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Ellen Mac Arthur

Founder and Chaiwoman of the Board

Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. She launched in 2003 the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and then, in 2009, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. She is also Member of the BT Corporate and Social Responsibility Board and Former member of E.ON’s Global Corporate Responsibility Council. Ellen MacArthur sits on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform, and her Foundation has published three seminal macro-economic reports featuring analysis by McKinsey, which have received accolades at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Member of the Club of Rome, Dame Ellen regularly interacts with various European governments and institutions such as the OECD, and received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

ACHIEVEMENT / What is your project, initiative, startup, company all about?

Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing in 2009 to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

She also founded the Ellen MacArthur Trust to give young people between the ages of 8-24, who are in recovery from cancer, the opportunity to take part in the new and fantastic experience of sailing.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Located on the Wight Island in the United-Kingdom, The Ellen MacArthur has an international influence especially trough plenty of partnership with university and programs intended for businesses.

IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental… of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with education and business to accelerate the transition to a regenerative circular economy.

QUOTE / A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.

“Créer le navire, ce n’est point le prévoir en detail. Car si je bâtis les plans du navire, à moi tout seul, dans sa diversité, je ne saisirai rien qui vaille la peine. Tout se modifiera en venant au jour et d’autres que moi peuvent s’employer à ces inventions. Je n’ai point à connaître chaque clou du navire. Mais je dois apporter aux homes la pente vers la mer.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Citadelle.