This one-day summit brings together international and local circular economy experts and practitioners with key decision makers in the NZ economy. Together we will set a course for New Zealand’s transition to a world-leading circular economy.
The summit is not only a chance to gain new knowledge and business intelligence from some of the world’s leading circular economy thinkers but also to explore new business opportunities and partnerships.
Sponsorship allows you the unique ability to profile your organisation to New Zealand’s sustainable business influencers, position yourself as a thought leader at the nexus of our economic transition, and signal that you are a passionate advocate for the circular economy in Aotearoa.
Prof. Dr Michael Braungart
EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung Hamburg,
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Michael Braungart is CEO of EPEA, Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency in Hamburg (Germany), ‘The cradle of Cradle to Cradle’ and professor at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. He is also co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, Virginia and founder of the Hamburger Environmental Institute (HUI). For decades, Michael Braungart has pioneered the Cradle to Cradle design concept.
Economist and business commentator
Shamubeel Eaqub is an experienced economist who makes economics easy. He is also an author, media commentator and thought leading public speaker. He has over a decade of experience as an economist in Wellington, Melbourne and Auckland in leading international banks and consultancy.
Director, Wishbone Design Studio
Jennifer McIver together with Richard Latham started Wishbone Design Studio in 2005. They have a simple goal — to develop a new generation of classic children’s toys for the global market. They challenged themselves to create designs that transform the user experience, reduce consumption, deliver a positive environmental outcome, and bring people closer together. Their multi-award winning Wishbone bike replaces multiple products you could have bought, broken and thrown away between ages 1 to 5
Co-Founder and Director of Sustainable Salons
Paul Frasca started his hairdressing career at the age of 11. He was a salon owner by the age of 19. In 2015 Paul co-founded an innovative circular economy program called Sustainable Salons Australia. SSA collects up to 95% of a salon’s waste and repurposes it for environmental and community benefit. Following runaway success in Australia, Sustainable Salons has now brought its unique model to New Zealand. Paul is also a director for The Australian Hairdressing Council where he is responsible for improving the industry’s environmental practices.
Hon Eugenie Sage
Associate Minister for the Environment
Hon Eugenie Sage’s passion for nature and a healthy environment has driven her work as a Green MP and now Minister. Eugenie has responsibility for the waste and circular economy elements of the Ministry for the Environment’s work. She is a former Environment Canterbury regional councillor from 2007-2010 and worked for Forest and Bird for 13 years playing a vital role in the Society’s campaigns to protect West Coast forests and South Island high country, and in its RMA advocacy to protect indigenous biodiversity.
Dr Paul Smith
Head of Testing, Consumer New Zealand
Paul Smith manages Consumer’s product test programme. Paul wants Consumer’s independent tests to empower people to make informed purchase decisions. He’ll only be satisfied when he rids the world (or at least New Zealand) of underperforming, poorly designed products.
Plus more many amazing speakers!
The summit is designed for businesses and organisations who want to find out more about the circular economy, understand how they can take advantage of the substantial economic opportunities it provides, be at the forefront of the economic change, and help accelerate our nation’s transition to a more circular model.
A circular economy is one where the lifecycle of materials maximised, usage optimised, and at the end of life, all materials are reutilised. It is restorative by design and underpinned by the use of renewable energy.
We’re using the Earth’s natural resources faster than they are being replenished, so we need an alternative to the take-make-waste linear model of doing business. The circular economy, by decoupling economic growth from resource use, offers a scalable model to start to operate within the limitations of the planet recognising that resources and materials are not limitless in supply.