28th nov – 1st dec

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME.

The world’s resources are limited. But our resourcefulness isn’t. Together, we’re transforming the way we use those resources. Bringing circularity to life.

We’re the pioneers, the movers and shakers, the game changers and trailblazers, the dreamers and the doers. And we’re coming together for the must-attend virtual event of the year, The Festival of Circular Economy.

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Amazing people achieving amazing things. Sharing, networking, bonding, challenging, collaborating, co-ordinating. Most of all, doing. Creating change. Making it happen. Translating theory into positive, practical action.

Celebrating our successes, learning from our mistakes, taking the circular revolution forward and accelerating the move towards sustainability and net zero. Our agenda covers all aspects of a circular economy, providing a forum for all.

From start-ups and scale-ups to multi-nationals, from government to academia – together we are inspiring, informing and reshaping the worlds’ economies.

QUICK GUIDE

Use our quick guide to plan your timetable.
The icons will show you at a glance the format and type of content in each session so you can quickly assess what’s in it for you.

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CHANGE MAKER SESSION

Our changemakers sessions have been developed to be quick, accessible, practical and engaging. Stimulate your mind and hear how our change makers are driving positive change for the future.

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CIRCULAR INSIGHTS

Our insight sessions have been designed provide bite-sized insights into the trending topics in circularity and sustainability.

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SPEAKER MEET-UPS

Our exclusive speaker meet-ups provide an unmissable opportunity to meet with the speakers of the day, ask questions, and discuss projects.

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DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS

Our interactive workshops are designed to connect the dots and foster community and collaboration.

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KEYNOTES

Inspirational, honest and thought-provoking.

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PANELS

Engaging and interactive –
an opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives in one session

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CO-LABS AND IDEA SHARING

Meet your peers, share ideas, get advice and get involved!

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DAY 1 28th Nov. What now… Designing the circular economy

11:45 - 12:00

Welcome to day 1

12:00 - 12:15

CIWM WELCOME: A world without waste

12:15 - 12:30

Opening Keynote: The future is different
– a circular vision for sustainable growth

We must transform every element of the take, make, and waste system. But what will it take? In this opening keynote, we will set out a different vision of the future; a future that is circular, sustainable and prosperous, creating a thriving economy that benefits everyone and the future of our planet:

  • What is the impact of the linear economy and why is transitioning to a circular economy is necessary
  • Explore the economic value that can be created by the circular economy

SPEAKING

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  • Marga Hoek, Global Speaker & Author, University of Cambridge

12:30 - 13:15

Panel: Three big questions on…
How to achieve a truly circular economy

The transition from a linear to a circular economy is one of the most important imperatives of our time, a transition that requires a fundamental change in the way we produce and consume. However, the whilst the concept of a circular economy is widely accepted, there’s still more talk than action.

In this panel, we will explore the route to becoming truly circular:

  • How circular is the world today?
  • What are the barriers to circularity (economic, political, consumer)
  • Explore the role of local government, business and the waste industry in making circularity a reality

SPEAKING

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  • Connor Bryant, Co-Founder, The Rubbish Project & The Rubbish Idea
  • Matthew Fraser, Head of Research & Development, Lead of the Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative, Circle-Economy
  • Joel Tronchon, Head of Sustainability, L’Oreal
  • Wayne Hubbard, CEO, ReLondon

13:15 - 13:30

Changemakers session: the big fashion redesign

Changemakers believe anything is possible. Our changemakers session have been developed to be quick, accessible, practical and engaging. Join our changemakers sessions, stimulate your mind and hear how they’re driving positive change for the future.

13:30 - 14:15

Panel: Is human behavior the overlooked ingredient in making circularity work?

How does consumer behaviour affect the transition to a circular economy? A circular approach to consumption and production reduces emission and waste in general, but how do we enable people to reuse, repair and recycle more efficiently? In this session we will look at the impact of consumer behavior in the move to circularity:

  • Identify, promote, and leverage consumer behaviours that support the transition to circular economy
  • Explore consumer behavioural insights in circular strategies for textiles, plastics and electronics
  • Are consumers ready for a circular economy?

SPEAKING

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  • Ali Moore, Head of Communication & Behaviour Change, ReLondon
  • Mariana Nicolau, Project Leader, CSCP

14:15 - 14:45

Co-lab & Idea sharing

14:45 - 15:00

Changemakers session: Sustainable energy and the fight against poverty

Changemakers believe anything is possible. Our changemakers session have been developed to be quick, accessible, practical and engaging. Join our changemakers sessions, stimulate your mind and hear how they’re driving positive change for the future.

SPEAKING

  • Henri Nyakarundi, Author, Founder & CEO, African Renewable Energy Distributes

15:00 - 15:45

Discovery workshop: Supporting entrepreneurs in the circular economy

Interactive workshop designed to foster community and collaboration. 

15:45 - 16:00

Day 1 wrap-up and key takeaways

DAY 2 29th Nov. What now… Scaling the circular economy

11:45 - 12:00

Welcome to day 2

12:00 - 12:15

Design Keynote: Looking back to go forward – the future of sustainable architecture

As the world stands at a crossroad, looking back to go forward can provide pivotal insight into what the past can teach us about our future.

SPEAKING

  • Charlie Luxton, Architect and TV presenter,

12:15 - 12:30

Circular insights I: Making circular work for everyone

We must transform every element of the take, make, and waste system. But what will it take? In this opening keynote, we will set out a different vision of the future; a future that is circular, sustainable and prosperous, creating a thriving economy that benefits everyone and the future of our planet:

  • What is the impact of the linear economy and why is transitioning to a circular economy is necessary
  • Explore the economic value that can be created by the circular economy

SPEAKING

  • Mike Werner, Circular Economy Lead, Google

12:30 - 13:15

Circular trailblazer’s panel: how can the circular economy move your business forward?

 Meet the innovators leading the way towards a more circular economy. In this session we will hear how they go the extra mile to help shape the market for circular solutions, reshape market conditions and policy, all whilst scaling up and creating opportunities for investors and business. 

SPEAKING

  • Pranshu Singhal, Founder, Karo Sambhav
  • Alexandra Rico-Lloys, Co-Founder, The Bike Club
  • Mikela Druckman, Co-founder & CEO, Greyparrot

13:15 - 13:30

Changemakers session: Achieving circularity in construction

Changemakers believe anything is possible. Our changemakers session have been developed to be quick, accessible, practical and engaging. Join our changemakers sessions, stimulate your mind and hear how they’re driving positive change for the future.

SPEAKING

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  • Andrea Charlson, Bulit Environment Lead, ReLondon

13:30 - 14:15

Panel: Business reimagined – celebrating the circular business model

According to the World Economic Forum, the Circular Economy will be dominant by the 2030s. However, developing a circular business model is challenging, and circularity in business is sustainable only if value can be economically derived from the product. In this presentation, we will set out different strategies for circularity and provide the tools to help you decide which is right for you:

  • Why you must start adopting circular economy business models now to remain competitive in the future
  • Explore circular business models for sustainable and competitive advantage

SPEAKING

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  • Lamia Sbiti, Lamia Sbiti, Business Transformation Manager

14:15 - 14:45

Co-lab & Idea sharing

14:45 - 15:00

Changemakers session: What can sustainable design do for the economy?

Changemakers believe anything is possible. Our changemakers session have been developed to be quick, accessible, practical and engaging. Join our changemakers sessions, stimulate your mind and hear how they’re driving positive change for the future.

SPEAKING

  • Matej Fegus, Founder, Donar & Green Ambassador for Slovenia,

15:00 – 15:45

Speaker meet-ups

An opportunity to meet with the speakers of the day and ask questions and discuss projects.

15:45 – 16:00

Day 2 wrap-up and key takeaways

DAY 3 30th Nov. What's next... Sustainability and circularity

11:45 - 12:00

Welcome to day 3

12:00 - 12:15

Sustainability Keynote: a spotlight on climate and biodiversity

The Circular Economy is a transformative solution to tackle the root causes of global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss:

  • Closing the loop for global emissions reductions
  • How the circular economy can tackle biodiversity loss

SPEAKING

  • Tony Juniper, Environmentalist, Sustainability Advisor & Author,

12:15 - 12:30

Circular insights II: How the Circular Economy could change the planet (title TBC)

Insight sessions have been designed provide bite-sized insights into the trending topics in circularity and sustainability.

SPEAKING

  • Quentin Predignac, Managing Consultant, Circul’R

12:30 - 13:15

Panel: Circular economy and the three R’s – reuse, repair, and refurbish…

The circular economy isn’t just about recycling products; repair, reuse and refurbish are equally as important. In this session, we will explore the importance of the three R’s across different industries, as we ask: How can we best extract value?

  • Explore the market for raw materials across different industries
  • Consumers, repair and social agenda – How do we turn that into a business?
  • Examples of re-use capability loops

Moderator:

SPEAKING

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  • Julia Hailes, Sustainability Campaigner and Author,
  • Lucy Peacock, Head of Preloved Proposition, Ebay

13:15 - 13:30

Changemakers session: Turning the world’s waste into resource

Changemakers believe anything is possible. Our changemakers session have been developed to be quick, accessible, practical and engaging. Join our changemakers sessions, stimulate your mind and hear how they’re driving positive change for the future.

SPEAKING

  • Victor Dewulf, CEO, Recycleye

13:30 - 14:15

Panel: Circularity in cities (title TBC)

SPEAKING

  • David Newman, , BBIA

14:15 - 14:45

Co-lab & Idea sharing

14:45 - 15:30

The Great Debate - Can we recycle our way out of plastics?

Can recycling alone solve the plastic problem? Hear from two opposite camps as they debate whether recycling is the way out of this crisis.

Moderator:

  • Fleur Ruckley, Associate Director, Wood pLC

SPEAKING

  • Helen Jordon, Senior Recycling Expert, British Plastics Federation
  • William Awomoyi, Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth, The British Youth Council

15:45 - 16:00

Day 3 wrap-up and key takeaways

DAY 4 1st Dec. What's next... The future of the circular economy

12:00 - 12:15

Welcome to day 4

12:15 - 12:30

Circular insights III: Why the Circular Economy is the future of business

 Insight sessions have been designed provide bite-sized insights into the trending topics in circularity and sustainability.

SPEAKING

  • Naill Walker, Sustainability Manager, Diageo

12:30 - 13:15

Closing the loop - Why should you invest in the circular economy?

Moderator:

  • James Martin, Principal Consultant, Wood PLC

SPEAKING

  • Jamie Butterworth, , Circularity Capital

13:15 - 13:30

Changemakers session: Fixing the Future

Changemakers believe anything is possible. Our changemakers session have been developed to be quick, accessible, practical and engaging. Join our changemakers sessions, stimulate your mind and hear how they’re driving positive change for the future.

SPEAKING

  • Dr. Lachlan Urquhart, Senior lecturer Technology Law, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

13:30 - 14:15

Investor clinic

 An opportunity to meet with the speakers of the day and ask questions and discuss projects

14:15 - 14:45

Day 4 wrap-up and key takeaways

14:45 – 16:00

Closing party: celebrate the ideas and connections sparked throughout the festival

Details of the Festival of Circular Economy programme and speakers are correct at the time of publication. Please note that, due to circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary to substitute speakers and/or content, and CIWM therefore reserves the right to amend the Festival programme any time. Should any necessary changes occur, CIWM will endeavour to arrange relevant alternative content and speakers. Any changes will be published on the Festival of Circular Economy website as soon as possible once confirmed.

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