The Team


Systemic Initiatives

Michiel De Smet

Michiel De Smet

Finance Programme Lead

Role at the Foundation

Michiel De Smet leads the Foundation's Finance Programme, aiming to scale finance for the circular economy. As part of this work, he is also a member of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance, working on the EU Taxonomy. Before he was Policy Officer at the European Commission, where he worked on innovation and policies towards a circular economy for plastics. Earlier, he led the work on engaging policymakers and international institutions in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative.


Michiel consulted management executives in both the private sector, working at McKinsey & Company, and the social sector, through the OnPurpose leadership programme. Michiel holds a PhD in mathematics

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