Ellen MacArthur

Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Made yachting history in 2005 as the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources on which our linear economy relies, retired from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010. The foundation works to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and has helped establish the subject on the agenda of decision makers around the world. Since the publication of its first economic report in 2012, the foundation has launched global initiatives on plastics and textiles, developed innovation networks with educators, businesses and governments, and released almost 20 further reports and books. Former Member, European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform. World Economic Forum Global Agenda Trustee for Environment and Natural Resource Security and Member of its Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy. Recipient: French Legion of Honour (2008); knighted by HM Queen Elizabeth II (2005).

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