DIF Studio How the circular economy and the fourth industrial revolution can drive prosperity in Latin America

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  • Petar Ostojic

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“We can’t talk about the circular economy without mentioning the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Petar Ostojic).

At the first Latin American Innovation Centre for the Circular Economy (CIEC), they explore how the circular economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) can join forces to lead a new era of prosperity in Latin America.

In this session, hear from the centre’s founder Petar Ostojic, who will explain how combining two megatrends can help to tackle several of the continent’s challenges at once, including the issue of waste, and deliver higher living standards to a regional population that is expected to increase by 17% by 2030.


Petar Ostojic

Petar Ostojic

Founder CIEC

Mechanical Engineer from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Chile), Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and with specialization courses in innovation and entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School and INSEAD-Singapore.

Co-Founder and CEO of Neptuno Pumps, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Circular Economy - CIEC, Founder and CEO of NDX Technology, UNIDO Consultant, Director and Entrepreneur at Endeavor, recognized as the first promoter of the circular economy in Latin America by the World Economic Forum and selected Highly Commended for Circular Economy Leadership by The Circulars 2017 in Davos.


Miranda Schnitger

Miranda Schnitger

Government Policy Lead / Cities Project Lead

Miranda leads a range of work in the Foundation’s Institutions, Governments and Cities team. She recently led a research project exploring circular economy opportunities in cities, looking at major urban systems and the benefits that a circular economy lens can bring to cities. Prior to this, she worked in the CE100 team on insights and collaboration, with a focus on pre-competitive innovation across the network of businesses, government and cities, innovators and thought leaders to realise circular economy ambitions faster.

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