Beyond Next took place on February 7-8, 2019 in Amsterdam. To view photos from the event, please click here. To learn more about the event, keep scrolling!

Circle Economy and AMFI bring together next generation and current industry professionals to tackle global challenges through circular innovation over two inspiring days of action.

Beyond Next is all about inspiration and action. It offers you a chance to put your skills & knowledge to work alongside other circularity experts.  You can work on real life circularity challenges that four organisations are facing. Alternatively, find inspiration through our different exhibits and keynote talks where you can learn, exchange and contribute to shifting mindsets. 

Join us in Amsterdam from 7-8 February 2019 and show how collective power disrupts!

Lighting up the stage

Kate Raworth

Renegade Economist,  Author

Focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, Kate is the keynote speaker and the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries.

Frans van Houten

CEO, Philips

Martin Stuchtey

Founder, SystemiQ. Ex-Director, Center for Business and Environment, McKinsey

Babette Porcelijn

Author, Design Studio owner

Author of 'De Verborgen Impact' (The Hidden Impact), she studied Industrial Design at TU Delft and is now also a sustainability advisor to organisations. 

Carola Wijdoogen 

Corporate Sustainability Director, NS

Arne Hendriks

Artist, The Incredible Shrinking Man

Chen Fleisher

Co-founder FounderIndex, Sustainable Growth & Development specialist

Margot Ribberink

Meteorologist, Weather reporter

Noam Gressel

Co-Founder & CEO, ECO-OS Inc.

Bahram Sadeghi

TV director & host

Martijn Lopes Cardozo

CEO, Black Bear Carbon

Harald Friedl

CEO, Circle Economy

Leslie Holden

Head of Fashion&Design, AMFI

Other speakers include: Dolores Mae Höppener, Merijn van den Bergh

More speakers below!

Choose from one of our two tracks:

Exploration Track

Ride the circularity wave through two days of inspirational speeches, panel discussions and interactive sessions where you can learn, exchange, contribute and be part of the collective power that makes up this movement!

Challenge Track

Event partners AMFI, ABN AMRO, City of Amsterdam and HEMA will lead two-day challenge workshops covering four major themes of education, product as a service, organic waste in a circular city, and single-use plastic respectively. For more details, keep scrolling. 

Both tracks will convene for several key speeches and sessions in the plenary.

Challenge Track

We are only 9% circular. Our linear economy is failing the environment and economy. What do we need to do to achieve a circular economy? What solutions can we provide to businesses and society?

Event partners AMFI, ABN AMRO, City of Amsterdam and HEMA will lead two-day challenge workshops with the aim to collaboratively develop answers and solutions to these questions. 


Anna Maria Rugarli,  VF Corporation

"The key learning for the day was that we all have a huge opportunity ahead of us to look at waste from a different perspective. There are many opportunities to develop new business models by considering waste as a resource.

I see the Circular Economy approach as the evolution of the sustainability movement and I am convinced that it will change how businesses operate."

Thalita van Ogtrop, The Next Closet

“It is very interesting to bring the two worlds together; students have completely different ideas and ambitions compared to industry and when these two worlds collide, brilliant things happen!”

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About Circle Economy

A social enterprise, organised as a cooperative, we accelerate the transition to circularity through on the ground, action focused, development of practical and scalable solutions and international campaigns, communications, and engagement.

About Amsterdam Fashion Institute

AMFI is currently the largest fashion institute in the Netherlands. More than 100 lecturers teach more than 1100 students about all aspects of the fashion world. AMFI’s education covers all facets of fashion from developing a raw idea to a product and an image. 

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