How the Circular Economy Can Disrupt the Development Paradigm

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  • Harald Friedl

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The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online festival of ideas that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? During the DIF, we’ll be asking our speakers to tell us what they think is in store for the future of the economy. While watching you can chip in with your thoughts and questions: sign up for a free My DIF account and ask your question through the discussion forum below the live stream!

Emerging countries are currently being developed based on socio-economic concepts from the 60s and 70s, leading to an accelerated depletion of natural resources and inequality. This growth method of the past is counterproductive to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which aim to create a prosperous future for our society and planet. The circular economy can, however, provide a roadmap to achieve the SDGs while ensuring the preservation of the Earth’s natural resources and creating inclusive growth. Learn how Circle Economy is partnering with pioneering leaders to create the a first circular roadmap for developing countries and join them as they define a new development paradigm.


Harald Friedl

Harald Friedl


In his role as Circle Economy’s CEO, Harald brings extensive international experience
running both for-profit and non-profit businesses with a focus on scaling impact. Before
joining Circle Economy in 2017, Harald spent 5 years in Myanmar, during which he co-
founded Impact Hub Myanmar, headed the market development for the world market
leader of electromechanical hydropower projects in the country and co-founded
Myanmar’s first pre-incubation programme for social enterprises. Prior to moving to Myanmar, he lived in New York where he worked as the Head of Office for the Assistant Secretary General and acted as the spokesperson for the Deputy Prime Minister of Finance in Austria. He has also spent time as a journalist and TV presenter for economic focused news.

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