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Ellen MacArthur Foundation chief executive to speak about circular design at Dezeen Day

Andrew Morlet, chief executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will speak at Dezeen Day about how architects and designers can help transform the global economy from a linear model to a circular one.

Morlet will explain the foundation's mission to "inspire a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future circular economy".

He joins a growing list of speakers at Dezeen Day, our international architecture and design conference taking place in London on 30 October.

The circular economy is an economic system that generates no waste or pollution, with materials being reused again and again rather than used once and thrown away. It also works in harmony with nature, nurturing natural systems rather than exploiting them or degrading them.

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Andrew Morlet will speak about the circular economy at Dezeen Day

Founded by former round-the-world sailor Ellen MacArthur, the foundation recently called for 20 million designers to sign up to its circular design programme and make circularity "the new normal".

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen earlier this year, MacArthur said that designers were "absolutely vital" to the push to dismantle the wasteful and destructive linear economy.

Before joining the foundation, Morlet was a consultant strategy partner at McKinsey & Company, Andersen Consulting and Accenture. Prior to that he worked in medical research focused on HIV/AIDS epidemiology.

Dezeen Day takes place at BFI Southbank in central London on 30 October. The international conference aims to set the agenda for architecture and design. It will discuss topics including design education, future cities and post-plastic materials.

Speakers include Paola AntonelliBenjamin HubertDara Huang and Patrik Schumacher. See all the speakers that have been announced so far.

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The illustration is by Rima Sabina Aouf.