DIF on AIR Will circularity create high quality jobs for all?

  • Speakers:
  • Joke Dufourmont, Esther Goodwin Brown, David Powell, Veronica de la Cerda , Leendert Bos
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The transition to the circular economy presents an exciting opportunity to redesign roles and create jobs in different sectors and areas of society. But whether circular jobs are inherently better than jobs in linear sectors remains to be seen.

As the resource management sector continues to grow in the circular economy, how can we ensure that the jobs this creates are high quality jobs, rather than dirty work?

In the face of new business models and technological advancement, how can the circular economy create jobs for both high and low skilled workers?

The transition to the circular economy constitutes a systemic shift across sectors, geographies and demographics. What role should public and private actors play in ensuring the circular labour market is an inclusive one?

Circle Economy is working to secure a positive transition to circularity for work and workers. In this session, Circle Economy will moderate a discussion between three experts and the DIF audience to explore these questions and more.


Joke Dufourmont

Joke Dufourmont

Jobs & Skills Programme Lead, Circle Economy [facilitator]

Joke Dufourmont leads the Jobs & Skills Programme of Circle Economy, which aims to ensure a positive transition to the circular economy for work and workers. Prior to this, Joke focused on the role and opportunities for cities in the transition within her role as project manager for Circle Economy’s Cities programme; she also worked as a researcher on urban and community heritage in Ecuador and on sustainable development education in Ireland, and holds a degree in public policy and human development.

Esther Goodwin Brown

Esther Goodwin Brown

Jobs & Skills Programme Analyst, Circle Economy [facilitator]

As part of the Jobs & Skills team, Esther conducts research and work with stakeholders in the Netherlands and beyond to ensure a positive transition to circularity for both work and workers. With a background in psychology and social research, Esther is interested in how to ensure that the circular economy is inclusive and promotes social wellbeing, as well as thriving cities and businesses. Esther brings with her experience in working with employers and knowledge institutions on the ageing society and the future of work from her work at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and as a research consultant.

David Powell

David Powell

Head of Environment & Green Transition, New Economics Foundation

David is an experienced campaigner, strategist and communicator on climate change and sustainable economics, with a particular focus on the ‘just transition’ to jobs in a clean and circular economy.

Veronica de la Cerda

Veronica de la Cerda

CEO TriCiclos

Verónica is the CEO of TriCiclos, Chilean BCorp dedicated to design and implement circular economy solutions, in order to make a more sustainable management of product life cycles. Before working in TriCiclos, she was a Partner at MOV Investimentos, an Impact Investing Fund based in Sao Paulo, Brasil. Verónica holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, and a MS in Management Engineering from the Politécnico de Torino, Italy. She also holds an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute and an MBA from The Wharton School, both in UPENN, USA.

Leendert Bos

Leendert Bos

Senior Advisor Innovation, Venturing and PPP at Cedris

Leendert Bos studied Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. After working at Robeco, a well-known investment management company, he worked as a marketing director with Oikocredit (social impact investor in microfinance) and as a Manager Client Services for Triodos Bank/DSR, an advisory firm on SRI investing.

Since 2015, Leendert works as a senior advisor on Innovation and Partnerships with Cedris, the national association for an inclusive labor market. Cedris has more than 100 members, comprising all supported employment organisations and some larger social enterprises. The focus is on paid jobs for people with disabilities. Leendert built up an extensive network in both public and private sector in relation to an inclusive labor market. He is currently involved in scaling up KIT, which is a Knowledge Partnership with a.o. TNO, the leading Dutch research institute on labor and health. The focus of KIT is on exploring opportunities of new technology for people with a disability, in order to increase chances and provide support for having a challenging, suitable job. KIT aims to empower people to do more complex jobs, and unleash their potential to employers in different sectors.

Leendert is keen on new developments and interested in exploring whether and how a circular economy could provide chances to include talented people with disabilities. In the coming year, he plans to connect organisations and people from both the ‘inclusion sector’ with the ‘circular sector’. He is convinced that companies able to lead in one of these sectors can do more, contributing to people, planet and profit.


Laura Franco Henao

Laura Franco Henao

DIF Programme coordinator

Laura’s role at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation involves coordinating, developing, and helping run the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF). Working effectively with internal and external teams to make this programme globally significant, Laura ensures that the DIF plays a key role in the Foundation’s mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Economics, she moved to the international development field. She has published some of her research in the African Population Studies journal. She also holds a masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies. Her dissertation focused on how the circular economy can help address environmental and social challenges in Uruguay.

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