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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 Enapter founder Sebastian-Justus Schmidt
    Sebastian-Justus Schmidt

    Sebastian-Justus Schmidt

    Sebastian-Justus Schmidt was a software entrepreneur for 30 years before he founded Enapter. The company has developed patented AEM electrolysers that turn renewable electricity into green hydrogen, a technology that was awarded the Earthshot prize of the Royal Foundation in 2021.

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  • Portrait image of Solveigh Hieronimus, McKinsey & Company
    Solveigh Hieronimus
    McKinsey & Company

    Solveigh Hieronimus

    A Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, Solveigh Hieronimus co-leads the the McKinsey Center for Government and predominantly serves clients in the public sector on a broad range of issues covering sustainability, education, employment, public health, and public finance.

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  • Profile image of bioacoustics researcher Stefan Kahl
    Stefan Kahl

    Stefan Kahl

    Stefan Kahl is the Lead for BirdNET Technology within the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at Cornell University. With a background in computer vision and deep learning, his main focus is on developing new methods to process large data collections of environmental sounds.

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  • Steffi Czerny, DLD conference, DLD Media
    Steffi Czerny
    DLD Media

    Steffi Czerny

    Steffi Czerny is Managing Director of DLD Media and co-founder of the DLD Conference as well as its global spin-offs. Steffi was identified as number 30 of The 2015 Wired 100 and has also been chosen as one of the 50 most inspiring women in European tech in 2015 by inspiring50.com for her success in bringing the international digital elite together at DLD.

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  • Profile image of Vishaal Shah, Growth Director at envoPAP
    Vishaal Shah

    Vishaal Shah

    Vishaal Shah is Growth Director at envoPAP, a sustainable materials company based in London. He is also an Angel investor and Impact Entrepreneur with a focus on building businesses that produce a positive outcome for humanity and the environment. Shah has led multiple businesses across the U.K., South East Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.

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  • Portrait image of Walter Link, Founder and CEO of NOW Partners
    Walter Link
    NOW Partners

    Walter Link

    As CEO of NOW Partners, Walter Link supports international companies and regions like the Amazon to transition towards Regenerative Value Creation which integrates economic success with the regeneration of people and nature. He is also the President of the Future Economy Forum.

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  • Portrait of DLD Chairman Yossi Vardi
    Yossi Vardi
    DLD Conference

    Yossi Vardi

    Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Vardi is a co-chairman of DLD. With 40 years experience in building over 60 high-tech companies, he is one of Israel’s early entrepreneurs. Yossi co-pioneered instant messaging as the founding investor and the former Chairman of Mirabilis Ltd., creator of ICQ, later acquired by AOL.

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Circular Briefing

Would you like to explore this topic further? You’ll find select articles and DLD Circular 2021 talks below. For more, please take a look at our previous sustainability and circular economy coverage.

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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McKinsey, carbon neutrality, net zero, Europe, analysis, talk, video, presentation

How to Reach Climate Neutrality in Europe

In their DLD Circular presentation, McKinsey analysts Solveigh Hieronimus and Stefan Helmcke analyze in detail how Europe can reach its stated goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. There are…
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Ilka Horstmeier, BMW, Anne Kawalerski, Bloomberg Media, DLD Circular, sustainability, brands, leadership, management, talk, video

Leading a Circular Transformation

Increasingly, customers and investors expect companies to act in socially responsible ways and shift to sustainable business models. BMW Group board member Ilka Horstmeier and Bloomberg Media’s Anne Kawalerski discuss…
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Es Devlin, Hans Zimmer, circularity, circular economy, sustainability, art, artists, creativity, DLD Circular, Obrist, video, talk

An Artistic View of Circularity

World-famous artists Es Devlin and Hans Zimmer come together in this DLD session to share their perspectives on sustainability and a circular economy with moderator Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries).…
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Gabriela Hearst, sustainability, fashion, circular economy, DLD Circular, Hans Ulrich Obrist, video

Making Fashion Sustainable And Circular

Growing up on a farm in Uruguay, fashion designer Gabriela Hearst learned to value nature’s resources and make the most of them. “A farm, overall, is the highest example of…
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Francis Kere, Francis Kéré, architecture, innovation, sustainability, DLD Circular, video, talk, presentation

Architecture for the Future

Renowned architect Francis Kéré is known for his daring, innovative designs and for pioneering sustainable modes of construction. In this engaging DLD Circular presentation, Kéré combines personal observations with the…
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food waste, electronic waste, discussion, startups, Oddbox, SPRK, Refurbed, DLD Circular

Tech-Enabled Circular Marketplaces

There are many new ways to prevent food waste and electronic waste, as this DLD Circular session shows. Moderated by Fritz Oidtmann (Acton Capital), three entrepreneurs from the U.K. and…
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Chris Grantham, IDEO, Jens Thiemer, BMW, circular economy, automobile industry, sustainability, DLD, talk

The Circular Mindset

What business strategies does a circular economy require? How does “sustainability first” differ from the current way of doing business? Where’s the urgency in making this shift – and what…
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Kate Raworth, economist, Hans Ulrich Obrist, DLD Sync

Doughnut Economics: Turning a Radical Idea Into Action

What does it take to create economies in service of making both people and our planet thrive? That’s the starting point of Doughnut Economics, a concept that began on the…
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