In November 2018, Impact Hub, and WWF jointly pioneered a virtual conference in Central and Eastern Europe. Over 150 people joined and gave great feedback: the 34 speakers were high-class, the variety of sessions was received enthusiastically, and many people even left with the idea of hosting a virtual conference themselves! Building on last year’s success, a new edition of the event will be hosted from 26 through 28 November 2019.

The need for a circular economy

We’re facing massive environmental challenges around the world. Whereas unsustainable consumption and production create heaps of waste, the idea of a circular economy (CE) tries to break that cycle. CE opportunities around the world are on the rise – but the CEE region seems to be left behind. Collaboration across organisations, sectors and countries is necessary to create a positive narrative for the future. Together, we can reach SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production. Innovators, social entrepreneurs, thinkers, CE practitioners, students – everybody is invited to come and gain inspiration and exchange knowledge.


Tünde Fritzson-Bajdor
Norbert Kurilla
Harald Friedl
Rambo Amadeus
Ivanka Milenkovic
Eva Karlsson
Gerard Roemers
Justus Kammueller

3 themes

Get familiar with the basics and learn about local realities from experts in the field and region.

  • 15.15 – 16.00 Briefing: those who’ve indicated to want to take part in the enhanced learning experience will receive more information on how to do so and can partake in a short Doodle workshop to be able to capture key insights creatively and visually. Provided by Think Visual – virtual graphic harvesters.
  • 16.00 – 17.30 Kick-off session: introducing and framing – Norbert Kurilla & Harald Friedl discuss opportunities and challenges related to bringing a circular economy to the region, from both a global and a regional perspective.
  • 17.30 – 19.00 World café: exploring 3 case studies from the region in a dynamic and interactive way. Keynote speech: Tünde Fritzson-Bajdor.
  • 19.00 – tbc Physical event in Belgrade: Rambo Amadeus gives insights on how he used the concept of CE to build his ‘Solar Retro Sailboat’. Stakeholder mapping & harvesting around: how can we establish a circular economy in the region?
  • 19.00 – tbc Online purpose networking: speak to interesting participants more extensively and connect meaningfully based on who matches the profile of interest you indicated upon registration.

Take the challenge to apply the concept of CE in as many aspects of life together with other entrepreneurial minds.

  • 16.00 – 17.30 Workshop: developing a circular design & business case with Rambo Amadeus and Ivanka Milenkovic from EKOFFUNGI.
  • 17.30 – 19.00 Plenary session: a circular society. Exploring new ways of working, owning and living by looking at examples from Bulgaria.
  • 19.00 – tbc Physical event in Sofia: in-person exchange with the contributors to the plenary session. Stakeholder mapping & harvesting around: how can we establish a circular economy in the region?

Gain an understanding of why a circular economy is not per se sustainable, and learn how we can respect the planet while we establish a CE.

  • 9.00 – 10.00 Plenary session: can a circular economy save our planet? Gerard Roemers & Justus Kammueller discuss how CE can help us fit our civilisation within the planetary boundaries of our mother Earth.
  • 10.15 – 11.00 Case study: how Houdini fits within our planet. CEO Eva Karlsson will explain how this company used the Planetary Boundaries framework to understand the impact of their operations and to prioritise its policies.
  • 11.00 – 11.45 Networking: get to know your fellow participants during a breakout session.
  • 11.45 – 12.30 Final session: next steps and closing remarks by organising partners.

How will it work?

The conference is free, and accessible to anybody with an internet connection, anywhere in the world. After registration, a Zoom link will be shared that enables you to join the events. You can join the entire conference, or opt for one of the sessions. On the day itself, simply log in from your desk to participate. Sessions will include panel discussions, keynote speeches, and breakout conversations to name a few. If you want to have an enhanced learning experience, you can become part of the team harvesting key discussion points. After the conference, you can download recordings of your favourite sessions and you’ll receive an e-magazine with next steps you can take to help accelerate the move towards a circular economy in the region.

Physical events


Physical sessions will be held in Belgrade, Zagreb and Sofia. Meet others who are excited to take the challenge, be part of stakeholder mapping efforts and join the conversation on what a circular economy would look like in your local reality.


Official partners