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News article29 June 2023Directorate-General for Environment1 min read

Programme teaser unveiled! Get ready for the European Business & Nature Summit!

EBNS 2023 programme release

The biodiversity crisis is increasingly under the spotlight, and the need for economic activities to make transformative change has become more evident than ever. The European Business & Nature Summit (EBNS) poses itself as an event of the highest calibre for forward-looking businesses looking to develop and discuss sustainable business models holding biodiversity conservation at that their core.  

For this EBNS 2023 edition, we are excited to announce the programme and our top-tier speaker line-up for the Summit’s core plenary activities. The Summit will debut with an opening speech from European Commissioner for the Environment Virginijus Sinkevičius, which will be followed by an inspirational keynote speaker setting the tone for the forward-thinking and innovative mindset that will guide the Summit. A series of high-level policy & business dialogues will form the core of the event, bringing together influential leaders, policy makers and industry experts engaging in in-depth discussions on pressing issues and emerging trends. We are excited to welcome our first confirmed speakers:

  • Florika Fink-Hooijer (Director General for the Environment, European Commission)
  • Mario Nava (Director General for Structural Reform Support, European Commission)
  • Eva Zabey (CEO, Business for Nature)
  • Aldo Beolchini (CIO NextEnergy Capital)
  • Jan Erik Saugestad (CEO Storebrand Asset Management)
  • Fiona Melrose (Head of Group Strategy and ESG UniCredit)
  • Maria Chiara Carozza (President of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche).

Their voices will be a critical addition to the discussion to accelerate the full integration of biodiversity into policies across governments and economic sectors, aligning private activities with the global goals for nature.

The high-level dialogues will pave the way for a series of parallel practical workshops catering to the current needs of businesses and financial institutions. These will aim to help learn how (i) to better monitor, assess and disclose their impacts and dependencies on biodiversity (ii) to reduce and regenerate; (iii) mobilising finance; (iv) creating inclusive partnerships.

The Summit will be complemented by a series of side events, one cultural event open to all participants, and a members meeting of the Finance for Biodiversity Foundation. To conclude the first day, attendees will also have the change to network with other leaders and peers to exchange ideas and forge valuable connections over a delightful cocktail reception in the vibrant city of Milan.

Stay tuned for further information and registration with the Newsletter and the EBNS website!


Publication date
29 June 2023
Directorate-General for Environment