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Ellen MacArthur


Ellen MacArthur

Biography

Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and she remains the U.K.’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won both the OSTAR and Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age. Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010, which works with education and business to accelerate the transition to a regenerative circular economy. MacArthur sits on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform, and her foundation has published three seminal macroeconomic reports featuring analysis by McKinsey, which have received accolades at the World Economic Forum in Davos. She regularly interacts with various European governments and institutions, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy, three years after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth.