The circular economy presents a specific and unique opportunity for corporate, private and development finance investors to capture the value of plastic waste as well as to meaningfully mitigate the climate impacts of plastic pollution, especially in Asia.
According to Circulate Capital, we could eliminate almost 150 million tonnes of GHG from the environment if we prevented 100% of the plastic leakage in India and Indonesia by 2030. That is the same amount of GHG savings derived from shutting down 40 coal-fired power plants.
When looking at both the cost of inaction and the returns of sustainable investments, investing in climate resilient infrastructure and in the circular economy makes sound economic sense. Accenture estimates that globally, the circular economy could generate $4.5 trillion of additional economic output by 2030. As a consumption and production powerhouse, Asia has the potential to showcase the circular economy at scale.
The main challenge is to attract the billions of dollars needed to scale solutions that will transform the way plastic products are designed, produced, consumed and recycled, and bring the waste management infrastructure to the next century. To catalyze the capital needed, we must prove that investing in this sector is scalable and can generate attractive returns, while meeting sustainability and ESG targets.
Join us to explore with Circulate Capital and two of its investors the power of blending corporate, private and development finance to unlock the potential of the circular economy and address the plastic waste and climate crises.
CEO & Founder,
Rob established Circulate Capital to deploy catalytic capital in partnership with leading corporations and investors to scale solutions that advance the circular economy and prevent the flow of plastic waste into the ocean in South and Southeast Asia.
Rob leads Circulate Capital’s strategy, team, and operations as the firm identifies, incubates, and invests in opportunities diverting waste from the environment into the recycling chain in South and Southeast Asian countries.
Circulate Capital’s model relies on supporting the local innovators implementing solutions on the ground, on partnerships with global corporations to leverage their supply chains to drive scale, and on incentivizing a new generation of entrepreneurs to build a fresh pipeline of investable projects.
President Asia, Africa and Middle East
SVP, Waters Indonesia and South East Asia
SVP, Africa and Zone Study Leader Asia & Africa, Danone
Corine was born in the Netherlands in 1973 and graduated from Amsterdam University with a Master in Econometrics.
She started her career in 1996 at Unilever in Indonesia. After having held roles in Finance, Category Management, Marketing and Sales, she moved to China in 2002 to build Lipton business. In 2005 she came back to Indonesia where her last role was Managing Director, Unilever Food Solutions.
Corine joined Danone in 2010 as Sales Director PT Sari Husada, Indonesia (Early Life Nutrition). Between 2012 and 2013 she served as Regional Sales Manager for Early Life Nutrition SAPAC. In 2013 she was appointed General Manager ELN Australia & New Zealand. In 2017 she moved to Aqua Indonesia – the largest Waters business unit in Danone – as General Manager.
Since July 2019 Corine is Senior Vice-President, Waters Indonesia and South East Asia. Under her leadership Aqua Indonesia has obtained the B Corp certification, becoming the largest B Corp in Asia
Pandu Patria Sjahrir is the Managing Partner of Indies Capital, which controls Indies Special Opportunities Fund, the leading structured equity provider in the region, Indies Pelago, a dominant secondary tech fund in Southeast Asia, and ACV partners, an ASEAN focused seed and early-stage fund.
Pandu also serves as the Chairman of Indonesia for SEA, a leading Southeast Asian tech company, the Board Member of Gojek and the Director of Toba Bara, a leading publicly listed energy enterprise in Indonesia. He is the Head of Energy in Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization for entrepreneurs, and is the Chairman for Stanford University’s Alumni Association in Indonesia and the Phillips Academy Alumni Association.
In 2014 Pandu was selected as Asia’s 21 Young Leaders by Asia Society, an award presented to leaders under 40 years old who have made a significant difference in their field.
Entrepreneur and Impact Investor
Ratna is a serial impact investor, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Ratna’s first entrepreneurial work began with Potato Head, a leading lifestyle brand with hotel and restaurant operations in Bali, Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong. The company values design, art, music, fashion, culinary and service with a conscious effort to be sustainable and support local communities.
In her role as Director of Development, Ratna started the group’s Do Good efforts, championing projects that embrace their zero waste philosophy as well as projects with other social, environmental and community impact. In parallel, Ratna is an investor and Board Member of several impact companies, including Waste4Change and companies focusing on empowering women in Indonesia like DuAnyam and Beau Bakery.
Her most recent endeavor is educating the Indonesian public about air quality through an online community project called Bicara Udara.