About Us

Both Piyush Dhawan and Vivek JM won the prestigious German Chancellor Fellowship in 2017 and 2018 respectively. While Piyush was hosted at the Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Vivek spent the year working with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy on the topic of Circular Cities. At the Circular Collective we wish to work with like-minded Circular Economy enthusiasts and find innovative ways to incorporate circular economy principles across sectors. 

Meet The Team

Piyush Dhawan 

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Cofounder, the Circular Collective

Piyush is a German Chancellor Fellow, Humboldt Fellow and a TEDx speaker. He is passionate about the future of cities and is interested in designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. Piyush has previously worked with the United Nations and German Technical Cooperation for ten years. Piyush has represented India in many international conferences including the European Forum Alpbach, Global Environment Network in the University of Oxford and G20 Global Leadership Programme in Korea. 

Vivek JM
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Cofounder, the Circular Collective

Vivek is a German Chancellor Fellow, Humboldt Fellow and a member of Global Shapers Community. His areas of work include waste management, resource efficiency, design thinking and circular economy. Vivek has prior worked as sustainability consultant and has diverse experience in global multi-stakeholder projects by UNEP, IMO, BRS, to name a few. He has also represented India in many platforms like Indo-German Young Leaders Forum (IGYLF), WYF- Egypt. He is also a member of the Summer Academy Young Titans (SAYT).


   Adrija Das

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Circular Food System Lead

Adrija is a lawyer and former LAMP fellow with entrepreneurial experience in the sustainable food space and in policy research. She is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin where she is focusing on climate change policy and sustainability. Jazz music and dreaming up interesting recipes tend to take up most of her time.

Utkarsh Akhouri
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Mining and Metals Lead 

Utkarsh is an experienced professional in the Mining & Sustainability sector working on policy consultancy for various intergovernmental and national entities across Europe & UK. He is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and Circular Economy enthusiasts. He is particularly interested in developing strategies to promote sustainable raw material supply chain and innovative approaches to recover metals from waste.

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