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.
Olivier Bouleau is an author, coach and consultant, who helps organizations and stakeholders find and embrace common visions, goals and strategies. He creates and facilitates seminars, training sessions, as well as providing individual coaching with the aim of helping participants understand and find solutions to meet their challenges.
Olivier was an expatriate for over 15 years as International Sales, Marketing and Operational Director for industrial groups around the world. He has launched from scratch a corporate university and trained on an international level over 500 managers and leaders. His primary focus has always been client satisfaction, team cohesion and performance.
He recently co-authored BE BOLD: A how-to guide with Jocelyn Pinet. He is frequently asked to coach executives facing tough decisions and in need of developing their leadership and a more inspiring management style.
Olivier is a certified MBTI, Appreciative Inquiry and Non Violent Communication coach. Olivier has been certified since 2007 as senior coach by the EMCC. He is part of a talented network of international coaches.
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.
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.