Eva Gladek

Founder and CEO

‘We use systems thinking as a core strategy to advance the vision of a circular and sustainable economy. The essence of systems thinking is that you don’t look at an object on its own, you consider everything it’s connected to. With this approach we’re able to identify leverage points to have the greatest desired effect.’

As the founder of Metabolic, Eva Gladek has a compelling drive to change the way our economy functions. Her passion and determination to shape a sustainable and circular future has led her to work with organizations in nearly every economic sector, from progressive cities and NGOs, to industry leaders. Eva welcomes the most complex sustainability questions from any sector with an approach grounded in science and systems thinking, a core foundation for all of Metabolic’s consulting, research, and venture building work.

Over the last 10 years, Eva Gladek has developed broadly-adopted methodologies for systems transformation, the circular economy, and sustainable design. Speaking at forums and events around the world, she shares her vision to accelerate a collective greater impact. She is also consistently listed among the top influencers in sustainability in the Netherlands, a country recognized as leading the transition to the circular economy. Eva works to create an economic system that benefits everyone. Her knowledge of sustainability builds on her Master’s in Industrial Environmental Management at Yale University and her Bachelor’s in Molecular Biology from Amherst College.

Eva Gladek’s featured projects
Developing a strategy that lays the groundwork for Charlotte’s circular transition. ‘Circular Charlotte’ explores how the city can become the first circular city in the United States.
To successfully move towards a sustainable and resilient food system, we must consider the systemic nature of the system’s behaviours and impacts.
The study provides recommendations on how Alpro can keep within the safe environmental limits set by the Planetary Boundaries framework – and advanced development of methodologies for other companies to do the same.
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