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Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2018
Leadership | Economics | Synergies
30 May - 1 June 2018 | Athens, Greece
Nationality : Netherlands

Ms. Barbara Kreissler

Director B2G Professional Lighting, Philips Lighting
  • Speaker at SDGs Session/12: Sustainable Consumption & Production moving towards circular economy, May 30th 2018


Barbara Kreissler is Director of professional lighting in the Public and Government Affairs department at Signify in the Netherlands. She is responsible for global strategic outreach and stakeholder management of public-private partnerships with a focus on energy and climate change. As such she enables and facilitate the transition of cities, states and regions to energy efficient, sustainable LED lighting solutions.

Prior Barbara worked at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria, where she held a variety of global positions ranging from Head of Business Partnerships Group to external relations to project management. In her most recent role, Barbara positioned UNIDO to foster private sector collaboration and to upscale the organization’s private sector portfolio.

Barbara started her professional career as project manager at Deloitte in Brussels, Belgium. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University in the United States.


Lighting Solutions in a Circular Economy

- With finite resources and changing global demographic realities, the linear economy model is not sustainable. A circular economy aims to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources and ecosystems by using those resources more effectively.

- As the world leader in lighting, Signify is taking up the challenge of circular economy and embracing the opportunities that come with it. By definition circular economy is a driver for innovation in material-, component- and product reuse. The more effective use of materials enables to create more value, both by cost savings and by developing new markets or growing existing ones.

- At Signify, our circular economy approach is based on three key pillars – offering our customers highly energy efficient LED products, systems and services as well as innovate business models and, internally, moving to zero carbon and zero waste by 2020.