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The Circular Economy: what it is and how it can help boost your profits

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The term “Circular economy” is suddenly everywhere. Just like the term “blockchain” a decade ago, it spans every industry and every stage of business. Come learn how the principles of circular economy can help you boost your profitability and your standing with customers and investors alike. Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC), PICC Foundation and Circular Economy IL are excited to host this program. It will kick off a PICC event series exploring technologies and best practices to optimize the use of business’ resources, increasing their sustainability, competitiveness and revenue.

Keynote speaker:
Sharon Madel-Artzy
Founder and Managing Director, Circular Economy IL
Partner, Fischer & Co.

Matthew Taylor
Partner, Permit Capital Advisors, LLC
Board Member, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
Guest Speaker:
Emily Yates
Smart City Director, Innovation Management, Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia

Meet our speakers:

Sharon Madel-Artzy is the Founder and Managing Director of the Israeli Circular Economy Stakeholders Platform – Circular Economy IL (CEIL) and the Israeli representative to the circular economy expert group United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Sharon is also a partner at Fischer & Co., one of the biggest and leading law firms in Israel, where she heads the environmental, climate change & circular economy practice.

She has created and led an Israeli circular economy community which actively promotes and supports Israeli stakeholders in their company’s transition towards circular economy, all through close collaboration with all relevant Israeli authorities and leading Israeli associations.

Recognized as an influential environmental policy & regulation maker in Israel, Sharon combines her expertise and network in her activity towards circular economy. She served as a legal advisor for both the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the leading Israeli environmental NGO. Sharon has been regularly nominated as a leading environmental lawyer in Israel, as she is recognized for her expertise in the complex nexus of environmental protection, economy and social needs and development. He is an advisor on strategic, policy & regulation for projects in the fields of circular economy, environment & climate change and renewable energy.

Matthew Taylor is a Partner, at Permit Capital Advisors, LLC and a Board Member of Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Permit Capital Advisors, LLC is an independent, employee-owned investment advisory firm based in suburban Philadelphia. It focuses on the investment needs of institutions and high net worth investors, serving as passionate advocates for those who entrust us.

Prior to Permit, Matt was Partner and Portfolio Manager at Cheswold Lane Asset Management, LLC, and international equity firm which he co-founded in 2006. Previously, he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Chartwell Investment Partners. At Chartwell, he managed U.S. large cap value equity portfolios, including the Chartwell Dividend Income Fund. Earlier, Matt worked at Miller Anderson & Sherrerd as a member of the portfolio management team of the Morgan Stanley Dividend Growth Fund and as a Research Analyst on the Morgan Stanley Institutional Value Trust. Prior experience includes Prudential Investments and Prudential International Investments, UMS Group and Fidelity Investments.

Matt received an M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Swarthmore College. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Lower Merion Township Police Pension and Employee Retirement Plans and is a Board Member of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. Prior to this, he served for eight years on the board of Lifecycle WomanCare (the Birth Center), the largest independent midwife led birthing center in North America, based in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Emily Yates is the Smart City Director, Innovation Management at the Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia. She is responsible for managing and leading the implementation of the SmartCityPHL Roadmap that provides guidance on how smart and emerging technology solutions can improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors while improving the delivery of City services.

Throughout her career, Emily has worked to help cities position themselves as globally competitive by utilizing a systems approach to develop strategies, projects and programs that exist within the intersection of sustainability, technology, and economic development. Most recently, Emily was Deputy Director with Envision Charlotte where she was responsible for leading the development of the Circular Charlotte strategy, which made Charlotte the first city in the US to have a citywide circular economy strategy, in addition to other local programming that created a smarter, more sustainable Charlotte.

She has held a variety of positions in Europe and North America, including urban planning positions with both the District of Columbia and the city of Cleveland planning offices. Emily was a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor/ Bundeskanzler Fellowship, which funded a year of research focused on German approaches to the implementation of sustainability policy and climate change adaptation in brownfield development. Emily holds a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University. She is a member of the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy (ELEEP) Network.

Fireside Chat followed by Q&A

Admission free. Contributions in support of Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce are welcomed.

We thank our promoting partners:





February 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
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