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CEFA gathers industry leaders, entrepreneurs, universities, NGO’s and governments from across the Western Hemisphere*. To facilitate high level discussions with key Circular Economy experts and practitioners to debate the state of the needs, challenges, and opportunities of this important and rapidly expanding field of work with the purpose of generating a common and deeper understanding of Circular Economy and its relevance and applicability in the region.

    *Western Hemisphere:           North America     |     Mesoamerica     |     Caribbean     |     South America     |     European Territories     &     Greenland

Sponsors

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Speakers

Executive Director

KEVIN DE CUBA

Americas Sustainable Development Foundation

Kevin is the Founder of the Circular Economy Platform Americas. He developed and managed the U.S. Department of State funded - Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas Program, he introduced and led the first regional effort to apply and validate the concepts of Cradle to Cradle®,  Closed Looped Cycle Production & Circular Economy, 

engaged in the first practical SME 

application and drafted Circular Economy policies & roadmaps for several nations in the LAC region.

KEN WEBSTER

Head of Innovation

Ellen MacArthur

Foundation

Ken has worked with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation since its formation in 2010. The Foundation’s aim is to accelerate the transition from a linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economy to a circular economy. He is the author of the book The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows (2nd Edition 2017). Ken is a outstanding and leading expert on Circular Economy.

Head Biomimicry Chemist

MARK DORFMAN

Biomimicry 3.8

Mark seeks out and applies the design principles of nature's time-tested chemical strategies to the development of innovative solutions to the toxic chemical and material challenges facing the 21st century.

NICOLA CERANTOLA

Founder & Director

Ecologing

Mechanical engineer, trainer, speaker, consultant & researcher on Sustainable Design, Circular Economy and Green Entrepreneurship. Founder and Director of Ecologing.

ALEXANDER FERNANDES

Associate Director

GeoCidades & Circular Economy Platform Americas

Alexander is a Circular Economy & Cradle to Cradle® pioneer in Brazil the past 7 years.  He dedicated many years in field research, supply chain & policy analysis, and the social impacts of the Circular Economy in Brazil.

He has 6 years of experience in training organizations teams and leaders to design innovative strategies to recreate products, processes and systems applying the Cradle to Cradle® design principles for a Circular Economy.

Alexander is a dedicated senior member of the Circular Economy Platform Americas.

700+

participants

Have attended CEFA events since the first edition, visiting from more then 60 countries.

90+

Speakers

Have given presentations at CEFA events since the first edition of CEFA in 2017.

30+ Panels &

20+workshops

Have been held by the Circular Economy Platform of the Americas during CEFA events.

members from 35+ countries

CEFA is a regional event that gathers many experts from all over the world to share knowledge.

2 CEFA

Reports

CEFA is big on reporting in detail about the content of our program, sharing is important. 

The reason why you should attend..

The Venue

Is a 14-hectare botanical garden in Medellín, Colombia. The botanical garden has 4,500 flowers and 139 recorded bird species. It has an important collection of orchids preserved in an architectural space called the "Orchideorama".

Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe

Medellin Colombia

Partners

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@2019 Americas Sustainable Development Foundation.

CEFA2019 is organized by the Circular Economy Platform of the Americas, a initiative created by the Americas Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF) as part of its broader ambition to facilitate the transition toward Circular Economy in the Americas.