Edurne Gil de San Vicente
Edurne is a Sustainability Professional with 12+ years of experience across private, non-for-profit, and public sectors. As a keen advocate of sustainable practices and responsible consumerism, she considers herself a change enabler, who is most fulfilled when sharing insights and creating impact. While working for leading environmental NGOs in Europe, and in partnership with local and national authorities, Edurne has engaged in policy-making, lobbying to the EU Parliament representing the views of the European Environmental Bureau, awareness raising and grass-roots campaigns on areas related to Sustainable Consumption and Production, waste management, water preservation, climate change and health (Health and Environment Alliance). Today Edurne is based in Dubai, where she’s the founding partner at Open Doors Consulting and collaborates with local environmental NGOs. She focuses on the retail sector, influencing a shift toward more sustainable industry practices and products. Edurne also likes to reach to a larger audience, touch people’s lives. Through opinion notes in magazines and contributing to newspaper articles, she keeps spreading the seeds to inspire others. Her most recent publications appeared in Retail People Magazine, and Green Building Magazine. Edurne is often invited as a speaker to different local events and international conferences, such as Future Interiors Qatar 2015, and Kuwait CSR Summit 2016. Holding a BSc in BioChemical Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Management by the ULB in Belgium, Edurne is also a certified CSR Professional by IEMA.