DIF Studio What Does the Circular Economy Look Like?

  • Speakers:
  • Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Joaquin Ruiz, Hugo Spowers, Tristram Stuart, Siddharth Hande

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What does the circular economy look like? What does it feel like? The 2019 Summit will bring the circular economy to life providing a unique opportunity for audience members to see up close and personal what it means for a range of everyday products including cars, clothing and beer.

This year's event will feature individuals on the frontline of circular economy innovation sharing their stories, while exhibiting the products that they have redesigned.

Through immersing in these products, we will also hear the stories of people and what inspired them. The evening session invites people to bring their lived experience of the circular economy into the Roundhouse.

What can we learn from their stories? The path to success is never a straight line. In reality, it’s messy, difficult, and full of unknowns. We don’t have to go it alone: the things these pioneers have learnt can help illuminate the promise and pitfalls of circular economy innovation.


6.00-6.15pm - A story about systems with Joaquin Ruiz, Biosphere 2.

6.15-6.35pm - The Green New Deal and building collaboration around a vision with Rhiana Gunn-Wright, New Consensus

6.35-7.40pm - What does the circular economy look like? Exhibiting the redesign of everyday products.


Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Policy Director, New Consensus

Lead author on the Green New Deal.

Joaquin Ruiz

Joaquin Ruiz

Director, Biosphere 2.0

Dean, College of Science, Thomas R. Brown Chair and Director of Biosphere 2, Professor of Geosciences, The University of Arizona.

Hugo Spowers

Hugo Spowers

Founder and Director, Riversimple

Hugo Spowers designed and built racing cars until environmental concerns led him away from motorsport. Writing a feasibility study during an MBA led him to conclude that a step change in automotive technology is both essential and possible; the principal barriers are not technical but to do with people, politics and business inertia. Hugo set up Riversimple to develop Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, electric vehicles without batteries; Riversimple's first road legal car, the Rasa, designed from a clean slate to be as efficient as possible yet affordable and fun to drive, is starting customer trials this summer. Through an entirely circular 'usership' model – including the supply chain – and a whole system approach to sustainability – financial, social and environmental –Riversimple is designed to make energy efficiency profitable.

Tristram Stuart

Tristram Stuart

Founder, Toast Ale

Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food. His books have been described as "a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times).

The environmental organisation he founded, Feedback, works to regenerate nature by transforming our food system. He is also the founder of Toast Ale, which upcycles unsold fresh bread into award-winning craft beer. 100% of Toast’s distributable profits go to Feedback and other aligned charities worldwide. After 3 years of operations, Toast saved more than 1 million slices of bread from going to waste.

Siddharth Hande

Siddharth Hande

Founder and CEO, Kabadiwalla Connect

Siddharth Hande is a spatial data analyst by training. He is interested in social entrepreneurship, technology, urban planning, informality and the circular economy in the developing world. He is the founder of Kabadiwalla Connect, an award winning social enterprise in the field of waste management.

At Kabadiwalla Connect, his work focuses on developing scalable and inclusive solutions to the collection, aggregation and processing of post-consumer waste in cities in the developing world. He hopes to be able to articulate a cheaper and more inclusive approach for cities in the Global South to apply circular economy principles — by leveraging the informal waste ecosystem.

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