Sophie Rippinger

Sophie Rippinger is currently working for Edinburgh Innovations, the commercialisation arm of the University of Edinburgh.

She is leading the BOOSTalent project which aims to foster innovation in AI and machine learning (ML) across HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), students, and businesses, particularly in the fields of aerospace, electronics, advanced materials, sustainability, and biodiversity. Before this she led the CloudEARTHi project, where she developed the award-winning EARTH Centred Business Design, a circular net zero business model framework for startups.

Prior to the University, Sophie worked as a Circular Economy Senior Consultant for Wood Group Plc where she supported multiple projects including developing plastic pollution prevention policies and reviewing European Circular policies for the World Bank and supporting small and medium enterprises moving towards a Circular Economy for Zero Waste Scotland.
Sophie is also an accomplished Waste Manager. She has project managed new waste strategies for Ford, Renault and Peugeot while working for Veolia Environmental, implemented clinical, general and WEEE waste management contracts for University of Edinburgh as the University Waste Officer, and benchmarked and conducted waste management gap analysis for the University of Strathclyde and Historic Environment Scotland while working as a consultant.
Sophie is a Chartered Waste Manager, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Law.

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