Event: Boosting Critical Minerals Supply with Circular Economy

Reliable supply of critical materials is essential to the national security and economic prosperity of the United States. The Embassy of Finland will convene leading Finnish and American experts from government, business and research to discuss circular economy solutions and business cases for improving the supply chains of critical minerals and other materials.

Photos: Mika Baumeister / Clint Bustrillos / Zbynek Burival

The event is hosted at the Embassy of Finland on Thursday 29 February 2024.


3:30 p.m.  Registration & coffee

4:00 p.m.  Keynote Remarks:

  • Opening words by Mikko Hautala, Ambassador of Finland to the United States

  • Keynote address by Kimmo Tiilikainen, Director General, Geological Survey of Finland

  • Keynote address by Rob Wing, Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of State

  • Keynote address by Kari Herlevi, Project Director of Global Collaboration and Sustainability Solutions, Sitra

4:40 p.m.  Panel Discussion I: Rethinking the Critical Mineral Supply

  • Moderated by Kristi Rogers, Managing Partner, Principal to Principal

  • Matthew Lengerich, Executive General Manager of Mining, Jervois Global

  • Mikko Rantaharju, Vice President of Hydrometallurgy, Metso

  • Rodrigo Navas, Head of Manufacturing, IDB Invest, Inter-American Development Bank Group

  • Tiago Nunes, Director of Mining and Metals Americas, AFRY

5:20 p.m.  Panel Discussion II: Supply Chains Gain Advantage from Circular Economy

  • Moderated by Heta Pyhälahti, Counselor for Development Finance, Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.

  • Maureen Hinman, Chairman and Co-Founder, Silverado Policy Accelerator

  • Antti Kukkola, Chief Operating Officer, Kuusakoski Recycling

  • Peter Mockel, Principal Industry Specialist, International Finance Corporation

  • Christian Peter, Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank

  • Bjørn Arild Thon, Founding Partner, Nexus Council

6:00 p.m.  Networking Reception

7:00 p.m.  Event ends


This event is invite-only and part of the World Circular Economy Forum(Link to another website.). For more information, plesae contact Conselor for Development Finance Heta Pyhälahti at [email protected]