The Team


Systemic Initiatives

Michiel De Smet

Michiel De Smet

Finance Programme Lead

Role at the Foundation

Michiel De Smet leads the Finance Programme, which explores the role of finance and financial institutions in the transition towards a circular economy.


Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation again, Michiel was Policy Officer at the European Commission, where he worked on topics related to innovation in plastics and circular economy. Before, he was Project Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, where he led the work on engaging policymakers and international institutions, to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for plastics. Michiel consulted management executives in both private sector, working at McKinsey & Company, and social sector, through the OnPurpose leadership programme. He also has experience with fundamental research, holding a PhD in mathematical logic (Ghent and Bristol University), and with the thrills of beekeeping.

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