Paola Migliorini, Team Leader Circular Economy at the European Commission, Directorate General Environment

Ms Paola Migliorini has been working on eco-innovation and circular economy policies since 2012. She is presently focusing on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan adopted by the European Commission in December 2015. Her main area of interest is best practices on sustainable consumption and production from innovative businesses and public authorities. She has both the experience of the European institutions, which includes funding opportunities for environmental protection, and of the private sector, namely the multinational health industry. Her motto: "explain, listen and make it happen".



Ado Lõhmus, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of the Environment, Estonia



Arina Koroljova, Technical Manager, Energy Trading Business Unit, Eesti Energia AS, Estonia

Ms Arina Koroljova works in Eesti Energia AS. She manages the oil shale ash utilisation R&D projects in such areas as road construction, stabilisation of soft soils, oil shale ash cement and concrete production and others. The results of R&D work are intended to serve as background information for improving the legislation and promoting the oil shale ash use as a product in local and international markets. Arina holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Sciences in Chemistry and Materials, Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) and a master’s in Technical Sciences from the faculty of Civil Engineering, TUT.


Tiit Kaljuvee, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Inorganic Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Mr Kajuvee main fields of interest: investigation of the composition, properties and treatment methods of mineral raw materials and solid fossil fuels, thermal transformations in the multi-component systems, utilization of solid and gaseous wastes of chemical and power industry.


Marti Viirmäe, Head of Technical and Development Department, Viru Keemia Grupp AS, Estonia



Janek Reinik PhDResearch Fellow, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Estonia

Mr Janek Reinik is the fellow scientist in NICPB since 2003. He graduated from Tallinn University of Technology the same year. The main fields of expertise include environmental effects of oil shale ash and semi coke. Recently the main focus of the studies is on reusing the oil shale ash e.g. by granulation.



Pilleriin LaanemetsManaging Director, Estonian Plastic Association, CEO, Estonia

Ms Pilleriin Laanemets is the managing director of Estonian Plastics Association that has today 42 members. She represents Estonian plastics industry in Europe and is in direct contact with polymer producers in Europe. Pilleriin Laanemets was the founder and former CEO of world’s biggest common carrier X-Press Feeders Estonian Agency and has been active in logistics and trading business over 7+ years.



Veiko Karu PhDSenior Researcher Scientist, Department of Geology, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Mr Veiko Karu  is a mining engineer. He obtained PhD on 2012 at Tallinn University of Technology. Working at Tallinn University of Technology as Senior Researcher Scientist and is main contact person from university to European initiative EIT Raw Materials. Where under his guidance are running 10 projects in 2017 and 18 projects in year 2018. His main research topics are: Natural Sciences and Engineering, Geosciences, Mining Engineering, Appiled Geology Engineering, Surveying, GIS, Mineral extraction, Mineral Processing, Spacial planning, Spatial information, Mining technology.



MODERATOR: Sirli Sipp Kulli, CEO and owner, BiotaTec LLC

Mrs Sirli Sipp Kulli has obtained Diploma Engineer in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science diploma in environmental chemistry. She has an extensive production and R&D expertise gained from Viru Keemia Grupp AS - shale oil producing company, where she was deputy R&D Manager. For the past 7 years, Sirli has been managing her own SME BiotaTec Ltd, that is developing innovative biomining solutions for different raw materials. She has an extensive business experience, including knowledge of supervision and implementation of a start-up of a transit inspection company Eurolab Ltd, and building it into a functioning profitable business.  After the acquisition of the company by Intertek Group PLC in 2005, Sirli became country manager for seven years in the Group. She has been a coordinator of 7 R&D projects that have been financially supported by EU Structural Funds in total volume exceeding 1 million euros. Sirli has worked at European Commission DG INFSO, where she was a trainee in unit B4.  Lately, the Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications nominated Sirli as a Chairwoman of the Supervisory Boards of 2 state-owned companies - AS Metrosert and AS Teede Tehnokeskus.