Regenerate & Thrive Lead, Circle Economy
Ilektra Kouloumpi leads the Thrive programme at Circle Economy supporting cities and organizations to thrive within the planetary boundaries. The programme translates Doughnut Economics into practice, helping cities and businesses to implement regenerative and circular economy strategies on the ground.
At Circle Economy, Ilektra has also led the Circle City Scans team and worked together with cities in Europe, USA, and Asia, while she coordinates in parallel the Circle Academy offerings.
Prior to Circle Economy, Ilektra has led the team of research projects on smart & sustainable urbanism at TU Berlin and worked as an analyst of EU policies for the built environment at Buildings Performance Institute of Europe in Brussels, while she also has experience of working as sustainability and buildings engineer for the international firm Arup in Amsterdam.
A fond lover of people and groups working creatively, and deeply curious about new ways of living in harmony with nature, Ilektra has designed and led participatory processes for city changemakers in multiple countries across the world, while she often lectures and presents in conferences, universities and international events about thriving cities and societies.