Monaco: a global pioneer of the clean economy

The Transition – Monaco Forum will take place from 26-27 June 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo. Monaco.

Monaco is at the heart of the clean tech innovation. Today, 64 seawater heat pumps produce 17% of the total energy consumed in the Principality.
The Principality is committed to its 2020 Energy Climate Plan, aiming to reduce GhG emissions and developing the adequate infrastructure to support renewable energy production.

The Grimaldi Forum Monaco is lying across the seafront of Monaco’s eastern “Larvotto” beach quarter, right next to Monaco’s beautiful Japanese Garden.

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Getting There

Address: Grimaldi Forum 10, Avenue Princesse Grace MC 98000 Monaco

Telephone: +377 99 99 20 00

Grimaldi Forum Website

Grimaldi Forum on the Map

By Train

The Monaco’s Rail Station is a 15 minute walk from the Grimaldi Forum Monaco & 10 minutes by Bus – Line #4.

By Air

The Grimaldi Forum Monaco is 25 km from the International Airport Nice Côte d’Azur. Among major international direct flights are:

  • Paris - Nice: 1h30
  • Rome - Nice: 1h20
  • London - Nice: 2h00
  • Frankfurt - Nice: 1h40
  • New York - Nice: 7h15
  • Dubai - Nice: 7h45
  • Moscow - Nice: 4h

Monaco is 30 minutes from the Nice Airport by road via the Autoroute A8 Highway, & 7 minutes by helicopter shuttle with departures every 30 minutes.

By Car

Take the A8 Highway, exit "Monaco".
From Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, it takes approximately 30 minutes using the expressway to reach Monaco.


Parking is located at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Avenue Princesse Grace.

Approximately 100 meters from the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, there are 3 designated parking lots: Parking Larvotto & Parking Louis II, Boulevard Louis II.

However, it is recommended that you carpool when coming to the Grimaldi Forum:

By Bus

If you wish to take the bus from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport to Monaco:

Bus Schedule

By Helicopter

If you wish to get to Monaco by helicopter from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport.

Approximate cost: 130€

Helicopter booking


We have selected a number of conveniently located hotels where you may choose to stay. These hotels will be offering special rates to Forum attendees.
We strongly recommend that you stay at one of the listed hotels as they are located very close to the Grimaldi Forum.

List of official hotels:

The deadline to reserve your room is 26 May 2018.



Fairmont Monte Carlo

12, avenue des Spelugues - Monte Carlo, MC 98000

Meridien Beach Plaza

22 Avenue Princesse Grace - Monte Carlo, MC 98000

Novotel Monte Carlo**

16 Boulevard Princesse Charlotte - Monte Carlo, MC 98 000

Hermitage Monte Carlo

Square Beaumarchais - Monte Carlo, MC 98000

To benefit special rate, you must first formally register to attend the Forum.

Our logistics team will share more information about booking a room upon your registration

You can register through the formal invitation you received by email from

If you did not receive a copy, you can request an invite online at

Information related to Monaco


Various mobile operators offer international roaming agreements and good coverage in Monaco. Hotels will include access to a landline. However, local and international calls can be more expensive than calls placed on a cellular line.

We recommend checking with your mobile carrier before arrival to determine whether your coverage zone includes travel within France and Monaco.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The Principality of Monaco uses the Euro, abbreviated as €.


Monaco has warm Mediterranean, dry summers. Cool and rainy interludes can interrupt the dry summer season, the average length of which is also shorter.

Generally, temperatures do not drop below 20 °C (68 °F) in this season.


Monaco time during the summer is two hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

Electronic Devices

The Principality currently provides electricity at 220 volts AC. European type of plugs are used.



DAY 1 - June 26th 2018




OPENING (09:00 – 10:00)

Welcome to monaco,Welcome to transition

Official Launch

09:00 - 09:25

Presenting the Transition Initiative: an action-oriented platform with a holistic approach to support the reinvention of business models

  • Richard Attias, Executive Chairman, Richard Attias & Associates
  • Lionel Le Maux, President, Aqua Asset Management & Co-Founder, Monaco Transition Forum, France

C40: Cities at the heart of the energy and ecological transition

  • Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris & Chair of C40, France

Monaco : a Leader of Transition

  • HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

A Sustainable superpower: china leading the transition

Official Launch

09:25 - 09:40

To tackle some of its most pressing environmental and economic challenges, China is massively investing in clean technologies. How is China leading the way towards a cleaner future and what opportunities are emerging from its thriving market?

  • Lu Huiying, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Marseille, China
  • Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister, France

Reinventing Business Models: the Way Forward for the New Generation

Panel Debate

09:40 - 10:00

  • Alberto Ibarrondo, Master Student, EURECOM, Spain
  • Theoni Magounaki, PhD. Student, EURECOM, Greece
  • Luxman Sellappah, Master Student, EURECOM, Sri Lanka
  • Xiaoguang Zhao, PhD. Student, EURECOM, China


Overcoming What’s Holding Clean Finance Back

Panel Debate

10:00 - 10:50

To implement innovative business models and scale-up clean technologies, finance is key. How can capital be unlocked to finance the transition? What is the role of the financial actors and who are the changemakers in this field?

PowerPoint Presentation


  • Riaz Siddiqi, Founder and Manager Partner, Denham Capital, USA

Investment in clean technologies worldwide rose 3% to USD 333.5 billion between 2016 and 2017, translating an increased financial interest. Yet, USD 93 trillion in infrastructure investment will be needed in the next 15 years to meet global infrastructure needs. To “reinvent business models” in the key sectors of the economy and shift financial flows toward an economy aligned with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, the different actors of the financial sector are taking actions such as the integration of climate risks in the portfolio assets, shareholder engagement, new dedicated funs etc. How could this dynamic be accelerated? Which are the priority sectors for the transition? How to encourage non-sustainable-focused institutions to green their investment policies? How to make financing available to both mega-projects and networks of SMEs adapting their business models?

  • Francis O’ Sullivan, Director, Energy Initiative, MIT, USA
  • Jean-Guillaume Peladan, Head of Environmental Investments & Research & Portfolio Manager, Sycomore Asset Management, France
  • Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Partners, USA
  • Carlos Sallé, Vice President of Energy Policies and Climate Change, Iberdrola, Spain

Moderator: Peter Goodman, European Economics Correspondent for The New York Times, USA

Finance for a Sustainable Future

Unexpected Disrupter (In Conversation)

10:50 - 11:00

Finance on board for a cleaner future: how to engage investors and financial actors to go clean, which tool and which ecosystem are needed to enable this shift?

  • Fabrice Dumonteil, CEO Eiffel Investment Group & Board Member Finance For Tomorrow, France

Moderator: Stan Stalnaker, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Hub Culture, USA





The New Actors of the Clean Economy

To be able to reinvent business models in the key sectors of the economy, the scale of change needs to be systemic. Innovative partnerships between stakeholders coming from different but complementary backgrounds, new approaches and new behaviors are needed to accelerate the energy and ecological transition in all sectors and in all countries. Who are the new actors of the clean economy? How can we encourage them to thrive ? How can we encourage innovative collaboration and multi stakeholder approach to accelerate the energy and ecological transition ?

  • Pedro Antonio Arias, Real and Alternative Assets Platform – Global Head, Amundi, Spain
  • Alzbeta Klein, Director Business Climate, IFC, USA
  • Myriam Maestroni, CEO d' Economie d’Energie SAS & de la Fondation e5t, France
  • Henri Nyakarundi, Founder, ARED, African Renewable Energy Distributor, Rwanda
PowerPoint Presentation

Moderator: Jean Rognetta, Editor in Chief, Forbes, France

Panel Debate

11:30 - 12:10

Crowdfunding for Green

Crowdfunding is more than just a financial tool: it is also a tool for territorial communication, citizen participation and it can enhance the mobilization of local actors around emblematic projects.
How can crowdfunding help to support and promote a cleaner future?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Coenraad de Vries, Managing Partner Start Green Capital, Co-Founder OnePlanetCrowd & Board Member European Crowdfunding Network, Netherlands

In the Spotlight (Case Study)

12:10 - 12:20

Luxembourg Green Exchange

Stock exchange going green: how can innovative partnerships help to build the financial structure of the future?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Jane Wilkinson, Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, Luxembourg
  • Margaret Kuhlow, Finance Practice Leader, WWF, USA

Moderator: Stan Stalnaker, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Hub Culture, USA

My Transition (In conversation)

12:20 - 12:35

Rethinking Progress: The Circular Economy

The way we design, produce and use clothes has drawbacks that are becoming increasingly clear.
How can we rethink our consumption and production patterns to create positive cycles?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Gwen Cunningham, Program Lead, Circle Textiles Program, Circle Economy, Ireland
  • Anna Maria Rugarli, Sustainability and Responsibility Senior Director for EMEA, VF Corporation, Switzerland

Moderator: Laura Balmond, Make Fashion Circular Initiative, Foundation Ellen MacArthur, UK

Unexpected Disrupters (In conversation)

12:35 - 12:55


LUNCH BREAK & PITCH HUBS (13:00 – 14:30)

PowerPoint Presentation

4 PITCH-HUBS powered by :

  • SLB

WORKSHOPS (14:30-16:00)


  • Resilience & Islands– Powered by CHAMBER OF RENEWABLE ENERGIES AND ECOLOGY OF MONACO (Van Dongen room)
  • Textile & Circular Economy– Powered by VF CORPORATION and CIRCLE ECONOMY (Poulenc room)
  • Waste – Powered by EVERGAZ (Auric room)
  • Water – Powered by ACTIAM ( Bosio room)




Regulations for a Clean Future

Every transition needs an enabling framework. To reinvent business models and scale-up clean technologies, it is thus key to develop supporting regulations encouraging these innovations to thrive. By developing long-term vision and strategies, governments and other public authorities can support the acceleration of the transition in multiple sectors: what are the best practices? what regulations are most needed to send strong economic and political signals for business models to reinvent themselves and “go clean”?

  • Obaid Amrane, Member of the Management Board, Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Morocco
  • Pernilla Halldin, Global Public Affairs, H&M, Sweden
  • Hon Mr. Justice Swatanter Kumar, Former Chairperson, National Green Tribunal, India
  • Sylvie Perrin, Partner, de Gaulle Fleurance & Associes , France
  • Rob van Riet, Director of Climate and Energy, World Future Council and Right Livelihood Award, Germany

Moderator: Liliana Andonova, Professor of International Relations, The Graduate Institute, Switzerland

Panel Debate

16:20 - 17:00

Sustainable Supply Chain

To make progress on environmental issues, organizations must understand that they are part of a larger system. Integrating sustainability into a supply chain is complex but key to help the reinvention of business models.

  • Nawal Aït-Hocine, Managing Director, Transparence SA, Switzerland
  • Selim Fendi, Managing Partner, Aurum Monaco
  • Hans van Houwelingen, CEO, ACTIAM, Netherlands
  • Pierre-François Thaler, Co-Founder & Co-CEO Ecovadis,France

Moderator: Pierre-Henri de Menthon, Deputy Managing Editor, Challenges, France

My transition (In conversation)

17:00 - 17:25

Rethinking the future of plastic

How can we rethink the economics of plastic to improve environmental outcome? What innovative solutions exist to limit plastic waste and transform it into valuable resources?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Simon Bernard, Co-Founder Communication & Vision, Plastic Odyssey, France
  • Filipe De Botton, CEO, Logoplaste, Portugal

Moderator: Pierre-Henri de Menthon, Deputy Managing Editor, Challenges, France

Unexpected Disrupters (In conversation)

17:25 - 17:45

CLOSING DAY 1 (17:45 – 18:10)

Cleaning the Slate: Time for Global Acceleration

What is the role of local leaders in the acceleration of the transition towards a clean future?

No longer are clean technologies just an option, as the impact of climate change are getting direst by the day. They meet economic, social and environmental needs for our economies, companies and societies. It is time to build on territories’ best practices, and strong regulatory frameworks such as the Paris Agreement, and the Global Environment Pact.

PowerPoint Presentation

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder, R20, USA

In Conversation Closing Remarks

17:45 - 18:10

DAY 2 - June 27th 2018




OPENING (9:00 – 9:50)

Transforming the Mediterranean

Cradle of great ancient civilizations, superhighway for trade and transport, treasure of biodiversity, the Mediterranean faces a sea of challenges in the 21st century including climate change, pollution, overfishing etc.

All stakeholders have a vital role to play in ensuring the sustainable development of our oceans and coasts: how can we act together to implement concrete solutions?


PowerPoint Presentation
  • Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Monaco

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Jérôme Delafosse, Explorer and Expedition Leader, Energy Observer, France
  • Gilles Lecaillon, CEO, Ecocéan, France
  • Marc Simon, Vice President Business Development Mediterranean, SUEZ, France
  • Julien Topenot, Head of Environment and Sustainability, CMA CGM, France*

Moderator: Paul Holthus, President & CEO, World Ocean Council, USA

Panel Debate

09:00 - 09:50



Discovering and Implementing the Latest

Panel Debate

Innovation is at the heart of the transition: how can we find, support and mainstream revolutionary ideas?

How can actors susceptible to implement and scale them find them? What are the most disruptive tools currently being developed? How can the time of widespread adoption be reduced? What is preventing SMEs and multinational companies to adopt them?


PowerPoint Presentation
  • Gunter Pauli, Businessman & Author of the Blue Economy, Belgium

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Graciela Chichilnisky, Professor and Nobel Prize Winner, Columbia University, USA
  • Laszlo Giricz, Founder and CEO, Poseidon, Malta
  • Nils Joyeux, Co-Founder at Zephyr & Boree, France
  • Eric Scotto, President & Co-Founder, Akuo Energy, France

Moderator: Edie Lush, Executive Editor, Hub Culture, UK

09:50 - 10:40





We Are What We Eat

What is the future of agriculture in a world where the population is growing, and the resources are limited?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • William Kwende, Chairman, Agritech, Burkina Faso
  • David Rosenberg, CEO, Aerofarms, USA

Moderator: Marc-André Kamel, Partner, Bain, France

My Transition (In conversation)

11:00 - 11:20

Telecom and Energy Working Together for a Cleaner Future

How can Telecom and Energy work together to develop innovative and clean solutions that combine economic prosperity and sustainability ?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Charlotte Aubin, CEO, GreenWish Partners, France
  • Thomas Chalumeau, Executive Director Strategy & Business, Orange, France

Moderator: Stan Stalnaker, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Hub Culture, USA

Unexpected Disrupters (In Conversation)

11:20 - 11:35

Clean Finance

What innovative initiatives to integrate climate risks in investment strategy?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Claude Nahon, Sustainable Development, Senior Vice-President, EDF, France
  • Sylvain Vanston, Chief Sustainability Officer, AXA, France

Moderator: Stan Stalnaker, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Hub Culture, USA

My Transition (In Conversation)

11:35 - 11:50


WORKSHOPS (11:50 – 13:10)


  • Energy – Powered by ENGIE ( Van Dongen room)
  • Mobility – Powered by E&Y and WWF ( Poulenc room)
  • Ocean & Plastic – Powered by SUEZ ( Auric room)
  • Supply Chain – Powered by AURUM MONACO ( Bosio room)


LUNCH BREAK & PITCH HUBS (13:10 – 14:30)

4 PITCH-HUBS powered by :




Defining the 21st Century Metropolis

By 2050, 3/4 of humanity will live in cities: how can clean technologies help to address the social, economic and environmental challenges deriving from a fast-paced urbanization?

The world’s biggest metropolises will be located in emerging markets. Public health concerns, food supply, water needs, energy distribution, mobility will change in scale and essence.

How to take existing and future clean technology into account to address them? With megalopolises and territories to exceed the population of many states, what is the role of these territories in the clean economy governance system? How to assist the city of tomorrow to be built cleanly? What is the role and what are the opportunities for the private sector to act at the local level?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Olivier Biancarelli, General Director, Tractebel, ENGIE, France
  • Lionel Cormier, Managing Partner, Demeter , France
  • Rinat Guy, CIO Tel Aviv, Israël
  • Michèle Sabban, President R20, France

Moderator: Christian de Boisredon, Founder, Sparknews, France

Panel Debate

14:30 - 15:10

The Future of Mobility

How can mobility evolve to improve transportation within cities and territories while meeting environmental challenges?

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Madalena Callé Lucas, Senior Sustainability Advisor, EDP, Portugal
  • Matthieu de Chanville, Deputy Head of Alliance Ventures, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, France

Moderator: Pierre Cannet, Head Climate Energy & Sustainable Cities, WWF France and Leadership team, WWF International Climate and Energy Practice, France

In the Spotlight (Case Study)

15:10 - 15:30

Sustainable Cities: Building Differently

The construction industry is one of the major global exploiters of natural resources: what disruptive innovations are available to build differently?

  • Sebastien Duprat, Director at Egis and General Director of Cycle-up, France
  • Jincheng Ni, Senior Advisor of the Franco-Chinese Association for Sustainable Urban Development ( AFCDUD), China
  • Curren Krasnoff, Founder & CEO, Cortex Composites, USA

PowerPoint Presentation
  • Moderator: Angela Howarth, Marketing Communications Director, World Green Building Council, UK

Unexpected Disrupters (In conversation)

15:30 - 15:50


CLOSING (15:50 – 17:00)

16:00 - 16:40

Feedback from sector HUBS


16:40 - 17:00

The Way Ahead