DIF Studio Policy and finance to scale the circular economy in Latin America

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  • Manuel Albaladejo, Paula Cobas

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A circular economy requires changing the whole system. Uruguay has proved that having the will from the private sector is not enough. A circular economy transition must be backed up with a new policy framework and the support of the government and public institutions.

How can one programme unlock the necessary collaboration to change the policy framework at the national level? Also, how do you generate the funds to support the businesses trying to pioneer circular economy innovations? How do you convince policymakers and businesses that the circular economy is the way forward? Join this live conversation to find out.


Manuel Albaladejo

Manuel Albaladejo

Head of UNIDO in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay

Manuel heads the Montevideo-based regional office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) covering Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. He is championing the Circular Economy through the implementation of technical cooperation projects like Biovalor Uruguay, Bioenergy Argentina & SME competitiveness in Paraguay; the design of circular economy roadmaps in Uruguay and Chile; and the spread of good practices and policies through Circular Economy Forums (fEC).

Before taking his current role, he led the UNIDO industrial policy group in the design and implementation of industrial policies. Prior to UNIDO, he worked at the World Bank and Oxford University where he published in the areas of industrial competitiveness, fragmentation and global value chains. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University.

Paula Cobas

Paula Cobas

Manager of Productive Articulation at the National Development Agency of Uruguay

Paula Cobas is Manager of Productive Articulation at the National Development Agency of Uruguay.

She leads the National Development Agency’s strategy in Circular Economy, aiming at engaging the private sector in this transition by providing support to identify opportunities and implement circular business models. Previously, she worked at Biovalor project, designing tools for promoting circular business models using low carbon technologies in agriculture and industry value chains.

Paula has worked in policy action with the public and the private sector providing assessment and carrying out studies for government, public institutions and international organizations.

Paula holds a Master of Science in Economics from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a Master of Advanced Studies in Economics, Finance and Administration from Pompeu Fabra University.


Sebastian Egerton-Read

Sebastian Egerton-Read

DIF Programme Manager and Social Media Manager

Seb is one of the two Ellen MacArthur Foundation's DIF Managers. He makes sure the DIF’s content reaches the right people on a global scale through resourceful and creative marketing. He also feeds into the DIF's long-term strategy. When Seb isn’t working on the DIF, he’s busy managing the Foundation’s social media accounts and producing regular content across platforms as well as writing for Circulate news.

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