OUR TEAM

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Dina Padalkina

Founder & CEO, City & Built Environment Lead

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Laura Grotenrath

Education Lead

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Arianna Nicoletti

Textiles & Fashion Lead

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Julius Schäufele

Julius Schäufele

Built Environment team: circular construction processes |  Founder of Restado

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Sofia Elisabeth Ratzinger

Sofia Elisabeth Ratzinger

Community building | Design and visual communications

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Georg Hubmann

Georg Hubmann

Built Environment team: systems research | TU Berlin

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Marina Petrova

Built Environment team: partnerships and research

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Jessamy Hardie

Community building & event management

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Tobias Jänecke

Education team & Circular Design Expert

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Marilu Valente

Industrial design expert | Founder of Cyclic Design

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Ronja Scholz

Education team & Service Design Expert | TU Berlin

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Sebastian Daus

Electronics Lead | Co-Founder of FixFirst

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Cherelle Escaffre

Textile team: research and materials

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Eike Lucas

Impact measurement, Strategy & Operation

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Arin Moyer

Arin Moyer

Textile team: research, design and communication

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Patrick Teuffel

Built Environment team: Circular engineering and materials

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Friends of Circular Berlin

Cooperation partners and funding institutions

Our journey

Finding the local actors

Our story started when 4 volunteers  joined forces to organize the Circular Economy Mapping event in February 2018. Together we discovered more than 120 initiatives in Berlin which are involved in the circular economy. Along with the impressive results, it marked the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC and Berlin Partner.

Identifying industries with circular potential

The collaboration with Climate-KIC continued, supporting an in-depth research study on what approach should be taken to “anchor” the circular economy topic in Berlin. This gave the first impulse for developing Circular Berlin as a platform. The research identified 4 industries with great circular development potential in Berlin: the built environment, food & biomass, textile & fashion, and materials & products.

Mapping industry hurdles and opportunities

In a next step, we brought together the local actors through the dedicated industry events. We aimed to find the main hurdles standing in the way of developing more circular practices, as well as defining tangible solutions to overcome them.

Photo credit: Ian Delu / sinnwerkstatt.com

Expanding our reach

We are currently focusing on expanding our reach through community-building, education, project development, research as well as developing a local circular economy agenda.

As a non-profit, we rely on financial contributions from people and organisations who believe our work is valuable and helpful. We appreciate your support.

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