I am Prof. Dr. Gordana Kierans - consultant, author and TEDx Speaker. I have 19 years of business experience at the interface between leading Business Schools and companies. During my career, I have worked with entrepreneurs, SMEs, multinationals, governments and NGOs, in Germany and world-wide. I have also worked with top academics in the area of the circular economy which inspired me to create this very practical hands-on programme to open the eyes for numerous opportunities in this field.
Originally, I was born and raised in Croatia but I lived for 25 years in other European countries (Italy, Germany, Belgium). This resulted in my knowledge of six languages. I completed all my studies in Germany, including my Doctorate. In addition, I am also an Alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. My commitment to a more connected world was recognised and I was invited to deliver a TEDxTALK in the Netherlands.
Today, I am a Partner at MGT OPEN, a consultancy that focuses on Circular Economy, Communication and Leadership, as these three elements are important for the circular transition to succeed in a company. Our corporate clients are based in the European Union, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. I am also a Professor at the Shenzhen Technology University in Shenzhen, China where I teach Systems Thinking and Circular Economy.