit of America” rallies in early 2017 that defended President Donald Trump and his “America First” policies.  She also organized the CNN “Fake News” protests in Atlanta.

Dooley formed both “Green Tea Coalition” and “Conservatives for Energy Freedom” as vehicles to fight for free market principles and individual liberty in energy. She strongly believes that free market solutions and innovation are the proper methods to protect the environment. She also contends that moving to decentralized energy is a national security interest.

Dooley has had a big impact changing the minds of American grassroots conservatives regarding clean energy with her message of energy freedom, national security, and being good stewards of the world God created. 

 She has appeared numerous times in television media outlets which include Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and BBC.  Her work has also been featured in national print/online publications including The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, U.K. Guardian, and other international publications, in addition to being featured in several documentaries.

Debbie Dooley

Tea Party Movement Co-Founder and Environmental Activist

bio    @Crimsontider

Sam Hall

Head of Research at We Are Bright Blue

@samuelhall0



Sam Hall is a Head of Research at Bright Blue and leads our work on green conservatism. His main policy interests are the environment, housing, and transport. At Bright Blue, he has authored two reports on incentivising home energy improvements and on understanding what conservatives think about the environment. Sam has written for Conservative Home, Business Green, The Times, Yorkshire Post, Huffington Post, The Independent, and Reaction Life.
Before joining Bright Blue, Sam worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Conservative MP, where he focused on energy and rural issues. Sam was educated at the University of Oxford, studying for both a BA and Master’s degree in Classics.
Outside work, Sam is active in his local Conservative Association in Bethnal Green and Bow, where he sits on the Executive Committee.
 

Sam Hall

Head of Research at We Are Bright Blue

bio    @samuelhall0

Richard Milsom

ACRE Chief Executive


Milsom leads the growth and engagement efforts of the fastest growing European political party, the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe.  He leads ACREs work in reinforcing its presence across Europe, and beyond. He is a seasoned political consultant and expert with extensive experience in government, public policy and strategic communications. Prior to his political work, he was a successful businessman. He holds a university degree from the university of Cambridge.

Richard Milsom

ACRE Chief Executive

bio    

Nick Wood-Dow

Founder of The Tory Green Initiative

@NickWoodDow


Nick Wood-Dow has worked in public affairs and public relations for the last thirty years, and has been an adviser to Conservative MEPs during that time. He has worked extensively in Brussels and Strasbourg, and in Westminster and Whitehall. He was a Conservative PPC in the 1992 General Election, and was a member of Spelthorne Borough Council. He founded the Tory Green Initiative in 1988 to pursue an environmentally free market agenda in British politics throughout the Thatcher and Major governments.

Nick was educated at Gordonstoun School and Cambridge University. He lives in Egham, Surrey where he supports his local community, working with Borough Mayors on their fundraising programmes. A former Chairman of Surrey Conservatives, he is President of the Egham and Thorpe Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Association, President of 6th Staines Scouts and Chairman of Spelthorne in Bloom.

 

Nick Wood-Dow

Founder of The Tory Green Initiative

bio    @NickWoodDow

Datuk Franki Anthony Dass

Chief Advisor & Value Officer, Sime Darby Plantation

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Datuk Franki Anthony Dass, a Malaysian aged 60, is the Chief Advisor and Value Officer of the Sime Darby Plantation. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Serdang in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Planters, Malaysia since 2016.

He started his career in 1980 as an Assistant Manager at Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad and continued serving in the company until 2007 as Head, Plantation Operations Minamas, Plantation. After the Merger in 2007, he joined Sime Darby Holdings Berhad, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sime Darby Berhad (SDB), as CEO, Minamas Plantation, Plantation and Agri-business Division and was then promoted to Head, Upstream Operations, Sime Darby Plantation & Agri-business Division on 1 April 2010. He was then appointed as the Acting Executive Vice President, Plantation Division from 1 May 2010 to 30 November 2010, and later assumed the position of Executive Vice President, Plantation Division from 1 December 2010. This position was later redesignated to Managing Director, Plantation Division on 8 October 2015 and CEO, Plantation on 14 July 2017.

He was then appointed as our Chief Advisor and Value Officer on 21 November 2017. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing coaching on technical and strategic matters and mentoring the next generation of leaders, leading the execution and culture transformation as well as ensuring progress on value creation initiatives of our Company.

He is a Council Member of the Malaysian Productivity Council, Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association, a member of the Program Advisory Council of the MPOB and a member of the board of trustees of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

Datuk Franki Anthony Dass

Chief Advisor & Value Officer, Sime Darby Plantation

bio    web    

Dave Keating

Journalist

@DaveKeating


Dave Keating, the former editor of EuropeanVoice.com, is an American journalist based in Brussels. Having previously covered US politics in Washington, he now covers EU politics and policy, but with a special focus on energy, environment and transport issues. He has eight years of experience covering the Brussels bubble and moderating conferences. He does print, radio and video reporting for a variety of clients including Forbes, France 24, Berlin Policy Journal, MLEX, Deutsche Welle and the Irish Independent.

Dave Keating

Journalist

bio    @DaveKeating

Zoltan Reng


Zoltan Reng has been the CEO of Hungrana since 2016. Prior to taking on that role he was the CEO of Pannonia Ethanol Zrt, He gained 8 year’s experience in the property development and construction industry as a project manager. His last project was Pannonia Ethanol’s green-field bioethanol project in Hungary, where in 2012, when the plant started up operation, he became CEO. During his time the plant’s capacity was doubled. In 2016 he joined Hungrana, Europe’s largest isosugar producer.

Which he initially joined, back in February 2010, as a Project/Investor Relations Manager. Before that he spent five years working as a Senior Engineer with John Paul Construction and one year with JJ Rhatigan as a Project Engineer

Zoltan Reng

bio    

ACRE

Blue-Green Summit II

AGENDA

9:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks

  • Dave Keating, Senior Political Journalist and Editor

9:40 AM

Keynote Speech

  •  Sir Roger Scruton, Writer and Philosopher

9:55 AM

Keynote Speech

  • Debbie Dooley, Tea Party Movement Co-Founder and President of Conservatives for Energy Freedom

10:10 AM

Keynote Speech

  • Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor, Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council

10:25 AM

Panel Discussion

On Innovation:

  • Dave Keating, Moderator
  • Nick Wood-Dow, Founder of The Tory Green Initiative
  • Sam Hall, Head of Research at Bright Blue (UK)
  • Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor, Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council
  • András Inotai, Senior advisor to the Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella (Hungary)

Discussing the power of market competition to inspire clean and efficient innovation. Recognising that government regulation and individual benevolence, alone, are forecast to be insufficient to face the environmental challenges ahead, this panel will discuss the need for breakthroughs in green technology, and the regulatory structures that best allow these to take place. Significant innovation breakthroughs will make the green option the cost-effective one; such that economic development and environmental improvement can be concurrent phenomena as often as possible.

11:15 AM

Coffee Break

11:35 AM

Keynote Speech

  • Adina-Ioana Vălean MEP, Chairwoman of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

11:50 AM

Keynote Speech

  • Hannes H. GissurarsonUniversity of Iceland, Professor

12:05 AM

 

Panel Discussion

​On Trusteeship:

  • Dave Keating, Moderator
  • Datuk Franki Anthony Dass, Chief Advisor & Value Officer Sime Darby Plantation (Malaysia)
  • Debbie Dooley, Tea Party Movement Co-Founder and President of the Conservatives for Energy Freedom
  • Zoltan Reng, CEO at Hungrana, (HU)

Discussing the power of private ownership to inspire the sustainable management of natural resources. While the first panel explored the power in what the market is able to produce, this panel will discuss the power in the processes of the market itself; particularly the ways in which private ownership can incentivise sustainable stewardship - and the “Tragedy of the Commons” that awaits its absence. Other trusteeship-based market concepts such as natural capital, carbon trading schemes and catch-shares will also be discussed here.

13:00 PM

Closing Remarks:

Daniele Capezzone, ACRE Board Director 

13:10 PM

Lunch and End

ACRE

Blue-Green Summit II

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