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Leela Dilkes-Hoffman

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Position: Senior Research Analyst, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Leela Dilkes-Hoffman

Class Year: 2016

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Queensland

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Position: Senior Research Analyst, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Biography

I grew up in the beautiful bushlands of Margaret River and this instilled in me a love of nature and an interest in trying to understand how we can develop an environmentally sustainable society that is compatible with our modern lifestyle. I am inspired by the concepts underpinning green chemistry, biomimicry and the circular economy.

 

In the interest of further exploring these topics, I completed a PhD at the University of Queensland, supported by a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. I used a multi-disciplinary approach to explore the role of biodegradable plastics in improving the way we use and dispose of plastics.

 

After finishing the PhD I moved to the UK, and I currently work for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a world-leading think-tank on circular economy principles and how they apply to the plastics system. At the Foundation I work within the New Plastic Economy innovation team, assessing emerging innovation opportunities within the plastic packaging sector. I specifically focus on promoting and supporting upstream innovation, such as how to rethink product design, or the product delivery model in order to reduce and improve packaging requirements.

 

Before the PhD I worked as a science presenter traveling around regional Western Australia and prior to that obtained a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia, graduating as valedictorian. My favourite pastime is heading out on a meandering trail run, which always help me to think through whatever current problem I am tackling.

Skills & Expertise

  • Biodegradable polymers
  • Circular economy
  • Circular economy for plastics
  • Science communication
  • Working with children

I drove my electric car from Sydney to Brisbane (which was a challenge!) to raise awareness of the lack of infrastructure currently available to these vehicles.


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