Circular Economy – A New World Order or Just Another Hype?

Join us for a panel discussion on the circular economy featuring Susan Mizrahi, Kate Dryden, and Trevor Barrows.

About this Event

Circular Economy – A New World Order or Just Another Hype?

Panel on the Circular Economy featuring:

  • Susan Mizrahi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Australia Post
  • Kate Dryden, current Partner at Sphere Infrastructure Partners and formerly Executive General Manager Growth at environmental services multinational Veolia
  • Trevor Barrows, Senior Manager – Supply Chain Solution Architect at Capgemini Invent

The panel discussion will be moderated by Caroline Gill, MBA’08D, senior corporate lawyer at AGL Energy.

In this panel event, we’ll hear from three individuals with deep experience in influencing governments, enterprises and individuals on the opportunities and challenges of transitioning from a linear economy to a circular economy.

The essence of a circular economy is to do more with less; redesign, reuse, redeploy, renew. The principles of the circular economy are simple: be more efficient with the resources you have.

It is about being considerate with what resources are used within the supply chain and rethinking how we renew or recycle waste to extend the lifespan of finite resources.

In the last century, consumerism driven economic growth has driven enterprises to source for the lowest cost raw materials, production and disposal in order to compete in a global marketplace. We have done so without consideration, or perhaps understanding, of the damage we cause.

The World Economic Forum estimates that the transition to a circular model could be worth $US1 trillion to the economy by 2025 and create 100,000 new jobs.

Only visionary and responsive leadership will ultimately make the difference between a sustainable future and extinction.

Proudly sponsored by Capgemini, there will be drinks and networking from 5.30pm, for a 6 pm startand an opportunity to continue the conversation after the event.


Kate Dryden founded Sphere Infrastructure Partners with two colleagues in 2018. Together they are focused on environmental infrastructure businesses and projects, linking investors, contractors, industry and government to drive a circular economy and build a more sustainable future – with a particular focus on the water and waste sectors. Prior to founding Sphere, Kate worked for almost a decade at environmental services multinational, Veolia, first as General Counsel and then as Executive General Manager Growth for Australia and New Zealand.



Susan Mizrahi is a senior sustainability strategist and has some 20 years’ experience working in Asia, Europe, North America, as well as domestically, on international, business and human rights issues. She is committed to leading positive, systemic change on social and environmental issues and has achieved this through working collaboratively across and within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Susan is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Australia Post and acts as Chair of the London Benchmarking Group. She is also a member of the UN Global Compact Human Rights Leadership Group and GCNA’s Modern Slavery Community of Practice.


Trevor Barrows is experienced in circular economy architecture, sustainable supply chain management, and operational readiness. He has over 25 years of consulting experience designing, optimizing and implementing supply chain execution systems in primary process manufacturing, secondary discrete manufacturing through to retail distribution and commercial industries. Trevor has been involved in retail distribution, FMCG/CPG, 3PL/4PL, process (dairy, meat, forestry agri-business), secondary manufacturing and commercial industries.

Event details

March 18, 2020 5:30 pm
March 18, 2020 8:30 pm
Capgemini, Level 16, 595 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000