Dame Ellen MacArthur

Record Breaking Single-handed Round the World Yachtswoman

Dame Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe. Dame Ellen now aims to promote a circular economy which redefines growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits, catalyses change and shows the importance of social responsibility to the environment.

"Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy"

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  • Circular Economy
  • Goal Setting and Performance
  • Leadership and Motivation
  • Sustainability
  • Management of Risk
  • Achieving the Impossible
  • Cities & Environment
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Transformation


She speaks English and French.

How she presents

Her innovative and determined approach to life and her unparalleled success when it comes to overcoming obstacles are a true inspiration to those who attend her conferences.


  • Full Circle: My Life and Journey
  • Taking on the World: A Sailor's Extraordinary Solo Race Around the Globe

In Detail

Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, Dame Ellen MacArthur stepped away from professional sailing in 2009 to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation following 4 years traveling the world and researching the challenges facing our current global economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with education and business to accelerate the transition to a regenerative circular economy. She has also acted as Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Meta-Council on the circular economy, and has sat on the European Commission's Resource Efficiency Platform between 2012 and 2014. She received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008.


Ellen communicates with corporate audiences through her incredible story, and encourages environmental awareness with passion, determination and charm. Her aim is to catalyse change and communicate the importance of social responsibility to the environment.



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