Leyla Acaroglu


Designer, sociologist, sustainability provocateur, and 2016 United Nations Champion of the Earth, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As a pioneer of creative change, she weaves together sustainability, design, and systems thinking to activate the transition to a circular and sustainable future by design. Leyla is the founder of Disrupt Design, The UnSchool, and CO Project Farm.

Dr Priyadarshini Karve

Founding Director, Samuchit Enviro Tech

Dr Karve is the Director of Samuchit Enviro Tech, a social enterprise promoting sustainable products and services. She is a member of the Executive Board of Clean Energy Access Network, an India-wide society for decentralised renewable energy technologies, and the National Facilitator of the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change.

Dr. Shota Furuya

Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Tokyo

Dr Shota Furuya is a researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) based in Tokyo, Japan. He focuses on the process in which different local stakeholders share a sustainable and creative future vision. His main research field is social acceptance of renewable energy and he facilitates stakeholders’ understanding and collaboration for sustainability.

Twitter: @fshota

Does a sustainable First World exist?

Sustainable citizens face a quandary. We can’t ‘buy’ ourselves into sustainability. Replacing plastic with bamboo, diesel with electric, it all sounds fabulous, but the carbon footprint calculator results are blunt and we’d still need multiple Earths to suit our eco-lifestyles.

Fernando Laposse


Fernando Laposse is a London based Mexican designer, specialising in transforming natural materials that are often considered waste into refined design pieces, allowing their historical and cultural connotations to take center stage. His works address topics such as sustainability, the loss of biodiversity, community disenfranchisement and the politics of food.

Instagram: @FernandoLaposse