Steering group

CIRCULAR IMPACTS had an international advisory board composed of leaders in the fields of indicators and the circular economy. These experts attended internal project meetings as well as workshops. They participated in discussions, reviewed deliverables and provided expert advice throughout the duration of the research project.

Dr. Klaus Jacob

Klaus is research director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) and has been a senior research fellow since 1995. He is head of the research group on Policy Assessment which works on Impact Assessment, evidence-based policy making, strategies in environmental and sustainability policy, ecological modernization as well as innovation and lead markets. Klaus uses methods of policy analysis for his work in different issue areas, for instance, in Innovation in environmental policy. He is co-coordinator of the European network of excellence LIAISE, which develops models in support of impact assessment and studies the conditions under which they can be employed ( He is coordinator of a research-project on an impact assessment of the resource policy (PolRess), chair of the steering committee of the Berlin Conferences series on the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change, and has been Lead Author for the Global Environmental Outlook 4 and reviewer for GEO 5 of the United Nations Environmental Program, as well as the president of the executive board of “The Integrated Assessment Society“ (TIAS). Klaus teaches courses in policy analysis as well as political science methods and theories at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Freie Universität Berlin. His research projects range from applied consultancy for national and international clients to basic research funded by distinguished research promotion institutions.

Enrico Giovannini

Enrico Giovannini is an Italian economist and statistician, member of the Club of Rome and of the World Academy of Arts and Science. He was Minister of Labour and Social Policies in the Letta Government (2013-2014), President of the Italian Statistical Institute (2009-2013), Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD (2001-2009) and since 2002 he is full professor at the Rome University “Tor Vergata”.

Enrico is Senior Fellow of the LUISS School of European Political Economy, Visiting Fellow at the EPSC, member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board responsible for supervising the functioning of the European Statistical System and of boards of several Italian and international institutions, member of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (HLEG) established by the OECD. Over the last few years he was Vice-president of the High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the European Council, Co-Chair of the “Independent Experts Advisory Board on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” established by the UN Secretary-General. He is Director of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development.

In October 2014, the President of the Italian Republic made Enrico “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic. He is author of more than ninety articles and four books on economic and statistical topics.

Mieke De Schoenmakere

Mieke works at the EEA in Copenhagen as project manager for the circular economy. She graduated as Industrial Engineer and gained several years of experience in the sector of organic fertilizers and in applied research on field grown vegetables. The sustainable management of waste and materials, resource efficiency and circular economy became the central themes afterwards. Mieke has been working at the governance level (OVAM and the Flemish ministry for environment) for more than 10 years, as policy advisor both on regional and EU matters. Additionally, she has been head of the unit responsible for European and International waste and materials policies, also during the Belgian presidency of the EU in the second half of 2010.

Lucas Porsch

Lucas works at Valdani Vicari & Associati as Associate Director. He is a former Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute and was the project coordinator of NETGREEN. As an economist, his work focuses on impact assessments, policy evaluations, and welfare indicators. Before his time with Ecologic Institute, Lucas Porsch worked as an economic advisor and consultant for six years in the United Kingdom. He also created evaluations of urban renewal policy in Eastern Germany, and advised two high-level political commissions concerning surplus housing in Eastern Germany and social housing in Berlin. Within NETGREEN, his main role was to manage the project and establish a business continuity plan. He was also involved in other project tasks such as the identification of different pathways towards a green economy, the creation of an indicator database and the organization of policy workshops.

Dr. Arno Behrens

Arno specialises in EU energy policy issues related to the long-term sustainability of the EU energy system, security of European energy supplies, the integration of the EU markets for electricity and gas, external energy policies, sustainable energy in developing countries, and development finance. He has worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Commission, the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), UNIDO and UNDP. Arno is an economist and holds a PhD in social ecology and environmental economics.