How might we transform the consumer goods industry to build economic, natural and social capital and be less wasteful, more restorative and resilient?

What is it?

CircularFutures is a Leadership Development Program created by Ashoka in co-creation with eBay and our co-creation partners. We are convening 30 changemakers in the field of circular economy from a diverse range of disciplines to take part in an interactive, practical learning experience that champions collaboration, inspires innovation, and builds momentum for change.

Our focus is on exploring new approaches to leadership within the circular economy – we need a new generation of leaders who understand how to weave individuals and networks into a coherent and powerful movement for real systemic change.

We will explore the growth and business opportunities in the circular economy - ultimately creating a network of organisations leading and collaborating on the shift towards a circular economy. 

The new leaders of the circular economy will be weavers of ecosystemic change – we define weaving as a nuanced form of leadership that involves aligning diverse stakeholders around a shared vision and a common set of goals. Effective weavers are able to foster real and meaningful collaborations; and can deepen people’s capacity for being systemically impactful.

Circular Futures will find, develop and empower tomorrow’s circular economy leaders, created real ecosystemic change and generate impact at a societal level.






CircularFutures is looking for leaders from across the public, private and third sectors with the imagination, creativity and desire to:

  • show how a circular economy can really work
  • improve the way we design and operate supply chains
  • change the way we think and act

If you believe in the power of the circular economy and want to lead the change, we’d like to hear from you. Join CircularFutures  to become part of a network of co-learners and collaborators that will help you design better projects, scale your work and create more impact. This interactive, practical learning experience champions collaboration, inspires innovation and builds momentum for change. CircularFutures will supercharge you as a circular economy changemaker.

CircularFutures is supported by a network of organisations committed to building a circular economy: Ashoka, eBay Foundation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, C-creators, Circle Economy, Waste2Wear, De Hoge Dennen and Philips.

To be a part of CircularFutures, fill out the applicationemail us and follow us at #CircularFutures.


Who it’s for?

CircularFutures brings together thirty changemakers in the circular economy from a diverse range of disciplines to take part in an interactive, practical learning experience that champions collaboration, inspires innovation and builds momentum for change.

CircularFutures is for people who understand the power of the circular economy and want to make it happen. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, work for a corporation or are part of the public sector, CircularFutures is looking for changemakers who want to lead the change.

Our participants will have a track record of at least 5 years in circular innovation and change within (or strongly related with) any of the following three sectors: packaging, electronics or fashion. They are decision-makers in a social enterprise, corporate or public sector institution and possess the entrepreneurial spirit, drive and passion to develop, launch and implement system changing initiatives within these sectors.

Why you care?

Through CircularFutures, you will belong to a powerful network of co-learners and collaborators that will help you design better projects, scale your work, create more impact and lead the change.

If you’re a social entrepreneur or innovator…

… CircularFutures will connect you to a powerful network of innovators and changemakers that will help you design better projects, scale your work, create more impact and lead the change. You will experience  new approaches to leadership and work with collaborators who will take you to the next level. CircularFutures will connect you to social impact investors and support you to become investment-ready. Join us to lead the change.

If you’re a public sector leader…

… CircularFutures will connect you to a powerful network of circular economy changemakers and innovators who will share and explore what facilitates and supports their innovations. If you want to lead the transformation of public policy and redefine public/private partnerships in line with circular economy thinking - join us.




If you’re a corporate leader…

… CircularFutures will give you the chance to amplify your role and impact  as a changemaker in the field of circular economy. You will experience new approaches to  leadership and explore the growth and business opportunities that the circular economy is creating. You will collaborate around the design of  innovative business models that will lead the transition to a circular economy. And you will explore the impact this will have on your organisation. You will become part of a network of  companies leading the shift towards a circular economy whilst strengthening your own business’s brand credibility. If you think we need to transform how we do business and if you see the compelling commercial argument for a circular economy - join us.

If you’re an investor…

… CircularFutures will connect you  to a powerful network of circular economy changemakers who are working to  design better products or services, scale their ideas work, create more impact and lead the change. If you think we need to transform how we do business, if you see the compelling commercial argument for a circular economy and you believe in building and investing in economic, natural and social capital - we invite you to join CircularFutures and to support tomorrow’s  circular economy changemakers.

How it works

Pitch panel

Opportunity to pitch your collaborative innovations to a panel of investors.


  • Launch event
  • Six months multiplier
  • Six modules of two day workshops on Fridays and Saturdays plus a final pitch event


To be a part of CircularFutures, please apply by clicking the ‘Join us!’ button and fill out the application before:

  • June 17th 2018 (first round)
  • July 15th 2018 (second round)


Focus on apparel, electronics and packaging


To ensure that we are able to offer access to a wide range of individuals, CircularFutures has adopted a shared pricing model. Participants from organizations and businesses who are able will be required to pay a fee of €10,000 for the 6-month program. This will contribute to our delivery costs and will enable individuals (typically early-stage entrepreneurs or start-up businesses) to join the program via a scholarship. If you'd like to apply for a scholarship or want to talk to us about pricing - please get in touch.

The scholarship covers the program costs, it does not cover the potential transport and accommodation costs you need to make to attend the modules.






Expected outcomes of the program. This program will:

  • Grow and strengthen a collaborative network of innovators, social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, industry leaders and partners working to shift the world towards a circular economy.
  • Help participants understand and develop the skills and mindsets of weaving ecosystemic change – weaving is a nuanced form of leadership that involves aligning diverse stakeholders to a shared vision and impact goals; fostering impactful collaborations; and deepening people’s capacity for being systemically impactful.
  • Drive participants to contribute to systemic change and feel inclined to collaborate with others in the same or other sectors in order to reach this change.
  • Empower participants with knowledge and tools to push for systemic change and build core competencies in how to change an entire organisation or company.
  • Help participants identify development needs and spot collaborative opportunities to develop strategic innovative projects around circular economy that can be piloted in their own organisation and with other organisations.



Thursday 6th September

Launch - Amsterdam (7 pm - 10 pm)

Module 1
Fri 7th and Sat 8th September

Visioning | System Change - Amsterdam (9 am - 6 pm)

Create a shared vision on where we stand with the circular economy, what the different expertise’s of the individuals within this cohort are and what our individual learnings can be during this leadership program. Deep dive into Ashoka’s definition of systems thinking and system change and how it can be achieved. Participants gain an understanding of what the systemic causes for the “big problem” are and of how to choose one root cause to focus on, in order to effectively move towards achieving their system change vision.

Module 2
Fri 5th and Sat 6th October

Leadership | Collaboration - London (9 am - 6 pm)

Participants will learn about the value of emergent thinking and deep listening and they’ll be taken on a journey from ego to eco with the aim to enhance true co-creation and collaboration. Participants explore opportunities to develop and enhance collaborative models between social entrepreneurs and corporations, public institutions to scale system changing impact. Participants will understand and develop the skills and mindsets of weaving ecosystemic change – weaving is a nuanced form of leadership that involves aligning diverse stakeholders to a shared vision and impact goals; fostering impactful collaborations; and deepening people’s capacity for being systemically impactful.

Module 3
Fri 2rd and Sat 3rd November

Innovation | Strategy | Transformation - London (9 am - 6 pm)

Participants will share different innovations within the circular economy and how to strategize around these innovations. They will be introduced to how transformations towards a circular approach can take place in large corporations. Participants learn about team of teams, creating shared purpose, and how to lead from the circle: you, your team and the community. Participants acquire an understanding of social entrepreneurship vs. intrapreneurship and will deep dive into how to become an effective intrapreneur to achieve real and long-lasting changes within an organization.

Module 4
Fri 7th and Sat 8th December

Impact Orientation | Impact Business Modelling - Amsterdam (9 am - 6 pm)

Participants gain specific insight into how to maximize the impact of partnerships (collaborative impact), thereby reflecting on their own role and the role and changemaking potential of organizations. Participants will deep dive into the field of impact orientation and will be introduced to a variety of possible business models to achieve collaborative system changing impact within the circular economy.

Module 5
Fri 25th and Sat 26th January

Impact Investing | Storytelling - London (9 am - 6 pm)

Participants will be empowered and trained to catalyze social impact through storytelling for changemaking and why it is critical as a circular changemaker or leader. Participants will explore tactics for how to embed storytelling for changemaking into daily work and how to position their story to attract impact investments.

Pitch event
Thursday 14st of February

Pitch event - London (time TBD)

Module 6
Fri 15st and Sat 16st February

Network building | Scaling - London (9 am - 6 pm)

Participants will be introduced to ways of how to grow and keep a network alive and how to identify the necessary network to scale your initiative. Participants get an introduction into the topic of scaling circular social innovations and learn about tools and various approaches for scaling impact and systemic change in order for the initiative to become the new norm in society.

Who are we



Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society.

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Its Circular Economy 100 programme supports innovation and collaboration across corporates, governments and cities, universities, small and medium sized enterprises and affiliate organisations.

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C-creators believe there is no justification for the existing linear system. We believe in the power of cooperation and working together to achieve more. Together with our partners we join forces and work on a daily basis to create iconic projects. One of them being the Building Programme for the metropolitan region of Amsterdam. Together we can make the circular economy the new normal. 

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Waste2Wear creates innovative circular solutions for the textile industry. Through cross sector collaborations with companies, universities and governments we turn plastic waste into useful and beautiful products. Our aim is to run out of plastic to recycle one day.

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At Circle Economy, we believe in a visionary future for our planet — one in which we do not have to compromise in order to achieve economic, social, and environmental prosperity. As an impact organisation, we connect and empower a global community to create the conditions for systemic transformation. With nature as our mentor, we work alongside businesses, cities and governments to identify opportunities to make the transition to the circular economy and provide a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to turn these opportunities into reality.

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Speakers & Facilitators


  • Launch Event

    Speaker: John Elkington 

    John is a writer, thought-leader and business strategist, a serial entrepreneur and, at heart, an environmentalist. He is Chairman and Chief Pollinator at Volans, a certified B Corporation driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges. John is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility, and sits on an A-Z of some 20 boards and advisory boards. He has written 19 books, and his latest is co-authored with Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, entitled "The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line" comes full circle from John’s 1997 "Cannibals with Forks", where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept.  

    Speaker: Ken Webster (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

    Ken is currently Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the UK. Deeply influenced by the cradle to cradle design philosophy and systems thinking he authored one of the key texts behind the development of the Foundation: Sense and Sustainability (2009) [with Craig Johnson]. He made a major contribution to the online MBA Innovation, Enterprise and the Circular Economy (Univ. of Bradford) and was an editor and contributor to the MBA reader A New Dynamic: Effective Business in the Circular Economy (2014) His overview book The Circular Economy, A Wealth of Flows was published in May 2015, a second edition in 2017. A Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Business School he is well known in the emerging field of the circular economy.
  • Module 1

    Speaker: Ryan Gellert (Patagonia)

    As General Manager - EMEA for Patagonia, Ryan Gellert oversees all sales, marketing, sustainability and operational initiatives for the brand. An avid climber and backcountry snowboarder, Ryan has climbed and ridden throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, the Middle East and South Africa. Ryan has extensive experience working with direct action environmental groups, serving on the boards of the Access Fund and Protect Our Winters. Prior to joining Patagonia, Ryan spent 15 years at Black Diamond Equipment, where he held a number of roles including Brand President, VP of Supply Chain Management and Managing Director of Black Diamond Asia. 

    Facilitator: Noa Lodeizen (Ashoka)

    Noa Lodeizen is a social entrepreneur and her entrepreneurial spirit grows when she encounters injustice, sees opportunities and, in particular if the problems seem to be so complex that we need to solve them outside existing frameworks. She is the founder of the NGO Young in Prison, for which she was selected Ashoka fellow. She is also the co-founder of The good Family. Recently she assumed the director position at Ashoka Netherlands, co-founder of the Changemaker Academy and initiated the leadership program on Circular Economy Circular Futures.

    Facilitator: Ross Hall (Ashoka)

    Ross is founder of the Global Change Leaders – and is directing Ashoka’s education strategy – both aiming to create learning ecosystems in which every young person is empowered as a changemaker. Before Ashoka, Ross designed the Better World Programme that equips young people to be well and do well. The first implementation of the programme is with 500,000 children across Zimbabwe and Tanzania. This built on the work of  the Effective Education for Employment project, conceived with Pearson. The project evaluated the effectiveness of education systems and institutions internationally. Before joining Pearson, Ross spent 15 years designing and launching 20 businesses across 5 continents.

    Facilitator: Florian Rutsch (Ashoka)

    Florian manages Ashoka's community of Fellows in the UK. He focuses his passion and expertise on system change strategies which he shares through retreats, workshops and talks. He also co-leads integration of this work across Ashoka in Europe. He holds degrees in international economics and social entrepreneurship, studying in the Netherlands, US, UK, and Kenya. He has also worked as a social impact consultant on strategy, organisation, and communication.

  • Module 2

    Speaker: Michael Wagemans (i-propeller)

    Michael Wagemans is Managing Partner of i-propeller, one of Europe’s leading sustainability advisory boutiques. With i-propeller, he advises clients on a diverse set of issues pertaining to sustainability, such as shared value, CSR, societal business innovation, impact measurement, corporate philanthropy and stakeholder engagement. He has more than 15 years experience in strategy and organization consulting, working together with corporates and public authorities. Prior to joining i-propeller, Michael held positions of responsibility in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur D. Little. 

    Speaker: Monique Maissan (Waste2Wear)

    Monique Maissan is a Dutch entrepreneur and textile engineer specialized in Circular Economic solutions for the textile industry. She is the CEO and founder of Vision Textiles; a textile company, which produces fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and aims to combine this with circular models and social initiatives. Its brands Waste2wear and Waste2weave combine environmental goals with improvement of livelihoods. This unique approach has led to cooperation with several brands and some of the largest multinationals. She is currently involved in another initiative that she co-founded: The Plastic Ocean Project in China. The project aims to find ways of removing plastic from the ocean.

    Facilitator: Ross Hall (Ashoka)

    Ross is founder of the Global Change Leaders – and is directing Ashoka’s education strategy – both aiming to create learning ecosystems in which every young person is empowered as a changemaker. Before Ashoka, Ross designed the Better World Programme that equips young people to be well and do well. The first implementation of the programme is with 500,000 children across Zimbabwe and Tanzania. This built on the work of  the Effective Education for Employment project, conceived with Pearson. The project evaluated the effectiveness of education systems and institutions internationally. Before joining Pearson, Ross spent 15 years designing and launching 20 businesses across 5 continents.

    Facilitator: Monika Koncz-MacKenzie (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

    Monika works on learning for the circular economy to allow businesses to transition successfully. Within the Ellen MacArthur Foundation she supports the Foundation's Global Partners and wider network comprised of businesses, partner universities and government & cities by identifying suitable learning pathways and effective learning strategy. Her background and passion lies in experiential & participatory learning approaches and developing systemic leadership to address the complex challenges of the transition towards a circular economy. 
  • Module 3

    Speaker: Maggie de Pree (League of Intrapreneurs)

    Maggie De Pree is a co-founder and Director of The League of Intrapreneurs, a global learning community for social ‘intrapreneurs’ – people working for a better world from inside our incumbent institutions - influential corporates, governments and NGOs. She has spent over a decade harnessing the innovation potential of business to address issues ranging from climate change to healthcare and has worked with companies such as GSK, BMW, Nike, Barclays, Shell, BP and SC Johnson. She is a passionate advocate for girls’ sport and after launching her village’s first U8 football team for girls has now found herself coaching the local cricket.

    Speaker: Harald Tepper (Philips)

    Harald is senior director sustainability and leader of the Circular Economy Program at Philips - a global leader in Health Technology, aiming to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Prior to Philips, Harald worked as department head at the Dutch Forensic Institute and from 2007 till 2013, Harald worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. There, he specialized in large-scale transformations, such as Lean transformations, culture transformations, and leadership development. Harald is also co-founder of the Nationale DenkTank. Since 2006, this foundation annually selects a group of ca. 20 top-talented students to co-create innovative solutions for societal problems.

    Facilitator: Melinda Varfi

    Melinda believes in the power of communities and is passionate about helping to empower communities to grow and contribute towards a sustainable society. Having worked in different sectors – from education to trade development – she has found that sustainability is the closest topic to her heart. She co­-founded Impact Hub Budapest, a global-community-­based coworking office. She enjoys engaging people in meaningful conversations about their environment and enabling them to recognize the power they have to make steps towards a more sustainable world. In the last 7 years she has facilitated and designed participatory methods processes of dialogue including the Art of Hosting and Theory U.

    Facilitator: Mischa Altmann

    Mischa Altmann started his career in electronic and electrical engineering at engineering consultancy Arup in London designing mission critical infrastructure for datacenters and hospitals. He was lead engineer at a zero-carbon buildings startup in Oxford before he turned to Sweden for a second masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. Together with Melinda Varfi, he has been building up Resonanz to support leading organisations in realising their potential with a whole systems approach. He regularly conducts Sustainability@BoardLevel workshops in Sweden, is developing a space for disruptive collaboration for interdisciplinary working and has a keen interest in intercultural work connected to sustainability.

  • Module 4

    Speaker: Guido Braam (C-creators)

    Guido Braam is known as a speaker who can convey his personal enthusiasm and conviction with humor and very practical examples to the public. He likes to improvise and can appeal to his broad experience in the circular economy and his years of experience as an entrepreneur. His story is about the big trends that have to do with the circular economy as well as the daily opportunities and obstacles when you as an entrepreneur want to work with the circular economy.

    Speaker: Marc de Wit (Circle Economy)

    As Director Strategic Alliances, Marc de Wit is responsible for mobilizing and engaging stakeholders in sustained collaborative relationships to maximize Circle Economy’s impact and to accomplish shared goals. He is a recognized thought-leader on implementation of the circular economy, with more than 12 years of strategy and implementation experience in advising companies and governments in developing circular strategies and implementing circular solutions. Marc brings a conceptual and pragmatic focused approach to projects, having obtained a PhD in sustainable resource use from Utrecht University and industry experience with a variety of players ranging from front-running corporate to start-ups from the operational to C-level. 


  • Alexandru Laibar (Workshops Without Borders)

    Alexandru Laibăr is interested in sustainable economy, renewable energy and ecology. Experienced in waste management and NGOs, he is a Certified Sustainability Manager and uses his expertise in various areas (sales, CRM, PR & PA) to support Workshops Without Borders’ efforts to achieve their goals in professional, social and civic integration of very disadvantaged people, solidarity and waste reduction, all together impacting on environment and society. He thinks the change is done from the bottom up and that "practice what you preach" is not just a blowing in the wind.

  • Ashima Sukhdev (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

    Ashima leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Government & Cities Programme, engaging national, regional, and local governments in the transition towards a circular economy. Ashima’s previous work at the Foundation has spanned across the Business and Insights & Analysis teams, including a secondment to the World Economic Forum to support the development of their circular economy initiative. Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ashima worked with the Strategy & Operations group of Deloitte Consulting. Ashima graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics, minoring in Sustainability & Environmental Management. Ashima has lived and worked across islands big and small – Mumbai, Singapore, the UK, Manhattan – and can now be found on the Isle of Wight.

  • Ayumi Matsuzaka (Dycle)

    Ayumi Matsuzaka, DYCLE founder - Diaper Cycle, Japanese, lives in Berlin. Originally, a conceptual artist, exploring the human role in energy and material cycles, through participatory art interventions, during the last 10 years. After carrying out soil projects in Europe and Asia, she mastered the production of Terra Preta soil substrate, whilst understanding that parents are highly interested in reducing the huge amounts of diaper waste. Diaper Cycle is a system for these parents, by offering 100% compostable diapers, which after use, are transformed into healthy soil, ready to plant fruit trees. She is a certified “Blue Economy Expert”, an environmental business certificate awarded by ZERI (Zero Emissions Research and Initiative): DYCLE is also a case study of ZERI.

  • Cedric Solms (Re-apaga)

    Cedric is the CEO and founder of Re-apaga charity foundation, Impulse Recycling LLC and Apaga, all located in Armenia: all of them in the environmental protection and recycling field. With the recycling project in one major state of Armenia, he implemented a system that separates and recycles the waste of over 30.000 people. In the newest project “Apaga” he is building a Green Lifestyle Community Platform in Armenia with the aim to expand worldwide. Apaga brings together and rewards environmentally aware people from all around the world in one green community, while boosting recycling as well as creating thousands of jobs.

  • Christian Hudson (G7+G20 Diplomacy for CE - Giz)

    Christian currently work to inform international discussions on how we can build a global circular economy, helping the European Commission create productive outcomes from exchanges around G7 and G20 diplomacy. His interest in Circular Economy issue started as he tried shaping policy frameworks to support a sustainable economy, working within EU, national governments, think tanks, the private sector and with the UN. The struggles he has faced there led fim to look at how change really happens, from an individual to an institutional level, at how we learn, and how we choose to collaborate. He trained as a lawyer and an economist, and systems thinking approaches shook up his world view.

  • Claire Bates (Encycled)

    Claire graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a degree in Retailing and Consumer Sciences. While there, she built and managed an on-campus student enterprise, The Student Exchange, a buy, sell, trade store for dorm and home goods. Her sustainability journey was redirected after graduation while she worked as a buyer for both department stores and fast fashion retailers. It was during this time that the environmental and social impacts of the fashion industry began to tug at her soul. Through the help of incredible mentors, serendipitous encounters, autodidacticism and hard work, she’s found herself in London building and leading the circular fashion programme at e-commerce powerhouse Aside from her work at ASOS, Claire is the co-founder of Encycled, a revolutionary circular business concept with the power to change the promotional materials industry as we know it!

  • Damaris Koeber (Fillosofy)

    Quantum physicist by training, a detour into theoretical immunology, educational policy expert and change maker impacting thousands of student at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Post academia experiences range from developing a new type of infrared    technology, business analysis (credit cards), design thinking coach, managing an agile pod of developers, and finally, digital innovation and entrepreneurship. Damaris has a deep motivation to introduce a change in the way we do business as usual. She values innovation as a way to move forward and entrepreneurship as a way to turn things into reality. Her experience in design thinking make her a great addition to creating more circular products and services.

  • Daniel Newton (Accenture)

    Daniel is a Sustainability Strategy Consultant at Accenture, specialising in the circular economy and in the fashion industry. He is a creative and entrepreneurial thinker, driven by his questions and innovative ideas, and by a passion for nature and the environment. Daniel has had unique circular economy experience having been involved in The Circulars, the world's leading circular economy award program, over the past couple of years. This experience has exposed him to 1000's of examples of circular innovations and enabled the opportunity to see how circular solutions are being delivered by multinationals, governments and start-ups on a global scale and across multiple industries. This experience has provided a great insight into the progress we have made towards building a more circular economy, while it has also exposed the key challenges we face, the value of collaboration in delivering a circular economy and has provided further motivation to help solve develop circular thinking.

  • David Ryan (Toast Ale)

    David is Head of Sales at Toast Ale and manages the relationships with a fast-growing list of stockists around the UK. David has a background in retail, joining Waitrose as a graduate and progressing to store manager, before holding senior management positions focused on business change projects.  When not Toasting, he loves a good adventure and has enjoyed a cheeky beer everywhere from Tokyo to Timbuktu.

  • Hanne Melin (eBay)

    Hanne Melin is Director Global Public Policy and leads for the EMEA region eBay’s Public Policy Lab. The Lab explores issues that sit at the nexus of technology and commerce through research and policy formation. Hanne is a board member of Business For eTrade Development, a new non-profit dedicated to bringing the global private sector's views to ecommerce development debates and creating public-private partnerships for ecommerce development. Before joining eBay, Hanne was an associate at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP based in Brussels, practising competition law. Hanne holds a Master in International Business Law from King’s College London, she is a guest lecturer at the law faculty of Lund University (Sweden), and a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of how the internet and technology transform the economy and our society.

  • Hugh McCann (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

    Hugh is the Global Partners Lead for Europe, acting as a change agent for these industry-leading pioneers for the development and implementation of their circular business models. The Global Partner programme works on a strategic level with a number of influential businesses across key sectors of the economy, to demonstrate circular innovation at scale. Hugh supports these pioneering organisations to develop circular economy strategies, build organisational capacity, collaborate with supply chain partners and pilot commercial offerings. Previously, Hugh was working in London and New York with research and consulting firm Verdantix. He enlisted leading blue chip firms and fast growing innovators to ensure they were continually positioned for success in the energy, EH&S and sustainability markets. Prior to joining Verdantix, Hugh worked in the UK and Spain with Accenture Consulting.

  • Jasper Klewer (Philips)

    Jasper Klewer is Director Sustainability at Philips, where he is responsible for embedding circular and sustainable activities and requirements in the standard way of working in Philips worldwide. This includes both regulatory requirements as well as the circular and sustainable business objectives that Philips has committed to. He has a background in biomedical & electrical engineering (MSc), clinical research, new business development, corporate governance and enterprise risk management. His personal interests include sustainable architecture and travel to places with exotic food and nature. He lives in Utrecht, Netherlands with spouse and two cats.

  • Jesus Aisa (Unilever)

    Jesus Aisa is the Unilever R&D Sustainability Manager for the Refreshment (Tea & Ice Cream) category where he calculates the current and future impacts of the category portfolio, steers and helps the regional teams to include a more sustainable and circular approach to innovations. During the last year he’s implemented a circularity index tool in the category and helped to create the climate change strategy and the Foods and Refreshment internal packaging mandates endorsed by the Division President. Before joining Unilever in May 2016, he was working as a sustainability project manager of several multinationals and non-profit organizations such as Telefonica and Spanish WBCSD. When Jesus is not working he enjoys spending time with his one year old son, attending to art exhibitions and listening to music.

  • Joost de Kluijver (Closing The Loop)

    As the founder of social enterprise Closing the Loop (CTL), Joost de Kluijver has brought 'urban mining' to Asia and Africa. His organization buys broken mobile phones (e-waste) in Africa, enabling their proper recycling. CTL created a business model based on the collection of this African waste. Based on the concept of carbon offsetting, CTLs approach allows for the material footprint of a phone to be offset. This circular services offers CTL’s customers a practical and effective first step towards a waste free industry. Joost has also worked for Accenture and the Global Reporting Initiative. He lives in Amsterdam with his two baby boys and the girlfriend he has been engaged to for three years.

  • Krishna Manda (Lenzing Group)

    Krishna currently works as senior manager sustainability integration in Lenzing Group. He is responsible for sustainability strategy, targets and integration of sustainability in day-to-day decisions of different functions. Circular economy is a key theme that Krishna co-leads with product management colleagues. Krishna actively contributes to multi-stakeholder initiatives such as Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Make Fashion Circular of Ellen MacArthur foundation. Prior to Lenzing, Krishna was advising different organizations in the world while working at Utrecht university, Netherlands and in India. Krishna was born and brought-up in India and has lived and worked in different countries in Europe. Krishna holds a Ph.D. from Utrecht university, Netherlands, and a master degree from Lund University, Sweden in Sustainability. He currently lives in Austria with his wife and a daughter who is a continuous inspiration. His hobbies are walking in nature and reading books.

  • Katie Thomas (Redesigning a region)

    Leading the low carbon and circular economy agenda at the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, Katie is working closely with stakeholders to collaboratively identify and realise opportunities to move towards a low carbon, circular future. Katie’s work includes the development of York, North Yorkshire & East Riding’s Local Energy Strategy and kick-starting a circular economy programme of work for the area. Previous experience includes leading the ambitious circular economy programme in Peterborough, which aspires to create the UK’s first circular city. Successes include launching a city-wide sharing economy platform, co-designing high impact demonstration projects and developing a pioneering Circular City Roadmap. With an academic background in sustainability and business, Katie is passionate about driving the sustainability agenda forward and making a real impact.

  • Laura Coppen (H&M)

    Laura has worked at H&M Group for 5 years, currently located in the Group’s Laboratory focusing on the Future of Production (4thIR), Circular Economy initiatives and communication. Laura was formerly located in Hong Kong and Shanghai whereby she started up several innovation initiatives where sustainability met technology. Laura has a background in design, innovation in production, sustainable development and building innovation teams & new business models, Laura focuses on activating positive change and working with a wide internal/external network to bring ideas to life through design/system thinking principles. Laura has also worked on several social entrepreneurship projects in Kenya, and has been featured on the BBC with a clothing collection for a 2050 climate changed planet making use of body mapping and sustainable technical materials.

  • Louisa Ziane (Toast Ale)

    Louisa is the Chief Brand Officer at Toast Ale managing all aspects from external branding, marketing and communications through to internal culture. She is a chartered management accountant, holds a masters in environmental decision making and has a background in sustainability consulting and digital marketing. In her spare time, she's mum to two small people and a keen gardener - currently raising hops for a local beer project.

  • Marilu Valente (Fillosofy)

    After graduating in sustainable architecture, Marilu worked for international architecture firms as well as in the field of smart cities for Siemens. The motivation to design more circular product's lifecycles, minimizing the impact waste streams, led her to co-found binee, a start-up developing a motivational interface for people to recycle their electronic waste. With binee, she participated in to 2 accelerator programs, helping to raise funds to install a pilot in Leipzig, Germany. Later, she developed a more efficient plastic bottle design for personal care products which does not require a cap, avoiding the need for separation during the recycling process. This led to a bigger vision of a refillable alternative to disposable plastic packaging for the personal care sector, called Fillosofy. She is also the vice-president of the EIT (European Institute of Technology) Raw Materials Alumni Association, aiming at growing a community focusing on the sustainable supply of raw materials.

  • Matteo Vittorio Bertelè, MSc: Co-founder and CFO (gr3n)

    Co-founder and CFO of gr3n, Matteo is responsible for all the administrative and financial activities since establishment: finance, marketing, sales, legal and IP, HR, communication and IT. During his career he has been employed in the Department of Equity Capital Market of primary investment banks, both Italian and Global and has held different positions in major multinational companies in the Departments of Investor Relations, Strategic Planning and Corporate Finance. Matteo got his Master in aerospace engineering at “Politecnico di Milano” and MsC in Quantitative Finance and Risk Management at Bocconi University – Milan, Italy. He completed his educational path with a CFA Program in Chartered Financial Analysis and an Executive Education Programme on the Development of Strategies for Value Creation at London Business School- London, UK.

  • Maurizio Crippa (gr3n)

    Co-founder and CEO of gr3n, PhD in Materials Science, with a thesis on hybrid and Nanocomposite materials, Maurizio is a material scientist and part of the management team, bearing responsibility for team coherence and PR. Throughout his career, he accumulated a wide-ranging academic and research experience in solid state physics, organic and inorganic chemistry with special regard to the development of functional and structural materials. He held different positions in both private and public institutions. Maurizio has a solid expertise in materials science nanotech applications and manufacturing issues. He is the inventor and main developer of the process for the chemical recycling of PET, patented by gr3n in 2013. He is also author and co-author of several publications in Chemical specific journals and attendance in international conferences.

  • Niccy Kol (Waste2Wear)

    Niccy has been the inspiring force behind new initiatives and change processes in the fashion world for more than 25 years: as Division Manager of Escada Sport she has built the brand into a strong international market player. For VLISCO she was co developer of the strategy to establish the name as luxurious fashion brand for the african consumer. In her different international assignments she always puts her focus on creativity in line with the DNA of a company in order to bring sustainable initiatives to the market. As Lead Fashion for the Circular Fashion Games, she connects business challenges out of the Textile - and Fashion industry to talent and creativity of the next generation in order to discover innovative circular solutions. Changing behaviour by showing tangible solutions is her dedicated aim in her current job as Brand Manager for Waste2Wear.

  • Nicola Loudon Catterson (Patagonia)

    Scottish born and educated from the city of Glasgow. A life-long interest in art & design, Nicola chose textiles & the fashion industry as my career path after studying a design, textile technology & manufacturing degree in the Scottish Borders, historically renowned for its woollen mills and craftsmanship. Since then she have worked in various parts of the industry, located in Wales, London, Turkey, Scotland, Belgium & now Amsterdam. Now, she is very proudly working for Patagonia, a true inspiration of a company who stays true to its values. Outside the work she has a true love of travel, the arts, wildlife and nature, rather broad subjects however a genuine interest in all. She believes an education and exposure to these areas expands the mind and allows us to view the world/people and its capabilities in a much broader way.

  • Olga Kravchenko (Fish & Seafood packaging)

    Olga is a Blockchain country lead and spokesperson in IBM Norway. She leads innovation projects with focus on adoption of new technologies and business models. Prior to joining IBM, Olga has run her start-up in the jewellery industry, which led to a traineeship position at H&M HQ with a deep-dive into the business side of retail. Olga holds MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (scholar) from BI Norwegian Business School, and BSc and MSc in Finance from well-known Ukrainian university.  Olga’s interests cover innovation, technological change and development, sustainability, new business models, among them circular economy.

  • Ralf Lesscher (JOOLZ)

    Ralf Lesscher is the Operations Director for the last 8 years at JOOLZ -  the fast growing high-end stroller brand from Amsterdam. He studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Twente and considered himself as an changemaker from my early days. Entrepreneur with an speciality on setting up the full Operation within companies, he wants to make a good impact, within JOOLZ and around.

  • Rob Van Thiel (Nine & Co)
    Rob studied management at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. After his studies he has worked in the field of design, buying and planning for fashion retailers and brands. Currently he is working as Director Design, buying and Sourcing for Nine & Co. Nine & Co is market leader in the domain maternity wear in the Netherlands. Over the last 30 years he has seen big changes in the industry in all areas. His personal interest goes towards a more sustainable business for the total chain that works in the fashion industry. He has a strong believe that we as leaders working in the industry also have a duty to investigate into new ways of working to make a better world.

  • Stan Vermeulen (JOOLZ)

    Stan Vermeulen is CEO and shareholder of Joolz a fast growing international pushchair brand from The Netherlands, active in over 30 countries across the globe. In 2009 Stan was co-founder of Generous Minds a network organisation of diverse consultants focused combining social & environmental purposes with doing (good) business. Prior to this Stan worked at Endemol and as consultant and business developers. Stan lives in Amsterdam, together with his wife and daughter and likes to do sports, travel and wine & dine with friends and family.

  • Tamar Hoek (Solidaridad)

    As Senior Programme Manager Sustainable Textiles, Tamar is part of the Policy Influencing team of our European office and focus on the cotton, textiles and leather sectors. She also responsible for the strategic development and innovation of the broader portfolio and overarching themes (like circularity, digital solutions, impact investment). The Solidaridad textiles programme designs and implements projects/programmes with brands, retailers and other stakeholders in the supply chain to improve the environmental and social performance of the textiles wet processing sector and the Read Made Garments (RMG) sector. She has a background working for the Dutch government (Centre for the Promotion of Import from Developing Countries) in the field of sustainable economic development in developing countries in the consumer sectors, like apparel, (home) textiles, footwear and jewellery.

  • Thijs Maartens (Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Insitute)

    Before joining the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in 2015 Thijs was involved in the management of multiple succesfull start-up businesses and has an academic background in sustainability science & policy making. Thijs' work style reflects his belief that collaborative steering, indirectly influencing and redirecting choices towards positive impact is an effective way to translate a shared vision into a clear set of strategies and operational goals. Thijs firmly believes in the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ design philosophy and is convinced of its bright future. Thijs holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Science & Policy from Maastricht University’s International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maastricht University’s honors program University College Maastricht (UCM).

  • Thor Tummers (Unilever)

    Currently involved in the Transition towards a Circular Economy for Unilever, in particular in external relations with Governmental Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and knowledge originations, such as Think Tanks and Universities. I represent Unilever in various trade - and industry associations and in this capacity also in Nedvang ‘The Netherlands from Waste to Raw Materials’. Personally I’m driven by various experiences at Unilever, developing corporate issue management strategies and external affairs in an international environment. Prior to Unilever I’ve spend time at Philips and studied in Rotterdam and Shanghai (China).

  • Wilma Kleefsman (Waste2Wear)

    Being an experienced Buying Director with a strong background in sourcing and product development, Wilma likes to combine strategic insight with pragmatic leadership. Both in retail - and wholesale industry, she used to be appreciated for consumer insights, result improvements and out of the box thinking. Based on these many years of working in the fashion industry, she have become convinced that the fashion industry needs to make a big step change towards circularity and want use her past experience to accelerate this process in convincing others.