Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF), United Kingdom
Ken has worked with the EMF since its formation in 2010. The Foundation’s aim is to accelerate the transition from a linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economy to a circular economy. He is the author of the book The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows (2nd Edition 2017)
Head of Innovation at CORFO, Chile
She is currently the head of innovation in Corfo. She is a biotechnology engineer and holds a Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sloan Fellow Program in Innovation and Global Leadership and master’s in science in Management of MIT. Ms. Fonseca is one of the 100 women leaders of Chile, as well as one of the 100 most influential people in the world of Digital government.
Senior Advisor Circular Economy Platform of the Americas (CEPA),
Ken is exceptionally skilled at presenting the business, social and environmental benefits of a Sustainable Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle® design. 35+ years of work experience in the international private sector on topics of sustainable development.
Dr h.c. Walter R. Stahel
Founder and Director of the
Product-Life Institute, Switzerland
In 1976, Dr. Walter Stahel sketched the vision of an economy in loops (or circular economy) and its impact on job creation, economic competitiveness, resource savings, and waste prevention. His ‘corner’ books are ‘Jobs for Tomorrow, the Potential for substituting manpower for energy’ (1981) and ‘The Performance Economy’ (2010).
Founder and Director, Ecologing, Italy
Mechanical engineer, trainer, speaker, consultant & researcher on Sustainable Design, Circular Economy and Green Entrepreneurship. Founder and Director of Ecologing.
Co-founder Inspira Congress and Expert of the Circular Economy Platform of the Americas, Ecuador
Millán is a globally recognized motivational speaker for inspiring thousands of people and teams to overcome limits and innovate.
Project Director, Circular Economy, SITRA, Finland
Kari Herlevi is project director in Sitra’s Circular economy focus area and a multi-skilled circular economy expert. Previously, Kari led the Green Growth programme at Tekes, which was associated with the circular economy and had a financing volume of more than 100 million euros.
Principle and Biomimicry Chemist, Biomimicry 3.8, United States
Mark seeks out and applies the design principles of nature's time-tested chemical strategies to the development of innovative solutions to the toxic chemical and material challenges facing the 21st century.
José Alejandro Martínez
Director, Sustainability Department, EAN University, Expert at Circular Economy Platform of the Americas, Colombia
José is a waste management expert with diplomas in teaching, environmental education and sustainable management. He has been leading circular economy initiatives at the EAN University, including the EAN Legacy Building the first fully Cradle to Cradle® inspired building in Latin America.
Executive Director & Happiness Officer
at Más Oxígeno, Expert at the Circular Economy Platform of the Americas, Argentina
Federico is a Latin American Ambassador of The Circulab, an approach imagined and developed by the design agency Wiithaa in order to help organizations seize the economic, social and environmental opportunities of the Circular Economy.
María de los Ángeles Franco
Co-founder of Circular and Expert
at the Circular Economy Platform
of the Americas, Peru
Maria de los Ángeles is Co- Founder of Circular, a Marketplace for lenders and borrowers based in Lima, Peru. She has worked on the design and implementation of development projects at different international organizations.
Head of the Circular Economy Office, Ministry of the Environment Government of Chile, Chile
Mr. González is an Industrial civil engineer, mention of environmental engineering, of the Pontifical Catholic University. He has more than 10 years of experience conducting environmental consultancy in both the public and private sectors and working in different civil society organizations.
Giovanni Calderón Bassi
Executive Director, Agency for Sustainability and Climate Change, Chile
Lawyer from the Catholic University of Valparaíso and holds a doctorate degree in law from the Catholic University of Chile and a master in Political communication and public affairs of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He was deputy on behalf of the UDI in the Atacama region (2010-2014), by District N ° 6.
Jonelle René Jones
Managing and Principal Consultant, NRM Solutions, Trinidad and Tobago
Ms. Jones brings together theory and practice from the developed and developing worlds to apply the best knowledge and information towards solving the critical problems facing environmental management and sustainable development within the Caribbean.
Dr. Keron Niles
Lecturer, Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago
Prior to his current position at the University of the West Indies, Mr. Niles was the Business Unit Manager for Research and Policy at the Economic Development Advisory Board of Trinidad and Tobago, being directly responsible to outline the steps to facilitate a sustainable green economy transition in Trinidad and Tobago.
Fernando José Britez
Founder and Mentor, KORA, Paraguay
Fernando is the Founder and Mentor of Kora Paraguay (Kora, which in Guarani language means "Circle"), an association of public utility that works to raise awareness about the principles of the Circular Economy in Paraguay and is made up of professionals from different academic backgrounds.
Marcela Godoy Carrasco
Sustainability Director, Stgo Slow, Chile
Consultant specialist in Circular Economy, sustainable production and consumption systems, Eco innovation and eco-design. President of AdC Circular, teacher and speaker. CO-Creator of the methodology Eco-design 3.0.
José Antonio González
Product Life-Cycle Management Expert, Circular Economy Platform of the Americas, Venezuela
Jose is a Mechanical Engineer, specialist in industrial automation and maintenance. He has large experience in service and maintenance operation of industrial assets to prolong their productive life. His interest is to develop strategies and models to manage products life cycle.
Co-founder, Ideia Circular, Brazil
Carla creates – and helps other people and companies create – innovative, effective and gorgeous products from discarded or undervalued resources. Her work with research and development of upcycling technologies has won different awards including the UNESCO – Design 21 (2005).
Ximena Ruz Espejo
Technical Subdirector, Agency for Sustainability and Climate Change, Chile
Technical Subdirector of the Agency for Sustainability and Climate Change in Chile. Her last 17 years of work experience have been linked to the productive and sustainable development of Chilean companies, through the implementation of clean production agreements, voluntary instruments of productive and environmental management, with emphasis on Public-Private cooperation.
Msc. Industrial Ecology, Sustainability Initiative ESPOL, Ecuador
Paulina holds a degree in Economics and Marketing from the San Francisco de Quito University. She has worked in different organizations such as NGOs in sustainable development projects, market analysis and, supply chain management in multinationals. She has been recently working as a researcher and consultant in the field of Industrial Ecology.
Pedro São Simão
General Manager, Ernesto São Simão Lda. (ESS), Portugal
Pedro São Simão is the General Manager of ESS, an SME dedicated to the engineering of tools/moulds for plastic injection process and the fabrication of plastic products. As part of its sustainability strategy, ESS has been innovating towards circular business models. ESS is member of the Directive Board of Smart Waste Portugal.
Co-founder of Circular Coffee consulting
Partner and Director of Artisan Roast Chile, Local Organizer Santiago - Circular Economy Club, Chile
Consultant in sustainable development and circular economy, with a focus on sustainable production and consumption. -She has worked in public and private projects on climate change and behavioural changes. Co-designed a circular business model, implemented in Artisan Roast Chile. Bernardita is MSc in Ecological economics from the University of Edinburgh.
Business Development Director, ERCTech, Czech Republic
Mr. Marek leads the Bussiness Development department at ERCTech, Effective Recycling Concrete Technology, a company that brings revolutionary solutions to the construction industry along with a comprehensive solution to the construction and demolition waste.
Dr. Sanjeevan Bajaj
Advisor, Quality Forum of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India
Ms. Bajaj is responsible for overseeing the activities of FICCI Quality Forum in the areas of Life Cycle Management, Sustainable Production and Consumption and Sustainable Lifestyles. She represents FICCI on the Steering Committee of the UN Environment hosted Life Cycle Initiative, and on the Resource Efficiency-Circular Economy Task Force constituted by NITI Aayog, Government of India
Sector advisor in Circular economy and construction, CORFO, Chile
Chemical Civil Engineer, dedicated to sustainability, the construction sector and project management from design to operation, Mrs. Ipinza has been leading initiatives and articulating work teams always establishing effective relationships with different actors.
Executive Vice President, CORFO, Chile
Sebastián Sichel Ramírez is a lawyer of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and magister in public law. He was coordinator of Advisors and Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Economy, Deputy Director of Tourism, and he participated in drafting of the amendment of the Law of free competition, tourism and SMEs.
Sales Manager, Comberplast, Chile
Michel is a commercial engineer from Universidad Finis Terrae and since the year 2000 is commercial Director of Comberplast, a family business with 45 years in the market, focused on a model of Circular economy within the plastic industry.
Partner & Commercial Director, TriCiclos, Chile
Tomás is a Civil Engineer in Environmental Biotechnology and has extensive experience in the design and implementation of home waste prevention and management systems, with a focus on Applied Circular Economy programs and social impact.
Founder and Director, Ceci n’est pas une Holding, Neherlands
Jonas is an industrial designer and a man with a vision and ability to engage others with his cause. He is Founder and Director at Ceci n’est pas une Holding and Member of Advisory Board of BlueCity Lab, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Lara van Druten
Managing Director, WasteTransformers, Netherlands
Lara van Druten is a visionary entrepreneur with a substantial track record in the area of innovation, clean tech and resource recovery. She is CEO and founder of The Waste Transformers, on a mission to revolutionise how we deal with waste in a way that is circular, green, clean, entrepreneurial and smart.
Dean, DesignLab, Adolfo Ibanez University, Chile
PhD in Architecture, Design and Computation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Visiting Scientist, School of Engineering, MIT. Master of Science in Architecture, MIT.
Juan Carlos Guajardo
Founder & Executive Director, Plusmining, Chile
Mr. Guajardo is founder and CEO of the company Plusmining since 2015. Previously he was executive director of the Center for Copper and Mining Studies (CESCO), director of studies of the Chilean Copper Commission (Cochilco) and economist of the International Group of Copper studies.
Best Practices in Sustainability, ENEL, Chile
Natural Resources Engineer (U. of Chile) with 11 years of work experience in environment and sustainability. He is currently responsible for best practices in the management of sustainability in Enel Chile, with the aim of designing innovative solutions for the challenges that the company has in its social and environmental fields.
Founder and CEO of Reversible, Chile
Irina is a specialist in innovation for sustainability, social entrepreneurship, circular economy, waste management strategies, social responsibility and shared value generation.
Sustainability Director,Flippa K, Sweden
Sustainability Director at Filippa K since 2011. Is a board member of Mistra Future Fashion since four years back and an advisory board member for the UN founded programme, the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) Programme.
Co-founder and Director Design and Products at VALOPES, Chile
Santiago is co-founder and Director of Design and products at VALOPES. He has more than 10 years of experience solving digital transformation challenges in various sectors in the big industry
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chile, Netherlands
He started in July of this year as Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chile. He has extensive experience in different positions within the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such as Chief of Administration and Consular Affairs at the Dutch Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, and Counselor at the Dutch Embassies in Guatemala and Colombia.
Executive Director, Plastic Oceans Chile, Netherlands
Dutch based in Chile 11 years ago. He is a Commercial Engineer from the University of Breda Netherlands. Mark is the Executive Director of Plastic Oceans Chile, Founder of the start-up Galoo, President of the Communal Environmental Committee of Providence and Professor of Social innovation at the University of Development (UDD).
General Manager, Food for the Future (F4F), Chile
Industrial civil engineer from the Catholic University of Chile, with a master's in Facilities Management from the University of Sydney. He has been General manager of F4F for 4 years, where he leads the management and coordination of the company, as well as securing a sustainable business model (economic, environmental and socially)
Circular Economy Business Developer, ECOR Europe, Mexico
As Circular Economy Business Developer of ECOR, Paola contributes to the general goals for the Circular Economy effort in Mexico, providing commercially viable, turnkey and closed-loop enterprise solutions for commercial and government entities, through the conversion of cellulose fiber considered as waste into high value material, free of toxins, cradle to cradle compliant and used for construction, packaging, merchandising and a wide range of applications.
Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Natural Resources and Energy Division, UN ECLAC (Chile)
Ruben Contreras Lisperguer is currently Senior Economic Affairs Officer at UN ECLAC. Previously he joined the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States in January 2008 where he serves as senior technical advisor to the Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas program
Carola Moya Ortega
Executive Director, Stgo Slow, Chile
Consultant and Coolhunter, specialist in communication, consumption, sustainable lifestyle and gender perspective. Teacher, speaker and columnist. CO-Creator of the methodology Eco-design 3.0, and director of AdC Circular
Strategy and Sustainability, Más Oxígeno, Argentina
Brazilian-Argentinian, Mateo has worked in finance consultancy until he decided to make a change in his life. Focusing on the circular economy, today he works as a consultant in Más Oxígeno coordinating triple impact projects and is a certified Circulab consultant.
Co-Founder EPEA Brazil and Associate Director at GeoCidades, Brazil
He has been a pioneer in the Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle® in Brazil for the last 5 years. He dedicated the past years in field research in supply chain and policy analysis and the social impacts of the Circular Economy in Brazil. He has 5 years of experience in training organizations teams and leaders to design innovative strategies to recreate products, processes and systems applying the Cradle to Cradle® design principles for a Circular Economy.
Consultant in Renewable Energy, Financing and International Cooperation, Chile
Antonio is a professional specialist in project management and financing focused on renewable energy and international development with experience in major international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Corporation German international cooperation (GIZ), the Organization of American States and the International Financial Corporation of the World Bank
Founder, Idearia, Chile
Biochemical civil engineer with more than twenty years of experience in the environment in the public and private sector. Development and implementation of public policies in clean production, environmental impact assessment and solid waste management.
Kevin de Cuba
Director, Americas Sustainable Development Foundation & Co-Founder and Chair, Circular Economy Platform of the Americas, Aruba
He developed and managed the U.S. Department of State funded - Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas Program where he introduced and led the first regional effort to apply and validate the concepts of Cradle to Cradle®, Closed Looped Cycle Production, and Circular Economy and engaged in the first practical applications in SMEs and drafted Circular Policies for several nations in the LAC region.
Strategy and Sustainability Director, CORFO, Chile
Victoria has over 14 years of experience in the public and private sector, always linked to strategy issues, private-public sectors articulation, sustainability and project development.
Cristián Mosella Vial
Innovation and Climate Change Manager, Colbún S.A., Chile
Industrial engineer, with diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering sciences, both of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Specialist in energy generation technologies, carbon market, sustainability and innovation.
Egidio A.T.L. Bundel
Program Developer Zero Waste CIRCL, Netherlands
Egidio is responsible for the zero-waste program at Circl, the circular pavilion of ABN AMRO. Circl is a building designed and constructed according to sustainable and circular principles.
Jorge Hernán Gutiérrez
Director of the commercial office in Chile, ProColombia, Colombia
Business Manager degree from CESA-Colombia, with an MBA from the UNAB of Chile. He works in Procolombia since 2000. In 2008, he assumes the Chile’s commercial office direction, leading the Colombian exports, tourism and foreign investment in Chile.
Álvaro Undurraga Julio
Metropolitan Regional Director, CORFO, Chile
Commercial engineer from the University of Santiago, holds a Master’s degree in Management and Public Policies from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and a Master’s degree in initiation to research in education and society of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. He has served in various management positions in important municipalities in the country.
Mario Vergara Cortés
Professor, Design Lab at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile
Mario is a professor of the Design Lab at the Adolfo Ibáñez University and holds a master's degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute, United States, 2005.