Ashima leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Government & Cities Programme, which focuses on supporting public bodies – at the national, regional, and municipal level – in setting the right enabling conditions for the transition to a circular economy, initiating regional innovation initiatives and circular demonstrator projects, and strengthening the local SME community. She is constantly evolving the programme, striving for the most catalytic activities and expanding the global reach. Ashima joined the Foundation in March 2015 as a Project Manager for the report “Growth Within: a circular economy vision for a competitive Europe”, where she was responsible for coordination between key stakeholders, content development and review, report production, and communication efforts for the report.
Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ashima worked with the Strategy & Operations group of Deloitte Consulting in New York, focused on the Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical industries. Ashima graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics and minored in Sustainability & Environmental Management. In her spare time, Ashima can be found at (beginners!) yoga, exploring coffee shops, or out on a hike.