Nicolas Buttin is the co-founder of Wiithaa, a design and innovation agency focusing on circular economy. Clients include L’Oréal, IKEA, Danone, Nespresso, AXA, Bouygues, Orange and Suez. He is also the co-founder of the Circulab methodology which purpose is to activate the circular economy for companies. Circulab is now a global network of trained certified consultants from Europe to Asia and the Americas (more than 40 people in 15 different countries).
Nicolas is the co-author of the book 'Activate the circular economy' (in French, soon available in English) released in 2015. He is also a speaker at various global conferences including TEDx where he talked about how to reconnect with nature. Nicolas has been teaching design and economy for many years in business and design schools as well as engineering and political sciences institutions like SciencesPo.
Nicolas is graduated from Celsa in Paris and also owns a post-graduate in Design Management from the University of the Arts London. He is a specialist on design thinking innovation methodology theorized in Stanford where he has been coaching yearly projects from ME310 international program (d.school). Nicolas helps companies turn big ideas into tangible products and services by running collaborative workshops based on business games and rapid prototyping. He also accompanies businesses on the design and implementation of such innovations.
Nicolas has always been a nature lover, sustainability advocate and open-source believer. He started to specialize in biomimicry by co-designing a game on the best cases of biomimicry: Biomimicards (freely available online), before developing the Circulab, which is also inspired by nature’s resilience and cost effectiveness.
Nicolas is living and working in Paris. And likes to cook great French food!
Michel Wolfstirn is the co-founder of BiomimicryNorway, a not for profit organization aiming at promoting biomimicry in Scandinavia and helping companies to innovate with sustainability in mind by using the biomimicry and circular economy frameworks. He is also a certified Circulab consultant.
Loving outdoors adventures, Michel felt the need to balance his karma from 8 years as a mechanical engineer in the oil industry by starting his journey with biomimicry in 2014. He has since then held a number of keynotes and workshops on integrating circular economy and biomimicry principles in the design process and is working with several projects incorporating these frameworks. Michel is also a visiting lecturer at HiOA, the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.
Michel is a graduate of ENSAM (now Arts et Métiers ParisTech) and Universität Karlsruhe (now KIT) and holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from both institutions. Michel also attended several courses and immersion workshops held by the Biomimicry Institute.
Michel has been living in Oslo for the past 10 years trying to make the most out of the stunning sceneries the Norwegian landscape provides.
Giane Brocco is the Founder of Biomimicry Brasil (consulting representative of Biomimicry 3.8 in Brazil). One of the pioneers in bringing Biomimicry to Brazil. Develops sustainable and innovative business and projects using biomimicry.
She has a Master in Production and Systems Engineering, is certified Biomimicry Specialist by Biomimicry 3.8 (USA), and B.Sc. in Production and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, she studied Leadership for Transition at Schumacher College (London and Brazil).
She has already held several workshops, courses and lectures in Brazil and around the world. Among the projects developed in the area of Biomimicry is a new sustainable process of cold injection with UV light, Industrial Environmental Indicators based on the Sequoias, and a sensory labyrinth based on the super senses of the animals.
Giselle Carr is a design strategist with fifteen years experience spanning branding, graphic and web design, art direction, research, social innovation, environmental analysis, leadership and business development. An alumni of the Design Management graduate program at Pratt Institute in New York, she works to integrate economic profit with societal and environmental value. Evolving from design thinking, to business leadership and then to sustainable design has made her more specialized, but more expansive in her ability to create impact. She excels at seeing opportunities across borders and industries in a changing world.
Growing up as the daughter of an agronomist, she developed a profound love of nature spending her childhood years living in rural central Trinidad. It was through Pratt that she was first introduced to biomimicry, which she then pursued by attending an immersion in Costa Rica hosted by the Biomimicry Institute. Since then she has spoken at events and conducted workshops with youth in Trinidad, creating awareness and providing tools to a new generation of innovators. She is also a partner at Abovegroup, a design strategy firm based in Trinidad and UK, and consults independently.
Based in Hong Kong for the last 20 years, Catherine has explored sustainability & circular economy through many projects, teaching, training and consulting activities over that period of time. Through biomimicry training (with CEEBIOS) and practical work for clients, she has gained experience in interfacing constantly natural biosphere and technical spheres to maximise circularity & improve systems, concepts and designs. Catherine is member of Circulab Network, referenced as Circular Economy expert by the APO (Asian Productivity Organisation).
She is a licensed carbon auditor, and holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, She teaches Sustainability, Eco-materials and Biomimicry at Inisghts School of Interior Design (HK) and is a regular lecturer at CIty University, Architecture Department, Hong Kong, in Sustainable & Bioclimatic Architecture.
Speaks English, French, Mandarin Chinese & German. French citizenship, HK Permanent ID holder.
Laure Dumas is a consultant specializing in the personal communication for CEOs and managers, helping them to deliver authentic and inspiring talks or presentations. A graduate from Celsa, she joined the selection and coaching team of the TEDxCelsa for its first two series.
Laure has always been captivated by the ingenuity and beauty of nature, of species, and of landscapes. From her childhood, she has listen to it and observed it. Naturally. So, it was an impacting discovery when she learned of the existence of biomimicry during a TEDxCelsa talk by Nicolas Buttin.
At that point, she resettled in Dubai. Parallel to the development of her professional life there, she has discovered in this region an environment quite different from the typical “clichés” we often hear: the beauty of the desert, and the stunning ability of certain species to live in extreme conditions. She has also observed the diversity of marine life and has experienced the magic of bioluminescent plankton; or the importance and usefulness of mangroves. So many subjects that she has shared with "Innovate With Nature" and this has led her to join the organisation and logistic support team for this uncommon trip.
Karin is a plant ecologist, having focused in her research work on the regeneration dynamics of Patagonian forests. For her Ph.D. dissertation, she studied the factors affecting the survival of seedlings of the southern beeches in high elevation forests of Patagonia. And later, she has been engaged in a project focusing on one of the very few conifers in the region which grows in small woodlands in the transition from forest to steppe. She has been a collaborator in revegetation projects with native tree species in impoverished landscapes, due mainly to overgrazing and fire.
In the last years, she has been working as a free-lance ecologist, organizing many field ecology classes for international students, exploiting the variety of natural environments in the region, such as steppe, wetlands, lowland and sub-alpine forests, high Andean environments and big lakes.
During the last ten years, she has been part of the board of a local environmental NGO, inviting researchers to give talks on scientific topics addressed to the general public. She has also taken part in a consultancy team regarding environmental issues.
Karin is based in Bariloche, northwestern Patagonia, where she loves to go hiking and birdwatching. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English, and also some French and German.