Accelerating the transition to a Circular Economy in Latin America

About us

Who we are

The Center for Innovation and Circular Economy – CIEC was established in 2016 to bring solutions and deploy business opportunities to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy in Latin America.

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What we do

CIEC is a do-tank providing intelligence, consultancy services and circular solutions, functioning as a business platform in Latin America for companies, governments, international organizations and professional’s alike addressing societal needs and contributing to prosperity. With support and partnership with world-class companies and well-respected universities and research organizations, CIEC focuses on the following areas and industries:

Where we are

CIEC has offices in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and a wide network of experience professionals around the world.


Neptuno Pumps is world-class company from Chile and pioneer in Latin America on circular economy. They are designers and manufacturers of energy efficient centrifugal pumps delivering innovative and sustainable pumping solutions to the industry globally.

CIVE It is an international consulting firm of senior management with 14 years of experience, specializing in the services of Strategic Management, Management of Innovation and Management of the Transformation.

Mexico Recicla is a Mexican company that has more than 25 years of experience in the production of recycled raw material for the manufacture of new plastic products of high quality mass consumption. It produces more than 15 thousand tons of recycled plastic per year and provides recycled plastic solutions that they generate value and competitive advantage.

The Circular Economy Club (CEC), located in London, England, is a non-profit, global and open organization with more than 2,600 members that are setting the world standard around energy, fashion, food, manufacturing , cities and other sectors.


Petar Ostojic
Executive Director and Founder of CIEC. CEO of Neptuno Pumps. Mechanical Engineer, M.Sc. and Endeavor High Impact Entrepreneur. Recognized as the first advocate of circular economy in Latin America and creator of the world’s first circular pump by The Circulars Awards (Young Global Leaders and WEF) and «Highly Commended» by the World Economic Forum.

Luis Martínez
Doctor in Economics and Business Management (University of Deusto), MBA Loyolla College in Maryland (USA).
Academic Faculty of Economics, Government and Communications – Universidad Central de Chile. Former executive director of the Latin American Center for Relations with Europe (CELARE). He served as Head of Sustainability of ProChile, in the General Directorate of International Economic Relations (DIRECON), Chile.
Santander Group Fellow, UNESCO Chair in Human Resources for Latin America and Tokyo Foundation, Sylff Program (The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young leaders fellowship fund).

Luis Martínez
Doctor (c) in Business Administration from the University of Chile, MBA University of Chile
Deputy Director and Researcher of the Innovation Observatory of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Chile, specializing in Strategic Management, Innovation and technology transfer processes.
He has been director of several projects in the areas of innovation, research and internationalization of the University of Chile.

Pablo Vega
MBA, University of Development, Chile.
Digital Strategies for Business. Executive Education, Columbia Business School, USA.
Diploma in Strategic Management, Pontificia Universidad Católica. Chile.
Psychologist, Central University of Chile.
Director CIEC-Peru (Innovation and Circular Economy Center)
HCMBOK® Certified Professional. License HCMBOK-29-4234.

Vanessa Prieto
PhD, she is an expert in Circular Economy and a professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. Doctor in Applied Engineering and Master in Biodiversity, Landscapes and Sustainable Management of the University of Navarra in Spain. His research has been awarded by the ISDRS and the Banco Santander Foundation. He has also developed part of his research at the University of Bocconi (Italy), the University of La Sabana (Colombia) and the University of Adger (Norway). Co-author of the book «Circular Economy, Guide for SMEs», and numerous articles in indexed journals.

José Luis and Daniel Beltrán, both are Industrial and Systems Engineer from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and Plastic Specialists from the Mexican Institute of Industrial Plastic. They are co-founders of Mexico Recicla and members of the board of directors at Multiplásticos GMP S.A. de C.V.José Luis is General Manager and Daniel Commercial Manager at 4B Envases Plásticos S.A. of C.V.

Melanie Valencia 
Doctor (c) in Circular Economy from KU Leuven, MPH from Columbia University in New York and B.Sc. in Chemistry by Wagner College. Currently, in her doctorate and as a researcher at the Andean University Simón Bolívar-Ecuador headquarters, she studies and proposes the transformation towards a circular economy that is primarily inclusive as a Latin American proposal, understanding sociometabolic, spatial and productive processes. She was a research fellow of the Drawdown project whose publication is a NY Times Best Seller and named as an innovator under 35 by MIT technology review.

© 2019 Centro de Innovación y Economía Circular CIEC. All rights reserved

© 2018 Centro de Innovación y Economía Circular CIEC. All rights reserved

© 2019 Centro de Innovación y Economía Circular CIEC. All rights reserved