Kick-off aRoundTable 2021

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From ideas to real-life circular projects, a webinar with leaders of the private sectors and experts of community engagement.

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Many communities affected by COVID-19 have seen a rise in unemployment as well as a complete shift in the way they work. We know that these challenges will deeply affect the future of our cities and we believe that the circular economy can provide a solution to transform this crisis into an opportunity to build back better. That’s why we created aRoundTable, a global collaborative initiative for changemakers and circular economy leaders.

We are excited to have Martin Charter, author of Designing for the Circular Economy, and Duncan Mayes, an expert in circular economy solutions, as our keynote speakers to share their wisdom on how we can design our societies and communities to be more circular.


- Welcome

- Keynote Speakers: Martin Charter, Duncan Mayes

- Speaker Q&A

- Overview of aRoundTable 2021

- Q&A and Networking

When does the event take place?

The event takes place at different times, based on where you are:

From Central Europe (CET): March 05, 18:00

From US Eastern (EST): March 05, 12:00

From Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (BRT): March 05, 14:00

From Australia (AEST): March 06, 04:00

Is your Time Zone not listed? You can find out your local time here. If you are unable to attend, the event will be recorded and sent to all event registrants.

About aRoundTable

Our mission is to help Circular Economy organisations all around the world to drive innovation in their communities, turning ideas into real-life projects.

We’ve created a workshop format that will engage local stakeholders to define key problems facing their community and develop actionable circular projects to address them over the course of four sessions.

Who can run aRoundTable?

Changemakers and community leaders in Circular Economy that want to bring people together to drive innovation and resilience in their cities, but need some resources and guidance through the process.

Would you like to know more about aRoundTable?

Visit our website to learn more about aRoundTable and register for aRoundTable event series.

Please feel welcome to contact any of the aRoundTable team directly if you have any further questions:

Join us on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 831 9093 2443

Passcode: Brxh1p

About the speakers:

Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, Business School for the Creative Industries, University for the Creative Arts, UK

Professor Martin Charter has worked at a director level on business sustainability issues in consultancy, leisure, publishing, training, events and research for over 30 years. Prior to this he held a range of management positions in strategy, research and marketing in gardening, building products, trade exhibitions, financial services and consultancy. Martin is a regular speaker at international conferences and has edited/written a series of books on business aspects of sustainability including most recently ‘Designing for the Circular Economy’ in 2018. Martin is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Farnham Repair Café.

Duncan Mayes, Founder and Principal, Lignutech Oy, Helsinki, Finland

Duncan Mayes has worked within the International forest and wood products Industry for over 25 years. In mid-2020 Duncan established his own specialist consulting and technology advocacy firm, Lignutech Oy, based in Helsinki, Finland. In this role he is supporting a variety of European and International clients both commercial and institutional in the field of renewable materials technologies and markets with a high focus on circular economy solutions, primarily utilising ligno-cellulosic materials. Duncan chairs the Council of Experts Group at the EU/Slovenian/German supported research Institute InnoRenew Centre of Excellence, Izola, Slovenia, and sits on several start-up advisory boards.

Shyaam Ramkumar, aRoundTable Global Organizer

Shyaam is part of the founding team of aRoundTable. He is a PhD Candidate in Economic Sociology at the University of Milan researching the development of circular innovation from a sociological perspective. Shyaam has previously worked as the Knowledge and Innovation Manager at Circle Economy in Amsterdam, has interned with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and was a sustainability consultant with Accenture's Chicago office.

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