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DIF on AIR Circular Revolution in Estonia: Starting with Startups

  • Speakers:
  • Kaisa Hansen, Mayri Tiido, Harri Moora, Kerli Kant Hvass, Mihkel Krusberg
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Estonia ranks third in Europe regarding the highest number of startups per capita. This has given rise to numerous accelerators and development programs aimed to scale up and empower the startup ecosystem. The problem; none of these programs involve principles of circular business models.

This session will discuss the potential transformation of those programs with three experts from different sectors and through personal experience. The question is whether the growth of eco-innovation and circular solutions could be accelerated by including them early-stage.

The discussion is facilitated by the founders of circular economy Estonia, whose goal is to make circular economy a new normality in the country. They are accompanied by two renowned experts on circular economy and a representative from the Ministry of Environment. The event is held with a live audience - come and join us!


Speakers

Kaisa Hansen

Kaisa Hansen

Circular Economy Estonia - Co-founder; Startup 3CULAR - CEO

Kaisa is passionate about startups, eco-innovation, and circular economy. She believes that promoting entrepreneurial mindset and sustainable business is the most effective way to change the world for the better. Currently, she’s working on 3 projects focused on sustainability: leading her own greentech startup 3CULAR, developing an interactive sustainability tool for companies and co-running Circular Economy Estonia.

Mayri Tiido

Mayri Tiido

Circular Economy Estonia - Co-founder

Mayri is an adult educator with 6 years of experience. Her strengths are the creation of learning programmes, delivering trainings and project management. She is passionate about sustainability and circular economy, hence Circular Economy Estonia was created. She believes that education and training are crucial in shaping sustainable mindsets and solutions.

Harri Moora

Harri Moora

Senior expert in Environment Management (Stockholm Environment Institute)

Harri Moora is a senior expert in Environment Management program in SEI. Expertise: environmental policy analysis, environmental management, sustainable consumption and production (EMS, EPE, LCA, eco-design), resource efficiency and sustainable waste management.

Kerli Kant Hvass

Kerli Kant Hvass

Circular economy (PhD) and sustainability expert

Kerli Kant Hvass (PhD) is a circular economy (CE) and sustainability expert with 15 years of experience from private, public, non-profit sectors and academia. Her expertise lies within strategy and business model innovation for sustainability and CE, fashion and textiles, re-commerce business models, supply chain development for CE, social entrepreneurship and sustainable consumption. She has worked as circular economy developer at BESTSELLER and has advised Estonian Ministry of Environment in connection with EU Presidency in 2017.

Mihkel Krusberg

Mihkel Krusberg

Environmental Management Department at the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia

Mihkel Krusberg is an adviser in Environmental Management Department at Ministry of the Environment of Estonia. For the last four years, he has worked in the areas of resource efficiency and Circular Economy, including being part of upcoming Estonian Circular Economy Strategy and Action Plan. Besides implementing initiatives related to the EU (including EU funds), he is also involved in cooperation with the OECD, EEA and the Presidency of UN Environment Assembly.

Host

Bledar Beqiri

Bledar Beqiri

DIF Intern

Bledar is ½ of the DIF intern team. He has an academic background in Business and Economics, with specialisations in Sustainable Management and International Strategic Management. Bledar also has experience in environmental auditing and has most recently represented the UNDP in Sweden as an advocate for the Global Goals.

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