Confirmed speaker

Gunter Pauli

Entrepreneur and author of The Blue Economy


Gunter Pauli, also called “the Steve Jobs of sustainability”, is a Belgian entrepreneur dedicated to radical transformation of business and society. He has been founder and chairman of more than 10 other companies and has advised governments, entrepreneurs and industry leaders on how to implement breakthrough innovations that permits society to better respond to the basic needs of all, starting with water, food, housing, health and energy.

Gunter has published 20 books (written 16 – edited 4), which have been printed in +30 languages and 365 fables bringing science and emotions to children. His book “The Blue Economy 2.0: 200 projects implemented, $4 billion invested and 3 million jobs created” highlights potential benefits in connecting and combining seemingly disparate environmental problems with open-source scientific solutions based upon physical processes common in the natural world, to create solutions that are both environmentally beneficial and which have financial and wider social benefits.

His latest initiatives include the design of a solution for the plastic soup floating in the oceans and the creation of a protective zone with islands to avert rising sea levels. Mr Pauli graduated as “Licencié en Sciences Economiques” from Loyola’s University (today University of Antwerp) in Belgium and obtained his masters in business administration from INSEAD in 1982 at Fontainebleau, France.