SPEAKERS

Ken Webster

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)

Rocio Fonseca

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.

Ken Alston

Senior Advisor Circular Economy Platform of the Americas (CEPA),

United States

 

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).

Nicola Cerantola

Founder and Director, Ecologing, Italy

 

Mechanical engineer, trainer, speaker, consultant & researcher on Sustainable Design, Circular Economy and Green Entrepreneurship. Founder and Director of Ecologing.

Millan Ludeña

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. 

Kari Herlevi

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.

Mark Dorfman

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.

Federico Gómez

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.

Guillermo González

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.

Carla Tennenbaum

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.

Paulina Criollo

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.

Bernardita Mancilla
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.

Petr Marek

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

Helen Ipinza
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.

Sebastián Sichel

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.

Michel Compagnon

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.

Tomas Garcia

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.

Jonas Martens

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.

Sergio Araya

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.

Rodrigo Garrido
 

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.

Irina Reyes

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.

Elin Larsson

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.

Santiago Mujica

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

Harman Idema

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. 

Mark Minneboo

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).

Cristián Emhart

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)

Paola Rojas

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.

Rubén Contreras

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

Mateo Saavedra

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.

Alexandre Fernandes

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.

Antonio Levy

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

Maritza Rojas

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.

Victoria Paz

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.

@2018 - 2019 Americas Sustainable Development Foundation

 

CEFA2018 organized by the Circular Economy Platform of the Americas is since 2016 powered by the Americas Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF) as part of its broader ambition to facilitating the transition toward Circular Economy in the Americas.

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