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The Future of Business: Circular Economy

23 June 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Inaugural Symposium of the Circular Economy Research Center

Business, management and society are changing at an ever-accelerating pace and require new tools and ideas. This is why we are École des Ponts Business School launched  the Circular Economy Research Center.  On the 23 of June, we held our first inaugural symposium of the Center that brought representatives from the EU, government officials, academics and activists. We are proud of the work we are doing and aim to remain in the forefront, leading and supporting novel research initiatives. This event introduced Circular Economy as a “resource-full” alternative to the traditional linear “resource-depleting” economic model of produce-consume-waste that allows the economic ecosystem to do ‘more with less’ and transition to sustainable growth that fosters innovative practice and thinking. We also setup the history and current dynamics needed to foster these models on a global and local level.

In addition to this event, the newly opened Circular Economy Research Center (CERC), under the direction of Professor Demetriou, is currently developing dedicated courses, a certificate and an E-MBA specialized in Circular Economy Management as well as Circular Economy training programs, a Circular Economy Live Lab, Journal and Expert Network.

Line up of Speakers

Alon Rozen

Dean of the École des Ponts Business School

Giorgos Demetriou,

Director of Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)

Mohan Kumar,

Ambassador of India to France

Zainal Arif Mantaha,

Ambassador of Singapore to France

Eric Britton,

Founder and Managing Director of EcoPlan and World Streets

Armel de La Bourdonnaye,

Director of Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and President of ParisTech

Aura Salla,

Communication Adviser for the European Political Strategy Center (EPSC)

Diomedes Kastanis,

Head of Ericsson Silicon Valley


Ioannis Askoxylakis,

Head of FORTHcert, Prof. of loT



Karina Jensen,

Practice Director at the Centre for Leadership and Effective Organizations, Prof. of Global Innovation and Leadership, MD pf Global Minds Network, author


Master Class on Circular Economy

9am - 12pm

Is circular economy the logical next step in sustainable management, and what role can technology play in getting us securely on that path? Giorgos Demetriou, Chaired Professor of Circular Economy and Director of the Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) at École des Ponts Business School.

Interactive Talks & Panel Discussions

1pm - 5pm

Panel discussions on Circular Economy with Eric Britton, Karina Jensen, Armel de La Bourdonnaye, Dr. Ioannis Askoxylakis, Alon Rozen, Aura Salla and more.

Book Signing & Cocktail Networking Event

From 5pm

Network and meet our Dean Rozen and fellow scholars, political advisors and innovators in the field.

Mark Esposito will be signing copies of his book: DRIVE: The Five Megatrends that Underpin the Future Business, Social, and Economic Landscapes.

Wine, refreshments and snacks will be served.

Download the full schedule of the event by clicking here!

Practical information

Venue: Caquot Amphitheater at École des Ponts Business School main campus
14 Boulevard Copernic in Champs-sur-Marne (Paris-Marne-la-Vallée).

Getting there

  • Welcome desk opens at 8:30am
  • Coffee breaks will be provided to all participants. There are a few locations near for lunch or if you would like to eat at campus, lunch is provided for those who pay for the lunch voucher, registration is mandatory.

The Inaugural Symposium of CERC - 23 June 2017