GIZ Networking Day

World Circular Economy Forum 2024

Thu, Apr 18 2024
Europe/Brussels: All day
Bouche à oreille
Brussels, Belgium

GIZ, EXI, GoCircular, WCEF

What to expect

As part of the World Circular Economy Week in Brussels, GIZ is offering a GIZ Networking Day for our invited guests. You can look forward to various inputs from experts as well as meeting and exchanging with peers working on circularity around the world. 


Event Location I Bouche à oreille

The conference will take place at the Bouche à oreille, the word of mouth. You can easily reach the event location by foot or with public transportation (further information).  

Bouche à oreille
Rue Felix Hap N°11
1040 Etterbeek, Belgium


Photographs and Videos

Please note that photographs and videos will be taken throughout the event. We consider your participation in the event as consent that the photos may be used in the context of public relations for GIZ and the Export Initiative Environmental Protection (EXI). If you do not wish to be photographed, please contact the GIZ team or the photographer at any time.


Social Media

If you would like to post on social media about the GIZ networking day, tag GIZ and use the hasttags: #wcef2024  #GIZnetworkingDay 


We look forward to meeting you personally in Brussels!

The GIZ GoCicular and GIZ EXI Teams


Program for the GIZ Networking Day

Please find below the current agenda. We will update the program here regularly. 



  • Lars Selwig (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Division Water and Circular Economy)
  • Dr. Inga Wagner (German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), Head of Division European and International Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Policy; Circular Economy)

Session 1: Circular Economy Finance


Interaction with the Audience

Thematic Input

  • "Measures & Activities in Europe", Bettina Dorendorf (KfW, Germany)
  • "Vietnam Green Taxonomy, with a focus on Circular Economy", Tran Minh Hue (Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam)
  • "Financial needs, challenges, and opportunities of CE organisations", Clara Garcia Parra (The Canopy Labs, Portugal)

Panel with Audience Interaction


10:30-11:00Coffee break

Session 2: Cities as Drivers for Circularity


"Urban policies and infrastrucutre for the resource transition or the complex governance of critical dilemmas"

Breakout Sessions:

  • "The role of Colombian cities from a national perspective", Ruth Quevedo (Executive Director of the Colombian Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation Regulatory Commission, Colombia)
  • "Efforts on Circular Economy and Public Policy: Turrialba City Case", Carlos Cordero Vega (Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica)
  • "Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's waste management and circular economy strategies: key achievements and challenges", Dr. Sujitra Vassanadumrongdee (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • "Brussels: Insights from Brussels’ circular reindustrialization", Perrine Collin (, Belgium)
  • "Hamburg: Produce locally, think globally", Wolf Kuehr (Independent Circularity Consultant, Germany)
  • "Circular economy in Viet Nam: from legal framework perspective to practical implementation at the city level", Nguyen Minh Cuong (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam)

Short Networking Session 


12:30-13:30Lunch and networking

Session 3: Interactive networking session


1)    Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
2)    Digitisation & Innovation
3)    Behavioural Change & Waste Prevention

15:00-15:30Coffee break

Session 4: Impact of EU Circular Economy Policies on International Value Chains


Panel Discussion

Q&A and Closing



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