Manuel Maqueda is a teacher, an author and an entrepreneur with a passion for helping others make the world a better place.
Maqueda holds a Master’s degree in Economics, and a Law Degree. Prior to teaching Circular Economy, he taught Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the professional certificate of the University of California Berkeley Extension, and at other renowned business schools.
Maqueda is the director of SUPER (Single-Use Plastic Elimination or Reduction), the first tool enabling businesses to measure, reduce and certify their plastic footprint.
Manuel Maqueda is a founding partner of Kumu Thrive, a San Francisco Bay Area consulting and innovation agency focused on the circular economy, and of its sister non-profit organization Kumu.
A pioneer and a leader in stopping plastic pollution, Maqueda is the founder or co-founder of several NGOs and mission-driven initiatives, such as Plastic Pollution Coalition and the award-winning documentary film Albatross.
A notable voice in new economic models and sustainability, Manuel Maqueda regularly advises organizations innovating towards a sustainable, thriving way of life, such as The Long Now Foundation, funded by Jeff Bezos, and dedicated to fostering long-term thinking in the context of the next 10,000 years.