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William Neale

Adviser on Circular Economy and Green Growth, European Commission’s Environment Directorate General

Before 2017 he served 11 years as a Member of Cabinet (private office) of two European Commissioners for Environment, Janez Potočnik and Karmenu Vella, and for Commissioner Potočnik when he was European Commissioner for Science and Research. In cabinets he has held responsibility for relations with the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, planning, resources and budget, and advised Commissioners on development of policies on circular economy, resource efficiency, sustainable production and consumption, environmental technologies, eco-innovation, waste policy, transport, aeronautics, research infrastructures and external relations.

Mr. Neale started his career in public service working for 7 years in the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry. He previously spent 13 years in the private sector in the fields of international banking, retail and management consultancy. He holds a joint honours degree in economics and history, and a masters in political science, both from the University of Manchester (UK).

Session: Wednesday, 21 October, 11:00 - 12:30 (CET). Plenary - Sustainability: Circular data at the heart of transparent supply chains