The YGL Taskforce is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders initiative. The vision of the taskforce is to create a socially and environmentally prosperous world where profitable businesses provide smart goods and services within the resource limits of the planet. Our mission is to inspire leaders to embrace the circular economy business philosophy for their organizations and provide tangible examples of successful business models and means of implementation.

Our Vision

The vision of this World Economic Forum YGL Circular Economy taskforce is to encourage transformation towards a socially and environmentally prosperous world where profitable businesses provide smart goods and services within the resource limits of the planet.

In setting this vision, we recognize the following:

1

Traditional business models, manufacturing and product lifecycles have an inherent design problem and need to change.

2

Goods can be manufactured in a way where resource inputs and nutrients are kept in continuous useful cycles moving to a world of high efficiency and no waste (this includes smart chemistry, design incorporating reverse engineering to suppliers to customers to recapturing products and keeping materials, chemicals and nutrients in their appropriate loop).

3

The transition will be disruptive and create winners and losers as it revolutionizes every part of the value chain, not just manufacturing, but also fundamental relationships with consumers, customers and stakeholders.

4

This transition is already underway in certain sectors and is gathering speed, but in order to meet global growth and resource challenges, it can accelerate and expand.

YGL Taskforce Co-Chairs

Peter Lacy

Managing Director, APAC
Accenture Strategy & Sustainability

Peter Lacy is Managing Director of Strategy and Sustainability Services for Accenture in the Asia-Pacific region. Among other non-executive roles, he sits on the boards of the European Academy of Business in Society, University of Nottingham Business School, University of Cranfield Doughty Centre, Corporate Governance Journal and Ethical Corporation. He is an Adviser to the UN Global Compact and was a founding signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education. Lacy has spent more than a decade advising leaders from business, government and civil society on sustainability and climate change policy, strategy and execution during spells at Accenture, McKinsey & Company and EABIS. He is a Business Fellow at Oxford University's Smith School of Economics and Environment. Lacy is also an alumnus of INSEAD, Nottingham and Cambridge Universities.

David Rosenberg

CEO & Co-Founder
AeroFarms

David Rosenberg is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AeroFarms, a clean-technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments. He is also Co-Founder of Hycrete, a cleantech nanotechnology company leading in waterproofing and corrosion control solutions for concrete construction. Rosenberg is Chairman of the Board of Advisers of the software company AgSquared, a venture adviser to the Russian cleantech venture capital fund of Wermuth Asset Management, and is a Board Member of the non-profit organization, the Ecologic Sequestration Trust. He is also an Adjunct Professor, teaching venture capital financing at NYU's Stern School of Business. Rosenberg received his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Columbia University. He competed for the US in Fencing for six years and is a three-time US National Fencing Champion.

Ida Auken

MP & Former Environmental Minister
Danish Parliament

Ida Auken is a Danish politician and member of parliament for the Danish Social Liberal Party. She was previously the Minister for the Environment of Denmark from 2011 – early 2015. Auken entered politics in 2004 and was elected to the Danish Parliament in 2007 where she has held a number of positions related to the environmental agenda, including Spokeswoman for Environmental Affairs, Member of the Energy Policy Committee, and Member of the Environment and Regional Planning Committee. During her political career, she has played a vital role in shaping Danish environmental policies. Auken has held a number of honorary positions, including at the non-partisan think tank Forum Europe and as a Member of the Albright Group Women's Network. Prior to politics, she worked as an editor and published a number of books, particularly on theological subjects. Auken holds an MA in Theology from the University of Copenhagen. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Interdisciplinary Lecture Society at the University of Copenhagen and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Studies in the Department of Theology.

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