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Circular Economy Expert United States

Position: Senior Advisor

Organization: Circular Economy Platform of the Americas

Fields of Expertise: Circular Economy, Cradle to Cradle® design, Corporate Sustainability


Ken is exceptionally skilled at presenting the business, social and environmental benefits of a Sustainable Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle® design. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience of managing corporate programs, Mr. Alston has the authoritative voice demanded internationally by businesses and governments alike. He has an impressive 35+ years of work experience in the international private sector on topics of sustainable development. He started his professional career at S.C. Johnson as a Quality Audit Manager and ended his 20+ year tenure at S.C. Johnson as Global Director of Sustainable Product Innovation to join MBDC as Project Director Later he became at MBDC CEO and President of Consulting and Education Services until September 2017. Now he serves as Senior Advisor to CEPA and ASDF.


Mr. Alston’s role as senior consultant and educator allowed him to present for audiences from 50 to 1,000 and work with universities, start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies, such as Waste Management, S.C. Johnson, Shaw and Steelcase. In addition to the United States, Ken has spoken extensively in Europe and Latin America including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Netherlands and Peru. In 2015 he was chosen to tour Germany, presenting at several Earth Week events on behalf of the U.S. State Department.


His unique experience and expertise, gives him the ability to integrate valuable content with the needs of the client to engage and educate all participants. Ken’s analytical skills in combination with real world experience enables him to provide holistic and relevant advice and guidance in the areas of corporate decision making to implement and achieve economic, social and environmental value. Ken’s passion is working with executives, designers and innovators to remake the way we make things. Ken has influenced more than 6,000 professionals through his informative presentations and product design workshops.

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