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DLD Circular 2023

September 6, 2023 • Amerikahaus, Munich

We explored the vision of a circular economy to find out how the latest technological advances can foster innovative business concepts and societal transformation – shaping a sustainable world.

Watch the videos to gain insights into the latest trends, challenges, and best practices in circular economy across various industries and sectors, including circular design, circular supply chains, circular cities, circular marketplaces, and more.


  • Profile image of Christian Fischer, co-founder and CEO of Bcomp
    Christian Fischer

    Christian Fischer

    Christian Fischer is CEO of Bcomp, a Swiss company that develops bio-based materials that help to decarbonize the world. A leading supplier of sustainable lightweighting solutions, Bcomp is part of the ongoing revolution towards cleaner mobility.

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  • Portrait image of Dr. Christian Hartel, CEO of Wacker Chemie AG
    Christian Hartel
    Wacker Chemie AG

    Christian Hartel

    Dr. Christian Hartel is President & CEO of Wacker Chemie AG, a chemical-sector company that aims to strike a balance between economic, ecological and social responsibilities. Dr. Hartel is also Vice President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI).

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  • Portrait of Christoph Heinrich, Chief Conservation Officer of WWF Germany
    Christoph Heinrich
    WWF Germany

    Christoph Heinrich

    Christoph Heinrich is Chief Conservation Officer of WWF Germany. As a member of WWF’s Executive Board he is responsible for the organization’s nature conservation work to preserve biological diversity.

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  • Profile image of Daniela Bohlinger, Head of Sustainability Design at BMW Group
    Daniela Bohlinger
    BMW Group

    Daniela Bohlinger

    Daniela Bohlinger is Corporate Strategist, New Technologies & Innovation, at BMW Group. She advocates implementing circular economy principles in automotive design as a way to create forward-looking solutions and drive the positive transformation of the industry. In 2021, she joined the Umeå Institute of Design as an adjunct professor.

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  • Profile image of Ocell CEO and co-founder David Dohmen
    David Dohmen

    David Dohmen

    Data scientist and entrepreneur David Dohmen is CEO and Co-Founder of Ocell, a climate-tech startup from Munich. Ocell harnesses aerial photography and Artificial Intelligence for measurable and impactful forest projects that companies can invest in to protect the Earth’s climate.

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  • David Kirkpatrick, Techonomy
    David Kirkpatrick
    Techonomy Media

    David Kirkpatrick

    A journalist and media entrepreneur, David Kirkpatrick founded Techonomy Media, which he led for 12 years. He is now focusing on climate tech, climate action, and the crisis of global heating. Kirkpatrick’s bestselling book The Facebook Effect has been published in 32 languages.

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  • Portrait image of David Puyuelo, CEO and founding partner of Spanish sustainable fashion company COLEO
    David Puyuelo

    David Puyuelo

    David Puyuelo is the CEO and founding partner of COLEO, a Spanish company that transforms textile waste into the garments of the future by building a fully circular and integrated Value Chain. Puyuelo has more than 20 years of experience within the textile industry.

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  • Portrait image of German author, film director and producer Doris Dörrie
    Doris Dörrie
    Author & Director

    Doris Dörrie

    Doris Dörrie is one of Germany’s best-known authors and directors. Her award-winning work includes not only famous movies – like the worldwide hit “Männer” (Men, 1985) – but also documentaries, novels, short stories, children literature and opera productions.

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WWF board member Christoph Heinrich presents the organization’s Biodiversity Risk Filter in front of a packed audience at DLD Circular 2023 in Munich

The Biodiversity Risk Filter: A Tool to Save Lives

The biosphere sustains all life on Earth but is extremely small relative to the planet, as WWF Germany’s Christoph Heinrich explains in his evocative DLD Circular presentation. “The biosphere is…
Panelists on stage at DLD Circular 2023 discussing the value of regenerative agriculture. From left to right: Moderator David Kirkpatrick, Jan-Gisbert Schultze (Acton Capital Partners), Fabio Volkmann (Climate Farmers), Doris Doerrie (Film Director, Producer & Author), Benedikt Boesel (Gut & Boesel)

Regenerative Agriculture: There’s Hope

This high-profile DLD Circular 2023 session focuses on regenerative agriculture and how it can help solve problems like climate change and biodiversity loss. The panel discussion, moderated by journalist David…
Industry experts discuss renewble energies at DLD Circular 2023. The panelists are, left to right: Matthias Ballweg, (CIRCULAR REPBULIC); Sebastian-Justus Schmidt (Enapter); Francesco Sciortino (Proxima Fusion); Christian Hartel (Wacker Chemie)

Renewable Energies: Key Enabler of a Circular Economy

If we want to power a greener, cleaner future we need clean energy. Because everything we produce and consume requires energy – mostly in the form of electricity. Are wind,…
Joel Tasche, Co-Founder and CEO of CleanHub, on stage at DLD Circular 2023 in Munich

Cleaning Up the Environment for a Circular Economy

When plastic became popular in the 1950s and 60s it seemed like a revolutionary material. Cheap, lightweight, flexible – and extremely durable. Today, plastic pollution is an ever-growing problem that…
Product design experts discuss the concept of circularity at DLD Circular 2023 in Munich. Left to right: Amit Katwala (WIRED UK), Joe Iles (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Jessie Storey (Steelcase) and Daniela Bohlinger (BMW Group

Designing Circularity

What does it take to put circular design principles into action? This DLD Circular session highlights the important role that product designers play in creating a sustainable economy. The panel…
Grégorio Ameyugo, Head of AI and Interactive Systems at CEA, during his talk about robotics and recycling at DLD Circular 2023 in Munich

How Robotics and AI Can Change the Face of Recycling

Advances in AI and image recognition mean that robots that can now identify discarded items and greatly enhance the automation of recycling, as Greg Ameyugo shows in his highly engaging…
Christian Teichmann, (Burda Principal Investments), David Dohmen (OCELL), Aron Gelbard (Bloom & Wild) and Axel Roenneke (OroraTech) discuss technology innovation at the DLD Circular 2023 conference in Munich

Earth, Wind & Fire: Let’s Talk Circularity

This session shows how innovative startups and clever solutions can drive progress in the transition to a circular economy. The panel discussion, moderated by Christian Teichmann (Burda Principal Investments), includes…
Melanie Maas-Brunner (BASF), Ilka Horstmeier (BMW Group) and Solveigh Hieronimus, (McKinsey & Company) discuss sustainability in business at the DLD Circular 2023 conference in Munich

Rewiring Industry for a New Era

What will it take to transform industries, the engines of European wealth creation, for the age of sustainability and a circular economy? That’s the key question at the core of…



Hand holding a lens ball, upside down, symbolizing economic change towards sustainability and a circular economy

Circularity: “The Biggest Obstacle Is Managing Radical Change”

Joe Iles, Programme Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, explains how the circular economy can gain traction – in business and our personal lives.
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Image of a disassembled smartphone with all its pieces lying next to each other – ready for recycling

How AI and Robots Help with E-Waste Recycling

Technology is coming to solve a problem it has created itself: AI expert Greg Ameyugo explains how robots can automate many steps of a tricky process.
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Sustainable fashion: pullover on a coat hanger with Fashion for Good label

Rethinking Fashion: “We Need to Make Sustainability the Norm”

Dressing up is fun, but garment production often harms the planet. Fashion expert Katrin Ley explains what you can do to stay stylish and help reshape the apparel industry –…
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DLD Circular 23: Speakers & Topics

Find out who will be on stage, and what to expect, at our second circular economy conference on September 6 in Munich.
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Portrait of Harvad university professor Martin Puchner, author of the book “Literature for a Changing Planet”

“We Need Stories that Show Human Capacity for Action”

Harvard professor Martin Puchner describes how ancient links between literature and environmentalism offer insights for a better future.
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Photo illustrating sustainability, shows a beach and a wooden sign, shaped like a foot, that says, “Only leave your footprints”

Sustainability: “Recycling Should Only Be a Last Resort”

Circular economy expert Ramona Liberoff explains how companies and consumers can make the biggest impact in reducing their environmental footprint.
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circular economy, sustainability, society, consumption, business

Why the Circular Economy Is the Future

Wasting resources is expensive and unsustainable. The circular economy promises progress by preserving natural resources and offers many new business opportunities…
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