The Lens on the future of plastic: responsible innovation and biohacking business

Join Oli Barrett MBE for episode five, series three of The Lens podcast

In this episode, our host Oli Barrett MBE meets a doctor on a mission to bring the value of science to those who need it most and the chief executive officer of the Tesla of plastic.

Oli and our guests discuss how big business can learn from startups and tech pioneers, the power of superbrands to shift from conspicuous consumption to conscious consumption and how the plastic of the future will have a sell-by date.

And, of course, our host asks both guests who they would most like to meet for coffee and which books they will be adding to the Lens Reading List. 

Our guests

Niall Dunne joined Polymateria as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018 to tackle the global crisis of plastic waste and lead the company towards its mission of advancing science to help nature deal with plastic pollution. Niall is a passionate advocate of business aligning behind an inspiring purpose that can optimise its strategy, differentiate its brand and motivate its culture, thereby enabling sustainable long-term growth.  

A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Niall has worked on WEF’s Global Agenda Councils on sustainable consumption and climate change, where he has launched and led initiatives such as and

Siobhan Gardiner leads the work in climate change and environment at Deloitte Ventures, having previously worked with Procter & Gamble and Unilever. A doctor of biochemistry and a passionate sustainability advocate, she is a Women of the Future 2019 and InnovateUK Women in Innovation winner (+Industrial Strategy Robotics and AI cohort) and CWEIC Commonwealth Export Champion.

Siobhan is an ambassador for our podcast partner One Young World and represents the Institute of Economics and Peace. She is also the former Vice President of the BFWG, tech-leader on food security, supply chain and AI environmental technologies. She is a dedicated advocate of SDGs, STEM outreach and diversity initiatives.

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